It is an affecting series of conversations and visits with Simmons and his wife, the sculptor Katherine Field, in their New Hampshire home and other settings. The viewer is welcomed into the private and challenging world of a person whose nervous system is failing--and Simmons, usually with a grin and a twinkle, makes offhand observations about his life that often have the same depth as his essays. He was an inspiring man, and in his book and now in the video his inspiration lives on.
Read some of Philip Simmons's UU World essays.
- The Man Who Learned to Fall. Produced by Gary Lazar and Barry Beitel. Beitel/Lazar Productions, 2004; $30 VHS, $40 DVD.
- Learning to Fall: The Blessings of an Imperfect Life. Philip Simmons. Bantam, 2002. (Author's website)