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Lounging with LannaLee is a new weekly audio podcast that’s a face-to-face, half-hour conversation between LannaLee (me) and a fascinating person. You, perhaps?! Guests are passionate musicians, activists, geeks, nerds, actors, writers, artists, and business professionals.
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Feb 16, 2015

It's been a long time! Join me as I discuss what I've been up to and what we have in store next for Lounging with LannaLee! I maintain my veneer of positivity, shout out to Kitty Critic, and lead off with a freudian slip. Have a new day job and new apartment, but the Lounge, it's eternal.

Jun 12, 2014

In Lieu of a proper lounge, I chat with myself about wanting to do all the things, Wicked Twisted, Twisting balloons, having a bad clown day, Orange is the New Black and Outlander, and being stubborn.

[Recorded 6/11/2014]

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Jun 5, 2014

I Lounged with Idamae last May in LLL063 Idamae Peacock/ida mishaan: Love and Loss and Life and Death.

Ida and I catch up a year later to talk about the artistic process, ecstatic painting, tattooing, graffiti-based art, religious kitsch, and Maya Angelou. We riff about swearing, character assignation, and being cool. Ida gushes about working with metal and a magical vibrator. Ida talks about courage, love and how she is using art to get her heart back. And she answers 10 questions.

Idamae Peacock/ida mishaan is...

middle aged and unashamed of her youthful forays into unlistenable music, unfathomable make up, and ridiculously high hair. now a twenty year veteran of tattooing in all it's majesty and ridiculousness. dalliances that involve exotic spices, rubbing diverse meats, and laughing until her sides hurt, are what fills her soul. advocate for the earnest and hopeful, champion of the willing. now armed with magnum sized sharpie, glitter, and silver tongue...

The 411: Idamae Peacock/ida mishaan

[Recorded 6/4/2014]

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May 29, 2014

Recorded in the aftermath of Huzzah! the Historical Wargaming Convention for New England, Flip brings the Bance! We talk about board games, clowning, balloon twisting and how to make the world a better place. Flip dishes that he met his wife Deb while playing Magic The Gathering. We chat about Flip The Table, playing HeartThrob, VHS tape games, and what BANCE really means. We commiserate about getting pulled over in our clown costumes, and reminisce about wearing our costumes in public. Flip talks about working as the Easter Bunny and tells me why he takes funny business seriously. And he answers 10 questions.

Flip Florey

Since his application to Starfleet as the first Jedi/Robot Lion pilot was denied at the age of 12, Flip Florey went on to greater things. Such as balloon twisting, clowning, boardgame evangelist, podcaster and student. Long time friend of the one and only Lanna Lee and fellow enthusiastic cat lover, Flip Florey is one bad bald dude that can't dance and dreams about hunting down a copy of Vanilla Ice's Electronic Rap and Rhyme board game one of these days.

The 411: Flip Florey

[Recorded 5/18/2014]

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May 21, 2014

Julie and I chat about unschooling, living vicariously through Facebook, and living a life of happiness. We talk about living in Maine, and rural life. Julie tells how her art projects Chicks in Hats and The Adventures of Claudia started, and she dishes about etsy. Julie encourages you to find your path. And she answers 10 questions.

Julie lives in rural Maine with her husband, her two free-range children, her dog, cat and pet chickens. Her passion for photography developed at age 11 when she received her first camera, and she's been taking photographs for over 30 years. Julie’s art is a juxtaposition of the quirky and the mundane; she combines these elements in her photo series titled Chicks in Hats, where she crafts miniature hats and puts them on her pet chicks to be photographed. She is also currently working on The Adventures of Claudia; a photography project following the adventures of a small antique porcelain doll. Julie finds inspiration in the smallest of details and can often be found on the ground taking photographs of tiny plants and creatures.

Julie Persons

The 411: Julie Persons

[Recorded 5/4/2014]

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May 15, 2014

Laura pours her heart out in this refreshing and honest conversation. The week before Mother's Day Laura and I sit down at The Red Barn to talk about giving until it hurts, filling the soul first, and how she leads from her heart. Laura talks about growing up poor, her lowest of lows, and how she came back from depression to be the happiest she has ever been. To make the world a better place, she encourages everyone to join the Random acts of kindness crusade. And she answers 10 questions.

Laura Benedict

Laura Benedict has utilized her business in Augusta, the Red Barn, to help raise over $700,000.00 for local organizations and individuals in the community during the past four years. She has been so successful in raising money that other non-profits often ask for her advice. More recently, she received a letter from the Attorney General’s Office to “stop operating as a charitable organization” because she had raised over $35,000.00 in a calendar year, prompting the application of a license to continue raising money for charity with the current Maine law.

The letter and incident received press coverage through out the entire state of Maine, and was even picked up by the Associated Press and the Non-Profit Quarterly. Legislators from all over Maine offered to help by submitting an amendment to the Charitable Giving Act, which required for-profit entities to have a license if certain thresh holds were reached. There should not be a limit to what a for-profit business can do to give back to their local communities in Maine. So, an amendment was submitted by Representative Lori Fowle and passed unanimously in the House and Senate, Governor LePage signed the amendment into law shortly after.

Laura is one of ten siblings and knows what it is like to struggle; she has turned her experiences growing up into her passion for giving. She knows without the compassion she received from other individuals growing up, she would not be where she is today.

Laura Benedict not only gives financially, but she has also built a community of giving through her business. This is perhaps her most significant accomplishment because she has inspired so many others to give back to their own communities.

The 411: Laura Benedict

[Recorded 5/4/2014]

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May 8, 2014

LLL086 Todd Neufeld: Wherein Todd is a bad influence

Todd and I sit down to chat after helping build a 5-story balloon sculpture and reminisce of our days twisting together in Boston; back when I was a clown and he was a law student. Todd tells me how we can make the world a better place and he solves my performance anxiety. We are too loud for Suzanne, and won't let Mike in the room. We talk about "Lawyer school" and how Todd created Manager Sal. Todd dishes about twisting balloons at the White House. And he answers 10 questions.

Todd Neufeld

Todd "Twistin' Todd" Neufeld is a professional balloon artist in New York City. He has been featured in many TV shows and magazines, at the White House, and most recently, on an episode of Lounging with LannaLee.

The 411: Todd Neufeld

[Recorded 2/5/2014]

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May 1, 2014

Phileas Flash gets deep in this fantastic conversation. In the aftermath of creating a five-story balloon sculpture, I hunker down with Phileas Flash and he tells me how we should make the world a better place. We discuss how balloons are like life and life is like a tapestry (or a river!) Phileas encourages everyone to believe in ourselves, follow our dreams and support people in their dreams. He tells me how we went from being an actor, to Ringmaster to magician and balloon artist, and became a world traveler (From England, Phileas has lived in a tent in France, performed in Egypt and the Dominican Republic, and he now lives in Canada with the love of his life!) Phileas tells us to Pass it forward. And he answers 10 questions.

Phileas Flash

Phileas Flash (aka Rupert Appleyard) is a British entertainer who has been creating large scale balloon sculptures internationally for the last ten years. Largely self taught, his distinctive style and freestyle methods have pushed his creations to the forefront of balloon art, with images of his signature pieces being seen and shared all over the world. He loves performing and the combination of art and entertainment puts his work in hot demand both in Canada (where he now lives with his wife and two dogs) and internationally. In 2014 he released his first instructional DVD 'The face of things to come' which taught a pattern for building his signature balloon face. 2014 is bringing him all sorts of exciting opportunities, he was recently featured in Balloon Magic Magazine as a spotlight artist, has been featured for the third time by internet sensation George Takei and is at the forefront of the Random Acts of Balloon Artistry movement (dedicated to spreading happiness through balloon art).

The 411: Phileas Flash

[Recorded 2/6/2014]

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Apr 24, 2014

In the aftermath of building a 5-story balloon Jack and His Beanstalk at Balloon Manor 2014, I sit down with Airigami's artistic director, Kelly Cheatle. We talk about the artistic proccess, and how Kelly says we can make the world a better place. Hint: Don't be a Jerk! Kelly talks about how she started making incredible, large-scale balloon sculptures, and encourages us all to open a door for someone, literally or figuratively. And she answers 10 questions.

Kelly Cheatle

Artist Kelly Cheatle has been fascinated with micro art since the age of 10, when she read an article about scientists etching miniature angels on the head of a pin. Since then, she’s created miniature, wheel-thrown teapots and highly-detailed crochet sculptures – both small enough to sit on a penny.

Kelly received her Design degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a minor in Illustration and a major interest in every studio elective she could find. Her diverse knowledge of traditional materials and image-making techniques has given her an appreciation for texture and dimensionality, even in digital formats.

ln 2001, she founded Greener Pastures Design & Illustration, and her graphic work appears nationally. When given an opportunity to work with balloons during Balloon Manor 2006, she was excited about a new medium for creating artwork. Now, as a partner in Airigami, her design sense and illustration background have helped to take it in new directions, including designing inflated fashions that have appeared on runways in Rochester, NYC and Las Vegas.

The 411: Kelly Cheatle

[Recorded 2/5/2014]

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Apr 17, 2014

One more solo pod before we get back to proper lounges. I pick up where LLL083 - LannaLee's Existential Angst left off, give you an update of what's been going on, and get you (and me!) pumped up for next week's podcast, which will feature Kelly Cheatle from Balloon Manor.

[Recorded 04/15/2014]

 

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Dec 12, 2013

I’m BAAAACK! Here I am with another solo episode full of angst and dangerous driving (well, kinda). In this installment I talk about my current obsessions (Fringe, Sir David Attenborough, Life of Animals), why I haven’t had a podcast lately, the bean debacle, and my existential angst, all while driving in a snow storm.

[Recorded 12/10/2013]

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Oct 25, 2013

Well, for the lack of a proper lounge, here's a podcast of me talking to myself in the car about my current obsessions (Vine, Blue Planet, Physics), taking care of myself, and maintaining a thread of sanity. [Recorded 10/22/2013]

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Oct 17, 2013

I love Robin Merrill! We sat down last week at Portland Maine's busy (and LOUD) Bull Feeney's and had a fun conversation about her stint in the Merchant Marines, homeschooling and her Jesus freakishness. Robin talks about slam poetry and her feminism. And she answers 10 questions.

Robin Merrill

Robin Merrill is a freelance writer/editor. She has written five children’s books, all available through Scholastic. Two poetry collections have been published by Moon Pie Press. Her poems, short stories, articles, and essays have appeared in hundreds of publications, including The Cafe Review, Ledge Magazine, Margie, Pearl, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Stolen Island Review. Three of her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. She is a 2013 recipient of an Emerging Artist Award from St. Botolph Foundation. Robin has performed her poetry and fiction at dozens of venues all over New England and New York. She is a member of the 2013 Rhythmic Cypher National Slam Team from Portland, Maine and is a semi-finalist for both the Port Veritas and Rhythmic Cypher 2014 teams. She has her MFA from Stonecoast and frequently leads creative writing workshops for writers of all levels.

The 411: Robin Merrill

[Recorded 10/8/2013]

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Oct 10, 2013

For our 80th episode, I talk again with Alex Steed, Lounging with LannaLee's first guest.Alex asks us to be honest with ourselves. We chat about movies, FoodComaTV, the Knack Factory and showing the reality. Alex illustrates his geekiness. I confess my love of Stephen King, we discuss The Shining movie vs. The Shining Book, and we agree about Stanely Kubrick. Alex talks about blurring lines, and we DON'T reference Robin Thicke (I can't believe we missed THAT one!) Alex documents real life, wants to avoid self-imposed restrictions, and likens FoodComaTV to a "Traveling Punk Rock Band." And he answers 10 questions.

Alex Steed

Alex is a partner and oversees project execution and day-to-day agency operations at Knack Factory, a content and strategy firm based in Portland, Maine. Having worked with Change.org, NetSquared, and a number of organizations and businesses, he brings 8 years of experience creating web-based community outreach strategies to the table. He also blogs about politics and culture for The Bangor Daily News.

Alex first lounged with LannaLee in LLL001 @AlexSteed in the Lead published on March 1st, 2012.

The 411: Alex Steed

[Recorded 10/7/2013]

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Oct 4, 2013

A year-and-a-half after our first lounge, I talk with Shay about race, privilege, class and how to make the world a better place. I put my foot in my mouth. Shay lays it all out for us about diversity and difference. I try not to whitesplain and Shay calls me out for being uncomfortable. Shay tells us to be We-focused (not me-focused). And she answers 10 questions.

Shay Stewart-Bouley

Our guest this week is award-winning blogger, columnist, and non-profit goddess Shay Stewart-Bouley. Her blog, Black Girl in Maine, was named to Babble’s Top 100 Mom Bloggers of 2011. Also in 2011, she won a New England Press Association award for her writing on diversity issues at her monthly column at the Portland Phoenix, entitled Diverse-City. In the non-profit sector, Shay is the executive director of the Biddeford’s Joyful Harvest Neighborhood Center.

Shay first Lounged with LannaLee in LLL002 Shay Jumps In the Fray published on March 8, 2012

The 411: Shay Stewart-Bouley

[Recorded 10/03/2013]

Of note: The VERY Tall Tale of Jack & His Beanstalk - Giant Sculpture

Lounging alum Larry Mossis at it again with a 5-Story Jack & His Beanstalk Balloon sculpture to be made in February 2014. Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle will lead a fantastic community project that will also bring balloon artists in from all over the country. So if you have a few bucks, they would love your support. Every little bit helps!

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Sep 27, 2013

Did you miss the Maine TweetUp? Well, here's a taste of some the conversations we had tonight.

Tonight was the monthly Maine TweetUp in Portland Maine, and I thought it would be fun to talk to a few folks and make a podcast out of it. So I did! I spoke with people I just met, like Kristi Trimmer (@dragonflytweet), and some I've known for several years, like Chrystie Vachon (@ilovetogossip/@ccMaine) and GriffinClubMerv (@GriffinClubMerv). To keep things simple, I asked everyone the same 5 questions. To top it off, I asked Greg Daly how we should make the world a better place, and he gave us a call to action.

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[Recorded 9/26/2013]

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Sep 19, 2013

For today's lounge, I was fortunate enough to sit down with entrepreneur Ry Russell and talk about how he (and his crew) saved the Saco Drive-In, how he learned how to start a business (by doing it), and what we should do to make the world a better place. Ry tells us how Google can make you a Marketing Genius, and about his hands on, get dirty philosophy of getting things done. He urges everyone to mentor kids. And he answers 10 questions.

Ry Russell

Ry Russell is an Entrepreneur and Social Media Expert. Ry's most commonly known for his operations of the Saco Drive-In, a small drive-in movie theater in Southern Maine. Ry speaks on the concepts of Social Media Marketing and also Entrepreneurship for young students. Ry has a diverse portfolio of work in entertainment, retail, and marketing.

The 411: Ry Russell

[Recorded 9/16/2013]

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Sep 12, 2013

It’s No Judgment, Scream Closet, Tattoo Maven Time! Join me as I revisit three conversations with fantastic, kick-ass women: Sydney Mackey Haggerty, Angela Shelton, and Idamae Peacock. These are all conversations I think of from time to time even now, and thought it would be great to share some highlights! Syndey talks about failure being a success, not judging yourself and using her cheerleading skills in everyday life. Angela talks about expressing anger and getting oneself a scream closet. And Idamae, well, that runs the gamut, joking about being best friends, a hilarious interruption, and Ida spills the beans about being a Tattoo artist. So strap on your seatbelts, people! It's time to be inspired.

Sydney lounged with LannaLee in LLL070 Sydney Mackey Haggerty: Breathe Deep in the Belly

 

Angela lounged with LannaLee in LLL067 @AngelaShelton: Healing with my Sword

 

Idamae lounged with LannaLee in LLL063 Idamae Peacock/ida mishaan: Love and Loss and Life and Death

 

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Sep 5, 2013

In a swanky hotel, Billy and Lanna talk about slam poetry, being true to yourself, the fun of competition, and how to make the world a better place. Lanna struggles to make her point. Billy talks about his start in performance poetry via Hip Hop and Graffiti, Slam Bingo Topics, and why he usually doesn't go political in his poetry. Billy gives a call to action! And he answers 10 questions.

Billy Tuggle

Billy Tuggle a.k.a. Karma Threesixty is a vocalist, performance poet, mentor, student, and HipHop culturalist. Since 2004, he has been a member of the Chicago multimedia arts collective PolyRhythmic and, in 2009, co-founded the Chicago Four Star Poetry Club with Andi Kauth. Billy has co-hosted “In One Ear” at the Heartland Café since 2008 with Pete Wolf. As of 2010, Billy is a member of the Arkansas Grand Slam organizing committee.

Billy has been published in such anthologies as The Columbia Poetry Review #14, The 16th & Mission Review, Minglewood Haiku and Learn Then Burn. His first chapbook, Conscience Under Pressure, was published by Fractal Edge Press. Since 2004, he has recorded and released 3 CDs: Flawed Glory (Live Mental Graffiti), Syllabalistics 101 with DJ Risky Bizness, and Turnstyles. In the independent film Urban Poet [New Film Productions, 2002], he played himself.

Billy has been active in the Temple of HipHop for over a decade. Music and poetry have led him to share stages with Brother Ali, Pevin Everett, the Large Professor, Denizen Kane of Typical Cats, DJ Spinna, Jesse De La Pena, Saul Williams, KRS-ONE and “American Idol” finalist Crystal Bowersox.

Billy has represented the Chicago area at the National Poetry Slam 7 years running. Other slam accomplishments include Rustbelt Regional champion- 2006, finalist 2008; Chicago Grand Slam Champion- 2008; NPS semifinalist 2006, 2008; Arkansas Grand Slam finalist and Grand Haikuster- 2009; Lethal Poetry/Chicago Grand Slam Champion 2010. Other teammates and collaborators have included Def Poets Nikki Patin, Marty McConnell, Alvin Lau and Death From Below plus Tristan Silverman, Jon Sands, Laura Yes Yes and JW Baz; all inter/national slam competition finalists. Billy has been a regular volunteer for the Women of the World Poetry Slam, Louder Than A Bomb, the Chicago youth slam, and Brave New Voices.

Billy has also appeared in the educational video Literature Launchers for McGraw-Hill. He has performed, facilitated workshops or has just plain spoken to students at or for the University of Chicago; Columbia College (Chicago); Northwestern University; the University of Minnesota; the University of Connecticut; Hampshire College (Massachusetts); the University of California-Santa Cruz; Humboldt State University, and, in addition to other colleges across America, middle and high schools all over Chicagoland.

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[Recorded 8/16/2013]

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Sep 4, 2013

Wherein Lanna tells you what's going on and gives you a call to action. 

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Aug 22, 2013

In this nerdy podcast, Jonathan and Lanna chat about solving problems with code, open-source software, and thinking like a hacker. They discuss WordPress vs. Drupal. They talk about the Hobbit and Tolkein text-based roll-play computer games, where Lanna attests (again) that dwarves are NOT HOT. Jonathan talks about Aleister Crowley and Thelema and his transition from vegetarian to vegan. And he answers 10 questions.

Jonathan Webb

Jonathan is a vegan and a career computer nerd with interests in Thelema, mindfullness, and music.

The 411: Jonathan Webb

[Recorded 8/14/2013]

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Aug 15, 2013

On a warm summer night, Alexis and Lanna sit down to chat about understanding each other, getting to know people, sharing a love of books, gender and Alexis' favorite things. Lanna gets offended. Alexis tells Lanna how to make the world a better place. Alexis talks of her love for Maine, kale, board sports and winter surfing in Maine. And she answers 10 questions.

Alexis Lyon

Alexis Lyon studied Asian Studies and Psychology at Bowdoin College. In Sri Lanka, she researched worship of the goddess Kali in a Sinhalese Buddhist context. She entered the Maine College of Art to work on her oil painting, and emerged as a ceramic installation artist. She has taught wilderness skills and environmental education to teens and pre teens, as well as a variety of community art classes to students young and old. She is currently working on her Masters in Education and ELL certification while teaching middle school English. When not teaching or studying, you may find her hiking mountains in New England or surfing on the coast of Maine.

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[Recorded 8/5/2013]

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Aug 8, 2013

On a beautiful day in central Massachusetts, Junie and Lanna talk about listening to your own heart, shadow work and creating places to heal. Junie tells Lanna to be more quiet. Junie chats about creating community and how to make the world a better place. And she answers 10 questions.

Junie Moon Schreiber

Junie Moon Schreiber is passionate about life and enhancing the lives of others. Her challenges of pain and the gifts of her own transformation inspired her to become a Certified Shadow Work® Group Facilitator, Transformational Coach, Author and Speaker. She is a graduate of the Robbins/Madanes Institute for Strategic Intervention where she studied Tony Robbins Coaching Techniques and is the co-author of the #1 Amazon Best-Selling book Journey To Joy. She loves supporting others with tools to embrace life more deeply and allowing joy in more fully. For over 20 years, Junie has been in service helping people realize their truest potential to have magnificent lives.

The 411: Junie Moon Schreiber

[Recorded 8/4/2013]

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Aug 1, 2013

A few weeks after the Zimmerman trial, Samuel and Lanna hunker down to discuss race, politics, music and how to make the world a better place. Lanna asks Samuel if he's ever had a "real job." Samuel talks about his obsession with music, his creative process, and how he taught himself to play the guitar. And he answers 10 questions.

Samuel James

Samuel James is an award-winning, solo-acoustic, blues/roots performer from Portland, Maine. He can be seen on tour on the west coast of the US and the east coast of Canada this summer, and in Europe in the fall.

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Referenced: Interview with Samuel James written by Alex Steed:

Talking the Zimmerman trial and “making things about race” with Samuel James

[Recorded 7/30/2013]

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Jul 25, 2013

LLL070 Sydney Mackey Haggerty: Breathe Deep in the Belly

On beautiful Sebec Lake, Sydney and Lanna talk about staying positive, how Americans work too hard, martial arts, Qigong, and breathing deep in the belly. Sydney tells us how to make the world a better place. Sydney reveals that people are her passion, that her art is in her body, and what she does to keep going. And she answers 10 questions.

Sydney Mackey Haggerty

Sydney is a Housewife, Martial Arts Teacher, Freelancer & Consultant who lives in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.

The 411: Sydney Mackey Haggerty

[Recorded 7/21/2013]

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Women in Podcasting

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