“This is How Homemade Wisdom for Troubled Times Can Help Us Now”
by Andrew Kaufman
November 20 2018
Interview with Chris Boros at WMRA
November 12 2018
Interview with Jeff McKee at Boomtown Richmond
November 7 2018
Interview downloads as an MP3 file
A tribute to Leaving 1203: "Mid-Term Re-Centering"
by Maria Ruth
November 4 2018
Interview with Brian Keena on WTJU
November 2 2018
Only the interview portion is currently available.
Book Review in Richmond’s Boomer Magazine
by Martha Steger
October-November 2018 Issue
”McCarty Mines the Treasures and Tragedies of What’s Left Behind”
by Bryan McKenzie, The Daily Progress
October 6 2018
Past Events for Leaving 1203
Marietta returns to the Tuckahoe Shopping Center where she walked at age 16 to her first job! She brings Leaving 1203 close to home for good food and wine at Puck’s.
Marietta returns to gather with two groups of students at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women.
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.
Marietta teams up for the second time with WMRA in their terrific Books and Brews Series, returning to the inviting and tasty setting at Pale Fire Brewery.
Marietta heads home to Richmond to join hosts Jeff McKee and Robyn Bentley for Boomtown Radio’s “Timeless Rock N Roll, Pop, and Soul.”
Jazz Messenger Brian Keena welcomes Marietta back to his show. They’ll play tunes from Leaving 1203 and share stories of home emptying. The music that spun on the turntable in the 1203 pantry has never gone out of style.
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.
Interview on the Diane Rehm Show
February 15, 2007 (Replayed May 28, 2007)
Marietta speaks at The Clinton Presidential Library
November 8, 2007
Interview on “Maine Calling” on Maine Public Radio
with host Keith Shortall on June 12, 2017
Featured Past Events
As a participant in the William Jefferson Clinton Distinguished Lecture Series, Marietta McCarty was at the Clinton Presidential Library. She spoke with students in the Master's in Public Service program followed by a book signing in the Presidential Library.
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.
Marietta will meet with teachers, parents, administrators, townspeople, and child philosophers to support the use of Little Big Minds in Marblehead Public Schools, K-12.
"Every year I treat myself to conversations with seventh and eighth grade students at Jack Jouett Middle School in Charlottesville, VA. These students participate in the international AVID program. I’m drawn to the school’s unique culture, and my visit this past Friday moves me to celebrate this sparkling example of public education..."
Interview on WMRA's Virginia Insight
with host Tom Graham
April 14, 2014, Central Virginia National Public Radio (NPR)
Interview on Strategies for Living
with host David McMillan
January 2010, Shreveport, LA
Review on Psychology Today (February 1, 2010)
If your book club likes to talk about ideas more than plotlines, this optimistic and pragmatic how-to should be next on your list. In each of 10 chapters, McCarty explains a ‘big idea,’ such as Flexibility or Possibility, then offers discussion questions and meditative exercises (spend time with water to understand Serenity). The 4 philosophers she quotes and the artists whose works she urges you to sample are surprisingly diverse. Cat Power has as much to offer as Camus. McCarty’s enthusiasm for human achievement and potential is contagious. She encourages fun and sociable self- improvement-enlightenment for the yoga-averse. – Sonya Sobieski.
Interview on With Good Reason (NPR)
with host Sarah McConnell
January 2010, Virginia
Boston Sunday Globe (December 27, 2009)
Self-help always becomes even more fascinating when it’s backed by a little scholarship. In ‘How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most,’ Marietta McCarty assistant professor of philosophy at Piedmont Virginia Community College and best-selling author of “Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids’ reveals how studying the greatest thinkers of our time can change your life for the better.
McCarty divides her book into 10 chapters, each dealing with one of the big ideas she feels are necessary for a good life: simplicity, communication, perspective, flexibility, empathy, individuality, belonging, serenity, possibility, and joy. Full of personal anecdotes, each chapter explores the topic at hand with the help of two or more philosophers.
For instance, when it comes to perspective, you can broaden yours by taking a tip from Mary Wollstonecraft, who saw past the mores of her society and refused to limit herself to conventional women’s roles. Instead of being wary of change, you can learn to be flexible, embracing the new and living in the now as Alan Watts advised.
McCarty is spirited and funny, and she gives you help in implementing all you’re learning by providing thoughtful discussion questions, and even a little homework under amusing topic headlines like Listen and Hum, Recite and Write, Read and Talk, Watch and Reflect, and Get Up and Do. Want to find serenity in your life? Get out and garden. Need a new appreciation of joy? Go to a place ‘that makes your heart sing’ or listen to Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’ to reflect on how each season is musically exhilarating.
McCarty’s devotion to philosophy is obvious, and her tone is so conversational that it’s nearly impossible not to get enthusiastic too. ‘Entertaining new ideas can transform lifestyles’ she says, and this book – push-ups for your mind – most definitely makes you see and understand your world and yourself differently. - Carolyn Leavitt
Featured Past Events
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.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 12PM
Talk and discussion of How Philosophy Can Save Your Life followed by book signing at the Library of Virginia.
MARIETTA regularly visits Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women to teach and engage in philosophical discussion.
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 returns 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
Virginia Insight on WMRA, National Public Radio (NPR)
with host Tom Graham
August 22, 2013, Central Virginia Radio
Virginia This Morning on WTVR 6
with host Jessica Noll
Friday, October 4, 2013
Featured Past Events
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 7pm
Pale Fire Brewing Company, Harrisonburg, VA
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.)
(Image from WMRA)
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 12:30pm
Westwood Club Richmond, VA
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.
Saturday, January 25, 2014 2-4pm
Marietta joins her good friend and owner of tru PILATES studio, Robin Truxel, for an afternoon workshop devoted to the concept and practice of "Single Tasking." Attendees will participate in activities that enhance the art of concentration and appreciation of the power of their five senses. Learning to do one (one!) thing at a time makes life easier, more beautiful, and filled with breath. Marietta's three books will be available for purchase and signing, and she will be available for laughter and single-minded conversation. Refreshments will be served.
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 1-3pm
Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar, Charlottesville, VA
Join Marietta for yet another lunch, in the popular ongoing series, featuring specially prepared Chinese food to toast the chapter set in China in The Philosopher's Table. The Reserve at the Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar pairs perfectly with philosophizing and socializing. Marietta's talk is scheduled for 1:45, an interactive conversation/invitation to A Slow Dance with Nature, November's topic in the book. Change is the one constant, so let's move with it! All three of Marietta's books will be available for sale and signing.
March 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Salter Path, North Carolina
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!
For your bookshelf...
Based on McCarty's longtime and ongoing work with child philosophers, Little Big Minds serves as a guide for any adult wanting to converse with children about fifteen essential ideas. Filled with anecdotes, teaching tips, discussion questions, activities, and resources.
something of immense importance... a ray of light... indispensable... inspiring... that central hope...
What ten ideas, if better understood, would make for a good life? Those showcased in How Philosophy Can Save Your Life! Selections of prose and poetry, music and movies enhance discussion and reflection of the ten: simplicity, belonging, serenity....
Stimulating... enjoyable... moving... life-changing...
Travel around the world at home, gathered round your dinner table! Breaking bread over good conversation, dining philosophers discuss topics as they explore 12 regions.
Thinking, talking, cooking, listening. Light the candles.
enchanting... a feast... clear, thoughtful, musical, sensory...