MAGNANIMOUS (The Good Words Podcast)

In this episode about the word, "magnanimous," host Lynn Hickernell features recurring segments, "Say What?" and "GET IT?!?!?" as well as stories about magnanimity from secret philanthropist Ronald Read, athlete Ivan Fernandez Anaya, author Darcey Rosenblatt's novel Lost Boys, and Alex Manugian on donating a kidney. The episode concludes with the poem, "A.B.A." by Louisa May Alcott.


Brattleboro Memorial Hospital - video about Ronald Read 

Article about Ivan Fernandez Anaya and Abel Mutai 

Darcey Rosenblatt - author of LOST BOYS 

Tar (Iranian musical instrument) on Wikipedia 

Matthew Boyd Snyder on 

Matthew Boyd Snyder on Instagram 

Alex Manugian on IMDB 

Short & Curly episode about kidney donation 


A.B.A. (poem) by Louisa May Alcott on 
Read for Librivox by Antoinette Griffin 

A. B. A. 

by Louisa May Alcott 

Like Bunyan's pilgrim with his pack, 
Forth went the dreaming youth 
To seek, to find, and make his own 
Wisdom, virtue, and truth. 
Life was his book, and patiently 
He studied each hard page; 
By turns reformer, outcast, priest, 
Philosopher and sage. 

Christ was his Master, and he made 
His life a gospel sweet; 
Plato and Pythagoras in him 
Found a disciple meet. 
The noblest and best his friends, 
Faithful and fond, though few; 
Eager to listen, learn, and pay 
The love and honor due. 
Power and place, silver and gold, 
He neither asked nor sought; 
Only to serve his fellowmen, 
With heart and word and thought. 

A pilgrim still, but in his pack 
No sins to frighten or oppress; 
But wisdom, morals, piety, 
To teach, to warn and bless. 
The world passed by, nor cared to take 
The treasure he could give; 
Apart he sat, content to wait 
And beautifully live; 
Unsaddened by long, lonely years 
Of want, neglect, and wrong, 
His soul to him a kingdom was, 
Steadfast, serene, and strong. 

Magnanimous and pure his life, 
Tranquil its happy end; 
Patience and peace his handmaids were, 
Death an immortal friend. 
For him no monuments need rise, 
No laurels make his pall; 
The mem'ry of the good and wise 
Outshines, outlives them all.


MAGNANIMOUS episode transcript

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