Danny Collins

Do you have favourite words?

Well, I do.

Some are from Spanish, my second language. I like them for their sound – like equipaje – melodic, sensual, and exotic. In Spanish, this word means luggage, and it is pronounced – eh-kee-pah-hey – but don’t say it in a jerky way, you need to slur the syllables a bit. I also like the word for its connotation – freedom, liberty, and adventure – feelings so dear to my heart.

I love the word, Mamá. I love it so much because I love the two people who thrill me when they call me this – my daughter and my son – Maggie and Carlos. No more explanation is needed.

I love the word esposo. Because of the man I have adored for more than four decades – the one who took the place of my equipaje, and who engendered those two people who call me Mamá.

In English, my native tongue, I also have favourite words – many of them in fact – but tonight, after watching a Netflix movie called, Danny Collins, one in particular comes to mind: redemption.

Redemtion has all the qualities of a great word – it starts with a strong syllable – and ends softly. It hints at growth, learning and change. It also implies humility, a virtue I aspire to.

Another English word I love is home – as in – “I am home.”

They say that home is where the heart is – and mine is with those I love and adore – even when thousands of kilometres separate us. These three people make me feel loved, no matter what I think of myself, my actions, my writing, my painting, or my place in the greater scheme of things.

Watching a film like Danny Collins makes me feel redeemed – by the music and the message – of this feel-good story.

The movie trailer claims that this plot is “partly true”. I want to believe that there is a real Danny Collins, and that music, core values, writing, painting and love – have brought redemption and a sense of home to him – as they have to me.



Published by Changes in our Lives

I am originally from Canada but have lived in Mexico since 1976. My husband is from Merida, Yucatan and we raised our family here. We both worked for many years at Tecnologia Turistica Total (TTT), the tourism, language and multimedia college we founded for local and international students. Now retired, we enjoy spending time with family and friends, My other interests include spending time with freinds, reading, painting, cooking and travel.

14 thoughts on “Danny Collins

    1. Yes the speakers all used beautiful, tasteful words and imagery that portrayed Senator McCain as a hero and a patriot. Interesting how the same words also managed to make us remember the one who currently holds the highest office in the land,.. and they did not evoke anything respectful.


  1. I too watched part of John McCain´s funeral and the eulogy his daughter gave was most heart rending. About words in the English language, one of my favourites is “baby” as it is the perfect word for a beautiful, sweet, tiny helpless infant. There is nothing more precious and rewarding to me than a baby’s smile. They don´t size you up – they just look at you and say “Whether you like it or not, I´m going to smile at you” and my heart just melts.


  2. I followed your suggestion and watched Danny Collins tonight. Al Pacino and Annette Bening were outstanding; well worth the time and emotional involvement. My rating: 👍👍.


      1. Joanna, thanks for alert, don’t know why contact info is not there, will add it again. I’m too old to hold back my appreciation, so I give it freely when it is due—especially to you! 🙂 (Also, want to thank you for alerting me/us in the past to two other films I got a lot out of: “Colosio: El Asesinato”, and “El Autor/The Motive”.) Have a STRONG FILM SUGGESTION ALERT for you, in case you have not seen it: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Saw it last night. Cheers. 🙂
        P.S. Sending you an email.


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