During her college summers, Marietta spent time with residents at The Virginia Home where her mother, June, worked in the Occupational Therapy Room. She writes in Leaving 1203: “I received an incomparable education at The Home, where residents played the hand dealt with style, grace, and humor. Each individual won my heart as I watched one after another seize every joy possible.”
Marietta celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in New Bern with a talk on two very different things.
Rona Brinlee invites Marietta to her “Independent Bookstore by the Sea,” and the ocean-loving author accepts with delight and hopefully sand in her shoes. Her talk about Leaving 1203 begins at 7. Get there early for casual conversation and stay late for more.
WMRA’s collaboration with Pro Re Nata Brewery inches the Books and Brews experience closer to Central Virginia, and Marietta and Mary Katharine Froehlich start the dialogue anew. If you had fun in Harrisonburg, come again—a repeat of the previous night’s spontaneity would be impossible—free-ranging conversation guaranteed.
Come for a taste of southern cooking and Sunday relaxation reminiscent of patio days celebrated in Leaving 1203. Executive Chef Harrison Keevil will serve up small plates of 1203 food for body and soul. Marietta will speak at 2pm and again at 4pm.
Marietta’s longtime work home is the scene for the Charlottesville launch of Leaving 1203. She returns to Piedmont Virginia Community College for what’s sure to be a lively time. Her talk and discussion will be in the Commons in the Dickinson Building with its beautiful view of the pond and mountains—formerly Marietta’s station for office hours before teaching her Honors philosophy classes.
Opening Day finds Marietta in her hometown of Richmond, the setting of Leaving 1203. She will speak in the Sisisky Room at the lovely Carol and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center, greeting old friends and making new ones, welcoming questions and shared experiences.
Marietta returns to the Buddhist Study group at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, continuing their discussion of "creative quietude" and "effortless effort." Students are thinking of ways to incorporate these practices in everyday living through developing humility, humor, simplicity, and nonviolence.
Marietta makes her first visit to the Buckingham Correctional Center
Marietta teams up with Rich Lindsay, advisor to the Student Government Association, to help student leaders see How Philosophy Can Save Your Life. The first of several meetings, hopefully through good dialogue the students will enhance their leadership skills and develop the art of clear thinking.
Marietta returns to her beloved alma mater as a participant in this sixth annual, daylong Hollins University Conference. Her topic suits like a well-oiled baseball mitt: “Translating the Liberal Arts into a Career: Writing and Publishing.”
Marietta returns with her philosophical toolkit to continue her discussion with inmates at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women who are enrolled in the PVCC English 211 course entitled Creative Writing. On her first visit on February 17, the animated conversation centered around the concepts of Courage and Humanity from Little Big Minds. The students were prepared, engaged, smart, reflective, and honest. They wrote poetry and sketched, talked and inquired. For this session, clarity about Flexibility and Serenity from How Philosophy Can Save Your Life grounds their time together. What will they learn? What will Marietta learn?
Marietta taps in the new year with mugs of "Clear Thinking" all round at Pale Fire Brewing Company. Her long association with Harrisonburg's NPR affiliate WMRA continues as January's author in the popular Books and Brews series. After a lively interview at 7 on a wide range of topics with host Mary Katharine Froehlich, the floor opens wide for questions and ideas from participants. We'll hit the mental "refresh" button and set out together, each of us on our way to an enriched, fulfilling 2017. (A representative from Barnes and Noble will have her 3 books available for sale and signing.)
Marietta meets with 7th and 8th grade students participating in the international AVID program. She will discuss "The Art of Conversation" with the 7th graders and "Gratitude for Simple Pleasures" with the 8th graders. She very much looks forward to her annual visit to Jack Jouett.
Marietta joins members of the congregation and the larger community for a simple supper at 5:30 followed by a talk, free and open to one and all, at 6:30: “The Arts of Clear Thinking and Rethinking.” She will present four commonly-used terms that cry out for better clarity and fresh new meanings: Success, Education, Kindness, and Gratitude. Participants will think about other ideas that they believe need another look—in their own lives, their community, their country, well, in the world we share. Her three books will be available for sale and signing before and after her interactive presentation, and she will hang around and chat after her talk ends around 7:45. Come one, come all, let’s dine on mental clarity!