LLL081 Robin Merrill: Feminist Jesus Freak #podcast

Robin lounges with Lanna Lee and gets a couch!

Robin lounges with Lanna Lee and gets a couch!

I love Robin Merrill! We sat down last week at Portland Maine’s busy (and LOUD) Bull Feeney’s and had a fun conversation about her stint in the Merchant Marines, homeschooling and her Jesus freakishness. Robin talks about slam poetry and her feminism. And she answers 10 questions.

Robin Merrill

Robin Merrill is a freelance writer/editor. She has written five children’s books, all available through Scholastic. Two poetry collections have been published by Moon Pie Press. Her poems, short stories, articles, and essays have appeared in hundreds of publications, including The Cafe Review, Ledge Magazine, Margie, Pearl, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Stolen Island Review. Three of her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. She is a 2013 recipient of an Emerging Artist Award from St. Botolph Foundation. Robin has performed her poetry and fiction at dozens of venues all over New England and New York. She is a member of the 2013 Rhythmic Cypher National Slam Team from Portland, Maine and is a semi-finalist for both the Port Veritas and Rhythmic Cypher 2014 teams. She has her MFA from Stonecoast and frequently leads creative writing workshops for writers of all levels.

The 411: Robin Merrill

LLL066 Janine Marie: Gypsy Life

Janine Lounges with LannaLee and Gets a Couch!
Janine Lounges with LannaLee and Gets a Couch!

Janine Lounges with LannaLee and Gets a Couch!

Join Janine and Lanna as they discuss spirituality, Heathenism, Gods and Ancestors, Hospice Care and quieting of the mind. Janine expounds on her gypsy life. They explain exactly what a Heathen is (someone who follows the Norse Gods). Janine talks about her recent trip to England and Ireland. And she answers 10 questions.

Janine Marie in Her Own Words

I am a Woman in Service, Born Again Pagan, Seeker, Heathen, Priestess, Web Weaver, Home Maker, Healer, Red Queen, Mother, Taxi Driver, Caretaker, Lover, Frith Maker, Dancer, Poet, Fire Starter, Artist, Mystic.

The 411: Janine Marie

LLL064 Open Your Heart

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Let’s work on opening our hearts. Lanna talks to Orion Foxwood about spirit and enlightenment, and Julie Woods talks about world domination through love, and spreading her love all over Facebook.

Orion lounged with LannaLee in LLL004 Orion Foxwood: Orion Foxwood Conjures up a good time


Julie lounged with LannaLee in LLL003 Julie Woods: Julie Woods tells you what to do


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LLL063 Idamae Peacock/ida mishaan: Love and Loss and Life and Death

Idamae lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Idamae lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Join Ida and Lanna at the festival Rites of Spring where they have a raucous conversation about paganism, spirituality, walking your walk, living in community, volunteering, service, and unconditional love. Ida confesses she has the voice of a drag queen, and explains how she combated body-loathing badness. Lanna laughs uncontrollably. Ida talks deep about tattoos and shepherding someone to the other side. And she answers 10 questions.

Idamae Peacock/ida mishaan is…

middle aged and unashamed of her youthful forays into unlistenable music, unfathomable make up, and ridiculously high hair. now a twenty year veteran of tattooing in all it’s majesty and ridiculousness. dalliances that involve exotic spices, rubbing diverse meats, and laughing until her sides hurt, are what fills her soul. advocate for the earnest and hopeful, champion of the willing. now armed with magnum sized sharpie, glitter, and silver tongue…

The 411: Idamae Peacock/ida mishaan

LLL054 Elizabeth A. Webster: What the Hell Was I Thinking?

Elizabeth Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Elizabeth Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

What do you do when your find out your child has a disability? If you’re Elizabeth, you help other families who have children with autism. Elizabeth tells Lanna about how her oldest son came into her life, from her days as a Catholic Missionary living in Taiwan, to the adoption process, to his autism diagnosis. Elizabeth brings her exuberant personality fully forward and talks about her work with Easter Seals, educating families and law enforcement with information and strategies for living and working with children who have autism. They talk about spirituality, sacred sexuality and finding ways that people with disabilities can be sexual adults. They laugh a lot. They have a not-so-surprise guest! Elizabeth also talks about her next projects, and her passion for empowering women. And she answers 10 questions.

Elizabeth A. Webster

Elizabeth is the mother of two wonderful boys, uh, I mean “young men”. The first was adopted in Taiwan, ROC in 1990 at 6 mos old, and was diagnosed with autism and bi-polar disorder when he was 11 years old… the second was born in 1997 and is an awesome brother, trumpet player and outstanding citizen.

Elizabeth works as an Autism Support Specialist with Easter Seals NH with families and as an educator about autism to caregivers, educators, emergency responders and law enforcement across the state of NH.

She is blessed with a network of amazing and magical friends and wonderful parents. <3

The 411: Elizabeth A. Webster

LLL032 Jeff Bouley: Go With The Flow

Jeff Bouley photo by Lanna Lee Maheux

Jeff Bouley photo by Lanna Lee Maheux

Jeff Bouley photo by Lanna Lee Maheux

In an undisclosed location, Jeff and Lanna have a thoughtful conversation about spirituality, Christianity and Science Fiction. They kibitz about fundamentalism, atheism, and the Duggers and geek out over Doctor Who and Kevin Smith’s movie Dogma. Jeff talks about his writing career (journalism, non-fiction) and passions (sci-fi and fantasy). And he answers 10 questions.

Jeff Bouley

A short fiction writer and novelist trapped in a journalist’s body, Jeff Bouley has made a living since the early 1990s as an editor/writer for a variety of trade and association magazines, mostly in the healthcare, pharmaceutical or environmental realms. Jeff also…oh, hell, why is Jeff writing about himself in the third person? I’ve also been blogging as Deacon Blue since around 2007/2008, spouting off on spiritual, social and political topics or generally venting about life, and also started there an epic science fiction story that eventually stalled and is still on hiatus. I’m also an undercover erotic fiction writer with a pretty large (if non-paying) readership across the world, and since I can’t go attaching that identity and the blogs that go with it to my real name (since most of it is kinky), I also started up a blog in 2010 to showcase mostly non-sexy fiction, Tales of the Whethermen (a “realistic” superhero-themed world) under my real name. As for other miscellany, I have a wife I love who is trying to save the world (her small part of it at least) while blogging, parenting and trying to enjoy life; a grown son and young daughter who make me proud in very different ways; a love of good craft/microbeer beers and inexpensive red wine; an ability to make some of the best damn chocolate chip cookies around; and a strong appreciation for quality (and sometimes not-so-quality) science fiction, fantasy and horror.

The 411: Jeff Bouley

#004 Orion Foxwood Conjures up a Good Time

Orion Foxwood

Orion FoxwoodOrion and Lanna discuss spirituality, plugging into the source, inner peace and 4 things that damage ones soul. Orion talks about Southern Appalachian root doctoring, just what conjuring means, his former career in public policy, and his thirst for enlightenment. And he answers 10 questions.

Orion Foxwood is an author, traditional witch, Faery Seer, and conjurer in the Southern Folk tradition. He lectures extensively on magical practices and spiritual development. He holds a masters degree in Human Services. In his previous career in public health programming and policy he strove to be an agent of change in well-being and giving voice to the voiceless.

He is a dedicated teacher and author. Founding Elder of Foxwood Temple of the Old Religion, Co-Founder of House of Brigh Institute for Faery Seership, Co-Founder/ (National) Alliance of the Old Religion, and author of:

  • “The Faery Teachings” published by RJ Stewart Books
  • “The Tree of Enchantments”published by Weiser Books
  • A collaborative CD project with RJ Stewart called “Faery Seership”
  • And a 4 DVD set called “An Introduction to Faery Seership”recored by –Pendraig Publications.

The 411: Orion Foxwood

Here is where you can find Orion online.

[Recorded 02/04/2012]
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#002 Shay Jumps In the Fray (@blackgirlinmain)

Shay Stewart-Bouley

Shay Stewart-Bouley

Shay Stewart-Bouley lounged with LannaLee and gets a couch!

LannaLee and Shay talk about Shay’s work with Joyful Biddeford, non-profits, writing, spirituality, mommy bloggers and how much information is too much to share. Shay calls Dooce “The Godmother of Mommy Bloggers.” And she answers 10 questions.

Our guest this week is award-winning blogger, columnist, and non-profit goddess Shay Stewart-Bouley. Her blog, Black Girl in Maine, was named to Babble’s Top 100 Mom Bloggers of 2011. Also in 2011, she won a New England Press Association award for her writing on diversity issues at her monthly column at the Portland Phoenix, entitled Diverse-City. In the non-profit sector, Shay is the executive director of the Biddeford’s Joyful Harvest Neighborhood Center.

The 411: Shay Stewart-Bouley

Here is where you can find Shay online.

[Recorded 01/29/2012]
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