On Life and Meaning is a podcast about what matters most in our lives. We host conversations with compelling personalities about their lives and work. We explore human brilliance: our talents, endeavors, motivations and higher purposes. The show focuses on art, philosophy, leadership, literature, civic life and culture – seeking to inspire a more generative and humane world.
Richard Thurmond | A Story of Discovery
Richard Thurmond is a community and economic development executive for a place-making organization. In this episode we explore basketball, editing and publishing a city magazine, staying and leaving, and the values of curiosity and humility.
Claude Alexander, Jr. | The Park Church
Claude Alexander, Jr. is bishop and senior pastor of a Baptist church. In this episode we explore the mission of the church, racism, misogyny and homophobia, segregation on Sunday mornings, the death of a brother, a crisis of faith, living with mystery, and the love of God.
Jess George | Hope and Optimism
Jess George is a government and community affairs manager for a fiber optic company. In this episode we explore the digital divide, confronting bullies, being an ally to immigrants, and dropping keys to beautiful rowdy prisoners.
Sonya Pfeiffer | A Life in Full
Sonya Pfeiffer is an art gallery owner and criminal defense attorney. In this episode we explore story-telling, standing up to the power of the state, unconventional paths, the Owl theory, the practice of Ahimsa, and the one chance we have in this life.
Beatriz Friedmann | Conscious Evolution
Beatriz Friedmann is a school counselor and information technology consultant. In this episode we explore emigrating from Brazil to North America, a corporate career, a summer of loss and pain, finding new purpose, and becoming present one step at a time.
Ken Lambla | Interdisciplinary Design
Ken Lambla is founding dean of a college of arts + architecture. In this episode we explore returning from Patagonia, merging fields of study, interdisciplinary design, stewardship, community, and how arts inform a life
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Engaging and thought provoking!
Listened to a few of the On Life and Meaning podcasts over the last few months, but recently listened to the Don Taylor episode and really enjoyed it. Found it engaging, thought provoking and informative. I shared the experience with several people since listening to the episode :)
Thank you Mark and Don!
Riveting Content AND Questions
From the first episode of “On Life and Meaning,” I was hooked on the guest content *and* on Mark’s keen listening and questions. The guests are diverse and fascinating, offering an insight into what makes them and our city tick. And Mark is clearly both well prepared and fully present for each conversation. His “Personal Word” at the end allows for his own reflection and input but also creates space for the interview to be completely about the guest. So well done! 100 episodes just won’t be enough. 😊
Insightful and Thought Provoking
This podcast is well curated and enables you to think about the meaning of doing what you do instead of just coasting though life.