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Voices of Oklahoma
Jim Goodwin

Voices of Oklahoma

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 100:43


James Osby Goodwin was one of eight siblings who grew up next door to Tulsa's St. Monica Catholic Church. His father purchased a 150-acre farm in the community of Alsuma at East 51st Street and South Mingo Road. Nearby railroad tracks separated whites and blacks. At 9 years old, Goodwin became an amputee when he lost his right arm in a horseback riding accident that involved a train on the Katy Railroad.Jim Goodwin is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Tulsa college of law. As a lawyer he successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals for the constitutionality of local statutes regarding freedom of speech and he was co-counsel in the matter of reparation for victims of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre.Jim is the publisher of The Oklahoma Eagle, Oklahoma's longest-running Black-owned newspaper. The paper is a successor to the Tulsa Star newspaper, which was burned down in the 1921 Tulsa race massacre.Jim served on the Tulsa City-County Board of Health for over fifty years, and the Tulsa Health District's East Regional Health Center was named for him in 2018.

AP Audio Stories
Hawaii's Mauna Loa starts to erupt, sending ash nearby

AP Audio Stories

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 0:45


AP Washington correspondent Sagar Meghani reports on Hawaii-Volcano.

Keys For Kids Ministries

Bible Reading: Psalm 46:1; 91:1-4; Philippians 4:19"David, your mom is waiting for you."David started at the sound of Tía Gloria's voice. "Where?""At the playground," she answered kindly. David hurried down the stairs that led up to the home he had known for almost a whole year. He was one of thirty children who lived in the albergue in Lima, Peru, that served as a refuge for children who needed protection.He looked around. Nearby on a bench, watching a toddler play, was a young woman, who was apparently expecting another child soon."Mamá!" David ran to her and gave her a big hug. She hugged him tight. "David, you've grown so much. Tell me what you've been doing. What have you been learning at school? Are you happy here?"David soon was talking and smiling, telling his mom about his classes, his friends, and the fun activities he got to do with his albergue family. He played with his little brother and held him. But, after a while, his mom got up, put her bag on her shoulder, and took the toddler's hand. "It's time for me to go," she said.Pain struck through David's heart. He threw his arms around her. "When can I go back with you?" he asked, fighting tears.David's mother had a sad look on her face. It was too hard to explain her situation to her little boy. That the safest place for him was there. That she needed a safe place too.As the door closed behind her, David turned and ran. Tía Gloria found him behind one of the slides. "David," she said gently, "it's not that your mom doesn't love you. But she needs help too and can't take care of you in the way she wants to right now. But you've been learning about a strong Father who is always there for His children. He's with you, even if others can't be. Who is that?""God," David answered, looking up through his tears. "That's right. God is our refuge--our place of help and comfort. Jesus understands the hurt you're feeling because He experienced the pain of our broken world too when He came to save us. Would you like us to pray to Him right now?"David nodded. "Yes. And let's pray that He will help my mom too." -Rachel AvalloneHow About You?Are there times when you feel alone? Have you been disappointed by people you expected to be there when you needed help or love? Even the people who love us the most aren't able to give us all we need. People will fail, because people are imperfect and we live in a broken world. But our heavenly Father will never fail us. He gave us His Son, Jesus, who is with us no matter what. His love never fails.Today's Key Verse:Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. (NLT) (Psalm 27:10)Today's Key Thought:Jesus will never fail us

All About Android (Video HI)
AAA 605: 32-bit Your Pixel 7 - Nord N300 hands-on, Google TV app bundles, Nearby Share sheet, black friday

All About Android (Video HI)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 106:56


Storage-saving archivable App Bundles replacing APKs for Google/Android TV in 2023. App Bundles for Google TV and Android TV. Android TV 13 comes to the Raspberry Pi 4 courtesy of unofficial LineageOS 20 ROM. Android will prompt you to update apps if they're crashing. Google Fi discounts Pixel 7 to $399 and offers $300 off 7 Pro for Black Friday. Forget the Apple Watch! The Google Pixel Watch is $299 in early Black Friday deal. Score near all-time low pricing on Samsung's Galaxy S22/+/Ultra from $697, foldables, more. OnePlus 10 Pro falls to new all-time low at $550 in early Black Friday sale (Save $250), more. Nord N300 Hands-on. You can now (unofficially) add 32-bit support to your Pixel 7 phone. [Tutorial] [Magisk] Enabling 32-bit Support For Apps. Nearby Share button in the clipboard editor overlay on Android 13. Nearby Share being added to the first row of the share sheet. Nearby Share redesign with Material You. An update on Nearby Share for Windows. You can now ask Google Assistant to search and play podcasts by guest, episode. Amazon Alexa is a "colossal failure," on pace to lose $10 billion this year. JR's tip of the week: Threaded replies in Google Messages. Why Amazon Photos is a good photo backup service. Foldable prices make sense when adjusted for inflation. Repurposing old devices as IP webcams. Read our show notes here: http://bit.ly/3grWGiq Hosts: Jason Howell, Ron Richards, and Huyen Tue Dao Co-Hosts: Mishaal Rahman and JR Raphael Subscribe to All About Android at https://twit.tv/shows/all-about-android. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsors: Secureworks.com/twit bitwarden.com/twit tanium.com/twit

All About Android (MP3)
AAA 605: 32-bit Your Pixel 7 - Nord N300 hands-on, Google TV app bundles, Nearby Share sheet, black friday

All About Android (MP3)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 106:26


Storage-saving archivable App Bundles replacing APKs for Google/Android TV in 2023. App Bundles for Google TV and Android TV. Android TV 13 comes to the Raspberry Pi 4 courtesy of unofficial LineageOS 20 ROM. Android will prompt you to update apps if they're crashing. Google Fi discounts Pixel 7 to $399 and offers $300 off 7 Pro for Black Friday. Forget the Apple Watch! The Google Pixel Watch is $299 in early Black Friday deal. Score near all-time low pricing on Samsung's Galaxy S22/+/Ultra from $697, foldables, more. OnePlus 10 Pro falls to new all-time low at $550 in early Black Friday sale (Save $250), more. Nord N300 Hands-on. You can now (unofficially) add 32-bit support to your Pixel 7 phone. [Tutorial] [Magisk] Enabling 32-bit Support For Apps. Nearby Share button in the clipboard editor overlay on Android 13. Nearby Share being added to the first row of the share sheet. Nearby Share redesign with Material You. An update on Nearby Share for Windows. You can now ask Google Assistant to search and play podcasts by guest, episode. Amazon Alexa is a "colossal failure," on pace to lose $10 billion this year. JR's tip of the week: Threaded replies in Google Messages. Why Amazon Photos is a good photo backup service. Foldable prices make sense when adjusted for inflation. Repurposing old devices as IP webcams. Read our show notes here: http://bit.ly/3grWGiq Hosts: Jason Howell, Ron Richards, and Huyen Tue Dao Co-Hosts: Mishaal Rahman and JR Raphael Subscribe to All About Android at https://twit.tv/shows/all-about-android. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsors: Secureworks.com/twit bitwarden.com/twit tanium.com/twit

JLE
Murders in Moscow

JLE

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 14:29


4 college students were stabbed to death in the early morning hours on Sunday, November 13th in Moscow, Idaho. Who could do such a thing? More importantly, how did the attacker manage to slaughter 4 young and healthy people? Nearby animal cruelty: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/idaho-murders-dog-skinned-b2230198.html%3Famp

Story Behind
Girl's Heart Stopped 3 Times After Nearby Lightning Strike | Brother Killed After Saving His Sister

Story Behind

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 7:38


A nearby lightning strike almost turned deadly for 12-year-old Ella Jorgensen. But thankfully, her dad Steven immediately jumped into action and doctors credit him with saving her life!ANDKrystal Randolph's brother was killed after selflessly putting himself in harm's way to save his sister.To see videos and photos referenced in this episode, visit GodUpdates!https://www.godupdates.com/nearby-lightning-strike-steven-jorgensen/https://www.godupdates.com/brother-killed-tyler-phillips-death/

The Slowdown
[encore] 644: Georgia O'Keeffe, "From the Faraway, Nearby," 1937

The Slowdown

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 6:35


Today's poem is Georgia O'Keeffe, "From the Faraway, Nearby," 1937 by Camille Carter. This episode was originally released on April 1, 2022.

The President's Daily Brief
November 7th, 2022. North Korea Launches ICBM as South Korea and the US Engage in War Exercises Nearby

The President's Daily Brief

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 24:34


It's November 7th. You're listening to the President's Daily Brief. Your morning intel starts now. ------ Welcome to a Big Five Update this morning. Five critical updates on stories we've covered previously that are shaping America — and the world. First, North Korea is launching missiles and, apparently, sending weaponry to Moscow.  Second, an update on the War in Ukraine. You might be hearing more talk of peace, but don't believe it. I'll explain why. Third, countries around the world are angry at the White House this morning because these foreign governments want some of Joe Biden's Dirty Green Energy Cash. And he's not sharing. Fourth, speaking of Mr. Biden, he kicked up quite a storm on Friday over coal plants. Shut them all down, he said. I'll explain. Finally, some good news to start the week. A potential breakthrough for the 40M people in the world living with HIV. Plus, to end the podcast later this morning, a personal message on America's election tomorrow. Some advice from history. ------ Please remember to subscribe if you enjoyed this episode of the President's Daily Brief. Email: PDB@TheFirstTV.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Dr Mary Travelbest Guide
Banff, Canada

Dr Mary Travelbest Guide

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2022 8:09


In this episode, the FAQ is: If I am a Step 2 traveler, how do I reach Step 3? Today's Destination is: Banff, Canada Today's Mistake- I rented a hotel room in Alaska without A/C Travel Advice:  Stoke your wanderlust   FAQ: If I am a Step 2 traveler, how do I reach Step 3?   Step 2 is for traveling in your same country and in a comfort zone that is familiar. Getting over that level takes some adventure. Ask yourself if you're ready to see more diverse experiences now. Are you ready to make a move to a distant land, such as Hawaii, Alaska, or the Bahamas?  Get a travel guidebook and start researching the area for clues on how to get there, what to do and how to prepare. Then talk to people you know who have been there. Ask them questions about what they liked. Be curious. Eventually,  you will have the courage and the savings to make the trip and enjoy the higher step to a more difficult and rewarding adventure. Today's destination: Banff, Canada   Banff was on my bucket list for a long time. It may be on yours, too. You can get here by train, plane or automobile.  You'll see the pure beauty of Canada's outdoors, even if it's rainy for part of the day. It's scenic and green because it rains a lot here. The drive from Calgary to Banff is beautiful and it's about 90 miles.   https://www.banfflakelouise.com/ https://www.banffjaspercollection.com/attractions/banff-gondola/   https://destinationlesstravel.com/calgary-to-banff/ Dr. Travelbest: I drove to Banff, Canada from Waterton, Canada after eating at the Prince of Wales Restaurant near the US/Canada border. I had been in Glacier National Park and on the Canadian side to explore further into Canada. I liked the feel of the town of Banff immediately. It's a European-like city. I took a strenuous hike to the top of the Sulfur Mountain Trail. 5.5 km, 655 m elevation gain (2.5-3 hours), and saw stunning views of the Bow (rhymes with throw) Valley. Follow a short trail up to the historic Cosmic Ray Station. There is also a 4-person gondola which in 8 minutes soars to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a bird's-eye view of six incredible mountain ranges.    Whether you walk or take the gondola, stroll along the ridgetop boardwalk where the views get better with every step. Outside is a 360-degree rooftop observation deck and inside a multi-sensory theatre with interactive exhibits,  plus restaurants.   That Jacuzzi at the bottom of the mountain felt great after my hike. Banff is known for its hot springs. Take one or more.   Banff Springs Hotel (Fairmont) had a convention center and the best tea/coffee ever. Then I drove to Lake Louise Chateau (Fairmount) and had one of the best buffet breakfasts ever. Five-star quality and a high price to match, but I ate for the day here.    The weather was pouring rain, then sunny skies all within an hour, and the beauty was seen in the reflective turquoise water. Nearby is the grand Ice Fields Highway. 3-5 hours to a full-day drive, depending on how often you stop. There are tours you can hire, in the event you don't have a car. You'll see Bow (throw) Falls and Morraine Lake. I kept driving up to Jasper, so that may be on your list as well.    Do see the Ice Fields Highway. Don't get close to a moose. Lesson learned- I rented a hotel room in Alaska without A/C   Most days in Alaska are cold. I've visited twice, and both times were in July. If you are going to Alaska in the summer, check to see if they have air conditioning. I timed it to the hot days and there was no A/C to cool off. You may find a fan as I eventually did. You should expect extreme temperatures when in Alaska. Learn that lesson here.    Today's Travel Advice-Stoke your wanderlust   If you are thinking of a trip you want to take, start a list of things you know about that country. Do you know anyone who's been there? Do you know anyone else who may know about the region? Visit your local library, bookstore, and online search engine to find out more and satisfy your curiosity. Keep that list growing. It will soon become your bucket list for travel. I want to bring meaning to your travels. Send a question or travel tip to info@drmarytravelbest.com. We can connect on my website, Facebook page, group, or Instagram. Subscribe to YouTube, Twitter, or other social channels. Find 5 Steps to Solo Travel series on Amazon. The show notes have more details for you to connect.   Connect with Dr. Travelbest Drmarytravelbest.com Dr. Mary Travelbest Twitter Dr. Mary Travelbest Facebook Page Dr. Mary Travelbest Facebook Group Dr. Mary Travelbest Instagram email: info@drmarytravelbest.com Dr. Mary Travelbest Podcast Dr. Travelbest on TikTok Dr.Travelbest onYouTube

Utah's Morning News
Copperview Elementary School is telling students not to come to school today because of a large police presence nearby

Utah's Morning News

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 59:46


10/28/2022See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Daily Crunch – Spoken Edition
Jasper's robots assemble fresh meals for nearby apartment dwellers

The Daily Crunch – Spoken Edition

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 5:04


After attempting to sell its tech to large food service companies, cooking automation startup Jasper has shifted to direct-to-consumer.

Up First
Solito - A Child's Story of Migration

Up First

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2022 22:22 Very Popular


On April 6, 1999 Javier Zamora woke at dawn. He put on the clothes his grandparents had laid out for him: A dark blue dress shirt, dark blue jeans, a black belt, black dress shoes. Nearby sat his backpack–it held his toiletries and more black clothing. The backpack was also black. Everything had to be dark, that was what the Coyote had told them. In his new memoir, Solito, Javier Zamora recounts his three-thousand mile journey from a small fishing village in El Salvador to the United States. He made the trip alone, without family, relying on the help of strangers. He was just nine years old.

The Murder In My Family
Janice Lillie

The Murder In My Family

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2022 52:32


Episode 120 Janice LillieOn November 13th, 1991, just after noon, 41-year-old Janice Lillie was found murdered in a Gretna, Louisiana apartment complex that she managed and co-owned with her husband, Norman Lillie. She was brutally stabbed repeatedly, and left to die. Nearby, her purse, cash, and other items sat undisturbed. News of Janice's shocking murder rocked her family. Noone knew who would want to murder the beloved, and religious mother and grandmother. It soon came to light that Normal Lillie was having an affair with one of the apartment complex's residents, and police zeroed in on her and associates. Despite multiple indictments, and police suspicion, the case remains cloudy, and technically unsolved 3 decades later. Janice's family remains divided over who's to blame, and it's cause a lot of havoc. Janice's daughter Denise discussed just how messy things have been in this case since the very beginning, and how not having her beloved mom all these years has affected her life.To support this podcast with a donation, you can do so via Patreon at:https://www.patreon.com/TheMurderInMyFamilyor through Paypal at:https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/AbJackEntertainmentTo contact the podcast or learn more about the case we discuss, please visit:TheMurderInMyFamily.comFollow us on social media;Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/pg/The-Murder-in-My-Family-True-Crime-Podcast-998674943627334/reviews/Twitter-@MurderinMyFam

Louisiana Anthology Podcast
492. Terry Ellis, Part 2

Louisiana Anthology Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022


492. Part 2 of our interview with Terry Ellis about his book, Reasonably Happy. "Are You Unhappy and Not Sure Why? Reasonably Happy gets to the self-centered heart of the problem. In many ways, this book is about how to recover from the addictions all of us wrestle with. Substance addiction is the clearest example of the spiritual poverty in our culture today, but gambling, pornography, spending, and unhealthy eating also erode our spiritual awareness of God's grace. Ultimately, we're all addicted, or attached to caustic habits of thought and action that distance us by degrees from the God who created us for happiness. The Prayer can help.This week in Louisiana history. October 22, 1971. 'Coozan' Dudley "HADACOL" LeBlanc died in Abbeville. This week in New Orleans history. Brigadier General Francis T. Nicholls Loses his Arm in Civil War Battle. October 15, 1862. Became governor in 1876 & again in 1888. This week in Louisiana. Tickfaw State Park 27225 Patterson Road Springfield, LA 70462-8906 225-294-5020 1-888-981-2020 tickfaw@crt.la.gov Visit Website Roll on down the Tickfaw River at this rural south Louisiana park. Tickfaw State Park Canoeing Enjoy a serene paddle on your visit to Tickfaw State Park. Tickfaw, a Native American name meaning “Rest Among the Pines,” is a fitting name for this state park. Located in Livingston Parish, Tickfaw State Park offers visitors plenty of places to rest, among pines, in a canoe cruising the lazy Tickfaw River or in one of the scenic cabins or campsites. The park shows its different personalities during each season. Spring brings occasional flooding from the Tickfaw River that nourishes native plants and provides breeding grounds for its wildlife. The dense tree canopies, water playground and cool river offer respite during hot summer months, and the fall and winter months offer more solitude and reasons to keep warm by the barbecue grill. Start your trip at Tickfaw State Park's nature center, which hosts programs about the park's ecology and biodiversity. Check out the 800-gallon aquarium that holds native fishes found in the Tickfaw River. Nearby in Hammond, grab a pint at Low Road Brewing, and in Ponchatoula, get up close with the local wildlife with Kliebert & Sons Alligator Tours. Entrance fee: $3 per person; free for seniors age 62 and older, and children age 3 and younger. Postcards from Louisiana. Carl Leblanc Trio. At the Old US Mint (Jazz Museum) on Homer Plessy Day. June 7, 2022.Listen on Google Play.Listen on Google Podcasts.Listen on Spotify.Listen on Stitcher.Listen on TuneIn.The Louisiana Anthology Home Page.Like us on Facebook. 

Astro arXiv | all categories
HALOGAS: Strong Constraints on the Neutral Gas Reservoir and Accretion Rate in Nearby Spiral Galaxies

Astro arXiv | all categories

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 1:07


HALOGAS: Strong Constraints on the Neutral Gas Reservoir and Accretion Rate in Nearby Spiral Galaxies by P. Kamphuis et al. on Tuesday 18 October Galaxies in the local Universe are thought to require ongoing replenishment of their gas reservoir in order to maintain the observed star formation rates. Cosmological simulations predict that such accretion can occur in both a dynamically hot and cold mode. However, until now observational evidence of the accretion required to match the observed star formation histories is lacking. This paper attempts to determine whether galaxies in the local Universe possess a significant reservoir of HI and what would be the accretion rates derived from such reservoirs. We search the vicinity of 22 nearby galaxies for isolated HI clouds or distinct streams in a systematic and automated manner. The HALOGAS observations represent one of the most sensitive and detailed HI surveys to date. These observations typically reach column density sensitivities of 10^19 cm^-2 over a 20 km/s width. We find 14 secure HI cloud candidates without an observed optical counterpart. These cloud candidates appear to be analogues to the most massive clouds detected around the Milky Way and M31. However, on average their numbers seem significantly reduced. We constrain upper limits for HI accretion in the local Universe. The average HI mass currently observed amounts to a rate of 0.05 Msun/yr with a stringent upper limit of 0.22 Msun/yr, confirming previous estimates. This is much lower than the average star formation rate in this sample. Our best estimate, based on GBT detection limits of several galaxies, suggests that another 0.04 Msun/yr could be accreted from undetected clouds and streams. These results show that in nearby galaxies HI is not being accreted at the same rate as stars are currently being formed. Our study can not exclude that other forms of gas accretion are at work. However, these observations also do not reveal extended neutral gas reservoirs around most nearby spiral galaxies. arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/http://arxiv.org/abs/2210.09383v1

The Pet Loss Companion
#86 When You're Single with No Family Nearby and You Lose Your Beloved Pet

The Pet Loss Companion

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 28:30 Very Popular


Join family therapists and authors Nancy Saxton-Lopez and Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio at 6pm ET on Thurs 10/13/22 as we share a letter from Cynthia, a single woman living in Spain far away from her family and coping with the death of her beloved cat, Toby. We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions for future topics. Nancy can be reached at nsaxtonlopez@csmpc.com and Ken at kenddv@gmail.com. When you send us a personal story please mention whether or not you would be okay with us sharing it within a future episode. To support our work on this podcast with a one-time gift: Venmo @Ken-Dolan-DelVecchio or PayPal (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/kenddv?country.x=US&locale.x=en_US) To support this podcast with a monthly subscription: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/support The Pet Loss Companion (book) on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Pet-Loss-Companion-Healing-Therapists/dp/1484918266/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=pet+loss+companion&qid=1612535894&sr=8-3mpa... To RSVP for the next cost-free zoom pet loss support group (Nov 8th at 6 pm ET) facilitated by Ken.: https://www.dakinhumane.org/petloss.html This program is a friend of Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, Mass. Dakin is a 501 (c) (3) community-supported animal welfare organization that provides shelter, medical care, spay/neuter services, and behavioral rehabilitation for more than 20,000 animals and people each year. Since its inception in 1969, Dakin has become one of the most recognized nonprofit organizations in central Massachusetts and a national leader in animal welfare. You can learn more about Dakin and make a donation at dakinhumane.org. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kenneth-dolan-del-vecchio/support

Domino Effect of Murder
Asleep During Nearby Homicide: Marcy Pusey

Domino Effect of Murder

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 80:18


Marcy Pusey was a newlywed sleeping under the same roof as her in-laws. Early one morning her father-in-law knocked on their door to tell them his wife (her mother-in-law) was "hurt" and needed help. In truth, he'd brutally murdered her. The reason will surprise you.

Steamy Stories Podcast
Lost in Eros Book III: The Return, part 3By BradentonLarry for...

Steamy Stories Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022


Lost in Eros Book III: The Return, part 3By BradentonLarry for Literotica -  Listen to the Podcast at Steamy Stories.Shelonda was next and explained that she had been Toshia's counterpart, picking up discarded towels from a different part of the Temple. “I was bending over all the time, and people kept squeezing my butt and playing with me. I liked it at first, but I got really horny very quickly. Fortunately, a guy stopped and started fucking me. I was really getting into it, and soon a bunch of guys and a woman were all over me.” Shelonda provided all the details requested, but by now it was clear that everyone was getting frisky enough that they would need to go find a room to enjoy or start playing right there in the banquet room.Fortunately, Nicole didn't have anything much different to report than the others. She had been assigned the job of masseuse's assistant: fetching miscellaneous supplies, helping guests off the table after they were thoroughly relaxed, assisting with making sure everyone had a happy ending, etc. Of course, she'd had a wonderful time, and seemed to have actually done less work than anyone else.Then they had to decide where to start their free exploration of the Temple of Venus & Aphrodite. “I have to admit,” Toshia volunteered, “that I'd like to see what an orgy that's been going on for seven years looks like.”“And I'd like to check out that ‘dark room' whatever that is,” Don added.“A bit of an orgy sounds good to me,” Amy said with a grin.Toshia took Don's hand as they headed for the door, and said, “Then we'll check out the dark room.”The main orgy room was easy to find. It took up almost the entire fourth floor. There were copious cushions scattered all over the floor, which had soft, luxurious carpeting anyway. Chairs, couches, loveseats, chaise lounges, day beds, and ottomans were abundantly available. Here and there steps led up or down to slightly different levels. Everywhere, though, there were naked bodies pleasuring each other.“Fun!” Amy declared. Everyone agreed with her and immediately started looking for places to join in. Amy took Victor by the big hand and led him into the orgy. From where she was Toshia saw Amy dropping to her knees in front of Victor, eagerly taking his big cock into her mouth.Toshia grabbed Don by the arm, pulled him in the direction of Amy and Victor, and pulled him with her down to the floor. The knelt facing each other as they kissed. Don's hands moved greedily over her back, finding their way down to her ass and squeezing it tightly. Toshia laughed happily as Don's mouth descended on her neck and her hand wrapped around his already stiff cock. Then Shelonda and Nicole joined them, one on either side, Shelonda on Toshia's right, and Nicole on her left. The two black girls proceeded to kiss and caress Don and Toshia everywhere they could reach. Shelonda's right hand slipped in between Toshia and Don and found its way down to Toshia's crotch. Soon Toshia felt fingers slipping up inside her and brushing over her clit. Don was still kissing, sucking and biting at her neck, Nicole was pinching her nipple, Don was squeezing her ass, and Shelonda was fucking her fingers in and out, pressing her hand against Toshia's clit, and Toshia… Then Toshia was coming hard, gasping, shaking and moaning between her friends.Those friends gently laid her down on the floor, and then Don was between her legs, slipping his hard cock up inside her ready pussy. Toshia smiled up at him and pulled him deeper into her best embrace. “Fuck me, love,” she said. “Fill me up with your cum.”Don leaned down and kissed her. It was just a peck at first, but became a long, passionate, fiery kiss as he moved in and out of her there among the other naked bodies. For a while it was just the two of them, alone on the edge of a sea of writhing, gasping, grunting people. They were part of the orgy that had gone on for seven years, but for now it was just the two of them making quiet intense love. Don gave her another sweet, slow orgasm before she felt him pressing more urgently into her. Then he was thrusting hard as he pumped and pumped his cum into her pussy just as she'd asked. He trembled in her arms and buried his face in her shoulder. Toshia held him close to her and caressed his back and held his head to her. They lay like that for several long, sweet moments sharing their loving intimacy.Then, they became aware of their surroundings. First there were the now familiar sounds of Shelonda and Nicole enjoying themselves fully, and then there were the hands that were moving over their bodies. Toshia felt a hand slipping up along the length of her leg and another that brushed against her hand where it lay on Don's back.Don raised his head to look around, only to have a young woman with straight brown hair and startling white teeth pull his head back so she could lean over his shoulder and give him a long, passionate kiss. When she finally let him go, Don laughed and said, “Well, it's nice to meet you too.”“Hi, I'm Brandi,” the woman grinned back at Don and then down at Toshia. “Mind if I cut in?”Neither Toshia nor Don were sure who she was asking, but when they didn't object, Brandi assumed they didn't mind, and said, “Great!” She then wormed her way in front of Don to lower her mouth to Toshia's. Suddenly Toshia was kissing this beautiful, aggressive new woman, whose hand was already moving across to cup Toshia's tit firmly. Toshia found herself reaching up to hold Brandi's head in place so she would keep kissing her. As Don pulled away, Toshia murmured her disappointment but continued to kiss Brandi. She was happy to feel Brandi's fingers moving down over her belly and then slipping between Toshia's legs where they found Don and Toshia's mingled juices spilling out. Without hesitating, Brandi pushed her fingers and a healthy helping of those juices up into Toshia, who arched her back and moaned into her new lover's mouth.Toshia was still lying on her back, with Brandi kneeling over her almost perpendicularly to Toshia's left, kissing her Toshia and reaching down to finger Toshia's pussy. This left Toshia's right breast exposed, and someone got his or her mouth in there and fastened upon Toshia's erect nipple. As this mysterious new mouth sucked and pulled on Toshia's tit, Toshia felt this person, who she was now sure was a woman, caressing her ass, and then sliding her hand around to join Brandi's in playing with her. Two more fingers pushed up into Toshia's pussy, and Toshia began to moan around Brandi's tongue. When those second two fingers pulled out of her Brandi worked a third of her fingers into Toshia, and then the mystery woman pushed her slippery two fingers slowly up Toshia's ass. This pushed Toshia over the edge, and she began to shake and cry out with an intense, long orgasm.Brandi finally broke their kiss and Toshia realized from the gentle swaying of the girl over her that Brandi had been getting fucked from behind almost all the time she had been fingering Toshia. Toshia smiled back up at the pretty woman's face and noticed that she also had beautiful full breasts, and Toshia couldn't resist reaching out with her left hand to catch one of Brandi's tits in her hand. Then, she looked down to see the lovely, dusky hued woman or Iranian or Indian descent who was still fingering Toshia's ass. Toshia grinned at this woman, who smiled back. Toshia began to work her body around clockwise, taking a moment to carefully throw her right leg over the dark-eyed beauty, and being careful not to dislodge those probing fingers, until she was able to scoot under Brandi's body to play with those beautiful firm tits of hers. The beautiful brown woman fingering her ass moved in between Toshia's legs and began to lick and suck at her pussy and clit, while Brandi lowered herself so Toshia could get her mouth on Brandi's nipples, one at a time. All while someone steadily fucked Brandi.Toshia could tell from the way Brandi was moving over her that the man behind her was fucking her harder and harder, and then knew he was coming inside her. When Brandi began to shift and threatened to pull away, Toshia reached up to grab her waist and pulled her closer. Brandi got the hint, smiled down at Toshia and carefully moved into position with her pussy over Toshia's mouth. With her hands still on Brandi's hips, Toshia pulled the pretty woman down until she could get her tongue up inside Brandi's cum-filled pussy. Toshia drank down the thick, sweet jizz and promptly began to lick at Brandi's clit. Meanwhile, the woman licking Toshia's clit and fingering her ass had pushed her thumb up into Toshia's pussy, and was flexing her wrist so that Toshia's pussy and ass were being steadily fucked by her digits. Soon Toshia's back was arching up off the carpet as she came long and hard between the two women. She didn't stop licking at Brandi, though, and was soon also rewarded with feeling the pretty woman sitting on her face trembling and shaking as Toshia brought her off.This seemed to be the signal for their little threesome to dissolve. As soon as she caught her breath, Brandi carefully got off Toshia's face and without another word moved off to find fun elsewhere. Toshia also felt the woman between her legs pulling away, but Toshia sat up and caught the woman's head in her hands and pulled her up toward her. They met with a long, playful kiss, mingling the tastes of Toshia's and Brandi's pussies as well as traces of Don's cum and that of whoever had fucked Brandi.“I'm Toshia,” she said as she leaned back, pulling the other woman back and over her.“I'm Nadja,” said the other woman with a smile. Her fingers and thumb slipped out of Toshia's ass and pussy, but she immediately pushed her fingers up into Toshia's wet and grasping pussy, pressing the heel of her hand against Toshia's clit, as she lay down on top of Toshia and continued to kiss her.Toshia moved her hands over Nadja's petite frame, over her back and down to her tight little ass. She was unsurprised to feel a man's hands also exploring Nadja's backside. Then, whoever the man was, his hands moved up to Nadja's narrow waist and pulled her up a bit. Nadja stopped kissing long enough to say, “I believe I'm about to be violated.”“Mind if I watch?” Toshia grinned.“As long as you do it while you kiss me,” Nadja said, lowering her mouth to Toshia's again.Sure enough, Nadja's motions on top of Toshia indicated that she was being slowly and steadily fucked. Toshia worked her left hand up between them until she could feel the hard cock sliding in and out of Nadja's pussy, and then began to stroke Nadja's clit with her fingers. Nadja kept working her fingers in and out of Toshia pussy while kissing Toshia and being fucked from behind. Toshia found the whole scene incredibly erotic, particularly as Nadja began to come without taking her mouth off Toshia's. The tiny woman moaned and trembled between Toshia and the man behind her without pausing in her passionate kissing and fingering.Toshia thought she might come again, but the man fucking Nadja beat her to it. Nadja murmured approval into Toshia's mouth, and Toshia felt warm cum on her fingers. As the man pulled out of Nadja, spilling more cum over Toshia's hand, Nadja looked down at Toshia and said, “Now that was delightful.”Toshia grinned and said, “I'm not done with you, yet. Sit on my face.”“If you insist,” Nadja laughed. With almost startling enthusiasm, she pulled her fingers from Toshia and crawled up until she was kneeling over Toshia's face.Holding the tiny girl's ass in her hands, Toshia pulled her down to her mouth, where she began to lick up the man's cum and then to lavish her oral attention on Nadja's hard clit. Nadja pressed down on Toshia's mouth, and leaned back a bit, squeezing her small tits tightly. As Toshia sucked on Nadja's clit and then went back to tonguing it firmly, she thought, This must be what people really mean when they talk about Heaven.As Don pulled away to let the new girl, Brandi, get acquainted with Toshia, he decided to have a look around to see what everyone else was up to. He carefully stood up and took a couple of steps to get out of the actual orgy.He spotted Amy on her back, her head on a good-sized pillow. Straddling her chest with his hands on her head and his cock sliding in and out of her mouth and throat was a trim East Asian guy with his black hair buzzed almost down to his scalp. Amy's legs were parted and ready for someone to get between them. Nearby, Victor was standing over an athletic white guy with short, curly reddish hair, who was sitting facing the same way as Victor and who was sucking on Victor's big cock and fondling his balls, all while Victor flexed his knees, pushing that schlong of his in and out of the other fellow's mouth.Don noticed that an adorable woman was now joining in on Brandi and Toshia's little session, and that a man had begun to fuck Brandi from behind. Near this scene, Shelonda had secured the services of a tall, fit black guy with short hair, who seemed as young as the Nymphets to Don. The young man was sitting on the floor, leaning back on his arms and with his knees slightly bent. Shelonda was sitting on his cock, leaning back, supporting herself with her arms and riding up and down on the cock inside her. Meanwhile, an athletic woman, with large tits, long legs, a tight ass and long straight black hair, had her mouth on one of Shelonda's tits and seemed to have a hand down playing with Shelonda's clit.Before he could locate Nicole, Don felt a warm hand slide up his arm and then squeeze his shoulder. He turned to look into the face of a very pretty woman, who he would guess to be Chinese. She had short black hair, an impishly coy expression and surprisingly blue eyes. Before Don could ask her name or even properly appreciate her slender frame and long legs, this beauty smiled and sank to her knees in front of him. She stroked his cock with her long fingers and kissed the head before sucking it into her mouth. Don gently reached down to caress her hair and watched as she began to bob her head up and down on his quickly hardening shaft.Looking up from this perfect vision for a moment, Don spotted Nicole. The petite young woman was on her back, basically in a missionary position, a muscular white guy with long, curly, brown hair fucking her steadily. However, Nicole's legs were extended out straight, in a V aimed at the ceiling, and there was a tall, caramel skinned woman with a spectacular ass and long, wavy black hair with a bit of gray in it sitting on Nicole's face. In front of this second woman, making out with her, was an athletic Polynesian-looking woman with large breasts and long, wild hair who was in turn sitting on someone's face.By now the mysterious woman in front of him was sucking Don's cock with enthusiasm, and he was again rock hard. He noticed that Toshia was moving around to get under Brandi's body, while the other woman kept her hand between Toshia's legs. Don realized there was too much going on in this huge sex-filled room, and he would simply have to focus his attention. He didn't have to deliberate long to decide where to direct that focus first.Pushing her gently back from his sex, Don bent down, took the Asian woman's face in his hands and kissed her. She responded warmly. After taking the time to really enjoy the sensations of kissing a new and very friendly woman, he said, “I'm Don.”“And I'm Liu,” she smiled.“I'm very pleased to meet you, Liu,” Don smiled. “Now, why don't we lie down so I can give as good as I'm getting?”“That sounds wonderful,” Liu grinned and backed away a bit to let Don lie down on his back. She wasted no time then in getting into position over him. Don felt her mouth on his prick again, as he reached up to pull Liu down so he could get his mouth and tongue on her moist, delicious sex. He ran his tongue from her clit up along between her lips, tasting her sweet pussy. She was short enough that his arms were behind her legs, so Don had to lean up a bit to get his mouth on her, but it also meant that he could easily use his hands to caress her ass and spread her cheeks a bit as he pushed his long, strong tongue up inside her. He was aware of her mouth and hands on his cock and balls, but Don concentrated on what he was doing. When he began to focus on her clit, sucking and licking on it, he pushed two fingers up into her pussy. Apparently Liu loved this because she promptly pushed back on Don. He obliged her by pushing his fingers deeper, and then adding a third finger, fucking them in and out of her as he continued to tongue her clit. Soon Don was working his fingers in and out of Liu vigorously and she was shaking and gasping on top of him as a long orgasm wracked her slender body.As she came down, Don slipped his fingers out of her vagina and gave her clit and pussy lips tender kisses. He felt Liu sighing happily, and then she decided to change positions. She pushed herself up so that she was kneeling over him, and quickly moved down, so that she was straddling his pelvis. Don basically lay back and watched as Liu took his rigid cock, wet with her saliva, in her hand, raised it until it was pointing straight up, and then pushed the fat head into her tiny pussy. He reached up and held on to her hips as she slowly sank down on him. Don found himself admiring the muscles of her back as Liu began to move on him. He caressed her lovely ass as she rode slowly up and down on his cock. Once she was comfortable with him in her, Liu began, very slowly, to lean forward, pushing Don's cock “down” further than it was used to. It was uncomfortable at first, and a bit painful for a moment at times, but Liu eventually worked herself down so that her feet were up by Don's shoulders, she was supporting herself with her hands between his legs, and she was leaning low while she worked her body back and forth getting Don's hard shaft to move inside her pussy in an unusual and delightful way. Don was able to squeeze and caress her ass as she rode him. He slowly pushed his thumb into her exposed asshole which made Liu cry out happily.Don was so intent on fucking Liu that he was actually surprised when Amy's face appeared over his. He barely had time to notice that the pretty blonde's face was, as was so often the case, covered with pearly cum before she was kissing him deeply. Don found himself laughing as he returned Amy's enthusiastic, playful, and rather sloppy kiss. When she finally pulled away, Amy said, “Who's your friend, Professor?”“Liu,” he grinned as he wiped his face with his forearm. “Why don't you introduce yourself?”“Good idea!”Looking down over Liu's backside as she continued to writhe back on his cock and thumb, Don watched Amy kneel down in front of Liu and just lean forward and kiss the pretty Chinese girl.Then, as if he'd followed Amy, or been carried along in her sexual wake, Victor came over and knelt down by Amy, who noticed him right away. Don could tell there were introductions made and a brief discussion, but since it all took place down near his feet he couldn't make out any of the details. He later found out that what happened next was all Amy's idea. With Amy's help, Liu pushed herself up, relieving the interesting downward pressure on Don's cock. With a brief, luminous smile over her slender shoulder at him, Liu slowly pushed herself up off Don's thick shaft. Amy's hand wrapped around Don and kept him pointing straight up for Liu. The two girls quickly positioned woman and cock so that Liu could lower herself slowly so that Don pushed up into her exquisitely tight, hot ass.“Oh, that feels so good!” Don heard Liu say.“It sure does!” he agreed as he slipped his hands around her thin waist.Liu leaned back then, and Amy coaxed Don to bring his legs together. Don helped support Liu as Victor straddled Don's legs and pushed his big cock down so the fat head could press against Liu's waiting pussy. Don felt Liu tense as Victor slowly eased his thick organ into her.Amy leaned over Victor's shoulder with a grin and said, “How's that feel, Liu?”“So good!” was the answer.Don felt Liu shuddering as Victor kept filling her with that large prick of his. Liu wrapped her long legs around Victor's hips and her arms around his neck, while Don supported her from below and Victor began to fuck in and out of her, simultaneously working her up and down on Don's cock.It was now Shelonda's turn to make an appearance. She crawled up next to Don, kissed him on the cheek and said, “That looks like fun.”“It is!” he grinned. “I hope you've been having a good time.”“Of course I have,” she smiled. “I can't help but notice you're not really doing any work here, Don.”He laughed and said, “What did you have in mind?”She gave him another quick kiss, this time on the lips, and then promptly moved around to back in and kneel over his face. With practiced ease, Shelonda lowered her pussy down to Don's face. He happily and greedily began to lap at her sweet pussy and clit, careless of the fact that at least one man had obviously come inside her before now. Don focused on giving Shelonda the tongue lashing she so richly deserved while also enjoying the sensations of having his cock inside the tight embrace of Liu's ass while Victor gave her pussy a vigorous fucking. The first one to come was Liu; Don felt her ass clenching on him as she shook and trembled in his grasp. Victor was next; feeling the big cock inside Liu swelling and pumping cum into her pussy was an interesting feeling for Don. By this time, a man had come up in front of Shelonda as she knelt over Don and she was giving him a nice, deep blowjob, but this didn't keep her from having a long, loud orgasm as Don turned his head a bit from side to side and tongued her clit firmly.Shelonda was still squatting over Don's mouth and well on her way to another orgasm, when Victor slowly pulled out of Liu's pussy. A small flood of warm fluid ran down over Don's balls. Don couldn't see what was going on down there, but in only a moment his legs were nudged apart and he felt an undeniably feminine tongue licking and sucking the cum from him and Liu. After several delicious moments, the mouth shifted from Don to Liu.Don was vaguely aware that Shelonda had managed to coax an orgasm from the man in front of her, and then Don succeeded in making her come again with his tongue. As Shelonda carefully extricated herself from the little foursome that had Don and Liu as the nucleus, Liu began to come again, crying out and shaking. Don let her fall back on him as she whimpered with delight.Don had assumed that the woman who had been licking Liu was Amy, so he was surprised to see a new woman kneeling between their legs. This was a beautiful, middle aged black woman with gray eyes and a lovely bald head. She smiled at both Liu and Don and then started to stand up, but Liu stopped her.“Don't go. I need a little break and I can tell Don here isn't ready to stop playing just yet,” Liu said.“Well, OK then,” said the other woman with a warm smile and the barest hint of a Southern accent.Liu managed to gently pull herself off Don's hard cock and then twisted around to kiss him goodbye before crawling out of the action.Soon Don was looking down into the beautiful bald woman's smiling face as he steadily fucked in and out of her pussy. Her pelvis was rolled back and her legs were up, resting on Don's thighs which were spread out. One of her hands squeezed and pinched at her breast while the other reached down to stroke her clit. Don was leaning forward on his outstretched arms.“I really should get your name,” Don said.“I don't see why,” she laughed. “Now shush; I'm about to come.”Don kept going without coming through three more encounters. Liu caught up with him as a cute little blonde, who had just rode him to three intense orgasms as he knelt holding her in his arms, kissed him goodbye and crawled off to find another lover or two. Liu bent down and kissed him, saying, “You don't ever stop, do you?”“Why stop?” he grinned back. “Are you ready for more?”“Uh-hum,” she said. “Do you want me all to yourself or find some more playmates?”As Don pondered this dilemma, he caught sight of Toshia for the first time in about an hour. Off to the side of the orgy, a tall, fit white guy with short brown hair was laying on his back and his head on a thick pillow. His legs were spread so Toshia could lie on her belly between them and, supporting herself on his thighs, give him what looked like an intense blowjob. Her feet were up in the air, which Don thought was just adorable. Don stood up and said, “I definitely want to get you to myself, but let's go play with those two for now.”Hand-in-hand, they crossed to Toshia and the object of her oral attentions. Don gestured Liu to the man on his back, and he knelt down by Toshia and the man's legs. He ran his hand over Toshia's back, and, as he reached her ass, he leaned down and whispered in her ear, “There you are. I hope you've been a very naughty girl.”She took her mouth off what Don now realized was a surprisingly long cock, swallowed, took a breath and said, “I certainly have. We weren't supposed to be keeping count were we?”Don laughed, squeezed her ass, and said, “No, but I want details later.”“Of course! Jimmy here is about as good at eating me out as you are,” Toshia smiled. “I wanted to return the favor.”“Well, don't let me stop you,” Don said. He noticed that Liu, who had started off with kissing Jimmy deeply, was now moving around so she could sit on his face, facing away from Don and Toshia. Don went back to watching Toshia sucking Jimmy's long prick. He was amazed at how good she had gotten at deep-throating. She was quite intent, and seeing her concentrate like that with a nice hard cock sliding in and out of her mouth was amazingly erotic to Don. He thought about going around to stand in front of Liu, but his cock, which had been straining and hard since he had come inside her earlier, wanted more of Toshia. Don moved his hand so his fingers slipped into the crack of her butt. Sure enough, he found slippery wetness all along between her cheeks. He toyed with her anus, and she parted her legs to let him move lower, until this fingers slipped between her lips and into her pussy. Don continued to watch her going down on Jimmy as he pushed his fingers up inside her messy pussy and then his thumb into her ass. Toshia murmured her approval, but kept bobbing her head up and down on Jimmy's cock.Don expected Jimmy to come, and come hard, in short order, but it was Liu who came first. She gasped and shook for a long, intense orgasm and then sagged to the side.“Wow,” Don said, “he is good.”“Told ya,” Toshia said, looking up from the stiff, wet cock in front of her. “Is she a friend of yours?”“Yes!” Don smiled. “Liu, this is Toshia, and Toshia, this is Liu. And, I take it you're Jimmy; I'm Don.”To be continued..By BradentonLarry for Literotica

Montana Public Radio News
Critics worry Holland Lake Lodge plan would hurt the environment and nearby communities

Montana Public Radio News

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 4:47


A proposed expansion at the Holland Lake Lodge in the Swan Valley continues to draw public criticism over concerns it could hurt the environment and the character of local communities. More than 150 people attended a project Q&A session in Seeley Lake Tuesday.

Harmony Christian Church
Week 1 – Those Who Saw (Section 22)

Harmony Christian Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 49:11


Have you ever seen something miraculous? This week Kent delves into how often those who see the miraculous are those who serve. Jump in with us in Sections 22 of the Gospel Harmonies @ https://www.harmonychurch.cc/tracking-jesus-timeline/. IT'S EASY TO GIVE at Harmony, text any amount to (859) 459-0316 to get started (or give online @ my.harmonychurch.cc/give ). ------------------- Sermon Notes Slide Key: Sermons always start with “OPENING ILLUSTRATION:” and end with “CLOSING ILLUSTRATION:"All scriptures are NIV unless otherwise notedBold = Slide textBold Red = Scriptures (please reflect formatting of scripture on slides, i.e. - underlines, italics, etc.)“b" or “B” on a line by itself = Slide break/New slideBold ALL CAPS WORDS = heading to be ignored[some text] = programming notes to be paid attention to OPENING ILLUSTRATION: My senior year, my grandparents decided they were going to pay to take my entire family, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. on a cruise to the Bahamas. Free cruise, how does it get better than that? Except I was a teenager - like a seriously moody grumpy teenager. This meant I was going to miss a week and a half of being with my buddies. It meant I was going to miss going to church camp. You ever heard don't look a gift horse in the mouth? I didn't just look it in the mouth, I literally shoved my whole head in. I was full-on teenage angst. I knew going on that trip would ruin my life. I knew all the best things in the world were going to happen during that week and a half. I fought my parents, told my grandparents I didn't want to go to the Bahamas. I was SO mad! (because I'm dumb… :) Literally, we are in Florida ready to get on the boat, and I'm still feeling like I'm forced to do something I don't want to do… You ever felt that? -you have protested over and over again that your company doesn't need to be spending time and resources on that new project and your boss tells you to suck it up and do it anyway? -your parents force you to do something that everything in you didn't want to do? We all know what it's like to be put in a position where you feel like you HAVE to do something you don't want to Did you know Jesus knows what that's like? Check this out, in a second we are going to look at a time when Jesus was force to do something He didn't want to do, I'll show you something that blew me away, and then we'll swing it around to what do we do next… John 2:1-12 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” Jewish weddings are not what we are used to. They had two parts, the betrothal - the husband and the father of the bride would set a price the husband would pay to the family and the bride. The father would determine if he thought the man would be a good fit for his daughter and then he would pour a glass of wine, if his daughter drank the wine, it meant she approved and if she didn't, it meant she didn't approve. After this point, the couple was legally married, even though they didn't live together or consulate the marriage… The groom would go off to prepare a place for him and his wife. This would take up to a year before he'd come back for her. And when he did, she and her bridesmaids needed to be ready (I couldn't find any information on this, but I think they must have known a general time frame for when it would occur because guests were invited). They would keep lamps trimmed and ready. The bridegroom's friends would blow a shofar horn - he would go with the party through the streets and get his bride. They would all come back and have the wedding ceremony. All the guests would be there - they would party and celebrate for days - often times up to a week. This is where we find Jesus, at the wedding of this bride and groom… -He and His mom have both been invited to the wedding, along with his disciples… And this couple has run out of wine. I've wondered why Mary gets involved with it, does she know the family well? Is she worried about this young woman about to be embarrassed by the fact that they'v run out - Mary herself knew what it was like to be embarrassed as a young betrothed woman - because of being pregnant with Jesus… Whatever the reason, it seems we find ourselves in the middle of the moment where Mary, Jesus, & the servants know there is no more wine, but it hasn't gotten out to the master of the banquet… -they are probably scurrying, everyone trying to see if there is any other solution and Mary comes to Jesus… 4 “Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” Jesus calling his mom “woman” seems derogatory in our culture, but would have been seen as simply an informal way of speaking to her… ILLUSTRATION: A few weeks ago, we had my mom's surprise 70th birthday party. I had such a hard time not spilling the beans. I'm terrible at keeping secrets. I kept being worried I'd accidentally let out what was going on… Jesus is worried that Mary is going to put His mission in jeopardy because she wants to fix this problem, but Jesus is super specific about what He will do and when He will do it… It cracks me up, because This passage rings so true to life. Mary doesn't answer Jesus' complaint - she just moves on with her plan. listen… 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b] These would have been special jars - used for the family to wash their hands to be ceremonially pure. Likely a priest's family. -stone jars were used because they were considered pure -clay had to be thrown out every year. -they would have been expensive - thus priest - enough money for the jars, but not for enough wine for the celebration 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 120-180 gallons of wine… 2,400 servings of wine -Jesus is being extravagant - they won't run out… 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” It was typical to start off with the good stuff when people were drinking lots… ILLUSTRATION: When I was in Israel we celebrated Shabbat (sabbath) with our rabbis - they bought wine for everyone, but when the wine ran out, everyone started drinking the cheap wine the hotel provided. The same is true for weddings in ancient Israel. The master of the banquet is surprised because the wine is SO good, normally it would be watered down and not the good stuff.. 11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. 12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days. So, maybe you're sitting there going, OK Kent, thanks for the History lesson, but so what? To be honest, this story has always been a bit of a conundrum for me. I never gave it much thought, until I heard an older preacher say something that really stuck out to me… Let me point it out to you… I want to read you a section of this again: 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. b The only people who saw the miracle were the servants… b This is often the way with Jesus. b When you are near the work of God you see the wonders of God ILLUSTRATION: I've seen this in my own life. I've been on missions trips where our vehicle breaks down in the middle of Arizona - all the kids filed off the bus and gathered around it in a circle and prayed. The guy driving got back on and turned the key and the vehicle started back up and drove fine the rest of the trip. I've seen God just show up in ministries and provide when we had nothing. Our first Christmas at our church plant - we had $15,000 in debt on our own personal credit cards. I was sitting there stressing about it and waiting to get up and preach and had a woman walk up and hand me an envelope and she said, “Merry Christmas”. I opened the envelope and it had $20,000 in it. I've seen very sick people be prayed over and experience a full recovery. My wife was doing mission work in Africa and witnessed a blind man receive sight. These things don't happen every day But we'd never have experienced them if we weren't staying near the work of God. CLOSING ILLUSTRATION: I ended up going on that trip with my family for the cruise. For the first few days, I was still all grumpy about it. But pretty soon, I realized that this was a pretty cool experience. And as I've looked back I've realized more and more how amazing it was. I got to spend that time with my grandparents and my entire family. I got to go to the beaches of Nasa and ride in a crazy taxi with my grandparents. I got to talk over meals with my grandpa and spend time with my family. I got to see the open seas and swim in the most amazing waters. I got to listen to a steel drum band on the shores. I got to experience things I never would have. But if I had stayed in that place where I was, I would never have experienced it. Can I ask you a question? Do you experience the wonders of God in your life? b My guess is, if you aren't seeing the wonders of God in your life, you probably aren't staying close to the work of God. If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll get the results you've always gotten… Look, serving sounds worse than it is. Serving is really about taking your giftedness and passions and connecting them to the mission of God and giving yourself away. b That's why we are doing the 90 Days of Service Challenge b We want to challenge you to join the challenge to take your giftedness and passions, connect them with God's mission (we'll help you with this), and give 90 Days to serving God to see what God will do! b After 90 Days, you can keep going if you've found your fit, you can try something different to find your fit, or you can take a break. b There's no pressure, we just want you to experience the wonders of God and that takes being near the work of God - it takes getting on the boat…

Where Do Gays Retire Podcast
Lisbon, Portugal With Timm McBride And Dan Kelley McBride

Where Do Gays Retire Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 75:28


Dan Kelley McBride and Timm McBride have been together since 2004. Timm says he met Dan at a dance in Portland OR, and they kept bumping into each other until they were BOTH single and available. They've been together ever since. For better and for worse.While living in Portland, OR, they married in Victoria BC in 2005, because, as Dan says, “We had to do it in a CIVILIZED” country.”In 2013 after many long discussions, they sold their home in Portland - their FAVORITE place to date in the Mid Century Fontaine Tower in NE Lloyd Center.They made the BIG move to Palm Springs and thought, that after three home renovations, there were done. Enter COVID-19.“It changed EVERYTHING” according to Timm. He was working in live theatre and thru COVID, was unemployed for 19 months. Dan was working in healthcare in Pain Management and the COVID scares and restrictions took their toll on him as well. Suddenly that dream of working to 70 and maxing out their Social Security payout didn't seem worth it. In July 2021, after months of research and several false starts, they made their way to Portugal to see if it was something that was even worth pursuing. On landing in Lisbon, they were enamored by everything: the history, the architecture, the people, the kindness, the international population. It was heaven for them. After a week in Lisbon, they traveled to Porto for a week - and although both fell in love with it, the climate was just too close to what they left behind in Portland. The Algarve was also an option, but it was a little too nomadic and touristy - kind of like the Palm Springs they were thinking of leaving behind. As they sat in their chairs sipping an Aperol spritz in the Miradouro de San Pedro de Alacantra on their last day, Timm said “I don't want to go home.” Over the years they have both always been on the same page when it came to big decisions like this. That was all Dan needed to hear, as he was sold as well.LisbonCity in Portugal.Quick factsLisbon is Portugal's hilly, coastal capital city. From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city's pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles. Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril. ― GoogleElevation: 6.562′Area: 38.63 mi²Population: 504,718 (2016) United Nations

BBC Countryfile Magazine
Sound Escape 84: a mellow moment beside a sleepy Somerset canal

BBC Countryfile Magazine

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 6:19


It's a lazy September afternoon on a Somerset canal. You've found an enchanted place to rest beside a bridge – where a robin's wistful song sweetens the stillness. Even the dragonflies are dawdling. Clouds puff in the blue sky, perfectly reflected in the water and the last of summer's house martins are hawking for small insects high above. Nearby, a pair of anglers are catching small fish.BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a weekly audio postcard from the countryside to help you relax and transport you somewhere beautiful, wherever you happen to be.Recorded and presented by Hannah Tribe. Image from Hannah Tribe.Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year 2022 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Peak Northwest
Exploring the Hood River Fruit Loop in a single day

Peak Northwest

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 38:20 Very Popular


The Hood River Valley consists of more than 15,000 acres of irrigated farmland. If you enjoy fresh picked fruit, or better yet, picking your own fruit, you're in for a special treat at the Hood River Fruit Loop. With 35 miles of country back roads, the Fruit Loop offers 27 different orchards, farm stands, bakeries, flower fields, wineries and breweries. On this week's episode of Peak Northwest, we talk about planning a full day of exploring the Hood River Fruit Loop, after visiting for our most recent Peak Northwest video series shoot. Here are some highlights from this week's show: Vickie and Jamie discuss how they chose their five stops on the Fruit Loop. There are plenty of animal friends to pet, feed or just watch on the loop Where to find some of the best pear pizza we've tasted. What fruit you can find and what season to find it in. Nearby hikes to explore. Hint: One of our favorite waterfalls is just a short drive away. Subscribe to Peak Northwest anywhere you listen to podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Catholic Saints & Feasts
September 21: Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Catholic Saints & Feasts

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 5:21


September 21: Saint Matthew, Apostle and EvangelistFirst CenturyFeast; Liturgical Color: RedPatron Saint of bankers, accountants, and money changersA lover of money becomes greedy for God People leave their jobs for all sorts of reasons: more pay, better opportunity, a shorter commute. Today's saint left his job for a better boss. Matthew was at work in the city of Capernaum, a bustling town with a customs house. It was just another day, and Matthew was going about his job of collecting taxes. Nearby, Jesus was doing his job too, curing a paralyzed man. It was an ordinary day for both of them. But after performing His miracle, Jesus walked down the main street of Capernaum, saw Matthew outside of the customs house, and then...the normal day ended. Jesus said to Matthew, simply, directly, and with force, “Follow me.” And then something astonishing happened. Matthew followed Him. Fistfuls of Roman coins may have spilled from his hands, or he may have swallowed a gulp in his throat, quickly adjusted his tunic, and then scurried to walk in the small clouds of dust that puffed up behind Jesus as His sandals slapped the dry ground. In an instant, Matthew's life changed forever and always. He had become a follower, a joiner, of the most important man in the history of the world.The Gospel of Matthew nowhere mentions that it is written by a man named Matthew. But it was attributed to him very early in the life of the Church. It was compiled by 80 A.D., at the latest. Matthew's Gospel is clearly written by a Jew and for Jews. It references the Old Testament repeatedly and notes how Jesus fulfilled those ancient Scriptures. Matthew's Gospel is the only one which identifies him as a tax collector. Mark and Luke refer to him as Levi, which may have been his birth name, while Matthew (“gift of Yahweh”) was his post-conversion name. Because it begins with a genealogy, Matthew's Gospel, but not Matthew himself, is in art represented by a man or by a man's face. After his big moment in Capernaum, Matthew's name consistently appears in the Gospels' lists of Apostles, but little more is said about him, apart from a feast he hosts in honor of Jesus. It is not known where he evangelized or where or how he died. Four churches in France alone claim to have Matthew's head, implying that no one has his head.Christ passes by in every life. Everyone has their chance to say “Yes” or “No,” to stay or follow, to change or remain the same. That moment may come only once and never return. Sudden callings, and sudden conversions, are rare, but they do happen. A life is more likely to plot gradually up or down like a line on a graph than to take a sharp right angle in either direction. Matthew's life angled sharply when his personal trajectory intersected with Christ's. The moment is captured in all of its drama by the painter Caravaggio in his Calling of Saint Matthew. A broad shaft of light beams through the room from above Christ's head. His bony finger points to a well-dressed man at a table with his hands over a pile of coins. The scene unfolds not in the street but in a darkened room. Light and darkness play. Sin and virtue tussle. Past, present, and future hang in the balance. Christ seems to say, “Will you take and eat, will you go and sell, will you come and follow me?” Difficult, challenging questions. But Matthew gave the difficult, generous answer in response, and we remember him today due to that one moment.Saint Matthew, you made the right decision at the right time and so changed your life and those of millions of others who know Christ because of you. Help us to recognize when a pivot point arrives in our own life, when we must change direction, and help us to choose that direction well.

Dhammatalks.org Short Morning Talks

A talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu entitled "Nearby Skills"

Steamy Stories Podcast
Lost in Eros Book II: The Forest – Part 1By BradentonLarry –...

Steamy Stories Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2022


Lost in Eros Book II: The Forest – Part 1By BradentonLarry – Listen to the Podcast at Steamy Stories.NOTE: The events of this series (as a whole) follow immediately after Lost in Eros Book 1: The Manor. It is strongly suggested to complete that book first.Chapter 1Toshia finds herself in a predicament.Toshia strained against the cords that held her fast. Her arms and legs were stretched out against an X-shaped cross, tied securely at the wrists and ankles. The muscles in her thin, strong arms and her bare legs pulled and struggled as her lithe, naked torso twisted against the cross. She had been trying to pull herself loose for what must be an hour now, and was convinced there was no actual hope that she would free herself. Only fierce stubbornness drove her to struggle again and again.At first, her captors had been gathered around Toshia, laughing at her as she fought futilely against her restraints. They had pinched and fondled her naked body, not as if they were trying to arouse her, but out of amusement at her defiant helplessness. They had squeezed and twisted her nipples, not playfully but cruelly, until tears were rolling down her cheeks. Hands had crushed her breasts roughly and slapped her face and thighs until her skin was burning and bright pink. Rude, unloving fingers had been shoved into her pussy, without intending to excite her, only to violate her. It was infuriating to her that her body had responded to this intrusion with grasping, hungry wetness. Although her mind was rebelling against her situation, and the rest of her body was being so badly mistreated, her vagina – and the damned XYZ in her veins – was ready for sex. Toshia didn't give in, though, and wouldn't.That had been the problem. Toshia wouldn't play along, so they tied her up and put her on display in the middle of this broken down old castle. They had good fun with that, hauling the kicking and fighting naked young woman off and holding her down on the cross while they bound her and then raised the framework to fit into its base. Toshia particularly remembered one of her tormentors, a big redhead with freckles over her cheeks and nose, who laughed in Toshia's face and then licked her cheek with a broad, wet tongue. After a while though, they got tired of abusing her and wandered off to find other things to do. Now and then someone would pass her by. Sometimes they would prod, pinch or fondle her body, but more and more they would just walk by, laughing.At first she had been happy to realize she'd been taken by the warrior women. Given her previous experience in Eros, Toshia expected to find herself in a Sapphic harem, surrounded by playful, horny women. After what she'd gone through, particularly since being separated from Don and the girls, the thought of some girl-on-girl action was quite welcome indeed!As soon as she was dumped out into the courtyard of the castle and looked around, though, Toshia realized this wasn't going to be any nice little harem situation. The stones of the courtyard were rough and cold on her bare skin. The women who stood around her were anything but welcoming. They looked down at her with various expressions of contempt and amusement. Each of these warriors was clearly very strong, with well-defined muscles on her arms, legs and abdomen. Odd pieces of armor were combined with tattered garments to barely clothe their athletic bodies. Each one held a weapon of some kind, mostly spears.“She's a scrawny one,” said one of the women with a sneer.“No tits to speak of,” said another derisively.Toshia was crouching there in front of them, trying to cover her nudity for the first time since she and Don had awoken in the Manor.“I'll bet she didn't put up any fight,” one of the women scowled with distaste.“What about it, little pup? Did you put up any fight or did you just let them fuck you until they were done with you?”Toshia had twisted to get a look at the woman who had asked her those questions. She saw a tall woman with long jet-black hair and icy blue eyes looking down at her. The woman's expression gave the impression that she smelled something particularly rank.Toshia tried to think of what to say, but was distracted when she felt the butt of a spear shoved under her behind, and a voice saying, “I'll bet they screwed her ass too.”The blue-eyed woman kept watching Toshia, as the woman behind her shoved the spear harder, pushing Toshia up to a kneeling position. Another woman asked, “Well, what is it, girl, did the goats fuck your ass?”“She's blushing,” laughed one of them. “I'll bet she liked getting fucked in the ass by the goats.”The blue-eyed woman smiled wryly and said, “As if you don't like a good ass-fucking, Wanda.”“Well, yeah, but not from a goat!” Wanda protested.They all laughed at this, but Toshia didn't feel any more comfortable. The woman with the black hair and blue eyes was still looking down at her contemptuously.“What are we going to do with the scrawny little bitch, then,” one of the women asked.“Give her to the men?”“It doesn't look like she can fight, so what else is she good for? She's too skinny to be any fun.”“I don't know,” said the blue-eyed woman haughtily. She reached out and caught Toshia's chin in a strong grip. She turned Toshia's head to the right and left, looking at her face coldly. “She's kind of cute.”Cute!? Toshia suddenly realized how incredibly pissed she was. Things hadn't been going exactly well for days but she'd put up with it, thinking that Don and the others would turn up and get her out of this mess. Toshia was nothing if not a good sport; she hadn't actually been hurt and she'd managed to have fun in the process, but somehow a line had been crossed. This bunch of obnoxious women was too much to put up with nicely. A simmering rage welled up in Toshia's breast.The cold woman in front of her seemed to see the fury in Toshia's eyes. She smiled cruelly and said, “What do you say, little pup, will you be a good little pet for me?”“Fuck you!” Toshia spat.The smack came from somewhere off to the right and batted Toshia's head to the left. A spear shaft came down hard across her bare back, stinging like fire and knocking her forward onto her hands and knees.“Show respect, you skinny bitch!” said an angry voice.Toshia glowered at the gray stone in front of her, thinking furiously,I'll be damned if I'm going to be anyone's fucking cute little pet! Then she saw a sandaled foot extended under her face. It moved upward and Toshia lifted her head to avoid making contact.“There, there,” said the blue-eyed woman. “I'm sure she'll behave now that she understands that she'll be punished if she doesn't. Right, little pup?”Toshia glared up at the woman and said nothing.“She's a wild one,” a blonde woman with braids on both sides of her head, and who looked more than a little like a valkyrie to Toshia, said cheerfully. “Better watch yourself, Daphne.”The blue-eyed woman, Daphne, sneered coldly and said, “Don't be ridiculous, Brigit. She'll be a good little pet for me, won't you, pup? Show the girls you'll play nice and kiss my foot.”Toshia was keenly aware of the fact that she was surrounded by a gang of big bullies with sticks and worse, but she was past caring. She pushed herself up so that she was kneeling on her haunches and said, “I'll tell you what, I'll kiss your foot right after you kiss my ass.”The blonde, Brigit, thought this was very funny, and Toshia thought some of the others laughed a little too, but again she was smacked – this time so hard that she tasted blood.Daphne, who wasn't laughing at all, then said, “It looks like the pup needs to be house-broken, ladies. Let's see how she likes being tied to the cross.”So, Toshia was woman-handled until and after she was tied up and put on display in the middle of what seemed to be an ancient, decrepit hall. Fortunately, the women had tired of tormenting her, but they made no move to release her.Toshia pulled again, straining all the muscles in her lithe body against the bonds restraining her left wrist, trying to pull her hand through. She felt the wood of the cross against her back and butt. It seemed as if she would pull her hand off the end of her arm, or at the very least dislocate her shoulder, but nothing gave. She sagged, breathless, against the big X, hanging from her restraints. Toshia resigned herself to waiting until they untied her.In the meantime, she thought back to her adventures since she and Don had come to Eros, both in the Manor and since that day, about a week ago, when they had left the Manor and headed out into the forest. She knew reliving some of those events would make her horny, in spite of her situation, but thoughts of her life before coming to Eros would only depress her further. In any case, there was little doubt that the XYZ would have her horny soon anyway.Chapter 2The Rite: centaurs & witches & crones (oh my!)Right after leaving the Manor Don found himself in strange company. It wasn't the fact that he was accompanied by four sexy women (each of whom he had slept with, sometimes with the active assistance of the others), including the love of his life and best friend Toshia. Nor was it the fact that two of those women had no memory beyond when they had awakened here in this strange place. Rather it was the presence of the amiable centaur, Ralph, who made the situation so surreal. They had gathered around Ralph in the shade of the first trees on the edge of the lawn spread out in front of the Manor.“Well, we call this the forest,” Ralph answered Toshia's question.“No,” she insisted, “what do you call everything – the place where the forest is?”“The world? Oh, you mean Eros,” Ralph laughed. “People call the world Eros sometimes.”“Naturally,” Don shrugged, smiling across to Toshia.“OK,” Toshia tried to resume her explanation, “Don, Nicole and I aren't from Eros. We come from a place called Earth, and we would like to get home.”Ralph frowned and scratched under his long, dark beard. His equine tail swished a bit too. Then, he said, “I can't say that I've ever heard of this ‘Earth' place, and I've traveled extensively throughout the world – Eros. Oh, would you mind scratching right there, dear?”Amy, who had utterly failed to resist the urge to caress Ralph's strong flanks, obliged him by scratching at his brown hindquarter where her hand had been.“Well,” Don tried, “if you wanted to find a way to Earth, is there someone you would ask for help?”“Hmm,” Ralph said as his forehead creased with his thought. “I suppose the first place one could try is the Witches of the Glen. Perhaps they could summon the Crone. She is very wise. If anyone knows anything about this 'Earth' it's likely to be… That's very distracting, my dear.”“It certainly is!” Shelonda said. She had knelt down next to Ralph and was caressing his prodigious sex organ, which was, naturally enough, responding to the attention.Don wondered if the native fauna responded to the XYZ in the same way the human transplants did. He apologized to Ralph, saying, “I'm sorry. My friends have never encountered one of your kind.”“I appreciate that,” Ralph said. “It's just that it's been a while since I've been with a mare.”“There aren't many centaurs around?” Don asked.“No… not too many…”By now Amy and Nicole had joined Shelonda in caressing and stroking Ralph's large phallus. Toshia was watching them with an expression that seemed a violent mixture of curiosity, shock and titillation. Don almost laughed at her reddening face. He saw that Amy was now kneeling on the ground with both her hands on the column of horse flesh pointing at her face, pumping her hands back and forth on it. Meanwhile, Shelonda and Nicole were similarly stroking Ralph's cock. Don thought it was fortunate for everyone concerned that they hadn't come across an actual horse.“Oh my!” Ralph breathed. Then a deluge of white cum erupted from him, virtually covering Amy's face and front. Pearly droplets splattered everywhere.Shelonda was able to say “Wow!” in the moment before a second bucket full of cum shot out of Ralph and onto Amy's face, and then there was a third much smaller one, followed by a stream that drizzled out. Nicole reached out and caught some of this in her cupped palm, and brought it up to her mouth, only to pronounce it “Yummy!”The girls on the ground proceeded to giggle and laugh as they scooped centaur cum off Amy and slurped it down. Toshia watched this for a moment, until she saw Don watching her with amusement, and then said, “Oh, what the hell?” and got down to join in the fun.“I hope that wasn't too rude of them,” Don said to Ralph.“Oh, no – not at all!” Ralph laughed. “It was a bit kinky, you know. I've never been pleasured by such tiny females, but I'm certainly not complaining.”“Well, good,” Don smiled. “Now, I was wondering if you could help us find these Witches of the Glen that you mentioned.”Once the women managed to finish playing with Ralph's cum and to clean Amy up a bit, the centaur led them through the forest at a pretty brisk pace. Don was happy that he was a good hiker. The women took turns getting rides on Ralph's back, and took the opportunity to bring themselves to loud orgasms along the way. At first Toshia seemed shocked by the fact that Amy and then Shelonda were so openly grinding themselves against Ralph's spine and then so obviously coming, but, after Nicole took her turn, Toshia climbed up and enjoyed the ride for all it was worth. Don watched her bowing her head against Ralph's shoulder blades as she gasped and sighed with her orgasm, and smiled to himself. It was good to see her enjoying herself so thoroughly. For his part, Ralph said he was happy to return the favor done him as much as possible. Amy, however, insisted that she was unconvinced that there wasn't some further way in which Ralph could be of service to the ladies.Don found himself a bit happy when they came upon the glade they were seeking before Amy could put any of her ideas to the test. He sensed that Ralph was a bit relieved too.They were on a cleared hilltop high over the rest of the forest, sloping dark green all around them. The sun was sinking toward the horizon. In the center of the glade were a large stone altar and a large arrangement of wood, ready to become a bonfire. Off to the side, against the tree line, was a large tent of crimson cloth. Ralph led them toward this tent.Before they got there, though, or even called out, a flap was tossed aside and a beautiful woman in a dark red robe stepped out and said, “Hello, and welcome.”She had a thick mane of yellow and gold hair falling to her shoulders in an unruly tumult. She looked the party over with eyes of light blue-gray and a knowing smile. “My name is Cassandra, how may we help you?”“Hello Cassandra, I'm Don, and this is Toshia, Nicole, Shelonda, Amy and Ralph.”“It's good to see you again, Ralph,” Cassandra smiled. Her voice was musical, friendly and confident – in short, extremely sexy. “Thank you for guiding our new friends here.”“It was an honor, mistress,” Ralph bowed.“More than that,” she winked, “judging from the smell of things.”“An honor and a pleasure,” he smiled back at her.“I am glad,” she nodded. Then, turning to Don, she asked, “How may we help you, Don?”“Toshia, Nicole and I seek a way to leave Eros and return to our home, Earth,” Don explained. “Ralph suggested that you could help us find someone who could tell us how to do that.”“The Crone,” Ralph added.“Ah, yes,” Cassandra nodded, taking all of this in with apparent simple acceptance. “I see. We could perform the summoning rite, though you will have to help. We will need a fresh offering for the guardian of the portal, and then there will be a price to be paid to the Crone as well.”“What sort of offering and price?” Toshia asked. She had dismounted from Ralph's back and stood next to Don.“Oh nothing quite so dire as you might imagine,” Cassandra smiled enigmatically. “Any of you young ladies will do, though I suggest you or Nicole would be most fitting.”“Fine,” Toshia said firmly, “as long as it's nothing life-threatening, I'll do it.”“Wonderful,” Cassandra nodded. “And you, Don, will have to pay the Crone's price. Surely you will be as brave as your companion.”“Of course,” Don nodded, very much conscious of the fact that he was nowhere near as sure of himself as Toshia seemed to be.Cassandra smiled at them both and then turned to the tent behind her and called, “Come on everyone, we have to get ready to summon the Crone!”There were excited exclamations from the tent, followed by a dozen men and women all wearing robes just like Cassandra's. They busied themselves immediately around the firewood and the altar. Don would have paid more attention to what they were doing, but Ralph took this moment to say, “Well, I will leave you in Cassandra's capable hands, then.”“You won't stay to see what the Crone says?” Don asked.“No,” Ralph shook his head. “I want to find myself a mare as soon as possible, and, to be honest, these magical rites are a bit too intense for me.”“Are we safe here?” Don asked in a hushed voice.“Oh, yes!” Ralph laughed. “Cassandra's a sweet, kind person. She won't let any harm come to you, but … well, it's just going to be intense, that's all. It all gives me the willies. Anyway, good luck!”The girls all bid Ralph goodbye, and then he trotted off into the forest, which was already quite dark in the dusk.“Please, Toshia, come with me,” Cassandra said. While they went into the tent, a pair of red-robed women came up to Nicole and Shelonda and led them off toward the fire area. A tall young man approached Don and said, “Sir, if you will accompany me.”Don followed the man to a wooden chair that had been set off to the side, with a clear view of the altar without actually being close to it. The young man said, “During the rite, you will sit here until the Crone summons you. Do not participate in the ritual at all until that time. It is very important that you save yourself for the Crone. If you do not, she will know and be displeased.”“Okay,” Don nodded. “Sit in the chair and don't have any fun – got it.”“Oh, and remove your clothing.”“Um, all right,” Don said. After disrobing and putting his few items of clothing, and his staff, on the ground next to the chair, Don sat down and tried to make himself comfortable, watching the robed witches go about their preparations. He wasn't surprised to note that everyone in what he was thinking of as the coven was in good shape, even though they seemed to represent a spectrum of different ages, from quite young – like Nicole or Shelonda – to as old as in their sixties, if Don was any judge of such things. Knowing what he now knew about Eros, though, Don realized that each of these people could be much older than their appearance would indicate, thanks to the rejuvenating powers of the XYZ they drank as water.After the sun set Don was left alone in the clearing, as the others all disappeared into the big tent. Eventually, the group came out in a solemn procession – one by one – with Cassandra in the lead. Toshia came second and was wearing a white robe. The entire group made a circle around the pile of firewood, and most of them began to sing some sort of hymn the words of which Don couldn't make out. This went on for several minutes, until, abruptly, Cassandra raised her hands high over her head, and the wood in front of her burst into flame.Well, that was certainly a neat trick, Don thought to himself. He caught himself, though, and tried to make a point of not being quite so skeptical as usual. After all, we're trying to play along with this world's rules here. Maybe things won't work if I've got the wrong attitude.The witches had stopped singing now, and Cassandra took Toshia by the hand and walked her over to stand with her back to the stone altar; the other witches, along with Nicole, Shelonda and Amy, closed the gap in the circle. Facing Toshia, Cassandra raised her arms, with her palms up to the sky, and called out, “O wise mother who guides us and watches over us, we beseech thee to join us this night that the travelers among us may share in the gift of your knowledge and beauty.”The witches around the bonfire repeated Cassandra's words, and four of the men lit torches in the fire and placed them in holes Don hadn't noticed before. These torches were positioned about a meter from each corner of the altar. When the men returned to the circle, Cassandra reached out to caress Toshia's face lovingly. She called out, “O guardian of the portal, we offer you this supplicant who comes seeking knowledge and will give you that which you most desire.”Then, Cassandra untied the simple knot at the base of Toshia's throat that held the white robe closed. Toshia shrugged the robe off her shoulders and stood there naked in the firelight. If she was frightened or anxious Don could not see it in her expression or posture. Instead, she stood proudly, with her shoulders back and head high. To Don it seemed that it was Toshia, not Cassandra, who was the high priestess of this affair.As the witches around the fire began a low chant, Cassandra took Toshia by the hand and led her to the foot of the altar, and up a set of steps Don hadn't seen earlier. Toshia gently knelt down on the altar and then turned around and lied down upon her back on the cold stone. Don was fascinated to see her bare, pale flesh in the flickering orange and yellow light. He experienced a strong desire to go to the altar then and ravish Toshia even if it did mess up the rite. Instead, he forced himself to sit still in his wooden chair, and kept watching intently.Cassandra moved around to the opposite side of the altar, away from the bonfire, and produced a large pitcher that seemed to be made of clay. The witch proceeded to pour water over Toshia's naked body. From the sharp gasp and sudden tightening of her muscles, Don could tell Toshia had not expected this, but she lay still on the altar. When she'd emptied the pitcher over Toshia, Cassandra set the pitcher out of the way on the ground somewhere behind the altar, and then leaned over the naked, wet offering and kissed her on the lips.Cassandra came around the altar and joined the circle of chanting witches. Once she was there, the group slowly began to move around the fire. The chanting became a bit more rhythmic, and the witches started to move almost as if they were dancing. One by one, each of the participants broke away from the circle to approach the altar and kiss Toshia on the lips. When they had kissed her, each one dropped his or her robe to the ground in front of the altar before returning to the circle. Nicole, Shelonda and Amy each took their turn in this kissing and disrobing ritual, as if they had done this kind of thing many times. As this went on, with an increasing number of naked chanting, dancing celebrants, the rhythm and pace of the chant very slowly rose. The dancers were now holding hands or had their arms around each other's waists. Finally, only Cassandra still wore her robe, so she returned to the altar, kissed Toshia again and exposed her own naked body to the fire-lit night. This seemed to be a signal to the others, for the chanting shifted to a much more rhythmic cant, and Don swore there were now deep, distant drums keeping the beat.As soon as Cassandra returned to the circle, the dancing around the fire became more playful. Now sweaty bodies glistened in the orangey light. Don saw Amy moving along between two men, in each hand a stiff cock, while their hands groped her body. Shelonda passed by with a lovely young woman trying to get her mouth on Shelonda's beautiful heaving bosom. Nicole had allowed a man to catch her from behind and the two of them managed to move around the circle while he kissed the back of her neck and reached around to run his hands over her front. Cassandra danced past with the wanton sensuality of a belly dancer and a certain regal bearing, somehow both reveling in the energy of the rite and aloof from the playfulness rapidly spreading around the circle. The air seemed to be throbbing with the rhythm of the ritual chant, and the heat of the fire and rising eroticism flooded the night. Don looked over to the altar and saw that Toshia had begun to writhe on the stone. Her hands moved over her upper body and her legs rubbed against each other as she felt the aura of lust pulsing from the fire and the dancers. Don watched as she moved her left hand down between her legs, and he had little doubt what she was doing there. As for himself, Don's cock was lying thick on his thigh, growing harder as the rite progressed.Looking back to the fire, Don saw that the dancing had now stopped, though the chanting and the unseen drums continued on. The witches and company were giving in to their desires. Nearby, backlit by the fire, Nicole, had fallen to her hands and knees, and the man who had been following her so closely was now even closer – fucking her from behind. Don was unsurprised to see that Amy was kneeling between her two men sucking one cock while stroking the other, and then switching. He couldn't see Shelonda, but figured she must be on the other side of the fire. He could see Cassandra, though, straddling a muscular young man, her head thrown back and her breasts thrust up in the night air as she rode him.When he turned his attention back to the altar, Don was surprised to see that a strange dark figure was standing there at Toshia's feet. Don almost sprang from his chair, but somehow managed to remember what he had been told, and resolved to sit still and wait. The figure, which Don presumed must be the guardian of the portal, was hard to discern at first, only a darker shadow in the night, but as Don concentrated it resolved into a tall, distinctly masculine form. Don was sure the shadowy “man” had long horns springing out of its forehead and sweeping back over its head. Toshia didn't seem to notice the creature's presence until it reached out to touch her ankle; the jet black hand seemed more like a talon at first, but then just a hand with long fingers. Toshia looked down to see the figure at her feet, but didn't seem frightened or even surprised. Don could see that she said something, but if there was any reply he could not tell – he couldn't make out any features of the guardian's face, though he had the distinct impression that there were two fiery eyes of dark red in the shadows. Toshia parted her legs for the darkness and Don watched the claw-like hands moving over her relatively pale skin. As the shadow rose up and lowered itself over her, Toshia's hands left her own body and reached out for the dark shape. Her back arched as the shadows enveloped her. Don found it hard to focus on what was going on atop the altar. At one moment he saw Toshia with her head thrown back and a black creature with its mouth on her neck, and the next there was an almost billowing shadow enveloping her. Then there was a glimpse of her thighs and butt as they flexed while she was fucking the shadow enthusiastically. Her torso strained and tensed, and a mouth with sharp teeth was on her white breast. And then darkness swirled around her.Don was aware that all around the fire the orgy had become general, even though the chanting and the sound of drums went on. He knew that Nicole was now on her back while a new man was between her legs, thrusting with nearly crazed lust. He knew that Amy was being fucked from behind while she took a cock in her mouth. He knew that Cassandra was passionately kissing one of her female subordinates, while another suckled at her tits and reached down to play with her, all while still riding her initial partner. Don could feel his untouched cock, straining painfully in its excited, engorged state. However, he could not seem to look away from the altar. Though he couldn't hear anything but chanting, drums and the moaning of the witches, he was sure Toshia was crying out in a long, hard orgasm. He could tell the shadowy creature on top of her was not finished, though.“No,” said a voice next to him, “he will not be finished anytime soon. His need is … special.”Don looked up to see a woman with long white hair swept away from her face and down her back. She was watching the altar with a smile on her thin, red lips. Her dark eyes sparkled in the firelight as she went on, saying, “His phallus is so very hard, like a thing of steel wrapped in a tight sheath of leather. Not as big as one might imagine, but so, so hard, almost painful to touch, until it fills you and you feel his need becoming your own.”She was thin, but tautly muscular, and stood confidently and comfortably next to Don. She wore a black sleeveless shift, bound around her narrow waist with a silver cord.“What is his need?” Don finally managed to ask.Her features were sharp and aristocratic, but her smile was friendly as she looked down at him and said, “Sex, obviously, but not like you or them, or her. The guardian feeds off the carnal pleasure of others, particularly the woman with whom he is engaged – but especially if she's new to him. The energy he draws from her orgasm makes it possible for me to come to you. He will couple with her as long as she can take it, drawing sustenance from her orgasms, and the lust of the others. He does not couple for release, though, but for the reverse. If he comes, which is quite rare, it will be a fiery jet of liquid ecstasy filling up her body – every fiber.”“A fiery jet?”She looked down at him again and smiled warmly, “Don't fear; I was being poetic.”Don smiled back, “And your need?”She held out her hand, and Don took it and brought it to his lips, kissing her palm. She laughed and said, “Come with me, Don.”To be continued.By BradentonLarry for Literotica

Steamy Stories Podcast
The Manor: Steam Room

Steamy Stories Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022


The Manor: Steam Room - A relaxation break becomes an all-out orgy. (ch. 16)By BradentonLarry. Listen to the Podcast at Steamy Stories. The Steam RoomTascha had a lot to process. First was the realization that the garden was not a way out after all. This had been depressing for her, though she tried to put it out of her mind by chasing, and catching, Shelonda, and then, Keiko, whose pussy still tasted of cum from the guy who had chased her earlier. Tascha felt herself starting to think that she and Don were stuck here, and Keiko's sweet tongue and compliments could not really compensate for this. (Keiko said both that she was “a very good chaser” and “an exceptionally good clit licker”.) Tascha was glad that Don was still set on helping her find a way home, even though she could tell he was much less motivated than she was, but they had no other leads. The Manor was huge, and some kind of magical, so it didn't seem that just wandering around and opening doors was likely to be productive any time soon.Then there was Don's spunky new friend, Nicole. The facts that she could also remember her life before coming to the Manor and was also a new arrival suggested that Tascha and Don were not the victims of some bizarre experiment, or prank, set up just for them. This only increased the mystery, Tascha thought. If people were being brought here from various parts of the world, or even just the United States, why were she and Don brought here at the same time and put into bed together? They currently lived hundreds of miles apart. The only thing that made any kind of sense before now was that they had been selected on the basis of their close friendship or something related to that. Nicole's presence, though, suggested that people were being brought here more randomly. It was all extremely confusing.Finally, as they had all began to return to the Manor, Tascha had seen another one of those black robed and hooded figures, this time on one of the balconies overlooking the garden. She had managed to surreptitiously ask the Player who it was and what they were doing up there, and he had only replied, “Oh, that's just a watcher. That's all they do; watch.” Her other questions, and those offered by Don, could get nothing more from anyone. The whole group, except for her, Don and Nicole, seemed to have no interest in people who neither provided a service nor engaged in play of any kind. Nicole confessed that she hadn't noticed these watchers before now, and Don pointed out that, because of the Player's definite use of the plural, they had reason to think there was more than one.“Maybe we can catch one, and make him or her talk,” Don suggested.“They don't talk,” the Player said. “They just watch.”“Have you tried talking to one?” Tascha asked doubtfully.“Hum, no, I suppose I haven't,” he answered.These were the things Tascha was thinking about, and suspected Don was as well, as the group migrated into the Manor, downstairs to the second floor, and then into the baths. All thirteen crowded into the shower area for a quick rinse to get the sweat and odd blade of grass off, and then moved into the steam room. This room was a large semi-circle, with the only door in the center of the flat side, a level area just inside the door that Tascha guessed had a forty foot radius, and then eight rows of benches rising in concentric arcs. In short, it was set up like a small amphitheater. The lighting was subdued, and the steam further obscured Tascha's vision, but she could still make people out well enough to see that there were half a dozen men scattered about the room, and no women, when their big group flooded into the chamber.The troop took to the center of the benches, with the first ones in climbing up at least four rows before taking seats. Tascha was, for the first time in two days, in no mood to mess around, so she climbed up to the seventh row, knowing that Don was following her. She expected he would read her mood.Sure enough, after sitting in the steam for several minutes, he said, “We'll figure this out, Tascha. We'll keep at it until we find a way back.”“Thanks, Don,” she said. “I know you'd be happy to stay here.”He laughed, and said, “There's a lot to like here, I admit. For one thing, you're here, and I'm liking our relationship here.”“Yeah, about that,” Tascha said. She paused, not knowing if she should say what she was thinking. Ah, hell, she thought, don't be such a coward. “I'm thinking about not going back to a strictly platonic relationship with you when we get back –if we get back. I don't know how that's going to go over with Sarah. How do you feel about Sarah? Maybe if you sleep with her too we can sort things out.”“Uh, um, wow,” Don said. “That was absolutely not what I was expecting you to say. Well, uh, first, I really don't know Sarah that well, but she seems nice. Maybe we should spend some time together, the three of us, and see how things go, but I'd be optimistic on that score. If you love her, then I'm pretty sure to like her too.”“Yeah, spending some time together would be good,” Tascha nodded. She hadn't gotten around to thinking of practicalities.“Then, second, I know you're not doing this deliberately; it's totally unlike you; but you really don't have to offer this to motivate me to find a way out of here with you. One, I have always wanted, and still want, you to be happy, Tascha. Your happiness makes me happy. If you'll be happier getting out of here, I want to help get you out of here. Two, I know, hell, I think even Nicole knows, that this will get old after a while. No matter how good the sex is, it's still just sex and I think maybe even I need more than just sex to be happy. Ha, just to keep from going bat shit crazy. I think the only reason none of these other happy people don't feel that way is because they don't remember anything else.”“You think?”“Well, it's the hypothesis I'm working with right now,” he smiled. “Oh, and there's a third thing; I want friggin' answers. What the hell is going on here? Where are we and why? It's all just too bizarre.”She reached out and took his hand. They sat like that for a couple of minutes, and then she said, “They sure do keep at it, don't they?”Though most of their group had actually started out inclined to take a play-break at least for a bit, Amy had been the first to start some mischief. She had been sitting just in front and to the side of one of the guys who had been here earlier. When she had leaned back, resting her elbows on the next row back, she saw the man was sporting an erection. Amy, being Amy, soon was up on her knees on her row, with her face in the lap of the man behind her. This seemed to get the others going, and sex was breaking out all around the room. One of the other new (or old as far as the steam room was concerned) guys had moved so that he was kneeling on the floor in front of Amy's bench and was apparently licking her various not-so-private parts. Closer to Tascha and Don, Nicole had leaned back as Amy had, and spread her legs so that Peter could get between them and lick at her.“You should ask Nicole about her adventure in here the other day, by the way,” Don said.“Oh?”“She took on a bunch of guys all by herself.”“Your kinda gal, eh?” Tascha laughed.“Yep, just like you,” he grinned.“Well, are we going to just sit up here and talk, or join in the fun?” Tascha asked.“After you, my dear.”After all the running, and now sitting in this very warm room, Tascha wasn't particularly interested in going very far, so she slipped down to straddle the bench Nicole was leaning on, and leaned down to kiss the young woman. Nicole responded enthusiastically, kissing her passionately, almost hungrily, and gradually allowing herself to lay back further. Tascha began to stroke the girl's naked, sweaty body, caressing her small tits. Then, Tascha felt a pair of hands slipping under her butt and coaxing her to raise herself up off the bench. With her feet on the different levels on either side of the bench, she lifted up, but without breaking her long kiss with Nicole. Tascha felt motion down between her legs and then those hands pulled her down again. She looked back to see that Don had slid in underneath her, face up. She smiled and lowered herself so he could lick and suck at her. Once he had her in position, Tascha returned to making out with Nicole.One of the other, so far anonymous, guys who had been in the steam room, came up on the other side of Nicole, and began to help Tascha caress and tease Nicole's nipples. Tascha looked up to see that he was straddling the bench by Nicole's head with his cock waving out, aimed at Tascha's face. She reached across with her free hand and took hold of that cock and began to stroke and pull on it. The guy scooted in closer, so that Tascha could now lean forward a bit and suck on the fat head, without moving herself off Don's mouth. She stroked and sucked the man for a few moments, and then took her mouth off him and pushed the stiff cock down toward Nicole's mouth.Eagerly, Nicole began to suck and lick at this new cock. Tascha gradually pushed herself up into an upright position over Don's face, and Nicole twisted a bit to have better access to the cock in her mouth. Peter took this moment to get up between the petite girl's legs and push his cock into her. Tascha crouched over Don, enjoying what he was doing with his tongue and watching the show going on around her. Nicole was being fucked by Peter, while twisting to the side to suck another man's cock. Further down and to the side, Amy was similarly taking a cock on each end, as the guy who had been licking her earlier was now rogering her from behind.Jamie and Shelonda had one of the steam room guys down on his back and they were both straddling him, Jamie on his cock and Shelonda on his face. Tascha watched as Shelonda leaned forward to get her mouth on Jamie's big tits, and when she did this another guy came up behind her and slipped his cock into her, which meant that his balls were hanging down in the face of the guy under Shelonda.Down on the main floor, obscured by the steamy haze, Tascha could see that Marissa was on her hands and knees, being fucked by the Player from behind, while sucking on another guy. Nearby, it looked like Keiko was kneeling between two rows of benches, as Natalia, with one foot on the benches on either side, lowered her pussy down to Keiko's mouth.Tascha looked over her shoulder and saw that Ilsa had climbed up to the level she shared with Don, Nicole and the guy Nicole was sucking, and was now leaning over to suck on Don's cock. When Tascha turned back to see how Nicole was doing, she was a bit surprised to find a hard cock standing in front of her. The last of the steam room guys had come over to her.“Careful,” Tascha said looking up at the guy, “you might put an eye out with that thing.” She reached for the cock, though, and pulled it to her mouth. Tascha sucked on the head, and slowly pulled him toward her, until his shaft was moving down her throat. Tascha bobbed her head on it a little, then let it back out. She stroked the wet shaft vigorously, with her fist tight on him, while sucking on the head hungrily.While all of this was going on, Don held her in place with his grasp on her butt and kept licking at her clit and sucking up her juices, which she knew must be flowing freely. Tascha pushed down on Don's tongue, loving the sensations he was delivering. Then the cock in her hand swelled, and she was swallowing gulp after gulp of hot sweet cum. As the man pulled away from her, Tascha's own orgasm blossomed in her clit and pussy, and she cried out a little as she came. It felt like it went on for minutes, and when she was done she slumped a bit to the side, trying to be careful not to hurt Don.As she regained her senses, she noticed that Ilsa was now straddling Don, riding his cock happily. If Tascha was correct in her very informal mental record-keeping, this meant that Don had had some kind of sex with every woman in the room. Tascha realized she could say the same about herself, with the exception of Nicole. Well, there's time enough for that later, Tascha thought to herself.Carefully, Tascha got her leg over Don's face, then leaned down to give him a long, loving kiss. “Hmm,” she smiled, “I do taste good, don't I?”“Yes, delicious!” he said.“Now, fuck Ilsa good, lover,” she said. She sat back and admired the view of Ilsa's statuesque body swaying and grinding on top of Don, her luscious curves dewy with perspiration. The beautiful blonde smiled at Tascha, obviously enjoying the fucking she was getting and giving.Apparently ready to move around some more, Tascha decided to go down and get in on the action Marissa was enjoying on the bottom level in front of the benches. Once she got down there, she got onto her back, was grateful that the floor was covered by a soft padding, and scooted underneath Marissa, so she could suck on her beautiful tits as she swayed over Tascha's face. Tascha also reached out to stroke Marissa's clit while the woman was being fucked by the Player's big cock. After several minutes of this, Tascha felt noticeably masculine hands moving over her legs, and then to caress her very wet lips and clit. Fingers parted her lips and then were pushing up inside her, fucking her as the attached palm rubbed against her clit. Tascha kept doing what she was doing to Marissa while rocking her pelvis against the mysterious hand molesting her. At this point, Tascha wasn't acting from a nearly frenzied sexual hunger as she had the night before, but was just having fun.Tascha felt the fingers pull out of her then and her legs were spread further apart. There was the unmistakable feeling of a fat cockhead pushing into her, and then her legs were lifted, rested on a pair of strong thighs, so that her butt was up off the floor, allowing the man with the cock to push into her without moving Tascha from Marissa. Tascha felt whoever-he-was begin to slide his cock in and out of her, and she hooked her legs around his thighs to pull him in tighter.Then Tascha noticed that Marissa was swallowing repeatedly, and only moments later, the fingers she'd been using to play with Marissa's clit had the Player's cum running over them as it leaked out of Marissa's pussy. When the men withdrew from her, Marissa moved around to kiss Tascha, and Tascha said to her, “Sit on my face.”“Happily!” Marissa said, and before Tascha even thought to see who it was that was fucking her, straddled Tascha's head and lowered herself down. Tascha hungrily licked and sucked at Marissa's pussy, swallowing much of the Player's cum. Marissa, who had not yet come, though she had been close when the men came, pushed down on Tascha's mouth, and wriggled on her. It didn't take much for her to come with a long, trembling moan. And, before Marissa could move off Tascha's face, Tascha felt the sensation of the cock inside her shooting cum into her pussy. Marissa moved, and Tascha saw, just as he was drawing away from her with a smile, that she had been fucked by one of the anonymous steam room guys. She smiled back at him, and then looked for more mischief.Another of those men was sitting on the first row of benches, stroking his very hard cock. He had been watching Tascha, and obviously enjoyed the show. She crawled over to him, and said, “Here, let me help you with that.” She then leaned in and began to suck his cock. Then, she was happy to feel a man's hands on her butt, and then between her legs, parting her lips. A large cock began to push into her from behind. She knew right away that it was the Player fucking her again. She tried to relax and take him in as far as possible. It felt wonderful to be filled so utterly. With one hand wrapped around the base of the cock in her mouth and the other reaching back to stroke her own clit, she gave herself up to the carnal feelings running wild through her body. Soon she was climaxing intensely, but instead of coming back down, she felt another orgasm and then another shaking her body and playing havoc with her nervous system. She was barely conscious of the cock in her mouth as it spewed cum in her mouth and down her throat. Tascha hardly swallowed any of it, but let most of it run down her chin.In a daze, she felt the Player pull out of her and the man in front of her gently withdraw. Tascha curled up with her head lying on her arms, which were now crossed on the bench in front of her. She noticed finally, that Amy had come down to join her, sitting on the floor next to her. She smiled at the pretty girl, who leaned in then and kissed her. They both had cum all over their faces, and they began to lick each other clean. Shelonda came down to join them, and soon the three women were kissing and licking each other all over. Whenever someone's exploring fingers found a deposit of cum they brought it out to share with the others.Eventually this evolved into Tascha lying on her belly on the padded floor with her face between Amy's smooth thighs, licking her clit while fingering her pussy, while Shelonda sat on Amy's face enjoying similar treatment. Peter came down from the stands then and knelt in front of Shelonda, apparently, from Tascha's point of view, caressing and sucking on the sexy young woman's tits. Marissa eventually came down too, and joined Peter at those beautiful brown breasts. After several minutes though, Peter stood up and came around to the other end of the line. He squatted down over Tascha's legs and coaxed her up, so that she was still licking Amy but on her knees, which were only slightly parted, with her butt in the air. Then, squatting lower, he pushed his cock into her pussy from behind and above. It was an interesting and intense sensation as he filled her from this unusual angle.Then Tascha was distracted as first Amy and then, almost immediately, Shelonda began to come. Tascha kept licking at Amy's clit and fucking her with her fingers as she came, which seemed to keep Amy coming longer and harder. Finally, though, Shelonda and Marissa moved away and Amy scooted away from Tascha's fingers, lips and tongue. Amy was quickly replaced by Nicole, who sat down in front of Tascha with her legs spread and scooted forward until Tascha could get at her with her mouth. Tascha happily began to clean cum from Nicole's pussy and clit, which soon had Nicole quivering with a series of little orgasms. The tiny girl said, “Oh, god, that feels so good!” and then crawled away.Tascha smiled and folded her arms under her chin and just let Peter continue to fuck her pussy. Then Don was kneeling next to her and asked, “Do you want to try something different?”“Sure!” she said happily, and a bit fuck-drunk.“Are you up for what we did last night?”“Oh yeah!” she grinned.“OK,” he smiled and then moved back to talk to Peter, after which Don laid down on his back next to Tascha. He told her, “Get on top of me.”Tascha started to move, and Peter pulled out of her to let her straddle Don. She got his cock into her pussy right away, and sank down on him. Then she felt Peter behind her, smearing her butt crack with her own slippery juices. She relaxed when she felt his thumb pushing against her sphincter and Peter's digit slipped into her. After he worked this in and out of her a few times, he replaced it with the fat head of his slippery cock.Tascha looked down into Don's eyes, and said, “I can't believe I'm doing this.” Then Peter was pushing into her, filling her up. Tascha gasped, “Oh, god! I'm so full! Fuck!”“Go slow, Peter,” Don said from below her.“Yes, slow's good,” Tascha nodded, “but fuck me.”Don lay beneath her, letting her and Peter set the pace. Peter's cock slid in and out of her ass slowly but steadily. The motion moved her on Don's cock and against his body. The two cocks felt amazing inside her. “Harder,” she heard herself saying, as well as “Faster!” Peter was fucking her ass deep and hard, and Don was now working himself against her body. She was going to come very hard she knew, but she wanted to wait until the guys were coming. She tried to hold off, but it was no use, her body was being pleasured too intensely, and she was suddenly gasping and crying out as she trembled and shook from head to toe. She was vaguely aware that Peter was coming up inside her, and that Don was holding her steady, but everything else disappeared in a red haze.When she finally came to her senses, she was lying collapsed on Don's chest. His cock was still inside her, but Peter's had gone. Don was holding her, and stroking her hair with one hand. “Wow!” she breathed.“Are you OK?” he asked.“I think so,” she said, “but wow!”“The others are heading into the bath,” Don said and kissed the top of her head.“That's probably a good idea,” she laughed. “Did you come?”“Earlier, with Ilsa.”“Oh, good. You know, I think I want to take it a bit easier this evening.”Don chuckled, “Sure, you say that now.”To be continued.By BradentonLarry for Literotica

The Valley Today
Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival

The Valley Today

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 22:47


Our conversation today with Tootie Rinker from Rotary Club of Winchester gave us all the details for the Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival happening on Saturday and Sunday September 17/18, 2022 at the Frederick County Fairgrounds from 10am - 5pm each day. The festival has always been family (and pet) friendly! MILITARY/VETERANS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE FREE! Age 10 and under are always FREE! Gate admission includes Free Inflatables, Live Music, Apple Pie Eating Contest, Apple Pie Judging Contest, Artisans and Vendors, Canine Challenge Course, Samples, and Classic Car and Hot Rod Show! NEW THIS YEAR: Ax Throwing, Corn Hole Tournament, Free Pony Rides, Free Petting Zoo, Free Kiddie Train, Apple Pie Eating Contest for kids! CRAFTSMEN & VENDORS: Local and Regional Artisans and Vendors throughout the grounds and two (2) open-air buildings. KIDZONE AREA with INFLATABLES: always popular, always fun! An area just for the kids with a Giant Slide, Kids Castle and Obstacle Course. Susie The Clown doing balloon art for the kids on Saturday. Nearby handwashing station for use before and after play. CLASSIC CAR & HOT ROD SHOW: Enjoy a great collection of antique vehicles and hot rods in a festive atmosphere, Saturday at 11am. Trophies, Hourly Prizes, 50/50 Drawing and nearby Music. TAP & CORK (HARD CIDERS & CRAFT BEERS): Must be 21 and over with ID required. Live entertainment nearby makes this a can't miss attraction! APPLE PIE EATING CONTEST HOSTED BY WHITE HOUSE/NATIONAL FRUIT: What would an apple harvest festival be without the popular apple pie eating contest? Center stage, Sunday! Junior Pie Eating Contest is new this year. APPLE PIE BAKING/JUDGING CONTEST: Saturday at Noon. Anyone can enter! 1st prize is $100, 2nd prize $50. See details and how to enter at www.winchesterappleharvest.com. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Continuous entertainment featuring The Tangents, Raised On Analog, Mojo Mothership, Jimmy Lee and others...all family friendly. FOOD CONCESSIONS: Plenty of EVERYTHING APPLE...Apple Pie, Apple Dumplings, Ice Cream, BBQ, Crab Cakes, Turkey Legs, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Pizza, Ice Cream, Kettle Corn, Lemonade and all your festival favorites! ADMISSION IS DISCOUNTED WITH $1.00 OFF COUPONS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY: HANDY MART stores have $1.00 off admission coupons! Admission includes all activities except adult beverages. General admission is only $10! Age 10 and under are FREE! IT'S FOR A GREAT CAUSE: All proceeds for the event go to local non-profits. Over $1.2 Million Dollars has been given over the life of this event.  

Malcolm Cox
S2: Class 1 | Father God is Nearby | Finding the Father's Face Series

Malcolm Cox

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 14:27


The big question – “How can we become like Christ?” What is the way to transformation? We can only know the true nature of God as Father from the Scriptures. When you see and become familiar with someone's face you know them. We need to ‘see' our father-God's face. The challenges is that we have filters. Some helpful, some not so. Jesus' relationship with Father-God reveals his ‘face'. The Lord's Prayer teaches prayer, but it also teaches us how to relate to God as Father, and what he is like. This series is designed to help us: 1. Understand our Father better through what is revealed in the Lord's Prayer 2. Come to know him better & enjoy our Father-God 3. Be a more Father-God-like father to our children (if we have them) 4. Represent Father-God more accurately to the world and thus make him more attractive for people to get to know Matthew 6:9-13 ““This, then, is how you should pray: – Jesus is teaching us not only how to pray, but, crucially, who we are talking to. Our Father in heaven – Father-God is nearby – “In Jewish cosmology heaven did not refer to a place that is far away; heaven referred to the surrounding atmosphere, the very air they breathed.“ hallowed be your name, – Father-God is holy – “Holiness has to do with purity. Jesus is teaching us that there is nothing bad about God. God can neither sin nor participate in evil. In one word, God is pure.” your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. – Father-God is powerful Give us today our daily bread. – Father-God is caring And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. – Father-God is forgiving And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” – Father-God is our protector 3. Our Father God is Nearby “God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.” (Acts 17:27 NIV11) “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:5 NIV11) “Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” (John 14:23 NIV11) “while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20 NIV11) ““Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour'? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him. Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine.” (John 12:27–30 NIV11) 4. Discussion about God 1. If Father God is nearby, what does this mean? 2. If Father God is nearby, how can we be more aware of this reality? 3. If Father God is nearby, how can we enjoy his presence? 5. Discussion about us as fathers 1. What does this mean to be ‘nearby' our children? 2. How can we help our children be more aware of our availability? 3. What can we do so that our children enjoy our presence? Next time: Father-God is holy Please add your comments on this week's topic. We learn best when we learn in community. Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here's the email: [malcolm@malcolmcox.org](mailto:malcolm@malcolmcox.org). If you'd like a copy of my free eBook on spiritual disciplines, “How God grows His people”, sign up at my website: http://[www.malcolmcox.org](http://www.malcolmcox.org/). Please pass the link on, subscribe, leave a review. “Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11) God bless, Malcolm

Italian Wine Podcast
Ep. 1076 Iris Rideau | Voices

Italian Wine Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 32:04


Welcome to Episode 1076 Cynthia Chaplin interviews Iris Rideau, in this installment of Voices, on the Italian Wine Podcast. More about today's guest: Iris Duplantier Rideau was born in the Crescent City section of New Orleans in 1936. She learned how to “pass for white” from her light-skinned grandmother. To escape the blatant racism of the South, Rideau convinced her mother to move to Los Angeles when Rideau was 12 years old. Forced to drop out of school when she became pregnant at 15, Rideau enrolled in night classes, determined not to spend her life working in dead-end jobs available to women of color. On her own, she landed a front-office job at an insurance agency. In 1967, Rideau founded her own insurance business, becoming the first minority/woman-owned firm to specialize in federally funded programs. She assisted LA's Mayor Tom Bradley in developing the city's first Affirmative Action Program. In the 1970s, she founded Rideau Securities and Investment Firm that specialized in pension planning for municipalities, ultimately leading to her illustrious career as California's state director for a national pension planning company. She was awarded the city's Deferred Compensation Plan contract, resulting in $500 million under management by the time Rideau retired in 1999. Rideau left Los Angeles to build her dream home in the Santa Ynez Valley. Nearby, she discovered an abandoned Santa Barbara Historic Monument adobe house built in 1884 sitting on 22 acres of property. Combining her love of entertaining with her business savvy— (though nothing in the winery world!)—Rideau boldly purchased the property and restored the old house. She planted the vineyards to imported Rhone vines from the south of France, built the winery, and created the award-winning Rideau Winery, one of California's top wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley. Rideau has always given back to her communities, first Los Angeles, then the Santa Ynez Valley. As a woman-owned winery, she hired female winemakers, assistant winemakers, and tasting room staff —something unheard of in the 1990s. During her lifetime, Iris Rideau has proved that her belief in a higher power and her confidence in herself have guided her successful life's journey—shattering those glass ceilings one by one. Rideau's memoir, From WHITE to BLACK: One Life Between Two Worlds chronicling the events in her extraordinary life will be published on Juneteenth (June 19, 2022) in hardcover, softbound and e-book formats. To learn more visit: Website: Iris Rideau Website Instagram: Iris Rideau Facebook: Iris Rideau About today's Host: Cynthia Chaplin is a VIA certified Italian Wine Ambassador, a professional sommelier with FIS and the WSA, a member of Le Donne del Vino, and a Professor of Italian wine and culture. Born in the USA, she's lived in Europe since 1990. Italian wine, in particular rosé, is her passion. She works with embassies, corporations and private clients, creating and presenting tastings, events, seminars and in-depth courses. Cynthia is a wine writer, a judge at international wine and sake competitions, she consults with restaurants and enotecas developing comprehensive wine lists and food pairings, and she advises clients who want to curate an Italian wine collection. She currently works for Vinitaly International in Verona as a Project Manager, Educator, and the host of VOICES Series on The Italian Wine Podcast, focusing on diversity and inclusion in the global wine industry. To learn more visit: Facebook: Italian Wines in English Instagram: kiss_my_glassx Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cynthia-chaplin-190647179/ Let's keep in touch! Follow us on our social media channels: Instagram @italianwinepodcast Facebook @ItalianWinePodcast Twitter @itawinepodcast Tiktok @MammaJumboShrimp LinkedIn @ItalianWinePodcast If you feel like helping us, donate here www.italianwinepodcast.com/donate-to-show/ Until next time, Cin Cin!

Beyond the Basement: The Attack on Titan Podcast
Ilse's Notebook: Memoirs of a Scout Regiment Member | Attack on Titan OVA

Beyond the Basement: The Attack on Titan Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 72:24


Hange sets forth an operation to capture a living titan. When the scouts encounter one in the woods, they discover Ilse's headless body carefully placed in a tree. Nearby is a notebook with chilling details of her final moments and a titan's unusual behavior.BUY OUR SHIRTS AND MUGS HERE!Other cool  Attack on Titan Merch HERE!Watch LIVE on Twitch Sunday nights!https://www.twitch.tv/beyondthebasementWatch every episode on YouTube!https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMMj8sUe2UOQRSA5-hmyQmQShoot us an email with questions, comments or your own theories!beyondthebasementpodcast@gmail.com

The Near Memo
Google Quick Read- useful or Gen Z bone? Why are Google Posts rejected? Why Nextdoor needs local seo

The Near Memo

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 23:03 Transcription Available


 Google is testing a new label associated with content that is quick to read on both mobile and desktop. The label appears with either the text ‘Quick Read' or ‘< 5 Min Read', with several different combinations of each. Is this test, so close to the Helpful Content Update, a way to signal busy readers and garner their attention or is it a useful way to segment content so that searchers looking for in depth content can more easily find it?Why Google Posts are rejected - Another Google AI first fail - Google Business Profiles recently updated Posts guidelines to prohibit poor quality images and re-use of images. Simultaneously there has been a huge increase in the forums of reports of Posts being rejected, no reasons given. Turns out that there are three explanations for the many rejections; there is a new Posts image bug, some images are duplicates AND some images are deemed too “racy” by an AI system that seems more prudish than cautious. However in all of that businesses are left to fend for themselves when their posts are rejected. There is no indication of what caused the rejection and no path given for on. Once again a Google AI first solution seems to be shifting costs downstream and making for unhappy businesses. Nearby , Tiktok & Instagram need local seo now - Nearby, TikTok and Instagram have oodles of truly relevant local content and yet none of them has leveraged that valuable content into an SEO strategy that could attract new readers from Google local searches. The Near Memo is a weekly conversation about Search, Social, and Commerce: What happened, why it matters, and the implications for local businesses and national brands.Near Memo Ep 80 v2

Lake Effect: Full Show
Tuesday on Lake Effect: Nearby Nature Milwaukee, DEI work, Mars rover operator, Great Lakes shipwrecks

Lake Effect: Full Show

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 51:19


We hear from two Black Milwaukeeans who are sharing their love of nature with the community. Then, we look at a book on diversity, equity, and inclusion work and how it can help both employees and employers. Plus, learn how a UW-Milwaukee student made his dreams come true, by becoming a Mars rover operator.

Australia Wide
The ski fields are booming, but nearby rural towns in the Snowy Mountains are losing essential services

Australia Wide

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 30:00


Small towns once considered contenders to become the new capital city of Australia are now struggling to keep essential services afloat

Daily Tech Headlines
TikTok Begins Testing Nearby Feed – DTH

Daily Tech Headlines

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022


TikTok tests a Nearby feed in Southeast Asia, Amazon announces Alexa Game Control for Xbox and PC, and Fitbit introduces new wearables. MP3 Please SUBSCRIBE HERE. You can get an ad-free feed of Daily Tech Headlines for $3 a month here. A special thanks to all our supporters–without you, none of this would be possible.Continue reading "TikTok Begins Testing Nearby Feed – DTH"

AwesomeCast: Tech and Gadget Talk
To the Moon! | AwesomeCast 607

AwesomeCast: Tech and Gadget Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 58:03


This week's episode brought to you by Slice on Broadway, and Sidekick Media Services and listeners like you at www.patreon.com/awesomecast Ankle stretching thing Katie uses with her hiking prephttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GAAXGK?psc=1&ref=ppxyo2ovdtbproduct_details Did you know there is a mission to orbit the moon in preparation for a crewed mission on Monday? https://www.space.com/nasa-artemis-1-sls-moon-rocket-launch-webcasts Also use this to see if there is a supplier near you. There is one about 2 miles away from Podnar! https://www.nasa.gov/content/artemis-partners A Killer Klowns From Outer Space video game is coming next year https://www.avclub.com/killer-klowns-from-outer-space-video-game-2023-1849449119 Excel Mug to make a statement https://www.facebook.com/realpettymayo/photos/a.1865894843682984/3753015231637593/ MoviePass will return on September 5th with plans starting at around $10 per month https://www.engadget.com/moviepass-beta-launch-date-details-waitlist-movies-144903613.html?fbclid=IwAR36A6osi3ur4r9r06lj-mylHq1EH0SJdQadImYwtVRKtykPs6o8oW0XM TikTok testing new “Nearby” feed to display local content https://techcrunch.com/2022/08/23/tiktok-testing-nearby-feed/ Subscribe to the Podcast: awesomecast.fireside.fm Sorgatron Media Podcast Network Feed: sorgatronmedia.fireside.fm Join our AwesomeCast Facebook Group to see what we're sharing and to join the discussion! You can support the show at Patreon.com/awesomecast! SPECIAL THANKS to our Executive Producer Brian Crawford! Join our live show Tuesdays around 7:00 PM EST on AwesomeCast Facebook and Youtube!

Second on the Mount
A God Nearby

Second on the Mount

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 17:22


"A God Nearby" – Hebrews 11:29-12:2, Jeremiah 23:23-24 Sermon by the Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link from Sunday, August 14, 2022. "Hebrews isn't giving us a cast of sinless saints. This letter isn't about being champions for God; rather, it's speaking the truth about what it means to be a human redeemed by grace. It's offering an important word about the life of faith. Because the life of faith is hard. The life of faith is risky. And the life of faith never guarantees us health, wealth, prosperity, and safety. To suggest otherwise would be untrue." Read the manuscript on our website: https://www.spres.org/a-god-nearby/ 

Noticias de Tecnología Express
El auge de los generadores de imágenes por IA – NTX 191

Noticias de Tecnología Express

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 12:09


Se crea LitioMX en México, TikTok mostrará contenido cercano y Stable Diffusion te permite crear imágenes con Inteligencia ArtificialPuedes apoyar la realización de este programa con una suscripción. Más información por acáNoticias:-El presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador publicó un decreto para la creación de LitioMX, organismo público descentralizado que se encargará de la exploración, explotación y administración del litio en nuestro país.-TikTok confirmó que está probando el feed de “Nearby” en donde mostrará contenido local a usuarios selectos en el sudeste asiático.-Bleeping Computer compartió el descubrimiento de Arseniy Sharoglazov publicado en Positive Technologies, relacionado a que un archivo comprimido protegido con contraseña puede tener dos contraseñas correctas.-Los creadores de Plex anunciaron que todos los usuarios deben restablecer las contraseñas alegando una “violación potencial de datos”.-Stability AI lanzó públicamente su motor de texto a imagen Stable Diffusion, disponible para todos los usuarios a través de su interfaz de DreamStudio.Discusión: Los riesgos de los generadores de imágenes por IA Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/noticias-de-tecnologia-express.

Press Play with Madeleine Brand
Fantastic Negrito uncovers white indentured servant on family tree

Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 50:53


When musician Fantastic Negrito researched his family history during the pandemic, he discovered a 300-year-old interracial love story and siblings he didn't know about. Some six months into the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the two sides are fighting close to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Nearby residents have fled over fears of a Chernobyl-like disaster. North Carolina voters passed constitutional amendments in 2018 that aimed to make voting tougher. Lawmakers who put them on the ballot may have been elected illegally. Eight fraternities at USC have disaffiliated with the university this month over new rules that were supposed to address allegations of sexual assault at parties. Artist Michael Heizer, who created “Levitated Mass” outside LACMA, has finished “City,” which is more than a mile long in the Nevada desert. Few people will be able to check it out.

Science Magazine Podcast
Monitoring a nearby star's midlife crisis, and the energetic cost of chewing

Science Magazine Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 24:49 Very Popular


On this week's show: An analog to the Maunder Minimum, when the Sun's spots largely disappeared 400 years ago, and measuring the energy it takes to chew gum We have known about our Sun's spots for centuries, and tracking this activity over time revealed an 11-year solar cycle with predictable highs and lows. But sometimes these cycles just seem to stop, such as in the Maunder Minimum—a 70-year period from 1645 to 1715 with little or no sunspot activity. News Intern Zack Savitsky joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss a nearby star that appears to have entered a similar quiet period, and what we can learn from it about why stars take naps. Also this week on the show, Adam van Casteren, a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Manchester, joins Sarah to talk about measuring how much energy we use to chew up food. Based on the findings, it appears humans have turned out to be superefficient chewers—at least when it comes to the gum used in the study—with less than 1% of daily energy expenditure being spent on mastication. This week's episode was produced with help from Podigy. [Image: NASA/SDO; Music: Jeffrey Cook] [alt: photo of the largest sunspot from our latest solar cycle with podcast overlay symbol] Authors: Sarah Crespi; Zack Savitsky Episode page: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.ade4241 About the Science Podcast: https://www.science.org/content/page/about-science-podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

AP Audio Stories
Memphis hospital locks down after nearby shooting of 6

AP Audio Stories

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 0:38


AP correspondent Julie Walker reports on Memphis Shootings.

Castle of Horror Podcast
Castle Talk: Jonathan Vanderzon and Leonard Fuica of New Thriller "Camping Trip"

Castle of Horror Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2022 20:08


This episode we're chatting with Jonathan Vanderzon, actor, and Leonard Fuica, director of the upcoming horror film, Camping Trip. The sinister thriller will be available on Digital Download from 16th August, it's directed by directed by Leonardo and Demian Fuica and Jonathan Vanderzon Camping Trip stars Leo Zola (Leonardo Fuica), Caitlin Cameron, Hannah Forest Briand and Alex Gravenstein and is directed by Leonardo and Demian Fuica, who both make their English language feature-length directorial debuts. In the summer of 2020, two couples decide to go on a COVID era camping trip after months of being in lockdown. The freedom of nature and the company of their best friends offer the group a rare sense of normality, but though secluded, they're not alone. Nearby, during a botched drop off, two goons decide to go rogue; inadvertently, implicating the campers. What started as a fun-filled vacation quickly turns into a test of loyalty and survival. Suddenly the pandemic is the least of their worries. The film was shot during the height of the pandemic in 2020, meaning requiring strict health and safety procedures were required, but this was not the only obstacle to overcome as shooting was also forced to halt for a day when a scene sounded so real to the nearby member of the public, the police were called!

Federal Drive with Tom Temin
Defense Department sites are rife with poisons in nearby groundwater

Federal Drive with Tom Temin

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 8:38


Polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, known as PFAS, are suspected of affecting people's health. The chemicals last nearly forever. And, one environmental group says two out of three Defense Department sites have excessive levels of PFAS in their ground water. Federal Drive host Tom Temin discussed with Jared Hayes, policy analyst with the Environmental Working Group.

Only in Seattle - Real Estate Unplugged
#1,252 - Seattle Family "Suspicious" of Nearby Homeless Encampment After Home Broken Into Multiple Times

Only in Seattle - Real Estate Unplugged

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 25:04


A thief broke into a Seattle family's home, not once, but multiple times within the last 30 days. Now, the family feels unsafe in their own home and says a nearby homeless encampment may be the reason for the rise in break-ins. The most recent burglary happened Friday overnight in the city's Beacon Hill neighborhood. LIKE & SUBSCRIBE for new videos everyday. https://bit.ly/3KBUDSK

Healthy Insights Podcast
Healthy Insights Podcast – Nature Nearby

Healthy Insights Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 5:00


In many episodes of our Take 5 – Mindful Moments in Nature series, we have ventured to far-off places and thrilling natural scenes. But there is value in nearby nature as well. So today, we'll escape to the type of place that might be closer to home. After this episode, plan a few minutes in … Healthy Insights Podcast – Nature Nearby Read More »

TRUNEWS with Rick Wiles
Georgia Guidestones Damaged by Explosive Device

TRUNEWS with Rick Wiles

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 70:04


The mysterious Georgia Guidestone, called America's Stonehenge, have sustained extensive damage from an explosive device. Nearby residents reported hearing a thunderous explosion. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said preliminary information suggests someone used an explosive device to damage the pillars. The explosion occurred at approximately 4 am Wednesday. A part of the pillars was destroyed, and another section was severely damaged. Later in the godcast, gas and oil have become weapons of war in the international conflict between Russia and NATO. Rick Wiles, Doc Burkhart. Airdate 7/6/22

19 Nocturne Boulevard
19 Nocturne Boulevard - HOSTEL TERRITORY (Deadeye Kid #3), Reissue of the week

19 Nocturne Boulevard

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 29:15


Even in the middle of a blizzard, Lem and Fanshaw find someone in need of help - outlaws have taken over a Quaker hostel, holding the proprietress' children hostage.   Written and Produced by Julie Hoverson Cast List Lemuel Roberts / Deadeye Kid - J. Spyder Isaacson Clarence Fanshaw -  J. Hoverson Don Phelps - Reynaud LeBoeuf Randall Cullom - J.D. Lloyd Garrett Cullom - Shawn Connor Burden Fayette - Beverly Poole Will Fayette - Glen Hallstrom Fayette Children - Al Aseoche, Krystal Baker, Molly Tollefson, Reynaud LeBoeuf, Julie Hoverson Music:  Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Editing and Sound:  Julie Hoverson Cover Design:  Brett Coulstock "What kind of a place is it? Why it's the middle of a blizzard, can't you tell?" ********************************************************* HOSTEL TERRITORY Cast: Olivia Lemuel Roberts, the Kid Clarence Fanshaw, the sidekkick THE FAMILY Burden Fayette, the woman Faith, Hope, Fortitude, Courage, and Pious, the children Will Fayette, the dead husband Valor, the dog THE OUTLAWS Don Phelps, the leader Randall Cullom, the rabid one Garret Collum, the dying one OLIVIA     Did you have any trouble finding it?  What do you mean, what kind of a place is it?  Why, it's the only building for miles in a blizzard, can't you tell?  Good thing it's a hostelry. 1  INCOMING SOUND    BLIZZARD SOUND    HORSES AND MAN WADE THROUGH SNOW FANSHAW    [not cold] Not much further.  LEMUEL    [very cold] You been saying that fer the last hour. FANSHAW    And you've kept walking.  If you look up, you can see the light from the window. LEMUEL    And get a snootful of frozen sleet?  No thank you very much.  Is there a barn? FANSHAW    Yes.  It's a bit closer, why? LEMUEL    These here horses'll drop afore I do.  Need to get 'em inside. VALOR    [distant howl] FANSHAW    I'll go and see if it's unlocked, then, shall I? 2_INSIDE MUSIC AMBIANCE    INSIDE, BLIZZARD STILL RAGES OUTSIDE SOUND    DOOR CLOSES, WOMAN'S FOOTSTEPS DON    Well? BURDEN    [quiet] He ain't doing too well, but I think he'll pull through. RANDALL    You think?  BURDEN    [sharp] My husband was the one with some doctoring.  I am doin what I can. DON    You best keep on.  [threat] Them children o'yours depend on you. BURDEN    [almost breaking] I know. SOUND     BABY CRIES, NEARBY 3_BARN MUSIC AMBIANCE    INSIDE THE BARN - CLOSER TO THE STORM SOUND    HORSES BLOW, RUBBING SOUNDS LEMUEL    [to horses, and self] It ain't much, but leastways it's above freezin in here. FANSHAW    [coming on] I've taken the liberty of looking around, Lemuel.  It is a hostel, so you're very lucky on that count.  I haven't been inside, but a peek through the windows shows they're sitting down to dinner even as we speak. LEMUEL    [almost drooling]  Dinner.  Mebbe even coffee. VALOR    [distant but approaching - insistent barking] FANSHAW    Perhaps, but-- LEMUEL    How could anyone leave a good dog out on a night like this? FANSHAW    You're certain it's not a wolf or a coyotay? LEMUEL    You mean a kai-yote?  You could try to speak normal from time to time, y'know.  Nah.  Neither o'them barks like that.  That's a hound, right enough. FANSHAW    Your guns? LEMUEL    What about em? FANSHAW    The hostel sign shows they're quakers.  They do not allow guns in the house. LEMUEL    Idjits.  Fine.  I'll cache em here somewheres. SOUND    RUSTLING VALOR    [coming on, barking and panting, doesn't seem at all cold] FANSHAW    Oh, I say. LEMUEL    That explains a lot.  You look after 'em.  I got t'get inside and get around some grub.  FANSHAW    Right-ho.  Here boy.  There's a good dog. VALOR    [enjoys the petting, then barks a couple of times] 4  DINNER MUSIC SOUND    TWO TIN PLATES AND FORKS BURDEN    I haven't spoken grace yet! DON    Grace yourself, woman.  We're hungry. BURDEN    For what we are about to receive, let the lord make us thankful.  Amen ALL CHILDREN    Amen. SOUND    POUNDING ON THE DOOR BURDEN    [gasps, almost a scream] CHILDREN    [also react] RANDELL    Shut up!  Tell em to go 'way. BURDEN    We are a stage stop - we have to take folks. DON    Not tonight. Go on. SOUND    CHAIR, WOMAN'S FOOTSTEPS, KNOCK ON DOOR AGAIN BURDEN    But if I send them away, they might could make it to Corvel in the valley, and tell folks--. RANDALL    We can't have no one-- BURDEN    Even on a night like this, the sheriff would-- DON    Let 'em in.  [threat] We can deal with 'em, if'n we have to. SOUND    BAR REMOVED FROM DOOR, DOOR OPENS, LEM'S STEPS COME IN BURDEN    [as if trying to tell him something] Sorry about the wait, stranger - things are a mite rough here right now. DON    [saccharine] Never mind, dearest-- BURDEN    [gasp] DON    Bring the gentleman on in. LEMUEL    I hope you don' mind - I already bunked my horses in the stables. PIOUS    What he say? RANDALL    [hissed]  You'll keep shut if you know what's good fer you. SOUND    WOMAN'S BOOTS RUN TO TABLE BURDEN    Shh.  Shh, Pious, honey.  SOUND    CHAIR SCRAPE, MAN TAKES A COUPLE OF STEPS DON    Children.  [forced chuckle] You got to take a firm hand with them.  I'm Don Phelps, the proprietor here, and this here's my wife, [hint hint] right dear? BURDEN    [quiet] Yes. RANDALL    But-- DON    And this here's her brother, Randall - he helps us around the place.  [beat] We don't see many travelers in weather like this. LEMUEL    [playing a bit dumb] Reckon not.  Well, I'm right lucky you're here, and, ma'am, I am pert near faintin with rapture at the smell o'your cookin - can you make some room at that table, with all them young'uns? BURDEN    Always room.  And they's always food. LEMUEL    I should oughta tell you - I had to leave a parcel of my goods out in the woods, since the horses was flaggin.  I kin go back fer it once the sky clears a bit, but all my money's in there. RANDALL    [too quick] How much? DON    Ssh.  I kin see right well this feller's good fer the cost of a room and grub, even if the snow carries on fer a mite longer. GARRETT    [off, muffled groan] RANDALL    Garry!  What's agoin on with him--? DON    Hesh now, Randall.  Woman, you go and look in on [emphasized] your other ailing brother.  I'll serve this good feller. SOUND    AFTER A SLIGHT HESITATION, FOOTSTEPS LEAVE, DOOR OPENS AND SHUTS DON    Well sir, we've got some good stew here, a load of turnips, and bread and butter. FANSHAW    Lem, there is something very much not right here. LEMUEL     Reckon I'll take whatever you got to spare. FANSHAW    I know you won't be able to reply to anything I say, but-- DON    You tuck in, and I spect that tomorrow, once it clears some, my brother-in-law here and I would be happy to help you go and get your ... goods.  How far out was you when you had to unburden yourself? FANSHAW    Goods? LEMUEL    Coupla hours back - so might coulda been a few miles, depending on how much headway we made.  I kin find it again, though I doubt me anyone else could - I hid it real good.  [chuckles] FANSHAW    Ah.  I see you don't need me to tell you these fellows are up to no good.  And carrying weapons - no quakers, these. LEMUEL    What's wrong with your friend in the back? RANDALL    None o' your goddamned-- DON    Randall!  Not in front of the children!  He slid on some ice and broke his leg real bad.  FANSHAW    Funny - I took a look back there, and I never saw a broken leg that required a bloody bandage to the chest before. LEMUEL    Hmm.  That's a real bad one.  VALOR    [Whines] FANSHAW    Shh.  I know how frustrating it can be to smell food and not be able to have any.  Believe me, boy. DON    What do you do, stranger? LEMUEL    [swallows hard, then]  I - well, see, I'm a‑‑ FANSHAW    Courier? LEMUEL    --a courier.  Carrying important packages fer -- gold mining concerns.  VALOR    [whining, tugging] FANSHAW    What is it?  You can't-- VALOR    [almost growling as he tugs] RANDALL    Gold mining?  FANSHAW    I swear that man's eyes just lit up like the footlights at the Tivoli. VALOR    [GROWLING, getting intense] FANSHAW    Damn.  Lem, the dog's not going to let up until I see what he wants to show me.  [going off] I shall return shortly. LEMUEL    Bet them kids are a good lot of help running a hostel and all. DON    Not so much as you'd think.  I'm only their step-daddy, you see, so they ain't taken to me much yet. LEMUEL    Ahh.  At's a hard row to hoe. SOUND    DOOR OPENS, WOMAN COMES BACK, APPROACHES SLOWLY BURDEN    [whispering] I finally managed to stop the bleedin. LEMUEL    Bleedin?  [low whistle]  That's a bad break and no mistake. DON    Yes.  Yes 'tis.  [to Burden] Well, that's good, then.  Sit and eat. BURDEN    I need to get the children to bed. RANDALL    No way, you-- DON    Shh.  Don't you have no hospitality in you, woman?  Them kids can see to themselves while you stay here and keep us all comp'ny. BURDEN    Come here, y'all.  A kiss goodnight then you run along. FAITH    Mama-- BURDEN    Shh.  You look after the little ones, Faith. SOUND    KISS ON THE FOREHEAD HOPE    [in tears, but quiet] I don't wanna--! BURDEN    You have to, Hope, sweetie. SOUND    KISS ON THE FOREHEAD RANDALL    Oh, get on with it.  Are they like this every damn night? DON    [forced chuckle]  He's just arrived fer a visit.  These cowhands - not used to family living. LEMUEL    I'm purty much the same. FORTITUDE    Mama. SOUND    KISS ON THE FOREHEAD BURDEN    Don't you forget your prayers just cause we have guests in the house, Fortitude. FORTITUDE    Yes, mama. RANDALL    Well, I gots to take myself outside for a bit.  Y'all'll be all right without me? BURDEN    The outhouse is-- RANDALL    This kind of weather, I ain't troublin to go that far. SOUND    FOOTSTEPS, DOOR, BLIZZARD UP, DOOR SHUTS COURAGE    [whimper] BURDEN    Have courage, Courage. SOUND    KISS ON THE FOREHEAD DON    Them names these children have. LEMUEL    Nothing wrong with good sound virtues.  SOUND    KISS ON THE FOREHEAD BURDEN    Now, Courage, you take Pious by the hand and all ya'll run along t' bed.  Hope, take baby Humility-- DON    Baby can stay.  BURDEN     [gasps]  DON    They're too young to look after him.  Sides, he's sleeping. BURDEN     You... y'all go on up, now. SOUND    PATTER OF FOOTSTEPS GOING UPSTAIRS BURDEN    I'll be listenin fer your prayers!  [breaking slightly] I - I love y'all! VALOR    [distant mournful howl] 5 OUT BACK MUSIC SOUND    BLIZZARD VALOR    [Howling mournfully] FANSHAW    Bloody dog.  If you weren't a good solid dark color, I would have lost you long ago.  So what is it, boy?  Hmm?  [horrified and stunned] Oh.  My word. 6_PLAIN FARE MUSIC AMBIANCE    INSIDE, BLIZZARD IN BACKGROUND LEMUEL    Well, ma'am, I must say that's the best meal I've aten in quite some time.  BURDEN    [pleased] Plain fare.  We weren't expectin no one. LEMUEL    Plain fare's the best.  Hits the spot. DON    Randall's been gone a damn long time.  Where could he'a got to? BURDEN    You want I should go an' check? DON    [sharp]  No!  [chuckles insincerely, softens] I mean, no, dear.  Why donch you come and sit by me?  SOUND    HAND PATS CHAIR, RELUCTANT FOOTSTEPS, CHAIR SQUEAK DON    If Randall cain't find his own way back from relievin hisself, well, mebbe he deserves to have it freeze and snap off. LEMUEL    I can go and look?  I should cast an eye over my horses, make sure they're warmin up. DON    Um...  Certainly, certainly.  That sounds just fine. LEMUEL    Be right back.  [goodbye] Ma'am. SOUND    BOOTS, DOOR OPENS 7 BRAVING THE STORM SOUND    BLIZZARD UP SOUND    DOOR CLOSES, BOOTS IN SNOW FANSHAW    Lemuel, something terrible is happening here.  You must come see-- SOUND    DOOR OPENS DON    [shouting very loud]  You bring Randall on back here the minute you find him, eh, stranger? LEMUEL    A'course. SOUND    DOOR SHUTS LEMUEL    [low] No chance of sneaking up on that kai-yote while he's rifling my saddlebags now, is there? FANSHAW    Oh, yes, I forgot to mention-- LEMUEL    That's not what you wanted me to--? FANSHAW    He didn't find your guns, but he's still in the barn.  Come along, this way. 8 BACK INSIDE MUSIC AMBIANCE    INSIDE SOUND    DOOR OPENS AND CLOSES, FOOTSTEPS RANDALL    Colder than a witches-- DON    Where the hell were you?  That stranger went a'looking fer you - didn't you see him? RANDALL    Nope.  Mebbe he got lost. DON    Well, that won't get us his goods, will it?  We can search from now to kingdom come and-- RANDALL    Keep yer shirt on.  [leering]  At least fer now, eh, wifey? BURDEN    [sharp intake of breath] RANDALL    [grumbling] And you told the fellow I'us her brother just so's you could get a leg up-- DON    You should go find that feller.  We cain't let him get to thinkin there's anythin wrong.  SOUND    FOOTSTEPS, DOOR UNLATCHES DON    Oh, and - was there anything int'resting in his saddlebags? RANDALL    [grunt of annoyance]  Not much.  Mostly what you'd expect. DON    Mostly? RANDALL    Well, there was this metal jar might be worth a few bucks.  But it wouldn't open.  And was right heavy.  [shrugs] Figured if'n we decide it's worth it, we can lift it later with the rest of his kit. 9 _ THE BODIES MUSIC FANSHAW    Just a bit farther. LEMUEL    [snort]  Like I haven't heered that before. VALOR    [bark, panting] FANSHAW    Watch where you step. LEMUEL    Blood? FANSHAW    Well, snow certainly doesn't usually come in that color. SOUND    BRUSHING AWAY SNOW LEMUEL    It's fresh - no more'n a couple hours old. FANSHAW    The - source - is just ahead of you. LEMUEL    Hmm?  Ah, hell.  Who's he? FANSHAW    I suspect we have here this poor fellow's master.  And just to your right-- LEMUEL    Yep.  The man'us kilt outright - shot through the head like that don't leave you moving much. FANSHAW    But - the blood trail? LEMUEL    That's your amigo there.  Looks like even gut shot, he was tryin to go and get hep.  FANSHAW    Did he freeze? LEMUEL    I hope so - I heer it hurts some less than a gunshot.  But froze or bled out, he probably passed right about when we first heered him. FANSHAW    Poor fellow. LEMUEL    I swear'n he's the first animal spirit I've ever come upon--  Master around anywhere's? FANSHAW    I'll take a look. DON     [off, calling] Stranger?  You lost? LEMUEL    Damn.  See if you can pick up anythin.  I'll circle round so's they cain't see I was out this way. FANSHAW    Righty-ho.  Be careful, Lem.  LEMUEL    Like a cowhand in his best boots. SOUND    FOOTSTEPS OFF THROUGH SNOW A1  LEM RETURNS MUSIC AMB    INSIDE.  BURDEN    [fretting] I should check on the children. RANDALL    They're fine.  Why'n't you give me a big kiss, li'l lady, while we have a chance to be on our lonesome. BURDEN    I will not. RANDALL    [snort] Won't kiss me?  You'll do more'n that 'fore we hit the trail again, and having all them children, I'll bet you know jest what I mean... BURDEN    I am a righteous woman!  You can't-- RANDALL    Righteous or not, the parts all work the same. SOUND    SLIGHT STRUGGLE SOUND    DOOR OPENS DON    What'n hell you up to, Randall?  We agreed-- RANDALL    You agreed.  I ain't had much choice. DON    If that feller walks in and sees this - RANDALL    I say we tie em both up, take what we want, and forget all this folderol. DON    Have you looked in that feller's eyes?  He ain't the kind o' man to give in, even tied up and beaten.  We gotta pull the wool over his eyes, but good.  Shh! SOUND    BOOTS UP ONTO PORCH,  STOMP OFF SNOW.  DOOR OPENS SOUND    BURDEN PULLS FREE OF RANDALL, DASHES TO LEM BURDEN    [trying badly to sound normal] Let me hep you with yer coat.  We thought you mighta got lost.  [whispered] be careful. LEMUEL    Nah, Jest took the long road back, by way of the convenience - seemed logical, since I was already out in it.  [whispered] I know. BURDEN    [normal tone, startled] You--? LEMUEL    Hold on, let me shake the snow out the door.  [whispered] I won't put you or your brood in danger if'n I can hep it. BURDEN    Thank you kindly. RANDALL    [teasing] I do believe he's trying to make time with your wife, Don. DON    Oh shut up, ya pillock.  Can we getcha anythin' else stranger? GARRETT    [coming on, yawning] Oh, boy do I feel a heap better.  How about some grub? LEMUEL    [muttered]  Damn. A2  FANSHAW AND VALOR MUSIC AMB    OUTSIDE FANSHAW    Hello?  Are you here?  Hmm.  Hey boy!  Find your master!  Can you do that? VALOR    [panting, one bark, then a slurp] FANSHAW    Good boy! A3  GARRETT MUSIC AMB    INSIDE GARRETT    Randall?  What's a'goin on? RANDALL    I spect we oughtta get you up to yer room fer the night, eh stranger? GARRETT    Randell!  Dammit!  SOUND    DOOR, FOOTSTEPS BURDEN    Pardon me, but we can't really go on calling you stranger, can we?  You're our guest now.  LEMUEL    [thinks for a moment] Lemuel Roberts. RANDELL    The Deadeye Kid? SOUND    SLAP AND DRAW LEMUEL    [quizzical] Who? GARRETT    The Deadeye Kid!  Ain't that just-- DON    Stand up and show me yer hands. SOUND    CREAK OF CHAIR, COAT BEING LIFTED DON    You never heered of the Deadeye Kid? LEMUEL    He an outlaw? GARRETT    He's a gunslinger. RANDELL    [disbelieving noise] He's just one of the meanest hombres out there.  Kilt over 30 men they say - all showdowns. LEMUEL    [chuckles] I look like that kind of feller? DON    A bit, around the eyes. GARRETT    Funny - he din't actually say he weren't the Kid.  Ask him again. DON    Well, at least you ain't strapped now.  That's fine.  Randall, you gotta jug on you? BURDEN    [gasps, then smothers it] SOUND    POP OF CORK, LIQUID POURS RANDELL    Here's hoping the snow runs away fast as a redcoat regiment. GARRETT    What's wrong?  Why won't you ask him? LEMUEL    Sounds good. SOUND    DRINKING A3  KITCHEN MUSIC AMB    INSIDE, BUT NOT THE SAME ROOM VALOR    [bark, bark] FANSHAW     [coming on]  In here?  Aha!  Sir? WILL    Who the hell are you?  Another one of my wife's men? FANSHAW    What? WILL    The way she's carrying on out there - Them fellers are just about having their way with her-- FANSHAW    "Them fellers" killed you, sir, and your good lady is in there trying to keep them from doing the same to your children. WILL    O'course you would say that - fancy pants like you, she'd be kissing your feet. FANSHAW    [long breath out]  I am going to ask you one time, sir - do you have a weapon here somewhere that might help us? WILL     Oh, you'd like that wouldn't you?  Take a man's own shotgun, poke his wife, and dance on his grave, eh?  Well, Bessie is well hidden.  You won't never find her - let the bitch and her bastard whelps die. SOUND    HARD PUNCH WILL    Hey! FANSHAW     So sorry, usually I would warn a gentleman before striking him. WILL    You bastard!  SOUND    COUPLE OF JABS FANSHAW    But since you're not a gentleman... SOUND    PUNCH WILL    [going down] Uhh! SOUND    DOOR OPENS, QUICK FOOTSTEPS IN FANSHAW    Ma'am.  Ahh. [frustrated noise] SOUND    SLOWLY POURING WATER TO COVER THE SOUND OF CRYING BURDEN    [crying] FANSHAW    Oh, Madam.  I wish I could reassure you.  Lemuel is very good at what he does.  If there weren't the two of them, he'd have sorted this out long ago.  Don't cry.  If there is anything I can do - anything within my power, I -- [sigh, then annoyed]  Of course there isn't-- SOUND    FROM OFF [GARRET SCREAMING IN FRUSTRATION] FANSHAW    Or is there? A4  SHUT UP SOUND    HER FOOTSTEPS TO DOOR, DOOR OPENS LEMUEL    [fading in after door opens]  --spent a few weeks in California - nothing much there, cept'n round the train tracks... GARRETT    [screaming]  What's going on?  FANSHAW    What's--?  [catching himself]  Bloody hell. GARRETT    [screaming]  This isn't funny!  Randall!  SOUND    SLAP FANSHAW    Calm down!  GARRETT    Ow! FANSHAW    Come with me, now. GARRETT    Who in blazes are you? FANSHAW    [thinks for a moment, then]  I'm the angel Gabriel.  Who the devil are you?  GARRETT    Gabriel?  But I ain't -- Oh, lord am I dead?  Shouldn't angels not be taking the devil's name in vain? FANSHAW    [arch and superior] Who do you think we should swear by?  Our lord? GARRETT    [cowed] You got yerself a point.  Sorry.  What do I do now? FANSHAW    Firstly, you be quiet, and let people think. LEMUEL    [sigh of relief] DON    That's some good stuff, ain't it? LEMUEL    Let's just say, I have a special fondness for spirits. DON    I'll drink to that. RANDALL    You reckon I should look in on Garrett? LEMUEL    Let the lady do that.  It's her job, making sure he [slight emphasis] stays alive, right? BURDEN    [distant] Yes.. DON    What's wrong with you? BURDEN    [sniff, almost in tears] It's been a trying day. DON    Women.  You get on now.  Make sure Garret's comftable. SOUND    FOOTSTEPS, DOOR FANSHAW    Lem.  I expect you've noticed Garrett's dead.  I have him calmed down, but that may not last.  Do you think she'll know what to do?   LEMUEL    [muttered] She ain't screamed yet. RANDALL    What's that?  LEMUEL    Your friend must be doin all right.  Or your wife would have called for help. RANDALL    My sister.  His wife? LEMUEL    Sorry, it's late.  And that's some pow'rful strong stuff you got. FANSHAW    There's a shotgun somewhere in the house.  If I find it, can you let that poor woman know?  Her husband is - well, he - I had to "slug" him, I believe is the word. LEMUEL    Worst thing about late nights is the rambling on some folks do.  DON    What? LEMUEL    Just thinking you're good company, you two, since you understand the value of silence. FANSHAW    Very well.  [sigh]  I shall go and look for the shotgun. A5  DOGS CHOICE MUSIC VALOR    [barks] FANSHAW    Some Quakers.  Alcohol and guns.  Tsk. Tsk.  They're not even trying.  All right boy, show me where the gun is? WILL    He's my damn dog.  No way he's gonna betray me. FANSHAW    What's his name, then? WILL    Valor.  Like it matters, since he won't answer to you. FANSHAW    Valor?  Hmm.  Here boy, here Valor. VALOR    [Panting, one sharp bark.] WILL    Don't listen to him, ya damn mutt. SOUND    SCRABBLING OF CLAWS ON THE FLOOR FANSHAW    The poor little fellow looks confused.  WILL     Get over here, or I'll whup you good, and you know I will! FANSHAW    Valor.  Help me help your mistress, boy. VALOR    [two sharp barks] SOUND    DOG RUNS TO FANSHAW VALOR    [panting] FANSHAW    Good boy.  Yes, you are a good boy, aren't you? A6  FINAL FIGHT MUSIC SOUND    BABY FUSSES DON    Can't you keep that thing quiet? BURDEN    It's noisy in here.  He can't sleep. LEMUEL    If you need to absent yourself, ma'am.  I'm sure we menfolk kin do without you. RANDALL    You don't know no such thing.  Woman, sit! FANSHAW    Lem, your glass - tap it once for yes, twice for no.  Understand?   SOUND    One tap FANSHAW    Valor - the dog - showed me where the master of the house kept his shotgun.  It's behind some turnip sacks on a shelf in the cellar. SOUND    ONE TAP FANSHAW    You think you can get at it somehow? SOUND    TWO TAPS LEMUEL    Ma'am? FANSHAW    What? BURDEN    Yes, Mr. Roberts? LEMUEL    Do you have some more of this fine whiskey? BURDEN    Of course not! RANDALL    [a bit drunk] Pious mealy mouth.  We had t'bring our own, o'course. LEMUEL    Come now, ma'am.  I bet you have something a bit more powerful - say, down in the root cellar?  My momma allus used to hide hers behind some turnip sacks on a shelf. BURDEN    How do you know I have a cellar? LEMUEL    Let's jest say the spirits are calling to me. RANDALL    You don't know how true that just may be! DON    Shut it.  I don't know that we need anything more to drink.  LEMUEL    Ah, well.  Yer prob'ly wise there.  One more drink and I'll be toes up next to that fire snoring my life away, anyway. DON    Really?  [sly] See what you can find, woman. SOUND    FEET CROSS ROOM, DOOR SOUND    BABY FUSSES RANDALL    I swear'n  I'm gonna smother that critter. DON    That's no way to speak of your nephew, Randall.  [apologetic]  He's real close to toes up hisself, stranger. LEMUEL    I know that.  Mm.  One other hazard of liquor.  I think I got to find my way outside again. DON    Nonsense.  Much too cold now.  LEMUEL    When you gotta, you-- SOUND    GUN SLAPPED DOWN ON TABLE RANDALL    Man said no, Stranger. LEMUEL    a'right. GARRETT    [coming in] Gabriel?  I been saying every prayer I know, and I'm plumb bored.  Ain't no heavenly choir coming fer me, yet. FANSHAW    [sigh]  I shall check on that.  Wait in that room for me-- WILL    [coming on]  Dammit, you told that harlot where my gun is!  And who the hell are you? FANSHAW    Mr. innkeeper, this is one of the bastards who shot you and your dog.  WILL    What?  You done that? GARRETT    That ain't very angelic, Gabriel.  Besides, it was Don what actually shot him.  Oof! SOUND    PUNCH WILL    I gotta feeling I can't whale the tar out of him, though. SOUND     FIGHT CONTINUES FANSHAW    [whispered]  Garrett - perhaps I am really the devil and am damning you to be tormented  by those you wronged.  How do you like them apples? GARRETT    [grunts] LEMUEL    [laughs, turns it into a cough] DON    Where is that woman? RANDALL    [almost gone] Yeah? LEMUEL    She said she was going to the cellar. FANSHAW    I'll check. LEMUEL    She'll prob'ly be just another minute. RANDALL    I cain't wait another-- SOUND    CHAIR SQUEAKS, HE STUMBLES A COUPLE OF STEPS, THEN FALLS TO THE FLOOR SOUND    BABY WAILS DON    Oh, god dammit. FANSHAW    Tip the table, Lem. SOUND    CREAK, SLIDE OF BASKET SOUND    BABY CRY SLIDES ALONG LEMUEL    [muttered] Thank you, I did think of that m'self.  Check the kitchen. DON    What you doing? SOUND    BABY GURGLES LEMUEL    My fault, I guess I leaned on it too hard. DON    Damn table nearly took my head off! LEMUEL    Leastways, I caught the baby. SOUND    BASKET SET ON FLOOR SOUND    BABY FUSSES SOUND    GUN DRAWN DON    Why don't you get up real slow? LEMUEL    Dammit.  SOUND    CHAIR SQUEAK SOUND    DOOR CREAKS OPEN REAL QUIET FANSHAW    She has the gun, Lem, but I don't know if she'll use it. LEMUEL    I don't wanna hear that. DON    Who you talking to?  You that drunk? LEMUEL    Look, you kill me, then what happens?  Think about it - you got one man wounded and another drowned in corn likker.  Which one you plan to carry when you make a run fer it? DON    Who says we're going anywhere?  We dump your sorry hide outside and stay here, snug as a bug 'til the snow lets up. LEMUEL    Or til you hurt one of this woman's children. DON    Spare me.  She ain't never gonna do nothing.  Quakers don't believe in violence.  I could butcher each one of the little brats and serve 'em to her in a stew, and she'd have to take it.  [ridicule] for god. BURDEN    Stranger! DON    Huh? SOUND    METAL SLIDING ON WOOD, THE SHOTGUN SKIDS TOWARD HIM DON    You damn bitch! SOUND    GUN SHOT BURDEN    [scream] SOUND    DOOR SLAMS SOUND    SHOTGUN COCKS DON    Now you-- SOUND    SHOTGUN BLAST DON    Uh! SOUND    BODY DROP RANDALL    [bleary] Whazzat? SOUND      SHOTGUN COCKS AGAIN SOUND    DOOR OPENS BURDEN    No! LEMUEL    What? BURDEN    That man is no threat.  Get his guns, and I'll tie him up. SOUND    LEM TAKES RANDALL'S GUNS, PATS HIM DOWN LEMUEL    But he - he threatened you.  And your kids. BURDEN    I will keep him tied up until the sheriff can get to us.  That one may have been god's will, but I will not have any more killing in my home. FANSHAW    She has a great deal of conviction. SOUND    ROPES WHIPPING AROUND TO TIE UP RANDALL LEMUEL    You do realize you will be alone? BURDEN    Nonsense.  I have seven children to help me look after him. SOUND    [baby wails]  LEMUEL    Ma'am, let me do this for you then.  Let me take the body - bodies, if I'm right about the man in the back room - outside.  I'll put them in the shed, along with your husband. BURDEN    He is dead? LEMUEL    I saw his body.  And the dog.  That's what put me on my guard. BURDEN    Give me my baby and I'll leave you to your... work.  A7  DEPARTING MUSIC AMB    OUTSIDE, COLD, BUT NOT BLOWING SOUND    HORSES BLOW, STAMP BURDEN    Stay to the left side of the road, it's a bit higher, and not so icy. LEMUEL    Thank you, ma'am.  I hope things get better for you. BURDEN    Please don't think I cannot appreciate your help.  Though I cain't abide violence, I -[breaking] I thank ye kindly for saving my children. LEMUEL    Not to worry, ma'am.  As a man who lived by the gun, I'm... well, I'm tryin'. BURDEN    We will pray for you. CHILDREN    [assenting] SOUND    HORSES LEAVE SOUND    SLIGHTLY OFF, DOOR SHUTS FANSHAW    I say, Lemuel, how does a pious woman like that end up married to a beast like - well, you must have heard him?  LEMUEL    Heard enough.  Out here, most times it's better to have some man in the house than no man - no matter what a cuss he is. FANSHAW    Have you ever considered settling down?  A hostel like that would be quite a nice little retirement. LEMUEL    I plumb cain't see myself putting down roots.  You? RANDALL    [muffled, tied face down over a horse]  Mm? FANSHAW     I haven't any roots to put down. LEMUEL    If you did? FANSHAW    Well...  At one point, I fancied an academic seat of some sort.  Teaching, you know. RANDALL    [muffled]  If I did what? FANSHAW    Pity.  I rather hoped he would remain unconscious until we reached the sheriff. LEMUEL    If wishes were horses... FANSHAW    That kai-yote would be riding upright, instead of prone on a pack horse? LEMUEL    [chuckles] MUSIC END