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New Dimensions
We Are Those Who Come From Stars - Brian Thomas Swimme, Ph.D. - ND3774

New Dimensions

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 57:20


The universe is coming to know itself through us and the story of the universe has direct impact on the story of our personal life. Here we pursue a cosmological story that can unify and guide us into a future flourishing with life and with the power to experience ourselves as a manifestation of 14 billion years of cosmological creativity. Brian Thomas Swimme, Ph.D., is a cosmologist and a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he teaches evolutionary cosmology to graduate students in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program. He is a cocreator and host of the Emmy award winning PBS documentary Journey of the Universe. He is the author of Hidden Heart of the Cosmos (Orbis 2019), Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era—A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos (HarperOne 1994), The Universe is a Green Dragon: A Cosmic Creation Story (Bear & Company 1984) and Cosmogenesis: An Unveiling of the Expanding Universe (Counterpoint 2022). His video series Include Journey of the Universe• (Prime Video 2009) and Canticles to the Cosmos (Sounds True.1995)Interview Date: 10/18/2022 Tags: Brian Thomas Swimme, cosmosgenesis, primordial intelligence, astronomy, big bang, Copernicus, gravity, spiritual resilience, Ken Feit, Matthew Fox, Thomas Berry, Dolores Maro, time development consciousness, Science, Philosophy, Art & Creativity

Contemplify
Engaged Contemplation in a Heartbreaking World with Fr. Adam Bucko

Contemplify

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2022 61:18


Father Adam Bucko has been a committed voice in the movement for the renewal of Christian Contemplative Spirituality and the growing New Monastic movement. He has taught engaged contemplative spirituality in Europe and the United States and has authored Let Your Heartbreak be Your Guide: Lessons in Engaged Contemplation, and co-authored Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation (with Matthew Fox), and The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living (with Rory McEntee). His work has been has been featured by ABC News, CBS, NBC, Harper's Magazine, New York Daily News, and Sojourner Magazine and he currently serves as a director of the Center for Spiritual Imagination and the Cathedral of the Incarnation serving Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island in New York. Follow Adam on social media: Twitter | Instagram Visit Contemplify.com

Earth and Spirit Podcast
Matthew Fox on Creation Spirituality and Original Blessing

Earth and Spirit Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 70:12 Very Popular


Matthew Fox is an author, theologian, and activist Episcopal priest whose radical interfaith work attempts to reawaken us to the sacredness of the created world. In this conversation, Matthew reflects on how creation-centered spirituality, and the marriage of the divine feminine and sacred masculine, can help us respond with hope to the troubles of our apocalyptic times. RESOURCES: Earth & Spirit Center website: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/ Donate to support this podcast: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/donate/ Websites related to Matthew's work: http://www.matthewfox.org http://www.thecosmicmass.com http://www.orderofthesacredearth.org http://www.dailymeditationswithmatthewfox.org

Morning Meditation for Women
Meditation: Dance of the Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine (Divine Feminine)

Morning Meditation for Women

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 10:40


Join Premium! Ready for an ad-free meditation experience? Join Premium now and get every episode from ALL of our podcasts completely ad-free now! Just a few clicks makes it easy for you to listen on your favorite podcast player.  Become a PREMIUM member today by going to --> https://WomensMeditationNetwork.com/premium “When the sacred masculine is combined with the sacred feminine inside each of us, we create the ‘sacred marriage' of compassion and passion in ourselves.” Matthew Fox. Within each of us,  There is a beautiful mixture of feminine and masculine energy.  And when we honor them all,  When we refuse to cast pieces of them into the shadows,  They dance together in a magical ballet,  That is unique to us, And makes us shine.  JOURNAL PROMPTS: What came up for you as you experienced this vision?   

Most Excellent 80s Movies Podcast
The Lost Boys (1987)

Most Excellent 80s Movies Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 71:22


Join Krissy Lenz of the Neighborhood Comedy Theatre, Nathan Blackwell of the Last Movie Ever Made and Matthew Fox of the Ethical Panda for a deep dive into the Lost Boys of 1987. How much saxphone solo will be discussed? You'll have to listen to find out!

Cowpunchers!
Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Cowpunchers!

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2022 87:16


Bone Tomahawk directed by S. Craig Zahler, starring Kurt Russel, Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox. Episode Roundup: The cowpunchers list the differences between Amy MacLeod and David Arquette. Amy implores you to avoid evil magic circles, no matter theie provenance. Pat entrenches himself further into anti-horse rhetoric. Stu refuses to meet with the devil. Send us a note at Cowpunchersshow@gmail.com ! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

All Pop, No Culture
116. The ‘90s, Last Light, Letterkenny, She-Hulk, and Thrones Or The Empire Vibes Back

All Pop, No Culture

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2022 85:48


It's just Kevin and Andrew again, as everyone else seems to be too cool to hang out on a Saturday night. What results is probably one of the shortest episodes in APNC history. That said, it's a lot of content in a small package. Andrew kicks it off with a trip down memory lane, primarily driven by his first watch of Empire Records, a film loved by the rest of the APNC crew. Did he love it? Well, we can leave that up to you interpret, but the answer is also, "not really." Thanks to Andrew's conversation in the pre-show, Kevin remembered that he watched Peacock's Last Light with Matthew Fox. It's a short 5 episode miniseries about how a global petroleum crisis would effect the world. Yup, in just 5 episodes... After that, he jumps into a quick talk about Letterkenny and the new spinoff, Shoresy. Finally, the guys finish off the episode with She-Hulk and House of the Dragon. There is no Lord of the Rings talk this week, so next week should be double covered there. Also, in theory, more of the regular APNC crew will be there, also! As always, thank you for watching. Don't forget to like and subscribe. Also, leave some comments/questions for us. there's a lot to unpack in this little episode so we'd love to see what you guys are thinking! See you in a week!

Holy Heretics: Losing Religion and Finding Jesus
Ep. 54: Finding God in the Margins w/ Gary Alan Taylor

Holy Heretics: Losing Religion and Finding Jesus

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 26:12


We're excited to drop the first episode of Season Three of Holy Heretics with host Gary Alan Taylor! We are dedicating this year to marginalized voices who have either been muzzled by conventional Christianity or who have been pushed to the periphery of faith. People whose voices, bodies, race, gender, or sexuality make them dangerous to the status quo. In this introductory episode, we invite you to go on an adventure into the borderlands of faith, where we seek the real meaning of the spiritual quest, and where we dare to meet the God who stands in solidarity with the marginalized. Along the way, we will be lead by wise guides who know the way through the spiritual wilderness. Following Joseph Campbell's archetypal “Hero's Journey,” we'll wander ancient spiritual pathways toward our final destination with the Divine. What we find is that the God we serve lives on the margins, in the outlandish periphery where She has been banished for being too inclusive, too compassionate, too kind. If God became flesh as the least of these living on the edges of society, then in order to find God now, we need to move to the margins. In the end, we pause long enough in our quest to ask a few simple but profound questions. What is the end goal of spirituality? Why have humans for thousands of years sought union with the Divine, and what happens when we come face to face with God? What is “Theosis,” and is it possible to obtain intimate union with God in the here and now? Thanks for joining us on the quest to uncover the heart of faith! We are glad to offer you early access to Season Three! BioGary Alan Taylor is Co-Founder of The Sophia Society and host of Holy Heretics Podcast. He has an undergraduate degree from Milligan University and a Master of Arts in European History and Holocaust Studies from East Tennessee State University before pursuing doctoral work at the University of Tennessee. He served in non-profit organizations and higher educational institutions before starting The Sophia Society with his friend and co-worker Melanie Mudge. Gary Alan began deconstructing white evangelicalism after leaving Focus on the Family in 2010. An “evangelicals evangelical,” Gary Alan began leaving white evangelicalism during his time on staff at Milligan University when he was introduced to pacifism and nonviolence. He credits his time as an undergraduate at Milligan for helping to instill the joy of lifelong learning, and his favorite authors and mentors in the progressive Christian space include Marcus Borg, Joan Chittister, Matthew Fox, Derrick Jensen, Richard Rohr, and Thomas Merton. In 2014, he and his wife joined the Episcopal Church. Through the leading of his wife Jennifer, he is pursuing a more contemplative, mystical Christianity. Gary Alan isn't an expert, but rather a fellow traveler on the quest to uncover the heart of faith. He has taught more than 15 courses at the university level and along with his role in the deconstruction space, he works at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs as a Development Officer. Gary Alan is married to Jennifer, and they are raising their three children in Monument, Colorado. He loves to travel, and his favorite places to visit include London, Singapore, South Africa, Scotland, Prague, and Hong Kong. He continues to be inspired by novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, and enjoys British literature. Follow Gary Alan on Instagram @garyalantaylor48. Follow Holy Heretics @holyhereticspodcast on Instagram, and the web: www.sophiasociety.org. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a rating and a review

The One You Feed
What Creation Spirituality Means with Matthew Fox

The One You Feed

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 62:03 Very Popular


Matthew Fox is an internationally acclaimed spiritual theologian, Episcopal priest, and activist. He holds a doctor in the History and Theology of Spirituality In this episode, Eric and Matthew discuss his book: Matthew Fox: Essential Writings on Creation Spirituality. Registration for The Well Trained Mind Program is now open!  Learn the foundations of mindfulness and create a more fulfilling spiritual practice in Ginny's live virtual program that starts on October 9.  Visit oneyoufeed.net/mindfulness to learn more! But wait, there's more! The episode is not quite over!! We continue the conversation and you can access this exclusive content right in your podcast player feed. Head over to our Patreon page and pledge to donate just $10 a month. It's that simple and we'll give you good stuff as a thank you! Matthew Fox and I Discuss What Creation Spirituality Means and … His book,  Matthew Fox: Essential Writings on Creation Spirituality. Creation spirituality is about the sacredness of nature and our existence Dualism as the fall of humanity How it's easy to forget to savor the beauty of existence Accepting the “both/and” rather than “either/or: Learning to fall in love the world around us The 4 paths of creation spirituality Creativity is what distinguishes postmodern from modern science The importance of cultivating creativity in a spiritual journey How art can be a meditation How both creating and taking in art is being an artist Compassion is about sharing both the joy and sorrow with one another Hildegard's tent of wisdom Matthew Fox Links Matthew's Website Twitter Facebook By purchasing products and/or services from our sponsors, you are helping to support The One You Feed and we greatly appreciate it. Thank you! If you enjoyed this conversation with Matthew Fox, check out these other episodes: Matthew Fox (Interview from 2016) Creative Spiritual Practices with Clark StrandSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Talking Pictures Podcast
Amber Rose Revah - Last Light

The Talking Pictures Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2022 4:30


#Actress #AmberRoseRevah discusses her role in the new #PeacockTV series #LastLight and her co-star #MatthewFox.#Celebrity #interview #TonyToscano #ScreenChatter

Blast Zone
Episode 75 - Speed Racer

Blast Zone

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 63:48


Maybe the best example of a live action cartoon ever made, it's SPEED RACER SPEED RACER DIRECTED BY: The Wachowskis RELEASED: May 9, 2009BUDGET: $120MBOX OFFICE: $93.9M ESTIMATED LOSS: $100M STARRING: Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Scott Porter NEXT EPISODE: We're kicking Blastober off in a big way, literally, with the extremely long director's cut of DOCTOR SLEEP

Messages from Douglas UCC
The Spirit Of The Cosmos

Messages from Douglas UCC

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 9:15


‘We will recover our sense of the Sacred only if we appreciate the Universe,' wrote Christian theologian, Thomas Berry. Pastor Sal shares wisdom from Carl Sagan, Matthew Fox, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Your Superior Self
Creation Spirituality- Matthew Fox

Your Superior Self

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 53:57


Matthew Fox is a spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest, and an activist for gender justice and eco-justice.  He has written 37 books that have been translated into other languages over 70 times. Among them are Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, A Spirituality Named Compassion, The Reinvention of Work, The Hidden Spirituality of Men, Christian Mystics and The Pope's War. He has contributed much to the rediscovery of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart and Thomas Aquinas as pre-modern mystics and prophets. Fox holds a doctorate in the history and theology of spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris. The founder of the University of Creation Spirituality in California, he conducts dozens of workshops each year and is a visiting scholar at the Academy for the Love of Learning. In joining the Episcopal church over 20 years ago, Fox has been working with young people to reinvent forms of worship by bringing elements of rave such as dance, dj, vj and more into the Western Liturgy.  The Cosmic Mass has been celebrated over 100 times and in dozens of cities in North America.  Fox is recipient of the Abbey Courage of Conscience Peace Award (other recipients being the Dali Lama, Mother Teresa, Ernesto Cardenal and Rosa Parks), the Ghandi King Ikeda Award, the Tikkun National Ethics Award and other awards.  His latest books are Naming the Unnameable: 89 Wonderful and Useful Names for God…Including the Unnameable God; Stations of the Cosmic Christ; and The Lotus & the Rose: A Conversation Between Tibetan Buddhism & Mystical Christianity. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Academy of the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, NM and resides in Vallejo, California

Fight Laugh Feast USA
Daily News Brief for Thursday, September 22nd, 2022 [Daily News Brief]

Fight Laugh Feast USA

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 16:31


This is Garrison Hardie with your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief for Thursday, September 22nd, 2022. Happy Thursday everyone! Let’s go ahead and just start this off with another dose of on this day in history! On this day in history, September 22nd, 1692 Last people hanged for witchcraft (8) in the US, 19 hanged overall, with six other deaths during Salem witch trials. 1699 People of Rotterdam strike over high cost of butter 1761 Coronation of King George III of the United Kingdom and Queen Charlotte 1862 US President Abraham Lincoln issues preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, threatening to free all enslaved people in the rebel southern states if those states fail to re-join the Union by January 1, 1863 1937 Date celebrated as the first International Hobbit Day and the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins 1970 US President Richard Nixon requests 1,000 new FBI agents for college campuses 1994 "Friends" TV sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman debuts on NBC, starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer 1997 American sportcaster Marv Albert pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges 1999 "The West Wing" created by Alan Sorkin and starring Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe and Richard Schiff, debuts on NBC 2004 "Lost" created by J.J. Abrams and starring Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly debuts on ABC in the US 2004 SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds was intentionally walked 4 times in a 9-inning game (MLB record) for the second time (1 May 2004) And that… was on this day in history for September 22nd. Before I get to the news today, I want to talk to you about club membership! Club Membership Plug: By joining the Fight Laugh Feast Army, not only will you be aiding in our fight to take down secular & legacy media; but you’ll also get access to content placed in our Club Portal, such as past shows, all of our conference talks, and EXCLUSIVE content for club members that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Lastly, you’ll also get discounts for our conferences… so if you’ve got $10 bucks a month to kick over our way, you can sign up now at fightlaughfeast.com. https://americanmilitarynews.com/2022/09/putin-mobilizing-300000-new-troops-veiled-threat-of-nuclear-war/ Let’s start with some world news: Putin on video saying he’s mobilizing 300,000 more troops; veiled threat of nuclear war Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial military mobilization of 300,000 reserve troops, in a major sign of escalation in the ongoing war in Ukraine. The Russian leader also made veiled threats to use nuclear weapons if Russian territorial integrity is threatened. Putin announced the mobilization on Wednesday morning, stating “only military reservists, primarily those who served in the armed forces and have specific military occupational specialties and corresponding experience, will be called up.” Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said 300,000 people will be called up for service in the partial mobilization. Putin’s order falls short of a full mobilization of the Russian military, with a full-scale draft. France 24 reported that in an interview with Russian state television, Shoigu said students and those who already served as conscripts would not be called up and the majority of Russia’s reserve forces would not be drafted. During his announcement, Putin said western nations “have even resorted to the nuclear blackmail.” Putin said he referred to “the statements made by some high-ranking representatives of the leading NATO countries on the possibility and admissibility of using weapons of mass destruction – nuclear weapons – against Russia.” “I would like to remind those who make such statements regarding Russia that our country has different types of weapons as well, and some of them are more modern than the weapons NATO countries have.” he said. “In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and to defend Russia and our people, we will certainly make use of all weapon systems available to us. This is not a bluff.” The mobilization comes as Russia has seen setbacks in its war in Ukraine. Ukrainian forces have begun to retake territory captured by Russian forces earlier in the year. Last week, Ukrainian forces claimed they retook around 1,000 square miles in a matter of days. The mobilization of 300,000 reservists suggests a Russian effort to fend off the Ukrainian offensive and prolong the fighting in Ukraine. In an apparent prelude to Putin’s decision, Russian lawmakers pushed through new legislation on Tuesday that would increase the penalties for crimes committed during a period of military mobilization. Reuters reported the bill passed in its second and third readings in the lower house of the Russian legislature, the Duma, on Tuesday. The bill increases criminal penalties for acts of desertion, damage to military property and insubordination during a military mobilization period. https://thepoliticalinsider.com/southern-border-crossings-hit-all-time-record-this-is-a-national-security-crisis/ Southern Border Crossings Hit All Time Record. This Is A National Security Crisis We seem to be breaking all sorts of records lately, although perhaps not the ones we wish to be breaking. From crime rates to homelessness, we keep aiming for higher and higher numbers. The southern border is no exception to this phenomenon, with illegal crossing encounters surpassing two million for the first time, with one more month left in the fiscal year to go. But as the Vice President said, the border is secure, so why do we keep talking about it? As much as the Biden administration would like to make us believe that there is nothing to see at the border other than cruel Republican politicians and tumbleweed, we are facing an untenable crisis down Mexico way. The longer we ignore it, the more dangerous it becomes. Before diving into the dangers that lurk down south, let’s take a closer look at the numbers. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) reported that last month there were 203,598 illegal immigrant “encounters” at the southern border – in other words, people trying to cross the border illegally and coming into contact with U.S. officials. But, unfortunately, that’s just the number they know of; there isn’t a mechanism to capture the number of ‘gotaways.’ Gotaways are those that, just as the name entails, got away clean. Over the border and into the interior of the country. Last month’s numbers bring the total number of encounters for Fiscal Year 2022 to an unthinkable 2,150,370, with one more month to go. The last time that we broke the record on encounters at the southern border was just the previous Fiscal Year when we surpassed 1.7 million. That’s an increase of 450,000 more migrants or the equivalent of two months worth of migrants that came in this year. There have been some months where the CBP has recorded 8,000 illegal immigrants in one day apprehended at the border. If that were to be the daily standard, that would mean each week, 56,000 would be taken in at the border. So let’s see here, in the 11 months of this fiscal year, we have had 2,150,370 encounters. So let’s compare that to some other numbers. Population of Chicago = 2.7 million Population of Houston = 2.3 million Populations of Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, and San Jose = about 1 million Estimated amount of Russian troops deployed to Ukraine = 150,000 Total U.S. military troops to include reservists = 2.2 million Total active duty Chinese military = 2.2 million Total active duty Russian military = 1 million Think of it this way, we have the equivalent of the city of Houston pouring into our southern border. The world condemned, and rightfully so, the invasion of Russia into Ukraine. We have 14 times the amount of people invading our southern border. Or, to put it another way, the equivalent of the Chinese active duty military has bombarded the border. The number of people who have attempted to cross is greater than the total populations of 15 entire states: New Mexico, Nebraska, Idaho, West Virginia, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Maine, Montana, Rhode Island, Delaware, South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming. Did anyone vote for this? Do the American people get a say in it? Something to think about folks… https://www.foxnews.com/us/las-vegas-dem-accused-murdering-journalist-faces-removal-job Las Vegas Dem accused of murdering journalist faces removal from job A Las Vegas Democratic official charged with the stabbing death of a local journalist who was investigating him is facing removal from his elected position. Local prosecutors filed a lawsuit Tuesday in civil court to have Robert Telles booted from his role as Clark County public administrator, which handles the assets of people who die without wills. Since Telles' arrest Sept. 7 for the alleged murder of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German, he has been held without bail. "Defendant Telles has neglected to perform the official duties of the Clark County Public Administrator," according to the motion requesting that he be "deprived of and removed from his office." Telles, 45, was elected Jan. 1, 2019, then lost the Democratic Party primary in June – after German wrote stories accusing Telles of having an affair with a married underling and running a toxic work environment. German, 69, was working on follow-up reports when he was killed. Telles shut off his cellphone Sept. 2 and then attacked German in his home before allegedly fleeing wearing an orange shirt and a wide-brim straw hat, according to police. At a prior court appearance, a judge described the killing as "chilling" and said German was "fighting for his life" in his final moments. If a judge does not strip Telles of his position, he is entitled to continue raking in his $120,000 a year salary, with another $50,000 in benefits, until his term is up Dec. 31, 2022. The politician-turned-criminal defendant was assigned a court-appointed attorney Tuesday at his arraignment on one count of murder with use of a deadly weapon on a victim 60 years of age or older. He did not enter a plea. Clark County District Attorney Robert Wolfson said he would determine in the coming weeks whether Telles will face the death penalty. Redballoon Not so long ago, the American dream was alive and well. Employees who worked hard were rewarded, and employers looked for people who could do the job, not for people who had the right political views. RedBalloon.work is a job site designed to get us back to what made American businesses successful: free speech, hard work, and having fun. If you are a free speech employer who wants to hire employees who focus on their work and not identity politics, then post a job on RedBalloon. If you are an employee who is being censored at work or is being forced to comply with the current zeitgeist, post your resume on RedBalloon and look for a new job. redballoon.work, the job site where free speech is still alive! www.redballoon.work Now it’s time for my favorite topic… sports! https://nypost.com/2022/09/20/kyrie-irving-rips-eric-adams-latest-vaccine-mandate-decision/ Kyrie Irving rips Eric Adams’ latest vaccine mandate decision Nets star Kyrie Irving, who missed nearly two-thirds of last season due to his refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccine, ripped New York’s latest vaccine mandate decision. After New York mayor Eric Adams announced Tuesday that he’s ending the private employer vaccine mandate but keeping it for city workers, Irving took to social media to label it a human rights violation of historic proportions. “If I can work and be unvaccinated, then all of my brothers and sisters who are also unvaccinated should be able to do the same, without being discriminated against, vilified, or fired,” Irving wrote. “This enforced Vaccine/Pandemic is one the biggest violations of HUMAN RIGHTS in history.” Some might suggest that is slight hyperbole, but New York’s COVID vaccine requirements have been arguably the strictest in the country. Irving’s steadfast refusal to adhere to them saw him limited to just 29 games last regular season and only six home tilts at Barclays Center, once the city loosened rules for unvaccinated athletes and entertainers in March. A City Hall rep had no comment when asked by The Post about Irving’s critique. Irving should be available for this upcoming season. That, plus Ben Simmons’ Nets debut and the likes of Joe Harris returning from surgery, should give Brooklyn a healthier roster. “That’s all that matters. That’s all that matters,” Irving said Sunday on the Boyz Night Out podcast. “All the hypotheticals that come when nobody is healthy and when you’re not 100%.” Irving added that his vaccine stance was larger than the missed games. “I played 29 games, I barely played home games. It wasn’t a typical season I would have wanted. But things happen,” Irving said. “I had to stand on a whole bunch of bigger stuff than just that.” Now Irving will continue to stand on his belief that the municipal workers should be free to be unvaccinated, as the private sector employees now are. “Our vaccinated workforce kept the city open and operating, with over 300,000 employees it was crucial to put it in place and we’re keeping it in place,” Adams said while getting his booster at City Hall. “Our vaccinated workers have carried out their jobs and stepped up when the city needed them the most and we think it’s imperative to send the right message and lead by example.” Mayor Adams added that 89 percent of New Yorkers, including children, have been vaccinated. As such, the vaccine requirements for New York City schoolchildren to play sports and other higher-risk extracurricular activities are also being dropped. The city was still encouraging vaccines and boosters. “The rollout has been important and crucial and because we’ve been so successful, it’s time to move on to the next level of fortifying our city,” Adams said. “This puts the choice in the hands of New Yorkers. It’s imperative we’re asking them to continue to encourage their employees to get their vaccines and booster shots.” When asked about the municipal mandate – which led to over 1,500 city employees being terminated – Adams said no end date was imminent. Irving – who donated money out of his own pocket to help support WNBA players when the league was shut down due to COVID-19 – had also said he planned to help the municipal workers who had lost their jobs. This has been your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief. If you liked today’s show, go ahead and click that share button down below. If you want to sign up for a club membership, sign up for our conference with that club discount, and then sign up for our FLF magazine, you can do all of that at fightlaughfeast.com. And as always, if you want to email me a news story, ask about our conference, or sign on as a corporate partner for CrossPolitic, email me, at garrison@fightlaughfeast.com. For CrossPolitic News, I’m Garrison Hardie. Have a great day, and Lord bless.

Daily News Brief
Daily News Brief for Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

Daily News Brief

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 16:31


This is Garrison Hardie with your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief for Thursday, September 22nd, 2022. Happy Thursday everyone! Let’s go ahead and just start this off with another dose of on this day in history! On this day in history, September 22nd, 1692 Last people hanged for witchcraft (8) in the US, 19 hanged overall, with six other deaths during Salem witch trials. 1699 People of Rotterdam strike over high cost of butter 1761 Coronation of King George III of the United Kingdom and Queen Charlotte 1862 US President Abraham Lincoln issues preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, threatening to free all enslaved people in the rebel southern states if those states fail to re-join the Union by January 1, 1863 1937 Date celebrated as the first International Hobbit Day and the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins 1970 US President Richard Nixon requests 1,000 new FBI agents for college campuses 1994 "Friends" TV sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman debuts on NBC, starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer 1997 American sportcaster Marv Albert pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges 1999 "The West Wing" created by Alan Sorkin and starring Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe and Richard Schiff, debuts on NBC 2004 "Lost" created by J.J. Abrams and starring Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly debuts on ABC in the US 2004 SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds was intentionally walked 4 times in a 9-inning game (MLB record) for the second time (1 May 2004) And that… was on this day in history for September 22nd. Before I get to the news today, I want to talk to you about club membership! Club Membership Plug: By joining the Fight Laugh Feast Army, not only will you be aiding in our fight to take down secular & legacy media; but you’ll also get access to content placed in our Club Portal, such as past shows, all of our conference talks, and EXCLUSIVE content for club members that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Lastly, you’ll also get discounts for our conferences… so if you’ve got $10 bucks a month to kick over our way, you can sign up now at fightlaughfeast.com. https://americanmilitarynews.com/2022/09/putin-mobilizing-300000-new-troops-veiled-threat-of-nuclear-war/ Let’s start with some world news: Putin on video saying he’s mobilizing 300,000 more troops; veiled threat of nuclear war Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial military mobilization of 300,000 reserve troops, in a major sign of escalation in the ongoing war in Ukraine. The Russian leader also made veiled threats to use nuclear weapons if Russian territorial integrity is threatened. Putin announced the mobilization on Wednesday morning, stating “only military reservists, primarily those who served in the armed forces and have specific military occupational specialties and corresponding experience, will be called up.” Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said 300,000 people will be called up for service in the partial mobilization. Putin’s order falls short of a full mobilization of the Russian military, with a full-scale draft. France 24 reported that in an interview with Russian state television, Shoigu said students and those who already served as conscripts would not be called up and the majority of Russia’s reserve forces would not be drafted. During his announcement, Putin said western nations “have even resorted to the nuclear blackmail.” Putin said he referred to “the statements made by some high-ranking representatives of the leading NATO countries on the possibility and admissibility of using weapons of mass destruction – nuclear weapons – against Russia.” “I would like to remind those who make such statements regarding Russia that our country has different types of weapons as well, and some of them are more modern than the weapons NATO countries have.” he said. “In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and to defend Russia and our people, we will certainly make use of all weapon systems available to us. This is not a bluff.” The mobilization comes as Russia has seen setbacks in its war in Ukraine. Ukrainian forces have begun to retake territory captured by Russian forces earlier in the year. Last week, Ukrainian forces claimed they retook around 1,000 square miles in a matter of days. The mobilization of 300,000 reservists suggests a Russian effort to fend off the Ukrainian offensive and prolong the fighting in Ukraine. In an apparent prelude to Putin’s decision, Russian lawmakers pushed through new legislation on Tuesday that would increase the penalties for crimes committed during a period of military mobilization. Reuters reported the bill passed in its second and third readings in the lower house of the Russian legislature, the Duma, on Tuesday. The bill increases criminal penalties for acts of desertion, damage to military property and insubordination during a military mobilization period. https://thepoliticalinsider.com/southern-border-crossings-hit-all-time-record-this-is-a-national-security-crisis/ Southern Border Crossings Hit All Time Record. This Is A National Security Crisis We seem to be breaking all sorts of records lately, although perhaps not the ones we wish to be breaking. From crime rates to homelessness, we keep aiming for higher and higher numbers. The southern border is no exception to this phenomenon, with illegal crossing encounters surpassing two million for the first time, with one more month left in the fiscal year to go. But as the Vice President said, the border is secure, so why do we keep talking about it? As much as the Biden administration would like to make us believe that there is nothing to see at the border other than cruel Republican politicians and tumbleweed, we are facing an untenable crisis down Mexico way. The longer we ignore it, the more dangerous it becomes. Before diving into the dangers that lurk down south, let’s take a closer look at the numbers. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) reported that last month there were 203,598 illegal immigrant “encounters” at the southern border – in other words, people trying to cross the border illegally and coming into contact with U.S. officials. But, unfortunately, that’s just the number they know of; there isn’t a mechanism to capture the number of ‘gotaways.’ Gotaways are those that, just as the name entails, got away clean. Over the border and into the interior of the country. Last month’s numbers bring the total number of encounters for Fiscal Year 2022 to an unthinkable 2,150,370, with one more month to go. The last time that we broke the record on encounters at the southern border was just the previous Fiscal Year when we surpassed 1.7 million. That’s an increase of 450,000 more migrants or the equivalent of two months worth of migrants that came in this year. There have been some months where the CBP has recorded 8,000 illegal immigrants in one day apprehended at the border. If that were to be the daily standard, that would mean each week, 56,000 would be taken in at the border. So let’s see here, in the 11 months of this fiscal year, we have had 2,150,370 encounters. So let’s compare that to some other numbers. Population of Chicago = 2.7 million Population of Houston = 2.3 million Populations of Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, and San Jose = about 1 million Estimated amount of Russian troops deployed to Ukraine = 150,000 Total U.S. military troops to include reservists = 2.2 million Total active duty Chinese military = 2.2 million Total active duty Russian military = 1 million Think of it this way, we have the equivalent of the city of Houston pouring into our southern border. The world condemned, and rightfully so, the invasion of Russia into Ukraine. We have 14 times the amount of people invading our southern border. Or, to put it another way, the equivalent of the Chinese active duty military has bombarded the border. The number of people who have attempted to cross is greater than the total populations of 15 entire states: New Mexico, Nebraska, Idaho, West Virginia, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Maine, Montana, Rhode Island, Delaware, South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming. Did anyone vote for this? Do the American people get a say in it? Something to think about folks… https://www.foxnews.com/us/las-vegas-dem-accused-murdering-journalist-faces-removal-job Las Vegas Dem accused of murdering journalist faces removal from job A Las Vegas Democratic official charged with the stabbing death of a local journalist who was investigating him is facing removal from his elected position. Local prosecutors filed a lawsuit Tuesday in civil court to have Robert Telles booted from his role as Clark County public administrator, which handles the assets of people who die without wills. Since Telles' arrest Sept. 7 for the alleged murder of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German, he has been held without bail. "Defendant Telles has neglected to perform the official duties of the Clark County Public Administrator," according to the motion requesting that he be "deprived of and removed from his office." Telles, 45, was elected Jan. 1, 2019, then lost the Democratic Party primary in June – after German wrote stories accusing Telles of having an affair with a married underling and running a toxic work environment. German, 69, was working on follow-up reports when he was killed. Telles shut off his cellphone Sept. 2 and then attacked German in his home before allegedly fleeing wearing an orange shirt and a wide-brim straw hat, according to police. At a prior court appearance, a judge described the killing as "chilling" and said German was "fighting for his life" in his final moments. If a judge does not strip Telles of his position, he is entitled to continue raking in his $120,000 a year salary, with another $50,000 in benefits, until his term is up Dec. 31, 2022. The politician-turned-criminal defendant was assigned a court-appointed attorney Tuesday at his arraignment on one count of murder with use of a deadly weapon on a victim 60 years of age or older. He did not enter a plea. Clark County District Attorney Robert Wolfson said he would determine in the coming weeks whether Telles will face the death penalty. Redballoon Not so long ago, the American dream was alive and well. Employees who worked hard were rewarded, and employers looked for people who could do the job, not for people who had the right political views. RedBalloon.work is a job site designed to get us back to what made American businesses successful: free speech, hard work, and having fun. If you are a free speech employer who wants to hire employees who focus on their work and not identity politics, then post a job on RedBalloon. If you are an employee who is being censored at work or is being forced to comply with the current zeitgeist, post your resume on RedBalloon and look for a new job. redballoon.work, the job site where free speech is still alive! www.redballoon.work Now it’s time for my favorite topic… sports! https://nypost.com/2022/09/20/kyrie-irving-rips-eric-adams-latest-vaccine-mandate-decision/ Kyrie Irving rips Eric Adams’ latest vaccine mandate decision Nets star Kyrie Irving, who missed nearly two-thirds of last season due to his refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccine, ripped New York’s latest vaccine mandate decision. After New York mayor Eric Adams announced Tuesday that he’s ending the private employer vaccine mandate but keeping it for city workers, Irving took to social media to label it a human rights violation of historic proportions. “If I can work and be unvaccinated, then all of my brothers and sisters who are also unvaccinated should be able to do the same, without being discriminated against, vilified, or fired,” Irving wrote. “This enforced Vaccine/Pandemic is one the biggest violations of HUMAN RIGHTS in history.” Some might suggest that is slight hyperbole, but New York’s COVID vaccine requirements have been arguably the strictest in the country. Irving’s steadfast refusal to adhere to them saw him limited to just 29 games last regular season and only six home tilts at Barclays Center, once the city loosened rules for unvaccinated athletes and entertainers in March. A City Hall rep had no comment when asked by The Post about Irving’s critique. Irving should be available for this upcoming season. That, plus Ben Simmons’ Nets debut and the likes of Joe Harris returning from surgery, should give Brooklyn a healthier roster. “That’s all that matters. That’s all that matters,” Irving said Sunday on the Boyz Night Out podcast. “All the hypotheticals that come when nobody is healthy and when you’re not 100%.” Irving added that his vaccine stance was larger than the missed games. “I played 29 games, I barely played home games. It wasn’t a typical season I would have wanted. But things happen,” Irving said. “I had to stand on a whole bunch of bigger stuff than just that.” Now Irving will continue to stand on his belief that the municipal workers should be free to be unvaccinated, as the private sector employees now are. “Our vaccinated workforce kept the city open and operating, with over 300,000 employees it was crucial to put it in place and we’re keeping it in place,” Adams said while getting his booster at City Hall. “Our vaccinated workers have carried out their jobs and stepped up when the city needed them the most and we think it’s imperative to send the right message and lead by example.” Mayor Adams added that 89 percent of New Yorkers, including children, have been vaccinated. As such, the vaccine requirements for New York City schoolchildren to play sports and other higher-risk extracurricular activities are also being dropped. The city was still encouraging vaccines and boosters. “The rollout has been important and crucial and because we’ve been so successful, it’s time to move on to the next level of fortifying our city,” Adams said. “This puts the choice in the hands of New Yorkers. It’s imperative we’re asking them to continue to encourage their employees to get their vaccines and booster shots.” When asked about the municipal mandate – which led to over 1,500 city employees being terminated – Adams said no end date was imminent. Irving – who donated money out of his own pocket to help support WNBA players when the league was shut down due to COVID-19 – had also said he planned to help the municipal workers who had lost their jobs. This has been your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief. If you liked today’s show, go ahead and click that share button down below. If you want to sign up for a club membership, sign up for our conference with that club discount, and then sign up for our FLF magazine, you can do all of that at fightlaughfeast.com. And as always, if you want to email me a news story, ask about our conference, or sign on as a corporate partner for CrossPolitic, email me, at garrison@fightlaughfeast.com. For CrossPolitic News, I’m Garrison Hardie. Have a great day, and Lord bless.

Jim and Them
2022 Fall TV Preview - #742 Part 2

Jim and Them

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 115:35


2022 Fall TV Preview: It's already that time of year! Time to go over the fabulous new crop of TV shows for us to enjoy for the next 5+ years!Streaming Shows: Do the new streaming shows look good this year? NoNetwork Shows: Do the new network shows look good this year? NoMANUALLY MASTURBATE CAGED ANIMALS!, CLERKS!, HEAD OVER HEELS!, TEARS FOR FEARS!, SCARYL CROW!, SPOOKY!, IF IT MAKES YOU SPOOKY!, 2022 FALL TV PREVIEW JIM!, NETWORK!, STREAMING!, DAN HARMON!, KRAPOPOLIS!, TERRIBLE!, RICK AND MORTY!, JUSTIN ROILAND!, COMIC CON!, MEDUSA!, GODS!, PERIOD PIECE!, NFT!, TOKENS!, ROADMAP!, CRYPTO!, COMMUNITY DRIVEN!, GOTHAM KNIGHTS!, HARVEY DENT!, TEENAGERS!, STEPSON!, JOKER'S DAUGHTER!, TRANS JONKER!, CASS!, SUPERNATURAL!, BATMAN!, INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE!, PODCAST!, AMC!, LESTAT!, NEW ORLEANS!, HILARY CLINTON!, GUTSY!, MUSLIM!, CHELSEA CLINTON!, MEG THE STALLION!, WOMEN!, PHONY!, APPLE TV!, LENA DUNHAM!, GOLDIE HAWN!, KIM KARDASHIAN!, EMPIRE!, COUNTRY MUSIC!, SUSAN SARANDON!, MONARCH!, SIN!, SPANISH!, TIL JAIL DO US PART!, PAPAYA!, DISNEY PLUS BUNDLE!, PIECE OF SHIT!, CHEFS VS WILD!, MASTERCHEF!, THE ROOKIE FBI!, GUIDANCE COUNSELER!, NATHAN FILLION!, WALKER TEXAS RANGER!, JARED PADELECKI!, NOBLE SAVAGE!, NATIVES!, INDIANS!, ABIGAIL WALKER!, SUPERNATURAL!, SPINOFF!, THE WINCHESTERS!, JENSEN ACKLES!, LAS VEGAS SHOOTING!, DOCUMENTARY!, SO HELP ME TODD!, HALF COCKED!, STRONG LADY COP!, COPAGANDA!, VAMPIRE!, NED FROM SPIDER-MAN!, SYFY!, REGINALD!, DAY SHIFT!, NETFLIX!, SAM THE EAGLE!, HILARY SWANK!, LOOKS LIKE A SHOW!, ABC!, PRISONERS!, FIREMEN!, NOBLE PRISONER!, THE REAL LOVE BOAT!, REBECCA ROMIJN!, JERRY O'CONNELL!, BERMUDA!, DATING SHOW!, MATTHEW FOX!, POWER OUTAGE!, SHOW!, COLIN HANKS!, TEAGAN AND SARA!, QUANTUM LEAP!

CrossPolitic Studios
Daily News Brief for Thursday, September 22nd, 2022 [Daily News Brief]

CrossPolitic Studios

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 16:31


This is Garrison Hardie with your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief for Thursday, September 22nd, 2022. Happy Thursday everyone! Let’s go ahead and just start this off with another dose of on this day in history! On this day in history, September 22nd, 1692 Last people hanged for witchcraft (8) in the US, 19 hanged overall, with six other deaths during Salem witch trials. 1699 People of Rotterdam strike over high cost of butter 1761 Coronation of King George III of the United Kingdom and Queen Charlotte 1862 US President Abraham Lincoln issues preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, threatening to free all enslaved people in the rebel southern states if those states fail to re-join the Union by January 1, 1863 1937 Date celebrated as the first International Hobbit Day and the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins 1970 US President Richard Nixon requests 1,000 new FBI agents for college campuses 1994 "Friends" TV sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman debuts on NBC, starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer 1997 American sportcaster Marv Albert pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges 1999 "The West Wing" created by Alan Sorkin and starring Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe and Richard Schiff, debuts on NBC 2004 "Lost" created by J.J. Abrams and starring Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly debuts on ABC in the US 2004 SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds was intentionally walked 4 times in a 9-inning game (MLB record) for the second time (1 May 2004) And that… was on this day in history for September 22nd. Before I get to the news today, I want to talk to you about club membership! Club Membership Plug: By joining the Fight Laugh Feast Army, not only will you be aiding in our fight to take down secular & legacy media; but you’ll also get access to content placed in our Club Portal, such as past shows, all of our conference talks, and EXCLUSIVE content for club members that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Lastly, you’ll also get discounts for our conferences… so if you’ve got $10 bucks a month to kick over our way, you can sign up now at fightlaughfeast.com. https://americanmilitarynews.com/2022/09/putin-mobilizing-300000-new-troops-veiled-threat-of-nuclear-war/ Let’s start with some world news: Putin on video saying he’s mobilizing 300,000 more troops; veiled threat of nuclear war Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial military mobilization of 300,000 reserve troops, in a major sign of escalation in the ongoing war in Ukraine. The Russian leader also made veiled threats to use nuclear weapons if Russian territorial integrity is threatened. Putin announced the mobilization on Wednesday morning, stating “only military reservists, primarily those who served in the armed forces and have specific military occupational specialties and corresponding experience, will be called up.” Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said 300,000 people will be called up for service in the partial mobilization. Putin’s order falls short of a full mobilization of the Russian military, with a full-scale draft. France 24 reported that in an interview with Russian state television, Shoigu said students and those who already served as conscripts would not be called up and the majority of Russia’s reserve forces would not be drafted. During his announcement, Putin said western nations “have even resorted to the nuclear blackmail.” Putin said he referred to “the statements made by some high-ranking representatives of the leading NATO countries on the possibility and admissibility of using weapons of mass destruction – nuclear weapons – against Russia.” “I would like to remind those who make such statements regarding Russia that our country has different types of weapons as well, and some of them are more modern than the weapons NATO countries have.” he said. “In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and to defend Russia and our people, we will certainly make use of all weapon systems available to us. This is not a bluff.” The mobilization comes as Russia has seen setbacks in its war in Ukraine. Ukrainian forces have begun to retake territory captured by Russian forces earlier in the year. Last week, Ukrainian forces claimed they retook around 1,000 square miles in a matter of days. The mobilization of 300,000 reservists suggests a Russian effort to fend off the Ukrainian offensive and prolong the fighting in Ukraine. In an apparent prelude to Putin’s decision, Russian lawmakers pushed through new legislation on Tuesday that would increase the penalties for crimes committed during a period of military mobilization. Reuters reported the bill passed in its second and third readings in the lower house of the Russian legislature, the Duma, on Tuesday. The bill increases criminal penalties for acts of desertion, damage to military property and insubordination during a military mobilization period. https://thepoliticalinsider.com/southern-border-crossings-hit-all-time-record-this-is-a-national-security-crisis/ Southern Border Crossings Hit All Time Record. This Is A National Security Crisis We seem to be breaking all sorts of records lately, although perhaps not the ones we wish to be breaking. From crime rates to homelessness, we keep aiming for higher and higher numbers. The southern border is no exception to this phenomenon, with illegal crossing encounters surpassing two million for the first time, with one more month left in the fiscal year to go. But as the Vice President said, the border is secure, so why do we keep talking about it? As much as the Biden administration would like to make us believe that there is nothing to see at the border other than cruel Republican politicians and tumbleweed, we are facing an untenable crisis down Mexico way. The longer we ignore it, the more dangerous it becomes. Before diving into the dangers that lurk down south, let’s take a closer look at the numbers. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) reported that last month there were 203,598 illegal immigrant “encounters” at the southern border – in other words, people trying to cross the border illegally and coming into contact with U.S. officials. But, unfortunately, that’s just the number they know of; there isn’t a mechanism to capture the number of ‘gotaways.’ Gotaways are those that, just as the name entails, got away clean. Over the border and into the interior of the country. Last month’s numbers bring the total number of encounters for Fiscal Year 2022 to an unthinkable 2,150,370, with one more month to go. The last time that we broke the record on encounters at the southern border was just the previous Fiscal Year when we surpassed 1.7 million. That’s an increase of 450,000 more migrants or the equivalent of two months worth of migrants that came in this year. There have been some months where the CBP has recorded 8,000 illegal immigrants in one day apprehended at the border. If that were to be the daily standard, that would mean each week, 56,000 would be taken in at the border. So let’s see here, in the 11 months of this fiscal year, we have had 2,150,370 encounters. So let’s compare that to some other numbers. Population of Chicago = 2.7 million Population of Houston = 2.3 million Populations of Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, and San Jose = about 1 million Estimated amount of Russian troops deployed to Ukraine = 150,000 Total U.S. military troops to include reservists = 2.2 million Total active duty Chinese military = 2.2 million Total active duty Russian military = 1 million Think of it this way, we have the equivalent of the city of Houston pouring into our southern border. The world condemned, and rightfully so, the invasion of Russia into Ukraine. We have 14 times the amount of people invading our southern border. Or, to put it another way, the equivalent of the Chinese active duty military has bombarded the border. The number of people who have attempted to cross is greater than the total populations of 15 entire states: New Mexico, Nebraska, Idaho, West Virginia, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Maine, Montana, Rhode Island, Delaware, South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming. Did anyone vote for this? Do the American people get a say in it? Something to think about folks… https://www.foxnews.com/us/las-vegas-dem-accused-murdering-journalist-faces-removal-job Las Vegas Dem accused of murdering journalist faces removal from job A Las Vegas Democratic official charged with the stabbing death of a local journalist who was investigating him is facing removal from his elected position. Local prosecutors filed a lawsuit Tuesday in civil court to have Robert Telles booted from his role as Clark County public administrator, which handles the assets of people who die without wills. Since Telles' arrest Sept. 7 for the alleged murder of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German, he has been held without bail. "Defendant Telles has neglected to perform the official duties of the Clark County Public Administrator," according to the motion requesting that he be "deprived of and removed from his office." Telles, 45, was elected Jan. 1, 2019, then lost the Democratic Party primary in June – after German wrote stories accusing Telles of having an affair with a married underling and running a toxic work environment. German, 69, was working on follow-up reports when he was killed. Telles shut off his cellphone Sept. 2 and then attacked German in his home before allegedly fleeing wearing an orange shirt and a wide-brim straw hat, according to police. At a prior court appearance, a judge described the killing as "chilling" and said German was "fighting for his life" in his final moments. If a judge does not strip Telles of his position, he is entitled to continue raking in his $120,000 a year salary, with another $50,000 in benefits, until his term is up Dec. 31, 2022. The politician-turned-criminal defendant was assigned a court-appointed attorney Tuesday at his arraignment on one count of murder with use of a deadly weapon on a victim 60 years of age or older. He did not enter a plea. Clark County District Attorney Robert Wolfson said he would determine in the coming weeks whether Telles will face the death penalty. Redballoon Not so long ago, the American dream was alive and well. Employees who worked hard were rewarded, and employers looked for people who could do the job, not for people who had the right political views. RedBalloon.work is a job site designed to get us back to what made American businesses successful: free speech, hard work, and having fun. If you are a free speech employer who wants to hire employees who focus on their work and not identity politics, then post a job on RedBalloon. If you are an employee who is being censored at work or is being forced to comply with the current zeitgeist, post your resume on RedBalloon and look for a new job. redballoon.work, the job site where free speech is still alive! www.redballoon.work Now it’s time for my favorite topic… sports! https://nypost.com/2022/09/20/kyrie-irving-rips-eric-adams-latest-vaccine-mandate-decision/ Kyrie Irving rips Eric Adams’ latest vaccine mandate decision Nets star Kyrie Irving, who missed nearly two-thirds of last season due to his refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccine, ripped New York’s latest vaccine mandate decision. After New York mayor Eric Adams announced Tuesday that he’s ending the private employer vaccine mandate but keeping it for city workers, Irving took to social media to label it a human rights violation of historic proportions. “If I can work and be unvaccinated, then all of my brothers and sisters who are also unvaccinated should be able to do the same, without being discriminated against, vilified, or fired,” Irving wrote. “This enforced Vaccine/Pandemic is one the biggest violations of HUMAN RIGHTS in history.” Some might suggest that is slight hyperbole, but New York’s COVID vaccine requirements have been arguably the strictest in the country. Irving’s steadfast refusal to adhere to them saw him limited to just 29 games last regular season and only six home tilts at Barclays Center, once the city loosened rules for unvaccinated athletes and entertainers in March. A City Hall rep had no comment when asked by The Post about Irving’s critique. Irving should be available for this upcoming season. That, plus Ben Simmons’ Nets debut and the likes of Joe Harris returning from surgery, should give Brooklyn a healthier roster. “That’s all that matters. That’s all that matters,” Irving said Sunday on the Boyz Night Out podcast. “All the hypotheticals that come when nobody is healthy and when you’re not 100%.” Irving added that his vaccine stance was larger than the missed games. “I played 29 games, I barely played home games. It wasn’t a typical season I would have wanted. But things happen,” Irving said. “I had to stand on a whole bunch of bigger stuff than just that.” Now Irving will continue to stand on his belief that the municipal workers should be free to be unvaccinated, as the private sector employees now are. “Our vaccinated workforce kept the city open and operating, with over 300,000 employees it was crucial to put it in place and we’re keeping it in place,” Adams said while getting his booster at City Hall. “Our vaccinated workers have carried out their jobs and stepped up when the city needed them the most and we think it’s imperative to send the right message and lead by example.” Mayor Adams added that 89 percent of New Yorkers, including children, have been vaccinated. As such, the vaccine requirements for New York City schoolchildren to play sports and other higher-risk extracurricular activities are also being dropped. The city was still encouraging vaccines and boosters. “The rollout has been important and crucial and because we’ve been so successful, it’s time to move on to the next level of fortifying our city,” Adams said. “This puts the choice in the hands of New Yorkers. It’s imperative we’re asking them to continue to encourage their employees to get their vaccines and booster shots.” When asked about the municipal mandate – which led to over 1,500 city employees being terminated – Adams said no end date was imminent. Irving – who donated money out of his own pocket to help support WNBA players when the league was shut down due to COVID-19 – had also said he planned to help the municipal workers who had lost their jobs. This has been your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief. If you liked today’s show, go ahead and click that share button down below. If you want to sign up for a club membership, sign up for our conference with that club discount, and then sign up for our FLF magazine, you can do all of that at fightlaughfeast.com. And as always, if you want to email me a news story, ask about our conference, or sign on as a corporate partner for CrossPolitic, email me, at garrison@fightlaughfeast.com. For CrossPolitic News, I’m Garrison Hardie. Have a great day, and Lord bless.

Pop Culture Leftovers
Episode 439: The Woman King, Cobra Kai Season 5, Clerks 3, Andor Reactions, American Gigolo, Goodnight Mommy, Wedding Season, Last Light, Kiddie Kai, Speak No Evil

Pop Culture Leftovers

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 217:47 Very Popular


Welcome to Episode 439. We are joined by Stephanie Chapman from Scene-It Movie Reviews as well as Wayne from Podcast Championship Wrestling. We've got a new contest this week for 5 digital copies of the Jon Hamm movie CONFESS, FLETCH out now in theaters. This week for Good Pop Bad Pop in Movies Brian and Stephanie talk about the new Viola Davis movie THE WOMAN KING out now in theaters. We discuss 2 very different psychological thrillers this week with GOODNIGHT MOMMY on Prime Video and SPEAK NO EVIL on Shudder. And Brian gives his review on Kevin Smith's latest with CLERKS III. In TV Brian and Wayne talk about Season 5 of COBRA KAI now streaming on Netflix. WEDDING SEASON dropped on Hulu a new comedic murder mystery series where meet Katie on her wedding day, surrounded by the dead bodies of her new husband and every member of his family. The police think Katie's lover Stefan did it. Stefan thinks Katie did it. Katie thinks her ex-husband did it. No one knows what the truth is. Peacock released a new series starring Matthew Fox in LAST LIGHT. Discovery+ is giving us a reality show KIDDIE KAI set in The Blackbelt Byway, a region of the southeast United States with dojos on nearly every corner, follows martial arts rivals as they bring their dojos to epic showdowns to create the next generation of champions. And Jon Bernthal stars in the television series based on the movie AMERICAN GIGOLO now on Showtime. In News a bunch of sheep disrupt the Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two filming in the UK. And we talk about why Season 3 of Ted Lasso is being delayed. Might be awhile before we get the final season. In Marvel News it looks like we know what film sets up AVENGERS: THE KANG DYNASTY and we might know the release date of SHANG-CHI 2 if the rumors are true. In DC News Barbarian director Zach Cregger wants to make a Batman-adjacent film. And it looks like we're getting a sequel to 2005's Constantine with Keanu Reeves returning. And in Star Wars News we talk about the ANDOR reactions online. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Today's Episode
Last Light (PILOT)

Today's Episode

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 17:27


After a long hiatus from acting, Matthew Fox is back on the small screen in Peacock's Last Light. What happens when the worlds main source of energy is cut off? Who will people turn to for answers? On Today's Episode, we chat about the first of this five episode miniseries based on the 2007 Alex Scarrow disaster-thriller novel, then we look at the reviews. Tune in and Enjoy!

Hype is my Superpower
Episode 70: The future of the MCU, feat. Matthew Fox & Paul Hoppe of Superhero Ethics

Hype is my Superpower

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 114:50


We changed it up a bit this episode! No comics — instead, we brought in our good friends Matthew Fox and Paul Hoppe from the excellent podcast Superhero Ethics to chat about everyone's favorite Cinematic Universe (hint: it's the Marvel one). Where is it going from here? What are the problems? What are the opportunities? You're not gonna want to miss this one!

LOST: Down the Hatch - A Spoiler Filled LOST Re-Watch
Lost: Down the Hatch | Last Light Down the Hatch

LOST: Down the Hatch - A Spoiler Filled LOST Re-Watch

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 94:41


This week, Josh and Mike recap all of 'Last Light,' the new Peacock mini-series starring Matthew Fox. The post Lost: Down the Hatch | Last Light Down the Hatch appeared first on PostShowRecaps.com.

Post Show Recaps: LIVE TV & Movie Podcasts with Rob Cesternino
Lost: Down the Hatch | Last Light Down the Hatch

Post Show Recaps: LIVE TV & Movie Podcasts with Rob Cesternino

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 94:41


This week, Josh and Mike recap all of 'Last Light,' the new Peacock mini-series starring Matthew Fox. The post Lost: Down the Hatch | Last Light Down the Hatch appeared first on PostShowRecaps.com.

Entertainment Tonight
Entertainment Tonight for Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Entertainment Tonight

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 20:09


The royal rift. Where William and Harry stand on the 25th anniversary of their mother's death. Then, inside Armie Hammer's twisted life. We're with his aunt as the star braces for the damning new docuseries “House of Hammer.” Plus, Leo DiCaprio single again. We have the details on his split with Camila Morrone. And, how Nick Cannon's navigating 10 kids. Then, “America's Got Talent's” wildest act ever? Then, Eddie Murphy shares “Beverly Hills Cop” sequel plans. Plus, what got Matthew Fox to say yes to come back to TV more than a decade after “Lost.” And, the lost footage we found in the ET vault as Michael Jackson's hit turns 35.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

FluentlyForward
Episode 43: LOST blind items

FluentlyForward

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 71:41 Very Popular


The plane crashed and the tea spilled - this week we're talking about everything related to the TV show LOST. We'll cover this iconic TV show, the theories that popped up from it, and blind items about the cast members (as well as real life drama involving the cast members...some of which is even crazier than the blinds!)Timestamps:3:30 What is “LOST Hot”9:19 Malaysian Flight 370 went missing12:31 Casting changes on LOST14:46 Matthew Fox drama and blinds28:36 Naveen Andrews drama and blinds34:00 Josh Holloway40:10 Emilie de Ravin46:11 Dominic Monaghan54:40 Evangeline Lily1:00:30 Maggie Grace1:03:42 Daniel Dae Kim1:08:04 Elizabeth MitchellWith the Secured Chime Credit Builder Visa Credit Card, you can start building credit with everyday purchases and on-time payments. Continue your credit journey with Chime. Sign up takes only two minutes and doesn't affect your credit score. Get started at chime.com/fluently.

Living 4D with Paul Chek
EP 198 — Dr. Doug Brackmann and Meg Terwilliger: Driven or Possessed? The Need to Succeed

Living 4D with Paul Chek

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 177:59


 What traits separate people who are driven from those aren't?Psychologist Doug Brackmann and Meg Terwilliger describe what it means to be driven, the differences between driven men and women and how a first-timer beats a veteran sniper in a shooting match in this very illuminating Living 4D conversation.Learn more about the work Doug and Meg do and take a free assessment on your potential to be driven at their website and listen to their I am Driven podcast.Show NotesHow do people become driven? (7:05)The one thing driven people crave the most. (16:40)We live in a domesticated, farmer's world. (23:55)FOMO and the perfect cup of espresso. (31:36)Shame: The ability to identify with the monster living inside you. (44:05)Knowing the difference between pain and fear. (50:46)Are you driven or possessed? (58:01)“Identity is a huge component for driven women.” (1:05:29)Identifying wounded masculine behaviors in women. (1:16:32)Extreme self-righteousness, narcissism and pre-verbal wounds. (1:29:36)“Although we envision it to be very euphoric, transformation is uncomfortable.” (1:41:06)Understanding that there's no weakness in being feminine or gentle. (1:48:20)False enlightenment. (2:12:16)“Why do people self-sabotage? The ego lives in your body, not your brain.” (2:17:49)“There is an elitism to being driven that is not deserved.” (2:33:31)Feminine simplicity beats toxic perfectionism, especially on the shooting range. (2:43:24)Ever attend a shooting meditation retreat? (2:52:25)ResourcesDriven: Understanding and Harnessing the Genetic Gifts Shared by Entrepreneurs, Navy Seals, Pro Athletes and Maybe You by Dr. Doug BrackmannThe Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child and ADHD and The Edison Gene by Thom HartmanThe work of Thom Hartman, Father Thomas Keating, Matthew Fox and Natalya MammadovaThe Point of Existence: Transformations of Narcissism in Self-Realization by A.H. AlmaasMore resources for this episode are available on our website.Thanks to our awesome sponsors: CHEK Institute/IMS 1 Online, Paleovalley (save 15 percent on your purchase by using the code chek15 at checkout), BiOptimizers (save an extra 10 percent on your purchase by using the code PAUL10 at checkout), Cymbiotika (save 15 percent on your purchase by using the code CHEK15 at checkout), Organifi (save 20 percent on your purchase by using the code CHEK20 at checkout) and Airestech (save 15 percent on any purchase you make by using the code CHEK15 at checkout).We may earn commissions from qualifying purchases using affiliate links.

NIGHT-LIGHT RADIO
Order of the Sacred Earth by Matthew Fox, Skylar Wilson, and Jennifer Listug

NIGHT-LIGHT RADIO

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 45:00


Matthew Fox, a 76-year-old elder, activist and spiritual theologian, along with Skylar Wilson, a 33-year-old wilderness guide, leader of inter-cultural ceremonies, and an event producer, and Jennifer Berit Listug, a 28-year-old writer, spiritual leader, and publicist, are presenting a challenge and an opportunity in the vision launched in this modest book. That vision is about creating an Order of the Sacred Earth.   Matthew Fox has been called a maverick, a rebel, and by some a heretic. In his quest for a viable spirituality he discovered the ancient (but often suppressed) creation spirituality tradition that honors the sacredness of all creation. He has worked closely with Native spiritual leaders, feminists, activists, and others, and got himself in trouble with his mother church and the pope. He has written 34 books on spirituality and culture now translated in 67 languages and has taught in many schools including Stanford, the University of Creation Spirituality, which he founded, and the soon to be born Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality in Boulder, Colorado. Among his books are Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, A Way To God: Thomas Merton's Creation Spirituality Journal, Meister Eckhart: A Mystic Warrior for Our Times. Hosted by Dr. Zohara Hieronimus. Produced by Hieronimus & Co. for 21st Century Radio®.  Edited version provided to Nightlight Radio with permission.  

Modern Dadhood
Workaholics Anonymous | Matt Fox on Balance, Fulfillment, Fatherhood

Modern Dadhood

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 42:36


Though the phrase “work/life balance” has taken on new meaning in recent years, the concept is one that many parents struggle to achieve. Balance is a very individual thing, but at its core, it's about identifying what's important to us and consciously making time for those things. Matt Fox coaches men to live happy and fulfilled lives as dads and working professionals. Matt joins Modern Dadhood to share some wisdom. Afterward, Marc shares a blasphemous So That's a Thing Now.Episode 69 of Modern Dadhood opens with the guys catching up on Marc's 4 year old fraternal twin boys, followed by Adam's recount of his 8-year-old daughter's first time at an overnight camp. The guys briefly discuss the work of Matt Fox, a London-based father of two, and coach who works with dads to identify their personal priorities and balance their work with their families and passions. They share a recent conversation between Adam and Matt, which covers topics like:•  Breaking the "workaholic" habit•  Setting, and sticking to, personal boundaries•  Personal income as it relates to happiness•  The value of meditation and/or stillness•  And more! After the interview, Marc shares a blasphemous So That's a Thing Now which finds one of his boys blaming his woes on a divisive political figure.LINKS:Matt Fox Coaching (official website)Matt Fox Coaching (LinkedIn)Matt Fox Coaching (Facebook)Red Vault AudioCaspar BabypantsSpencer AlbeeStuffed Animal

PandaVision: A TV Podcast
The Orville S03E05 - "A Tale of Two Topas"

PandaVision: A TV Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 55:18


Matthew Fox returns to the show to join Matthew Carroll and Gary Milton while they all tackle this ripped from the headlines episode of the Orville continuing the story of Topa.Check out all of our podcasts!https://www.strandedpanda.com

Encore!
'Downton Abbey' star Joanne Froggatt on her new series 'Last Light'

Encore!

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 13:19


At the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, FRANCE 24's Genie Godula sits down with British actress Joanne Froggatt, best known as Anna Bates in "Downton Abbey". They chat about her new series "Last Light" with "Lost" star Matthew Fox. Also on the show, we take a look at a cult French film made by a seemingly cursed director. Jean Eustache's "The Mother and the Whore" is making its return to the big screen, 50 years after it was released.

Fuera de Series
Streaming: Agenda de Series del 21 de Junio de 2022

Fuera de Series

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 8:33


C.J. Navas comenta las nuevas producciones internacionales de Paramount+, el proyecto de Apple TV+ con Peter Capaldi y Cush Jumbo, la vuelta a la televisión de Matthew Fox y muchas noticias más en su repaso diario al mundo de las series de televisión

In-Flight Entertainment Podcast
Smokin' Aces (2006)

In-Flight Entertainment Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 26:39


This week we review Smokin' Aces! Starring Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Andy Garcia, Ben Affleck, Chris Pine, Common, Taraji P. Henson, Alicia Keys, Tommy Flanagan, Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman, and Matthew Fox. 

WTF Happened To....?!
WORLD WAR Z - WTF Happened to this Horror Movie

WTF Happened To....?!

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 16:21


In this episode, we take a look at the zombie action flick World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox, James Badge Dale, Peter Capaldi, David Morse, Ruth Negga and Daniella Kertesz. Directed by Marc Forster, this globe-spanning zombie yarn is adapted from the novel of the same written by Max Brooks, although it's seemingly mostly in name only as the story changed drastically for the big screen. With all manner of production issues, a reshot ending and clashes with the director and producer, Brad Pitt, it seemed like WWZ would be a box office disaster, but it ended up being a major success despite all the production woes. So, let's find out WTF Happened to World War Z! 

America Meditating Radio Show w/ Sister Jenna
Creation Spirituality with Matthew Fox & Sister Jenna

America Meditating Radio Show w/ Sister Jenna

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 46:00


Matthew Fox is the passionate prophet - and pied piper - of creation-centered spirituality. A radical priest, visionary theologian, and ecumenical mystic. He joins Sister Jenna to discuss his exploration of the creation spirituality traditions in Christianity and other world religions, as well as demonstrating their relevance to the significant challenges of our times. These traditions affirm the inherent sanctity and creativity of the universe and all its inhabitants, and they assert that a central human mission is to co-create a world of justice and compassion, beauty and peace, love and gratitude. Matthew's recent book is titled Essential Writings on Creation Spirituality. Visit https://www.matthewfox.org. Check out Sister Jenna's new book, Meditation: Intimate Experiences with the Divine through Contemplative Practices. Listen to the Om Shanti album by Sister Jenna on Spotify. Visit www.americameditating.org and if you like this show, please subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts, so other people can find us.

Best Of Neurosummit
Matthew Fox: Is Humanity Experiencing a Dark Night of the Soul?

Best Of Neurosummit

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 59:16


How can we find meaning in life when so many events today are so tragic? With wars, inflation, the pandemic, climate change, and much more, what is happening with our world view? How can we find new thought processes to look at these crises?  Our guest today, Dominican Friar Matthew Fox was expelled from the Catholic Church because of his controversial views. He was looking at revisiting the concept of Creation Spirituality and how we may see “Original Blessing” rather than “Original Sin.”  As a spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest, and an activist for gender justice and eco-justice, Matthew deeply discusses how Wisdom is Feminine and it is a time of the return of the Divine Feminine. He explains how the patriarchy crushed feminine wisdom. But that is changing. We are experiencing the dark night of our species – but there is so much hope. We are brilliant humans, with new technologies, and now humans have a greater chance of awakening than ever before. Because of mass media, and wars being televised, more people are connected and see the senseless suffering and offer help to those in need. Through Creation Spirituality, we “feel” more and we know that these are not just numbers, but actual human beings that are part of our human family on Earth. The reality of war humanizes it, as we see it. Mother Earth is also at war – the climate crisis is so severe that we must learn how our actions influence this change. Matthew suggests that we can refer to the mystics to gain wisdom. We must become even more compassionate so we may help and connect with one another. We cannot fall into despair. We cannot give up. The light can return.    Matthew has written 37 books that have been translated more than 70 times. Among them are “Original Blessing,” “The Coming of the Cosmic Christ,” and his newest collection of “Essential Writings on Creation Spirituality.”  He has contributed much to the rediscovery of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, and Thomas Aquinas as pre-modern mystics and prophets. He holds a doctorate in the history and theology of spirituality. As the founder of the University of Creation Spirituality in CA, he conducts dozens of workshops each year and is a visiting scholar at the Academy for the Love of Learning. By joining the Episcopal church more than 20 years ago, Fox has been working with young people to reinvent forms of worship by bringing elements of rave such as dance, djs, and more into the Western Liturgy.  The “Cosmic Mass” has been celebrated more than 100 times in dozens of cities in North America.  Info: MatthewFox.org

Daily Magic for Peace
06/06/22 | A Rainbow

Daily Magic for Peace

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 8:25


Today we will make a personal commitment to nonviolence. _________________    Daily Magic for Peace offers a quick and simple way to focus your intentions, prayers, and actions toward healing the crisis in Ukraine. By gathering one or two items and joining the circle, you will help send positive energy to counterbalance injustice, anger, and fear. Music by Terry Hughes.    If you feel like you've done all you can but still want to do more, join us in doing some Daily Magic for Peace.   _________________   Ways to Listen → Add Daily Magic for Peace to the end of your news playlist. → Listen first thing in the morning to start your day with hope. → Listen before sleep to relax. → Listen before participating in any activity for which you want to be fully present.   _________________   Increase the Magic Rate and review on Apple Podcasts to help us build the circle Share your favorite episode on Twitter | Click Here To Post a Tweet   _________________   Follow Daily Magic for Peace → Follow on Apple Podcasts → Follow on Spotify → Follow on Google Podcasts → Follow our RSS Feed   _________________ Donation Sites Feminist Workshop (Lviv) Alight (Minneapolis)   _________________   Prayer, Chanting & Ritual Starhawk's Protection Meditation for Ukraine Russill Paul Jennifer Berezan's Song for All Beings   _________________   Stay Informed Kyiv Independent State of Ukraine (NPR) Ukrainecast (BBC) The Daily (NYT)   _________________   Make Your Voice Heard Global Citizen President Joe Biden US House of Representatives US Senators UK Parliament President Emmanuel Macron Chancellor Olaf Scholz   _________________   With gratitude & honor to my teachers: Starhawk, SarahAmira de la Garza, Matthew Fox, Laura Amazzone, Russill Paul, Yeye Luisah Teish, Marina Smerling, and Lewis S. Bostwick. _________________ Disclaimers

Shame Piñata
Bonus - The Materials of Ritual (Material Feels Podcast)

Shame Piñata

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 53:42


Ritual can help begin things, end things, bridge over from one thing to the next. What differentiates one kind of ceremony from another often comes down to intention. But what are the materials of ritual and how can we use them to design ceremonies to support us in doing "the thing"? Links: Material Feels Podcast CXM Designs Shame Piñata Opening & Closing Music by Terry Hughes Material Feels Podcast music by Liz de Lise   Rate This Podcast   Full Transcript   Colleen Thomas: I have to contain my natural excitement a bit, so to be quiet and to listen, cause what my job is, is to listen and to hear and to hear between the words and to say, oh, wow. I tell me more about that….a lot of deep listening and just profound respect for their process and gratitude that they would in that they are involving me in their process. Um, cause they're letting me in, even if I'm not in the ritual, I'm helping them plan it and probably going to check in with them afterward just to sort of get a debrief on how it went.   I feel in the zone the whole time I'm in ritual space, especially if I'm not facilitating or having to be my brain, if I can just be in my body, you know? I feel most empowered when I feel like I'm not doing it alone,when whatever is moving, maybe being witnessed by people, listening to this thing I'm sharing or watching this thing I'm doing, and they're with me, you know, they're a hundred percent with me. They're like linked up with me, like energetically in this space. I feel like I'm like connected to spirit, to ancestors, to, you know, in my case to the goddess or all it is, well, then I feel like I'm, I'm not alone. And that, that is very, very freeing and comforting.   Colleen: My name is Colleen Thomas I'm a ritual artist and an independent audio producer. I am based in the San Francisco bay area. materials that I work with are time and space and elements.   Catherine: How would you define a ritual?   Colleen: It's intentional space that's created with one or more people and it is, um, usually has an intention, with a sacred space of some kind created, um, whether that's or an intentional space, I could say, cause it's not always the, the word sacred and religion kind of go together.   Like that bridge to juniors thing I had when I was leaving brownies was a ritual. It was very secular ritual, you know, anyway, and it wasn't, and they didn't make a big deal and invoke any gods or goddesses or anything obviously. But you know, like it was an intentional space. Like parents came, it was like, there was a program, it was like a, this is the purpose of this gathering. It was a ceremony.   Welcome to Material Feels, where we explore the intimate relationships between people and the materials they have fallen in love with. I'm your host, Catherine Monahon.   Just a heads up this episode is a bit intense: ritual and ceremony is a deep topic. It can bring up heavy emotions, and the kind of work Colleen does asks us to go to a vulnerable place. You might need time to process during or after so I encourage you to press pause, jot down some thoughts, listen with a friend and maybe give yourself some extra time after listening to decompress. Please take care of yourself.   The interview with Colleen was recorded on Ohlone land in Oakland, California, and this episode was produced on the traditional territory of the Kumeyaay. The Kumeyaay's territory has incredibly diverse geography in the state of California, stretching from the coast to the desert, with valleys and mountains between. The Kumeyaay have intimate knowledge of this topography, their cultural practices in tune with the seasonal changes.   San Diego County has more reservations than any other county in the country. Every time I do a land acknowledgement, I don't just google “Whose land am I on?” I take time to read and listen to the voices of the people. Indigenous ways of relating to the material world are sustainable and sacred; as a Material Feels listener, I imagine you care about those things, too. Non-indigenous listeners, please take time to learn about the not-so-distant history of residential boarding schools; pay a land tax to the first people's whose land you occupy, and use whatever platforms or resources you have to bring awareness and take action.   Today, we're exploring the materials associated with a creative practice we've all engaged with in one way or another: ritual & ceremony. Ritualist Colleen Thomas specializes in crafting rituals for life transitions and co-creating ceremonies that often deviate from the traditional ones many of us are used to (baby showers, birthdays, weddings or funerals).   Catherine: Why do people come to you in search of ritual?   Colleen: I connect with people, they are going through a change in they're a little bit lost and they're not sure how to create comfort and create meaning and create perspective when… it's like things happening to me is sort of the theme, right? Like, you know, I'm S yeah, like I'm suddenly going through a divorce or, um, or COVID is suddenly here and well, what are we going to do? I did some rituals with friends about that. Betty Ray said on my show, Shane piñata that, rituals create a space that help us create a container for the strong emotions that come with transition.   Catherine: Then what do we do with that container after like, I... I'm interested. I love that quote. And I think about you building the container and thoughtfully filling it with the materials that you choose with that person, but let that like, then what happens?   Colleen: Well, we have to figure out what the intention of the ritual is. The planning of it is almost as good as the doing. And the planning in my experience takes a lot longer than that. The actual doing the ritual right there doing the ritual could take an hour or something, but the planning can take weeks. And so a lot of the shifting and then making sense of the thing and the coming to terms with the thing. And then what is this going to mean for me and what are all my feelings about it and what are, what do I want to do with these feelings? Do I want to express them? Do I want to be angry and throw things? Do I want to, you know, curl up in a ball and you know, whatever, they are right. Playing with those feelings, working with the feelings, um, w that all happens during the prep. I mean, it could happen in the ritual too, but it's happening deeply with the prep, right? Figure all this stuff out and make sense of everything and just really pull it apart. It's like giving ourselves time to really let this thing be what it is, and to take up space and to not just be like an inconvenience, we shove aside this is important, this transition and how I feel about it and how I'm reacting to it, all the positive and negative ways. I might be reacting to this, you know, they're all valid.   And so it's like creating space for that. Especially like if you and I were in a process together, creating something for you, like, I would hope I could be there for you as somebody, you could explore that with, to whatever degree you want it to, and just kind of be in that space with you.   When we do the prep work and we feel into what, what will the, the hour long ritual say, it's an hour? What will that do for us? What do we want that to do for us? How do we design that? So it does. And the thing, you know, it's a safe container, or we get the rage out or we're witnessed for this, or we walk across the bridge or whatever we're doing, right? Like we figure out how to engineer design it. Um, so that it maximizes the potential of that happening. And then if that's done well, and if everything goes to plan and you know, rituals got its Spirit's got his own way and its own agenda.   But in that moment there most likely will be some kind of change or shift or transition transformation. And then afterwards there can be just a feeling of, you know, release and it happened. And now I'm like this often a sense of, um, vulnerability because we were vulnerable and we told our truth in front of people, you know? And, um, sometimes when I tell a very personal thing or a deep thing or something, a couple of layers in my heart or whatever, I start shaking afterwards. And sometimes I don't even know I've done that until I start shaking. And then I realize, okay, that was a, that was a, you know, a vulnerable thing that I just did.   But wait! You say. This is an art materials podcast, is it not!? Why are we talking about ritual and intentions and all this abstract stuff and not… oil paint, or clay, or paper? Well, I see ritual as an art form, and with every art form, there are materials and creative practices that go into creating it. Depending on one's faith, culture, personal choices, and intentions, the materials are vast and varied.   Catherine: Are there particular materials that you are drawn to?   Colleen: The intentional container is a big one, probably the most, probably the biggest one. Intentional container can be created by like reading a poem or taking a breath or having a moment of silence. It could be reading the Lord's prayer. It could be anything, you know, but it doesn't have to be religious.   Offerings are always the first thing, you know, um, making an offering of whatever that is. It could be words, it could be prayer. It could be a water, flower petals,   Some of the intentional objects to create the space, which, um, again, most of my experiences from the pagan community, which invokes the elements and the directions: objects such as feathers or incense for air, um, salt or earth for earth water, a bowl of water for water, um, and a candle or, and, you know, uh, an electric candle, um, or an image of fire.   Then there's also symbols of the numinous, goddess, or God like statues Mary's images, Mandalas.   Honoring of, you know, the, the thing that is, uh, spirit to us or nature, or not spirit for people who don't, who don't connect to spirit.     Honoring the ancestors is another big, um, piece of my practice.   Journaling and art supplies, um, can help us, you know, um, process stuff. And also remember what happened, create something to take with us with a new intention. Um, and music can be very helpful to can put us in a different space.   Colleen identified time and space as her core materials: creating a “container,” for people to engage with deeper emotions, imagination and connection. Then there are a range of materials that go into building out that container into a ritual or ceremony specially designed for you: special objects, photographs, symbolic objects for the elements, art supplies, music.   She also talks about invoking the elements…and I am intrigued. What is invoking, though? How does one… do that?   Colleen: I do that with rescue remedy, you know, the five flower formula that is, um, that is a homeopathic remedy to deal with stress and trauma. What, I don't have it with me, I just kind of invoke it. I just say the five flowers in that, you know, in that remedy, I just, I need you right now and I need you to come and help me calm down and be in this moment and just kind of invoking them in my mind. And with my heart really works for me. It creates, it creates their presence. It welcomes their presence.   Catherine: When you were just saying about invoking and inviting, I thought it was really interesting. You, you closed your eyes, um, and you sort of had this different emotion cross your face.  And, um, I'm curious when you are inviting something in, when you were in or invoking or inviting or, um, I don't know if conjuring is the right word. Um, what does that feel like for you?   Colleen: My body feels warmer when I go into that space. Um, it's not a headspace, it's a body space and it feels like for me, it feels like a very receptive space. Maybe that's why I close my eyes because I'm not trying to, you know, see anything or accomplish anything, but I'm just like instead sort of turning inward, coming to a more quiet place with my eyes closed. And I usually put my hands out sort of unconsciously, like, you know, um, receiving with my palms open, upward, just sort of, um, inviting and imagining allowing that presence to come to me. And it's really just coming to me in me. Right. I mean, if you were here, you might have the same experience, but might be different. It's all, it's, you know, it's like, not, especially if we're not like burning something in this space, it's not in this space, it's just in us. Right. So it's like, I feel like we, we each have our own connections to these things and we each have our own connection to different deities or divinity or plant medicine or essence of whatever, whatever it is, even memories, really healing memories can, we can invoke. And if I remember them and then they can start to kind of filter down through our bodies and ourselves and our bodies can sort of quiet and, and remember, and you know how that, yeah, actually I I'm really happy.   Do you have a memory that quiets your mind or gets you in a certain state? It's kind of like the happy place we explored a few months back, inspired by paper artist Zai Divecha. Except in this case, it's a distilled memory, like Hillary's memory of riding a bicycle down the center of an aisle in the elementary school theater for a production of Paul Bunyan.   For me, I visualize the steps from wedging a ball of clay to centering it on the wheel.   Colleen shares more about the importance of the elements, and how invoking the materials of water, fire, air and earth can help build the foundation for a particular ritual.   Colleen: If you're at a ceremony and somebody is calling in the elements in a really, um, effective way, I feel like people start to feel it in their bodies, like the way they describe it, you know, welcome north welcome earth. You know, um, the land we stand upon the, you know, the rock beneath our feet, the bedrock beneath that, the way we are connected to our ancestry and the, you know, the strength and the mountains and, you know, the things that they say that the images that they create with their words, uh, it's usually words. Um, although it can be movement too, depending on how you're doing the invocation of the elements, but if they do it well there, I think people begin to feel it. They begin to feel like the bones in their body and the heaviness of their body on the earth and gravity, and like the things that are earthy. And, and if you have like a, a bowl of salt, you know, grabbing the salt and, or a bowl of earth grabbing the earth, you know, like just, you know, like things where you really start to feel it and connect with that aspect of, of that, that element.   There's a long list of reasons that people gravitate towards ritual. I think it helps to think of them in two categories. First, ritual as a private, ongoing way to enrich your life and create stories through small moments, and second, ritual as a more elaborate ceremony sometimes with others involved, for processing hard emotions and to find a sense of peace and belonging.   Colleen gives me an example of how a small, ongoing ritual can make a big difference.   Colleen: I have a lot of intentional jewelry that, you know, is, was given to me like the moonstone I'm wearing today. It's  as big round moonstone. And, um, it, I didn't give it to myself at a ceremony or anything woo or anything or anything, anything specific I really bought honestly bought it because I read the mists of Avalon a long time ago and fell in love with, uh, there's must be a moonstone. And I don't even remember now, but I just was like, I want a moonstone like that. And then I saw it at a store in Denver. It was a beautiful piece of moonstone. And, um, and I, I put it on I'm currently, um, in Ohio helping my mother through some health challenges. And I, when I packed, I was like, I'm taking the moonstone, even though I haven't worn it for years.   I helps me stay calm. It really helps me be having inner calm heart. And so like every morning I put this on and there's no choice. Cause I only brought the one necklace. I put it on every morning, but it's like, this is part of my calmness for day.   Creating stories through ritual with jewelry, a morning intention setting for starting the day or an evening ritual for closing the day… I found this to be a relatable way ritual is already present in my life. When I record narration for the show, I put on specific jewelry, and the clothes that make me feel most like me. I do my hair in a special way. When I used to go out in the before times, I felt that my bracelets passed down to me from my grandparents were both protecting me and cheering me on.   So, what about the other category… the possibly public, more elaborate rituals to process emotion and craft a story in times of transition, celebration or upset. Most of us are familiar with these in the context of major life events (birthdays, weddings, funerals). And often these ceremonies are tangled up in religion.   A lil' disclaimer… I was raised with very little exposure to religion; I consider myself pretty secular. In fact I have a bit of a bias against religion. I asked Colleen about the role of religion in ritual, and she mentioned the name of a guy I had never heard of: Matthew Fox. He helped found something called Creation Spirituality, a Judeo-Christian religion with a lot of crossover with psychology, feminism, art and physics. And there's a lot of reverence for nature. Colleen tells me about Fox's “Techno Cosmic Masses,” essentially ecstatic dance parties that started in Oakland and are now held globally (or were, before the pandemic). It's a sort of a remix of mass, designed to build community and connect people to a visceral, ritualized celebration. She shares a bit more about how engaging with Techno Cosmic Masses inspired her and her now husband to co-create their wedding ceremony.   Colleen: There is something about you doing something with our body that, um, connects to our spirit in my experience. I volunteered with the mass and actually we, uh, with his permission, use it to create our wedding. Um, and in spending a lot of time with the mass, I, I realized that I spoke to Matt about this. I said, you know, it's, it's really hard to explain the mass to people. It's this really, really involved, intense experience to go to a cosmic mass. And it is based in the Christian faith because, cause he comes from that. There's dancing and, um, there's worshiping and there's, it's a very embodied and it's very difficult to explain it. Like if I showed you a video, you get a little more, if you went and you get it. Right. So when we were basing our wedding on the cosmic mass, we asked people to come. We ever said everybody come to one. Cause they were having them regularly come to once you can get it in your body, what this is and working with him, I realized, okay, the reason it's so hard to explain it is because it's not a head experience.   It is a heart and body experience. And to me, that's where ritual is powerful. I'm not a heady person. I get really lost in, um, you know, uh, academic texts. I need to touch stuff….   My ears perked up when she was talking about bodily experiences and touching stuff. I so relate to this when it comes to the art world; I get lost when theory is the topic of conversation, or if there is a minimalist piece on display with a whole lot of writing I'm supposed to internalize.   I'm most present when I can engage with materials that are mutable… materials I can hold in my hand and squish. Learning about the cosmic masses, and remembering Colleen's early memory of graduating from Brownies and crossing that bridge, I understand that while ritual or ceremony might seem synonymous with religion, the terms can live more freely and intersect much more with my own spirituality when I think about them in terms of visceral, bodily experiences.   Rabbit hole moment!   I was curious as to why ritual plays a bigger role in some societies rather than others. Since the U.S. is so heavily influenced by the OG colonizers (Oh hay England!), I learned about the impact of the industrial revolution on holidays and local festivals in the UK during the late 19th century.   Within a three year span, bank holidays went from 36 down to 4; the time spent off doing the rituals was seen as a loss in profit, and so… the calendar got changed. Engaging with ritual shifted from the public sector to something you were expected to figure out on your own time. Commercialized entertainment became the norm as well: sports, theaters and circuses grew in popularity. Sundays became the mandated day of worship, and in growing urban centers where conditions were not super sanitary, communal enjoyment found a home at the pub.   Just let that set in. Traditional and cross-cultural rituals and ceremonies have to interface with capitalism; fought for by certain groups, forfeited by others, traded in for maximized profits  and Sunday mornings, with approval from the dominant religion.   If you are off celebrating the moon and performing rituals left and right to process your emotions and build relationships with people who aren't your coworkers, when will you have time to make and spend money?   Wait… is engaging with ritual and ceremony… anti-capitalist!?   Am I… secretly a priestess!?   Okay one last rabbit hole: there is also a history of mainstream media demonizing ritual and ceremony, making it seem spooky or evil (see: anything Pagan, witches, there's a whole thing about apothecaries and home medicine. Demonizing the natural world is a thing, don't get me started on the history of parks and the way nature is seen as a wild female in need of taming or should I say… domestication. Oh man. So many connections, for another day.   Where were we!?   Colleen and I discuss the materials and practices that might be used for four different types of rituals. Rituals to build connection, separate from something that needs be let go of, bring in newness or setting intention, and rituals for dedication and commitment.   First, connection.   Colleen: I would say materials for original connection might be a cord. They can be braided together. Things, obviously things that can be connected. Um, gosh, I guess you could even use like Legos or like bristle blocks or anything that, anything that you could physically put together and build, build something on. Um, I can imagine a family having a ritual of, um, connecting, you know, creating a family or blending families where they're actually like building something out of Lego, you know, like each family has a color or something and they've just built something together.   Catherine: Oh, I love that. I'm from a blended family. So I'm like, oh my God, we should have done that that way.   Colleen: A separation or release, um, often the ritual tools, um, use for that as the materials would be, you know, um, things that would, you know, um, cut. Um, so scissors, um, maybe again, a cord to symbolize the connection. Um, maybe I'm braiding a cord. Um, I've done several release rituals in my life that some felt like cutting was appropriate and some felt like unbreaking, or unweaving was more appropriate.   Then we talk about “new seeds” – rituals to welcome in new chapters, set goals or invoke different versions of ourselves.   Colleen: A lot of people, um, plant an intention at the new moon and sort of harvested on the full moon, or you could do it on the winter solstice and the summer solstice, um, and a practice that I had for a while and my husband. We got some soil, we gotta bean put it in with an intention, watered it every day. And then after two or three days, you know, you see some shoots. Um, and, and I had a bean that was the intention was trust. Um, and it actually grew like crazy and it was like growing up the wall and across the ceiling and, and, um, we call it the trust being, it kind of took over the kitchen.   Then, there is dedication.   Colleen: Well, probably rings would be typical. Um, or, um, in terms of like a marriage would be typical. It's fascinating to me that people walk around wearing things that identify the vows they've taken, right? Like, like, you know, I'm wearing a wedding ring and I also have a self-commitment ring for what I married myself. Um, and they're very different in my mind. And people might guess where the wedding ring is. They might not guess what the other one is, cause that's a less common ceremony. Um, but if I saw somebody wearing a you know, uh, a nun outfit or preacher outfit, you know, I would have a sense of where they're, you know, you know, like it's like, you, you it's publicly claiming, you know, I've done this thing. I've dedicated myself in this way and I'm not hiding it.   What rituals are you drawn to when you hear about all the different kinds of materials and intentions and processes? What rituals are you already practicing and you maybe didn't even realize?   I'm drawn to one in particular, and I think it has to do with my own stuff, as one might say. My own emotions and issues that I need support with. I'm most curious about separation. The ability to let go of something. To set it down.   But when I try to identify what I want to separate from, I can't land on a person, place or thing. Sometimes I just get overwhelmed by… everything?”   I'm gonna pin that thought down for later… because often when we first identify the problem we want to solve, we're actually looking at a symptom… a red flag indicating there is something else beneath the surface. Colleen talks about how often you have to go deeper to “finding the need” hidden in the pull to craft a ritual.   Colleen: Finding what wants to move and what it needs to move, and that might sound strange. So let me say more. So if I, if I'm feeling happy about something and I'm realizing that I need to have, I want to have a ceremony about, let's take a concrete example. Um, let's say I've, I've lost my job and with it, my sense of self, um, and that's a grieving time and that, that, that beginning process of figuring out what needs to move like there's grief. Maybe there's a part of me that, um, maybe there's other stuff, you know, that that's like the journaling. And I talked about like, you know, finding out what what's in there, what needs to move. Like in my mind, it's kind of like, there's, there's discontent and hard feelings and they're, they're an indication that we're changing and growing and that there's emotion that wants to move. And, and what we tend to do is watch TV or buy something or, you know, not feel it cause it's, it's like, Ooh, you know, it's all unconscious. There has to be some coping, so we can't just run around screaming all the time, unfortunately. So, and yet is, do we have the capacity to create an intentional space where, where we can go into those feelings and how do we do that? Because nobody wants to do that. Right. It's gotta be safe. We gotta know, we can get back out of it. If we go into hard feelings, a lot of us don't go into hard feelings because we think we'll never come out. So like, what do I need to go into those? Do I need to be willing? Um, I need to feel like I have support with me. Right. So a lot of that pre-work is like feeling into what are those feelings and what needs to move. And it's an emotion, hint, it's emotion, right? What needs to move? And then what does it need to move? Like, what is like, I guess those things I just said or what it might need to be like, it might need, you know, I'm, I need my best friend with me, you know, and I need that Teddy bear then that will, you know, like the, kind of the comforting, soothing container things like, you know, what, what does it need to move?   While Colleen was explaining this to me, the process of making sure someone has everything they need, I started to visualize packing a backpack for a long and arduous hike. You need to know the terrain, the climate. You need to think about sustenance, hydration. Maybe you bring music, a phone charger, a book or a portable watercolor set. With rituals, instead of hydration and sustenance, you need tools for creating an environment ideal for emotional safety, connection to you self, and imaginative play.   What would be in your backpack?   Colleen shares a story about Betty Ray, a guest on her show, to illustrate how someone might identify a need, pack their metaphorical backpack and then act on it in ritual form.   Colleen: To go back to Betty Ray, she shared one of my early episodes that she went through a breakup and she was tired of giving herself away to men and to drama. And she spontaneously grabbed her checkbook and a ring. And she went to the top of the hill in San Francisco that I don't remember the name of. And she went up there and she wrote a check to the guy she'd just broken up with, um, you know, here's my energy, I'm giving you. And she ripped it up. And then she wrote a check to herself and she put it in her bra. And then she, she married herself with a ring and she basically just like grabbed her checkbook and grabbed a ring. And she knew intuitively she needed these two things. Didn't know why once the top of the hill and just, and it would, and it was new year's I think it was, I think it was Y2K. And anyway, it was like a significant moment. She was just like, she just knew some part of her knew exactly what she needed to do. It was quick, it was powerful. Whenever she looked at the ring, she remembered, you know. Yeah, exactly what you committed to.   Colleen: I always encourage people to have a give a lot of thought as to who will be involved, you know, who do you want to have there? And sometimes we can go to, oh, I should have these people because they, blah, blah, blah. You know, or they'd be mad if I didn't, but it's like that kind of thinking really can't come into it or can't be where we end, because like, if we're going to let them to let the vulnerability happen, to let the magic happen, to let the transformation happen, my style is to get really vulnerable. And, and that's what I work with people to see if they want to do that too.   And, and then, and then that needs to be really safe. People, you know, who won't talk about it later, you know, who won't, you know, cause they're going to know a deep part of us. Right. And then, and then also with that, anything that happens in ritual space, part of the magic and the power of it can be kind of keeping it that's, that's how things are passed down, you know, where it's, you don't know everything and it's kind of hidden and that can of course be sort of shady and not good, but also it, it does protect the magic of it, you know? So like if we have a very powerful ritual and, and I'm there witnessing something for you, or we'll let let's say, it's my ritual. If I go telling everybody which I sometimes do on my show, Hey, I had this ritual and I did this stuff and this and this and that, like I have to know that that's, it's opening that container.   I felt okay about doing it on my show because I felt like I'm sharing it with people who might use nobody's written me and said, that was so when you did. Right. But, but somebody might, and that would really potentially, you know, so like, it's just, it's just important. I always tell people, be super thoughtful, mindful of who you invite and just anything you ever say about the ritual ever to anybody, because it, opening it up is, is, goes right to that really vulnerable place.   The thought of building my own ritual and choosing who I want to witness it, my “stuff” as I mentioned earlier, immediately comes up. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings by excluding them, so I let them in. Yikes.   I think the challenges and inspirations you encounter when you design a ritual, much like the process of creating art or building relationships, may reveal more about you, your values and your struggles, then whatever actually happened to you to make you need a ritual to get through it.   That being said, that life experience you went through (or are going through), especially if it was traumatic or disruptive, is something that others have been through, too. And those spaces where people with shared lived experiences can connect with one another are vital.   Colleen: I had a conversation on a different show about, I don't know that affinity groups is the right word, but the group where the kind of group where everybody's been through, the hard thing, you know, like a, like a, like a group everybody's come out. Or, um, I was in one of, um, people who'd had a friend murdered survivors of homicide, you know, like, and like nobody, nobody gets that thing unless they've been through it and people can have all kinds of, you know, empathy and it just doesn't quite get there, but people who've all been through it. Like, that's, there's a, there's a connection there aren't words for, and it can be incredibly healing.   Catherine: Throughout the process of a ritual or a ceremony, when do you feel the most empowered and in the zone?   Colleen: I think I feel in the zone the whole time I'm in ritual space, especially if I'm not facilitating or having to be my brain, if I can just be in my body, you know? Um, and, um, and I feel most empowered when I feel like I'm not doing it alone, I think is my answer when whatever is moving, um, maybe being witnessed by people, listening to this thing I'm sharing or watching this thing I'm doing, and they're with me, you know, they're a hundred percent with me. They're like linked up with me, like energetically in this space. Right. I'm not alone. Or, or, and or if I feel like I'm like connected to spirit, to ancestors, to, you know, in my case to the goddess or all it is, well, then I feel like I'm, I'm not alone. And that, that is very, very freeing and comforting.   Catherine: How are ritual and storytelling connected?   Colleen: I like to use ritual as a place to tell the hard stories, you know, like I could have you, I could have a bunch of people over for dinner and tell them a hard story, but that might be then it's part of a social event and it's not all like people get it. That's a really hard story for me to tell her if it is, it can be like, oh, that is downer for the evening. Thanks a lot. You know, like it, it doesn't always fit like these really intensive experiences or stories that we could have that we might want to share. It's kind of like creating a place for it, you know, say, Hey, I'm having this event, I'm going to tell this really hard story. And I want people to witness it, if you want to be seen in that or if you want to grieve it or whatever it is, you know, like, I feel like we don't get too many chances to be real in life. Um, so we can create these intentional ones to be really real with each other.  getting to use all of the modalities, you know, a sound and, and, um, and visuals and body and costuming and movement and dance, and, you know, alters and space and time and audience, and, you know, all that stuff can be used in both mediums.   Catherine: Why do you love what you do?   Colleen: Hmm. Because it gives me and other people that I work with a chance to be real and to show up in a way that we don't always get to in life to create spaces where we can be our fullest selves. And I think for me, creating ceremony, bleeding, designing, being in ceremonial space is being my fullest self.   Colleen: In ritual we're often  ascribing a meaning to an object. So like I just got this ring the other day. Uh it's, it's a, it's a gold ring with a circle on it and I'm wearing it on my middle finger of my right hand. And I got it cause I watched a movie with it, had a man who seemed very confident who had a lot of rings. And I was like, oh, I need a lot of rings that will do it. That will help me, which was completely ridiculous. And then I looked online and I saw this ring and I'm like, that's a nice ring. I will know what to do when I get that ring. And I was so excited for it to come. And I was like waiting at the door when it came and I put it on and I'm like, this is so stupid. It's just a ring. But, but, but I haven't given it like, I mean, that's the meaning it already had. Cause I already built that story about him. I haven't given it any real meaning yet. Right. And I could give it a meaning like, you know, all as well or, you know, the circle is complete or I'm, I'm calm or in anything I want, I can put any kind of meaning on it. So I guess I'm saying all this, just to say that any object in our life can become, um, a focus for an intention. So, and it can be private. So I can give this ring a meaning in my mind that you will never know, but every time I see it, I will be reminded of that. And it will help me, you know, deepen into whatever that is, whatever I want it to be to stay calm or everything's fine. Or, um, I know everything or I do know what to do. You know, the spring did tell me what to do and I know it now, you know, I can find it, I can find it out. You know, maybe that's what this ring is now that I think about it. But, but like I said, in one of my shows, I, I can, I can have like a wonder woman DVD cover sitting up in my kitchen. That to me makes me remember that I'm wonder woman and I'm strong and I'm everything I need. And if you come to my house, you won't know, you won't know it, it's private and that can happen with any object at any time, which is really good.   I've been working on the show for two years now. It isn't a job. It isn't a hobby.   It feels like an ongoing ceremony where I process emotions publicly, with my listeners as my witnesses… And when you respond to me, when there is an exchange that happens, my reaction is visceral.   It reminds me of how I felt at the artist residency at Freehold when Ang, Selena and I broke down honeycomb with our hands. My mouth flooded with saliva… it was a split second, bodily reaction I can't explain. And I don't even want to explain it: it was real.   Like Colleen said… it's a body experience.   It's an experience I have as I am crafting the narration for the show in my head walking down the street, and finally holding the mic, my breath bringing the conversation to life, with you on the other end… I feel like I'm not alone.   That feeling is both comforting and freeing… I feel both held and released.   So what is the intention of this ceremony, other than publicly proclaiming my love to an auditorium of strangers?   When Colleen started talking about dedication and talking about how folks of faith wear certain outfit to declare their commitment to God, I thought about the role of fashion and adornment for the queer community and for my own role as host of Material Feels. I call the state of mind I get in when I produce the show “pod-brain.” All my people pleasing habits and existential angsting goes out the window. I don't feel the need to respond to texts. I cancel and move plans, guilt free, to prioritize the podcast. I feel fully alive.   It sounds like Material Feels is both a dedication and invitation for connection.   I want to come back to the earlier pull I had towards rituals of separation… And I want to re-examine it.   Maybe you are thinking about a ritual or ceremony you want to craft to move through hard emotions or a transition. Maybe you had a gut reaction to the four categories we talked about.   What if we take my initial reaction and split it apart to see what's inside…   This exercise of going deeper reminds me of the values exercise I did inspired by glassblower Deborah and by my therapist loved ones. How underneath one value there may be a deeper core value pulling the strings and running the show.   Or, as Colleen puts it, find what needs to be moved.   Sure, there are things in my life that I need to let go of. I'm drawn to minimalism in all senses of the word, freedom, less attachment to things that drain me. Vanlife has been a fantasy for… oh I don't know… three years now.   But when I was drawn to separation, it was a pull to separate from… well… everything.   I feel overly connected to and burdened by… everything. People, places, things, emotions, memories, worries.   Through a lot of work on myself, I understand that this is partly because I see the potential in everything, partly because I do not value my own time and energy enough, and partly because I want to be liked.   My greatest fear, other than making a mess and wasting food in the kitchen (see Pigment episode for the cashew incident) is not lions, tigers, bears or even climate change, though it probably should be that last one. My gravest fear is… disappointing people. And not being liked. And I feel totally weighed down by the gravity of people's eventual disappointment or displeasure with me.   To add to the mix, people have rarely told me I disappointed them. This rarity has me believing that, because I've been busting my ass to please everyone for most of my life, it's working! I'm close to perfect, everything is FINE, even though every three weeks I want to separate from everything AKA, ya know, just… stop existing.   I have such an ingrained struggle with allowing too much IN… being TOO dedicated to too many things.   My next thought is… I don't think I can address these recurring thoughts through a ritual of separation. I'm not good enough at separating. Flexing my dedication muscle would be so much easier…   Thinking about the things I feel pretty good at…. Throwing on the wheel, parallel parking… I practiced it. A TON. And the first time I did those things, I was trash at it. So just because separation is messy and hard and a bit awkward, doesn't mean I can't start now.   I actually asked Colleen about this conundrum, and she suggested I feel it out, explore where the impulse goes. It's such a similar process to working with the material world. I made a discovery, and now I have to play with it…I think that's the beauty of ritual and ceremony for me. It makes the hard things in my mind tangible. When something is tangible, I feel I can understand it. And because ceremony overlaps a bit with performance and storytelling, I can play with it, share it with others, get more information. Add characters and ambiance, try it on, turn it upside down, play it backwards.   I've started brainstorming what a hybrid ritual of separation and dedication looks like for me, one that allows me to approach and disrupt my own patterns safely.   I think sharing hard stuff on air is important. And that's why I wanted to share how dark my thoughts get when I'm feeling overwhelmed. While I feel a bit exposed and vulnerable, talking openly about mental health is a value I hold dear and tenet of this show.     This episode might bring up some life transitions and hard emotions of your own. As a host, it's my job to invite you in but also protect you a little bit: I often ask you to meet me where I'm at, I like the Material Feels community to feel called in and present. I imagine that as we've been talking some of your own stuff has been brought up. This is my formal invitation to check on the contents of your backpack. Add in a few symbolic objects, call in the element that aligns with your intentions, and think about where you want to go next and who you want to go there with.   And on your way there, I hope you begin to feel both held and released.   We'll be wrapping up Season 2 this fall with the release of another EP from Associate Producer Elizabeth de Lise, who writes our underscores and composes original music for the show. Expect a teaser for Season 3, updates about my business, CXM Productions, and some fun narrative experiments from the residency at Freehold. Thank you for being on this journey with me. If you'd like to support the show, find us on Patreon, or donate to us directly via PayPal: paypal.me/cxmproductions. And now, an original song by Liz, inspired by the materials Hillary Rea used for storytelling during her first ever artist residency at the Elsewhere Living Museum in Greensboro, NC.

Daily Magic for Peace
06/03/22 | A Bowl of Rice

Daily Magic for Peace

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 8:46


Today we will send gratitude for food. _________________    Daily Magic for Peace offers a quick and simple way to focus your intentions, prayers, and actions toward healing the crisis in Ukraine. By gathering one or two items and joining the circle, you will help send positive energy to counterbalance injustice, anger, and fear. Music by Terry Hughes.    If you feel like you've done all you can but still want to do more, join us in doing some Daily Magic for Peace.   _________________   Ways to Listen → Add Daily Magic for Peace to the end of your news playlist. → Listen first thing in the morning to start your day with hope. → Listen before sleep to relax. → Listen before participating in any activity for which you want to be fully present.   _________________   Increase the Magic Rate and review on Apple Podcasts to help us build the circle Share your favorite episode on Twitter | Click Here To Post a Tweet   _________________   Follow Daily Magic for Peace → Follow on Apple Podcasts → Follow on Spotify → Follow on Google Podcasts → Follow our RSS Feed   _________________ Donation Sites Feminist Workshop (Lviv) Alight (Minneapolis)   _________________   Prayer, Chanting & Ritual Starhawk's Protection Meditation for Ukraine Russill Paul Jennifer Berezan's Song for All Beings   _________________   Stay Informed Kyiv Independent State of Ukraine (NPR) Ukrainecast (BBC) The Daily (NYT)   _________________   Make Your Voice Heard Global Citizen President Joe Biden US House of Representatives US Senators UK Parliament President Emmanuel Macron Chancellor Olaf Scholz   _________________   With gratitude & honor to my teachers: Starhawk, SarahAmira de la Garza, Matthew Fox, Laura Amazzone, Russill Paul, Yeye Luisah Teish, Marina Smerling, and Lewis S. Bostwick. _________________ Disclaimers

Daily Magic for Peace
06/02/22 | A Family Item

Daily Magic for Peace

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 9:59


Today we will send gratitude for family. _________________    Daily Magic for Peace offers a quick and simple way to focus your intentions, prayers, and actions toward healing the crisis in Ukraine. By gathering one or two items and joining the circle, you will help send positive energy to counterbalance injustice, anger, and fear. Music by Terry Hughes.    If you feel like you've done all you can but still want to do more, join us in doing some Daily Magic for Peace.   _________________   Ways to Listen → Add Daily Magic for Peace to the end of your news playlist. → Listen first thing in the morning to start your day with hope. → Listen before sleep to relax. → Listen before participating in any activity for which you want to be fully present.   _________________   Increase the Magic Rate and review on Apple Podcasts to help us build the circle Share your favorite episode on Twitter | Click Here To Post a Tweet   _________________   Follow Daily Magic for Peace → Follow on Apple Podcasts → Follow on Spotify → Follow on Google Podcasts → Follow our RSS Feed   _________________ Donation Sites Feminist Workshop (Lviv) Alight (Minneapolis)   _________________   Prayer, Chanting & Ritual Starhawk's Protection Meditation for Ukraine Russill Paul Jennifer Berezan's Song for All Beings   _________________   Stay Informed Kyiv Independent State of Ukraine (NPR) Ukrainecast (BBC) The Daily (NYT)   _________________   Make Your Voice Heard Global Citizen President Joe Biden US House of Representatives US Senators UK Parliament President Emmanuel Macron Chancellor Olaf Scholz   _________________   With gratitude & honor to my teachers: Starhawk, SarahAmira de la Garza, Matthew Fox, Laura Amazzone, Russill Paul, Yeye Luisah Teish, Marina Smerling, and Lewis S. Bostwick. _________________ Disclaimers

Daily Magic for Peace
06/01/22 | A Journal

Daily Magic for Peace

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 7:57


Today we will pause and find our balance. _________________    Daily Magic for Peace offers a quick and simple way to focus your intentions, prayers, and actions toward healing the crisis in Ukraine. By gathering one or two items and joining the circle, you will help send positive energy to counterbalance injustice, anger, and fear. Music by Terry Hughes.    If you feel like you've done all you can but still want to do more, join us in doing some Daily Magic for Peace.   _________________   Ways to Listen → Add Daily Magic for Peace to the end of your news playlist. → Listen first thing in the morning to start your day with hope. → Listen before sleep to relax. → Listen before participating in any activity for which you want to be fully present.   _________________   Increase the Magic Rate and review on Apple Podcasts to help us build the circle Share your favorite episode on Twitter | Click Here To Post a Tweet   _________________   Follow Daily Magic for Peace → Follow on Apple Podcasts → Follow on Spotify → Follow on Google Podcasts → Follow our RSS Feed   _________________ Donation Sites Feminist Workshop (Lviv) Alight (Minneapolis)   _________________   Prayer, Chanting & Ritual Starhawk's Protection Meditation for Ukraine Russill Paul Jennifer Berezan's Song for All Beings   _________________   Stay Informed Kyiv Independent State of Ukraine (NPR) Ukrainecast (BBC) The Daily (NYT)   _________________   Make Your Voice Heard Global Citizen President Joe Biden US House of Representatives US Senators UK Parliament President Emmanuel Macron Chancellor Olaf Scholz   _________________   With gratitude & honor to my teachers: Starhawk, SarahAmira de la Garza, Matthew Fox, Laura Amazzone, Russill Paul, Yeye Luisah Teish, Marina Smerling, and Lewis S. Bostwick. _________________ Disclaimers

Daily Magic for Peace
05/31/22 | Your Body

Daily Magic for Peace

Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 9:08


Today we will explore embodied peace. _________________    Daily Magic for Peace offers a quick and simple way to focus your intentions, prayers, and actions toward healing the crisis in Ukraine. By gathering one or two items and joining the circle, you will help send positive energy to counterbalance injustice, anger, and fear. Music by Terry Hughes.    If you feel like you've done all you can but still want to do more, join us in doing some Daily Magic for Peace.   _________________   Ways to Listen → Add Daily Magic for Peace to the end of your news playlist. → Listen first thing in the morning to start your day with hope. → Listen before sleep to relax. → Listen before participating in any activity for which you want to be fully present.   _________________   Increase the Magic Rate and review on Apple Podcasts to help us build the circle Share your favorite episode on Twitter | Click Here To Post a Tweet   _________________   Follow Daily Magic for Peace → Follow on Apple Podcasts → Follow on Spotify → Follow on Google Podcasts → Follow our RSS Feed   _________________ Donation Sites Feminist Workshop (Lviv) Alight (Minneapolis)   _________________   Prayer, Chanting & Ritual Starhawk's Protection Meditation for Ukraine Russill Paul Jennifer Berezan's Song for All Beings   _________________   Stay Informed Kyiv Independent State of Ukraine (NPR) Ukrainecast (BBC) The Daily (NYT)   _________________   Make Your Voice Heard Global Citizen President Joe Biden US House of Representatives US Senators UK Parliament President Emmanuel Macron Chancellor Olaf Scholz   _________________   With gratitude & honor to my teachers: Starhawk, SarahAmira de la Garza, Matthew Fox, Laura Amazzone, Russill Paul, Yeye Luisah Teish, Marina Smerling, and Lewis S. Bostwick. _________________ Disclaimers