We share commemorations from Kelliann and Katy, both centering around the idea of when caring for yourself or your loved one requires tough choices.
It's the first episode of our new format! We share commemorations from Sloan and Katelynn as well as feedback from Nicole about our holiday gift-giving conversation.
We share our discussion on gift-giving. We cover who to give to, what you give them, and some outside the box ideas as well. We've got your holiday giving covered!
We share your commemorations and feedback before Sarah shares the lessons she learned from her unsuccessful campaign for reelection as a Paducah City Commissioner. We reflect on the joys and sorrows of making yourself vulnerable in a public way.
We discuss how the portrayal of fictional women has shifted over time. We talk the best (and worst!) Disney princess movies as well as the new batch of powerhouse female superheros such as Wonder Woman and the women in the Star Wars universe. But, we question whether the increasing acceptance of complex women on screen has actual changed the way we welcome complex women into the real world.
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We share a quick State of the Pod with important updates about the next chapter of The Nuanced Life. Then, we share your commemorations and talk to Brock Lusch, the NOMADad. He's an at-home dad creating community for dads in Cincinnati and online.
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We share another batch of your commemorations before discussing how holidays like Halloween can foster community. We also have a discussion about the best Halloween candies.
Inspiration: The Soul of Halloween
We start the show, as always, with your commemorations. One in particular, along with some listener feedback, lead us into a deeper conversation about birth control and gynecology in general. Then, we share our amazing conversation with therapist Megan Devine about how we deal with grief.
Resources from Megan:
Inspiration: An Enemy of Envy
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We talk to therapist Natasha Daniels about kids dealing with anxiety disorders and how to help them cope. Of course, some of Natasha's thoughts and suggestions apply beyond childhood, especially considering the anxiety our modern culture can produce for people of all ages.
We share another batch of your commemorations before our conversation with Amy Medling, the PCOS Diva. She shares her experiences and thoughts about women's healthcare and how we can take control of some of the health issues in our lives.
We share a variety of your commemorations, which coincidentally seem to have a theme of gender expectations and parenting. They fit in right in with our main conversation in which we discuss the challenges of raising kids in the age of Kavanaugh, Trump, and the #metoo movement. Culture places all sorts of gendered expectations on our kids and we want to push back on some of them.
It's time to rethink how we are raising our boys (Cincinnati Enquirer article)
"Boys will be boys." (Sarah's blog post after the Access Hollywood tape)
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We talked to Kendra Hennessy, founder of Mother Like A Boss, about what homemaking means in the modern era. It's not the June-Cleaver-vacuuming-in-pearls image you have. We also share some wonderful feedback from recent episodes.
In response to an awesome note from a sexually frustrated listener in Canada, we talk about what it's like when sexual partners are not on the same page. It's not abnormal for long-term relationships to go through periods where one partner or the other just isn't feeling it for whatever reason. We talk about what that means physically and emotionally for both partners.
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Laura Vanderkam, author of Off the Clock and other books, talks to us about time management and how to get the most of the time you have. She also shares why scrubbing your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher is definitively wrong.
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We share a fresh batch of commemorations. We also talk to author Christina Martine about her book, Fifth Dimensional Healing, and her perspective on spirituality, the feminine divine, and self-healing.
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In light of the recent revelations about the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania and the unfolding situation at Willow Creek Community Church, we discuss the #ChurchToo branch of the #MeToo movement. It comes perfectly on the heels of our discussion with Rachel Held Evans on Pantsuit Politics earlier this week.
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After sharing some more of your wonderful commemorations, we jump into a conversation about the benefits of caregiving. Caregiving is a powerful, personal experience that can shape you profoundly and we talk about why that matters so much. Plus, Sarah shares why she doesn't want to vote for anyone who hasn't changed a diaper.
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We share more of your commemorations before launching into a discussion about fear in the modern age. This conversation stems from The New York Times article, "Motherhood in the Age of Fear".
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Conversations about 9/11 and children's literature got us thinking about how we are telling the story of America to our children. Listeners Sian and Carissa join us to share their thoughts.
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Sian's Recommended Reading List
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin, Atheneum/S&S (2016) - Middle Grade
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes, Little (2016) - MG
Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu, Atheneum (2016) - MG
Just a Drop of Water by Kerry O'Malley Cerra, Sky Pony Press (2014) - older MG (10 - 14)
Up from the Sea by Leza Lowitz, Crown (2016) - young YA (12 - 14)
Truthers by Geoffrey Girard, Carolrhoda Lab (2017) - Young Adult
All We Have Left by Wendy Mills, Bloomsbury (2016) - YA
The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner, St. Martin's Griffin (2016) - YA
The Stranger Within Sarah Stein by Thane Rosenbaum, Texas Tech (2012) - YA
Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz, Simon Pulse (2012) - older YA
Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera, Whitman (2011) - older YA
Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman, Puffin/Penguin (2002) - picture book; ages 4 - 8
Saved by the Boats: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11 by Julie Gassman, Capstone Publishers (2016); picture book
America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell by Don Brown, Roaring Brook (2011) - part of Actual Times series; graphic novel format for young readers, 6 - 10
Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan, Peachtree (2016) - ages 7 - 9
Ground Zero Dogs by Meish Goldish, Bearport (2012) - part of Dog Heroes series; ages 7 - 12
The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi, Viking (2017) - young readers edition; 9 - 12
Ground Zero: How a Photograph Sent a Message of Hope by Don Nardo, Capstone (2016) - part of Capstones Captured History series; ages 9 - 12
Impact: The Story of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks by Matt Doeden, Capstone Publishers (2015) - MG series
The 9/11 Terror Attacks by Valerie Bodden, Creative Education (2015) - series for YA audience
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein, Roaring Brook Press (2003); picture book
Growing Peace: A Story of Farming, Music, and Religious Harmony by Richard Sobol, Lee & Low (2016) - ages 7 - 12
The Goat by Anne Fleming, Groundwood (2017) - MG
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi, HarperTeen (out October 2018) - YA
Adult "adopted" by YA
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, HMH (2005)
Backlist children's titles pulled from The Horn Book Guide Online database.
Beth shares her interview with Anna Guest-Jelley of Curvy Yoga. They talk yoga, diets, fitness, and body positivity.
Body Positive Books:
Curvy Yoga: Love Yourself & Your Body a Little More Each Day by Anna Guest-Jelley
Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance by Rosie Molinary
Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon
Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor
The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor
Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body by Melanie Klein and Anna Guest-Jelley
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