Episodes

Mugly MayAhem

Today’s “Mugly MayAhem!” episode is on  iTunes/Apple PodcastsSpotifyOvercastLibsynPocket CastStitcher or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Have you ever had a day where, on the whole it is quite wonderful, but just under the surface everything seems just a tad…off? The juxtaposition of great weather, being outdoors in the fresh air with family and friends, eating great food and having no pressures or stress weighing you down but mixed with just a hint of, “mhmmm that’s weird”? Yeah, that was Saturday.

Meet Mooch the Mugly Truth Mascot! Photo courtesy Kristen Core. All rights reserved.

May has been such a busy month (only a couple weeks in, but it seems like a full one already), we decided to do a catch-up episode. Kris went to Canada on business, The Mugly Truth has a new mascot (Kym’s new Mini Australian Shepherd named MOOCH!), Kris’ oldest is driving, her youngest made cheer squad going into high school, we’ve been bingeing amazing new podcasts, documentaries, audiobooks, and t.v. shows….SO MUCH to talk about!!

Our lovely view while we record. Seriously wonderful. Photo courtesy Kristen Core. All rights reserved.

So we settled down under a lovely oak tree, chattered gleefully about all the things – completely topic-less – wrapped the episode, and started packing up the equipment only to discover the recording was useless. USE. LESS. #SIGH. Our producer/audio technician (ummmmm, KRIS) failed to notice the mics weren’t running to the recording software, blah, blah, blah (really, no need to go into details). Let’s just say it was an inauspicious start to what would become a kind of bizarre day.

Ah well, shite happens, eh? We shrugged it off as exactly that, made plans to regroup in three hours and went separate ways for nourishment. Oh the things that can happen in three hours. You can hear Kris recount channeling her best foul-mouthed New Yorker spirit outside the local Hobby Lobby upon discovering two very large (seriously, at least 6′ 5″) dudes being vurrrrrry interested in the contents of her car. For whatever reason, her 5′ 1″ self with 10′ tall East Side attitude (aided by 16 oz of Vietnamese coffee) managed to shoo them away without incident. On second thought, that probably doesn’t sound so weird depending on where you might live, but at the time it was not something one expects to have to cope with whilst leaving the secondary house of the Lord with a bag full of craft paints and resin decorative items scored at 50% off.

Perhaps the oddest event of the entire day was the first stop for Kris and the kids getting lunch…parking in an everyday parking lot of a typical busy strip mall in a (fairly) quiet, (fairly) mundane little suburb town in Southern California…basically a spot one doesn’t usually come across evil symbols of hate, yet there it was. A swastika, written in what looked to be red lipstick on the hood of a pretty, white new(ish) car. Just sitting there. A Nazi f**king swastika. Initial reaction? Photo posted to Facebook with a rant about #noH8.

Do you know the difference between a hate-filled swastika and a swastik that means this car runs well? Kris didn’t. At first. Photo courtesy Kristen Core. All rights reserved.

That’s when a friend posted in the kindest way stating while it might LOOK like the wretched Nazi emblem, the way it was written didn’t match how the Nazis used the swastika (tilted to the right). He further pointed out there was a figurine on the dashboard that appeared to be Hindu (or perhaps Buddhist) and that the symbol was ancient, used in other societies, religions and cultures as a sign of good luck or divinity. In Sanskrit, the word swastika is a combination of ‘su’ (meaning ‘good’) and ‘asti’ (meaning ‘to exist’). After researching a bit, we’ve found a couple really good articles, one actually being this Quora forum which provides all the information you could want to know about why someone might draw a swastika on their car. And maybe why they shouldn’t do it in such a blatant spot. It’s worth reading all the answers. Then there’s this BBC article about the symbol, some group’s efforts to revitalize the true meaning of the swastika, and why it is highly unlikely anyone is going to be able to get past how any iteration is seen as representing the highly effed-up and hateful ideology of Hitler (and later Charles Manson who carved it on to his own forehead).

Purty painted rocks. Visit OrangeTustinRocks on Instagram for more! Photo courtesy Kristen Core. All rights reserved.

By the end of the day (literally) everything turned out to be an amazing kickoff to a wonderful Mother’s Day (oh yeah, that happened too!)…we got the recording done right the second time around. New things had been learned and shared. We then sat and talked more with Kym’s folks, Kris’ girls painted more rocks. The barbecue was started and really good food was consumed as the sun set, the breeze calmed, and the owls and mockingbirds serenaded little Mooch to sleep (again).

Check out our “Mugly MayAhem” episode on  iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

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© The Mugly Truth 2019 and © The Mugly Truth Podcast 2019. All rights reserved.
Intro and outro music, “Clever as a Fox”  by Espresso Music through premiumbeats.com.
Photos courtesy of Kristen Core.
Episodes

Let it Go

Today’s “Let It Go” episode is on  iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

We riff off our That’s Purgetastic! episode talking a bit more about shedding material baggage, and then going beyond the physical purge by exploring how to let go of past hurts, unhealthy belief systems, love relationships, and expectations of what we think “should be.”

Kym shares her personal experiences of forgiveness involving her ill father. Kris reveals the painful process of having a parent afflicted with Alzheimer’s as well as how she has navigated the devastation of letting go a significant relationship. It gets a little deep for The Mugly Truth, but that’s ok.

Even though discarding a pair of too-high heels is not the same as letting go the dream of a future with someone, or the pain of a neglected childhood (oooorrrrrr, is it?? Some people are very attached to their shoes coffcoffsexinthecitycoff), the process is actually pretty much the same. It’s about being (sometimes brutally) honest with ourselves and asking how what is being held onto is serving us – is it for good or for bad (because something negative can serve us). Is it something we can let go of now or is it something we are willing to move toward letting go? How long are we willing to traverse the path to freedom? Are we ok with feeling some deep feelings, knowing at the end of the day (or year or five) It’s technically as simple as making a pros and cons list and examining the truth. Except that examining painful truths is not a simple thing. So there’s the element of courage as well. But no pressure.

As a way to help you get started on the “let it go” journey, here’s a link to the Tiny Buddha article called 40 Ways to Leg Go and Feel Less Pain (and be sure to look for that pesky breathing practice Kris couldn’t pronounce: ujayii.)

Check out our “Let It Go” episode on  iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

And don’t forget to follow us here at themuglytruth.com (click that blue WordPress Follow button on the right side of your screen) so you get notifications every time we post an episode blog! You can also follow The Mugly Truth on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

© The Mugly Truth 2019 and © The Mugly Truth Podcast 2019. All rights reserved.
Intro and outro music, “Clever as a Fox”  by Espresso Music through premiumbeats.com.
Photos courtesy of WordPress free library; butterfly photo by Anthony on Pexels.com
Episodes

#BalanceForBetter

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day 2019! Yes, it was March 8th, but we are promoting this year’s theme “Balance for Better” and encourage our listeners to share their favorite stories – personal or otherwise – with the hashtag #BalanceForBetter in all your social media platforms! The hope for this year is to bring about a more gender-balanced world, so share the achievements, courage, generosity, and journey of women who inspire you!

Our very favorite symbol of female strength!
We Can Do It!” poster for Westinghouse, closely associated with Rosie the Riveter, although not a depiction of the cultural icon itself. Model may be Geraldine Doyle (1924-2010) or Naomi Parker (1921-2018). Artist J. Howard Miller (1918–2004), employed by Westinghouse which used the poster for the War Production Co-ordinating Committee. Image source: Wikipedia commons, public domain – from scan of copy belonging to the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, retrieved from the website of the Virginia Historical Society.

WHO TO WATCH: Emma Watson (HeForShe campaign speech), Meghan Markle (Meghan Markle UN Women speech), and this powerhouse Greta Thunberg (full speech at UN Climate Change COP24 Conference) are MUST-SEE videos, especially if you think women are the weaker sex. They’re here to tell you NOPE.”

-The Mugly Truth

We talk about the values internationalwomensday.com focus on in their efforts to educate about and encourage women’s rights globally, some disturbing statistics about women and girls around the world, and mention a few amazing women whose achievements have made living in today’s world a much better experience: Marie Curie, Susan B. Anthony, Soong Mei-Ling, Sacagawea, Emmeline Pankhurst, and Hedy Lamarr, among others.

We know we just scratch the surface with a small number of stories about powerful, world-changing women, because there are so many hundreds of thousands stories of amazing women in today’s world and throughout history: Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Ada Lovelace, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lady Diana Spencer, Amelia Earhart, Mary Seacole, Mother Theresa, Indira Gandhi…for a great read please go to biographyonline.net’s article about women who changed the world and become wildly inspired.

We wrap it up – or detour, yet again – by bringing up a controversial story (see correction below about Jane Fonda) which led to tackling some fairly deep issues about being accountable for wrongdoing, and how long should society continue to punish a person for their mistakes. Today’s episode is starts off about women’s rights, but we end up talking about justice in general.

Fact-checking and updates for today’s episode:

  • Please read the linked article on Hedy Lamarr mentioned above, but as a quick correction on Kris’ comment about Ms. Lamarr’s invention: Lamarr partnered with George Anthiel to invent “frequency hopping,” an unbreakable code that manipulated radio frequencies at irregular intervals, preventing third party interference. The invention had the potential to keep classified messages from being intercepted by enemy personnel signals; specifically, it was designed to prevent the Nazi’s from interfering with a ship’s torpedoes. Although she and Anthiel received a patent for their invention, they donated it to the Navy. The technology was too complicated to put into action during WWII, but it was implemented later during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The technology Lamarr invented was the beginning of the technology boom which allows us to use wireless communication. Perhaps Alexa should have been named Hedy? Hedy Lamarr died in 2002 of congestive heart failure, at the age of 85. Kris mistakenly thought she passed away at a younger age.
  • The actual lyric to the Disney song “Sister Suffragette“, composed by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, performed by Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley and Reta Shaw, from the film “Mary Poppins” is: “Take heart, for Mrs. Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again!” Kris mistakenly ((((kept)))) singing “Emmeline Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again!” Oh, Kris. Sooooooo close.
  • On Jane Fonda: the very popular story that Jane passed messages from POWs to the Vietnamese captors is an urban legend. While neither of us assert the allegations about Ms. Fonda as true, we do discuss her controversial actions during the war, including the possibility that she did pass notes. Please read details here and here .
  • Regarding Coco Chanel’s alleged Nazi affiliation, please read here and here.
  • For information about the Netflix documentary of women in India creating their own sanitary pads, “Period. End of Sentence,” please read here.
  • The artist who created the “We Can Do It” poster was J. Howard Miller, not Howard J. Miller.

Check out our “#BalanceForBetter” episode on  iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

And don’t forget to follow us here at themuglytruth.com (click that blue WordPress Follow button on the right side of your screen) so you get notifications every time we post an episode blog! You can also follow The Mugly Truth on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

© The Mugly Truth 2019 and © The Mugly Truth Podcast 2019. All rights reserved.
Intro and outro music, “Clever as a Fox”  by Espresso Music through premiumbeats.com
Photos courtesy Wikipedia commons and public domain.