Podcast

LONELINESS AS A WAY OF LIFE and MINDFULLY GREEN

Stephanie Kaza
Stephanie Kaza
Thomas Dumm
Thomas Dumm

We talk with Amherst College professor Thomas Dumm about LONELINESS AS A WAY OF LIFE (Harvard 2008). And environmental educator and Buddhist Stephanie Kaza tells us how to go MINDFULLY GREEN (Shambhala 2008).

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When Thomas Dumm‘s wife died after a long struggle with cancer, his grief from the loss of a shared life with her moved him to contemplate the nature of loneliness as a fixture of the human condition. In LONELINESS AS A WAY OF LIFE, Dunn looks at four domains of loneliness: Being, Having, Loving, and Grieving. He goes to literature and philosophy to find clues to the constituent elements of his subject. And he takes us on his own personal journey through the land of the alone to arrive at a means of exit, not through sentimental nostrums, but by counseling our own responsibilty for making connections.

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Witnessing the unfolding disaster of our ecological crisis can be a lonely burden to carry. And our loneliness also keeps us from being able to do anything about it. Now environmental educator and meditator Stephanie Kaza has stepped in to lead us on the “green practice path.” She offers a simple, Buddhist-inspired philosophy for taking up environmental action in ways that overcome our separation from ourselves, each and our world. Her book is Mindfully Green: A Personal and Spiritual Guide to Whole Earth Thinking.

About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer’s Voice, she’s a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.

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