Movie Healing

I’ve heard so many stories of people learning things and even healing from the books they’ve read, but I don’t often hear people say that the latest movie they saw helped them heal. Most of us think of movies as pure entertainment.

I can’t say that I healed from seeing Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle, (2005) but it certainly was a feel good movie and Mr. Harvey did some healing during the movie. His students also learned that he wasn’t such a cranky old man after all.

The movie centers around a school trip to Salisbury Cathedral on the Salisbury Plain in Southern England. Barry and I chose to watch it because we visited Salisbury Cathedral when we were in England in 1996. It was part of our tour to see Avebury Circle, West Kennet Long Barrow, Silbury Hill, and Stonehenge. The Cathedral was physically beautiful, but for us there was no special spiritual feeling about it. However, the movie gives a different feeling about the place.

I love movies with characters who go on an emotional journey. Mr. Harvey is, as he eventually shares with his students, cranky most of the time, because it was in Salisbury Cathedral that he and his wife became engaged. But some years later she became deeply depressed and killed herself. He spent years wondering if he could have prevented her suicide by paying closer attention to what was happening in her life. Now, all these years later he’s ready to light a candle, ask her forgiveness, and move on with his life. 

A side story line is about one of his students who is feeling very depressed. The audience gets indications that her home life is not good and she has low self-esteem, which one of the boys on the trip takes advantage of. He uses her then chooses another girl to hang out with for the rest of the trip. Mr. Harvey comes to her rescue when he finds her at the top of the Cathedral where repair work is being done. They sit and have a quiet chat which helps the girl begin to feel better about herself and her teacher. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I hope you’ll go check out the movie. It’s available on Prime Video.

Sometimes I need a quiet story to help me rest and get a new perspective on life. This story fit that bill for me. I hope it will for you.

In related news, I’m working hard on my story centered online course. I hope to get it up and running this fall. It’s all about how stories can teach us so much about relating to our fellow human beings. And how the great ones can help us heal ourselves as well.

I hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for reading, liking, and commenting.


Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2022

The Space Between Time

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, after the last few years, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.


I’m so passionate about stories that I created the Story-Power podcast and Patreon communities so I’d have an excuse to talk story. You may have seen my Story-Power posts here. If you’re passionate about stories too, and want to talk about your favorite stories, come join me at either, or


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I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

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