Dogs are the inspiration for this episode of Sklugoo Speaks - enough said. It's not as if I'm going to give away the whole of the podcast in this description because if I did then why would you bother listening? So go on then - dive in! What are you waiting for - a permission slip?
It's after eleven, which means that the speakers (and other things) on my phone have shut down for the night. Consequently, I'm not sure the recorder in this phone hasn't shut down and this episode, ironically about talking well, isn't just a few minutes of dead air. I'd test it but, like I said, the speakers are asleep. Hope it went well. Happy listening.
This whole season is about how to do things well. It's Season Four. You can tell it's the fourth season because there are four words in the title. Check out the other seasons and you'll see that this is a pattern. Anyway, today I'm going to demonstrate How to Read Well by not reading week. Take a listen and you'll understand what I mean.
This is part two in a new season of Sklugoo Speaks, which is all about how to do things well. This one is about what to do when the pavement is too narrow for two people to pass each other safely in these plaugue-ridden times. I've been there loads of times and so I'm guessing you have too. Happy listening.
This is the first in a new series called How To. This series, the fourth one of Sklugoo Speaks will tell, teach and show you how to do things well. First off is how to walk well in which Sklugoo tells you about the benefits of introducing some variety into the way you walk. Happy listening.
There's this old movie called Invasion of the Bodysnatchers that's about aliens taking over the bodies of humans. I've never seen it but it sounds interesting. Anyway, that's pretty much what I'm doing here - I'm taking over the body of Robert C Day in order to make this podcast. This episode tells you a little about him.
This is a story I wrote last night. It's complete fiction but it still resonates with me somewhere deep inside and has me all emotional when unread it. You can find the transcript at No, Goodbye. Really. | Robert C Day (wordpress.com) (https://robertcday.wordpress.com/2021/07/05/no-goodbye-really/)
This episode comes to you live from the kitchen floor. It was inspired by my lying on my back on the kitchen floor. It's amazing (not) what amazing (not) thoughts come to you when you're lying on the kitchen floor. Honestly, though - this is like the total opposite of stand-up comedy, Dude. Sorry - can I call you dude?
How on earth is it possible to talk about something without talking about it! Well, if you you want to know that then this podcast will show you how. Also, here's a warning for you: there's not much about biscuits here, despite the title, so if you're here for the biscuits then you'd be better to grab a handful from the cupboard along with a nice cup of tea before you settle down to listen.
This was something I recorded while eating chewing gum. It was rejected from the Green Champions Podcast and so I thought I'd put it here instead. Beware - it contains tasteless comments (this time about Chinese foot-binding and those people who put rings around their necks to make them long) and has really poor sound quality - so nothing new there. If you don't like these things then don't listen. If you do then you have given away your right to complain.
Sure, you and me have differences. Sure, we look, taste and smell different. Sure, we say different things. But at our heart, we're the same. We all want the same thing. Look inside you and, if you go deep enough, you'll find me. You'll find our similarities. And the deeper you go, the more alike we become. In essence, we are... Well, maybe you should just look for yourself.
What's on the outside of your head is probably a mirror of what's on the inside of your head. Let me think about this a bit and get back to you. But while I'm doing that - make sure you don't get slapped in the head by any wet branches overhanging the paths you walk on today.
Here's the thing - there are only two indicators that you're burning fat from your body. Listen to this episode of Sklugoo Speaks to find out what they are. Intriguing, right? Oh, by the way - I'm not a doctor. Not many small, green, meditating frogs are. 🐸
Conservation is nothing to do with politics and nothing to do with talking to people, it's about doing things practically in your own life that increase the likelihood of the world surviving a lot longer than a few decades. So, yeah - be nice to the planet - get up on your hind legs and walk to the shops (or wherever you're going) instead of driving.
What would you say to a princess who had lost her golden ball and you were the only one that could retrieve it? It's kinda unlikely that you'd go all-out for a kiss; even if you were a cunningly disguised prince. Which I'm not. Well, not that I'm aware of anyway.
Sometimes, the things we do, to cut anxiety from our lives, can, themselves, cause anxiety. Like, if you don't like the unpredictable nature of life you can set up routines. But if you set up too many routines, that take too much time, then this can be a cause of anxiety itself. The trick is to have a balance. There, I've given away the whole point of this episode of Sklugoo Speaks. Ah, never mind - listen anyway just for the joy of hearing my voice.
Plants are all over the place. Frogs live amongst them, even when they're in a pond or on a kitchen windowledge, but they don't take that much notice of them. Humans live amongst plants too but, for different reasons to frogs (mainly to do with mobile phones), don't notice them much neither. But maybe they should. Listen up.
Ah, what to do? I'm a Jack of all kinds of trades but I've never really put my back into becoming a master of any particular one. I mean, sure, I enjoy myself as I loiter from interest to interest, but I've never stayed in any one place long enough to establish myself. Not sure that it's a massive problem, though. It's just the way I am. And you still love me, right?
Sometimes (sometimes?) Okay, always (better)... My thoughts are always scattered. That's fine most of the time but I sometimes need them to be organised (surprisingly, not that often) and so I look for boxes to put them in. No, not boxes. Frameworks is a better word (not per se, but just for this (and similar) occasion(s)) and so, well, where do we find these framework boxes? Well, there are lots. Buddhism is one and I guess all religions, spiritualities, philosophies, cults and other systems of thought are others too. So, yeah - if you want to stop having scattered thoughts then put your mind in a box. Just make sure you choose a nice one. Okay?
Another one of those lazy mornings in an empty beer garden - you know the kinda thing I mean. Its, like, yeah - nothing to do until opening time, which could well be a million hours away. Is this a sunny daydream? Yeah, why not, man!
Acorns are different things from sweetcorns, despite them both having the word 'corn' in them. Similarly, don't eat the corns from your feet (or anyone else's feet) because that'd be just nasty. I hope that clears a few things up for you.
I wonder if anyone reads these descriptions before they decide whether to listen (or not) and I wonder if they realise that if they do decide to listen, it not a conscious decision - it's actually their sub-consciousness that decides for them. Strange, but true. If you're interested (or, to be more exact, your sub-consciouness is interested) here's an article in National Geographic that talks about it: https://api.nationalgeographic.com/distribution/public/amp/science/article/unconscious-brain-activity-shapes-our-decisions
Being an erudite (clever) exposition (talk) about the ramifications (causes and effects) of rubber arms and legs. You know, like when you've been slept funny and you wake up to find that your arm (or leg) has gone to sleep.
So, there are a lot of listeners to this podcast in Seattle, which is in Washington DC, which is in the United States ot America (which is in the world). Being the curious frog I am I wonder why this is and so I reached out to WTOP News to ask them to ask their listeners to solve this mystery for me. Is it people, frogs or robots listening? I'm keeping an ear on WTOP News; hopefully my segment will come up real soon.
Even trivial things that, on a scale of one to ten in terms of importance are a solid one; things that you will have forgotten six months down the line are opportunities to change the way we interact with people and the world. They can enable to to learn about the ways in which we can influence others for the better and turn trivialities into positivities. An appropriate and effective response to a minor challenge can teach us to choose better responses in the future. So, yeah - Good Morning.
There's this part of your brain (I'll tell you what it's called in a bit) that actively finds evidence for anything that's on your mind and tells you all about it. So if, for example, you were to think 'I am a wonderful person' then it would straight away tell you all the things that make that true. Great, huh! So, here's the science: it's called the Reticular Activating System, or RAS for short. Tell all your friends.
I contest that people (and frogs) that seem like grumpy people (or frogs) on the outside actually have a rich and fruitful inner life that we should try to draw out of them by giving them space (and time) to express themselves. A Man Called Ove certainly falls into this category of people (or frogs).
We have many parts to our natures. Saving lives and saying 'good morning' is one part but there are others. Like, if you gave over a whole continent to dogs then they'd be free to follow their own natures, but I'm not sure the rabbits would be very appreciative. So, yeah - follow your best nature. Good morning.
People are sane enough, except when they're not and if they're not sane then maybe it's okay to help them, even if they don't want to be helped, but what if it's a whole country that's insane; what do you do then? Ove would probably say to leave them alone. Particularly if they don't consider themselves to be insane. What do you think?
A Man Called Ove gets on really well with his wife who has a really different nature to him. He's a lot like her dad, who's passed away and so maybe Ove's a replacement dad. Ove's wife colours in a lot of the blank spaces in Ove's life so maybe that's why he's attracted to her. Interesting.
Thoughts are like birds: sometimes they fly by and sometimes they flock around your head cawing. If you want to be rid of a thought it's beat to acknowledge it somehow. You can either write a list of them or you can talk about them. Either way, this 'naming' of things somehow gives you power over them. Just try it.
There are, so they say, five stages to grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance) and it seems to me that people think that these are, like, bad things. I reckon that denial is actually good because it acts like the placebo effect and cures stuff. Never underestimate the power of the mind. But that's just me. Don't buy it if you've prodded it and found it isn't ripe.
Politics polarises people but frogs tend to be immune to that because not many of them hold positions of absolute power in political parties and so, yeah - I figure it's okay for me to talk briefly on the subject. Here's a place for you to reply if you want to: https://sklugoospeaks.wordpress.com/
You can't beat the feeling of being... being what? Alone with nature? At one with nature? Surrounded by life? In the midst of life? Away from it all? Together with everything? Anyways, it's a good feeling to be here. Hope you're having a great day wherever you are. And that you're feeling good.
It's not that easy to find a little 'me time' when you need it and if you're an introvert like me then you do need it. But if you look hard enough then you'll find your sweet spot in the middle of a field leaning against a goalpost (yeah, I know - it's not technically a 'field' if there are goalposts in it) and you'll be good for a while. But if you need more space than that then watch out because it's sometimes not so hot to get what you wish for, right?
The circle of life is not something Disney invented for the Lion King. Nope, it's some bonkers thing that some people are driven to travel around day after day after day. Some things need to be broken, right?
Old people have experience of stuff that kids don't know about and kids know stuff that old people can never have dreamt of so wouldn't it be great if it had be some kind of scheme where they meet up and share their strength with each other? I think so.
Seven ways you possibly live your life according to which room in the house you spend the most time in. Totally made up and not based on science so don't sue me if'n you're nothing like this. Be fun, have fun.
Welcome to Series Two of Sklugoo Speaks - a podcast by me, a small, green, meditating frog sat on a kitchen windowledge. There are changes afoot and... okay, stop reading now and take a listen. I'll explain.
The world is, like, so big and rich and there are depths of wonderment wherever we look, whenever it's inside the mind of a stranger or the grass at our feet or even in our own experience. Dude - be grateful!
I have this theory that there are hidden passages between things that connect them in unusual and unexpected ways. So that means that if you have a problem with one aspect of your life, it can be fixed by making adjustments to a totally different part of your life. I dunno - maybe I'm wrong, so perhaps just give it a go.
Spring has sprung and the flowers are smattering the grass with little splashes of colour and signs are appearing on the grass with messages like "bag it and take it away" and the doga are, like - what?!
Even if you're workng from home you can still walk to work. And I don't mean go up and down the stairs a few times and circle the spare bedroom, I mean that you can go outside and loop your way into some green spot and hug a tree or two on the way. Just enjoy yourself for a few minutes before you get down to the daily grind.
This morning's burning question: what do you do when you have allergies and so you want to send your fingernails to be tested to find out what they are but you can't cut your nails yet (in case they die (or something)) because the instructions for the testing kit haven't arrived yet but at the same time you want to dry your ears (from the shower) with a little piece of tissue-paper at the end of your little finger but you can't do that because your fingernail is too long!!
I wasn't thinking about fat people or even thin people but I was thinking about how to change from one to the othe andI think I have the bare bones of the latest diet. Have a listen and see what you think.
Haha, I just did this and turned my allergies down from a nine to a two. I told my body it could deal with the pollen and I just opened my eyes, nose and mouth to let it all in ... and out. My nose has stopped running and my eyes arent itching and my throat is still a little tight, but that'll pass. Not bad for a small, green, meditating frog, right?
I don't want your love or your houses or your tolerance or your money or your chocolate (okay, maybe just a little piece of chocolate). No, none of those things. I just want you to lend me your ears for a few seconds. Okay?
You might be right, but then again - you might not be, and it's really difficult to figure out which it is. Next time you're at loggerheads with someone - remember this and, hopefully, humility'll wash over you and make everything alright. Then you can both calm down and have a lovely day.
They (in books) say that there are four things that you need to sort out or acknowledge before you die: the good things you did for others (that's love), the bad things you did to others (conciliate (look it up)), the good things others did for you (thank them) and the bad things others did to you (forgive them). And if you don't? Well, that's where reincarnation (or haunting) comes in, I guess. Hmm.
Chicken Radio tells me that his team are losing and I get that it's about this thing called football and, for me, I'm not going to have anything to do with that because it makes people sad. I don't like to be sad.
What would you do if you found that all the creams for moisturising and protecting your skin from the sun were tightening your throat? You'd find out about it, right? You'd, like, get yourself tested for allergens and sh..tuff, yes? Hmm.
In these times of blah, blah, blah get yourself out there into nature and high-five the trees. Trees are cool and will make you feel better even if you don't feel it straight away. And listen to the birds too. They're nice.
Because there's such a huge variety of people in the world I've started to give them options as to what they can get from me. Listen up for my three responses to "how are you?" I guarantee you'll be enthralled.
Blame me for everything, it's fine. All that means is that I get all the power. With great power comes great responsibility, which I guess is exactly what I'm saying, right? Don't answer that - I already know.
There are others in this place apart from my Chicken Disciples and Snarf. Sometimes these 'others' watch me and sometimes, that can be creepy, but mostly it's okay (but I have to meditate a lot for it to be so).
Getting from A to B needs specific directions. You can't navigate to a particular eating emporium by looking for directions to South Yorkshire (or whatever). In the same way, if you want to change then be specific about what it is you want to change.
Bugs and slugs and all manner of beasts including a rat that shall not pass into the garage because there's a plaster cast hedgehog guarding the door. And you'd have thought a rat wouldn't have taken much notice - but it did!
The Persistence of Memory is a 1931 painting by artist Salvador Dalí. The persistence we have to go on speaking, even when we think we've said it all, is a wonderful feature we share. Never give up; not never ever.
Snarf is a dragon on the far reaches of this windowledge. Mostly he just sits there but I can sense a dangerous fire burning deep within his primal mind. He can fly and sometimes he screeches in an eerie kind of a dragony way. Eek!
My heart is on this windowledge along with the rest of me and I hope they'll stay together for a long time, maybe even as long as those two two-hundred year old frogs in the pond have been around. Here's hoping.
If you're going to have an addiction then choose a nice one that doesn't have any really bad side-effects but if those side-effects do annoy anyone then give up your addiction. People are more important.