The Art of Clear Thinking

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Marietta McCarty’s fourth book entitled Leaving 1203: Emptying a Home, Filling the Heart released to her great delight on October 9, 2018. She is the author of bestseller Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids, Nautilus Gold Award winner How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most, and The Philosopher’s Table: How to Start Your Philosophy Dinner Club—Monthly Conversation, Music, and Recipes.

Defining philosophy as “the art of clear thinking,” in 2013 Marietta brought all the mental clarity she could muster to the emotional and physical challenge of emptying her family home of fifty-six years. Returning to her hometown, the three months of home emptying taught her anew the old lessons in good living. She experienced, firsthand and unforgettably, the meaning of joy, kindness, relationship, empathy, generosity, and gratitude, for example, longtime core ideas central to her philosophical teaching. Marietta’s crystal-clear memories evoked as home emptier proved that the foundation of her first three books was cemented long ago in the bricks and mortar of the old home. As a child at 1203, she indulged in simple pleasures and outdoor fun, good conversations marked by listening and respect, laughter and a sense of belonging.

Pieces of 1203 reside with Marietta at her home in Charlottesville, where she keeps her eye on the prize of good living through teaching and learning, speaking and listening.

Lynn Thompson is the host of The On Purpose Podcast on Podbean where the Launch episode features audio excerpts from this conversation she had with Marietta.

All best wishes for all.

About Lynn Thompson

Lynn Thompson – Host and Producer of Living on Purpose

Lynn Thompson was raised in Ontario in Canada, living in Ottawa through her early school years.  After graduating from McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) with a B.A. (Philosophy) in 1978, she traveled west by train across Canada with several stops along the way. For many years, Lynn was based on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, growing as a writer, photographer, postal courier and radio host. In June 2012, Lynn followed the highway to her roots in Ottawa. Now Lynn is based in Aurora (north of Toronto) since 2018, engaged in collaborative creative projects and editing for numerous writers.

Lynn launched into radio broadcasting in 2004 on CHLY in Nanaimo, BC (community campus station) as host and producer of talk show Living on Purpose. Since 2007, Living on Purpose is featured on WomensRadio, where Lynn offers listeners a nourishing blend of ideas and conversation with guestsauthors, musicians, healers, and philosopherswelcoming both new and established voices. In April 2020 Lynn launched The On Purpose Podcast on Podbean.

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