13 episodes

The world seems to be getting louder. Not just louder in sound, but louder visually and mentally as well.

Distractions abound. It’s almost impossible to carry on a conversation, concentrate on a single thought, or focus on an assignment or project for more than a few minutes without something or someone interrupting.

The buzz or chime of an incoming text message, an alert of someone commenting on an Instagram post, or the ‘ding’ of an email that requires immediate action.

Quiet time seems to be a distant memory.

This podcast is my attempt to document where and how people find focus, quiet their minds, and avoid distractions.

Finding My Quiet Place Jim Hobart

    • Philosophy

The world seems to be getting louder. Not just louder in sound, but louder visually and mentally as well.

Distractions abound. It’s almost impossible to carry on a conversation, concentrate on a single thought, or focus on an assignment or project for more than a few minutes without something or someone interrupting.

The buzz or chime of an incoming text message, an alert of someone commenting on an Instagram post, or the ‘ding’ of an email that requires immediate action.

Quiet time seems to be a distant memory.

This podcast is my attempt to document where and how people find focus, quiet their minds, and avoid distractions.

    Episode 13 - Phil Hoffman

    Episode 13 - Phil Hoffman

    Get to know Phil Hoffman and learn about how he settles himself down when he's 'agitated'.

    We spend time in his quiet place, which is his media room. On the wall, he has framed his favorite albums of all time. 

    On this episode, we talk (among other things) about the difference between dropping the needle on a vinyl record and streaming songs on your phone. In addition to audio quality, there's something about taking in the songs sequentially, as the artist chose to organize them.

    • 34 min
    Episode 12 - Evan Miga

    Episode 12 - Evan Miga

    Meet Evan Miga, Imagineer for Disney, and lover of robots. A self-described tinkerer, Evan spends his spare time building things — mostly robots — in his garage workshop.

    We talk about the importance of giving yourself permission to play, create and make things that serve no purpose other than to be. He shares his secrets for keeping a childlike curiosity about how things work, and how you probably have all the ingredients to build a robot in your home right now.

    • 32 min
    Episode 11 - Brendan Byrne

    Episode 11 - Brendan Byrne

    We sit down with Brendan L Byrne, reporter for 90.7 WMFE in Orlando, and talk about why his quiet place is in the back of his house, making craft beer.

    He talks about how mental focus and detailed planning are required to follow all the steps to make a tasty brew, and the fact that he's in control of all the variables gives him a sense of peace and calm.

    • 35 min
    Episode 10 - Commissioner Patty Sheehan

    Episode 10 - Commissioner Patty Sheehan

    Patty Sheehan, the first openly-gay City Commissioner in Central Florida, takes time out of her busy re-election campaign to talk about the importance of quiet time.

    Her "garden of chaos" is a beautiful sanctuary of fruit trees, art, statues, wind machines, and of course, a chicken coop.  There are several places to sit and contemplate. It's surprisingly serene, in spite of the fact that she's across the street from Octopus Car Wash. 

    • 38 min
    Episode 9 - Adam Scheinberg

    Episode 9 - Adam Scheinberg

    In this week's episode, we get to know self-described serial volunteer and self-taught musician Adam Scheinberg. He talks about how he quiets his mind, and the importance of arts and music education. 

    One of his volunteer efforts is for OrlandoRep.com

    We learn about 'resolving notes' and Adam gets philosophical about how they might be a metaphor for how to live a fulfilled life (if you listen all the way to the end, you'll hear an example played by Adam on his keyboard).

    • 29 min
    Episode 8 - Kirt Earhart

    Episode 8 - Kirt Earhart

    Co-owner of Maxine's On Shine, a popular restaurant in the Colonialtown South neighborhood of downtown Orlando, Kirt Earhart makes the job look easy. 

    But the 40-hour weekends take a toll on mind and body, and Kirt has developed some methods to recharge, rebuild, and 'rejuicinate.'

    Listen as we discuss "Kirt Thursdays," as well as how this business owner does the weekly bookkeeping while enjoying his quiet place at the same time. 

    • 31 min

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