In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Jim Rajan speaks with host Lynne Golodner about how difficult it was to leave a creative industry to infuse his life with more meaning. “If I’m not living my truth, I am wasting my life,” he says. “I needed a more spiritual way of living, more connected to self and the world.”
Harry Sherwood studied with yogis, martial arts masters, professors and psychologists, devoting thousands of hours to meditation and earning a religious studies degree from the University of Michigan.
What does a high school teacher do after retirement? Teach about Ethics, of course. At least that’s Rabbi Yonason Goldson’s journey, from a “repentant hitchhiker” to an ordained Orthodox rabbi to a jolly grandfather who converts ancient wisdom into modern-day lessons on operating by a set of ethical imperatives.
This episode’s Make Meaning podcast guest, Jessica McCormick, is part of an effort to reimagine how American Judaism can be. As director of the Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Fellowship, Jessica oversees seven innovative Jewish communities across America.
Writing has been a refuge for Laura Munson since she was a child. Today, the Montana-based author of New York Times bestselling books Willa’s Grove and This Is Not the Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness leads writing retreats and helps others find their voices.
Author of four books and director of the Great Plains Writers Tour, Jim Reese teaches writing at Mount Marty College and as part of a writing-as-healing program at a Federal Prison.
“It’s not like I set out to be a poet,” explains M.L. Liebler, Fulbright Specialist, Wayne State University professor and Poet Laureate of St. Clair Shores.
Nikki is Director of Strategy at Franco and in her own time, publishes the bi-weekly e-newsletter, The MichComms Report.
Merle has found great meaning through teaching children, working with Holocaust survivors, and most recently, fulfilling a lifelong goal of publishing her book, Room 732.
Do today’s students have the luxury to ask, debate, and study life’s meaning and purpose, or are we seeing a “vocationalization of mainstream universities,” more focused on professional skills and salary potential? Perhaps it’s the cost of higher learning that drives students today to be more pragmatic and practical in their pursuit of a career and not have the luxury of pondering life’s big questions. Molly Worthen, associate professor of history at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, has spent her career researching and writing about North American religious and intellectual history. This week, shejoins Lynne on the Make Meaning podcast, to discuss how humans find […]
Is your glass half empty or half full? Maybe it’s less about how much is in the glass, and more about having a glass in the first place? In honor of Thanksgiving, we are airing a special episode of the Make Meaning podcast, focusing on how to mindfully cultivate gratefulness that can lead to a happier, healthier life. In this episode, Lynne speaks with Kristi Nelson, Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living, and Nedal Al-Hayek, a Syrian refugee who has built an impressive life for his family since coming to the United States in 2015. Both guests provide insights on the powerful role gratefulness plays in their lives – one after […]
650,000 hours. That’s the average human life span and the title of a new website and newsletter launched by author, columnist, and former AARP Editor Ken Budd. Following his father’s unexpected death, Ken spent time volunteering around the world in an effort to find meaning and purpose, which led to his award-winning memoir, The Voluntourist. Ken joins Lynne on the Make Meaning podcast to discuss making the most of our time on Earth – finding meaningful work, satisfaction in life, making an impact in the world, and living every hour in a way that matters. Tune in here: In addition to being an award-winning writer and “voluntourist,” Ken Budd has written for the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, The Washington Post, and authors the column Everyday Heroes for The Saturday Evening Post. He […]