Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (Blind Willie Johnson)
Loneliness Finds Her Own way (Clem Snide)
Coast to Coast (Christopher O'Riley)
Eleanor Rigby (Vitamin String Quartet)
Let's Get Lost (Christopher O'Riley)
12.27.2009 (was 02.01.2009)
Imagine the loneliest place you can think of. For Robert Kull, that place was an island off the coast of Patagonia. A place where the barometer dipped and the wind howled off the ocean. Kull spent a year there, exploring complete solitude and seeking the answers to spiritual questions that had dogged him all his life. What he found was the opposite of loneliness. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the art of alone time.
Robert Kull chose to live completely alone off the coast of Chile for a year. He tells Anne Strainchamps the hardest part was the mental challenges he faced, not the weather or coping with his prosthetic leg.
Kathleen Morris talks about her experience with the mental habit monastics used to describe a kind of frantic escapism and aversion to other people. It's similar, but not identical, to the modern disease of depression.