The Happiness Quotient

Thom Pollard

Adventurer, filmmaker, public speaker and personal coach Thom Dharma Pollard delivers inspirational, intimate and unfiltered Stories That Inspire. Guests include musicians, authors, artists, adventurers & influencers alike all discuss their craft while tackling the Big Questions about life's meaning, spiritual inquiry, happiness and self-fulfillment.

World class adventurers and NY Times Best-selling authors, leaders in the entertainment industry, musicians, even Jungian psychologists share insights about living a meaningful life and how they've made their intentions a reality by following the core passion of their hearts. The Happiness Quotient: connected, engaged, passionate people who inspire us.

#1 - Why We Exist & Mount Everest
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Can you imagine achieving at the age of 16 what other dream their entire lives of doing and even then never take the first step toward embarking on the journey of their dreams?Our remarkable guest today knew from a very early age that she wanted to sail around the world, alone...in her own boat. It appeared as if everyone in her sphere were conspiring against her, to dash her dreams….well, I should say that her parents were very supportive, and encouraged her to put her thoughts into action. In fact, she was born in New Zealand, during a seven month sailing trip by her parents, spent the first five years of her life on at sea...was given her first boat at age six, a small dingy made for children…  She named her boat Guppy, all her boats have been named GuppyHer name is Laura Dekker. She’ll be 26 on September 20th….she has a Dutch, German and New Zealand citizenship...truly a citizen of the world. At age 14, with a solo trip to England …..and back - departing from her home in the Netherlandsunder her belt and months, even years of experience alone aboard a ship….she announced her intentions to circumnavigate the globe, solo.Now, you know when you were a kid and you had this amazing idea and someone told you how dumb it was and somehow you agreed and gave up that dream, and suddenly the years go by and you wonder why the hell you ever listened to the doubeters in the first place?Well, Laura had many doubters, in fact the government f the Netherlands got involved, the Child Welfare Office objected, a family court judgment was obtained that placed Dekker in shared parental custody with the Council for Child Care who intended to stop her departure.Dutch naval law said a person under 16 wasn’t allowed to captain a boat over seven meters long…. the Dutch court ended supervision of Dekker, and decided it was "up to the girl's parents to decide whether she can make the trip."[34] Dekker reported that she would depart "within two weeks".[35]Laura later commented about the authorities in an interview, saying "They thought it was dangerous. Well, everywhere is dangerous. They don't sail and they don't know what boats are, and they are scared of them."   14 years old!Well, she made, at the age of 16 became the youngest person ever to solo circumnavigate the globe….it took her two years, threw her into the international spotlight, she was awarded prestigious sailing awards, and everyone it would seem wanted a piece of her. When I caught up with her this summer and Laura Dekker agreed to this interview I wanted to ask her about her true calling….her now...and not trap her into telling the story of sailing around the world alone yet another time….there are dozens and dozens of videos and interviews on YouTube and beyond….and she has a book...Fast forward 10 years from her remarkable accomplishment and now Laura has devoted her life to inspiring children and youth with her LAURA DEKKER WORLD SAILING FOUNDATION. Aboard her new ship, also called the GuppYa 21 meter, 53 ton Scorpio 72 (stay tuned in this interview for the fate of the Guppy that she sailed around the world), The foundation provides programs for young people to develop life skills like team work, self confidence, responsibility, creativity, and leadership. The challenge of expeditions in foreign lands and long distance sailing aboard the foundation’s training vessel provide a uniquely powerful and extremely effective environment fSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Sep 16

30 min 9 sec

Do you think you have what it takes to climb Mount Everest? Did you ever think about what it might be like,  and if you did it, would you kill a bunch of brain cells and come home…..different? Or, maybe not at all….?  Fact is, today’s guest feels that a person of moderate physical capacity could take on The Big E given the right conditions, with the use of bottled oxygen.... He also says to climb Everest it really helps to have been born with what he calls The Stupid Gene...the quality of being able to suffer for long periods of time, even willingly, in order to achieve a goal.Today’s guest on The Happiness Quotient is Dr. Peter Hackett….he LITERALLY wrote the book on altitude sickness….it’s called Mountain Sickness: Prevention, Recognition and Treatment (American Alpine Club Climber's Guide).Peter is no ordinary doctor...he’s a mountaineer. He climbed Everest in 1981 as a member and doctor on the American Medical Expedition...when he summited he was the 111th person ever to summit….it was well before the first guided expedition changed the game on the Mother Goddess of Mountains. It was also before more than one team was allowed on the same route….I first met Peter in 2000, we were working on a documentary for PBS Nova called Deadly Ascent, a film endeavoring  to solve the mystery of high-altitude deaths on one of the most dangerous mountains on Earth: Denali.   I was the high altitude cinematographer and Peter was the doctor, the main character. We were there to chronicle the season, ready to capture on film daring mountain rescues and emergency medical evacuations….In 2007 Peter found the Institute for Altitude Medicine in conjunction with the Telluride Medical Center and the University of Colorado to provide clinical care and consultation, conduct research and develop educational programs to optimize health as well treat medical issues affecting people who either live at, or travel to, high altitudes. Fast forward to 2019….I was on Mount Everest, filming Lost on Everest for National Geographic and Disney….while at 21,000 feet, the evening before leaving for our tam’s final summit bid….I began to show some signs of an altitude induced TIA….a trans ischemic attack, or a minor stroke. The symptoms were minor, numbing of the face.... More than 7,000 miles away Dr. Peter Hackett was summoned via Mark Synnott’s text messages. Peter was at a medical conference at the time...and he consulted with other physicians about my condition...many texts went back and forth. Basically he said this: 50-percent chance it’s really nothing, a migraine thing that will disappear and have no impact on me at altitude. The flip side is that if it IS a TIA and it re-appears on my summit bid….I die. He and the doctors suggested I remove myself from the summit team. That afternoon I was in Base Camp. Maybe I don’t have as much of that Stupid Gene as I used to….So, do you have what it takes to climb Everest? What happens up there when someone climbs into the DEath Zone?  A few facts:Let’s take the 2019 season, the season I was there on the Chinese side, as an example There were 11 deaths….eight of those deaths are basically unexplained, the cause of death listed as either altitude sickness (3 of the climbers) or exhaustion during descent,...listed for six of them….and of those 11 deaths, six of those were climbers in their 50’s or 60’s, where the possibility of dying at altitude increases. What is going on at altitude and how is the body responding to the extremes of the death zone?Here’s my conversation with Peter Hackett, Doctor of the Death Zone… We spoke in May of 2021, at Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Aug 25

36 min 35 sec

It never ceases to amaze me in the way people are brought into your life - today’s guest I discovered when I began researching the garbage and human waste problem on Mount Everest and the KHUMBU region of Nepal - In Episode #90 and in a recent streaming event about the garbage and human waste problem on Everest I discussed how Everest has been referred to as the HIGHEST GARBAGE DUMP ON THE PLANET.   Among the many guests on the program I spoke with entrepreneur and businesswoman Diana Yousef of CHANGE WATER Labs, a new company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts working to help the human waste problems affecting much of the world’s population. Consider this: HALF OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION has no running water or flush toilets. Change Water Labs has developed an incredible toilet called the I-Throne, which removes the water content from human waste…change:WATER Labs a low-cost, compact, waterless toilet for non-sewered households and communities.CHANGE WATER Labs’ Mission To Develop & Deploy Safer, Smarter, More Dignified Sanitation. Globally, 3 billion people lack safe toilet access, and 1Bn defecate openly. Chronic under-investment into sanitation infrastructure means people in many poor and vulnerable communities live with their sewage. With no toilets or pipes, there is no way to flush.I spoke with founder and  CEO  Diana Yousef about their work, and posited if it might be a viable option on Mount Everest….If you’d like to learn more about Diana Yousef and the I-Throne, visit https://www.change-water.com/Please share this episode with anyone THAT MIGHT FIND THESE WORDS INSPIRING or helpful or educational.I RELY ON THE KINDNESS OF MY LISTENERS ----YOU ------TO SHARE and to Subscribe to The Happiness Quotient on Apple Podcasts Please CLICK SOME STARS AND LEAVE A REVIEW.=====================I'd like to thank Oliver and Chris Wood, Jano Ricks and The Wood Brothers management, as well as their publicist Kevin Calabro for granting us the rights to use HAPPINESS JONES for our theme music. We are deeply honored. Find The Wood Brothers at: https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, look for him at eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for A Course In Happiness, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Aug 2

39 min 26 sec

I recently hosted a live streaming event for the Musa Masala organization, who in their multiple capacities of forwarding safe and ethical mountain travel are raising money for the Wongchu Memorial Hospital….a good cause indeed. Our event talked about the garbage and human waste problem on Everest and the KHUMBU region - if you look for episode #87 of this podcast you’ll remember my interview with Peter Hillary about the current situation on Everest….he gives us a good picture of the Khumbu region but not so much of a good picture on the mountain, Everest, itself. Many of you have I’m sure heard has been referred to as the HIGHEST GARBAGE DUMP ON THE PLANET.   It’s shocking image for someone who has not visited there to conjure up the idea of Everest, the unknown frontier, the far reaches of our planet, being tarnished by overuse and carelessness at the hands of those who come there seeking adventure and, let’s face, ego gratification. In this episode I’m going to share some short segments of interviews taken from the show itself…...which will link in the show notes if you would like to watch it on YouTubeIMPORTANT LINKSDonate to Musa Masala:https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/musam... Shop with Us to support our ongoing work: https://musamasala.com/the-musa-store/Visit the GoFundMe Page in honor of our friend, Gary McLean. All funds raised will go to the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital and the Musa Masala Nursing Scholorship Program, projects Gary was actively involved in. Contribute here:https://gofund.me/3017e2cdGUESTS:Peter Hillary:     http://peterhillary.comDavid Liaño Gonzalez - 7-time submitter of Mount Everest     http://www.davidliano.comYangji Doma Sherpa - of the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee     https://www.spcc.org.npDamian Benegas - Benga's Brothers Expedtions     https://benegasbrothers.comDan Mazur - Summit Climb owner and board of the Everest Biogas Project     https://www.mteverestbiogasproject.orgDiana Yousef - founder and CEO of change:Water Labs     http://www.change-water.com==========I'd like to thank Oliver and Chris Wood, Jano Ricks and The Wood Brothers management, as well as their publicist Kevin Calabro for granting us the rights to use HAPPINESS JONES for our theme music. We are deeply honored. Find The Wood Brothers at: https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Jul 23

45 min 11 sec

Today we welcome back our inspiring and intrepid Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hiker and filmmaker, CHRIS CARTER, who I caught up with on a LIVE Instagram session on July 9, 2021….where he was camping in Jackson, Montana….(population of about 111)….The first time I spoke with Chris was in Episode 67 to talk about his beautiful and moving documentary about his Pacific Crest Trail through hike called TO MEASURE A MILE…At that time Chris was in the nascent stages of planning a double thru hike of the Continental Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail, a journey of six months, give or take….and that is what he is doing now.He is on the second half of the Continental Divide trail and today when I spoke with him he was getting ready to pack up and head back out for another 30+ mile day give or take….INSANE!TODAYS EPISODE IS a slightly edited version of an INSTAGRAM LIVE CONVERSATION CHRIS AND I HAD, You can find on my Instagram page here:https://www.instagram.com/thom.dharma.pollard/===Chris' magnificent film To Measure A Mile can be found here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX4gjMlGSHE&t=52sChris Carter on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/chriscarter146/I'd like to thank Oliver and Chris Wood, Jano Ricks and The Wood Brothers management, as well as their publicist Kevin Calabro for granting us the rights to use HAPPINESS JONES for our theme music. We are deeply honored. Find The Wood Brothers at: https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, look for him at eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for A Course In Happiness, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comREADING LIST:Wild, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayedhttps://www.cherylstrayed.com/wild_108676.htmWanderlust: A History of Walkingby Rebecca Solnithttps://www.amazon.com/Wanderlust-History-Walking-Rebecca-Solnit/dp/0140286012Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Jul 9

46 min 16 sec

Episode #88 on The Happiness Quotient: America’s only full-time professor of art crime.  Erin Thompson studies a variety of relations between art and crime, including the looting of antiquities, museum theft, art made by detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and the legalities and ethics of digital reproductions of cultural heritage. Erin Thompson has discussed these topics for the New York Times, CNN, NPR, and the Freakonomics podcast, among many others...and coming up next on The Happiness QuotientSHE IS AN author, speaker, art crime professor at the john jay college at the City University of New York….If you enjoy this episode or any episode of The Happiness Quotient, please subscribe  wherever you may be listening, leave a rating and a review, which are so important to a podcast’s success. And, if you know someone who is interested in art, or art crime, be sure to personally share this episode with them….ERIN THOMPSON can be found at https://www.artcrimeprof.com/Her twitter handle is @artcrimeprof Erin's art show from the prisoners of Guantanamo can be found at https://www.artfromguantanamo.com/Her upcoming book is Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America's Public Monuments  that will be by WW Norton =========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Jul 2

49 min 27 sec

Today, a special guest, Peter Hillary, son of the first man to ever climb Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary,…..Peter himself has climbed Everest twice. In addition to being an accomplished mountaineer Peter is a speaker, and he raises funds for Himalayan Foundations around the world....  Together with his sister Sarah Hillary, they manage the intellectual property of the Ed Hillary estate. I can almost guarantee you know someone named after his dad...During a recent conversation, Peter and  I talked about the environment of Everest, the current state of Nepal and the Khumbu region, the garbage and growing human waste problem….how COVID has devastated Nepal, and what is being done about it. For more info on Peter, how to give to the Himalayan foundations, or to inquire about a speaking engagement by Peter, visithttps://www.peterhillary.com/And, on June 30th there will be a Facebook live event hosted by Musa Masala, to benefit the Wongchu Memorial Hospital….Links to the event are in the show notes or you can visithttps://musamasala.com/=========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Jun 25

33 min 2 sec

Greetings to you all - this is a special edition of the HQ. In April I had the honor of doing an Instagram Live event with my old friend Renan Ozturk to talk about Everest, creativity, filmmaking and, yup, nutrition in the mountains. I mean, we’re talking to a guy who used to sustain on candy bars and Ramen and coffee at altitude.The event was hosted by one of our 2019 Sandy Irvine Search Expedition sponsors, Good To-Go foods, the ultimate in dehydrated backpacking food.THANK YOU TO THE WOOD BROTHERS FOR THE USE OF THEIR SONG HAPPINESS JONES FOR OUR THEME SONG HERE ON THE HQIf you like this episode or any of th e HQ please click subscribe on Apple Podcasts and give me a rating and a review….For more on Renan check out, his artwork is out of this world, as is his photography and filmmaking, modern day Renaissance manhttps://www.renanozturk.com/ More on Good To-Go https://goodto-go.com Real Food. Real Adventure. The most delicious meals, using clean ingredients, to be enjoyed wherever your adventures take you. Just Add Water - Vegan Options - Gluten Free - Handmade Made in Maine=========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Jun 18

41 min 9 sec

TODAY I HAVE A GUEST OF UNIMAGINABLE INSIGHT AND TALENT WITH US, THE PULITZER PRIZE WINNING JOURNALIST REPORTER, JOHN BRANCH OF THE NEW YORK TIMES TO TALK ABOUT HIS NEW BOOKSidecountry: Tales of Death and Life from the Back Roads of SportsIn 2017 I received a request  from today’s guest, whom I’d never met before, but as you’ll find out in the interview, I was well familiar with his work, John Branch, a NY Times sports reporter  -  not your traditional sports, but rock climbing, skiing, mountaineering….or alligator hunting and wingsuit flying...that kind of sports.As it turns out, sometimes his stories begin, for him, when someone is killed in pursuit of some lofty goal, whether climbing Everest, or skiing deep into the backcountry, or sidecountry, as it’s referred to….When John first contacted me he was heading to India to spend time with the families of four Indian climbers who were part of an Everest expedition in 2016 -- three men died and a woman survived. Of the three who died, one body was recovered in 2016. The other two bodies were still on Everest, and John was doing a feature on the effort to try to find and recover those bodies, an effort that involved the Indian municipalities, a large sum of money had been raised. John had learned that I’d directly encountered these climbers on my summit day….and he wanted to ask about what I saw, or remembered, from those encounters…..John’s story was called DELIVERANCE FROM 27,000 FEET...an incredible feature which you can find online.JOHN’S NEW BOOK INCLUDES THIS INCREDIBLE AND POIGNANT, OFTEN PAINFUL BUT SYMPATHETIC STORY…SIDECOUNTRY: Tales of Death and Life from the Back Roads of SportsSidecountry gathers the best of Branch’s work, featuring 20 of his favorites from the more than 2,000 pieces he has published in the paper.Sidecountry features such classic Branch pieces, including “Snow Fall,” about downhill skiers caught in an avalanche in Washington state, and “Dawn Wall,” about rock climbers trying to scale Yosemite’s famed El Capitan. In other articles, Branch introduces people whose dedication and decency transcend their sporting lives, including a revered football coach rebuilding his tornado-devastated town in Iowa and a girls’ basketball team in Tennessee that plays on despite never winning a game. The book culminates with his moving personal pieces, including “Children of the Cube,” about the surprising drama of Rubik’s Cube competitions as seen through the eyes of Branch’s own sports-hating son, and “The Girl in the No. 8 Jersey,” about a mother killed in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting whose daughter happens to play on Branch’s daughter’s soccer team.John Branch has been hailed for writing “American portraiture at its best” (Susan Orlean) and for covering sports “the way Lyle Lovett writes country music―a fresh turn on a time-honored pleasure” (Nicholas Dawidoff). Sidecountry is the work of a master reporter at the top of his game.Here is my JUNE 9TH, 2021 INTERVIEW WITH PULITZER PRIZE WINNING JOURNALIST, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER BUFFALO FOR LIFE, TALKING ABOUT HIS THIRD BOOKTo buy Sidecountry:https://wwnorton.com/books/9781324006695For John's work in the New York Times:https://www.nytimes.com/by/john-branch=========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.For more information aSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Jun 15

38 min 39 sec

This episode has a transcript for hearing impaired.COVID19 wasn’t all bad. A ton of musicians and recording artists invested themselves in projects that they wouldn’t normally have been able to do if they were on tour. On Tour is where the Wood Bros find themselves for much of the year, at least pre-covid.Back in September of 2020 I talked with Oliver where he was at his home in Nashville, The Wood Brothers tour had been effectively shut down and, I learned later, that in addition to trying out some new songs and jamming with friends, he was making standard breakfast and "dad spaggetti"  for the wife and kids.The things you remember to ask someone after the call is done...In this episode I play selections from the album and intersperse them throughout the conversation.Here’s my June 8, 2021 conversation with Oliver Wood from Charleston S C where he is on a tour stop with the Wood Bros….to talk about his newly released album ALWAYS SMILIN’Songs from Always Smilin' in this episode:Climbing High Mountains (Trying To Get Home)Face of ReasonGet The BluesKindnessMolassesFine LineFor more information on The Wood Brothers visit:https://www.thewoodbros.com/For tour dates and album info, plus a kick ass bio on Oliver, visit:https://www.oliverwoodmusic.com/=========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.For more information about The Wood Brothers:https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5ASupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Jun 9

39 min 24 sec

Episode #83 is an amazing story of Mount Everest with six time summiter and the climber leader of our 2019 expedition to search for the body of Sandy Irvine, New Zealand's Jamie McGuinness. The original intent of my interview with Jamie was to talk about the expedition of ours in 2019, which has since become a National Geographic film called Lost on Everest and is the subject of a book by NY times bestselling author Mark Synnott called THE THIRD POLE, MYSTERY OBSESSION AND DEATH ON MOUNT EVEREST….which we did talk about.However, in starting our interview I asked Jamie about what it was like working as a sherpa on expeditions back in the day. The Sherpa are incredibly strong, almost super human, adapted over centuries of living at high altitude to be stronger and faster at altitude...and Jamie joined their ranks….THAT IS SAYING SOMETHING. In explaining this, Jamie began telling me about the story of David Sharp, the English mountaineer who died near the summit of Mount Everest in 2006. His death caused controversy and debate because he was passed by a number of other climbers heading to and returning from the summit as he was dying, although a number of others tried to help him. Jamie knew David very well, and tells a full breakdown of one of the most tragic stories in recent history on Everest. In that story he also shares about the story of Lincoln Hall, an Australian climber, who during that same year that David Sharp lost his life, he was reported to have died….then, miraculously, survived. Jamie was on the front line of that story. He shares about it all here, on The Happiness Quotient.Here’s my May 2nd, 2021 conversation with one of the strongest climbers from New Zealand since Sir Edmund Hillary….=========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.For more information about The Wood Brothers:https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5ASupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Jun 2

51 min 50 sec

The didgeridoo, the long wooden musical instrument dating back 10,000 years or more, are commonly and rightfully associated with the aboriginal culture.Today I’m going to introduce you to an ambassador of the Aboriginal culture, a fascinating man with a deep and learned understanding of his culture and also of the didgeridoo and the art and dance that goes with it.  I first met didgeridoo musician George Dow at Sydney Bay, Australia, at the Circular Quay. My Friend Rod McCurdy and I were about to board a ferry to see some features of the Sydney area, when from about 100 yards away I spotted my George seated with his back against a fence, the Sydney Opera House across a span of water behind him, in his traditional aboriginal garb, sparsely dressed with clay powder turning his skin almost white. In front of him sat a 4 foot long didgeridoo.To donate to George and his music and art his PayPal account is  bee.sailor84@gmail.com The link to the popular video of George can be found here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTdD84wFwZ4&t=8s=========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.For more information about The Wood Brothers:https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5ASupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

May 19

29 min 9 sec

Thirty years after he successfully summited Mount Everest from the north side, Port Townsend, WA resident Andy Politz is leaving Base Camp AT THE TIME OF THIS POSTING for his second ascent. Age 61, Politz' first expedition to Everest was on the West Ridge in 1985. During that season was the very first guided expedition in the history of Everest. Today, Andy reports seeing 1,000 or more tents. And, whereas perhaps one fixed wing aircraft flew by for a sightseeing tour, today alone Andy witnessed 30 helicopters in and out of Base Camp before mid-afternoon.This is a news-worthy and fascinating interview with my old friend, who discusses COVID, the icefall, changes on the mountain and his own new perspectives on climbing the mountain. =========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.For more information about The Wood Brothers:https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5ASupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

May 14

24 min 18 sec

"The only disability is a bad mindset," says former NFL linebacker David Vobora, who went  from the TOP OF HIS GAME, to the agony of defeat and addiction, and in so doing, discovered his true calling. David was picked LAST in the NFL draft of 2008...which earns the dubious moniker of MR IRRELEVANT.This is anything but a football story, and how wrong the Mr. Irrelevant tag was...for a person who has gone on to help countless broken veterans who’ve returned from the war, emotionally broken, with one, two, three, even four less limbs. As you’ll see, David’s ‘Why’ is closing the gap between who a person think they are and who they are called to be….and that takes place through hard, work, challenge and sweat at the Adaptive Training Foundation n Carrolton Texas. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE ATF: https://www.adaptivetrainingfoundation.org/NFL 360 feature story on David Vobora:David Vobora: Career Ending Injury Shaped my Passion for Helping Othershttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJL3wo4MGfU=========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.For more information about The Wood Brothers:https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5ATracks in the middle of the episode were found on the Free Music Archive and performed by:Metyu,VKTRD & Ondro M. off the album VR(Y)T Improvisations Vol.IIFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, find him at: www.eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for The Happiness Quotient, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

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May 10

50 min 48 sec

ELISABETH SHARP MCKETTA is a storyteller and the author of eight books: INCLUDING Fear of the Deep (2016) and Fear of the Beast (2019), both collaborations with artist Troy Passey; the biography Energy: The Life of John J. McKetta, Jr. (2017), a true story of a coal miner–and my grandfather!–who set out to change how America uses energy; and a children’s book titled We Live in Boise (2019).  SHE DID A TEDX TALK CALLED “Edit your life like a poem.” projects in the works include the anthology What Doesn’t Kill Her: Women’s Resilience Stories; a manifesto/handbook called Edit Your Life;SHE HAS Literature degrees from Harvard, Georgetown, and the University of Texas at Austin. I wrote a Ph.D. dissertation on the intersections between memoir and myth, a concept that now informs my teaching and writing (and my entire way of looking at the world.) Maybe with all this and life with her husband and two children living in Yorkshire Englad during COVID she will ghost write the memoir I have been lying to the world about,,,,,.well, not really.Elisabeth’s most recent work, the just released She Never Told Me About the Ocean is described by author Karen Russell as “a tidal and intimate book, brimming over with wonders and terrors and the watery echoes that bind generations of women. What a pleasure this book is from start to finish. McKetta maps the dark portals through which her women continuously reinvent themselves, newborn at every age."Here is my conversation with the brilliant, and ebullient, super intuitive and creative ELISABETH SHARP MCKETTA from her temporary home where she works virtually, on the coast of England.MORE ON ELISABETH SHARP McKETTA: https://elisabethsharpmcketta.com/=========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.For more information about The Wood Brothers:https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, find him at: www.eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for The Happiness Quotient, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

May 3

56 min 48 sec

The man with more boots-on-the-ground experience searching in the Death Zone for clues to the Mystery of Mallory & Irvine, Jake Norton, is our guest today. Jake was 25 when we first met on Mount Everest in 1999. He first climbed Mount Rainier with his dad at age 12. By age 18 he was guiding for Rainier Mountaineering and soon was leading international climbs around the world. Although we were living in two different worlds in 1999, I with a son and a house, he as a guide with a camera. We were natural friends, seeing eye to eye on topics of the day, spirituality, politics, having been brought together by a reverence for all things Everest. To date, Jake has been on Eight Everest expeditions, summiting three times….with the rare distinction of having made the top from the north and south.This interview is a rare look into the greatest mystery in all of adventure, Did Mallory & Irvine make it to the summit of Everest in 1924?   Jake himself has been on five search expeditions (four of them officially) for Mallory and Irvine, and personally has experience than any human being alive or otherwise in the search for clues to the mystery of their disappearance. In 1999 Jake found the first clue during our historic expedition, in which I was the high altitude cameraman: an oxygen bottle from the 1975 Chinese expedition, during which Wang Hung-bao found Mallory's remains. ON THAT SAME DAY, After an hour and 45 minutes, Conrad Anker hopped on the radio, calling a mandatory team meeting. In a 2012 interview with Outside Online, Jake said about the discovery, Conrad  “was about 50 meters away from me, frantically waving his ice ax above his head. I walked over and happened by proximity to get there first, and there was Conrad, standing silently above the remains of a fallen hero: exactly as he appears in my photo from the cover of Outside. It was the most humbling experience of my climbing career, and one that will stay with me forever.” For more on Jake Norton, visit his website at:https://jakenorton.com/=========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.For more information about The Wood Brothers:https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, find him at: www.eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for The Happiness Quotient, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

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Apr 19

50 min 27 sec

This is an episode about grit, about life and death, about the extremes of human endeavor, how far a human being can possibly go when they put 100% of themselves into something….it’s about heart, friendship….This episode is set within the backdrop of the greatest mountain on the planet….Mount Everest, Chomolungma, goddess mother of the world…..Today’s episode welcomes back my ever talented friend and expedition partner Mark Synnott in anticipation of the release of his highly regarded book about our 2019 Everest expedition to find the body of long lost mountaineer Sandy Irvine. Some of you may recall my first interview with Mark for Episode #42 about The Day Everest Broke and the genesis of our expedition, which has since been chronicled in a 1-hour film by National Geographic and Disney called LOST ON EVEREST, produced by our expedition partner and uber talented filmmaker and climber Renan Ozturk.MARK’S BOOK IS CALLED THE THIRD POLE: MYSTERY OBSESSION AND DEATH ON MOUNT EVEREST. For more information about Mark and how to find his book visit:https://www.marksynnott.com/Kirkus Reviews on Mark's new book:https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/mark-synnott/the-third-pole/=========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.For more information about The Wood Brothers:https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, find him at: www.eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for The Happiness Quotient, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

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Apr 12

1 hr 18 min

LITERALLY: THIS IS THE TALK THAT INSPIRED THE 2019 SANDY IRVINE SEARCH EXPEDITION, which led to the film LOST ON EVEREST by National Geographic and Mark Synnott's book THE THIRD POLE: MYSTERY, OBSESSION, AND DEATH ON MOUNT EVEREST.  This presentation is one of only two sold out events EVER at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, Maine. The presentation was captured on camera by a student at the back of the auditorium, using a microphone mounted to the top of the camera. It's presented here for informational and educational purposes. "Pollard’s dynamic presentations are geared to inspire a deeper understanding of self and elicit the motivations which drive us to tackle seemingly insurmountable goals. Motivation, performance, teamwork, goal setting and overcoming obstacles are all interwoven metaphorically into his talk." This event was in support of sports medicine programs and services at Memorial Hospital, North Conway, NH. PLEASE LEARN MORE ABOUT THOM DHARMA POLLARD HERE:http://eyesopenproductions.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Apr 9

1 hr 13 min

This recap episode recounts the inspiration for this podcast coming into existence. While training for Mount Everest in April of 2019, my daily routine would include a strong hike up into Tuckerman or Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington in New Hampshire, USA. Many times I felt the presence of something, someone. Looking back, I believe that the essence of Sandy Irvine, who disappeared on Mount Everest on June 8 in 1924, was asking for assistance. As our expedition set out to locate Sandy, last seen at over 28,000 feet 'headed for the top', I have always believed that his soul had not yet been freed from the mountain. I introduce my mentor, Bradford Washburn, who inspired me so deeply in all of my endeavors, and share an interview that I conducted with him in 2001, he at the sprightly age of 91. This is my introduction to The Happiness Quotient (identical to Episode #3), re-vamped here as an introduction or as a refresher course to the ultimate inspiration for following one's dreams & passions.=========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.For more information about The Wood Brothers:https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, find him at: www.eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for The Happiness Quotient, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Mar 31

31 min 36 sec

Music Soothes the Soul. MUSIC FOR THE SOUL - this is a good one. DAMN good. Highlighting the very best clips from my music interviews on The Happiness Quotient, consider this a Get Stoked for the Weekend or Week or Day or Life starter kit. Each short clip is accompanied by a cut from each of the musician's respective studio albums.Featuring these fine musicians and their tune following:Daniel Donato - Fire On The MountainOliver Wood - The Battle Is Over: But War Goes OnMickey Raphael - Hand To MouthThe Reverend Freakchild - Keep On Praying Seth Walker - We Got ThisDANIEL DONATO, the Cosmic Cowboy - his new album is called A Young Man's Country, and you can find it here on Daniel's website at http://danieldonato.com/ Daniel's podcast is Daniel Donato's Lost Highway: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/daniel-donatos-lost-highway/id1452703574OLIVER WOOD of The Wood BrothersFor more about the coolest cat and greatest living American songwriter, Oliver Wood:https://www.oliverwoodmusic.com/MICKEY RAPHAELMickey's website is www.mickeyraphael.comThe tune Hand to Mouth, the music is courtesy of Mickey RaphaelTHE REVEREND FREAKCHILDKeep on Praying! His New Album Supramundane Blues Now available here:https://www.www-reverendfreakchild.org/SETH WALKER:This man is full of wisdom, and creates very beautiful music.For more on Seth and to find his book and music, visit:https://sethwalker.com/=========For more information about Thom Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.For more information about The Wood Brothers:https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, find him at: www.eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for The Happiness Quotient, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Mar 26

42 min 38 sec

Seth Walker literally dropped out of college to eek every ounce out of his guitar. He grew up in a small commune. Learned to play the cello, guided by his musician parents. When he first heard the sounds of T Bone Walker (no relation), he was hooked on the Blues. Seth has been a touring musician for decades. That is, until Covid shut things down. He said it was as if he was on a spinning, flaming hamster wheel. Covid helped him. Because of it, he found time to write his memoir. If you could call it that. It’s a memoir, with poems and artwork.“The Soul of Seth Walker” features my February 2021 interview with the one and only Seth Walker to talk about his book Your Van Is On Fire. Enjoy, this man is full of wisdom, and very beautiful music. For more on Seth and to find his book and music, visit:www.sethwalker.comSeth Walker music featured in this episode:Home AgainDreamerGotta Get BackThe Sound of Your VoiceAll I Need To KnowInsideFire In The BellyCall My NameFor more information about Thom Pollard:www.eyesopenproductions.comFor a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.For more information about The Wood Brothers:https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, find him at: www.eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for The Happiness Quotient, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

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Mar 15

1 hr 2 min

The Happiness Quotient #71The Legend of CLARENCE GATEMOUTH BROWNThis episode of the The Happiness Quotient can be found in audio only format at:https://www.buzzsprout.com/268133/8029682And on YouTube at this address: https://youtu.be/BDXmcezMIwQClarence Gatemouth Brown did not want to be known as a bluesman. He called his brand of music "American and World Music, Texas Drive and Swing"In a previous lifetime I was a television reporter for an NBC affiliate in western Massachusetts, WWLP, Channel 22. I was hired as a features reporter, wherein I’d produce, shoot, edit and report in a series that I called IN TOUCH WITH WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. Today, I’m bringing you an inspiring, honest never-before-heard interview conducted by myself in 1988 with the amazing, Grammy winning, Blues Hall of Fame legend of the blues (for lack of a better word) CLARENCE GATEMOUTH BROWN. I first met Gatemouth to interview him at his hotel, the Red Roof Inn in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, the morning before a show at the now defunct Sheehan’s Cafe in Northampton, Massachusetts. I’m going to play for you everything from that interview and impressive performance that evening, which took place during a time that many would say was the peak of his storied career. Gatemouth, who lived on Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana, was diagnosed in 2004 with lung cancer. When the notorious Hurricane Katrina moved into the region in August 2005, he hurried away to stay with his brother in neighboring Texas. His home was ruined during the hurricane, and his guitars and instruments washed away. Gatemouth passed shortly after.Please enjoy this 1988 interview with the incredible Gatemouth Brown, including music from his performance that night. In the interview, Gate schooled me on what The Blues really is, and how he is most assuredly NOT a bluesman. He plays a special kind of music, and it’s not the blues.For more information about Clarence Gatemouth Brown on Alligator Records:https://www.alligator.com/artists/Clarence-Gatemouth-Brown/Gate’s iconic 1966 Gibson Firebird guitar:http://legacy.gibson.com/news-lifestyle/features/en-us/legendary-guitars-clarence-708.aspxGate’s NY Times obituary:https://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/12/arts/music/guitarist-clarence-gatemouth-brown-dies-at-81.htmlGrateful Dan Tie Dye's Etsy page for Jerry Garcia glow-in-the-dark T:https://www.etsy.com/shop/GratefulDanTieDyeTom Reney, producer/host of Jazz a la Mode on New England Public Media:https://www.nepm.org/people/tom-reney#stream/0For more information about Thom Pollard:www.eyesopenproductions.comFor a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.For more information about The Wood Brothers:https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, find him at: www.eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for The Happiness Quotient, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Feb 25

53 min 22 sec

What was the fate of famed British mountaineers George Mallory and Sandy Irvine? And were they the first to climb Mount Everest?  Today's guest is noted historian and author Tom Holzel to talk about his fifty plus year fascination with solving the mystery of Mallory & Irvine. Mallory and Irvine’s disappearance on Everest on June 8th 1924 has captivated and intrigued  generations of mountaineers and would-be sleuths. Did they make it? What happened to them?Tom Holzel has studied this more than anyone alive. This interview will inspire you, intrigue and, it just might turn you into a modern day detective…. What happened on that fateful day, high upon the slopes of the world’s highest peak.For a free, downloadable copy of The Happiness Quotient's A Course In Happiness, please visit www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient, or find it at eyesopenproductions.com/happinessThree important interviews/videos with Tom Holzel:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLliwwVA2bFR4yw9K9XQV-eu42AUCIzsUKI'd like to thank Oliver and Chris Wood, Jano Ricks and The Wood Brothers management, as well as their publicist Kevin Calabro for granting us the rights to use HAPPINESS JONES for our theme music. We are deeply honored. Find The Wood Brothers at: https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, look for him at eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for A Course In Happiness, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

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Feb 17

1 hr 5 min

Inspired by two back-to-back dreams in which I walked and learned from masters of ancient wisdom, I reflect about the teachings of Friedrich Nietzsche. Given the impeachment proceedings taking place in the United States, these dreams and Nietzsche's principles for becoming an exceptional individual are timely and prescient for our future. It's all about individual accountability and becoming greater than oneself. Revolution starts from within. BELOW, PLEASE SEE NIETZSCHE'S PRINCIPLES.I'd like to thank Oliver and Chris Wood, Jano Ricks and The Wood Brothers management, as well as their publicist Kevin Calabro for granting us the rights to use HAPPINESS JONES for our theme music. We are deeply honored. Find The Wood Brothers at: https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, look for him at eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for A Course In Happiness, email THOM at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.com==============================================PRINCIPLES of Friedrich Nietzsche 1 BE AN ESSENTIALIST, be brief, concentrate on what is important, to not compromise self to other’s ideals, focus on what is important in our lives, 2   BE AUTHENTIC - take away all idols in life, do not follow herd mentality by denying your true self,   people are unwilling to be authentic because it takes great effort….3  LOOK FOR WISDOM NOT KNOWLEDGE - By observing and experiencing things for oneself, one can grow in wisdom, create your own concepts and do not follow4 PUT YOUR WILL INTO THINGS, do not accept piece of mind, untrue stories of paradise, following blindly the words or sermons of a priest or politician5   LOVE YOUR DESTINY    AMOR FATI, accept one’s destiny with open arms6   NEVER FEAR FAILURE, how can you arise anew if you do not first become ashes?7  ALWAYS SPEAK YOUR TRUTH   truths that are silenced become poisonous8   STAY CONNECTED TO NATURE, nature nourishes9   BE PRAGMATIC, you can only learn through experience, you cannot truly learn something by, say, reading a book unless you have experience of these things10   BE DYNAMITE   “I am not a man, I am dynamite”   Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Feb 11

20 min 42 sec

This powerful episode revisits an inspiring interview of hope with Holocaust survivor Irene Butter. For the thousands living today who survived that period in history, when the Nazi’s reigned terror around the world and attempted to rid the world of those who they deemed were a threat to their so-called superior race, the memory is a daily experience. Irene, like many, has chosen to honor those who lost their lives by telling us her story. Today we share a condensed interview with Irene first conducted in October of 2019. That interview, given the events of January 6, 2021 in the United States Capitol Building, are ever so poignant.Today, marking the Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, 2021 for CNN, Irene wrote:"Now, 75 years later, I see something I never imagined: echoes of the Nazis and their regime. What happened in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021, was an attempted coup of our government and an unraveling of the democracy that protects all of our rights. I saw a T-shirt with the words "Camp Auschwitz," as well as other anti-Semitic symbols and slogans used by the rioters.Decades earlier, I heard an interview on the radio with Auschwitz survivor and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel, who said, "If you were in the camps, if you smelled the air and heard the silence of the dead, then it's your duty to be a witness and tell the stories." It took me 40 years to start talking, and I am not finished yet."Here's the full article by Irene:https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/26/opinions/holocaust-fascism-un-capitol-riots-butter/index.htmlIn this gripping and moving interview we discuss Irene's experiences of surviving the Holocaust and also talk about her book, written by Irene herself with the help of two old friends, John Bidwell and Kris Holloway, who helped bring Irene’s story of hope and inspiration to life. For more information about Irene please visit www.IreneButter.com and also please visit her publisher's website www.canofworms.netThe music inside the episode was found on the free music archive, and is by Tagirijus. You can find his music at tagirijus.de I discovered the music at the free music archive. I'd like to thank Oliver and Chris Wood, Jano Ricks and The Wood Brothers management, as well as their publicist Kevin Calabro for granting us the rights to use HAPPINESS JONES for our theme music. We are deeply honored. Find The Wood Brothers at: https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, look for him at eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for A Course In Happiness, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Jan 27

37 min 40 sec

Chris Carter grew up the son of missionaries in Kenya, Africa. He moved to the United States to study, climb, learn. In 2018 Chris took the physical and spiritual challenge of hiking the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail in the western USA. The film he created grabbed me from the first sounds of a camp stove lighting up. I welcome Chris to The Happiness Quotient to discuss the journey, about the friendships formed, and about the process of creating this incredibly moving and powerful film called To Measure a Mile. I love the film and you will love it, as well. Excerpts from the film will weave together with the interview done with Chris from his home in Chattanooga, Tennessee. To Measure A Mile can be found here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX4gjMlGSHE&t=52sChris Carter on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/chriscarter146/I'd like to thank Oliver and Chris Wood, Jano Ricks and The Wood Brothers management, as well as their publicist Kevin Calabro for granting us the rights to use HAPPINESS JONES for our theme music. We are deeply honored. Find The Wood Brothers at: https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, look for him at eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for A Course In Happiness, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comREADING LIST:Wild, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayedhttps://www.cherylstrayed.com/wild_108676.htmWanderlust: A History of Walkingby Rebecca Solnithttps://www.amazon.com/Wanderlust-History-Walking-Rebecca-Solnit/dp/0140286012Shores Beyond Shores:  From Holocaust to Hope, My True Storyby Irene Butterhttp://irene-butter.squarespace.com/bookReading Claudius: A Memoir in Two Partsby Caroline Hellerhttps://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/book/reading-claudius-a-memoir-in-two-partsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Jan 21

54 min 4 sec

"All of my wisdom came from all the toughest daysI never learned a thing being happy"These words from The Wood Brothers' song Happiness Jones sum up our podcast. The band has given us the green light to use the song as our new theme music! We are beyond honored here at The Happiness Quotient. Hear the story of how it came to pass.We're also going to introduce you to 6-time Everest climber Michael Hamill of Climbing the Seven Summits, one of the top Everest and moutaineering guiding and outfitting companies in the world. From Hanover, New Hampshire, Mike lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and daughter. They're expecting a boy in February 2021.Mike's packing now for Everest, where his team has already established Base Camp on the Khumbu Glacier in Nepal. His twenty+ years of guiding on 8,000 meter peaks, including 13 expeditions to Mount Everest, make him the perfect interview to hear how Nepal is doing after having shut down the 2014, 2015 and 2019 Everest seasons, how it's impacted the people who rely on the mountain to make a living.For more information about Mike, find him here: https://climbingthesevensummits.com/Climbing the Seven Summits YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJjauFo5rnhh6_KN9kglJ4wMike's book, Climbing the Seven Summits:https://climbingthesevensummits.com/book/I'd like to thank Oliver and Chris Wood, Jano Ricks and The Wood Brothers management, as well as their publicist Kevin Calabro for granting us the rights to use HAPPINESS JONES for our theme music. We are deeply honored. Find The Wood Brothers at: https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, look for him at eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for A Course In Happiness, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comA Course In Happiness and a downloadable pdf of the most recent A Course In Happiness can be found at https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Jan 14

32 min 55 sec

Recorded just as the polls closed during the runoff elections in Georgia, USA, we bring back Dr. Nathan Schwartz-Salant for his insightful take on how an individual must stand one's ground during times of chaos and uncertainty. The late Dr. Nathan Schwartz-Salant, a prominent Jungian analyst, in this interview from February 8, 2020, on the eve of the New Hampshire primaries, offers a way for us to 'stand our ground' during these uncertain times, how to embrace the darkness of the collective psyche. His insight and analysis is perfect for  Dr. Schwartz-Salant is a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology {IAAP} and has been practicing as a Jungian analyst for almost fifty years. His first book, Narcissism and Character Transformation: The Psychology of Narcissistic Character Disorders, published by Inner City Books in 1982, is a classic in the Jungian field. Recently, he contributed the chapter "Healthy Presidential Narcissism: Is That Possible?" for the popular book, A Clear and Present Danger: Narcissism in the Era of Donald Trump, that came out during the 2016 presidential campaign.Thank you to Dr. Schwartz-Salant for your incredible insight and advice to those finding themselves at dis-ease during these maddening times. Music for Episode 30 is by Mild Wild and was found on the free music archive. They can be found at https://soundcloud.com/mildwildmusicFor more about me please visit eyesopenproductions.com and ask to join my mailing list. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Jan 6

38 min 38 sec

Our thoughts are very powerful. The thoughts that make up a great part of our conscious life create the person that we project onto the world, create the reality of our own lives. Imagine a person being a tiny little radio station, broadcasting out to the world the thoughts, fears worries emptiness and depression that fill the mind. To commune with your soul, all it requires is for you to be like Source, or Soul, that being an all loving being, So when you choose to come from a place of love your energies reflect that, and your little miniature radio station broadcasts that into the world. When we do that we find ourselves in synchronicity with the energies of one’s soul, or godlike energies….How do we do that?By adopting a vision of something worthy….by endeavoring to aspire to something greater, more noble. A Course In Happiness and a downloadable pdf of today's A Course In Happiness can be found at https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientSuggested Readings:Emotional Intelligence - Daniel GolemanAutobiography of a Yogi - Paramahansa YoganandaThe Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge - Carlos CastanedaZen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert PirsigCloud Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal: Alan WattsA COURSE IN HAPPINESS PDF DOWNLOAD CAN BE FOUND HERE:https://www.patreon.com/posts/course-in-issue-45574377?utm_medium=clipboard_copy&utm_source=copy_to_clipboard&utm_campaign=postshareMusic from today's episode was found on the free music archive, featuring the brilliant music of Marianne Dissard. Please find out more about her incredible music at:www.mariannedissard.comFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, look for him at eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for A Course In Happiness, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Dec 2020

21 min 7 sec

A quotient is an answer to a mathematical division problem. When we gather experience and look at the opportunities within our most challenging days, by deduction we begin to grow in wisdom. Hey, at the very least, we might learn what not to do. When we become wise and stop desiring the acquisition of wealth, or love or spiritual enlightenment, we will begin to become naturally happy. The Happiness Quotient endeavors to apply knowledge to the experiences in our lives, exploring how Happiness can be a part of our every day, even during the most challenging times. In today's inaugural episode of our new incarnation we explore the healing power of music with bluesman and Master of Divinity in Buddhist Philosophy the Reverend Freakchild. We also share a killer rendition of Happiness Jones by The Wood Brothers. Music throughout the episode is brought you by Reverend Freakchild off his latest album The Bodhisattva Blues. Final cut is Happiness Jones by The Wood Brothers. HAPPY STUFF - RESOURCES AND RESEARCH If you'd like to support this podcast or download a PDF from A Course In Happiness plese visit:https://www.patreon.com/happinessquotientFor more information about Thom Dharma Pollard and The Happiness Quotient please visit eyesopenproductions.com To join our mailing list message me at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.com Our guest for Episode #63, Reverend Freakchild, can be found at:https://www.www-reverendfreakchild.org/Link to Happiness Jones by The Wood Brothers, as heard in Episode #63 can be found here, by Jam In The Van, Live in Nashville, TN 2019:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWFT2Ya332IChogyam Trungpa’s book, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism:https://www.amazon.com/Cutting-Through-Spiritual-Materialism-Chogyam/dp/1570629579Naropa University webpage:www.naropa.eduThank you for your kindness.See you next time at The Happiness Quotient.Peace and Love,Thom Dharma PollardSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

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Dec 2020

42 min 43 sec

Folks, the winter solstice approaches. Thom gets prepared to announce some HUGE news about the future and where things are going.  Groove to some music by Daniel Donato and let Thom tell you what it's all about. Music by Daniel Donato, the real Cosmic Cowboy "Always Been A Lover" Find him at: www.danieldonato.comFind his music on Spotify by typing in 'Cosmic Country" and listen to his podcast on Apple Podcasts at:https://podcasts.apple.com/ua/podcast/daniel-donatos-lost-highway/id1452703574My friend Will White, who suggested I start podcasting (mentioned in this episode) has a podcast himself, called Stories From The Field: Demystifying Wilderness Therapyhttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/stories-from-the-field-demystifying-wilderness-therapy/id1440862416For more information about Thom, visit:www.eyesopenproductions.comPeace and Love,Thom Dharma PollardSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Dec 2020

11 min 44 sec

What do you get when you mix a Jam Band with a Country Band? You get Cosmic Country, a la Daniel Donato, a rising Nashville musician who got his start on Lower Broadway in Nashville at the age of 14 when he first stepped on stage. His story is inspiring, amazing, insightful and filled with positivity and wonder. Daniel's new album is called A Young Man's Country, and you can find it here on Daniel's website at www.danieldonato.com Daniel's podcast is Daniel Donato's Lost Highway: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/daniel-donatos-lost-highway/id1452703574Please visit me at eyesopenproductions.com or visit me on Apple Podcasts and Subscribe:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/baker-street-with-thom-pollard/id1457211236Thank you for visiting!Peace and Love,Thom Dharma PollardSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

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Nov 2020

1 hr 9 min

After eight wonderful years locked in the embrace of a warm cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, it was time I had to move. The news came as such a shock that it hadn't occurred to me to shop for a home to purchase. Time was short. I had two months to find a place to move the entire kit and kaboodle, in an absolutely over-saturated rental market, tapped by AirBnB and second home buyers, finding a place to live is nigh impossible around here. But, the Universe provides!I share my experiences with the move, have a final fire pit at the cabin, and immerse myself in the icy cold Saco River to cleanse myself of all past negativity to usher in a new phase of my life. Brrrr!The shorter video version of this episode is on YouTube at this link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMaGV1J5n2U&t=630sMusic is by 'me': songs include Can't Find My Way Home, That's What Angels Can Do and my own composition from the 2003 Viracocha II Reedship Expedition.JOIN MY MAILING LIST! Email me at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comFind me at eyesopenproductions.comFIND ME ON APPLE PODCASTS AND SUBSCRIBE. LEAVE A REVIEW!Peace and Love,Thom Dharma PollardSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

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Nov 2020

21 min 49 sec

This is the Truth about Everest.Hours after the passing of my mother in 2016 I was visited by a magnificent presence that assured me of my safety on Everest. Three months later, high up inside the Khumbu Icefall, that same presence assisted me during a serac avalanche in which four of us might have been killed. PLEASE SHARE AND PLEASE SUBSCRIBE on Apple Podcasts. If you would like to be added to my mailing list or to be notified with details of the upcoming Everest event please email me at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comMUSIC for this episode is by the AMAZING Garcia Birthday Band.Please visit their website:http://gbblive.comEyes Of The World by GBB:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhTSJVDUp58I Know You Rider by GBB:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qglrhSFOTBcHave a great day. Come from a place of Love.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Oct 2020

33 min 22 sec

As Chair and CEO of Warner Bros., Ann Misiaszek Sarnoff became the first female to serve as a Studio head in the entertainment industry. Ann is truly a trail blazer, an inspiration to young and old to prove that hard work, determination and persistence far outshine the traits championed in the age of immediacy. Ann was named head of WarnerMedia’s Studios and Networks Group in August 2020. In this role, she is responsible for all of WarnerMedia’s content-focused teams, uniting the Warner Bros. Pictures Group, HBO and HBOMax, the Warner Bros. Television Group, DC, kids/young adults/classics (Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, TCM, Cartoon Network Studios, WB Animation), TBS, TNT, TruTV, Wizarding World, consumer products and gaming, to work together across titles, brands and franchises. An unmatched collection of world-class brands and content creators.Sarnoff brings more than 30 years of business and media experience to this post, as she guides the Studios and Networks Group in support of WarnerMedia’s mission to engage and delight the global audience with innovative, engaging entertainment content.I grew up in the same town as Ann and we graduated from high school together. We talk about our time growing up in a small town in western Massachusetts, her influences and her path to becoming one of the most successful women in the United States or world today. Music for today's episode comes to you from the free music archive, featuring the music of Jan Morgenstern. He can be found at http://www.wavemage.com/For more about me, find me at eyesopenproductions.comPeace and Love,Thom Dharma PollardSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Oct 2020

50 min 38 sec

Michael Palmisano has created a brand for himself as one of YouTube and the internet's premier guitar teachers. Known for his "Guitar Teacher REACTS" videos, he has - as of this date - over 171,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel "Michael Palmisano. Micheal can't remember a time in his life that he wasn't playing or holding a guitar. He decided to go 'all in' on a career with the guitar after getting his business degree. Times weren't always easy. He married well, as he says, his wife saw the person he was going to be before he became it. Her mantra is ‘we can do anything’...let them try to stop us.Michael's music and his message are inspiring and intoxicating. You will love not only his teaching style but his positive message about life.  We recorded our interview on video. Stay Tuned for a video version, TBD.You can find Michael on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5rPp4vKg6AN8qnRCZ_RkPAHis website is here: www.guitargate.comMichael on social media:Twitter: twitter.com/guitargateInstagram: www.instagram.com/guitargate/Facebook: www.facebook.com/GuitargatePlease look for me at eyesopenproductions.comOr write me at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.com to be added to my mailing list. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Sep 2020

1 hr 12 min

A few years ago I had a hernia operation. The first thing I said to the nurse after I awoke from surgery was "The subconscious is a place created for people who need to hide their fears." Honest, that's what I said. This brief episode investigates how fear and negative thinking can ruin us, starting with the idea of NOT feeling sorry for oneself. The power is in how we think, plain and simple. For more information about me or how to join my mailing list, find me at eyesopenproductions.com or email me at thom.dharmapollard@gmail.comMusic was found on the free music archive and by the Vivisectors. They can be found at www.thevivisectors.comPeace and Love,Thom Dharma PollardSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Sep 2020

19 min 33 sec

You could say that in every dark cloud there is a silver lining….  COVID, as you know, has wreaked havoc on human life and the economy, around the world and in the US. In this episode we welcome back a guest who visited us in April for our HEROES OF THE QUARANTINE CULTURE episode. David Brancaccio, is HOST AND SENIOR EDITOR OF MARKETPLACE MORNING REPORT ON PUBLIC RADIO.Anyone who has a page dedicated to him in Wikipedia is SOMEBODY!  Here’s here to talk all things economy with us today, wrapped inside a tasty combination of stories about model rockets and S’MORES.  Yes, the perfect s’more is on tap for today....David is a journalist, tv and radio host, reporter and storyteller….his website is www.brancaccio.com David, as many of you know, keeps the pulse on business innovation and the economy, politics, human rights, national security, the environment, health care, and science policy. In 2007, David won a national Emmy for coverage of a public health story in Kenya. In 2009, he won a Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in television political coverage.Today David is going to explain what the economy looks like leading into the election on November 3rd. He uses four letters of the alphabet to explain it: V, W, U and K....go figure.Music for today's episode was found on the free music archive. The Vivisectors can be found at www.thevivisectors.com For more information on me and how to contact me, visit www.eyesopenproductions.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Sep 2020

39 min 54 sec

It's not lost on me that on this day in 2001 nearly 3,000 lives were lost and a nation was shocked when four coordinated terrorist attacks were waged. The gravity of the situation pales in comparison to the bump in the road I'm currently going through.  I, we, have been asked to leave a home that I have lived in - rented - for over eight years. The abrupt and shocking news was delivered to me via the most impersonal of methods: certified mail. The sudden interruption of 'normal' has given me pause for great introspection, as has the words of the occasional troll or hater who feels the need to chime in on some of my Facebook posts. They're the ones who get me thinking.In this short episode I reflect on how gratitude, to me, is the only answer.Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness,Thom Dharma PollardSeptember 11, 2020Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Sep 2020

8 min

HOW NOTES HEREOliver Wood has a touch of survivor's guilt. Many of his peers and even some mentors in the music business didn't stick with it. Finally, after years of sleeping on couches and sharing hotel rooms with bands he got a decent paycheck in his mid-40's. He and his brother Chris, the younger Wood Brother, call is "the slow rise to the middle.'Oliver's take on life during COVID and the music business, life in general will keep you captivated in this exploratory interview that encompasses two new singles that he released independently of The Wood Brothers. Soul of This Town and The Battle Is Over (But The War Goes On), as well as more Wood Brothers music will fill your ears and heart with good sounds and inspiration. www.thewoodbros.comSongs appearing in this episode, in order of appearance:That's What Angels Can Do (played by Thom Dharma Pollard)Shoofly PiePostcards From HellHoney JarOne More DaySoul of This TownThe Battle is Over, But the War Goes OnWho The DevilClosing Song: The Wood Brothers performing "Who The Devil" at Music City Roots live from the Loveless Cafe on 10.23.2013 found at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz2ND_j9nH4Publicist: Calabro Music Mediahttps://calabromusicmedia.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Sep 2020

1 hr 1 min

Canoeing the heights: rock climbers in the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire in the USA performed a high profile, high wire, eye catching demonstration in New Hampshire's White Mountains at Cathedral Ledge on September 5, 2020. Sightseers and curious tourists hiked up the Cathedral Ledge road to see the Rainbow flag representing the LGBQT movement and a huge Black Lives Matter flag flying from the canoe, replete with two paddlers secured safely inside. The display could be spotted from a mile away and was the collaboration of a couple dozen area and regional rock climbers who endeavored to show the visitors to the valley that all are welcome here, regardless of color, gender identity or sexual orientation..I live just up the road from this mecca of the rock and ice climbing community. Cathedral Ledge drew me here decades ago to be a forever resident. When I heard about the demonstration I hurriedly packed up my recording gear to capture interviews and raw sounds of the scene. This episode of Baker Street with Thom Pollard brings to you a special Labor Day weekend demonstration of socially conscious individuals who quite literally put it all on the line to make a statement. Interviews with local climbers included Freddie Wilkinson, Josh Laskin, Mickey Hardt, Alexandra Roberts, Sam Conley, Lindsey Leone and some out of town people who came to see what the buzz was all about.  Have a listen. Music for the episode is brought to you by Lobo Loco, found on the free music archive. You can find his music at musikbrause.dePlease visit my website at eyesopenproductions.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Sep 2020

30 min 18 sec

Herein is a revelation straight from Havana Cuba, where I witnessed a mirage of my father, who had passed more than a decade before. My father was a poet, an English literature major at Brown University. He instilled in me an almost surreal sense of the romantic, which, and this is for a future episode, I believe is what made him an alcoholic, and, tragically, partially inspired the death by suicide of my brother, only three months after his own passing. These are lessons learned in pursuit of Everest, where in 1999 I came face to face with George Leigh Mallory, who disappeared 75 years previously, last seen with his partner Sandy Irvine at over 28,000 feet in 1924. The series of events that unfolded after that discovery jarred me awake me from a dreamy sleep of ignorance. I’d been living a life steeped in idealism. After the discovery of Mallory, which made world news, I found myself the object of ire by a few....a few who became the object of my ire for years….until, seated at the Ambos Mundos bar in Havana Cube I came to realize they were my greatest teachers. In that moment, I knew I was ready to begin writing my story….Music for today's episode is by Stewart Miller, Natalia Kamia and other invisible entities.They can be found at https://eg0cide.com/Please visit me at http://eyesopenproductions.com/PEACE AND LOVE,Thom Dharma PollardSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Aug 2020

12 min 2 sec

Barry Katz does not disappoint with his unique and inspiring blend of life philosophy, Hollywood chutzpah, life coach and all 'round good guy. For a man that towers over me at, what, 6-foot-four, he is soft spoken and mild mannered. Give him a chance, though, ad he'll spellbind you with his insight, wit and wisdom. In Part 2 of my interview with Barry, we veer off into new territory. In fact, while bestowing his life's stories of love, loss and incredible commercial success with comedians that he has represented, he takes the time to school me a bit on my own life's achievements. You'll be inspired and entertained by this wonderful interview with my old friend, Barry Katz.For more information on Barry, you can find him at www.barrykatz.com. Barry is also on Instagram and Twitter @barrykatzMusic for this episode is brought to you by THEE Reverend Freakchild from his incredible album The Bodhisattva Blues. For more information on the Reverend and how to buy his album, visit https://www.www-reverendfreakchild.org/the-bodhisattva-bluesThanks for being a part of my journey at Baker Street with Thom Pollard. Please visit my website at www.eyesopenproductions.comPeace and Love,Thom Dharma PollardSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

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Aug 2020

1 hr 11 min

This is a story about a father's enduring legacy, about a man who left this world young. While any dad who leaves before his time is worthy of consideration, this dad was world famous. He was the legendary blues harp (harmonica) player, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, vocalist and band leader the late Paul Butterfield.Today we go for a ride through Paul's old home of Woodstock, New York with his son, Gabriel Butterfield. Gabe was just 22 when his father passed. His father's fame was worldwide. The Dalai Lama invited the family to attend a private prayer and chanting to help Paul get to the next realm. In the yeasr since, Gabriel has weeded through the many stories of people portending to have known Paul. yet, what endures for Gabriel is the love that Paul and Gabriel's mother Virginia passed down to him. This is a fun yet moving interview with a man whose love for his father is boundless. Music is provided by a band formed by Gabriel and Jimmy Vivino, Paul Butterfield Revisited. Here are two performances by the band, recorded by Thom Pollard in November of 2012 at the Bearsville Theatre:Born In Chicago:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JNs2tlYVloGet Out of My Life Woman:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTsMBXxQT7IFor more information on Thom Pollard please visitwww.eyesopenproductions.comPAUL BUTTERFIELD'S PAGE ON THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME SITE:https://www.rockhall.com/inductees/paul-butterfield-blues-bandPaul Butterfield on stage to induct Bo Diddley into the R&R Hall of Fame:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UKL7g7BrR0Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Aug 2020

41 min 27 sec

On April 18, 2014 the silence of Everest was forever rocked by a devastating serac avalanche that took the lives of 16 souls. In an instant, all that was ever believed about Everest changed. The gigantic block of ice was believed to be the size of a six story apartment building. As it tumbled down over the steep wall of the west shoulder of Everest, it smashed into thousands of pieces, many the size of small cars, and exploded into the Khumbu Icefall.Climbing through the Khumbu Icefall that morning were over 100 individuals, most of them Sherpa porters and cooks, who worked for the many guiding outfits that catered to clients such as myself with the dream of climbing Mount Everest.I was sleeping in my tent at Base Camp that morning, about a mile from, but in direct view of where the tragedy took place. My guest, Jim Geiger, was in the tent directly next to mine. I was filming Jim on his quest to climb Mount Everest. I was filming a documentary about Jim on that fateful day. Jim, 68, was endeavoring to be the oldest American to climb Everest. Our expedition would end and the dream of climbing Everest gone for Jim. A POWERFUL film about Jim's quest is being released throughout North America for download and rental today. The film was produced by the award winning Steven Oritt of Los Angeles, Californa. I have Jim and Steve with me today and we discuss that day and their beautiful and inspiring film ACCIDENTAL CLIMBER, which is available for download on iTunes, released by Vision Films. Music for this episode is by LOBO LOCO, found on the fre music archive. You can find him on musikbrause.de                                                                                                                 Jim is a motivational speaker whose life’s purpose has been to help people help themselves.         Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Aug 2020

36 min 55 sec

Barry Katz is a modern day renaissance man. He is also funny as hell. Smart. Successful. Humble beginnings. I met Barry in high school, where we competed on swim teams from neighboring towns, then went on to compete together on the Boston University Swim Team. Barry's beginnings are inauspicious: he was a high school bully. A swim coach - who happened to be my AAU coach - spotted Barry serving detention one day and said 'kid, come swim with my team and I'll get your 9 million hours of detention wiped out.' Barry was officially born. He is a successful talent agent, helped jumpstart the careers of comedians Dave Chappelle, Tracey Morgan, Jay Mohr, Jim Breuer, Louis CK...need I say more? Hell, just that he worked with Jim Gaffigan is enough for me. He has brokered 100 TV development deals, Executive Produced over 50 television specials....  Barry got his career off to a start in Boston, as a student at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Services at Boston University, and - well, you'll hear it here - made his way through the side door of the comic industry by good old hard work, taking risks and, ultimately, how he responded to a tragedy in his life.Listen up. Be ready to be inspired. Ladies and Germs, Barry Katz, of Barry Katz Entertainment from Hollywood California.Find Barry on Instagram and Twitter:@barrykatz Music by The Reverend Freakchild off his new album The Bodhisattva BluesFind him at: https://www.www-reverendfreakchild.org/And his new album at: https://www.www-reverendfreakchild.org/the-bodhisattva-bluesPLEASE SUBSCRIBE to Baker Street with Thom Pollard on Apple Podcasts, or find me at www.eyesopenproductions.com for more about Mount Everest or to inquire about a speaking event. Ask to be on my mailing list by writing me at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.com Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

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Aug 2020

1 hr 12 min

When I first started climbing back in my late 20’s I wanted to mix my newfound love of the mountains with my career….  It was my dream to bring the two together, so that I could make a living doing what I love, that being a filmmaker or cameraman filming on mountains around the world. It’s taken me many places, including four expeditions to Mount Everest.The Highpointers with the Bargo Brothers is a new PBS television program premiering in July 2020 fefaturing my two guests, Branndon and Greg Bargo, who explore the United States by climbing the highest point in all 50 states. They invite local experts and some of the country's most interesting people to join them as they discover the best that each state has to offer.I was fortunate enough to be featured in Episode 3 of The Highpointers, climbing to the summit of New Hampshire's highest point, Mount Washington. It's a wonderful episode. Our interview talks about their program and about all the work that it took to make it to this point. They're great guys and are tons of fun to listen to.MUSIC for today is Metyu, VKTRD and Ondro M, found on the free music archive. You can find them at godot.sk/en or on their YouTube channel Met YuTHE HIGHPOINTERS can be watched online at thehighpointers.com  PLEASE check them outWrite me at thom.dharma.pollard if you'd like to be added to my mailing list. Check me out at eyesopenproductions.com for more and to inquire about my speaking presentations and how you can hire me for one of your events. Peace and love,Thom Dharma PollardSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Jul 2020

28 min 53 sec

I awoke today to news of an old college buddy, my first roommate, who is very sick. I had coincidentally had a dream about him last night, where I hugged him and told him that I was sorry I hadn't stayed in touch over the years. I also was attacked on social media by someone I thought was my friend, who went insane when he heard me make a comment about Donald Trump bragging about his genius in a supposed cognitive test. I'm learning a lot about people these days...All I can say is that I CAN DO BETTER. On this, the anniversary of my mom's birth, I share some thoughts on the world at large, on how I can only focus on me, not anyone else, in making the world a better place. Please listen. Please share. Peace and love,Thom Dharma PollardSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Jul 2020

12 min 41 sec

THIS IS A MUST LISTEN for all interested in current events, about how an elementary school in the most violent neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York has virtually transformed thousands of lives.This is a story about two separate worlds intersecting to make something beautiful. About an amazing elementary school that gives hope where there is only hopelessness and despair. It’s a story about a now decades old friendship formed out of a seemingly random encounter. When one man, a black man, my second guest, was bringing his 14 year old son, a talented 6’ 8 basketball recruit from East NY, meets a young white assistant director of admissions, graduate of Harvard’s graduate school of education, working at a top prep school in New England, where the son had been recruited to play. Normally, there would be no reason at all to mention whether any of my guests were black, or white, or of any cultural background, because it doesn’t matter….unless it’s pertinent to the story. In this case, while the friendship of these two men had absolutely zero to do with race, the events that took place in the few years after their first meeting, formed a lifelong bond which has changed the lives of thousands of youths in one of the toughest neighborhoods in all of Brooklyn New York. The real story started with the tragic drowning of a young and promising basketball player Brewster Academy named Trey Whitfield. Out of the sadness and sorrow of his loss his father, AB Whitfield, a former NFL player and his wife, Janie Whitney created a school named after their late son. This is a beautiful story that MUST be heard.For more information about the Trey Whitfield School visit: treywhitfieldschool.orgFind me at eyesopenproductions.comFor more about Stu and the Wildcat Inn and Tavern visit: wildcattavern.comThe music was brought to you by none other than the Reverend Freakchild, found originally on the Free Music Archive. Look for the Reverend's new album, The Bodhisattva Blues at http://www.www-reverendfreakchild.org/the-bodhisattva-bluesReverend Freakchild was the guest on Season 2's Episode 1, a great listen. Visit bakerstreet.buzzsprout.com and click on S2 Episode 1.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Jul 2020

1 hr 5 min

The 2019 expedition to solve the mystery of who climbed Everest first changed many lives, is now the subject of a new film called LOST ON EVEREST, is the cover article in the July issue of National Geographic Magazine and is the subject of a book by NY Times Best Selling author and professional climber Mark Synnott. The Third Pole will be released in the spring of 2021. One of the chapters of Synnott's book is called The Day Everest Broke, and describes in heartbreaking detail the story of some of the eleven people who lost their lives on May 23, 2019. This gripping episode features Mark Synnott, who takes us on a journey to Everest and how the project started and how it turned into the history making expedition for all the world to see.Everything you thought you ever knew about Mount Everest will change when you listen to this interview with New York Times Best Selling Author and professional climber Mark Synnott. In 2019 Mark and I made a blood pact to go to Everest to try to solve the most enduring mystery in all of modern exploration: who climbed Everest first. Shortly after we made the blood pact to go 'no matter what', Mark told our friend Renan Ozturk, who virtually transformed the shape of the expedition by bringing in National Geographic, The North Face and Sony as sponsors. The film about our history making expedition - LOST ON EVEREST - premiers on National Geographic Channel on June 30th in the United States. Mark is writing a book, The Third Pole, about our expedition, which will be released in the spring of 2021. I interviewed Mark at my home on June 20, 2020, almost exactly two years after we made our blood pact. His interview will totally transform everything you thought you knew about Mount Everest. The interview is presented to you here basically unedited, unfiltered, raw and as-it-happened. From Everest Mystery sleuths to anyone who enjoys a damn good story, this interview is for you. For more information about Mark Synnott: https://www.marksynnott.com/For more information about Renan Ozturk: https://www.renanozturk.com/For more information about me: eyesopenproductions.comIf you like what you hear and want to ensure the future of Baker Street with Thom Pollard, Support the show https://www.patreon.com/thomdharmapollardNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL WORLD PREMIERE DATES: France – July 5th 2020 21:55 Netherlands - July 6th 2020 22:00 Italy – July 9th 2020 21:55 Romania / Greece – July 12th 2020 20:00 Germany – July 12th 2020 20:10  Brazil – July 14th 2020 21:00 United Kingdom – July 14th 2020 18:00 SEA – July 15th 2020 22:00 LATAM – July 18th 2020 22:00 Turkey – July 19th 2020 20:00 Central Europe – July 19th 2020 21:00 Taiwan – July 19th 2020 22:00 Australia – July 21st 2020 20:30 Africa – July 22nd 2020 19:15 Poland – July 22nd 2020 22:00 Balkans – August 6th 2020 21:00 Canada – September 26th (Tentative)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

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Jun 2020

1 hr 19 min