Episode #107
Original Air Date: 13 April 2022
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 58 minutes
Guest: Jake Seegers, founder of Fitquest, which combines role-playing and fitness pursuits. (contact him: fitquestgm@gmail.com)
Music sample: “Flute Loop” – Beastie Boys. RIP MCA.

The Weather of the Mind pod is back!  It has been a challenging winter up here in Ithaca.  More details on that in a future pod.

This episode features Ithaca-based innovator and all-around nice guy, Jake Seegers.  His work caught my attention because I appreciate when people innovate and create a collision between two things that are not often put together.

In this long interview (I decided not to break it up into two episodes), we talk a lot about narrative, games, fitness, and bringing these together in clever ways.

So happy to be back with you.  I have missed working on pods.

Happy Spring.

Doug

Episode #106
Original Airdate: 30 September 2021
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 36 minutes

Special Episode… Please share with your nature-loving peeps… a great episode to introduce new people to this podcast…

In this episode I give a tribute to a mighty white oak tree, whose massive umbrella inspired and protected my family and me for many seasons.

Topics that appear in this episode include: rituals, seasons, relationship to nature. A real treat!

Tune in!

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“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves.

Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.
A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.

When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.

A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one’s suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.

So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”
― Herman Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte, 1952

Episode #105
Original Airdate: 27 August 2021
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 23 minutes

Interview with Kaylea Forsythe.  Part II.

We talk about how a blossoming relationship with plants – from houseplants to plantwork – can help engender a foundational shift in emotional health.

Tune in!

References:
Root Bound.  Essay by Kaylea Forsythe. 2021.
https://vocal.media/journal/root-bound

Episode #104
Original Airdate: 5 August 2021
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 21 minutes

Interview with Kaylea Forsythe.  Part I of II.

We talk about how a blossoming relationship with plants – from houseplants to plantwork – can help engender a foundational shift in emotional health.

References:
Root Bound.  Essay by Kaylea Forsythe. 2021.
https://vocal.media/journal/root-bound

Episode #103
Original Airdate: 13 July 2021
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 36 minutes

How is your relationship to the Sun?
Do you know the basics… how far away the sun is?  How large the sun is?

How is your relationship to your own skin?  After all, this is the part of our bodies – along with our eyes – that interacts with the rays of the sun.  Do you understand how to protect your skin?

In this episode, I introduce ‘The Shadow Rule’ and encourage a deeper understanding of our relationship with the sun.

And then after we touch upon the basics of science,  we take a look at culture – what happened to our old nature-based deities?  Our sun deities?  And how do these shifts in culture affect our understanding of our place in the world… in the galaxy …

An action packed, not-to-be-missed episode…

Tune in!

Episode #102
Original Airdate: 11 June 2021
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 22 minutes

The pandemic is winding down in the United States.

But the repercussions are rumbling… through our own selves, our towns and neighborhoods, and around the world.

Even if better times are ahead of us, it seems that we are still in the midst of a lot of chaos and change.

So let us explore the metaphor of the False Peak and how it relates to setting expectations.

Tune in!

 

Episode #101
Original Airdate: 7 May 2021
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 34 minutes

Weather of the Mind 101.  Past, Present and Future.  A reintroduction of sorts.

Included in the ‘past’ section of this pod… my telling of my own “Einstein with compass moment.”

And as part of the ‘future’ section … I read an encouraging email from a former student.

Tune in!

Episode #100
Original Airdate: 1 April 2021
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 24 minutes

A celebration of sorts… where I give some thanks to a handful of friends and brainstorm pals for their support over the past 2.5 years.

I posed this question to these members of my de facto board of advisors:  why does the Weather of the Mind podcast resonate with you?

Insightful and encouraging answers abound.

 

 

Episode # 099
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original Airdate: 16 March 2021
Length: 22 minutes

Weather of the Mind #99 notes

Einstein – Biography Review 3.16.21

In this pod I aim to provide a bit of a book review for Walter Isaacson’s Einstein.

My 3rd Isaacson bio and he is a biographer that focuses on innovation. The cultural process and these transformative figures he chronicles… including Da Vinci, Ben Franklin, and Einstein.

He tells a good story and you get a sense for both the person and the cultural milieu in which they find themselves.  This is all can ask for in a bio.  And Isaacson succeeds in these every time.  Surely there are always questions remaining, but to boil a complex and transformative life into 500 pages is actually pretty difficult. In this sense, I think Isaacson has a good sense of pacing, of density.  How far to explore a point before it is time to move on.

If he has a weakness, it is the interpersonal complexity of families.  For example, Einstein’s son was near suicidal and in an institution for many years, and this was hardly explored in this book.   But again, a biographer has their lens which they tell the story.  And in terms of a general storytelling and a sense of the time and place, Isaacson does well.

Why I encourage the reading of biographies

Biographies are inherently intimate.  They provide an access to another, to this story of this fascinating character.  This true story.  You get to hear about what they were like as kids.  And how they evolved and how they remained the same.  How they thrived and where they failed.  How were they among family and friends?  How were they in the public space?

But there is so much more…  insight into the culture of the time.  Things you would never know to look for you are bound to discover.

As Isaacson says in his early pages, “his fascinating story, a testament to connection between creativity and freedom, reflects the triumphs and tumults of the modern era.”

“Imaginative noncomformity was in the air: Picasso, Joyce, Freud, Stravinsky, Shoenberg….” – Isaacson

But the biography is the canvas of someone’s life… and we all have a canvas

So without further ado, let me share some quotes from the book that elucidate a few main themes of the book.  I hope that this allows a better insight into Einstein, but also I hope they entice you to pick up a biography.

Music

Encouragement

Personality

Mystery  (perhaps befriending the mystery)

Music 

Mom an accomplished pianist; pushed violin lessons for young Albert;  he would go on to love the violin and was a part of his character throughout his life, he loved to play for others and for himself

“Whenever he felt that he had come to the end of the road or faced a difficult challenge in his work, he would take refuge in music and it solved all his difficulties.” – son, Hans Albert

Mozart his favorite

“Music, nature and god became intermingled in him in a complex of feeling, a moral unity, the trace of which never vanished.” -biographer Moszowski

 

Encouragement –   feeding the gifts, the curiosity

Dad and his uncle were engineering minded problem solvers who did a lot of studies in electricity, the exciting new phenomena of the time.  (Electricity was like the internet or the cell phone of the 1880s.

At age 5 his epiphany and no image ripples out in a biography like this one does.  It would still ripple through him on his death bead 75 years later.   His Dad gave him a compass.  And the fact that it would respond to an invisible magnetic field just blew him away.  And lit a fascinating with fields… the last 30 years of life devoted to unified field theory.  That would aim to unify electrodynamic field and the gravity fields.

And a local med student.  Einsteins are jewish, though not religious, but one of the customs was to have guests over for dinner once a week for shabbat.  But they did it on wed or Thursday night and a med student came over for a few years.  Well this med student, along with his uncle, fed albert math puzzles and basically kept on feeding him until he was through calculus at age 12.

**So here is an example of a small anecdote that had potency.  A ritual where you have guests from your community over for a meal once a week.   Especially a family taking in an individual.  Now I might not have thought about this, if it was not for wandering through a personal story, a biography, that passes through the 1880s and 1890s …

 

Personality

“He was generally a loner, a tendency he claimed to cherish throughout his life, although his was a special sort of detachment that was interwoven with a relish for camaraderie and intellectual companionship.” – Isaacson

Summary of his defining character traits:  Incredible ability to systematize…. Low ability empath

“For all his kindness, sociability, and love of humanity, he was nevertheless totally detached from his environment and the human beings in it.” -Max Born

“the mix of coolness and warmth produced in Einstein a wry detachment as he floated through the human aspects of the world.” – Isaacson

Rebel spirit, questioning authority as default vantage.  “to punish me for my contempt of authority, fate has made me an authority myself.”

Quick trivia section… 1905 annus mirabilis, 1919 spec relativity tested and proven, 1922 nobel prize

Max planck … big dog before him… Niels Bohr, big dog after him

Faraday and Maxwell, discover electromagnetic field and discovered the parallel math…

Einstein, 40, at 1919 when fame hits.  Would continue six more years of contributing to quantum theory.  But after that  – he stubbornly resisted quantum mechanics and embarked on long, lonely, and unsuccessful efforts to devise unified field theory.

Note he was very humble:

“The cult of the individual personalities is always, in my view, unjustified … it strikes me as unfair and even in bad taste, to select a few for boundless admiration, attributing superhuman powers of mind and character to them.” -Einstein

 

Mystery 

“To me the most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of all true art and science.  He who this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.” – Einstein

“try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernable laws and connections there remains something subtle, intangible, and inexplicable” -Einstein

“to sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is something that our minds cannot grasp, whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly…” -Einstein

Episode # 98
Original Airdate: February 17, 2021
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 30 minutes

((A real solid episode… much food for thought))

The key question I pose to you, the listener:

Growing up, did your family have a weekly day of rest, of recharge?  Was it effective?  What were the best aspects of this day?

In your life now, is there a weekly day of rest?  What is the ritual?  Is it working well?

And looking forward, if you could build a ritual – what elements would you include – music? exercise? cooking? eating? reading? watching a movie?

While this episode is practical in that it is meant to encourage an evaluation of our day of rest, It also drifts (wonderfully) to some deeper questions,  questions that are a relevant in contemporary social debate: how can we develop a nuanced relationship with human’s past, human’s old cultural institutions, and our collective human history?

And of course, I also tell my own story of building a good ‘day-of-rest-and-recharge’ ritual.

Tune in!

 

Episode #097
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original Airdate: 28 January 2021
Length: 29 minutes

Main topics:

Two homework assignments: 1) In the trenches reflection on our times in the middle of winter of Corona II, and 2) design your own school, based on your experiences of your years of school.  If we were designing a school to help mold healthy well-rounded adults, what would the main subjects be?

The Validator, Superhero of Emotional Validation

 

Episode #096
Original Airdate: 31 December 2020
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 25 minutes

References:

Practical Skill: New Year’s Resolutions

Episode #095
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original Airdate: 9 December 2020
Length: 24

What to make of these bizarre times we are living through… threats to democracy… corona times … heading into a tough winter challenge.

 

 

Episode #094
Original Airdate: Oct 30 2020
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 17 minutes

References:

Passages. Predictable Crises in Adult Life.  1976

Episode #93
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original Airdate: 16 October 2020
Length: 24 minutes

Reference:

“How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart” David Foster Wallace. From the book Consider the Lobster. 2006.  Originally published Aug 30, 1992.

Episode #092
Original Airdate: 1 October 2020
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 23 minutes

 

References:

“Two types of choices seem to have been crucial in tipping the outcomes [of various societies] toward success or failure: long-term planning and a willingness to reconsider long-term values.  On reflection we can recognize the crucial role of these same two choices for the outcomes of individual lives.” -Jared Diamond, from the book, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. December 2004.

Ani Difranco, “Buildings and Bridges.” Out of Range. July 26, 1994

Episode #091
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original Airdate: 17 September 2020
Length: 30 minutes

 

References

“Rastaman Vibrations” Bob Marley.  30 April 1976.

“Two types of choices seem to have been crucial in tipping the outcomes [of various societies] toward success or failure: long-term planning and a willingness to reconsider long-term values.  On reflection we can recognize the crucial role of these same two choices for the outcomes of individual lives.” -Jared Diamond, from the book, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. December 2004.

Episode #088
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original Airdate: 20 August 2020
Length: 24 minutes

Quotes:
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” -Antoine de Saint Exupery

“The majority of people don’t want to plan.  They want to be free of the responsibility of planning. What they ask for is merely some assurance that they will be decently provided for.” -B.F. Skinner

“Two types of choices seem to have been crucial in tipping the outcomes [of various societies] toward success or failure: long-term planning and a willingness to reconsider long-term values.  On reflection we can recognize the crucial role of these same two choices for the outcomes of individual lives.” -Jared Diamond, from the book, How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.”  -Earl Nightingale

 

Episode #087
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original Airdate: 12 August 2020
Length: 19 minutes

“Strive not to be a success, but to be of value.” -Einstein

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Churchill

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

“Success is peace of mind which is the direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best.” – John Wooden

“Success consists in going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” -Churchill

 

 

Episode 086
Original Airdate: 22 July 2020
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 21 minutes

 

References:

The Daily (NYTimes podcast) w Rick Steves, May 8 2020

The Daily (NYTimes podcast) On the Life of John Lewis, July 20 2020

NY Magazine. “Can Baseball Really Pull this off?” by Will Leitch. July 21 2020

NYTimes oped. “We Interrupt this Gloom to offer you… Hope” By Nicholas Kristof. July 16 2020

Episode #83
Original Airdate: 11 June 2020
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 23 minutes

References:  Kaplan, Davis.  “We need a Trick to Feel our Joys as Deeply as our Griefs”  Illustrated by Eleanor Davis. New York Times.  10 June 2020

 

Episode # 081
Original Airdate: May 27 2020
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 21 minutes

References:
Fly Like an Eagle, Steve Miller Band, 1976
The Office (U.S) Season 6 Episode 6.  Oct 15, 2009

Time quotes:

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.  The second best time in now.” -Chinese Proverb

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” -Warren Buffett

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” -Antoine de Saint Exupery

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” -Marthe Troly-Curtin

“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” -Cormac McCarthy

Episode # 078
Original Airdate: April 16 2020
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 25 minutes

Samples:
“Running Away,” Bob Marley and the Wailers (1978)
Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte (1790).  Met Opera Production, Mar 31, 2018
“The Wasteland,” T.S. Eliot (1922)

 

Episode # 077
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original Airdate: 3 April 2020
Length: 19 minutes

Audio Sample: Bill Withers, Lean on Me. 1972. RIP.
Reference: metopera.org

Episode #76
Original Airdate: 26 March 2020
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 20 minutes

Audio Samples: Centerfield by John Fogerty (1985);
Gov. Cuomo Press Conference 22 March 2020

Episode #73
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original Airdate: March 4, 2020
Length: 16 minutes
Audio Sample: Orgachella, Buena Vista Social Club

Episode #70
Original Airdate: February 12, 2020
Length: 22 minutes
Guest: Craig Roberts
Audio Clip: A Trio in Mahur; Traditional Persian Classical Music

Episode # 064
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original Airdate: 1 January 2020
Length: 22 minutes

References: The I Ching – or Book of Changes.  Wilhelm/Baynes. 1950.

Episode 062
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original Airdate: Dec 17 2019
Length: 10 minutes

Sample:

“This Little Light of Mine” by Odetta Holmes.

 

Episode #061
Original Airdate: 11 December 2019
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 17 minutes

References:

Companions in Wonder, Editors Julie Dunlap and Stephen Kellert
A Sense of Wonder, Editor Brian Doyle

Episode 060
Original Airdate: December 4 2019
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 16 minutes
Audio Sample: C.R.E.A.M. by Wu-Tang Clan (1993)

Episode 049
Original Airdate: 18 September 2019
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 23 minutes

References:

Bergland, Christopher.  “Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercises and Your Vagus Nerve.” Psychologytoday.com

Annen Waltz, Johann Strauss, 1852

Episode 46
Original Airdate: August 28, 2019
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 17 minutes

References:
Books: The Story of Philosophy. Will Durant.
An Ocean of Air. Gabrielle Walker.
Audio: “My Life be Like” – Grits

Episode 045
Original Airdate: August 21, 2019
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 19 minutes

Can the study of Biography be the foundational lesson to the Emotional Health Curriculum we need to build?

 

Biography Study Questions to Explore
1) who was this person as a child – what shaped them and what were they drawn to?  and away from?  in their early ages.  If much of who we are is set in motion in our first decade, how do we understand these years? Do the characters in these biographies accept their lot in life?  How does it shape them moving forward?
2) How is the transition from childhood to adulthood?
3) What are the blessings and the challenges that appear in a life?  How does one respond to these – these moments display true character?
4) how is the rudder on the boat?  Is the character guided by character traits – which ones?  Or is the character driven by goals – which ones?  And how does this pursuit unfold ? change?
5) How is the character supported by friends and family – and support them in kind?  How is the character alone and perhaps lonely?  How does one deal with this challenge?
6) Does the character seem emotinally well?  Where do they thrive and where do they struggle?
7) Hoes does the character accept the whole of their life – including their aging and their death?
8) What is their legacy?  their epilogue? their tombstone?

Episode 043
Original Airdate: August 7, 2019
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 20 minutes

How fundamental is our sense of mission?  Our sense of a meaningful niche in our world?  Is this the foundation of all emotional and spiritual health?

References:

Frankl, Viktor.  A Man’s Search for Meaning. (1946)

Unbreakable.  Movie starring Samuel L. Jackson.  (2000)

Episode #42
Original Airdate: July 31, 2019
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 16 minutes

References:

49 Up (2005) ITV
56 Up (2012) ITV
“Gone So Long” by the Good Intentions

WM 041

Vision Quest as Vacation- Part II of my interview with Tim Holmes
Original Airdate: July 24th 2019
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Guest: Tim Holmes

In this episode we hear about the 3rd of Tim’s voyages, his spiritual wanderings around the United States.

Music Sample: Buena Vista Social Club

Episode 40
Original Airdate: July 17, 2019
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 32 minutes
Guest: Tim Holmes

Music Sample: Buena Vista Social Club

In this interview, we explore the nature of spiritual wandering, as Tim recounts some of his vision quests, where he travels the country wide-eyed, open to insights and lessons.

 

WM039
Original Airdate: July 10, 2019
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 18 minutes

Notes: Tao Te Ching – Core text to Taoism
Hua Hu Ching – Second Core text to Taoism

India’s ‘All is Well’ Approach to Life – Charukesi Ramadurai http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190708-indias-all-is-well-approach-to-life

Goan Folk Music – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p_-ydyPhus

Episode 35
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original Airdate: 12 June 2019
Length: 24 minutes

References:

Searls, Damion. The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and The Power of Seeing. 2017. Crown Publishing.

Orgullecida. Buena Vista Social Club.  1997

 

 

Episode #34
Original Airdate: June 5, 2019
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 17 minutes

References:

56 Up (2012) ITV
“Gone So Long” by the Good Intentions

Episode 33
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original Airdate: May 29, 2019
Length: 22 minutes

Notes:
Reynolds, David. Walt Whitman’s America – A Cultural Biography. Knopf. 1995
Whitman, Walt.  Leaves of Grass.  1855. (Self-published. Original Printing 795 copies.)
Audio reading of Song of Myself 

Episode 31
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original air date: May 15, 2019
Length: 18 minutes

Notes:

The Art of the Circus

Minimum Wage and Mental Health

Embracing One-ness Benefits Mental Health

 

In this episode, I review the thought-provoking book, The Self-Driven Child by Stixrud and Johnson.

Themes: Parenting in an age of anxiety and depression

Episode 029
Original Airdate: May 1 2019
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 24 minutes

 

Episode 027
Original Airdate: April 17, 2019
Length: 19 minutes
Produced by: Doug Krisch

Audio Sample: SkyNews, London, England, Live stream April 15, 2019
Other references:  What the Notre Dame Fire Reveals about the Soul of France, New York Times, April 16, 2019

 

 

Episode #26
Produced by Doug Krisch
Featuring 28 up(1984) Granada Films
Length: 24 minutes

Themes: Foundation and Vocation; Education and Support along the way

 

 

In this episode I explore the themes of Foundation and Vocation: Where we are from and where we are headed.  How does a strong or weak foundation affect our growth, our emotional health?  How does a clear vocation, or a lack thereof, affect the growth of the young adult?    These emerge as the major themes of the 3rd installment of the Up Series. Please join us.

Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original Airdate: March 27 2019
Length: 20 minutes

References:

21 Up – link

28 Up – link

Agenda for the weeks ahead:

WM 025 Elisa S Keeler Conversation Part II – Music and Community Health
WM 026 Up Series: 28 UP review and discussion
WM 027 Book Club: The Self-Driven Child, Johnson and Stixrud
WM 028 Up Series: 35 Up and 42 Up
WM 029 Emotional Health in the News
WM 030 Up Series: 49 Up and 56 Up

Produced by Doug Krisch
Guest: Elisa S. Keeler
Original Airdate: 3.20.19 (Spring!)
Length: 37 minutes

References and Notes:
Soul of the Earth: Multicultural Songs for the Circle.  Elisa S. Keeler. (www.elisamusic.com)

Documentary for next week’s episode: 21 Up (1978)

Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original Airdate: March 6 2019
Length: 25 minutes

References:

RIP Mars Rover “Oppy” link

Shane Healy – From an orphanage to the greatest show on earth link

Four-day Work Week: Trial finds lower stress and increased productivity link

Documentary Link – 7 plus 7 link

 

 

Episode 020
Original Airdate: Feb 27 2019
Special Guest: L.
Length: 20 minutes

 

In this episode we explore the first documentary in the Up Series, produced by Michael Apted for Grenada Television. (1964)

Seven Up video link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LQZpiSfESE

Up_series_cheat_sheet

Introduction to the “Seven Up” Documentary (1964)

Original Airdate: Feb 20, 2019
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 18  minutes
Link to Seven Up Documentary

Original Airdate: 13 February 2018
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Length: 15 minutes
Audio Sample – Everything I Am – Kanye West (Instrumental)
BBC Seven Up – (**Discussion Feb 27th**)
Link up! (still sort of under construction)

Original Airdate: Feb 6 2019
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Dedicated to: Keith Hernandez
Length: 22 minutes
Audio Samples: The Littlest Birds by The Be Good Tanyas (2000), Masquerade Waltz by Khatchaturian (1941), Seinfeld Season 3 Episode 17 (1992)

This week I feature an inspiring poem and musical piece.  One written in Indiana in the 1920’s and one written in Moscow in 1941.

Original air date: 1.29.19
Length: 16 minutes
Notes: Desiderata by Max Ehrmann, Masquerade Waltz by Aram Khachaturian

You know that dread that we all feel sometime?  Perhaps there is great wisdom there if we can learn to listen.

Featuring: Adrienne Huffman
Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original Airdate: 1.23.19
Music Sample: Travellin’ Man by Mos Def
Book Reference: Divine Openings, Lola Jones

Practical Skill: Keeping a Notebook
Theme: Notebook as Tool of Mental Digestion

Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original Airdate: 1.16.19

Length: 19 minutes

Song Sample: Blue Skies by Willie Nelson

A conversation with Bob Nape, Owner of Solar is Hot in Ithaca, New York.  Bob is a life-long athlete and a true community-minded guy.  

Produced by Doug Krisch
Original Airdate: 1.9.19
Length: 26 minutes
Music Samples: Blue Skies by Willie Nelson (1978)
Age of Aquarius by The 5th Dimension (1969) 
 

What a strange day January 2nd is.  The whole first week or two of a year seems to have this post-60s vibe, or so I imagine it. 
This episode is like a choose your own adventure.  I’ll help you think of a good theme song to start your new year. 

Produced by: Doug Krisch
Original airdate: January 2, 2019
Length: 12 minutes
Music Samples:
Wear your love like heaven – Donovan  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bmruh9tKxM
Trouble – Cat Stevens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1tRB7-aBr8
Simpsons Episode 13, Season 16

Episode 11
Original Air date: 12.26.18
Produced by Doug Krisch
Length: 15 minutes
Song Sample: Blue Skies by Willie Nelson

In this episode, we dive into practical skills, starting with setting New Year’s Resolutions that work. 

In this podcast I break it down into six categories:  sleep, water, exercise, diet, relationships, and spirit. And then we explore how to keep these resolutions moving from week to week for all of 2019. 

Episode 10
Originally air date: 12.19.18

Two parts: A reflection on managing anger when one’s car breaks down. And a tribute to Penny Marshall and some of her projects.

Notes:

Laverne and Shirley – “Making our Dreams Come True” – Theme Song by Cyndi Grecco
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJzF8_df1R8

Laverne and Shirley – Season 3, Episode 11 – Take my Plants – Please!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFDFyswS2Ww


Produced by Doug Krisch

Original Airdate 12.12.18

Music Sample: Blue Skies by Willie Nelson

Article References:
1) How Meditation Might Help Your Winter Workouts – By Gretchen Reynolds – New York Times 11.7.18 link
1) Twelve Reasons for Singing – By Kate Hays – Psychology Today 12.20.14 link
1)The New Iron Johns Seek Catharsis – By Hannah Seligson – New York Times 12.8.18 link

Very special Halloween and Day of the Dead special, featuring lecture clips from Rob Young, founder of Green Cities, a visionary course. 

Publication Date: 10.31.18

Thanks to special witch voice sample: LBK. 

Audio Sample:  Gods of War – MF DOOM and RZA