Shape Of Love NOW – This week in movie-making

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PHOTO and QUICK PONDER of the Week: 

“Bar and I are truly happy and truly at peace.”

At President Bush’s funeral, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney told a story from a visit he and his wife made to Walker Point in Kennebunkport, Maine over Labor Day weekend, 2001. They were visiting George and Barbara Bush, whose love of family and precious surroundings caused him to reflect on the nature of his friends and of friendship.

Six years later, I was in Kennebunkport over Labor Day weekend playing music at an outdoor wedding at the Nonantum Resort. It was a beautiful sunny day for the ceremony held on the lawn by the water where the Kennebunk River meets the Atlantic Ocean.  President Bush was out in his boat, Fidelity, that day, Secret Service not far behind. He saw what was going on, and he pulled over to congratulate the bride and groom.

What makes that moment even more memorable now, is that in the boat with him that day I recognized a member of the Oak Ridge Boys. I was reminded of that when I saw him singing “Amazing Grace” at the President’s funeral service in Houston with the rest of the boys.

To quote Brian Mulroney’s reflection: “There are wooden ships, there are sailing ships, there are ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.”