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Caterpillar Goo

Rod Haden and Flora Folgar

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Rod Haden and Flora Folgar

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Interviews, live storytelling, essays, short fiction, and poetry that focus on stories of growth, change, and transformation. caterpillargooshow.com

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Alfredo Gomez - Relief in Silence

EI spoke to Alfredo Gomez after he spoke at a Circles of Men Project gathering. The theme was “If you know yourself, you can move past fear.” It was his first time at a Circles of Men gathering, and he was inspired to share. When I later asked if anyone would be willing to speak for a podcast, he contacted me to share his story in a little more detail.Thank you so much, Alfredo, for sharing. I think it means a lot for men to be able to model openness and vulnerability to other men, and your story was moving and definitely relatable.Our theme song is “Start Again” by Monk Turner + Fascinoma. All other music in this episode was made by me using my new toy that I’m having so much fun playing with and learning: Ableton Live. So much fun! I hope you’re all finding ways to learn and grow and connect while we’re staying the hell away from each other.Here’s the transcript:I was born in Mexico. I was born one of 12 kids, and my mother had kids kind of like in a row, like almost every other year or every year. And so there was 2 older brothers and 2 older sisters before I was born, and then the rest of them followed, so I’m the 5th kid. Well, I felt like because of the number of kids that my mom, the large number of kids that my mom had, she just couldn’t, didn’t have the time to attend every one of us, and she neglected some of us.And my father was a federale in Mexico, which is kind of like the Texas Rangers used to be back in the day. And he was rural, which means that he had machine guns, shotguns, .45s, carrying, you know… So he was very aggressive, and he would take some of that aggressiveness to the house. And he had a horsewhip for us. Sometimes he used the handcuffs on my older brother that I saw that he did. He handcuffed him to the window and whipped him with the horsewhip.My mom, she would try to stop him from beating us, but then she would become a victim herself. He would push her out of the way, and then he would, that would really, made him more angry than anything because he would continue the beating, and then he would hit her after that for getting in the middle or trying stop him.And so all those things made me fearful. I mean, I got horsewhipped too, but more than anything, what scared me the most is watching a lot of the stuff, my mother getting beat. It was just a lot of trauma. For me, just watching that and even my older two brothers were fighting at one point, and I went and told my dad so he could make them stop. They were hurting each other, I mean, there was blood. So I went and told my dad. I said, “Hey Dad, you know, they’re fighting.” So I wanted him to stop the fight. So he goes and stops the fight, of course, and whips both of them, and then he comes and whips me for being a snitch. And as a 6, 7 year old, you don’t understand what you did wrong. I didn’t understand what I did. And so it was, to me, very brutal.And then so when we came to the States when I was 12 years old, the whole family. My dad, my mother, and all my brothers and sisters. We all came. Well my father had a job. He first came in and got a job here in Corpus Christi. He did a lot of construction. And then he brought us after he got settled, he brought us into the States.I couldn’t speak English. I went to the school, and next thing you know, people don’t like me. They’re being mean to me, and they’re telling me, I don’t even understand what they were saying, but they kept on repeating this word “wetback,” and I didn’t know what that meant. I really didn’t know. That was my first time… Living in Mexico, there’s no, everybody’s the same, you know? There’s no racial tensions or any of that stuff, and so when I came here, that was foreign to me and a different culture.So things didn’t get better for me. And then going to the school and then not being able to speak the language, the teachers would get mad because I was speaking Spanish. But what else was I going to speak if I can’t speak English, right? So then I would get in troub

43 MIN3 w ago
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Alfredo Gomez - Relief in Silence

Everybody Is Invited to Play

EJonny Reynolds talks about two Austin institutions he's proud to be a part of: Bat City Bombshells and Forbidden Fruit.

51 MINAPR 7
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Everybody Is Invited to Play

Pants and Kilts and Dresses

EAmy Haden-Knost talks about growing up, military service, online dating, same sex marriage, and becoming a grandparent.

48 MINFEB 22
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Pants and Kilts and Dresses

Let Loose the Bird

Clay Boykin, author and founder of the Circles of Men Project, talks about servant leadership, retirement, getting on purpose, and the New Compassionate Male.

53 MIN2019 NOV 23
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Let Loose the Bird

The Veil Drops in Squaw Valley

Bonus story from Steve Birch, who told us a few stories in the previous episode. Here he meets with a book publicist who is also a reluctant channeler and dreams about Cathy from the bookstore. Find full music credits at https://www.caterpillargooshow.com/

13 MIN2019 OCT 5
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The Veil Drops in Squaw Valley

Earthly Angels Bring Me Puzzle Pieces

ESteve Birch, musician, songwriter, and author, among many other talents, talks about his love of music, his quest to discover his family history, and how the universe gives him what he wants in ways he never expects.

49 MIN2019 SEP 26
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Earthly Angels Bring Me Puzzle Pieces

Musical Interlude - Celebrating Manhood

In which Rod plays with loops and samples to make a song about manhood.

3 MIN2019 AUG 21
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Musical Interlude - Celebrating Manhood

Episode 021 - No On Gets Out of Childhood Unscathed

EBrad Clark, Austin stay-at-home dad, considers his childhood, the bullying he endured, and how his own parenting has been affected both by that experience and by the therapy and other work he's done since to process trauma.

44 MIN2019 AUG 14
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Episode 021 - No On Gets Out of Childhood Unscathed

Episode 020 - We're All Real Nice, and We're All Assholes

EIn which Curtis teaches himself to shred and to amplify and record said shredding.

36 MIN2018 DEC 25
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Episode 020 - We're All Real Nice, and We're All Assholes

Episode 019 - Nothing Out Here Can Stop Me

EIn which Brandon Foster gets out of Buffalo before it's too late.

46 MIN2018 NOV 22
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Episode 019 - Nothing Out Here Can Stop Me

Latest Episodes

Alfredo Gomez - Relief in Silence

EI spoke to Alfredo Gomez after he spoke at a Circles of Men Project gathering. The theme was “If you know yourself, you can move past fear.” It was his first time at a Circles of Men gathering, and he was inspired to share. When I later asked if anyone would be willing to speak for a podcast, he contacted me to share his story in a little more detail.Thank you so much, Alfredo, for sharing. I think it means a lot for men to be able to model openness and vulnerability to other men, and your story was moving and definitely relatable.Our theme song is “Start Again” by Monk Turner + Fascinoma. All other music in this episode was made by me using my new toy that I’m having so much fun playing with and learning: Ableton Live. So much fun! I hope you’re all finding ways to learn and grow and connect while we’re staying the hell away from each other.Here’s the transcript:I was born in Mexico. I was born one of 12 kids, and my mother had kids kind of like in a row, like almost every other year or every year. And so there was 2 older brothers and 2 older sisters before I was born, and then the rest of them followed, so I’m the 5th kid. Well, I felt like because of the number of kids that my mom, the large number of kids that my mom had, she just couldn’t, didn’t have the time to attend every one of us, and she neglected some of us.And my father was a federale in Mexico, which is kind of like the Texas Rangers used to be back in the day. And he was rural, which means that he had machine guns, shotguns, .45s, carrying, you know… So he was very aggressive, and he would take some of that aggressiveness to the house. And he had a horsewhip for us. Sometimes he used the handcuffs on my older brother that I saw that he did. He handcuffed him to the window and whipped him with the horsewhip.My mom, she would try to stop him from beating us, but then she would become a victim herself. He would push her out of the way, and then he would, that would really, made him more angry than anything because he would continue the beating, and then he would hit her after that for getting in the middle or trying stop him.And so all those things made me fearful. I mean, I got horsewhipped too, but more than anything, what scared me the most is watching a lot of the stuff, my mother getting beat. It was just a lot of trauma. For me, just watching that and even my older two brothers were fighting at one point, and I went and told my dad so he could make them stop. They were hurting each other, I mean, there was blood. So I went and told my dad. I said, “Hey Dad, you know, they’re fighting.” So I wanted him to stop the fight. So he goes and stops the fight, of course, and whips both of them, and then he comes and whips me for being a snitch. And as a 6, 7 year old, you don’t understand what you did wrong. I didn’t understand what I did. And so it was, to me, very brutal.And then so when we came to the States when I was 12 years old, the whole family. My dad, my mother, and all my brothers and sisters. We all came. Well my father had a job. He first came in and got a job here in Corpus Christi. He did a lot of construction. And then he brought us after he got settled, he brought us into the States.I couldn’t speak English. I went to the school, and next thing you know, people don’t like me. They’re being mean to me, and they’re telling me, I don’t even understand what they were saying, but they kept on repeating this word “wetback,” and I didn’t know what that meant. I really didn’t know. That was my first time… Living in Mexico, there’s no, everybody’s the same, you know? There’s no racial tensions or any of that stuff, and so when I came here, that was foreign to me and a different culture.So things didn’t get better for me. And then going to the school and then not being able to speak the language, the teachers would get mad because I was speaking Spanish. But what else was I going to speak if I can’t speak English, right? So then I would get in troub

43 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Alfredo Gomez - Relief in Silence

Everybody Is Invited to Play

EJonny Reynolds talks about two Austin institutions he's proud to be a part of: Bat City Bombshells and Forbidden Fruit.

51 MINAPR 7
Comments
Everybody Is Invited to Play

Pants and Kilts and Dresses

EAmy Haden-Knost talks about growing up, military service, online dating, same sex marriage, and becoming a grandparent.

48 MINFEB 22
Comments
Pants and Kilts and Dresses

Let Loose the Bird

Clay Boykin, author and founder of the Circles of Men Project, talks about servant leadership, retirement, getting on purpose, and the New Compassionate Male.

53 MIN2019 NOV 23
Comments
Let Loose the Bird

The Veil Drops in Squaw Valley

Bonus story from Steve Birch, who told us a few stories in the previous episode. Here he meets with a book publicist who is also a reluctant channeler and dreams about Cathy from the bookstore. Find full music credits at https://www.caterpillargooshow.com/

13 MIN2019 OCT 5
Comments
The Veil Drops in Squaw Valley

Earthly Angels Bring Me Puzzle Pieces

ESteve Birch, musician, songwriter, and author, among many other talents, talks about his love of music, his quest to discover his family history, and how the universe gives him what he wants in ways he never expects.

49 MIN2019 SEP 26
Comments
Earthly Angels Bring Me Puzzle Pieces

Musical Interlude - Celebrating Manhood

In which Rod plays with loops and samples to make a song about manhood.

3 MIN2019 AUG 21
Comments
Musical Interlude - Celebrating Manhood

Episode 021 - No On Gets Out of Childhood Unscathed

EBrad Clark, Austin stay-at-home dad, considers his childhood, the bullying he endured, and how his own parenting has been affected both by that experience and by the therapy and other work he's done since to process trauma.

44 MIN2019 AUG 14
Comments
Episode 021 - No On Gets Out of Childhood Unscathed

Episode 020 - We're All Real Nice, and We're All Assholes

EIn which Curtis teaches himself to shred and to amplify and record said shredding.

36 MIN2018 DEC 25
Comments
Episode 020 - We're All Real Nice, and We're All Assholes

Episode 019 - Nothing Out Here Can Stop Me

EIn which Brandon Foster gets out of Buffalo before it's too late.

46 MIN2018 NOV 22
Comments
Episode 019 - Nothing Out Here Can Stop Me
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