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Episode 8: We Can’t All Be Mozart

Episode 8: We Can’t All Be Mozart

In this episode, we go deep. We welcome spring by discussing how to find meaning and purpose in life even when you’re not born an artistic genius. We also get into whether there can be too much self-reflection, being drawn to tragedies/tragic figures, and how nature, animals and the arts play a part in living la belle vie.


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The Great American Read, PBS

“Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on Death and Impermanence,” the Huffington Post, December 6, 2017

On Being Podcast with Krista Tippett, Andrew Solomon, Parker J. Palmer, and Anita Barrows

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon

New additions at Ally’s neighbors on the farm…..


“If humanity is of nature, then so are our creations…Art itself is nature.” – Andrew Solomon on a passage from The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!”- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Namaste: Seeing the Truth of Who We Are, Tara Brach Podcast

Ageless Body, Timeless Mind by Deepak Chopra

“And it seems to me that who other people are is always mysterious. What I realized, in the wake of depression, is that who I am is fully mysterious to me. And so, since I don’t fully know it, and since I can’t fully comprehend it — it’s not simply that I don’t, it’s that I can’t — then, there has to be some mystical element in it and some element that’s obviously present, and yet, beyond my comprehension. And that, I think, is what I was trying to characterize when I used the word “soul,” because I think the recognition of that fundamental reality has been much stronger in religious writing and in religious contemplation than it has been in other areas of considering an enterprise.” -Andrew Solomon on On Being

Ah Tutti Contenti  from the Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Overture from the Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Fantasia in D minor K397 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Some favorite books with tragic heroines:

Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

“What is the answer?…What is the question?” – Gertrude Stein’s last words from What is Remembered by Alice B. Toklas.

Featured Image: Cattle at Pasture in a Wooded Valley, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1865-1875)


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