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EPHEMERAL (The Good Words Podcast) 

In this final episode of the Good Words Podcast, Miss Lynn discusses the word ephemeral with an explanation of the expression, "ships that pass in the night" and a passage from H.W. Longfellow, a "Do Over" about The Camp Friend, two poems by Stephanie Pepper and some jokes and riddles in GET IT?!?!?

Thanks to all the contributors to this episode:

Ari Kelly of At Your Level Leela of Newsy Pooloozi Grady of Cool Facts About Animals Eric O'Keeffe of What If World Dr. Chris Kukk Tara Bahna-Outman Stephanie Pepper

Stephanie Pepper's two poems that close the episode are: Beautiful Splinter A Singular Performance

You can find more information about the expression "ships that pass in the night" at these two links: https://knowyourphrase.com/ships-passing-in-the-night https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ships_that_pass_in_the_night

CHASM (The Good Words Podcast) 

In this episode, Miss Lynn explains the word, "chasm" with the assistance of passages from the Sherlock Holmes case, The Final Problem and Oscar Wilde's play Lady Windermere's Fan, as well as feedback from friends about what they have missed most during the pandemic.  The episode concludes with the song, "Frosted with Sprinkles (The Doughnut Store Song)."


The Final Problem by Arthur Conan Doyle (on Gutenberg.org)

The Final Problem read by David Clarke on Librivox.org

Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde (on Gutenberg.org) 

Lady Windermere's Fan on Librivox.org

Check out Leela and Lyndee's podcast Newsy Pooloozi!

SUPERLATIVE (The Good Words Podcast) 

In this episode, Miss Lynn talks about the word, "superlative" with an excerpt from Charles Dickens's The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, "Say What?!?" about the expression, "the GOAT," a discussion about ALA book awards with former award committee member Angela Frederick, and the "humorous monologue with piano accompaniment," "Runcorn Ferry."


The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, read by Mil Nicholson on Librivox.org 

Full list of ALA Book, Print & Media Awards (ALA.org) 

On Being with Krista Tippett:  Sandra Cisneros - A House of Her Own 

"Runcorn Ferry" by Marriott Edgar - performed by Roy Barbour 
(recording on Archive.org) 
(full text on public-domain-poetry.org) 

On the banks of the Mersey, o'er on Cheshire side, 
Lies Runcorn that's best known to fame 
By Transporter Bridge as takes folks over t'stream, 
Or else brings them back across same. 

In days afore Transporter Bridge were put up, 
A ferryboat lay in the slip, 
And old Ted the boatman would row folks across 
At per tuppence per person per trip. 

One evening, to Ted's superlative surprise, 
Three customers came into view: 
A Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom it were, 
And Albert, their little son, too. 

"How much for the three?" Mr Ramsbottom asked, 
As his hand to his pocket did dip. 
Ted said: "Same for three as it would be for one, 
Per tuppence per person per trip." 

"You're not charging tuppence for that little lad?" 
Said Mother, her eyes flashing wild. 
"Per tuppence per person per trip", answered Ted, 
"Per woman, per man, or per child". 

"Fivepence for three, that's the most that I'll pay", 
Said Father, "Don't waste time in talk". 
"Per tuppence per person per trip", answered Ted, 
"And them, as can't pay, 'as to walk!" 

"We can walk, an' all", said Father. "Come Mother, 
It's none so deep, weather's quite mild". 
So into the water the three of them stepped: 
The father, the mother, the child. 

The further they paddled, the deeper it got, 
But they wouldn't give in, once begun. 
In the spirit that's made Lancashire what she is, 
They'd sooner be drownded than done. 

Very soon, the old people were up to their necks, 
And the little lad clean out of sight. 
Said Father: "Where's Albert?" And Mother replied: 
"I've got hold of his hand, he's all right!" 

Well, just at that moment, Pa got an idea 
And, floundering back to old Ted, He said: 
"We've walked half-way. Come, tak' us the rest 
For half-price, that's a penny a head." 

But Ted wasn't standing for none of that there, 
And, making an obstinate lip, 
"Per tuppence per person per trip", Ted replied, 
"Per trip, or per part of per trip". 

"All right, then", said Father, "let me tak' the boat, 
And I'll pick up the others half-way. 
I'll row them across, and I'll bring the boat back, 
And thruppence in t'bargain I'll pay". 

He got Mother out, it were rather a job, 
With the water, she weighed half a ton, 
Then, pushing the oar down the side of the boat, 
Started fishing around for his son. 

When poor little Albert came up to the top, 
His collar were soggy and limp. 
And, with holding his breath at the bottom so long, 
His face were as red as a shrimp. 

Pa took them across, and he brought the boat back, 
And he said to old Ted on the slip: 
"Wilt' row me across by me'self?" Ted said: 
"Aye, at per tuppence per person per trip". 

When they got t'other side, Father laughed fit to bust. 
He'd got best of bargain, you see. 
He'd worked it all out, and he'd got his own way, 
And he'd paid nobbut fivepence for three!

QUAGMIRE (encore) 

In this re-edited encore episode (originally released in October 2018), host Lynn Hickernell explains the literal and metaphorical uses of the word, "quagmire" with a passage from Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, and a personal story about a complicated situation called, "The 8th Grade Quagmire." The episode concludes with a selection from the Robert Burns poem, "Elegy on Captain Matthew Henderson."

Updated show notes can be found at https://misslynn.com/good-words-podcast/blog/quagmire-the-good-words-podcast.



In this re-edited encore episode (originally released in April 2019), host Lynn Hickernell explicates the word, "antediluvian." Includes excerpts from the books The Velveteen Rabbit and The 14th Goldfish (courtesy of the folks from Book Power for Kids!), "Say What?" about the expression, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks," "It Came From the Internet," "GET IT?!?!?" and the Miss Lynn song, "Studebaker Truck."

Complete show notes for this episode are available at https://misslynn.com/good-words-podcast/blog/antediluvian-the-good-words-podcast.

UNORTHODOX (The Good Words Podcast) 

This episode celebrates Autism Acceptance Month with the word, "unorthodox." Miss Lynn talks with family therapist Bonnie Witmer about feeling out-of-place among her 5th grade classmates in, "Do Over: The Lunch Box," and discusses making unconventional theater with Yellow Finch Project creators Tara O'Boyle and Patrick Denny. The episode concludes with autistic poet Benjamin Giroux reading his poem, "I am odd, I am new."


Other shows participating in Kids Listen's Autism Acceptance Month Celebration: 

Be Calm on Ahway Island 

Hello Family 


Find out what's going on with Benjamin Giroux on his Facebook page 


Learn more about the Yellow Finch Project

EDIFYING (encore) 

In this episode, specially updated in spring 2020 with content related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Miss Lynn talks about, "edifying." Includes recurring segments, "Ads that Subtract," "Say What?!?" about the expression, "A rising tide lifts all boats," and a "Do Over" discussion with family therapist Emily King about, "The Special School." The episode concludes with the song, "I Contact." Complete show notes for this episode are available at https://misslynn.com/good-words-podcast/blog/edifying-the-good-words-podcast.