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Instagram: October 12, 2019 at 11:28PM


via Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/B3ixW7DpZ_v/ Collage happy for episode 55: Finding Fear. Settle back for an all-ages Halloween scare and let me read you an old Turkish folk tale about the boy that didn’t understand fear…and decided to go out and seek it. URI: https://link.chtbl.com/Fear

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Instagram: October 11, 2019 at 02:14PM


via Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/B3fNJ7AJFZR/ Recording short episode now. Here’s your hint (fun collaging thanks to @adesignkit)
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Episode 22: Black Bread, Water and Horses

LiveScience: The Mystery of Kasper Hauser

mental_floss: The Mysterious Life and Death of Kasper Hauser

feral children

The British Psychological Society: Mirror writing
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov: Mirror writing: neurological reflections on an unusual phenomenon by G. D. Schott

Philip Henry, 4th Earl of Stanhope

Wilhelmina Powlett, Duchess of Cleveland, neé Stanhope

 

Referenced and quoted

 

Books listed in episode that reference Kasper Hauser, or have Hauser as a character

 

All books have been added to the podcast’s Goodreads bookshelf.

 

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Episode 20: Green Foundlings: Fae or Nay?

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Paranormal

The Green Children of Woolpit:

Books about the green children, and fae folk tradition: both folklore research and paranormal research

Main sources for this episode

“The Green Children of Woolpit”, Fortean Times 57 (Spring 1991)

Reads also highly recommended

 

Related podcast episode: Episode 15: Old School Brownies

 

All books have been added to the podcast’s Goodreads bookshelf.

 

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Episode 17: Wolves and Hoods

Stories read in this episode

“Le Petit Chaperon Rouge” by Charles Perrault: The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault

“Little Red-Cap” by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (related to them by Jeannette and Marie Hassenpflug): The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

“The True History of Little Golden Hood” by M. Charles Marelles, collected in Andrew Lang’s Red Fairy Book

Literature quoted in this episode

“The Company of Wolves” in The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter (75th anniversary edition)

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Transformations by Anne Sexton (The Complete Poems)

The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

Suggested exploration of the Hood and Wolf in the movies

my favorite: Hard Candy

The Company of Wolves, based upon Angela Carter’s short story, above

Red Riding Hood (2011), with Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman

Trick R Treat-one of the many stories entwined in this anthology

Freeway (1996), with Kiefer Sutherland, Reese Witherspoon, and Amanda Plummer

Academic explorations

The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm (Norton Critical Editions) by Jack Zipes
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim
The Classic Fairy Tales (Norton Critical Editions) by Marie Tatar

All books added to the podcast’s Goodreads bookshelf.

Agnes Grace Weld as Little Red Riding Hood, photographed by Lewis Carroll

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Episode 15: Old School Brownies

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Girl Scouting

The Scottish Brownie, from Scottish Fairy and Folk Tales, by George Douglas, 1901:

The Scottish Brownie formed a class of beings distinct in habit and disposition from the freakish and mischievous elves. He was meagre, shaggy, and wild in his appearance.

In the daytime he lurked in remote recesses of the old houses which he delighted to haunt; and in the night sedulously employed himself in discharging any laborious task which he thought might be acceptable to the family to whose service he had devoted himself. But the Brownie does not drudge from the hope of recompense. On the contrary, so delicate is his attachment that the offer of reward, but particularly of food, infallibly occasions his disappearance for ever.

Translation: leave the damn bowl of milk, honey, or porridge for your resident helpful household deity. Thank your brownie. Or…

It is told of a Brownie, who haunted a Border family now extinct, that the lady having fallen unexpectedly in labour, and the servant, who was ordered to ride to Jedburgh for the sage-femme, showing no great alertness in setting out, the familiar spirit slipt on the great-coat of the lingering domestic, rode to the town on the laird’s best horse, and returned with the midwife en croupe. During the short space of his absence, the Tweed, which they must necessarily ford, rose to a dangerous height. Brownie, who transported his charge with all rapidity, was not to be stopped by this obstacle. He plunged in with the terrified old lady, and landed her in safety where her services were wanted. Having put the horse into the stable (where it was afterwards found in a woful plight), he proceeded to the room of the servant whose duty he had discharged, and, finding him just in the act of drawing on his boots, administered to him a most merciless drubbing with his own horsewhip. Such an important service excited the gratitude of the laird, who, understanding that Brownie had been heard to express a wish to have a green coat, ordered a vestment of that colour to be made and left in his haunts. Brownie took away the green coat, but was never seen more. We may suppose that, tired of his domestic drudgery, he went in his new livery to join the fairies. (source)

He will beat your ass and leave, even if you say you’re sorry and make him a wee coat.

muffinsA sweeter sort, who won’t drub you with your own whip, look like cupcakes, and have veggie power to boot:

Sweet Potato Avocado Brownie Bites

  • sweet potato puree or pumpkin puree
  • avocado
  • eggs
  • honey
  • coconut oil
  • coconut flour
  • cocoa powder
  • baking soda
  • sea salt
  • mini chocolate chips
  • walnuts (optional)

24 mini muffins, gluten-free: Serving size: 1 mini-muffin Calories: 71 Fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 9g Sugar: 7g Sodium: 115mgFiber: 1g Protein: 1g

Hit the link for the full recipe. And make me some.

And, yes, in case you were wondering, the House Elves in the Harry Potter universe are based upon Brownies. God bless Dobby.

For those who were kids at the same time as I: there were two brownies in the movie Willow (1988), Franjean and Rool.

 

Recommended Reading

The Scottish Fairy Book by Elizabeth Grierson

The Lore of Scotland: A Guide to Scottish Legends by Jennifer Westwood and Sophia Kingshill

An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales by Theresa Breslin

all added to the podcast’s bookshelf on Goodreads

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Episode 6: Let’s Go to the Movies

Part 1: the movie briefcase

Patton Oswalt‘s book: Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From an Addiction to Film

The Godfather (1972) …also from a novel, naturally

Movies from my childhood in episode:
Star Wars (1977)
The Rescuers (1977) …also from a novel
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Pete’s Dragon (1977)
Superman II (1980)
Herbie marathon: The Love Bug (1968), Herbie Rides Again (1974), Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)

Part 2: found in translation

My books to movie list from this episode, in order:
Tie for 1. The Exorcist, The Silence of the Lambs, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
4. The Dead Zone
5. Harriet the Spy
6. Frankenstein
7. Little Women
8. Hamlet
9. Interview with the Vampire
10. Dracula
special mention. Bridge to Terabithia

…and their best adaption to film, in my opinion (if given a choice):

 

…and don’t forget Scream (your girl’s been making it rain popcorn since 1996) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984 original) (bound in a nutshell and made a king of infinite space)

 

 

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