SUMMER 2014 |  Author and Philosopher Marietta McCarty


MARIETTA'S NOTEBOOK Welcome to Brazil  
"A huge thank you to our hosts Julie and Colin for a lively and delicious evening ... and of course to Marietta who dreamed it possible. May the dishes be done and the hosts at rest. We so enjoyed our time with you all." 

The Philosopher's Table Comes to Life

What a feeling. I watched as The Philosopher's Table turned into a movie! Hostess Julie and Able Assistant Colin prepared to perfection the dishes for the chapter titled "Liberating Education." 11 philosophizing diners traveled on June 20 to Brazil, the setting for this month and topic (and for a major sports event these days!). 

Here you'll see Fish Tacos with a zesty jicama mixture accompaniment - Colin grilled cod to perfection and the tortillas toasted on dying embers. Black Bean Salad (while it lasted!) complemented the tacos. The Coconut Bread Pudding with Dark Rum Sauce stopped all conversation. Salsa and Avocado dip greeted guests, with an enticing offer to try Brazil's signature drink, a caipirinha. 

You'll notice all the special touches - fresh flowers, bright lanterns, and a canine philosopher.
The conversation would have delighted the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire featured in the chapter: describe a powerful learning experience that occurred outside the classroom. 

As the author, a diner, and a participant, the evening was a dream come true. I'm stuffed with gratitude.
"What a lovely evening with a super fun and super smart group of friends! A very educational experience. Thanks to all for the kinship, stories, and great conversation." 

NEXT WEEK | The Philosopher's Lunch Table

UPCOMING EVENTS Meet with Marietta 
Topic: What About Love?

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 5-7 p.m. 
Charlottesville, VA

Marietta toasts August in Kentucky and its topic in The Philosopher's Table: "What About Love?" at this popular local craft brewery. Her interactive talk will begin at 5:30 and ongoing conversations can spill outside to picnic tables or continue indoors. South Fork Food Truck will offer tasty southern comfort food. Champion is located at 324 6th Street SE. Plenty of parking is available in adjacent lots as well as on the street. Marietta's three books will be available for sale and signing.


Topic: What About Love?

Saturday, August 23, 2014, Noon - 2:30 p.m. 
Waynesboro, VA

Marietta teams up, in an ongoing series, with Stone Soup Books for lunch, laughter, and philosophizing in the charming atmosphere of this cafe/bookshop. Marietta will join diners as she rotates among tables, circling from noon to 2:00 p.m. While the regular menu will be available, Chef Laura will prepare specialties to complement Southern fare, as Kentucky is the setting for the August chapter in The Philosopher's Table titled "What About Love?" Corn! Peaches! Love! The lunch bell rings for $10. Menu includes Cold Soup Shots, Ham Biscuits with Laura B's famous biscuits, Corn and Bean Salad, and Peach Hand Pies, or your choice of lunch entree, dessert of the day, coffee or tea. Most food will be locally sourced. They plan to source the ham from Sunrise Farm in Stuarts Draft, peaches from Chiles Orchard in Crozet and beans, corn and tomatoes from local farmers. Reservations for lunch are recommended due to limited seating. From 2:00-2:30 p.m., Marietta will sign books while chatting with her lunch dates as well as members of the community arriving after lunch. In addition to The Philosopher's Table, Stone Soup will also have Marietta's first two books for sale - Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids (a New York Times bestseller) and How Philosophy can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most (winner of a Nautilus Book Award). 
Reservations: (540) 943-0084
MARK YOUR CALENDAR - Fall/Winter Events

11/1: A Slow Dance with Nature Workshop, 2-4 p.m., tru PILATES Studio, Charlottesville, VA. 

11/15: The Philosopher's Lunch Table, 1-3 p.m., Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar, Charlottesville, VA. 

12/7: Celebrating December in France, 2-4 p.m., Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC.

12/13: Author's Luncheon and Book Signing, Stone Soup Books, Waynesboro, VA. Registration required.

Private Events with Marietta


AUGUST 19, 2014 

Marietta welcomes back faculty with a discussion about the meaning of education and the many possibilities for teacher innovation.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
Marietta gathers with members of the Atlantic Coast Athletic Club Fitness & Wellness Center (ACAC-Albemarle Location) to discuss ways to apply "A Fruitful Ecological Solution" to our everyday lives.

NOVEMBER 19, 2014
Marietta joins University Village residents and their guests for dinner and lively discussion. Her theme, "The Arts of Mental Clarity and Good Conversation," goes down well with dessert.


Book A Private Event. 

BLOG | From The Philosopher's Desk
06-13-2014 14:44:03 PM

Then, in 1993, Maya Angelou stole Michael Jordan's star power. I happily picture the young philosophers as they watched rebroadcasts of her reciting her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at the Clinton Inauguration-their eyes wide, bodies completely still, posture growing more erect, big smiles when she included "children" in her invitation to a new day. A rocking celebrity poet! Dr. Angelou was the cool one now. I repeatedly used her poem to discuss the concept of Justice with them and I also suggest an activity based on it in Little Big Minds. Quite a delight it was to witness the children's first tiptoes into poetry-from Virginia to Chicago to California. The post Maya Angelou Outscored Michael Jordan appeared first on Marietta McCarty. ...



07-03-2014 10:11:28 AM

Hersch finds much to admire in Whitman's work and spirit, and he composes a score to match Whitman's "Song of the Universal" as well as excerpts from "Song of Myself." What a thrill, imagining the union of "myself" and the "universal," a union deeply felt by Whitman and intimately scored by Hersch. These two lives-brave, compassionate, daring, inclusive, resilient-and and their art speak to the promise of this country. Their "collaboration" soars and inspires. The post Fireworks! Listening to Walt Whitman and Fred Hersch on Independence Day appeared first on Marietta McCarty. ...


ABOUT THE AUTHOR | Meet Marietta McCarty
Marietta McCarty is the author of bestseller Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids, Nautilus Award winner How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most, and The Philosopher's Table: How to Start Your Philosophy Dinner Club-Monthly Conversation, Music, and Recipes.

Marietta enjoyed lively philosophy circles among her college students at Piedmont Virginia Community College for twenty-eight years before setting off on her career as an author. Her books lead her into new circles of fledgling philosophers of all ages-on playgrounds, in dining rooms, through back doors into kitchens, through front doors into libraries and restaurants, at business meetings and after-work parties.