Wyrd Mountain Gals

Byron Ballard and Alicia Corbin discuss everything under the moon & stars in Appalachia. Old ways, new times & life lived in-between. Irreverent humor, not for the easily offended..

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18 hours ago

The Wyrd Mountain Gals ShowWe Don't Care What You Call It  0  Part 1Episode Airs Sunday 5-26-24       7pm
Episode link here:  
The gals decide an "alternate" reunion would be better for their kind of folks.  No home game, no golf, just a really good band, the senior class play and a visit to the art exhibit...
They go on to talk about the upcoming weekend and Alicia learns that Decoration Day is not named after the practice of decorating the family graves.Somehow they manage to talk about religon AND politics.  Then comes a revelation about Tower Time...
Quote:  "It aint my thing, it never was my thing, and it continues to not be my thing."     ~BB
Land of the Sky Marching Band Festival:  http://www.enkaband.com/
John Lackey:  https://www.ncbandmasters.org/ncba-hall-of-fame/john-lackey
TO A MILLENIAL KINGDOM: THE NAZI ARYANIZATION OF CHRISTIANITYDaniel Lucca Honors Thesis: Department of HistoryUniversity of Colorado Boulder Defense Date: April 5th, 2018:  https://www.colorado.edu/history/sites/default/files/attached-files/lucca_thesis.pdf
The ‘Jayhawk Nazi’ used religion to stoke hate. Let’s not fall for it again.  Max McCoy:   https://kansasreflector.com/2023/11/12/the-jayhawk-nazi-used-religion-to-stoke-hate-lets-not-fall-for-it-again/
Tennessee Brando:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaHkDyvWVXXAGyG2lURMaYg
Chaos at Oversight Committee:  https://www.politico.com/video/2024/05/17/chaos-erupts-at-oversight-hearing-after-mtg-makes-fake-eyelashes-jab-1307611
Matt Gaetz evokes ‘standing by’ language adopted by Proud Boys as he attends court with Donald Trump: https://apnews.com/article/matt-gaetz-donald-trump-proud-boys-daed52f145929eefc8deaf2bfee32e47
Nabers Drive In:  https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/north-carolina/nabers-drive-in-bryson-city-in-nc/
Mama Gina LaMonte:  https://www.mamaginamusic.com/
 
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Sunday May 19, 2024

The Wyrd Mountain Gals Show"Breakfast Candy  Part 2"
Episode Airs Sunday, 5-19-24     7pm
Episode Link Here: https://www.podbean.com/eas/pb-jb2xp-1617cc0
Alicia thinks this is the "20 Confessionss" episode.  
 
Byron is taking her vitamins on this sunny/breezy morning.  Alicia just figured out that her computer has a touch screen (duh!).  "The bloom is off the rose":  The person, object, or situation identified in the context has lost its novelty, freshness, appeal, or acceptability
"When the frost is on the punkin..":  The saying comes from a 19th century poem written by James Whitcomb Riley titled “When the Frost is on the Pumpkin”, which referred to when it was time to reap the autumn harvest
Darmok (episode): https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Darmok_(episode)
Long vax:  https://www.medpagetoday.com/neur.../generalneurology/107644
Effects of COVID-19 Disease on DNA Damage, Oxidative Stress and Immune Responses:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10145820/
Fantastic Fungi:  https://fantasticfungi.com/
 
 
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Sunday May 12, 2024

The Wyrd Mountain Gals Show"Breakfast Candy"Episode Airs Sunday, 5-12-24     7pm
Episode Link Here:  https://www.podbean.com/eas/pb-gqs3a-160d79c
Byron is taking her vitamins on this sunny/breezy morning.  Alicia just figured out that her computer has a touch screen (duh!).  
"The bloom is off the rose":  The person, object, or situation identified in the context has lost its novelty, freshness, appeal, or acceptability
"When the frost is on the punkin..":  The saying comes from a 19th century poem written by James Whitcomb Riley titled “When the Frost is on the Pumpkin”, which referred to when it was time to reap the autumn harvest
Darmok (episode): https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Darmok_(episode)
Long vax:  https://www.medpagetoday.com/neurology/generalneurology/107644
Effects of COVID-19 Disease on DNA Damage, Oxidative Stress and Immune Responses:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10145820/
Fantastic Fungi:  https://fantasticfungi.com/
 
 
 
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Sunday May 05, 2024

The Wyrd Mountain Gals ShowThe Wyrdness of Time    Signs and Omens Edition    Part 2Episode Airs May 5 2024   7pm
Episode Link here: https://www.podbean.com/eas/pb-vin6c-1602b0e
 
Byron is eating all the radishes.  ALL. THE. RADISHES   Alicia is looking at compact fabric garden containers.  They talk about growing (and eating!).Byron recounted the latest from the "Signs and Omens" category:  BiG Ben at 9am struck 11 then stopped.  Two horses (one solid black & one white horse covered in blood) from the Kings' calvary escaped & were roaming the streets of London.  In the same time period the blades of the famed Moulin Rouge fell off into the street.  While Byron bemoaned the fate of the Livingston St. garden, Alicia complained about the Malvern Hills pool.  They decide that Asheville has "gotten above it's 'raisen".  They talked a bit about Beltane & Mother Grove Goddess Temple's  upcoming celebration at the French Broad River Park. Byron tried deep fried green beans then went on to talk about her root canal.  hmmmAlicia confessed her secret writings through high school.  Then on to AI & finally on to food.  
Anita Ward - Ring My Bell:  https://youtu.be/r1UkZLT20TI?si=SVc8Y7K-gYcihBu-
Fiddler on the Roof  Tradition! (1971):  https://youtu.be/kDtabTufxao?si=xkp-YRDUwPAMr5Ho
David Cohen - https://www.facebook.com/Cohencidents/
Hog farms  https://www.nrdc.org/stories/hurricane-flooded-hog-farms-could-bring-superbugs-north-carolina-communities
Beltane with Mother Grove Goddess Temple:   https://fb.me/e/1szTCDqA6
Quote:  "Sometimes we build something up in our heads into something bigger & more horrible than it is & that doesnt do us any good."  ~BB
The Grove Botanical Tea & Gifts:  https://thegroveteas.square.site/
Appalachian Summer Solstice 2024celebrate the longest day at wisteria!   https://www.wisteria.org/summer-solstice/
End of an Old Song (1969): https://www.folkstreams.net/films/end-of-an-old-song
Freddie Mercury's voice:  https://www.npr.org/2016/04/25/475611808/why-freddie-mercurys-voice-was-so-great-as-explained-by-science
Scrumpy:  Scrumpy is a type of cider originating in the West of England, particularly the West Country. Traditionally, the dialect term "scrumpy" was used to refer to what was otherwise called "rough", a harsh cider made from unselected apples.
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Sunday Apr 28, 2024

The Wyrd Mountain Gals ShowThe Wyrdness of Time    Signs and Omens EditionEpisode Airs Sunday April 28 2024   7pm
Episode link here: https://wyrdmountaingals.podbean.com/e/the-wyrdness-of-time-signs-and-omens-edition/
 
Byron is eating all the radishes.  ALL. THE. RADISHES   Alicia is looking at compact fabric garden containers.  They talk about growing (and eating!).Byron recounted the latest from the "Signs and Omens" category:  BiG Ben at 9am struck 11 then stopped.  Two horses (one solid black & one white horse covered in blood) from the Kings' calvary escaped & were roaming the streets of London.  In the same time period the blades of the famed Moulin Rouge fell off into the street.  While Byron bemoaned the fate of the Livingston St. garden, Alicia complained about the Malvern Hills pool.  They decide that Asheville has "gotten above it's 'raisin".  They talked a bit about Beltane & Mother Grove Goddess Temple's  upcoming celebration at the French Broad River Park. Byron tried deep fried green beans then went on to talk about her root canal. hmmmAlicia confessed her secret writings through high school.  Then on to AI & finally on to food.  
Anita Ward - Ring My Bell:  https://youtu.be/r1UkZLT20TI?si=SVc8Y7K-gYcihBu-
Fiddler on the Roof  Tradition! (1971):  https://youtu.be/kDtabTufxao?si=xkp-YRDUwPAMr5Ho
David Cohen - https://www.facebook.com/Cohencidents/
Hog farms  https://www.nrdc.org/stories/hurricane-flooded-hog-farms-could-bring-superbugs-north-carolina-communities
Beltane with Mother Grove Goddess Temple:   https://fb.me/e/1szTCDqA6
Quote:  "Sometimes we build something up in our heads into something bigger & more horrible than it is & that doesnt do us any good."  ~BB
The Grove Botanical Tea & Gifts:  https://thegroveteas.square.site/
Appalachian Summer Solstice 2024celebrate the longest day at wisteria!   https://www.wisteria.org/summer-solstice/
End of an Old Song (1969): https://www.folkstreams.net/films/end-of-an-old-song
Freddie Mercury's voice:  https://www.npr.org/2016/04/25/475611808/why-freddie-mercurys-voice-was-so-great-as-explained-by-science
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Sunday Apr 21, 2024

Wyrd Mountain GalsEpisode Airs Sunday, 5-21-23Recap  from Sunday May 07, 2023 - The Beltane Belles Bring Up Beltane
Episode Link Here:  https://www.podbean.com/eas/pb-6six8-15efc85
Quote:  "Knock, knock, don't come in, I've got a knife" ~BB
Alicia wants to frolic, even though it's windy.  Byron is concerned for her community.  We hear some travel stories.
One Day at a Time - Marilyn Sellars - https://youtu.be/tm8Lx_Jm6aI
One Day at a Time - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072554/
Musselwhite's Seafood and Grill - Palatka, Fl - https://musselwhitesseafood.com/
Schooner's Seafood House - St Augustine, Fl - https://www.schooners-seafood.com/
Charleston Crab House - Charleston, SC - https://charlestoncrabhouse.com/
Asheville Herb Festival - http://www.ashevilleherbfestival.org/festival-2023-workshops
Stories From The Earth Podcast - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv9Kii85K6wi6233I3v4-4Q
Rites of Spring 45 May 24-29, 2023 - http://www.earthspirit.com/
Question of the Day--What HAS Byron done at the ocean?  
R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0GFRcFm-aY
What Are the Seneca Guns? - https://islandlifenc.com/whats-sound-seneca-guns/
Beach Metal Detecting Tips - https://www.metaldetector.com/learn/buying-guide-articles/beach-water-hunting/beach-metal-detecting-tips
MARKS STAMPED INSIDE RINGS - https://alberthern.com/blogs/news/marks-stamped-inside-rings
 
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Sunday Apr 14, 2024

The Wyrd Mountain Gals ShowTo Turn a Phrase   Part 2Episode Airs Sunday, 4-14-24  7pm EST
www.WyrdMountainGals.podbean.com
This episode is a continuation from last week's show.  We hope you enjoy it!
Alicia recounts a dream Byron inspired.  She & Byron agree your "shadow self" is crucial & should be integrated into yourself, not gotten rid of, (because that's where your power is).  They go on to discuss grief as a universal emotion that should be acknowledged and addressed, regardless of the source or intensity. We hear about Byron's latest adventures on the road & Alicia's funny dream abnout Byron's art of turning a phrase..There's alot packed into this episode..are you caffeinated enough for it?
 
Pssst....The gals want to know if you've ever heard voices calling your name in a crowd or as you're falling asleep?  Have you ever experienced hearing a knock at the door but noone is there?  How did it make you feel? 
 
Dancing in the Moonlight (Original Recording) - King Harvest:   https://youtu.be/g5JqPxmYhlo?si=BBz5TpUf98vl1B7n
Two People  Chris Rosser - https://youtu.be/FOnQTek4GH4?si=UCIkyVHJTU8RqVM5
Malcombe Holcombe - https://www.malcolmholcombe.com/
Jimmy Landry -- From Where You Come     https://www.reverbnation.com/jimmylandry/song/4339377-life-is-good
Quote:  "Somebody's gonna have to make some chicken dinner.....and that starts with chicken!"      ~BB
 
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Sunday Apr 07, 2024

The Wyrd Mountain Gals ShowTo Turn a Phrase   Part 1Episode Airs Sunday, 4-7-24  7pm EST
www.WyrdMountainGals.podbean.com
Alicia recounts a dream Byron inspired.  She & Byron agree your "shadow self" is crucial & should be integrated into yourself, not gotten rid of, (because that's where your power is).  They go on to discuss grief as a universal emotion that should be acknowledged and addressed, regardless of the source or intensity. We hear about Byron's latest adventures on the road & Alicia's funny dream abnout Byron's art of turning a phrase..There's alot packed into this episode..are you caffienated enough for it?
TRIGGER WARNING!!  Animal death 
 
 
Dancing in the Moonlight (Original Recording) - King Harvest:   https://youtu.be/g5JqPxmYhlo?si=BBz5TpUf98vl1B7n
Two People  Chris Rosser - https://youtu.be/FOnQTek4GH4?si=UCIkyVHJTU8RqVM5
Malcombe Holcombe - https://www.malcolmholcombe.com/
Jimmy Landry -- From Where You Come     https://www.reverbnation.com/jimmylandry/song/4339377-life-is-good
Quote:  "Somebody's gonna have to make some chicken dinner.....and that starts with chicken!"      ~BB
 
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Sunday Mar 31, 2024

Wyrd Mountain Gals"All of Our Sentences Are Ironic Now - Part 2"Episode Airs   Sunday   3-31-24   7pm EST
Episode Link here: https://www.podbean.com/eas/pb-mnc4j-15bdf19
After finishing her story as promised last week, Byron soon declares that it feels like Alice in Wonderland right now--everything is "still odd & unexpected".  Alicia tries to join the conversation but keeps glancing out the window at the beautiful day.  The yellows seem so bright! We hear some more about Byron'g upcoming schedule while Alicia surfs the web for info about the Mother Grove Goddess Temple.  Then it's time for the long Appalachian goodbye & they finally start to talk a little bit about food.  About time!
Quote - "Here is my big, wide, Appalachian, feminist, Goddess-worshipping behind that you may kiss!"    ~BB 
2024 Pagan Unity Festival - https://main.paganunityfestival.org
May Moon Magick: The Story 2024 - https://www.songkick.com/festivals/3636145-may-moon-magick-the-story/id/41671043-may-moon-magick-the-story-2024
A Cornwall Ramble with Byron Ballard - https://www.renadventures.com/?s=cornwall
Internet Archive - https://archive.org/
Dune (Part 1 of 3) Full Cast Audio Drama - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnB09ZZWca0
 
 
 
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Sunday Mar 24, 2024

Wyrd Mountain Gals"All of Our Sentences Are Ironic Now - Part 1"Episode Airs   Sunday   3-24-24   7pm EST
Episode Link here: https://www.podbean.com/eas/pb-9cpbp-15bdf07
Byron's in the "packing zone", getting ready for the her next trip to Maryland for the Sacred Space Conference;
She's heading up to Maryland for Sacred Space & is looking forward to teaching some of her classes:  Willful Bane -The Joy of Hex, Practical Ancestor Work, The Season of Endarkenment; Deepening the Harvest Cycle, Herbalism, & a new one; "Grief Like a River".  They somehow resist the temptation to talk about death & instead remarked on the changing world.  Joanne Fabrics & their impending bankruptcy triggered an entire line of thought for Byron & they go down that rabbithole for a while.  Alicia wonders if Elon Musk & Jeff Bezos are human.The episode ends with Byron "fixin" to tell a story*...
*Don't worry, we'll make sure you hear the rest of it in the next episode :-)
Sacred Soace - https://www.sacredspacefoundation.org/
 
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