“My Week with Marilyn”─A Surreal Journey into the Past



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  1. Dear Dawn,
    I have read your last blogs with great empathy, especially this one. Getting through the loss of my first marriage was so difficult. I was sure I would never love or be loved again and I was right. The intensity and innocence that was in and of that experience was not repeated.

    The part that I didn’t know was that I would love again and be loved again, differently. Different love was good and sometimes maturity and commitment creates a richness only hinted at in the young.

    Even after learning this I found myself sobbing watching a young man and his wife and two daughters having a meal out. His girls were a little older than mine were when their father left us. Our loss was reavealed vividly in that simple scene but there is something to be said for the release on the other side of those gut sobs. Gayle

  2. Hi Gayle,

    I so appreciate your empathy in recalling the pain in losing our first love. Whenever I hear the song, I wish you love, my heart remembers. Be well, dawn

  3. I recently put a picture back up of me and my first love in a folder called “back in the day” on FB. I put it up once before mixed in with all the other friends we use to hang out with and my husband was deeply offended and made me take it down….as I put it back up (now that we are divorced) I wondered, why do I keep putting it on there, why is THIS pic so important……It’s the feeling I get when I look at it…as dysfunctional as the relationship was he absolutely adored me, he intrigued me, he was so fun, everyone wanted to be around him, and he was so protective of me…physically and emotionally…just knew when my insecurities were runny ramped and had a way of wrapping his arms around me and I felt safe…….Now I think I know what that pic represents, a time of fun and security, maybe the only time I experienced both at the same time….
    Wow, thanks for the article, it helped me unravel that….this is the first one I have read in months…I forgot how much I loved them… you Dawn 🙂

    • Hi Paula,

      Sounds like you had some great insights.
      There is something about giving our young and tender hearts away that very first time that seems to cause selective memory. I also wonder if it is our loss of innocence (not necessarily sexually) that we mourn and return to again and again but we link it to the person to whom we gave our hearts.

      Thanks for re-visiting my posts. God Bless, dawn

  4. vancinema says:

    Dan Zukovic’s “DARK ARC”, a bizarre modern noir dark comedy called “Absolutely brilliant…truly and completely different…” in Film Threat, was recently released on DVD through Vanguard Cinema(, and is currently
    debuting on Cable Video On Demand. The film had it’s World Premiere at the Montreal Festival, and it’s US Premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival. Featuring Sarah Strange (“White Noise”), Kurt Max Runte (“X-Men”, “Battlestar Gallactica”,) and Dan Zukovic (director and star of the cult comedy “The Last Big Thing”). Featuring the glam/punk tunes “Dark Fruition”, “Ire and Angst” and “F.ByronFitzBaudelaire”, and a dark orchestral score by Neil Burnett.


    ***** (Five stars) “Absolutely brilliant…truly and completely different…something you’ve never tasted
    before…” Film Threat
    “A black comedy about a very strange love triangle” Seattle Times
    “Consistently stunning images…a bizarre blend of art, sex, and opium, “Dark Arc” plays like a candy-coloured
    version of David Lynch. ” IFC News
    “Sarah Strange is as decadent as Angelina Jolie thinks she is…Don’t see this movie sober!” Metroactive Movies
    “Equal parts film noir intrigue, pop culture send-up, brain teaser and visual feast. ” American Cinematheque

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