Fictional antagonist in L. Frank Baum's children's book ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz''
Charles Edward Hall, '73, has been delighting people from all over the globe for more than three decades as Santa Claus in New York's famed Radio City Christmas Spectacular. From the rural landscape of Kentucky's capital city to the lights of Broadway, the Frankfort native has come a long way. Hall graduated with dual degrees in theatre and speech communication from Murray State nearly 50 years ago, and in 1976, he followed his passion for the theatre to the Big Apple. As a young actor, his theatre career began in plays "off off" Broadway, but it wasn't long until Broadway came calling. His first major role was not that of Santa, but rather as a surprising villain: the Wicked Witch in the Broadway production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Hall began his run as Santa alongside the famed Rockettes in 1986. Thousands of magic-filled shows later, he announced earlier this year that this 36th season would be his last. After years as a New Yorker, Hall now resides full-time in Calloway County and commutes to and from New York to work. His 2014 book, Santa Claus is for Real: A True Christmas Fable About the Magic of Believing, is now in development to become a film. Sponsored by the Murray State University Alumni Association and hosted by Murray State Director of Alumni Relations Carrie McGinnis and 2019 Murray State graduate Jordan Lowe, The Racer Alumni Podcast: Stories from the Finest Place We Know gives you the chance to connect with your alma mater and others within our global alumni family. Racers are 80,000-strong. New episodes drop on the 1st and 15th of each month. Subscribe today and spread the word! Not a member of the Alumni Association? Membership makes this podcast possible. Join today at murraystate.edu/alumni! This podcast was produced with the help of Jim Ray Consulting Services. Jim is a 1992 Murray State graduate. He can help you with the concept development, implementation, production and distribution of your own podcast, just as he has done for the MSUAA. The views and opinions expressed during the Racer Alumni Podcast do not necessarily reflect those of Murray State University, its administration or the faculty at large. The episodes are designed to be inspiring and entertaining.
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Bad things, worse things and making the best of what you got.By FinalStand. Listen and subscribe to the podcast at Steamy Stories.Suddenly knowing you are about to die rarely does anyone any good.(Thursday)I slipped out of bed, preparing for the trip to the shower when I stepped out and saw Timothy and this black guy I didn’t know doing a soft porn version of me and Rhada. Timothy was sleepily amused. His date was anything but.“I thought you weren’t seeing anyone?” he said in a thick Caribbean accent.“That’s my roommate,” Timothy snorted. “My straight roommate.” What can I say, I’m really good looking.“I am, Dude,” I promised. “I have a girl in my bed and everything. Hell, I didn’t even know what the Village Voice was until last night.”Timothy laughed. His date was still pissed. Timothy gave his date a final kiss the guy barely accepted. I made for the shower. When I came out, Timothy was in his bathrobe sitting on the sofa.“Whoops,” I shrugged. This was the first date I’d seen him on since moving in.“Better to know they are the jealous kind before I invest too much time,” Timothy sighed. “He is beautiful and great in bed. He’s also in total denial and now jealous. I won’t be returning his calls.” I sat down on the sofa next to Timothy and gave him a man-bump.“Sorry, Bro. Better luck next time,” I consoled him.“How many ladies was it last night?” Timothy muttered. He knew I was ‘ambitious’.“Five - wait, what is the age of consent in this state again?” I grinned.“Ah, fuck,” Timothy shook his head. “If the cops coming busting down the door…”“Funny you would say that,” I chuckled. “Another one is a cop.”“Bro, you have a death wish. Cops do background checks and carry guns,” he laughed.“Her mom is a cop too,” I informed him. He shook his head some more.“Death wish,” he mumbled then headed for the shower. Comparatively, the ride to work was bland and uneventful. I was clever enough to change before setting foot in the Executive Services section.I arrived with two minutes to spare and I was still the last person to arrive. Katrina was at her desk, Desiree was on the sofa and the security team leader from yesterday and one of her aides were sitting in the chairs in front of Katrina.“Come stand beside me,” Katrina said. I walked over with the added benefit that no one gave any notice of my movements.“Cáel, how did you feel about the exercise yesterday morning?” Katrina began.“First off, I don’t know these ladies’ names,” I said. Katrina looked at them. Clearly the two were one step above resenting every breath I took.“Elsa,” the leader stated.“Constanza,” her aide replied. I bowed my head to Elsa.“Elsa, I apologize for my rash words to you, my attitude and any disgrace I put upon either Katrina and/or Desiree,” I pled. “I have no excuse.” That seemed to have screwed the two new ladies up. Desiree snorted. Katrina had no reaction. I could hear Elsa grind her teeth.“Come between me and a charge again and I will kill you,” Elsa glared.“Come after a charge of mine I’ll make you earn it,” I snapped back.“Only Katrina is keeping you alive at this moment,” Elsa stood up as did Constanza.“Really?” I sneered. “Katrina, please fire me. I need to take out the trash.”“Cáel kneel,” Katrina ordered so I knelt.“This was a waste of time,” Elsa grumbled.“Elsa, you scored Cáel at a 92%,” Katrina offered.“92 out a 1000,” I muttered.“No, you idiot,” Desiree sighed. “It was stated as a percentage. Try and act your age.” Katrina coughed in surprised amusement. I thought Desiree being so verbose this early in the morning was the cause.“What did he get wrong?” Katrina mused. “It is in your report. I want you to tell him.”“He ignored his initial instinct to retire to the dwelling, he failed to issue orders to his charges, he missed his partner going down, and he reloaded before his clip was empty,” she detailed.“How many current members of the security detail have scored higher on their initial trial?” Katrina persisted. There was a long pause.“One - me,” Elsa answered. I was impressed - with myself. I had the inbred instincts to get myself killed for people who hated me. I snickered.“You find something amusing?” Katrina looked at me.“In retrospect, I should have realized it was a test. Come on, I don’t have a gun license, no serious firearms training and the vast majority of Havenstone personnel hate my guts,” I explained my humor. “There was no realistic way I would be assigned to guard kids.”“I’m so used to being treated like shit here, I missed the obvious,” I concluded. Another pause.“Why did you break cover to tackle Loraine? You abandoned Aya and Europa,” Elsa asked.“I wasn’t really thinking about it,” I answered. “I saw her in the open, in danger, and I had the other two crouched down next to the car. I leapt. Sorry, it was nothing more complicated than that.”“What did you think when you saw Desiree lying on the ground?” Elsa prodded.“Crap - ah,” I tried to recall. “Nothing really. I noticed the one woman to the North still standing. I wanted to kill her then roll over and shoot the two to the South.”“They would have killed you,” Constanza informed me.“As opposed to what? I mistakenly thought I had bullets,” I shrugged. “While I had any chance I had to keep fighting.”“You could have surrendered?” Elsa studied me.“You wouldn’t have. Why should I?” I responded.“You are not me in so many relevant ways,” Elsa stated. Desiree gave an infinitesimal groan.“Don’t worry about it,” I nodded. “Despite your failings, I’m still willing to accept you as an equal.”“That is a deadly insult,” Elsa seethed.“Oh, look,” I came back with a predatory grin, “you’re angry. Kind of the way I am having done a bang up job only to have you belittle my performance despite having no training, or warning. Believing you are better than me because you have tits makes as much sense as me thinking that having a dick makes you the weaker sex. Its bigotry and stupid. Worse, it is a tactical flaw.”“Tell me,” Katrina rose up majestically, “that his last three sentences make no sense. Please, lie to me and say the man is wrong.” Elsa didn’t respond. “I asked you to test his instincts and you gave him the second hardest test we have and that’s only because I vetoed the hardest. If you honestly think he cannot help us, make that pledge now.” Another pause.“He hit everything he aimed at,” Elsa suddenly volunteered. “It was all close range. He didn’t panic and he never left mission. If he had tits, I would have been impressed. I am still opposed to him having a weapon. His attitude is also grating.”“I have to work with him,” Desiree complained.“If I express to Hayden the possibility that those men who pass Security testing be allowed to be trained with weapons, will you support me?” Katrina requested.“Never!” Elsa exclaimed.“Thank you for your opinion and honesty, Elsa,” Katrina nodded. “I will see you later.”The two security experts left the room.“Stand,” Katrina sighed. I stood. “You gave it your best shot, I know. Do not trouble yourself with doubts, Cáel Nyilas. No attitude you could have taken would have altered her thinking in the slightest.”“Huh?” I mumbled. Katrina looked at me. My grin was infectious. “Sorry, did you say something? I was visually evaluating their potential as they were leaving the room.” Translation: I was scoping out their muscular asses as they sauntered out the door. Paula and Daphne walked in.“Cáel, do not talk about your activity yesterday morning, or of the events this morning with anyone,” Katrina ordered. I nodded. I made for my desk but Katrina stopped me. In the same manner, she requested that Desiree stay. Three minutes before seven, the last new hire arrived, Violet.“Everyone except Desiree, Daphne and Cáel leave the room. I will summon you back in a few minutes,” Katrina commanded. Confused and curious, the other new hires left the room. As the door shut, she had Daphne secure the lock while she drew forth a folded piece of paper which she unfolded and handed to me. Wow, I had never thought I’d see my death sentence yet here it was.“Read it,” she demanded. Yes, I was boned.“These are the words of Katrina, daughter of Sedona, granddaughter of Andromeda of the House of Epona, First Bearer of the Sun Spear through the Halls of Night and Death…” followed by a series of awards, accolades and honors I could barely fathom the importance of.I read it in the language it was written as this was clearly Katrina’s intent. Desiree scooted to the edge of the sofa cushion. Daphne’s eyes were wide, exhibiting the spectrum of excitement, fear and amazement. She spoke first.“You got the 'uh’ wrong,” Daphne corrected me. “It is 'Andromadu’ in our tongue, not 'Andromeda’.”“Well this makes a few things make a lot more sense,” Desiree mumbled.“Katrina,” Daphne gulped. “You didn’t teach him, did you?”“No. It was Dr. Kimberly Geisler of Bolingbrook College who taught him - so they could read erotic poetry to one another,” Katrina revealed. “He was never her student - in a classroom.”“Cáel not only speaks four current languages (French, Spanish, and Russian), he also is fluent in ten dead ones,” Katrina related. “Dr. Geisler and I had a long chat last night. Once she opened up, she was quite informative and full of praise for our new hire.”Daphne blathered something while looking at me expectantly.When I didn’t respond she became disappointed. Then it hit me.“You are translating from the Coptic, aren’t you?” I questioned.“Yes,” I had her intense attention once more.“What you meant to say was 'may the blessed Isis bring understanding with this greeting’,” I translated for her into New Kingdom Egyptian.“Once you get to Coptic you have so much Macedonian/Ptolemaic influence it is far beyond New Kingdom Egyptian,” I added.“Oh…that makes sense,” Daphne nodded. “I - uh - thank you.”“Well, if I live I can give you lessons,” I smirked.“About that,” Desiree stood up. “Why is he still alive?” What Katrina said surprised me.“I’ve waited twelve years to see you smile, Desiree,” she gave her underling a look full of wisdom and compassion.“Sympathy is nice,” Desiree countered. “We must be hard to survive.”“Desiree, I wanted you here because you have always opposed my initiative to save our people. Unlike most of us, you have lived fully in their world. Because of our companionship and your knowledge, I have always valued your council. Has nothing changed?” Katrina kept her voice precise and level. Desiree stood up, clearly furious, and took a step toward me.“You make no sense!” she shouted, pointing at me. A dozen comebacks welled up in my mind yet were discarded as inappropriate.“I apologize for causing you pain, Desiree,” I met her gaze. Desiree gave a raw, guttural scream of agony and rage. She wasn’t bawling, still tears rolled down her cheeks.“I don’t know why you chose me to hear this, Katrina. Our houses are not aligned. Still, if I get a vote, I say we find a way to make this work for us - our people and this directive,” Daphne spoke up.“Your bravery, wonderful attitude and ability to approach problems with an open mind is why I chose you, Daphne,” Katrina explained.“How long have you known?” Desiree muttered.“Tuesday night…” Katrina began.“Not you, Katrina…my apology. I meant…him,” Desiree interrupted.“About twenty seconds into the opening prayer at the board meeting,” I tried to look inoffensive.“He heard the Prayer of Ancestors?” Desiree wailed. “You haven’t even taught me that yet!”“Yes, he did. At the time, I had no idea that he knew our ancestral tongue. On the next recruitment drive we need to find a clever way to figure out if they do speak any dead languages so we can avoid this near-catastrophe,” Katrina said.“It is only the three - four of us who know?” Daphne asked. I was almost discounted.“I believe Dr. Geisler suspects something is amiss,” Katrina replied. “I impressed upon her the need for discretion, plus not to contact Cáel for a week. I need the time to position us properly for when this issue comes out.”“They’ll kill him,” Daphne gasped. Wow, Daphne actually cared.“We cannot save him,” Katrina explained. “It is not within our power, or mandate. What we must do is figure out a way to make Cáel acceptable to our people.”“Good plan. I like this plan. Why don’t you let me go to the armory so I can do some last minute Christmas shopping?” I chuckled. “I’ll be right back.”“If you make it to Christmas,” Desiree sighed, “I will consent to a date with you.”“Desiree, I think that qualifies as assisted suicide,” I teased. “If we make it to Christmas Eve, I’ll let you push me off the Empire State Building to spare us both that agony.”“That’s not nice,” Katrina chided me. “Desiree is an excellent woman.”“Oh, I agree. My worry is that after one night of passion with her no other woman will compare,” I looked worried. Desiree punched me in the upper arm. I grabbed one of her tits. I’d gone down this road with Buffy and I wasn’t going to relent on my sexual stupidity now.“You are grabbing her breast,” Daphne gasped.“Ow,” I flinched then evaded her block for another squeeze of breast, “she’s hitting me…Ow…so since she’s enjoying herself…Ow…so I’m doing the same…Ow.”“Grow up,” Desiree growled but her eyes were shining with amusement.“But if I remain a child I’ll eventually evoke your mothering instinct,” I snickered.“Cáel, you do realize that your life is hanging by a thread, don’t you?” Daphne gawked.“Daphne, you would be surprised how many chicks you can pick up with the line 'I laugh at death’ when you really mean it,” I smiled.“Does that actually work?” Daphne was dubious.“Daphne, I was romantically involved with four different women yesterday, not counting Aya, Europa, Loraine and Desiree,” I enlightened her. I only had sex with three of them. That was only because I am trying to have something approaching a normal relationship with the fourth.“"You screwed Aya’s teacher, didn’t you?” Desiree glared.“Ummm - I was applying positive incentives to induce Ms. Reichmann into taking special care of Aya,” I elaborated. “Did I do wrong?”“Cáel, what is going to happen to Aya if Ms. Reichmann becomes upset with you?” Katrina posed.“School is only going to last two more weeks,” I assured her. “I can keep things going until then. I mean, eventually she’ll hate me - all women do, but I can take care of things for two weeks.” The women around me were curious about the start of that last statement. “I’ve had one female friend that lasted more than three months my entire life.”“Why is that?” Daphne asked. “I like you. You are good-looking, smart and funny if a bit too brutally honest.”“Believe me, juggling eight different romantic entanglements is hellish. Eventually some of them figure out what I’m doing with the others. Then it is Tartarus time,” I sighed.“What would you do if you discovered that along with having sex with you, I was also having separate liaisons with Violet and Buffy?” I postulated.“I would be okay with it. You’re a male - sex is your primary function,” Daphne related. I had the feeling she’d been waiting to get that last bit off her well-endowed chest.“What would you do if I was also having a relationship with Rhada?” I tossed out there.“I’d kill you,” Daphne’s certainty pierced me. Good to know.“Cáel, are you having sexual relations with Rhada?” Katrina prodded.“I’d rather pull out my shoelaces and go hang myself in your bathroom than discuss that, Katrina,” I stated as I looked down in shame.“Don’t worry about it,” Katrina assured me.“What!” Desiree snarled. “He’s having sex with Rhada and you want to ignore it?”“Desiree, what do you want me to do? Acknowledge an affair that No ONE wants to acknowledge,” Katrina pointed out. “It isn’t as if he is unaware of the delicacy of the situation, either, or can do anything else to make him more dead.”“Desiree, let the rest know they can come in as you leave,” Katrina concluded the matter. Desiree swept out like an atomic monsoon (I wasn’t sure what one would look like; Desiree was otherwise indescribable). Somehow the other new hires figured out that Desiree’s primal scowl of outrage was their invitation to return to Katrina’s office.The meeting began the way it always did. Stunningly, Desiree gave me yet another horrific job review. The mockery aimed my way was dampened by the reality that I was involved with something Katrina didn’t want me to talk about. Getting Desiree to talk was hopeless so I could see the others ready to pounce on Daphne when we headed out to fulfill our daily cue.I had Desiree and school duty again. This time, I didn’t have a gun. I did get mugged - on the landing. Aya wrapped her arms around me. Thankfully she squealed “Cáel!” not 'Daddy’. Desiree was impassive. Aya’s two sisters were happy, yet more controlled in their enthusiasm.“I’m glad you showed up,” Europa poked me. “Pint-sized was freaking out during breakfast.”“I must admit I’m very happy to see you three this morning,” I looking over the back seat and addressed Europa. “You might want to tell your sister her make-up is very tastefully done.” Loraine attempted a sultry look.“Wait, are you not talking to me again?” Loraine blinked.“I’m talking to you, Loraine,” I winked. “I was teasing.”“Am I still an old hag?” Europa bantered.“Not sure, Europa. Aya is soaking up all the pretty,” I teased. “It is so hard to tell.” Fortunately, Europa was a good sport and Aya loved the praise. Less good was…“Girls, don’t look over your shoulders,” I ordered calmly. “Desiree, a maroon van three cars back. They keep turning with us.”“Test,” Desiree informed me. Saying 'it was a test’ was too wordy for her. I didn’t bother to ask her if I’d done well, or not.“Please, please, please,” I begged Desiree. “Can I have a sunroof and a rocket launcher? Please.”“Grow up,” she grumbled.“Yes, Mom,” I groaned.“You are the best,” snickered Europa. “I wish I could go on dates. Loraine does too…with you,” she got out before Loraine popped her.“Do I get to be in the room when Loraine has that conversation with her Mother?” I mused.“Are you going to ask my Mother if you can take me out?” Loraine beamed.Desiree snorted. I was in for it now.“Maybe Cáel can ask Momma out on a date and become our real Daddy,” Aya suggested happily. I was going camping with this family. It would solve all my worries about my burial service.“Momma is too old for Cáel,” Loraine countered. Oh, joy.“I’m not the best 'first date’ material,” I evaded. “Ah…what is your Momma’s name?”“Caitlyn,” Europa provided. “Does that mean you will ask her out?”“Not necessarily - see, I have the annoying habit of being amorously attracted to every woman I meet, so I’m not very romantically reliable,” I explained.“Does that mean you are sexually proficient?” Loraine inquired eagerly.“Does that mean you are a slut?” Europa teased.“Does that mean you’ll sleep with my aunts, too?” Aya wondered.“It means you are an idiot,” Desiree muttered under her breath.“I’d like to think so,” to Loraine, “I hate labels,” to Europa, “I have no idea,” to Aya, “and thanks, Des,” to finish things off.“Maybe we could go on a test date this weekend,” Loraine suggested.“Why?” I grinned. “Are trying to see what I would look like 'test’ dead?”“No!” Aya blurted out. “They want you to be Daddies.” Aya had screwed up, most likely relaying with her limited understanding what she’d overheard. Two female family members in the same house, yet no other children. Buffy and Helena…and Desiree being brought back in despite the shame to her prestige aka genetic purity.“Cáel, she was making stuff up again,” Loraine attempted damage control.“No, I didn’t,” Aya protested. “I want Cáel to live.”“That can be answered with two questions, Loraine,” I locked eyes with the sixteen year old.“Cáel - do not do this,” Desiree ordered.“Sorry, Desiree; I think this falls in the 'I need to know’ category,” I defied her. “Loraine, do malformed female babies get tossed off the cliff alongside all the male babies.” Loraine paled and gulped. Europa looked equally worried. Aya was afraid - afraid of my reaction.“I apologize, Cáel. This is not something I can talk about,” Loraine murmured.“This is the point where you decide if I’m a human being, or some servitor creature,” I studied her.“I can’t,” Loraine repeated. I nodded then faced forward. There was silence for a while.“Cáel, are you upset with us?” Europa inquired nervously. I looked back at her.“My emotional status is of no relevance to my assignment, Europa,” I replied dead-pan. “Will there be anything else?”“Why are you acting this way?” Loraine groaned.“I am a Havenstone employee, Loraine,” I answered.“I have no instructions to behave in any other fashion. I am sure if I have done anything inappropriate, you may report me to my boss, Desiree, or my department head, Katrina, so that I may be suitably disciplined,” I informed her.“Please don’t talk like that,” Aya sniffled.“Aya, if I have upset you, please request another Havenstone employee on your next service order,” I said. Aya began bawling. God, she was emotionally volatile.“Desiree, make him stop,” Loraine pleaded.“Make him stop what? You don’t want a man, you want a cuddly toy with 101 programmed warm, fuzzy responses,” Desiree responded. “Toys don’t go above, beyond, and even against their instructions to do a better job. You are getting exactly what your Mother has requested. You have a Havenstone employee. You can’t afford the man who befriended you.”That was more than Desiree coming to my defense. She was trying to teach the children the harsh reality of life. Amazons, due to their conduct toward men, had to think of them as lesser beings. The sickness was more than tossing male and unfit female babies to their death, it was mothers handing their children over to be murdered.“I apologize, Cáel,” Loraine said softly.“Okay,” I replied crisply. More silence.“Are you still angry with us?” Europa asked.“I can still do my job, if that is what you are worried about,” I told her. Aya wailed. I was starting to feel that Aya had mental issues that went beyond wanting a father.“Yes,” Loraine finally answered my question. I remained quiet. “Isn’t that what you wanted to know?”“No, Loraine; I wanted you to treat me as if I had some worth in your eyes,” I sighed.“I love you,” Aya pleaded. I struggled and struggled and only one other societal model made sense.I turned half-way around to look at the group once more.“When is the trial?” I probed. No answer. “At some point as you are growing up, you ladies have to pass some sort of basic test. When is it?” My model was male yet still fit - Sparta.“How do you know any of this?” Loraine wondered.“I was actually hired because I’m bright,” I stated in all seriousness, “along with good looks and being in excellent physical condition.”“Twelve,” Europe filled me in. I didn’t need to say anything. The two older sisters shot worried looks Aya’s way.“Your Aunt’s are sterile, correct?” now Europa and Loraine flashed quick glances between them.“Yes,” Loraine muttered. “How did you…?”“That’s not important. What is important is that I will do my best to stick with Aya as long as I can,” I informed them. I tapped Aya’s nose. “Stop that crying. You are better than that.”“Sorry,” she sniffed.“No, you 'apologize’ to show regret. 'Sorry’ is for a flaw,” I reminded Aya. “Don’t go around school telling your classmates I’m a spy either.”“What do I tell them?” Aya gulped.“Tell them I am not a spy. Insist that I’m not a spy. Loudly declare to everybody who asks that I am not a spy,” I grinned. “Do you understand?” Aya didn’t, but Europa did.“Aya, by insisting that Cáel isn’t a spy no matter what, everyone will believe he’s a spy. It is the art of misinformation,” Europa hugged her younger sibling.“By saying he’s not a spy, everyone will think he is a spy?” Aya appeared confused.“Yes,” Loraine assured her.“Okay,” Aya accepted the illusion. “You are still going to marry Momma, right?”“I never said that,” I protested. Aya smiled sweetly. I frowned. She became absolutely cherubic.“I make no promises,” I turned forward.“Go for it,” Desiree whispered. “Caitlyn is only one of Katrina’s sisters.” I make a point of trying not to cry in public. I continued to be depressed on how I failed to make crucial connections. Whose family, besides her own, would allow me this close? Damn, I couldn’t keep playing catch-up.“Katrina is your aunt?” I inquired quietly.“She’s my sister,” Desiree stated. Watching Loraine, Europa and Aya acting together helped that make sense. Katrina felt responsible for Desiree in the same way Loraine looked out for Aya. Katrina’s Mom had abandoned her when she fled with the man she loved.When an aunt brought her back, Katrina had stood by the sister she’d never seen before because that was what sisters do. You saw a lot of that in Celtic societies. Epona was a Celtic name - a Goddess in fact.“If you and Mom go on a date, I can come along as a chaperone,” Loraine offered.“I’m surprised you even know what a chaperone is,” I grinned back.“Sure we do,” Europa giggled. “That’s the one who holds the leash.” Loraine blushed furiously.“Don’t say that,” she chided Europa.“Sis, I think he knows something is going on beyond Aya’s Daddy issues,” Europa countered.“I deny everything,” I proclaimed.“He is as stupid as he looks,” Desiree volunteered. By the surprised looks of Europa and Loraine, this was as frivolous as they’d ever seen Desiree act.“That’s not true,” Aya protested. “Cáel is wonderful and he’s going to make Momma very happy and be our Daddy.”“Yay,” I said with muted enthusiasm. “I can envision our first date now.”“Would you mate with my mother?” Europa teased.“That’s not what I’m envisioning. I’m thinking about what my heart looks like, torn from my chest and held up to my dying gaze.”“No,” Aya moaped.“We are joking, Aya,” Europa hugged her sister. “We’d never let Momma take a knife with her on a date with Cáel.”“Yes, because fingernails hurt more,” I scoffed. Europa hit me playfully.“Do you have a girlfriend?” Loraine inquired.“Yes. I met her on a job with Desiree - sort of - and we went out, ate a light dinner and walked and talked for over an hour afterwards. She’s real nice,” I related.“Did you have sex?” Loraine was a bit distressed.“Nope. I save the sex for all my other women in my life. No one at Havenstone,” I somewhat lied. “I’d like to build a substantial rapport with this woman. Hopefully I won’t screw it up, like I do every other relationship.”“Are you joking?” Europa prodded.“No, not in the least. I like women. Women appear to like me,” I shrugged.“How long does it take you to romance a woman?” Loraine questioned.“Quickest - three minutes,” I answered. In fact, we were heading for that wonderful woman right now.“How many women at Havenstone?” Loraine was becoming disillusioned.“None. Oh God, I am not going to mix work with pleasure,” I swore.“80 days, Bitch,” Desiree promised.“80 days?” Europe inquired.“In 80 days I cease being an intern, so it will no longer be against the rules for a woman at Havenstone to have a sexual relationship with me,” I gulped.“What are you going to do then?” Loraine asked.“Hang from the ceiling like a Spider Monkey and watch them try to knock me down with sticks,” I grinned. Europa snickered at the imagery.“Honestly Loraine, there can be no 'us’ until your eighteenth birthday. You are too young,” I explained.“Are you afraid of our Mother?” Loraine was oddly happier.“Yes, but fear hasn’t stopped me before,” I assured her. “I am devoid of reason when presented with a pretty face.”“Wait,” Loraine smiled. “Why isn’t something going on between us right now?”“Desiree put a block of C-4 in my underwear. If I misbehave, I’ll be half the man I used to be,” I warned them.“Desiree, please don’t blow his weenie off,” Aya requested. Snorts and laughter echoed throughout the car.“Oh, look,” Desiree sighed in relief. “We are here.” We’d made it to school again.“Cáel, would you come with me to class,” Aya begged.“Cáel, for the love of the Goddess, can you try and make it back in a reasonable time frame,” Desiree scowled. Europa and Loraine studied me inquisitively.“Cáel, can you come to my homeroom as well?” Loraine teased.“Me, too,” Europa poked me.“Give me your homerooms and I’ll try to stop by,” I pledged. When we got to Aya’s homeroom, I could see that Ulyssa Reichmann was exceedingly excited that I’d returned.“Aya, I need to talk to your Daddy for a few minutes. We’ll be back soon,” Ulyssa announced then proceeded to drag me back to the conference room. She finished a round of pulse-pounding passionate intercourse with…“Would you like to go out on a date?” Ulyssa 'suggested’.“I’d really like that,” I responded because, you know, it wasn’t like my social calendar wasn’t confusing enough already. “Let’s exchange digits and give me a call when you get off work today. Lunch times suck for me. Oh, I should warn you, in my first week here, they’ve given me the true meaning of working 24/7. I’ve been called in at 3 a.m. and worked until 10:30 at night - be warned.”“I’m good at all hours,” she purred. “My roommate and I stay up late all the time.” Please be a guy, please be a guy.“Is he a nice guy?” I prayed.“No, Silly,” she kissed me. “My roommate is my older sister.” Please be a crone, please be a crone. “Here is a picture of her.” Of course…she was a stone-cold fox.“What’s her fiancé like?” I sobbed internally.“She just got over a messy break up. She’s been very depressed,” Ulyssa informed me. That’s what I needed. It wasn’t like a gorgeous roommate in need of comfort had every ruined things for me before…except those other five times when things exploded all over the place. “If you have one, maybe your roommate can double date with us.”“His name is Timothy,” I forced a grin. Asking Timothy to double date with me so I wouldn’t end up banging my date’s roommate/sister was way out of bounds. I’d ask, proving I really was a sorry human being, but I was feeling bad about it. That had to count for something. We walked closely, side by side, back to her room. I played with Aya.One bully hadn’t gotten the message yesterday and called Aya a freak in my presence. I asked him why he thought he could get away with it. He said his dad was a hotshot lawyer. With a toothy glimmer, I told him that would look nice on his father’s tombstone. After all, I didn’t hurt kids. I hurt adults; grown-ups like Mom and Dad - the hotshot lawyer.Aya polished that off by insisting that I wasn’t a spy. Absolutely, positively not. What did I do for a living? Aya couldn’t talk about it because good people might get killed - good girl. With that settled, I went to Loraine’s homeroom. Holy Cow! She had the whole 'Plush Mature Teacher’ thing going on, including the spectacles on a chain and hair in a bun.Her name was Rachel Simpson, 42 and never married. In the classroom, she was aloof, condescending and chilly. Two minutes later her mouth was moaning 'no, no, no’ while her body was responding with 'more, more, more’. Had she not pulled me into the custodial closet, I might have been worried about taking liberties.I’d have to catch Europa’s homeroom tomorrow. As it was.“Sixty-five minutes…God, you are messed up,” Desiree commented as we pulled away.“What do you tell the security guard when you are just sitting here, waiting?” I asked.“I tell the guard you are inside fucking your way through the female staff,” Desiree stated.“And they buy it?” I was aghast.“She’s seen you. She believes it. I hate you,” Desiree answered.“I apologize?” I looked sheepish.“Here is her number on the off-chance you are ever bored,” Desiree handed me a torn piece of paper. “You are a totally contemptible pig.”“I think you are a Saint for putting up with me,” I smiled.“By all means, please jump out of the car while we are in motion then run through traffic, preferably in front of buses and dump trucks,” Desiree requested.“Is this your way of suggesting I meet some nice nurses at the closest hospital,” I reposed.“Die.” We were non-communicative for a few minutes.“Desiree, I’m tired,” I sighed. “Please stop the car.”“What…” she started to snap then she saw my face. I was ashen. Reality was catching up. Desiree changed lanes and pulled up to the curb. I got out.“I’ll walk into work,” was all I said before shutting the door. Children and sex aside, I was confronting evil and I couldn’t ignore that anymore. My working theory was that, after a century of genetic manipulation, the Amazons were dying out. Sterile women, deformed babies, pre-teen girls with fragile psyches and men bred for pliability and lack of aggression.The science of genetics dated back to 1866. That would mean roughly seven human generations. In turn, that suggested they already had a fatally poisoned male breeding population and their imperfect application of science made it worse, not better. The dilemma became how to introduce a strong male gene strain into the Amazon breeding population.What this meant for the now useless breeding males was yet another horror to contemplate. My future involved walking the nearly impossible line between the 'masculine’ traits they were looking for without the aggression the Amazon’s responded negatively to. I knew I was too aggressive and my survival was mainly through the efforts of Katrina.I had made progress with a few women and they’d come to accept - no, tolerate - my irreverence. I was still wrestling with that whole mess when I walked into the atrium of Havenstone. I flashed my ID. They security personnel told me to wait, then took me to a side room and relieved me of my badge and phone.Two security detail ladies replaced the two security guard types then Constanza showed up.“Come with us,” she ordered.“No,” I replied. “I work for Desiree right now.” They didn’t say something nice like 'do this or else’. No, they went straight for the stun guns.My perception was overloaded with pain and I believed I was screaming, but wasn’t sure. Before I knew it, I had been rolled over onto my stomach and my hands cuffed behind my back.“What have I…?” I got out before they stunned me again.“Shut up,” Constanza snapped.“Bitch!” I snarled. They stunned me again. I could no longer stand without assistance. The second I could form words, “Whores!” came tumbling out. They stunned me again. The points they gained for cruelty they lost to their lack of forward thinking. I really tried to not repeat my insults, but honestly, my mind was too numb by the end for me to be sure.They slammed me into a chair in front of Elsa’s desk. Opening my eyes hurt. My tongue was so bloody and swollen, talking was no longer an option. The echoes of my own screams of pain muffled what Elsa was saying. They jolted me and I spasmed right out of the chair. They picked me up and Elsa - or somebody - said something.About the time I could make sense of the world again, Elsa clued in to what I had been doing.“How many times did you stun him?” she barked.“He kept insulting us,” Constanza answered. “We made him shut his filthy mouth.”“Did it occur to you he was doing that on purpose?” Elsa seethed.I giggled. Actually, I made some indescribable noise as I’d bitten my tongue and cheeks repeatedly and the amount of blood in my mouth was getting troublesome. Elsa pushed her chair back and came around her desk. I surprised them all by hurling my body into her. My knees buckled and I fell down before I even left the chair. Someone caught me before I hit the ground.Elsa’s face took over my view. She grabbed my jaw in her right hand and steadied my head.“You did that on purpose,” she stated. “It won’t do you any good. No one knows you are here and you aren’t leaving until I have what I want to know.” I mumbled something. “What?”“Never surrender,” I worked out, blood drooling passed my lips.“Fine. Cáel, do you believe I am an honest woman?” Elsa inquired. I had to think about that.“Ugh - yeah,” I mumbled.“Good. I’m going to give you a chance because you did behave courageously yesterday,” she congratulated me. “Tell me what I want to know, or things will become very painful for you.”“O-okay,” I grunted.“What did you and Katrina discuss over dinner last night?” Elsa asked. I had to think. My next words were crucial.“I - ah - do you prefer silk sheets, or cotton?” I whispered.“I understand,” Elsa patted my cheek. She went back to her desk, pulled a dull silver box out then extracted a loaded syringe. “This is going to hurt a lot.” I didn’t struggle. What was the point?“Man, the penalty for sexual harassment in this corporation is harsher than I thought,” I gasped.They expedited matters by having Constanza brandish her knife and cut my left coat and shirt sleeves off. Those were brand new too. She expertly tapped for the vein, the needle went in and this cool sensation worked its way up my arm. The promised pain didn’t come, so I decided to play against the play. You steeled yourself against pain. It was the rational reaction.I began humming, keeping my breathing level and relaxed. I chose Bruno Mars’ Grenade as my first musical selection. Something about loving a woman destroying a man appealed to this situation. Had I possessed my facilities, I would have realized I had lost them. Elsa kept asking me questions.I confessed she had sexy eyes - she really did, she had one of top ten asses I’d seen all week and I was dying to see her in her underwear. I had no clue why this drug wasn’t working on me. It was a little weird when Elsa transformed into Katrina. She asked me how I was. I asked her if she’d let me breastfeed if we got married. That was my last memory for a while.I rolled, saw a carpeted floor coming at me and threw out my arms and legs in time not to face-plant. Then I vomited. Here was the pain that Elsa had promised. My gastro-intestinal tract was on fire, the pressure in my head was about explode and if I had a nerve ending that wasn’t in agony, it wasn’t for a lack of trying.I managed to roll over farther so I didn’t fall into my own vomit. The desert Sun blazing down on me made me cry. My eyelids refused to close…no, they were closed. My eyes were simply that sensitive.“See,” Elsa said, “he’s alive.”“Thank you for that crisp and unsolicited professional medical opinion,” Katrina purred. “When I wish you to leave this room, I will let you know.” I wished they would stop screaming. The urge to vomit overcame me. All I got for my troubles was a series of violent dry-heaves. “Don’t, Tessa,” Katrina spoke, “his trachea and esophagus are inflamed. He might choke on the water.”This time I was able to push up so that I was on my haunches. I didn’t feel any better, but I was struggling to project more pride than I could from lying on the floor. There was no conception of time passing. All I knew was that I could make out six people in the room when I motioned for the water. Sure enough, it was Tessa Carmichael giving me a glass.“Small sips,” Katrina advised me. I did as suggested. My physical abilities were starting to revert to normal.“Ah, Katrina,” I mumbled, “did we have a…'if we were married’ moment?” Before she could respond, “Wait, have I missed picking up the kids?” I blurted out.“I’m still here, Dummy,” Desiree sneered.“Thank goodness,” I rasped. “I’m seeing double and I was terrified there were three of you.”“He’s fine,” Desiree addressed the room, “and you tried to get Katrina to breast-feed you, too.”“Ugh…that’s unfortunate,” I looked down. “Do I still have a job? If so, can I go home and change. I seem to have torn my coat…and my shirt.”“No rest for you yet, Cáel,” Katrina stated. “Now, Elsa, please hand me your firearm.” My vision was finally doing me some good and that wasn’t good. Katrina had an automatic pistol aimed at Elsa’s head. Desiree had a pistol in her right hand and was standing by the door. Tessa was by Katrina’s desk, her poise indicating displeasure.Elsa deftly drew her pistol, turned it barrel first and handed it to Katrina. She immediately backed toward me, keeping her pistol leveled at Elsa.“Cáel, are your hands and eyesight steady?” she inquired. I held out my hands. They were sore, yet level.“Yes, Katrina,” I answered. She handed me Elsa’s pistol.“Kill her - kill Elsa,” Katrina directed. Elsa’s eyes widened, but she held firm. Constanza was less controlled.“You can’t do this,” Constanza gasped. “He’s a male.”“Are you volunteering to take Elsa’s place?” Katrina offered. Constanza’s mouth gaiped then shut.“Cáel?” Katrina prodded me.“Do we even need to go over why this is wrong?” I groaned. My head hurt. “She didn’t try to kill me, Katrina. All she wanted to know was something that was none of her business.”“Okay, so she and her thugs stunned me to Hell and back and I really want to jack-slap her, but I’m not going to shoot her. She was just doing her job - a bit misguided perhaps. Had she wanted me dead, I’d be dead. If she was going against you, Katrina, she would have taken me off site,” I reasoned.“Besides, unlike those two, I don’t attack defenseless people,” I remarked. “I’m in Executive Services. I’ll leave the sleazy stuff to your pathetic skanks in Security. They seem to get off on that kind of thing.” I struggled to my feet, swayed a bit then staggered over to Elsa. “Here you go, Bitch. Knock yourself out. I’ve got work to do.” I handed her the gun, grip first.Elsa took it, stood up and pressed the barrel to my chest.“I should kill you for your words alone,” Elsa glared. I smiled.“Go ahead. You may want to note that while I screened Katrina, I left Desiree a clear shot. Go ahead and commit suicide. I’m sure you, me and Constanza will fill a grave nicely,” I smirked.I looked over to Constanza. “You don’t think Katrina can let you live if Desiree kills Elsa over a male-problem, do you?”“They won’t shoot,” Elsa declared. “You don’t understand Havenstone.”“You need to work on your people skills. I know three things of relevance,” I grinned.“You think less of Desiree for reasons that have nothing to do with her bravery, or competence. You want to kill me yet you’d die for Katrina - which is another reason I didn’t shoot you. Finally, I’ve never lied to you. You are one of the most attractive women I’ve met here and your ass really is a wondrous work of art - my hand to God,” I swore.If Elsa had truly liked me, she’d have shot my balls off. As it was, it was the same old refrain - almost. Elsa, whipped the gun down, grabbed the back of my head and initiated a French kiss that would have brought Charlemagne back from the dead. On the plus side, I got to fondle her firm, muscularly perfect ass and bring forth several wanton moans from deep within her core.“Cáel! To my side,” Desiree snapped. I had to untangle myself from Elsa and man oh man, did she have strong hands. I quick-stepped it to Desiree’s side. “You’re hopeless,” she muttered. “Katrina, I have to get him some fresh clothes.”“Back to the queue, you two,” Katrina dismissed us. Elsa and Constanza watched me leave - my damn ass again.“You are worthless,” Desiree grumbled as we got onto the elevator.“Wait - she kissed me. Why is this my fault?” I complained.“You suddenly forgot how to dodge?” Desiree countered.“She had a gun on me,” I reposed.“Fine. You are hopeless and a gutless wonder,” Desiree piled it on.“You are not jealous, are you?” I teased.“Don’t make me shoot you,” she glared. “I have a gun this time, too.”“Thank goodness,” I sighed. “Otherwise I might have told you how I truly felt then kissed you and that would have cost me my job.”“Shut up, or do you want to ride the elevator the rest of the day?” Desiree threatened. I wisely kept my yap zipped. When we got to my apartment, Desiree followed me up for the first time. I was getting in the 'girlfriend has a gun’ way, which was stupid because I was already trying to date a cop and then there was the whole Buffy factor.Her appearance had an unforeseen utility; my new bed and suspension rig had arrived, all courtesy of Havenstone written off as business expenses. It seems Helena and Buffy might not need to get me a new bed after all. That was still 80 days away and I knew how much damage I could do to a bedroom set in only one semester. True, a girl set that mattress on fire, but at least she waited for me to jump off first.Without comment, Desiree helped me move my old bed out to the hallway, set up and put the sheets on the new bed and finally moved the boxes with the bondage aids onto my bed. I dressed while she watched - old hat - and we finished the hour by taking my old mattress to the curb. Yes, I lived in one of those neighborhoods.We made the academy with enough awkward time to spare. It was also enough time for that nice school security officer to come by and chat with me. She was Brazilian, divorced with a three year old son. She tried being sultry. I talked about age appropriate boy toys, parks with good playgrounds and asked where the most authentic Brazilian eateries were located.Seriously, a web search for children’s toys takes five minutes. All women want to be seen as desirable in some manner. Mothers want to know you don’t find their children to be a turn off. Immigrants want to know you are curious about their cultures. They may love America, but they are also a bit homesick.Indulging a woman’s interests is never wrong - unless you are a sexual deviant like me; then it is plain moronic and self-destructive. She had to hurry off to perform her duties. I leaned against the car while Desiree stared at me.“Yes?” I sighed.“She’s a former state criminal investigator back home,” Desiree informed me. “She caught her now ex-husband cheating on her and nearly killed both of them. She was acquitted because he shot her first.”“She kicked both their asses AFTER she was shot?” I gulped.“In the left shoulder,” Desiree regarded me impassively.“And you couldn’t have brought this up BEFORE I talked with her?” I groaned.“Oh, you think that was mean; wait until I tell Buffy that you kissed and felt up Elsa,” she continued. “I don’t have to kill you. You’ll get any number of women to do it for me.”“Hey, Elsa wasn’t my fault,” I griped.“Who do you think Buffy will believe, me - whom she’s known for years, or you - who apparently jumps on anyone who isn’t her?” Desiree pointed out.“I can’t believe you are passing up the chance to push me off the Empire State Building,” I sighed. “Missing an opportunity to make my life unpleasant is so unlike you.”“That’s not so,”
We watch Biden walk like a robot, Trudeau gets lectured by China, Nancy Pelosi is long gone, we meet the students of Turning Point GMU, and we share new comedy clips from K-vonComedy. Watch the epsiode here: https://youtu.be/dErIxrj4K0w This is from THE RIGHT SHOW podcast. SUBSCRIBE + Share! Tour Dates + Bookings: https://K-vonComedy.com K-von's Podcast = "The Right Show" on http://anchor.fm/KvonComedy My New Community is growing on: https://KvonComedy.Locals.com (they are a Free Speech Platform that avoids the average big tech censors) 1-time Donate to keep these videos coming: https://GoFundMe.com/KvonComedy http://Paypal.me/TanxGod Venmo: @Kvon-Kvon Cashapp $KvonComedy https://RokFin.com/KvonComedy https://YouTube.com/KvonComedy Rumble / Insta / Twitter / Telegram: @KvonComedy #TheRightShow #TRSpodcast #KvonComedy #HalfPersian #TanxGod #Funny #Comedy #Persian #Standup #BumblingBiden #pelosi #paulpelosi #trudeau #xipingplease --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kvoncomedy/support
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A Conversation With Penguins Jesus SEA@PIT 11-05-22I'm joined on this unseasonably lovely Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon by the one and only Penguins Jesus. Originator of the nickname ‘Big Jeff Carter,' provider of regularly enjoyable, often hilarious tweets concerning the state of the Penguins hockey club, he takes us on a ride through some fun Penguins history, sharing recollections of: The in-game experience at the old Igloo / Civic Center, the early NHL playing career of one Sidney Patrick Crosby, and of course we discuss the 6-game backslide in which the Penguins find themselves. The current losing streak, tied for the longest in the Mike Sullivan era, has been an early-season stretch in which the team has blown multiple goal leads - a handful of times - coming up totally empty but for one loser's point in a heartbreaking OT loss to Boston. Enjoy this satisfying chat with Penguins Jesus, seemingly a real human being but also …more than just a man. lolFollow us on Twitter @penspod, on Instagram at @flypenguinsfly, and subscribe to the Fly Penguins Fly YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/3fw0IWt for video editions of selected conversations you'll hear on this podcast!Enjoy tonight's home game versus the Giant Mechanical Squid which swam here at unfathomable speeds, all the way from frigid waters off of the Olympic Coast, and of COURSE:LET'S GO PENS!!JEFF TAYLOR
GGACP celebrates the Halloween season by revisiting this 2017 interview with one of the last remaining TV horror hosts, Rich Koz, AKA “Svengoolie." In this episode, Rich remembers some of his famous predecessors (Ghoulardi, Zacherle, Chilly Billy, Morgus the Magnificent) and praises the stylishness and symbolism of the original Universal horror classics. Also, Fritz Feld gets hitched, Eddie Munster goes wild, Vampira takes Elvira to court and Mister Rogers meets the Wicked Witch of the West. PLUS: Count Floyd! "The Mummy's Curse"! Remembering Raymond J. Johnson Jr! Bela Lugosi gets hypnotized! Gilbert chokes the chicken! And the (arguably) craziest horror film ever made! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Summary: Let's get witchy with it, friends! This week, Holly and Devin live out their dreams of discovering late-in-life magical prowess by discussing books centered around witches. Devin found her love of the sorceress lifestyle very early in life, whereas Holly was enchanted later. They agree that whether you're discussing the Salem witch trials or the Wicked Witch of the West, these stories embody what has culturally been feared about women, and explore what happens if women have power. Topics Discussed: The Dagger (5:33): Holly discussed The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke, a novel centering around Liv, an artist with three young daughters, the trip to paint a mural in a remote lighthouse in Scotland, and how it all goes very horribly wrong. Her key takeaways were: Cooke, author of the acclaimed novel The Nesting, delves into the secrets of witches that have reached across centuries in this chilling Gothic thriller. While hinging on the disappearance of Liv, Saffy, and Clover who left middle-daughter Luna to fend for herself and search for her family for 23 years, this book also features a grimoire that explores life on the island centuries before. When Luna's younger sister Clover reappears decades later but still ages just seven years, she realizes she must return to the lighthouse and confront the past if she ever hopes to unravel the creepy mystery. The Heart (19:50): Devin discussed The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling, a delightful romp through the town of Graves Glen, Georgia, and Vivi Jones after she gets over her teenage heartbreak with vodka, candles, and a less-than-sober hex on her ex, Rhys Penhallow. Her key takeaways were: This book was essentially Sabrina the Teenage Witch combined with Stars Hollow (Gilmore Girls) plus some extra sexy steam; Vivi is the witch we'd all love to be and Devin tried to Zillow homes in Graves Glen before remembering the town is fictitious. Our hero, Rhys, is not only unreasonably attractive and magical, but has a Welsh accent that makes you want to melt even if you're not listening to this book on audio. His chemistry with Vivi, combined with the very real challenge of his family history and the potential disaster it implies for the town, keeps you guessing and intrigued the whole time. With ley lines, hexes, a witch college, possessed toys and a talking cat, this book is the perfect, lighthearted witchy romance for spooky season; grab a mug of mulled wine, light a candle, and dive in. Hot On the Shelf (41:30): Devin: Lease on Love by Fallon Ballard Holly: Amari and the Great Game by B B Alston What's Making Our Hearts Race (45:19): Devin: Ghosts on CBS Holly: The Patient on on Hulu Instagram: @heartsanddaggerspod Website: www.heartsanddaggerspod.com If you like what you hear, please tell your friends and rate and review us on Apple Podcasts and Spotify so that we can find our perfect audience.
Fran & Rose are obsessed with witches. From early roots like the Wicked Witch of the West and Mad Madam Mim to Practical Magic to A24's The Witch and their own personal experience with witchcraft, today's episode is an exploration of the changing face of witches throughout pop culture history Plus, they dutifully saw Bros... and have some thoughts post your favorite witch and tag our finsta @likeavirgin42069See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When brother and sister, Hansel and Gretel, are abandoned in the forest, they fall into the hands of a wicked witch, and must find a way to outwit her. (duration 23 minutes) An episode fomr Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids) Please note this is a vintage fairy tale and might be too scary for children under 8 years old. If you would like to enjoy our weekly coloring sheets and other perks, subscribe to our patreon page here If your little listener wants to ask us a question or send us a drawing inspired by one of our episodes, send it to us at instagram@journeywithstory. Or you can contact us at www.journeywithstory.com. We love to hear from our listeners. If you enjoy our podcast, you can rate, review, and subscribe at here Did you know Kathleen is also a children's picture book author, you can find out more about her books at www.kathleenpelley.com
Welcome to the first episode of The Nostalgia Fun House hosted by Andrew and Johnny. This week's episode opens with a new segment, nostalgia fix or Cash grab dis, the see which category feel the new Munster movie fits in. They also look at Sesame Street episode 847, deemed too scary, and some say satanic.
It's September and Spring has sprung. The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and the corn is being well and truly harvested both within the resort and out in the backcountry. Many skiers and boarders alike are reaping the rewards of a fantastic season, but the temperature is starting to get consistently warmer, making the snowpack melt faster than the Wicked Witch of the West. They'll be plenty of corn for a few weeks yet, but what the hell are we talking about anyway? What is corn snow? In this week's episode, we explain what corn is and how this famous spring snow got its name. We also break down other terminology to describe snow conditions we typically experience in Australia and also learn some new terminolgy we haven't heard of before, such as mash potatoes.We also sing about corn in the songs for the freeheelers with a special parody of 'It's Corn' by the Gregory Brothers. Warning, this one is an earworm that may be hard to forget!
The bois discuss Pearl, The Exorcist, Batman 1989, X, The Comedy Store, and more!Join our Patreon for bonus episodes, Discord access, and more: https://www.patreon.com/therearetoomanymoviesMerch: https://www.toomanymovies.com/shopInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/therearetoomanymovies/TikTok:https://www.tiktok.com/@therearetoomanymoviesListen on Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/show/7lwOlPvIGdlmr6XjnLIAkG?si=4e3d882515824466Subscribe on iTunes:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/there-are-too-many-movies/id1455789421Twitch:https://www.twitch.tv/therearetoomanymoviesTwitter:http://www.twitter.com/tatmmpod00:00 - Cold Open01:03 - Intro04:36 - The Exorcist08:46 - Scream & Scream (2022)10:14 - Get Out10:58 - Hereditary11:26 - Child's Play12:38 - Night Gallery14:06 - 3000 Years of Longing16:57 - Meet The Parents Trilogy23:02 - The Comedy Store25:05 - Couple's Therapy27:08 - Goodnight Mommy (Remake)30:48 - The Patient33:01 - Batman (1989)37:01 - Batman Mask of the Phantasm40:15 - X41:23 - Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Original)47:40 - Pearl Review01:13:35 - Is It Cinema?01:18:22 - DMT (Dumb Movie Title)01:20:14 - Games & Outro
Charlie is back to help Sam and Dean with a computer issue in the bunker (one they soon forget), and accidentally wake up Dorothy of Oz and the Wicked Witch. PG and Jess talk about The Pillow Punch Kids, come up with a new band name, and have a lot to say about Charlie's Windows Tablet. Patreon Twitter Instagram Tumblr Facebook
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A divisive end to a fun month. Billy and Raul look at the most fascinating movie in Sam Raimis filmography. This film has everything bellhop monkeys,a miscast Wicked Witch of the West,bubbles,and aspect ratio changes. Follow Billy and Raul on Twitter @MasterOfPuns196 and @raulvaderrdz as well as the main show @SYNSPod --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/seeyounextsummerpod/message
The Dennis Michael Lynch Podcast is 45-minutes today. DML discusses the comments made Sunday by charlatan Senator Graham. The senator says MAGA will riot if Trump is indicted. DML rips LG's comments, and explains why his comments hurt Trump and his supporters. Plus, DML discusses the radical comments from the Wicked Witch of NY. And finally, he expresses concerns over the economy and recent remarks from the Fed Reserve. What it means for you. Listen on THE DML NEWS APP, TeamDML.com, iHeart, Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
Foster's in charge, David's in person, and we're off the rails this week in Episode 156! Paige Lockhart and Brandon Durkes join us around the table as we dispel the myth of millions made by the podcast. Paige gives us a new take on the Wicked Witch. Brandon sees the world for the first time. David wonders what justice is if not just us. Foster threatens us with Top Gun. Enjoy. #Spoke https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EowPTt7xAGM (Reveal) https://www.audioobscurapod.com/listen (Follow) Audio Obscura on your pod-catcher of choice so you never miss an episode! Leave us a review on https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/audio-obscura/id1449162828 (Apple Podcasts) and let us know what you think, it really helps us out. Check us out on the web and listen to our back catalog: https://www.audioobscurapod.com/ (audioobscurapod.com) Support the show and get access to bonus content and unedited episodes by visiting https://www.patreon.com/audioobscurapod (patreon.com/audioobscurapod) Social Media: http://facebook.com/audioobscurapod (Facebo)http://twitter.com/audioobscurapod (ok) http://twitter.com/audioobscurapod (Twit)http://instagram.com/audioobscurapod (ter) Instagram If you have any feedback or your own suggestion of a unique piece of audio that you'd like to see included in a future episode, drop us a line at email@example.com.
“This is a story about the wickedest witch in all of the land. They didn't even make a movie about her, that's how wicked she was. She had so many people in her dungeon, she had to hire a big company to make her a second dungeon. That's how wicked she was.”— from 'Farmer John and the Wicked Witch of the Central Region'A wicked witch falls from the sky due to a broom malfunction. After landing in a cornfield, she meets a farmer and they wind up helping each other in surprising ways.(Suitable for all ages.)Farmer John and the Wicked Witch of the Central Region was written by Jessica Laurel Kane; music by Jerome Rossen at Freshmade Music.New episodes every Wednesday!For illustrations, episode transcripts, merchandise and more, visit www.onceuponanupset.com.
GET TICKETS FOR JACKIE AND SARAH'S SKETCH SHOW HERE (https://thepit-nyc.com/events/omfg-im-so-embarrassed-a-sketch-show/). The prompt for every episode description reads, "what else do you want your listeners to know?" Well, today, we are taking that literally. We'd LIKE you to know that Wicked is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which is based on the characters and setting of the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The original production of Wicked premiered on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre in October 2003. Its original stars included Adele Dazeem as Elphaba, Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, and Joel Grey as the Wizard. The original Broadway production won three Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards, while its original cast album received a Grammy Award. On October 28, 2019, with its 6,681st performance, it surpassed Les Misérables to become Broadway's fifth-longest running show. So there you go. Also, Jackie and Sarah talk about Harry Styles, 5th-grade trauma, and Sarah speaking to mail trucks. There is no more "swankified" place in town than wherever you listen to Please Don't Tell. New episodes every other Wednesday. Follow the show at pleasedonttell.pod on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pleasedonttell.pod/). Artwork by Sarah Hubner (https://www.instagram.com/honeysucklesketches/). Sarah's artwork will be showcased at GrassRoots Theatre Company's "Artist Garden" on Sunday, August 28th, from 4-7 PM. It will be located at 628 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (https://linktr.ee/GrassRootsTheatreco?utm_source=linktree_profile_share<sid=516d676f-088a-4709-ac37-9aa157bb6b94). Episode Links: The movie referenced in the episode can be found here (http://dirtbagmovie.com/). "Your Kickstarter Sucks" can be found wherever podcasts are available (https://shows.acast.com/yourkickstartersucks). Their Patreon can be found here (https://www.patreon.com/yourkickstartersucks/). Sarah's TikTok is sarahhubnero (https://www.tiktok.com/@sarahhubnero).
Tonight, Jack Bishop is joining me to share about the cast of the Walton's joining him at North East Missouri Pickers Market on October 1st & 2nd, the cast of Little House on the Prairie joining him at Logan County Pickers Market-Lincoln, IL, on October 8th & 9th, and Alison Arngrim as the Wicked Witch of the West and Judy Garland's son, Joey Luft, joining him at Wizard of Oz Days in Hannibal, Missouri, on October 21st & 22nd! That's a lot to cover! In addition to being posted here on SoundCloud, you can also listen to the show by subscribing to TMWS via TuneIn Radio, Apple iTunes, Audioboom, Spotify, Stitcher, Blubrry, Google Podcasts, & iHeart Radio. All shows are archived at TheMarkWhiteShow.com.
Quizmasters Lee and Marc meet for a trivia quiz with topics including Classic Actors, 80's Sitcoms, 90's Music, Medieval Memes, Tabletop RPG's, Tarot, Broadway Musicals, Cars and more! Round One INNOVATION - In what country would you find a dabbawala, a food delivery system that has existed since the late 1800's? DUNGEONS & DRAGONS - Of the three core books published for each edition of Dungeons and Dragons, which features the games bestiary? CLASSIC ACTORS - What actor who played Frankenstein's monster in the 1931 film was born William Henry Pratt? MEDIEVAL MEMES - In medieval manuscripts, knights can frequently be seen battling what kind of armored creature? SPORTS ANNOUNCERS - Sports announcer Vin Scully had the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history with what Major League Baseball team? BROADWAY MUSICALS - In Wicked, it is said that the father of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, is the governor of which fictional region (first described in the Oz stories by Frank L. Baum which inspired the musical source material)? Round Two 80's SITCOMS - Gordon Shumway is the protagonist of what sitcom that debuted in 1986 had two animated spin-offs series? TAROT - How many major arcana cards are there in a standard deck of tarot cards? 90's MUSIC - Which 1998 dance pop song was the first popular song to deliberately distort a vocal track with Auto-Tune? APRIL FOOLS - On April 1st, 1957, the BBC TV news programme Panorama convinced thousands of English viewers that what type of Italian food grew on trees? DRUG NAMES - Which brand name anxiety drug takes part of its name from the latin word for "farewell"? COUNTRY MUSIC - What country group won a Grammy in 2007 with the album Taking The Long Way? Rate My Question FRUIT - Although humans used to eat many kinds of bananas, there is only one type of banana sold globally today. This is problematic as it is susceptible to a deadly fungus that could wipe out all commercially grown bananas. This banana also shares its name with the archenemy of the Lone Ranger. What is the name of this banana variety? U.S. HISTORY - Which Founding Father invented the pros and cons list? Maybe he used one when he helped to draft the treaty of Paris, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence making him the only Founding Father to contribute to all 3 documents. Final Questions STATE NICKNAMES - What state's nicknames include Mother of Rivers, the Switzerland of America and the Centennial State? CARS - What model car had an engine in the back, a trunk in the front, and was profiled in Ralph Nader's book "Unsafe At Any Speed", which led to the creation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the inclusion of industry-wide safety standards such as seat belts? Upcoming LIVE Know Nonsense Trivia Challenges August 24th, 2022 - Know Nonsense Challenge - Point Ybel Brewing Co. - 7:30 pm EST August 25th, 2022 - Know Nonsense Trivia Challenge - Ollie's Pub Records and Beer - 7:30 pm EST August 27th, 2022 - Know Nonsense Trivia Challenge: 90's Music Edition - Ollie's Pub Records and Beer - 7:30 pm EST You can find out more information about that and all of our live events online at KnowNonsenseTrivia.com All of the Know Nonsense events are free to play and you can win prizes after every round. Thank you Thanks to our supporters on Patreon. Thank you, Quizdaddies – Gil, Tim, Tommy, Adam, Brandon, Blake Thank you, Team Captains – Kristin & Fletcher, Aaron, Matthew, David Holbrook, Mo, Lydia, Rick G, Skyler Thank you, Proverbial Lightkeepers – Elyse, Kaitlynn, Frank, Trent, Nina, Justin, Katie, Ryan, Robb, Captain Nick, Grant, Ian, Tim Gomez, Rachael, Moo, Rikki, Nabeel, Jon Lewis, Adam, Lisa, Spencer, Luc, Hank, Justin P., Cooper, Sarah, Karly, Lucas, Mike K., Cole, Adam Thank you, Rumplesnailtskins – Mike J., Mike C., Efren, Steven, Kenya, Dallas, Issa, Paige, Allison, Kevin & Sara, Alex, Loren, MJ, HBomb, Aaron, Laurel, FoxenV, Sarah, Edsicalz, Megan, brandon, Chris, Alec, Sai, Nathan, Tim, Andrea, Ian If you'd like to support the podcast and gain access to bonus content, please visit http://theknowno.com and click "Support."
The history of witchcraft and witches in American film and television is truly fascinating and goes back to silent films! Patrick has a conversation with writer and journalist, Heather Greene, who wrote the amazing book, Lights, Camera, Witchcraft. Topics include The Craft (1996), the different incarnations of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Hocus Pocus (1993), Satanic Panic, Rosemary's Baby (1968), the “Production Code”, the Wicked Witch of the West, boy witches, SCOTUS and the end of Roe v. Wade, and modern day witchcraft! Visit BigSeance.com/218 for more info. Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Episode Teaser :00 Intro :46 Heather Greene is a freelance writer, journalist, and editor. She received a BA in film at Wesleyan University and an MA in film studies from Emory University. She also studied film and theater at Cornell University and the University of Paris. Heather has written for Religion News Service, Turner Classic Movies, The Wild Hunt, Circle Magazine, Patheos.com, and other outlets. She is a member of Circle Sanctuary, Covenant of the Goddess, and the Religion Newswriters Association. 1:28 Book description for Lights, Camera, Witchcraft: A Critical History of Witches in American Film and Television. 2:18 Patrick did homework as he progressed through the book, and went down several rabbit holes! 3:58 Reclaiming the name. “The witch has been with us since recorded history.” 4:55 Three Sovereigns for Sarah (1985), Rose O' Salem Town (1910), The Cavalier's Dream (1898), The Witch (2015), and The Craft (1996)! 6:53 The Craft was a watershed film for teenagers and witchcraft in general! 7:55 For extra fun, watch the films as you progress through the book. 8:25 The different incarnations of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. 9:50 The main categories of witches in the history of film include the accused woman, the wild woman, the fantasy witch, and the “other”. Also discussed here are vamp witches (the wicked queen, Jennifer from 1942's I Married a Witch), the witch next door (Sabrina, Jillian from 1958's Bell, Book and Candle, Samantha, Morticia), the teenage witch (The Craft, Sabrina, Charmed, Twitches, Harry Potter), satanic witches, and the clown witch (1993's Hocus Pocus). 12:03 Women's power and Hollywood's treatment of witches. 16:19 This episode of the Big Seance is brought to you by Jim Harold's Campfire! Tune in for true and fascinating stories as told by ordinary people who've had extraordinary experiences. Find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to The Big Seance. 20:51 Satanic panic, Hocus Pocus (1993), and more on girl power films and TV. 23:08 Until Rosemary's Baby (1968), the film industry's Production Code took a lot of the fun and freedom out of witchcraft storylines. 25:18 In 1972, Raymond Buckland was probably the first to consult Hollywood on witchcraft in films. 29:38 Hollywood's affect on modern witchcraft. 31:26 More on satanic panic and the controversy with Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch of the West from 1939's The Wizard of Oz) on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood and Sesame Street. 33:32 Boys can't be witches, can they? 37:54 The Covenant (2009) 41:30 “The witch is always going to be the liminal figure that's pushing the boundaries. She's forever going to be an activist, so to speak. She's always going to be someone who's not at the center of society. So she's going to push the boundaries.” 43:14 “How do you make a thousand witches with one SCOTUS decision?” Final thoughts from Heather Greene! 45:58 A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 48:04 Outro 50:20 For more on Heather Greene HeatherGreene.net Lights, Camera, Witchcraft: A Critical History of Witches in American Film and Television (Amazon) The Big Seance Podcast can be found right here, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio. Please subscribe and share with a fellow paranerd! Do you have any comments or feedback? Please contact me at Patrick@BigSeance.com. Consider recording your voice feedback directly from your device on my SpeakPipe page! You can also call the show and leave feedback at (775) 583-5563 (or 7755-TELL-ME). I would love to include your voice feedback in a future show. The candles are already lit, so come on in and join the séance!
"Flying monkey is like their little spy, like in the Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch sends out the flying monkeys to get information on her targets. So that is what the narcissistic parent will do."How to recognize and heal from a narcissistic mother. Today I share a conversation with Michele Johnson of Bumped Bruised and Blessed IG & YouTube channel Instagram: https://instagram.com/bumpedbruisedandblessed (@bumpedbruisedandblessed) Guest Bio: Michelle is dedicated to her incredible husband and beautiful daughters having graduated cum laude from Farley Dickinson University with a master's degree in psychology, along with a bachelor's degree in psychology, Michelle founded Bumped Bruised and Blessed as a glimmer of hope for victims of narcissistic abuse. She and her husband endured. The atrocities of childhood cancer and lost their three-year-old son, Joey. To GBM in 2013. Michelle continues to persevere through an adversity by honoring Joey through spreading kindness and compassion with every effort. Her dysfunctional upbringing with a narcissistic mother, enabling father and flying monkey. and golden child, boy, brother have reinforced her empathic approach to other victims. A previous romantic entanglement with a narcissist also enables her to relate to this insidious form of abuse from that perspective as well. The Bumped Bruised and Blessed community is a chosen family of victims providing support. Through validation and education. Michelle maintains both. Both the YouTube and Instagram resources for both forums. Here are some key moments: Build your self perception with Affirmations Do Self Care practices regularly Educate yourself on narcissism Cut contact Pick your New family Book recommendations : https://www.amazon.com/Complex-PTSD-Surviving-RECOVERING-CHILDHOOD-ebook/dp/B00HJBMDXK/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= (Complex PTSD): From Surviving to Thriving: A GUIDE AND MAP FOR RECOVERING FROM CHILDHOOD TRAUMA by Pete Walker https://www.amazon.com/Controlling-People-Recognize-Understand-Control-ebook/dp/B001UISGUC/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3FT0PYYCDNAZF&keywords=controlling+people+by+Patricia+evans&qid=1659905825&s=digital-text&sprefix=controlling+people+by+patricia+evans%2Cdigital-text%2C142&sr=1-1 (Controlling People) by Patricia Evans http://ravenscott.show/empath-and-the-narcissist (Empath and the Narcissist) by Raven Scott Her Guest Webpage GRAB http://ravenscott.show/free-workshop (FREE How to Set Powerful Boundaries Workshop) Empath & The Narcissist https://www.amazon.com/Empath-Narcissist-Healing-People-Pleasers-ebook/dp/B097CP63G5/ref=sr_1_16?dchild=1&keywords=empath+%26+narcissist&qid=1625605765&sr=8-16 (Book) : http://instagram.com/ravenscottshow (Follow on IG ): https://ravenscott.show/shop (Support the Show ) Grab all links and full transcript on our website http://Ravenscott.show (Ravenscott.show) Music YouTube Library: Til I Let Go by Neffex Mentioned in this episode: Trauma 2 Triumph Summit https://the-thriving-intuitive.captivate.fm/https-bit-ly-3xjlfvb (Traum 2 Triumph Ticket)
As we are getting into the story of the Wicked Witch of the West, Zelena, we are met with twisty reveal after twisty reveal. This is getting into the juicy part of what has so far been an AMAZING season. Also, if you call into the Storybrooke Daily Mirror, tell us your sharing and caring. You know you want to. MERCH IS LIVE: CHECK IT OUT HERE - https://etsy.me/3NOhPhg Intro Song "W.I.T.C.H" by Devon Cole - LINKS: http://Devon-Cole.lnk.to/WITCH || https://www.tiktok.com/@devoncolemusic || http://instagram.com/devonmcole LINKS: PATREON - https://www.patreon.com/thesbcpod || SBC DISCORD - https://discord.com/invite/rbGdThZxUQ || SBC INSTA - https://www.instagram.com/thesbcpod/ || ila's Insta - https://www.instagram.com/ilasikorski/ || mackee's Insta - https://www.instagram.com/mackeemousemedia/ || Submit to the Storybrooke Daily Mirror: firstname.lastname@example.org || Voicemail/Text number: (207) 536-8512 || --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thesbcpod/support
This week on the Survival Prepper's Podcast, we're discussing Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan and its implications, along with a look at microchips and how the US is behind the power curve. We turn from the Wicked Witch of the West's trip to Taiwan to discuss China, its struggling economy, and its military capability. Lastly, […]
Aaron Rodgers is trying everything to get a playoff win vs. the 49ers and maybe a Super Bowl, and that includes WITCHCRAFT!!! Maybe not that extreme, but you can see why he is desperate! We talk with our good buddy Marcus from GOAT Talk With Marcus to talk about his Packers! Then, Derf and Dylan break down how the rest of the division will play out and determine if the Lions can really make a push for the top spot! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sweet sounds of Derf and Dylan! Website: https://www.podpage.com/on-and-off-the-field/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ootfpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ootfpodcast/support
This week, we have a classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, 'Hansel and Gretel.' As with many of Grimm's fairy tales, this story most likely came from the oral tradition of storytelling in the region, before the brothers wrote them down and widened their appeal. In the spirit of this tradition, it is perhaps not surprising that the brothers amended their tales in subsequent editions of their books, meaning this version may contain some elements with which you are less familiar... Books - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-taleThe Complete Fairy Tales - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9780099511441Grimm's Fairy Tales - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9780785839859Illustrated Grimm's Fairy Tales - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9780746098547I would like to thank my patrons: Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, and Cade Norman.Support the show
Welcome back to the Now Fear This podcast's coverage of the awful murder of Dallas dentist Dr. Kendra Hatcher, with discussion of the police investigation and the ensuing trials. Along the way, your hosts address the burning questions you didn't know you had, like: Does drinking and taking Ambien turn you into a murder-plotting psycho? Did Becky pick the wrong week to quit huffing paint? Don't you hate it when your car shows up on the news as a murder scene getaway vehicle? Do you use a dry erase board with $ signs on it to plan your murders just so the police will fully know your plot when they raid your house? (No? Just Becky, then? Okay.) How are Merie's immunosuppressant drugs related to her decision to go on the lam following a murder spree? Do YOU want to choose who Becky kills on national TV in order to fulfill her Barkley list? (Email her at email@example.com!) Why is Merie threatening Becky with turning around and showing Becky her flannel shirt collection?
On February 10th, 1976, the only banned episode of Sesame Street ever, was aired. This episode featured Margeret Hamilton reprising her role as the iconic Wicked Witch of the West. The episode created such a backlash that Sesame Street and the Children's Television Workshop were forced to pull the episode. Going into the 80s and 90s, the legend of this episode began to grow, and it would become one of the most famous pieces of lost media in history. For nearly half a century, it remained locked away until just recently when it was leaked online. This is a look back on that infamous episode, and the character that still freaked out children a good forty years after the Wizard of Oz was first released. Support the show: Patreon.com/80s
Well, gee whiz—Episode 34 is here! First, it's Kevin's turn for an intense and unfortunately little-known True Crime Story, about Patty Cannon and her torture gang. Throughout the early 1800s, this diabolical group kidnapped thousands of free Black people in a Reverse Underground Railroad. Next, Miss's Spoopy Tale takes us to 1700s Connecticut, where the curmudgeonly Hannah Hovey had a reputation… for witchcraft. But instead of getting hunted Salem-style, she had the town wrapped around her finger. Source notes: www.creepyinqueeriespod.com. Instagram: @CreepyInQueeriesPod. Facebook: @CreepyInQueeriesPod. Twitter: @C_InQueeries. TikTok: @creepyinqueeriespod. Youtube: Creepy InQueeries Pod. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that we have heard the background of Frederick and Rosemary West, Claire is going to take us down the rabbit hole that is their many, many, many horrific crimes. Buckle up everyone, this bad boy is a doozy! Sources; https://www.the-sun.com/news/1507115/fred-wests-son-stephen-prison-children/amp/ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_West https://criminalminds.fandom.com/wiki/Fred_and_Rosemary_West --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/homicidehobbies/support
In today's episode Claire finds us a new case that required being split into 2 episodes. The realm of crazy we are about to enter is beyond disturbing. Sources; https://www.the-sun.com/news/1507115/fred-wests-son-stephen-prison-children/amp/ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_West https://criminalminds.fandom.com/wiki/Fred_and_Rosemary_West --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/homicidehobbies/support
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This week brings us the finale of 'The Marvelous Land of Oz' by L. Frank Baum.Our heroes are stuck in a jackdaw nest, but they have a plan to fly and meet Glinda, the Good Witch. If anyone can sort out this mess, it's Glinda...isn't it? If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-taleThe Wizard of Oz - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9780241411209The Marvelous Land of Oz - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781782263067The Road to Oz - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781782263098The Wizard of Oz Collection - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781782263203 I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, and Cade Norman.Support the show
We return to Oz again this week, where Tip has amassed quite a group to challenge the invaders for the Scarecrow's crown. Mombie, the cruel witch, has tried her best to stop them reaching the Emerald City, but has been foiled with help from old friend, the Queen of the Field Mice. Now Tip, Jack Pumpkinhead, the wooden Saw-Horse, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the magnified Wogglebug approach the city gates, but will they be able to reclaim the throne for the Scarecrow?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-taleThe Wizard of Oz - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9780241411209The Marvelous Land of Oz - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781782263067The Road to Oz - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781782263098The Wizard of Oz Collection - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781782263203 I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, and Cade Norman.Support the show
On this episode of "things you never though you'd hear Liz say," Hillary Clinton was right. In a new interview, the Wicked Witch of the West accidentally discovers the concept of "go woke, go broke," (looking @ you Disney) and nails down why the Democrats are bound for defeat in November. But then the question remains, what do voters actually care about? And is Joe Biden paying any attention to it? That is, while he's not busy falling off his bike. Plus, with some good news for once, instead of going woke, the International Swimming Federation makes a major move toward protecting women's sports. This is The Liz Wheeler Show. -- Join the Moink Movement today! Choose what meats you want delivered with your first box and get free filet mignon for a year: https://moinkbox.com/liz. -- Bambee is an HR platform built for small businesses. Automate the most important HR practices and get your own dedicated HR Manager. Get your FREE HR audit right now at https://bambee.com/liz. -- If you suffer from achy hips, back, or shoulders, then you have to try the premium mattress topper by Dormeo. Receive 30% off, a 10-year warranty, a 100-night risk-free trial, plus free shipping: https://dormeo.com/LIZ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We return to Oz this week, where our heroes have been driven out of the Emerald City by an army of girls who have deposed the king, our old friend, the Scarecrow from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". They are on their way to get help from the Tin Man, now the emperor of a nearby kingdom. But what dangers will befall them on their journey?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-taleThe Wizard of Oz - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9780241411209The Marvelous Land of Oz - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781782263067The Road to Oz - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781782263098The Wizard of Oz Collection - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781782263203 I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, and Cade Norman.Support the show
Last week, we began our second journey into the Marvelous Land of Oz, and met Tip and his inadvertent companion, Jack Pumpkinhead. These characters may seem familiar if you have ever seen Disney's 1985 film 'Return to Oz', a much darker sequel to the classic 'The Wizard of Oz'. Jack Pumpkinhead plays a pivotal role in the film, which takes elements of this Oz story and the next in the series, 'Ozma of Oz,' and throws in some other ideas to create a film that, while not well known, retains a cult following. This week, we follow our heroes into the Emerald City. What will befall them there?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-taleThe Wizard of Oz - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9780241411209The Marvelous Land of Oz - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781782263067The Road to Oz - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781782263098The Wizard of Oz Collection - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781782263203 I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, and Cade Norman.Support the show
This week brings us another Tale, and magical sequel, "The Marvelous Land of Oz," by L. Frank Baum. Having written "The Wizard of Oz," a Tale we have previously told, Baum was frequently contacted by excited children asking for more stories about the Land of Oz. He decided to finally give them what they wanted, with this sequel detailing the further adventures of the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman. What other characters will we meet in this instalment?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-taleThe Wizard of Oz - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9780241411209The Marvelous Land of Oz - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781782263067The Road to Oz - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781782263098 The Wizard of Oz Collection - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781782263203 I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, and Cade Norman.Support the show
Here's the first chapter from the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum published in 1900. In this chapter, Dorothy lands in Oz where she meets some munchkins and learns her house has landed on the Wicked Witch of the East!Want to hear the rest of the chapters? Grownups can head to our Patreon and join Team Dorothy or above. We'll be posting a new chapter every Friday.This content is a little different from our regular stories! We recommend reading before listening if you're not sure if it's right for your Taleblazer.Written by L. Frank BaumPublished in 1900Produced and Performed by Rebecca CunninghamLinks for the Grownups!Valentine's Day CardsPatreonGirl Tales StoreRebecca's NewsletterFacebookInstagramBuy the Girl Tales Team a Coffee See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
There are some invisible structures in language, and using them can be the difference between your message being forgotten or living through the ages. These are The Elements of Eloquence, which is the title of Mark Forsyth's book. I first picked this up a couple years ago, and have read it several times since then. I think it's one of the best writing books, and has dramatically improved my writing. Here is my summary of The Elements of Eloquence: Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase. How powerful could this stuff be? Can hidden patterns in language really be the difference between being remembered and forgotten? The technical term for the study of these patterns is “rhetoric,” and yes, it can make a big difference. Misremembered phrases While it's hard to find data on what has been forgotten – see 99.9% of everything ever said or written – there are examples of things that have been misremembered. You've heard the expression, “blood, sweat, and tears.” That comes from a Winston Churchill speech. He actually said he had “nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.” Remember when, in The Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West said, “Fly, my pretties, fly!”? Well, it never happened. She actually merely exclaimed “Fly!” four times in a row. The line remembered as “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”, was actually "Heav'n has no rage, like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury, like a woman scorned." I'll get into some theories about why these phrases were misremembered in a bit. Non-sensical expressions You can also see evidence of the power of rhetoric in expressions that have spread through culture. Sometimes they don't make literal sense, but have appealing patterns. It “takes two to tango,” but why not “it takes two to waltz”? People go “whole hog,” but why not “whole pig”? Why “cool as a cucumber”? Why “dead as a doornail”? Alliteration You may have noticed these phrases all have alliteration, which is the simplest of rhetorical forms. You're probably already familiar with it. All you have to do to use alliteration is start a couple words in a phrase with the same letter. I've noticed some evidence of the power of alliteration looking at expressions across English and Spanish. For example, if you directly translated “the tables have turned,” which is said often, nobody would know what you were talking about. But they would understand if you directly translated “the things have changed,” which nobody says. In Spanish, that's “las cosas han cambiado.” See? Alliteration. Tricolon So, why was Winston Churchill's quote misremembered as “blood, sweat, and tears.” Forsyth thinks it was probably because the tricolon is more appealing than the tetracolon. A tricolon is when three things are listed, a tetracolon, four. Famous tricolons include, “Eat, drink, and be merry,” and “It's a bird! It's a plane! It's superman.” Barack Obama's short victory speech in 2008 had twenty-one tricolons. Forsyth points out that tricolons seem to be more memorable if the first two things are short and closely-related, and the final thing is longer and a little more abstract. Like, “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Isocolon Tricolon is three things, tetracolon is four, so is isocolon just one? In a way. An isocolon is not one thing, but one structure, repeated two times. For example, “Roses are red. Violets are blue.” Epizeuxis When you do repeat one thing, that's called epizeuxis. So, when the Wicked Witch of the West said, “Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly!,” that was epizeuxis, but it didn't turn out to be memorable. Diacope People think the Wicked Witch of the West said “Fly, my pretties, fly!” That structure is called a diacope, which is essentially a verbal sandwich. It's one word or phrase, then another word or phrase, then that same word or phrase once again. So “Burn, baby burn,” from the song “Disco Inferno” was diacope, and so was one of the most famous lines in film, “Bond. James Bond.” Why do people think the Wicked Witch of the West said, “Fly, my pretties, fly!”? Probably not only because diacope is a more memorable form than epizeuxis, but also because there's other diacope in the film, such as “Run, Toto. Run!” Zeugma So, why did the phrase “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” live on? I notice there's some alliteration in the phrase (“Hell hath...”), but Forsyth doesn't attribute any rhetorical structures to the phrase. However – besides the sweeping generalization about women that can't help but tickle the tribal human mind – the actual, original phrase came in the form of zeugma. Zeugma is using one verb to apply action to multiple clauses. So if you write “Tom likes whisky, Dick vodka, Harry crack cocaine,” you're using the verb “likes” one time for all three clauses, instead of repeating it. So the original phrase was from a seventeenth-century play called The Mourning Bride, and, once again, went “Heav'n has no rage, like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury, like a woman scorned.” The having is attributed to both heaven and hell, which makes it a zeugma. Ironically, Forsyth points out, there's a few phrases using zeugma that aren't remembered as such. So zeugma is memorable, but it's not. My personal theory is zeugmas take more attention to process. They make you stop and read it again. That extra attention helps us remember, but our memories are simplistic. This is something I get to see firsthand when people tell me they've read one of my books. You'd be amazed the different variations the human mind puts on simple titles such as The Heart to Start or Mind Management, Not Time Management. Chiasmus We've established that alliteration is pretty powerful for creating memorable phrases, and we've talked about why some short phrases are misremembered. But what about longer pieces of prose? The most powerful rhetorical form for a full sentence has to be the chiasmus. The word chiasmus comes from the Greek letter, “chi,” which is shaped like an X. So, chiasmus is when language crosses over. For example, when the three musketeers said, “One for all, and all for one,” that was chiasmus. The structure is ABBA, which happens to also be the name of a band that didn't do too poorly. Politicians use chiasmus a lot. Hillary Clinton said, in her bid for president, “The true test is not the speeches a president delivers, it's whether the president delivers on the speeches.” Forsyth points out that JFK's inauguration speech was “chiasmus crazy.” Having watched it on YouTube, I have to agree, there's enough chiasmus to make you dizzy. But at least one of those phrases lived on: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” One chiasmus I've noticed – on a more granular level – is in the title of The Four Hour Work Week. It's a chiasmus of assonance – assonance being the repetition of vowel sounds. It goes, E-O-O-O-E: The Four Hour Work Week. Mix that in with a little alliteration (“Work Week”), and a promise you can't ignore (working four hours a week), and you've got a book title with a chance to be a hit. Anadiplosis, Epistrophe, Anaphora A few more rhetorical forms that have to do with the order of words within clauses: anadiplosis, epistrophe, and anaphora. Anadiplosis is repeating the last word or phrase of a clause as the first word or phrase of the next. Yoda used anadiplosis when he said, “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Malcolm X used anadiplosis of phrases when he said, “Once you change your philosophy, you change your thought pattern. Once you change your thought pattern, you change your attitude.” That's also anaphora, which is starting each sentence or clause with the same words. Anaphora was also used in the Bible: “A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted,” which just sounds wrong if you're more used to the adaptation of this in the song, “Turn! Turn! Turn!”, by The Byrds. Now, if you end each clause, sentence, or paragraph with the same word or phrase, that's something different. That's called epistrophe. Dean Martin used epistrophe, singing, “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, That's amore. When the world seems to shine like you've had too much wine, That's amore.” Honorable mention There's of course much more to The Elements of Eloquence. The terms for these rhetorical forms are intimidating and hard to remember, but Mark Forsyth weaves together his descriptions with incredible, well, eloquence. Some other forms that deserve honorable mention: Syllepsis: using a word one time, but in two different ways. “Make love not war,” is a subtle syllepsis. Polyptoton: using a word twice, as both a noun and an adjective. “Please please me” was a polyptoton. Hendiadys: using an adjective as a noun, such as if you were to say, “I'm going to the noise and the city.” Merism: referring to the parts, rather than the whole, such as when you say, “ladies and gentlemen.” Metonymy: using a thing or place to represent something that thing or place is connected to, such as if you were to say, “Downing street was left red-faced last night at news that the White House was planning to attack the British Crown with the support of Wall Street.” There's your Elements of Eloquence summary There's my summary of The Elements of Eloquence. There's a lot more in the book about bringing eloquence to longer passages of text, such as through rhythmical structures like iambic pentameter. Will using these structures automatically make your writing great? No, in fact if you practice these structures, your writing will probably be a little strange at first. But you're probably already using some of these concepts, and with some knowledge and practice, you can use them more adeptly. The Elements of Eloquence is a fantastic writing book. I read it over and over. I highly recommend it. About Your Host, David Kadavy David Kadavy is author of Mind Management, Not Time Management, The Heart to Start and Design for Hackers. Through the Love Your Work podcast, his Love Mondays newsletter, and self-publishing coaching David helps you make it as a creative. 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