TBM 1712.09 DDOP-Advent-04: Winter Flames

Copyright: arcticphotoworks / 123RF Stock Photo

Description:

Sunday Brunch column for Modern Creative Life. An essay on the flames we light in winter.

Excerpt:

And yet, these winter holidays all have something in common as well – aside from the tendency to celebrate with incredibly delicious, albeit unhealthy foods. They all bring light to the longest nights of the year.

Links & References:

Credits:

  • The Bathtub Mermaid: Tales from the Tub is written and produced by Melissa A. Bartell, and is recorded and produced using the BossJock iPad app and Audacity.
  • Bathtub Mermaid album art was created by Rebecca Moran of Moran Media
  • Music used for the opening and closing is David Popper’s “Village Song” as performed by Cello Journey. This music came from the podsafe music archive at Mevio’s Music Alley, which site is now defunct.
  • Photo Copyright: arcticphotoworks / 123RF Stock Photo

TBM 1509.16 – On Crayons

Crayons

Show Notes

On Crayons

Audio essay loosely based on a 2002 blog post (of my own) about Crayons. “I think the names of colors are at the edge, between where language fails and where it’s at its most powerful.” ~A.S. Byatt. The first box I remember having is the child-sized ‘basic eight’ which were large and long and only half-round, like a bunch of wax logs, split for easy use, and wrapped in colorful paper. They’re supposed to be easier for young children, those who haven’t yet developed fine motor skills, to handle. You know you’re growing up when those fat coloring sticks become too heavy, the tips too large, for the work you want to do.

Credits

Music

Music for this episode was provided by Mevio’s Music Alley, a great resource for podsafe music. Visit them at music.mevio.com.
Opening: “Soap in a Bathtub” by Stoney
Closing Music: “You Can Use My Bathtub” by Little Thom

Production

Recorded and Produced using BossJock and Audacity.

Links

MissMeliss: On Crayons
A.S. Byatt
Bill Watterson
Crayola (formerly Binney & Smith)

DDOP-1508.31 – Ten Dollar Summer Smile

Dog Days of Podcasting

Show Notes

Ten Dollar Summer Smile

Sometimes the best thing to do is spend your last $10 on flowers.

Excerpt

Twenty years ago, when I got married, my husband and I went through the same budget struggles all young couples experience as we learned to balance the freedom of living entirely on our own recognizance with the requirement that we pay bills on time, keep gas in the car, and have money for laundry.

We learned that we each have minimum requirements for happiness. For my husband, to this day, sunflower seeds and fantasy novels are essential for his well-being. I, on the other hand, become bitter and cranky when I don’t have frou-frou coffee and fresh flowers.

More than once, I have spent my last ten dollars fulfilling that need – buying a bouquet of irises, indulging in five bunches of daffodils, filling the house with carnations – because those small joys that bring summer into the house are the things that keep me going, even when I feel tired, frumpy, and boring.

Credits

Music

Music for this episode was provided by Mevio’s Music Alley, a great resource for podsafe music. Visit them at music.mevio.com.
Opening: “Soap in a Bathtub” by Stoney
Closing Music: “You Can Use My Bathtub” by Little Thom

Production

Recorded and Produced using BossJock and Audacity.

Links

Summer Love Notes
The Summer Smile $10 Can Buy
Dog Days of Podcasting

DDOP-1508.23: The Hottest Blood of All

Dog Days of Podcasting

Show Notes

The Hottest Blood of All

In March, 2014, my husband and I joined my parents on a whale watching expedition. I wrote about it for All Things Girl, when I got home, and meant to post it to this podcast then. A year and a half later, I’m finally doing so.

Excerpt

I also know that something deep inside me has been profoundly affected by this experience. Whales, when you’re close to them, when you look them in the eye, radiate this ages-old preternatural wisdom that you can’t quite grasp, except by the edges. The calf and I locked gazes, and it felt, for those precious seconds, like I was in the center of the universe and made of starlight and whalesong.

Credits

Music

Music for this episode was provided by Mevio’s Music Alley, a great resource for podsafe music. Visit them at music.mevio.com.
Opening: “Soap in a Bathtub” by Stoney
Closing Music: “You Can Use My Bathtub” by Little Thom

Production

Recorded and Produced using BossJock and Audacity.
Special thanks to Clay Robeson for recording bits of D.H. Laurence’s poem, “Whales Weep Not!”

Links

Clay Robeson
Eduardo’s Tours
Dog Days of Podcasting

Dog Days of Podcasting #17: Cello-bration

Dog Days of Podcasting

– Recorded 29 August 2013
– Includes random babble about cellos, and music.
– Mentions Aaron Minsky, aka Von Cello
– Mentions Darling Violetta
– Mentions Apocalyptica
– Includes reading of my piece, “Sunday Brunch: Cello Hands,” from All Things Girl
– Links: Sunday Brunch: Cello Hands

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Dog Days of Podcasting #8: Little Miracles – Listening to the ‘Hombre Jesus’ Woman

Dog Days of Podcasting

– Originally recorded and shared via SoundCloud on 19 August 2013
– Includes my reading of my piece, “Little Miracles: Listening to the ‘Hombre Jesus’ Woman”
– Link: Little Miracles: Listening to the ‘Hombre Jesus’ Woman, at Medium.com

Dog Days of Podcasting #5: True Blood, Taps and The Trumpet of the Swan

Dog Days of Podcasting

– Originally recorded and shared via SoundCloud on 14 August, 2013.
– Includes a reference to a Sunday Brunch post about Taps
– Includes a reading from E. B. White’s The Trumpet of the Swan
– Link: Heroes, Villains, and Loss at All Things Girl