The Red Queen giving advice to Alice. "Why sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

S3E42: We All Want Impossible Things – with Catherine Newman

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As the Red Queen counseled Alice, she said “Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  What about you?

When faced with serious illness, dying, or death it is natural to want things that are impossible. For example, everyone dies; we may cheat death a time or two, but in the end death is inescapable. If we never died, would life be unendurable and meaningless if it went on forever? This week we explore the elusive parts of life, the seemingly impossible aspects of living.

In this Episode:

  • 02:45 – Foods That Can Help You Get Better Sleep
  • 12:11 – The World Needs Some Impossible Things
  • 29:39 – Interview with Catherine Newman, “We All Want Impossible Things”
  • 53:22 – Outro

We talk about the things we want in life but that we can’t seem to get. In the first half Charlie talks about one of those things – sleep – and he has our recipe of the week. Marianne talks about the things in life that seem to be impossible to have, but that we want anyway, and we have an interview with the author of the best-selling book, We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman. This novel is about dying and death of a woman with ovarian with ovarian cancer from the perspective of her best friend since nursery school.

Speaking of Impossible things, if you’ve been following along, you have heard about Marianne’s remodeling project and how she is refinishing her door. Here’s a couple of pictures of the door. Doesn’t it look good?

A wooden front door with stained glass that Marianne has been refinishing. #impossiblethings
A wooden front door with stained glass that Marianne has been refinishing. #impossiblethings



Book cover with soda can and flower titled: We All Want Impossible Things - a Novel by Catherine Newman

Recipe of the Week

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