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Intensity Without Mastery

Intensity Without Mastery

By Michelle Cole
Listen to the companion podcast to the blog Intensity Without Mastery, where I dabble in many things yet master none of them. I would call myself a dilettante, but can a working-class, middle-aged woman from the Rustbelt really be one? Doesn't such a term imply independent means?
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Tinnitus and Lucid Dreams
Do you have any oddball symptoms that herald a night with lucid dreams? #dreams This episode is also available as a blog post.
02:45
July 6, 2021
Pandemic Memories
Listen to some of my more melancholy reflections on what it was like to be an essential worker at the height of the U.S. Covid-19 pandemic. #covid #pandemic #essentialworker #capitolsiege #grief #workingclass This episode is also available as a blog post: http://intensitywithoutmastery.com/2021/06/26/pandemic-memories/
06:09
June 26, 2021
The Drive Home #1 - Middle-Age Mix Tape
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Listen to a drive home playlist of a relentlessly uncool, middle-aged mom from Lima, Ohio. In this episode, I offer the music of Duran Duran, Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, the Trashcan Sinatras, BoDeans, a-ha and the Smashing Pumpkins. Do you ever worry that some of your favorites might be forgotten by everyone but you? I loved making mix tapes back in the day. I'd even make faux liner notes and occasional album art for the tapes! Are there any songs that you would be tempted to include on every mix tape you'd make, if they became a "thing" again? #mixtape #drivingsongs
29:32
June 23, 2021
Love Spells for Women
This episode is a recording of a short satire I wrote way back in 1996! #humor #satire It's also available as a blog post: https://intensitywithoutmastery.wordpress.com/2016/08/25/love-spells-for-women-a-small-satire/
05:42
June 20, 2021
Fantastic
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In this episode, I talk about realizing that I have no idea how to improvise a podcast episode. I also talk about my love of Anton Corbijn's photography and my devotion to the song "The Unforgettable Fire" by U2. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://intensitywithoutmastery.com/2021/06/19/fantastic/
08:18
June 19, 2021
Elegy in a Court Churchyard
In this episode, I offer musings on death sprung from mishearing the title of a poem. Per usual, I try to offer some levity when discussing heavy subjects. Sometimes the results are somewhat irreverent. The mishearing of song lyrics is a much-discussed experience, but I've misheard audio in most forms imaginable. #death #memoir #loss #blog This episode is an autoconversion of one of my blog posts: https://intensitywithoutmastery.wordpress.com/2016/09/02/elegy-in-a-court-churchyard/
06:31
June 17, 2021
The Fashion Fiasco of 1987
This episode an autoconversion of a blog post I wrote nearly five years ago. I wish that there was an option to vocode the synthetic voice, for it would be a fitting choice for this episode. #fashion #memoir #fashionfails #humor This episode is also available as a blog post: https://intensitywithoutmastery.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/the-fashion-fiasco-of-1987/
03:58
June 14, 2021
Sweet Dreams Are Made of This
Early 80's videos made impressions so deep they could seep into the subconscious. #memoir This episode is also available as a blog post: https://intensitywithoutmastery.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/sweet-dreams-are-made-of-this/
01:37
June 13, 2021
Memory of Haunting Thoughts about Time Travel
This episode is an auto-conversion of a post from my blog Intensity Without Mastery. In the beginning I refer to a photo I took. If you'd like to see the photo, please follow the link below. #memoir #80s #timetravel This episode is also available as a blog post: http://intensitywithoutmastery.com/2021/06/12/memory-of-haunting-thoughts-about-time-travel/
02:22
June 13, 2021
Is Autism Really Three Times More Common in Males Than Females?
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://intensitywithoutmastery.wordpress.com/2019/09/21/is-autism-really-three-times-more-common-in-males-than-females/
02:11
May 22, 2021
Bring Us Your Ancestors
Sometimes missing persons cases take decades to solve. It so happens that my late great grandfather was a person who went missing from Minneapolis in 1923, and the truth was not found out until 2016! Really! He vanished without a trace from one family and started a new life under a new name. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://intensitywithoutmastery.wordpress.com/2016/07/09/bring-us-your-ancestors/
04:22
May 5, 2021
Southbound
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All about my love of the song "Southbound" by Thin Lizzy, a gem seldom heard on the radio! This episode is also available as a blog post: https://intensitywithoutmastery.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/southbound/
08:01
April 27, 2021
Lucid Dream: The River Styx Recast as a Midcentury Town
#dreams #luciddreams This episode is also available as a blog post: https://intensitywithoutmastery.wordpress.com/2017/07/22/lucid-dream-the-river-styx-recast-as-a-midcentury-town/ This episode is an audio conversion of a blog post I wrote about a lucid dream I had around the time Chester Bennington passed away.
06:54
April 25, 2021
Gloria
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This episode is also available as a blog post: https://intensitywithoutmastery.wordpress.com/2021/04/17/gloria/
06:08
April 25, 2021
Bunkerbuster - A Mini-Essay on Farts
#farts #flatulence This episode is also available as a blog post: https://intensitywithoutmastery.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/bunkerbuster/
01:55
April 25, 2021
There are Divine Things More Beautiful Than Words Can Tell
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://intensitywithoutmastery.wordpress.com/2016/07/03/there-are-divine-things-more-beautiful-than-words-can-tell/
01:28
April 25, 2021
Past self diagnosis, whether absurd debatable
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://intensitywithoutmastery.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/past-self-diagnosis-whether-absurd-debatable/
00:58
April 24, 2021
How do you solve a problem like Cecelia?
This episode is an auto-conversion of one of my early blog posts. It's a reflection on the loss of one of my friends. #mentalhealth #depression #grief This episode is also available as a blog post: https://intensitywithoutmastery.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/how-do-you-solve-a-problem-like-cecelia/
07:19
April 24, 2021
Dreams
#dreams This episode is also available as a blog post: https://intensitywithoutmastery.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/dreams/
01:42
April 24, 2021
Last Friday’s Dream
#dreams This episode is also available as a blog post: https://intensitywithoutmastery.wordpress.com/2019/06/03/last-fridays-dream/
03:30
April 24, 2021
Corona
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://intensitywithoutmastery.wordpress.com/2020/03/15/corona/ It is auto-generated from a March 2020 blog post on my early impressions of the Covid 19 pandemic.
06:11
April 24, 2021
Dreams About Mom
#dreams #grief #luciddreams Have you dreamed of your lost loved ones? This episode is also available as a blog post: https://intensitywithoutmastery.wordpress.com/2021/04/24/dreams-about-mom/
03:34
April 24, 2021