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Geoffrey Gould
Radio guest appearance:
Stirring the Cauldron
Marla Brooks's weekly Online Radio Show

Thursday December 23, 2010
My friend and ghost-book author Marla Brooks invited me to co-host her Stirring the Cauldron online radio show's holiday edition, for December 23th. This would be my seventh guest appearance on the famous para-x Thursday evening program.
I logged on Skype early and Marla texted me thereon, indicating her current producer, the reverend Tim Shaw (who also hosts the Black Cat Lounge show on para-x), had forgotten he and I were already connected on Skype. Just before he could call me in to the conference call, to my horror my computer spontaneously decided to reboot.
As quickly as I could I logged onto Skype and back into the para-x chat room in time for the show to start up.
The show went quite well, as Marla and I discussed various pagan, wiccan and witch'y Yule traditions, as well as Marla's recent discovery to the dark legend of the vicious Icelandic Yule Cat, the free-verse translation of Vignir Jónsson's of which Marla had earlier suggested I read aloud. As I could not monitor the chat room during my reading, hopefully it went over well.

Iceland Yule Cat
You all know the Yule Cat
And that Cat was huge indeed.
People didn't know where he came from
Or where he went.

He opened his glaring eyes wide,
The two of them glowing bright.
It took a really brave man
To look straight into them.

His whiskers, sharp as bristles,
His back arched up high.
And the claws of his hairy paws
Were a terrible sight.

He gave a wave of his strong tail,
He jumped and he clawed and he hissed.
Sometimes up in the valley,
Sometimes down by the shore.

He roamed at large, hungry and evil
In the freezing Yule snow.
In every home
People shuddered at his name.

If one heard a pitiful "meow"
Something evil would happen soon.
Everybody knew he hunted men
But didn't care for mice.

He picked on the very poor
That no new garments got
For Yule - who toiled
And lived in dire need.

From them he took in one fell swoop
Their whole Yule dinner
Always eating it himself
If he possibly could.

Hence it was that the women
At their spinning wheels sat
Spinning a colorful thread
For a frock or a little sock.

Because you mustn't let the Cat
Get hold of the little children.
They had to get something new to wear
From the grownups each year.

And when the lights came on, on Yule Eve
And the Cat peered in,
The little children stood rosy and proud
All dressed up in their new clothes.

Some had gotten an apron
And some had gotten shoes
Or something that was needed
- That was all it took.

For all who got something new to wear
Stayed out of that pussy-cat's grasp
He then gave an awful hiss
But went on his way.

Whether he still exists I do not know.
But his visit would be in vain
If next time everybody
Got something new to wear.

Now you might be thinking of helping
Where help is needed most.
Perhaps you'll find some children
That have nothing at all.

Perhaps searching for those
That live in a lightless world
Will give you a happy day
And a Merry, Merry Yule.

Amusingly, Marla hadn't realized the image of the Yule Cat on the poem page was reversed, as a negative "to be visible" against the dark background. I noticed it during the show, saved it, re-reversed it back to a positive and sent her the link, as well as so I could post it above.
We also discussed the upcoming event on the 25th: that BBC America would be airing the Doctor Who Christmas Day episode A Christmas Carol on the 25th, the same day as in England; normally such a new episode wouldn't be available in America for a week or three.
As always the hour raced by, and my computer again began to experience slight issues, most likely to my having open several windows and in the midst of downloading a large file. Essentially everything froze up, though at least the Skype audio remained functioned as I remained connected. I couldn't enter any text into the chat room or the Skype chat. After the show, Marla and Tim and I chatted for a while, after which I simply shut down my computer to clear its RAM or whatever problem it was having.
So began the wait for the archived podcast to become available to which to listen and/or download...

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