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Mantis Wheel

Mantis Wheel

By Michele Damstra
Writing life's mysteries, magic, and mundanities
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A Bit of Weed
Nothing like a bit of weed to cheer oneself up...have a pen and paper handy if you're a collector of easy, simple recipes!... This episode is also available as a blog post: http://mantiswheel.blog/2020/05/29/a-bit-of-weed/
03:56
June 08, 2021
Future Fair Game
As Mom to two strapping young men, I enjoyed creating a spoofy zombie apocalypse day that naturally leads to my sons bringing their superior knowledge to the crisis. South African slang words used: braai is a barbecue, kuk means shitty, oke is slang for guy, klapping is hitting... This episode is also available as a blog post: http://mantiswheel.blog/2020/05/23/future-fair-game/
03:48
June 06, 2021
Half Your Bananas Please
As I get older, I find going ape amusing. I don't think everyone else finds it funny though... This episode is also available as a blog post: http://mantiswheel.blog/2020/02/18/half-your-bananas-please/
04:14
May 27, 2021
Story Sum
A short sum of fun wherein Zero and Algebra have an unromantic, math inspired, battle... This episode is also available as a blog post: http://mantiswheel.blog/2019/11/16/story-sum/
03:04
May 18, 2021
Pen Power
A few words on the immense power of writing, and how it can be wielded. Inspired by Kressmann Taylor's book 'Address Unknown'... This episode is also available as a blog post: http://mantiswheel.blog/2019/09/13/pen-power/
04:31
May 12, 2021
Buried Beneath a Tree
When I am dead, and my ashes must be scattered, where would I like to go? And what will happen thereafter, in the hereafter? This episode is also available as a blog post: http://mantiswheel.blog/2019/11/26/buried-beneath-a-tree/
03:37
May 12, 2021
Back from the Dead
Two skeletons I dug up in my Childhood Memories Graveyard - one is not-so-bad, the other bad-bad (kind of)... This episode is also available as a blog post: http://mantiswheel.blog/2019/01/16/back-from-the-dead/
06:03
May 10, 2021
Dream Doors Closing
When our dreams are brought to a screeching halt by the onset of middle age and reality, how do we cope with all those doors closing? In this podcast I share my little trick, the strategy that eases my disappointment. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://mantiswheel.blog/2018/10/18/dream-doors-closing/
05:38
May 08, 2021
Kaleidoscope Love
The slightest shift in how we think of, and treat, ourselves makes such a difference to our lives, and how others view and treat us. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://mantiswheel.blog/2019/08/01/kaleidoscope-love/
06:13
May 06, 2021
1970’s Head Lice
Scratching the surface of an itchy tale. Has anyone here had 1970's head lice? I have, and I've never forgotten how the treatment altered me... This episode is also available as a blog post: http://mantiswheel.blog/2019/02/16/1970s-head-lice/
06:46
May 05, 2021
I Am I Cried
Sometimes, the only way we can find ourselves is to lose ourselves in an unfamiliar landscape, literally or figuratively, where everything we've known, and relied upon, is no longer there. Neil Diamond's beautiful song 'I Am...I Said' was an integral part of the original blog post. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://mantiswheel.blog/2018/10/29/i-am-i-cried/
09:12
May 04, 2021
Flaming Fear
If I'm spiraling into negativity or fear, how do I shush my malevolent mind, how do I ease knotted thoughts and freaked out emotions? And why do I make an effort to do so? The Flaming Fear podcast is my brief answer to a long-standing challenge... This episode is also available as a blog post: http://mantiswheel.blog/2018/10/25/flaming-fear/
05:43
May 04, 2021
Grown-Up Tantrums
Oh, you poor big baby! A little outburst about how the Universe views us when we have a 'grown-up' tantrum, based on my personal experiences and beliefs. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://mantiswheel.blog/2018/10/07/grown-up-tantrums/
06:54
May 03, 2021
I’ll Be Your Substitute
To love is to lose. True. But can anything be gained from losing? Mmmm...I think so, yes. This blog post/podcast was inspired by the song Substitute by Clout. Listen to it here: https://open.spotify.com/track/234wHBEt6UuaQwg5ugEUs0?si=e1f9d58b707747aa This episode is also available as a blog post: http://mantiswheel.blog/2018/10/01/ill-be-your-substitute/
02:34
May 03, 2021
These Is My Worlds
A few words on that often unwelcome guest - Change. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://mantiswheel.blog/2018/09/26/these-is-my-worlds/
05:22
April 29, 2021
An Old Woman & A Pig
A humorous tale that will save your bacon. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://mantiswheel.blog/2021/03/10/an-old-woman-a-pig/
04:41
April 13, 2021