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Working on episode 51 (Suspiria and the mythos of the Three Mothers) while multitasking (I’m always multitasking) and listening to another podcast for my therapy homework: Believed, by NPR. Two of the most disparate topics, for certain, but my John Nash-y brain works like this, always has. I am working on myself while working on the podcast. And so it goes, snatching good moments of health while I can.

“What if I’m not believed?”

They both are similar in one way: woman’s body as power. In one, dance as spellwork…and as danger; the other, gymnastic as medal winner…and as vulnerability.

And I type and I listen and I make connections.

#npr #believed #larrynassar #sexualassault #rape #therapy #mentalhealth #therapyhomework #trypod #podcast #beyourownheroine #podcasts #theremightbecupcakes #amwriting #horror #newepisode #ladypodsquad #bookpodcast #spooniepodcast #spooniepodcaster #zebrapodcast #zebrapodcaster #suspiria #horrormovies #darioargento #threemothers #threemothersfilms #threemotherstrilogy #inferno #motheroftears

Note: my episodes on my own sexual assault and my own CPTSD, episode 45 Reverberations, episode 44 A Different World (by way of Bill Cosby), and episode 34 This Girl Just Had a Bad Date.

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Episode 113: Dollop: Reg Spiers

He is the Hugh Glass of javelin throwing.


…Who does he hurt, and why?


I shall hurl this pointy stick better than anyone else!



Not only is he like Hugh Glass, guess who else he resembles, with his affected French accent (fake in Spiers’ case) and his international crime spree)? Oui, oui, le caméléon.


Out of the Box: The Highs and Lows of a Champion Smuggler * Marcus and Julie McSorley (Reg’s ex-roommate and his wife)–

From the publisher:

Reg Spiers arrived in England in 1964 as a world-class athlete. He returned to Australia in a box, but that was only the start of his adventures.

Crazily impulsive, romantic, and free-spirited, Reg became a national hero for smuggling himself 13,000 miles home as air freight. But as his fame and sporting career faded, Reg decided to smuggle something very different. Soon, he was on the run with his girlfriend, playing a cat-and-mouse game with police on three continents. A wild road trip across India and Africa—idyllic beaches and prison hellholes, shady friends and shadier cops, gun-toting militias and drug-running gangsters —led to a court room in Sri Lanka and the fight of his life. Could Reg beat the death sentence he’d just been given, or was this box too big to climb out of?

And then Brian Robson said one of the most dangerous phrases in the history of humans:

“Me, too!”

Tape out those dimensions on your carpet. Now scunch up within it, and try to stay within it for ten minutes. I dare you.
Tape out those dimensions on your carpet. Now scunch up within it, and try to stay within it for ten minutes. Just ten minutes. I dare you.


And then there’s this guy: David Blaine’s TED talk about holding his breath for 17 minutes


Now, here’s the list I gleefully doodled and brainstormed while listening to this episode:

Stowaway falling from plane wheelwell, Port-a-Potty Steve-O, mechanical rhino, 127, Annie–escape in a laundry basket

And so you shall have…

8 amazing stories of stowaways that survived, and one that didn’t:


Annie attempts to escape from Ms. Hanngigan’s orphanage in Mr. Bundles’ laundry basket:

And, finally, the most claustrophobic depictions of either being trapped or escaping ever:

The Descent, The Descent Part 2 (two of my favorite horror movies, and two of the reasons I do not spelunk), and 127 Hours.

You’re welcome. S

Sleep tight.

Not too tight.


Bands from this episode:

  • Spaghetti Piss (inspired by Primus)
  • Olympic Fail
  • Heavy Turbulence
  • Copycat Craters
  • Underwater Businessmen
  • Indian Crate Sauna
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To celebrate football season, I celebrate…

Jim Thorpe
Jim Thorpe in uniform for the Canton (Ohio) Bulldogs

Jim Thorpe, football’s Rube for sheer talent and grit alone.

James Francis Thorpe (1888 – 1953) was of Native American ancestry. He won Olympic gold medals for the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, played football at both the collegiate and professional levels, and, oh, also played professional baseball and basketball, no big deal.
Jim’s mother, Mary James, was a Pottawatomi Indian and a descendant of the last Sac and Fox chief Black Hawk, a noted warrior and athlete himself.
Like the Rube, he also moved his talent around a lot:
Football Player:
  • Canton Bulldogs
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Oorang Indians
  • Rock Island Independents
  • Tampa Cardinals
  • Chicago Cardinals
Football Coach:
  • Indiana Hoosiers
  • Canton Bulldogs
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Oorang Indians
  • Tampa Cardinals


Have fun watching football today, Rubes!
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Episode 47: Dollop: Bricklayer Bill

Bricklayer BillBricklayer Bill’s Ultra Marathon of a Life
Apil 18, 1916: Chicago Tribune: Hobo College Loses Students: When Coffee and Doughnuts Cease There’s No Audience for the Lecturers
1904 Worlds’ Fair, St. Louis, Missouri
1904 Summer Olympics Poster1904 Summer Olympics
Cultural reference from this episode:
Into the Wild:
book and movie
Band names from this episode:

  • Broken Vagina
  • Odd Duck
  • Walnut Snow (they do mostly Air Supply covers)
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