PMP: Why we do what we do

It has been five years since RevKess dragged KaliSara online to do the first episode of Pagan-Musings. Hard to believe it has been that long! And yes, RevKess had to “drag” KaliSara. He was unemployed and going stir crazy, trying to find something to fill his time while waiting for potential employers to get back with him. So he asked her, “Wanna sit in on my first podcast? I don’t know what I am doing, but it could be a lot of fun!” Five years later and they’ve hardly missed a week (those that have been missed have been due to technical difficulties).

Both hosts enjoy doing the show. They enjoy the music and meeting them musicians. They enjoy the books and talking with the authors. They enjoy sharing news and information with their listeners. On a deeper level, RevKess feels that the show, indeed almost everything he does with PMPChannel, is part of a calling that he has to teach. For KaliSara she feels that she has something to share with others, with the hopes that what she shares will be of benefit to others.

Along the way both hosts shared some of their favorite topics and guests. As you can see from the list below, PMPChannel plays host to other shows, some of them as one-off’s, some as series. PMPChannel plays home to the podcast version of Murphy’s Magic Mess and Lavender Hill from KZUM.

MUSIC

  1. Cernunnos Rising – The Witches Tree – Urban Druid
  2. Leigh Ann Hussey – Greenmantle – Homebrew
  3. Damh the Bard – Raggle Taggle Gypsies – Herne’s Apprentice
  4. SJ Tucker – Cheshire Kitten – Mischief
  5. Celia – Everyday Goddess – Breathe
  6. Lon Milo DuQuette – Sweet Babalon – I’m Baba Lon
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Lavender Hill for 15 June 2014

LHv6AAs usual, Corwin and Phil tried to cram a lot of news into one hour, almost having to skip some of the music they had planned for the day. Rest assured, they did get all five pieces of music played. You can find the list of music at the end of this posting. Unfortunately the jump drive Phil was using to record the show malfunctioned, so there is not a podcast feed of the show at this time.

The lead story on Sunday 15 June 2014 was an update on the divorce appeal case before the Nebraska State Supreme Court. A lesbian couple wed in Iowa in 2009 filed for divorce in Lancaster County Nebraska. The divorce was denied on the grounds that it would require the state to recognize the marriage in the first place. Bonnie Nichols, one of the women involved, filed appeal with the State Supreme Court. According to an Associated Press article, the appeal was denied by the State with some wiggle room for a new appeal. LGBTQNation carried the article, along with many online and print media sources.

LINKS to ARTICLES

(not all were referred to during the broadcast) in no particular order

MUSIC

  1. Ryan Amador & Jo Lampert – Define Me – Ryan Amador
  2. Candye Kane – I Didn’t Listen to MY Heart – Songs from the Stage
  3. Sam Smith – Stay with Me – In the Lonely Hour
  4. Doug Strahm – Slumbertown – Freedom Rings
  5. Patricia Barber – You Don’t Me – Night Club

Remember to tune in every Sunday morning for the full live broadcast of Lavender Hill on KZUM-HD/KZUM-Lincoln. Listen on the web, on the radio (in Lincoln, NE) at 89.3FM, or use your favorite mobile listening app. You can find Lavender Hill on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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PMP: 2013 in Review

On this week’s edition of Pagan-Musings, KaliSara and RevKess reviewed some of the highlights of 2013. Not just from the series, but some of their personal highlights. Late in the show they talk about some of their plans for 2014.

The following list is some of our favorite shows from 2013, and favorites from our listeners, in particular order.

  • Theisms – In which RevKess and KaliSara attempt to give brief descriptions and conversations regarding many of the “theisms” of modern Paganism.
  • Native/Indigenous Gender Attitudes and Issues – In which KaliSara talks with Scott Marker of Turtle Creek Reservation, and his wife, about some of the issues and attitudes of gender in some of the Native American cultures.
  • PWN #79 – The most popular episode of Pagan Weekly News for 2013. Unfortunately, RevKess was not very good at show descriptions for PWN in January 2013, so you will have to listen to the show to know why it was so popular.
  • Officers of Avalon – In which KaliSara speaks with Amber Moon and Tim Flanagan of Officers of Avalon, a Pagan networking and support group for police, paramedics, firefighters, etc.
  • Wendy Rule & Living the Magick – In which RevKess and KaliSara talk with Wendy Rule about her music and her online class “Living the Magick.”
  • Crystal Blanton – In which RevKess and KaliSara speak with Crystal Blanton about her books and issues that are unique to Pagans of color.
  • Heathenry Panel – Not as much of a panel as it was supposed to be, but a good conversation nonetheless.
  • Kari Tauring – In which RevKess and KaliSara visit with Kari Tauring about Heathen magic.
  • Sacred Sexuality Pt 6 – In which KaliSara and RevKess are joined for a while by Stormcrow to talk about polyamorous relationships.
  • Dark Goddesses – In which KaliSara explores the Dark Goddesses of various pantheons and shares how they are not “evil” or always “negative.”
  • Walking Through the Dark – In which KaliSara and RevKess discuss facing our darkest fears and coming through at the over end.
  • Origami Condoms – An episode of Lavender Hill from October.
  • Civil Divisiveness – An episode of Lavender Hill from December.
  • Kyrja & Tonia – In which KaliSara talks with Kyrja and Tonia about authoring and illustrating Pagan Childrens books.
  • Kyrja & Attacking Religion – In which Kyrja talks openly about the various attacks she and her family dealt with from December 2012 into the middle part of 2013.
  • Kyrja follow ups….
  • Environmentally Conscious Pagans – In which RevKess and KaliSara visit with Shauna Aura Knight on how to be more environmentally aware as Pagans.
  • Telergy & the Legend o Goody Cole – In which RevKess has a conversation with Robert McClung, composer and musician with Telergy.
  • Heartland Panel – Live recording of the 2013 Heartland Speakers’ Panel, moderated by Barbara Criswell. Ed Hubbard, Janet Farrar, Gavin Bone, and Mike Nichols participating.
  • Norse Mythology – KaliSara has had several episodes regarding Heathenry in 2013, most of which RevKess was not available for. Here’s a primer on Norse myth.

We spent a little time discussing Peter Dybing’s “Ten Pagans Who Made a Difference in 2013“, more as a wish list of guests for 2014.

Music from this Edition

  1. Anima – Ancient Future – Light of Aluna
  2. Kari Tauring – The Wheel – A New Yuletide Celebration
  3. Emerald Rose – Freya, Shakti – Bending Tradition
  4. Robert Linton – Seasons of Years Past – Throughout the Autumn Light

Lavender Hill #125

The 125th episode of Lavender Hill heard Corwin and Phil being joined by special guest David Csontos. David has been on the show a few times before to talk about this plays. This time he was on to talk about something entirely different.

David is a playwright and activist. We know about some of the work he has done for the stage, so i won’t go into that other than to say I really enjoyed co-starring in his “I Am My Imaginary Friend” earlier this year. What I do want to go into is some of his activism work. He’s a fire safety activist and a gay activist. As Lavender Hill focuses on LGBTQA issues we’ll talk about some of what he has done in the world of gay activism.David Csontos & Karen Judkins 080711

Namely the purpose for his visit to the show on the 21st of July. A year ago he got tired of looking around the net for a social networking site or group geared towards gay men over 40 that is not a hook-up site. Not the easiest thing on the net to find. Almost all the sites that would pop up on a Google search or digging around Facebook were either hook-up sites, porn sites, or just not what he was looking for. So….David created the Facebook group Gay Men Over 40…and the people who love them.

GMO40 is designed to allow gay men and those who love them (lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, straight allies) to talk about things that are important to them. As well as just have some fun from time to time. During the show we read some of the comments from members about why they enjoy the group and what they get out of being in the group. One member said that of all the online social groups he has joined (over the past 30 years – wow, he started in the VERY early days of modeming) GMO40 has introduced him to real and true friends.

There have been some heart warming and heart breaking stories to come from GMO40. One man in the group was struggling to come out in his later years. He finally reached the point where he was ready to tell his family and close friends. Then we heard nothing from him for days. His daughter logged into the group under his account and told is why we hadn’t heard from him. He had taken his own life but in his suicide note he asked that someone log into his Facebook and tell the people of GMO40 that he was sorry. Recently a mother joined the group looking for information and support for her gay son. She has thanked the members for everything they have done to help her and to the best of David’s knowledge is still a member of the group.

Though the name of the group implies that all the members are 40 years old or more, the admins have decided that the minimum age for membership is 25. There is no age maximum. GMO40 is as inclusive of a group as possible. You don’t have to be gay to be a member. There are many straight allies in the group as well as bisexuals, transgender people and lesbians. All are welcome if they can follow the simple rules set out in the page description:

Nude photos/artwork prohibited. Anything which would imply that this site is like a hook-up site (including posting ‘clean’ photos with the intent of using GMO40 as a hook-up site) is prohibited. We refrain from posting links aimed at re-directing members to sex-activity groups of any kind. Those interested in such things know how to search elsewhere. The group admins (Gregg, Jeffrey, Philipp, Ron & David) reserve the right to delete anything at all that is considered inappropriate for an all-inclusive group.

We don’t bash someone for political beliefs. If a gay topic mixed with politics comes up (& it will, since there is almost no separation of church & state in government now), it can be discussed but be cool.

We refrain from overt talk of religious beliefs. The search for God is a deeply personal one. That is not to say that the group as a whole is anti-God. Spiritual matters are allowed but not proselytizing.

At David’s request we started the show off with a song by Doug Strahm, “Your Love” from Everything Has Changed

Lavender Hill #124: Post Star City Pride

On 14 July 2013, Corwin and Phil hosted the 124th edition of Lavender Hill on KZUM in Lincoln, NE. This was their post-Star City Pride show. During the show they talked about their experiences at SCP as well as covered several stories from the news that effect the LGBTQA community. *K8 (a fellow minion on Murphy’s Magic Mess) sat in on the show and can be heard laughing at Corwin and Phil’s banter in the background as well as makes a few comments along the way.

Lavender Hill airs live on KZUM every Sunday at 11am CT. You can find the show on Facebook and email the hosts at lavenderhill89.3@gmail.com with questions, comments or suggestions.

Before we get into everything we talked about on the show, Phil wanted to mention that he has been playing catch up on some sound editing for The Wimmins Show. You can catch podcasts of three new segments from TWS. Women Out Loud with Amy Plettner, an acoustic session with Claudia Nygaard and right after this edition of Lav Hill, indie rock group Lakookala.

Stories and Links

The Music

  1. Rufus Wainright – Somewhere Over the Rainbow – (live) House of Rufus (2011) 
  2. Me’Shell NdegeOcello – A Tear and a Smile – Peace Beyond Passion

Just for grins….

Lavender Hill: 6/2/13

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Lavender Hill is Lincoln’s first and only LGBTQA news and talk program. Hosted by Corwin and Phil every Sunday morning on KZUM, bringing you news, views and interviews from the LGBTQA community with a focus on Lincoln and Omaha, NE.

This week’s edition jumped around from Lincoln and Omaha to Illinois to Nepal to Puerto Rico and elsewhere around the globe.

Articles and Links Talked About

The Music

  1. (What If We Are) Just Like/Shannon’s and Lisa’s Song 
  2. Lesbian Bus Crash – Waxed

The President’s Pride Month Proclomation:

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2013 — BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

For more than two centuries, our Nation has struggled to transform the ideals of liberty and equality from founding promise into lasting reality. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender(LGBT) Americans and their allies have been hard at work on the next great chapter of that history — from the patrons of The Stonewall Inn who sparked a movement to service members who can finally be honest about who they love to brave young people who come out and speak out every day.

This year, we celebrate LGBT Pride Month at a moment of great hope and progress, recognizing that more needs to be done. Support for LGBT equality is growing, led by a generation which understands that, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” In the past year, for the first time, voters in multiple States affirmed marriage equality for same-sex couples. State and local governments have taken important steps to provide much-needed protections for transgender Americans.

My Administration is a proud partner in the journey toward LGBT equality. We extended hate crimes protections to include attacks based on sexual orientation or gender identity and repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” We lifted the HIV entry ban and ensured hospital visitation rights for LGBT patients. Together, we have investigated and addressed pervasive bullying faced by LGBT students, prohibiteddiscrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Federal housing, and extended benefits for same-sex domestic partners. Earlier this year, I signed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in the implementation of any VAWA-funded program. And because LGBT rights are human rights, my Administration is implementing the first-ever Federal strategy to advance equality for LGBT people around the world.

We have witnessed real and lasting change, but our work is not complete. I continue to support a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, as well as the Respect for Marriage Act. My Administration continues to implement the Affordable Care Act, which beginning in 2014, prohibits insurers from denying coverage to consumers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which addresses the disparate impact of the HIV epidemic among certain LGBT sub-communities. We have a long way to go, but if we continue on this path together, I am confident that one day soon, from coast to coast, all of our young people will look to the future with the same sense of promise and possibility. I am confident because I have seen the talent, passion, and commitment of LGBT advocates and their allies, and I know that when voices are joined in common purpose, they cannot be stopped.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2013 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

BARACK OBAMA

Lavender Hill: Finally Out with Dr Olson

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On Sunday 26 May 2013, both Corwin and Phil were out of town at a festival. Kate baby sat the boards while a previously recorded interview was aired. A big thanks to Kate for making sure everything played smoothly at the station.

On 23  April 2013, Phil interviewed author and psychiatrist Dr. Loren A. Olson regarding his book Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight, a psychiatrists own story. You can read Phil’s review of the book here.

From the back cover: Loren A. Olson, M.D. is a gay psychiatrist who came out at forty. A Finally Outfather and grandfather, he is also a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a recipient of the “Exemplary Psychiatrist Award” from the National Alliance of Mental Illness. He has presented findings from his research on mature gay men at the World Congress of Psychiatry in Prague. In 2009, Dr. Olson legally married Doug Mortimer, his partner of twenty-four years. They live on a farm in Iowa where they produce grass-fed beef from their herd of Belted Galloway cattle. Dr. olson blogs at www.MagneticFire.com.

Music from this Episode of Lavender Hill

  1. Matt Gold – Oh Joe – Drown Before You Swim 
  2. Jamie Anderson – No Closet – Center of Balance 

Lavender Hill airs live every Sunday at 11am Central on Lincoln, NE’s KZUM-HD 89.3FM and on the web at http://www.kzum.org. The hosts of Lavender Hill can be reached via email at lavenderhill89.3@gmail.com. Like Lavender Hill on Facebook.