|“It's a good idea always to do
something relaxing prior to making an important decision
in your life.”
~~Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage
Another week is past and another one is just beginning so... time
for another newsletter! Enjoy!
One of my favorite pastimes is listening to podcasts.
They're great for listening to during monotonous chores or routine
tasks on the job. If you've not heard, there's a campaign on
Twitter called #trypod aka Try a Podcast in which folks recommend
their favorite podcasts to friends and family. I'm not on
Twitter so I figured I'd do that here... but with the
Dyelanders. One caveat: I don't actually listen to all of
these that are mentioned but have at least a passing familiarity
with them all due to crossovers. So here goes...
#trypod for Dyelanders and Friends
JenniAnn- She'd probably try numerous true
crime podcasts in hopes of relating better to Andrew and being
able to comfort him. However, if she's anything like me,
she gets squeamish a few minutes in and has to bow out.
Aaron Mahnke's "Lore" features some true crime but also
(naturally) a lot of folklore so I think she'd find a happy
Logan- Lover of all things within the geekdom, Logan and his
lady love, Zelda, would probably be quite fond of Eric
Molinsky's "Imaginary Worlds." Everything from Star
Wars to Harry Potter, from LARPing to D&D
gets covered. It's also a good primer for anyone who
wants to carry on a conversation with the nerds in their life.
Rose- Speaking of Harry Potter, I think she and Max
would love "Harry Potter and the Sacred Text." Their
favorite boy wizard and the Bible! What's not to love?
Max- If the lovebirds decide to go looking for their own
fantastic beasts, they may want to give "Astonishing Legends"
and "Monsters Among Us" a listen for tips on where to track
down everything from Sasquatches to firebirds to the
Vincent- With his velvety voice, Vincent should be podcasting
himself. However, with his busy schedule, I think he'd
limit himself to listening to "Myths and Legends." The
storytelling is fresh, witty, and generally suitable for
children. Vincent might even find himself playing some
episodes in his classes. He deserves the break!
Mick and Beth- With the cure and, hence, childrearing coming
upon them, the St. Johns will be putting their risky
investigations behind them. Maybe they can live
vicariously through Alex and Co. over at "The Black Tapes" as
they investigate supernatural phenomena.
Adam- Incidents of potty humor aside, I think Adam would fit
right in with Dave and David of "Blurry Photos." Their
topics run the gamut from historical mysteries to cryptids to
psychic phenomenon. It's a great mix of humor and
scholarship with plenty of goofy voices thrown in.
Tess- With her dedication to historical accuracy (at least
insofar as she experienced it), Tess might find a kindred
spirit in Sebastian Major, the host and truth-seeker of "Our
Fake History." If nothing else, she could bicker at her
podcatcher and, perhaps, give everyone else a breather for a
Monica- As the angel of truth, Monica might tune into "Just a
Story." While its tone is more skeptical than Monica
would ever be, combating potentially harmful stereotypes and
urban legends seems right up her alley. It also explores
some of "the really gritty stuff" Monica claimed to want to
cover back in "The Journalist" era. She'd definitely
want to ensure that Liam was NOT within hearing range, though.
Gloria- I can just imagine Gloria listening to Mike Rowe's
"The Way I Heard It" and annoying other listeners by blurting
out the mystery individual way too early due to her
Emma and Peter- As theatre owners, they might want to give
"Fireside Mystery Theatre" and "Secrets, Crimes, and
Audiotape" a listen. When the baby boom truly hits the
Friends, audio theatre may be the way to go. I think
Emma would especially love SCA's version of Margaret Atwood's
The Handmaid's Tale. I know I did.
Andrew- And, finally, our beloved Andrew... I think he's
more of a Pandora kind of guy but I can imagine him tuning
into NPR's "StoryCorps" for the occasional cathartic cry or
(From Jenni: If any of these sound interesting to you, a quick
Google search should turn them up. If you have trouble,
let me know and I'll send you the podcast's link. I wanted
to include them but my internet is being ridiculously slow
Tips from the Dyelanders
For a variety of reasons, many of them self-inflicted, I've been
pretty stressed lately. I just never seem to get quite as
much done as I want and then I get frustrated and feel crunched
for time. So I thought now might be a good time to think
about how our assorted characters might relax. Maybe we can
make at least some of these ideas work for ourselves.
JenniAnn: "I love to relax by dancing with
Andrew to ridiculously sappy love songs and no longer worrying
about if those songs are appropriate enough."
Monica: "Nothing is quite so relaxing to me as settling down
with a delicious decaf mocha latte and a good friend."
Vincent: "I go to the Mirror Pool and stare down at the
reflected sky. Seeing all those stars reminds me that I am
not alone and that, in the scheme of things, my worries may not
be so important."
Violeta: "I make earrings! It's so fun and relaxing to
match up colors! And then I feel even better when I see
how excited people are when I give them to them. I need to
figure out something to make for boys... Oh and spending
time with my sheep!"
Kemara: "I sit on the porch with a book and a glass of iced
Sean: "Catching up on sleep!"
Owen: "I paint... and listen to Enya. Shut up,
Graham. Enya is the best!"
Liam: "I play with Conan. Or tell Monny and Daddy what's
wrong. They make me feel better."
Adam: "All I need to do is snuggle with Ada-Marie and everything
Andrew: "Ditto to what Laja said. I also love walking in
the woods, both with and without company, and admiring the
beauty of God's creation."
Joshua: "I like to go up onto a hillside or a secluded cave or
garden and listen to Dad and tell Him everything that's
troubling me. When I don't feel the need for solitude,
being among friends and family is a great healer."
This newsletter is dedicated to John Dye for
reminding me to pay attention to the daffodils. They
became a symbol for me after he passed away and now they remind
me that the dead of winter is making way for Spring and life.
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