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Author, musician, and speaker Paul Samuel Dolman, author of "Hitchhiking With Larry David," interviews a variety of people on creativity, the arts, relationships, and spirituality.

What Matters Most Paul Samuel Dolman

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 116 Ratings

Author, musician, and speaker Paul Samuel Dolman, author of "Hitchhiking With Larry David," interviews a variety of people on creativity, the arts, relationships, and spirituality.

    Sherry Sidoti #1162

    Sherry Sidoti #1162

    The podcast returns with the glorious Sherry Sidoti discussing her moving new memoir, A Smoke and A Song. We talk about the passing of her mother and other life transitions she is navigating. As always Sherry shares so much wisdom in these treasured encounters.

    Sherry Sidoti is an award-winning author and yoga teacher. She is the founder and lead teacher of FLY Yoga, a yoga teacher training program and non-profit that offers yoga and meditation for trauma resilience on Martha's Vineyard, MA. She leads Embodied Memoir Writing courses, somatic healing workshops, and retreats globally. Her musings, infused by twenty-plus years of practicing and teaching yoga, healing arts, and mysticism have been published in Heart & Soul Magazine, The Martha's Vineyard Times, Anthropology and Humanism Quarterly, The Covey Club, and the She Writes Press Anthology Art in the Time of Unbearable Crisis: Women Writers Respond to the Call.

    Sidoti’s debut memoir, A Smoke and a Song received the Gold Medal for Inspirational Memoir with Living Now Book Awards, was a Finalist for Eric Hoffer Book Awards da Vinci Eye Prize and earned Readers’ Favorites Five Star Prize.

    She currently resides on Martha's Vineyard, MA.

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    Read the Book That Inspires the Show

    Paul Samuel Dolman, author, podcaster, and speaker, presents What Matters Most (the book!) a series of interview transcriptions from more than twenty inspirational Nashville and Tennessee residents, including special guest the journalist and author Bill Moyers.



    Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, former Governor Don Sundquist, Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Neal, Grammy Award-winning entertainer Wynonna Judd, and many more share intimate and inspirational aspects of themselves.



    This twentieth anniversary edition also features bonus material from thirty more notables from Tennessee, including local business owners, spiritual leaders, coaches, radio personalities, authors, and educators.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Dr. Katharine Hayhoe #1161

    Dr. Katharine Hayhoe #1161

    Dr. Katharine Hayhoe (also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn!), returns to discuss the climate crisis and her brilliant new book Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. She is a Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Public Law in the Public Administration program of the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University. She is also the Chief Scientist for the global conservation organization, The Nature Conservancy.



    She has a B.Sc. in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Colgate University, Trinity College, and Victoria College at the University of Toronto.



    Professor Hayhoe's research focuses on developing and applying high-resolution climate projections to evaluate the future impacts of climate change on human society and the natural environment. She has published over 125 peer-reviewed abstracts and publications and co-authored Downscaling Techniques for High-Resolution Climate Projections: From Global Change to Local Impacts (Cambridge University Press, 2021), and served as lead author on key reports for the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Academy of Sciences, including the Second, Third and Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessments. Her TED talk, The Most Important Thing You Can Do About Climate Change: Talk About It has received over 4 million views.



    She is an Oxfam Sister of the Planet and currently serves on a number of advisory boards including the science advisory board for the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University, the advisory board for King Philanthropies, the international advisory board for the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, the sustainability advisory board for Netflix, and the advisory board for the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.



    In 2019, Dr. Hayhoe was named a United Nations Champion of the Earth in Science and Innovation. In 2022, she received the American Geophysical Union's Ambassador Award and was named a Fellow of the AGU, while in 2023 she was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.



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    • 56 min
    David McCullough #1160

    David McCullough #1160

    “The only good life is a life of purpose, and beneficial purpose to be sure.”



    In honor of our country’s July 4th holiday we thought we would have America’s late & great historian back on the show, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough. David was a long-time friend and mentor who modeled to me the very definition of true, holistic success. I miss him often and greatly.



    David McCullough has been acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history.” He is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, twice winner of the National Book Award, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.



    His most recent book, the widely praised The Wright Brothers, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and remained on the list for nine months. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, also a #1 bestseller, has been called “dazzling,” …“history to be savored.” His 1776 has been acclaimed “a classic,” while John Adams, published in 2001, remains one of the most praised and widely read American biographies of all time.



    In the words of the citation accompanying his honorary degree from Yale, “As an historian, he paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breathe, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character.”



    Mr. McCullough’s other books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path Between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, Brave Companions, and Truman. His books have been published in nineteen languages and as may be said of few writers, none of his books has ever been out of print.



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    • 39 min
    Donald Altman #1159

    Donald Altman #1159

    A deeply engaging conversation with author Donald Altman on his new book Travelers and his personal experience with mindfulness. We also talk about his time as a monk.



    Donald Altman is a psychotherapist, Award-winning writer, international workshop trainer, former Buddhist monk and past Vice-President of The Center for Mindful Eating. Donald’s passion is to bring ancient, timeless values and practices into modern life, and he has taught thousands of health care and business professionals how to apply mindfulness for self-growth, in relationships, and in the workplace.



    In addition to writing The Practical Mindfulness Blog for Psychology Today and articles for Psychotherapy Networker, Donald was featured in The Mindfulness Movie. He is a monthly host of the Pathways Radio Program/Podcast and is profiled in the Living Spiritual Teachers Project. For many years he taught as an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, in addition to Portland State University’s Interpersonal Neurobiology Certificate Program.



    Donald’s passion is to bring ancient, timeless values and practices to modern life. In addition to leading workshops and retreats, Donald has authored over 20 books and CDs on mindfulness that have been translated into several languages. His book The Mindfulness Toolbox won two national best book awards. Two other books, Clearing Emotional Clutter and The Mindfulness Code were named as One of the Best Spiritual Books of 2016 and 2010, respectively_._ His newest book is Reflect: Awaken to the Wisdom of the Here and Now.



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    Read the Book That Inspires the Show

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    David Gessner #1158

    David Gessner #1158

    A beautiful show filled with heart and soul with the great writer David Gessner. on his book is A Travelers Guide to the End of the World.



    He is also the author of Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt’s American Wilderness and the New York Times–bestselling All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and the American West.



    DAVID GESSNER is the Chair of the Creative Writing Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and founder and editor-in-chief of Ecotone, Gessner lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with his wife, the novelist Nina de Gramont, and their daughter, Hadley.



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    Read the Book That Inspires the Show

    Paul Samuel Dolman, author, podcaster, and speaker, presents What Matters Most (the book!) a series of interview transcriptions from more than twenty inspirational Nashville and Tennessee residents, including special guest the journalist and author Bill Moyers.



    Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, former Governor Don Sundquist, Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Neal, Grammy Award-winning entertainer Wynonna Judd, and many more share intimate and inspirational aspects of themselves.



    This twentieth anniversary edition also features bonus material from thirty more notables from Tennessee, including local business owners, spiritual leaders, coaches, radio personalities, authors, and educators.

    • 47 min
    Drake Eastburn #1157

    Drake Eastburn #1157

    A fascinating and wide ranging discussion with Drake Eastburn, a Board-Certified Hypnotherapist, co-founder of Eastburn Hypnotherapy Center and the Eastburn Institute of Hypnosis, as well the former Director of Education for the School of Integrated Hypnotherapy.



    With more than 40 years of experience in hypnotism, he is on a mission to educate people on the reality and impact of hypnosis. Together with his wife Lynsi, Drake also teaches foundational classes in hypnosis through their institute in Colorado and globally.



    The training includes advanced methods such as Regression Therapy, Resolving Repetitive Body Focused Behaviors (trichotillomania, nail biting, skin picking, etc.), and state-of-the-art smoking cessation. His passion for sports led him to professionally work with athletes from almost every sport, including football, golf and cheer over the past three decades. As one of the most prolific authors in contemporary hypnotism, Drake has written seven books on the subject, several of which are used in hypnotherapy training globally. Drake’s most recent book, The Hypnotist’s Bible—A Reference and A Journey, was released December 15, 2022.



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    Read the Book That Inspires the Show

    Paul Samuel Dolman, author, podcaster, and speaker, presents What Matters Most (the book!) a series of interview transcriptions from more than twenty inspirational Nashville and Tennessee residents, including special guest the journalist and author Bill Moyers.



    Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, former Governor Don Sundquist, Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Neal, Grammy Award-winning entertainer Wynonna Judd, and many more share intimate and inspirational aspects of themselves.



    This twentieth anniversary edition also features bonus material from thirty more notables from Tennessee, including local business owners, spiritual leaders, coaches, radio personalities, authors, and educators.

    • 39 min

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Ink From The Pen- A Prison Memoir or How Mark Olmsted Learned What Matters Most

Just listened to the podcast that dropped today - author, Mark Olmsted gives an insightful and honest interview about the life lessons learned and embraced after his prison experience. Like in his book, Ink From The Pen, A Prison Memoir, Mark looks back with humility and moments of wit. He indeed makes lemonade from some of life’s lemons- being HIV+, losing friends and his brother to AIDS, and reminds us that his gift now is not just his writing, but his reminder to show each other kindness, especially in places where it is not typically found. Kudos to Paul Samual Dolman for a nicely navigated interview that shows how Mark learned what matters most.

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Acharya Shunya

A really nice interview with Acharya Shunya. Paul is *real* in his admiration and respect for Shunya and Shunya is *real* in her sharing of herself and her recommendations to achieve clarity through the struggle.

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Pattipilates

Thank you Paul for amazing content and for creating this valuable resource and community! Every episode leaves me more informed, aware and feeling more connected 🙏❤️

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