This week, Vanessa and Casper read chapter ten of Prisoner of Azkaban, The Marauder's Map, through the theme of escape. Casper set the tenor of the episode with his opening story, in which he read the below tumblr post about Harriet Tubman. If we didn't already have a Harry Potter podcast, we would consider making a podcast about Harriet Tubman. At the very least, we can spread the gospel: Harriet Tubman was a capital-B-Badass and you better recognize.
Inspired by this beautiful internet artifact, Vanessa and Casper asked some new questions: Why do Fred and George give Harry the Marauder's Map? Where does that generosity in them come from? Are the Dementors slaves? And should they be treated ethically? Listener Jessica Harmon responded with some interesting thoughts on Twitter:
This season, Casper and Vanessa have been trying to be more cordial in their 30-second recaps — to varying results. A little bit of competitive raillery came back into play this week and Vanessa somehow was able to insult Casper by comparing him to the Wizard of Oz.
Our spiritual practice this week was Lectio Divina and our randomly selected sentence was:
This sentence made Casper talk about adopting a child (!!!!) and made Vanessa wonder about the things she could have done differently in life. Casper helpfully pointed out that, perhaps if Vanessa had made some different decisions down the line, maybe she could have been a Hungarian gymnast.
Casper's been very busy traveling this week. While in London, he held our first ever listener meet-up and it was a great success! They all did Lectio Divina together and took this adorable photo. More meet-ups are coming down the pipeline along with our tour next week. If you're in Seattle, Portland, or Los Angeles, check our Live Events page for show and meet-up details.
Casper isn't the only one having fun. In this week's episode, Vanessa recommended that Harry take up a "creative writing practice" to help him find inner peace and quiet. This isn't a recommendation pulled out of thin air — Vanessa and Ariana have both started writing romance novels as a self-care practice. It is, definitively, the best thing they’ve ever done. It's the perfect escape. We highly encourage you to try it yourself and, if you do, send it to us. We want to read every juicy detail.
Next week we're reading chapter eleven, The Firebolt, through the theme of duty. We'll be joined by special guest, Jim Martin, who is going to teach us a little more about our practice of Sacred Imagination.