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.
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.”
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!
Marietta makes her first trip to Cincinnati as the keynote speaker for the Xavier University Counseling Department's 40th Annual Winter Conference. Co-sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association, she joins a gathering of school and clinical counselors, educators, students, and Xavier alums, among others. Marietta kicks off the conference and a new year on Friday afternoon by sharing the secrets of the "10 Ideas That Matter Most" from her national award winning book How Philosophy Can Save Your Life. (A copy of the book will be given to all participants.) On Saturday morning, Dr. Brent Richardson, Chair of the Xavier Department of Counseling, will offer workshop participants his "Keys to Surviving and Thriving." Dr. Richardson is the author of Working with Challenging Youth: Seven Guiding Principles. For Saturday afternoon’s final session, Marietta explores the beauty of "The Art of Clear Thinking." The conference is open to all. For more information about the event click here to download the brochure, and registration for the event is available online through the Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association's website here.
On Friday morning, January 8 she will sit in a circle of 3rd graders at Evanston Academy, a public elementary school near Xavier. What a fine way for her to begin her visit, as she shares the topic of Simple Pleasures with a group of "little big minds."
Marietta returns to her home town to receive the 2014 Newsmaker Award from the Virginia Professional Communicators. She's taking her racquet just in case as she played many a tournament on the Westwood courts! She will discuss the winding path to publication of her three books, as well as take a long look at a topic dear to her and at the heart of this organization: Good Conversation. In return, the Q&A should rock! Waiting for diners at each lunch table will be a specific question from one of her books. Richmond's independent Fountain Bookstore will have her books available for sale and signing. Read the full press release here.
Join Marietta for a leisurely lunch featuring South American food to toast the chapter set in Brazil in The Philosopher's Table. The Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar, with its innovative cuisine and festive atmosphere, is the perfect setting for February philosophizing and socializing. Marietta's talk is scheduled for 1:45, an interactive conversation about the merits and the whereabouts of Mental Clarity, February's topic in the book. All three of Marietta's books will be available for sale and signing.
Child and Adult Philosophers Engaging in Clear Thinking and the Art of Conversation
Marietta will participate in the Jefferson Society Distinguished Speaker Series hosted by the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society. Featuring a discussion of her work with child philosophers, the audience is also invited to chat with her about the art of conversation, the heartbeat of her work with children and adults. This event is open to the public.
Founded on July 14th, 1825, the Jefferson Society serves as the oldest literary and debating organization in the United States. Past members include Edgar Allen Poe; Presidents James Monroe, James Madison, and Woodrow Wilson; University of Virginia President John T. Casteen III; and former Virginia Governors Colgate Darden and Jim Gilmore. As the oldest student-run organization on Grounds, we strive to provide a stimulating and interactive setting for literature and oratory at the University. To help foster an atmosphere conducive to intellectual discourse and exchange, we run the weekly Speaker Series with distinguished individuals from a wide variety of disciplines and professions. Since 1837, the Society has convened every Friday evening in Jefferson Hall, one of the original structures of Thomas Jefferson's own Academical Village.
In recent semesters, our speaker rosters have included many decorated names: author Tom Clancy; Dr. Robert Solow, Nobel Laureate in Economics; Larry Sanger, Wikipedia Co-founder; Bill Emmott, former Editor of The Economist; Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Advisor; Francis Collins, Director of the Human Genome Project; Governor Howard Dean; Governor Gary Johnson; and Millard Fuller, Founder of Habitat for Humanity. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and authors John Dos Passos and William Faulkner are likewise included in our past speakers series.
Marietta will be at Wintergreen for the day and into the evening on Saturday, November 5. The entire weekend is devoted to discussion and practice of the concept of Simplicity as detailed in How Philisophy Can Save Your Life. Her keynote luncheon speech will be followed by conversation, activities, art, and dinner.
Marietta will return to Marblehead, Massachusetts, joining in the festivities as the town celebrates its six-month Marblehead Thinks project based on How Philosophy Can Save Your Life. Townsfolk have saved the topic of Joy for her to experience with them.
Marietta joins the party celebrating Tru Pilates' 5-year anniversary with a book talk and signing. Her talk will focus on "Simplicity" from How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most and will begin around 7. Questions and comments are encouraged, of course! Both of her books will be made available for sale and signing from 6:30-8:30. Feast on refreshments as you listen to music featured in the chapter on simplicity...and more.