Dead Man's Forest

51 EpisodesProduced by Michael MarvoshWebsite

Dead Man's Forest is a weekly conversation about the unique wisdom and knowledge each of us possesses. Will you share yours?

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DMF 50: A few thoughts to roll around while we're apart

June 26th, 2019


I've decided to set Dead Man's Forest down for a while to focus on some business goals I set for myself. Give a listen for more details, and for some parting thoughts. I'll still be around, so you are more than welcome …

DMF49.5: Quick hello while travelling

June 19th, 2019


I hope that you're having a meaningful week.

DMF 49: Colleen, continued--thoughts on connecting with that inner "yes" and on being heard

June 12th, 2019


The conclusion of my conversation with Colleen (and of the interwoven conversations with Colleen and Tbird). She shares how she learned to listen to …

DMF 48: Tbird continued, on catching up with himself, and on learning to acknowledge what is

June 5th, 2019


Tbird and I finish our conversation. He wraps up his story on re-gathering the parts of himself he left behind as a child and in his 20s, and how his worldview has changed because of those experiences. He finishes with …

DMF 47: My friend T-bird shares a story about depression and recovery, and how "business as usual" has distracted so many of us from what really matters

May 29th, 2019


T-bird is an incredibly passionate and caring man who has some remarkable experiences to share with you--and reflections on the lessons he's learned from those experiences.

This week's episode is a bit of an …

DMF 46: Colleen talks about the inner "yes" and how it helped her realize that the path she was "supposed" to be on wasn't the one she wanted to be on

May 22nd, 2019


My good friend Colleen shares some of her experiences in facing the choice that she had between the life she was "supposed" to live based on how she …

DMF 45: The truth may lie between the worldviews

May 8th, 2019


The things we learn over the course of our lives are largely determined by where and when we were born. Given the huge amount of potential knowledge, and the tiny slice of it any one of us happens to possess, it seems …

DMF 44: An inherent conflict between two equally valid worldviews

May 1st, 2019


What can people do when there's a conflict between what you believe you should do and what someone else believes you should do? And when, from each …

DMF 43: Conclusion of my conversation with Joyce: some personal examples related to authenticity, courage, forgiveness

April 24th, 2019


I hope you have enjoyed the past couple episodes' conversation with Joyce. Today we wrap it up with a few personal examples. I think we all have something to learn from people who live with authenticity, such as Joyce.

DMF 42: Continued conversation with Joyce on death and authenticity

April 17th, 2019


Joyce talks about her love for spring, and about how mindfulness of our mortality can help us be more present and more authentic.


Death …

DMF 41: The importance of connectedness and the cycles our lives go through: a conversation with my friend Joyce

April 10th, 2019


This is the first part of my conversation with Joyce, who has some wisdom to share about why connection--to all things--is important, and how the disconnection our Western civilization teaches us is harming so many …

DMF 40: Creativity in art and science; and how love powers it

April 3rd, 2019


I recently changed some of my ideas about science based on reading an important book called "The Beginning of Infinity," by David Deutsch. (Well worth the read, by the way.) I had what I now think are some …

DMF 39: Jared Jacobs (aka Gold Yeller) on sharing, family, and the give-and-take of life

March 27th, 2019


Jared Jacobs, perhaps better known on the internet as Gold Yeller, makes stop-motion videos of sports highlights using Lego. Take a few minutes to …

DMF 38: Short Update, two tweaks to some previous DMF ideas that will be returning in future episodes

March 20th, 2019


I couldn't record a full episode this week, but I've still been working on some thoughts. This episode will keep you abreast of two of them: first, …

DMF 37: A conversation with Emily Marvosh, continued: classical music, art, and the humanities and their place in our lives

March 13th, 2019


The conclusion of my conversation with Emily Marvosh, where she talks about what classical music is and what continues to interest and excite her about it. 

You can read about and hear Emily's work on her website,

DMF 36: Emily Marvosh on listening, staying flexible, and making music

March 6th, 2019


This week I speak with Emily Marvosh about her experiences and what she's learned from them. She shares several lessons that have been important to her throughout her education and career as a classically-trained …

DMF 35: Relating with love and compassion is, perhaps, the core tenet of all religions

February 27th, 2019


I suspect that love and its fruit--life--are the core goals of all religions. I find it sad that in religion we often lose sight of that, instead making our faith more about being right than being loving.

DMF 34: Why love might actually be the answer

January 30th, 2019


From the perspective of your relationship to the universe and to civilization, and from the universe's perspective of its relationship to …

DMF 33: A few thoughts on how we might respond to the truth of our mortality

January 23rd, 2019


Last week we talked about how Michael sometimes gets emotional about his death as the ultimate goodbye. This week brings some ideas about how we can …

DMF 32: How death can show us that life is wonderful

January 16th, 2019


An emotional episode today, recorded on a walk over very crunchy snow--an experiment that turned out a little noisier than I hoped it would. But, …

DMF 31: A story about emotions

January 9th, 2019


In this episode, I wrote a short fable to illustrate the lesson I wanted to share. I hope, should you choose to incorporate the lesson into your …

DMF 30: A short hello wishing you a happy 2019!

January 2nd, 2019


After getting up to the mountain today I found myself unable to collect my thoughts due to some external circumstances. Rather than fumble my way …

DMF 29: A Conversation with Patrick, Concluded

December 19th, 2018


Patrick and wrap up our conversation with ideas about fear, binary thinking, and a couple sports analogies.

DMF 28: A Conversation with Patrick, continued

December 12th, 2018


Patrick and I continue our discussion. This week we cover dogma and guiding principles, fear and selfishness, iteration and innovation, and being true to the person you want to be.

DMF 27: A conversation with Patrick

December 5th, 2018


My friend Patrick and I discuss language, ideological lenses and unconscious bias, and a couple of his experiences with these things.

More from …

DMF 26: Gratitude, Privilege, and Ownership

November 28th, 2018


Coming out of his conversations with Jason and sharing the Thanksgiving holiday with his family, Michael reflects on some important ideas about a …

DMF 25: A Conversation with Jason Young, Part 2

November 21st, 2018


My conversation with Jason took an unexpected turn in its second half. The conversation turns from worlds and worldviews to religion.

Give the episode a listen to find out what he asked me and how I responded.

If you …

DMF 24: A conversation with Jason Young

November 14th, 2018


Jason Young, author of Maturation and Transformation Through Vision Fasting (an abbreviated title for this description), shares with us what he's learned about how worldviews shape worlds, and how we can use that …

DMF 23: Closing thoughts on letting go, play, and growing up

November 7th, 2018


It's been a few weeks since I've visited the mountain to record, so today I made time to drive up there and reflect on the last few episodes.

I weave the threads of conversation from DMFs 19-22 together, reflecting on …

DMF 22: Nancy Buffington, continued: more on fear, her father's role in her life, and what's next

October 31st, 2018


The conclusion of my conversation with Nancy Buffington.

Thank you, Nancy, for sharing your story with us!

If you would like to keep up with what …

DMF 21: Nancy Buffington on messiness, fear, and taking her life back (part 1 of 2)

October 24th, 2018


Nancy Buffington is a wonderful and generous woman who I am privileged to know. She spoke with me about her experiences as a introverted girl and the …

DMF 20: A Conversation with Stephen Warley of Life Skills That Matter

October 17th, 2018


This week Michael talks to Stephen Warley, a wonderful human being and the man behind the podcast, website, and coaching business he calls Life …

DMF 19: Beauty in death, and letting go

October 3rd, 2018


Ruminations on the beauty of fall colors, their relationship to transience and mortality, and on how letting go is part of living fully.

DMF 18: We are the stories we tell ourselves

September 26th, 2018


After a few weeks off (car troubles, and recording and editing my first guest conversation), Michael returns with some more thoughts from the Dead Man's Forest about the different paths we all take to truth, and how the …

DMF 17: Lessons from John Poelstra

September 19th, 2018


A conversation with John Poelstra of

DMF 16: When conflict comes to stay

September 5th, 2018


Struggles in conflict situations, the complexity of multiple perspectives, and the stories we tell ourselves about the things that happen to us.

DMF 15: You belong in this place

August 29th, 2018


Back after a short hiatus, Michael reiterates the story behind Dead Man's Forest and shares some thoughts on belonging.

DMF 14

August 1st, 2018


The 14th episode of Dead Man's Forest.

DMF 13

July 25th, 2018


The 13th conversation from the Dead Man's Forest.

DMF 12

July 18th, 2018


The 12th conversation from the Dead Man's Forest.

DMF 11

July 18th, 2018


The 11th conversation from the Dead Man's Forest.

DMF 10

July 18th, 2018


The 10th conversation from the Dead Man's Forest.

DMF 9: The impact of certainty about our worldviews

July 18th, 2018


Vision and emotions could be similar: it feels like they are experiences that are derived from our environment, but several scientific subjects and …

DMF 8: The limits of thought; and thoughts on enlightenment

July 18th, 2018


The world we live in limits what we can think.

Is enlightenment just contentment and the absence of self-sabotage? And is it something we have access to?

We will all die; we have been given a death. Even the forest …

DMF 7: Imagination, reality, and how we create the world

July 18th, 2018


Followup thoughts on the creation and destruction that are in us (and all things), and how these two things tend to stay in balance.

How does memory …

DMF 6: Creation and destruction

July 18th, 2018


We are beings who wield both creation and destruction, and both of these are a part of all existence.

We know practically nothing. But if we wish to become wise, we must work towards that goal, knowing that perhaps it …

DMF 5: The balance between understanding and appreciation

July 18th, 2018


Thoughts on our vulnerability as mortal beings. Considering how a deconstructive mindset (which we use to understand the inner workings of …

DMF 4: Science hasn't yet explained what it feels like to be YOU

July 18th, 2018


Followup from episode 3 on how the goal is not the point, on why to practice perspective-taking, and the importance of honest conversation. New …

DMF 3: The value of different perspectives

July 18th, 2018


Reflecting on existence and nonexistence (both our own and that of other things), how such reflection could make the world a better place; the value …

DMF 2: Fear of meaninglessness

July 18th, 2018


Is truth real? Or is it something humans invented? DMF 2 wrestles with this question and its implications, and what we can do to use our fear of meaninglessness to better ourselves and our lives.

DMF 1: The Dead Man's Forest

July 18th, 2018


Michael introduces himself, the Dead Man's Forest, and starts the conversation.

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