The Podcast Effect (pod-21)

This is the fifteenth podcast episode my wife and I have done together. So in this episode, we talk about how the podcast has affected our relationship. It has caused some ups and downs, with more ups than downs. We also talk about how you too can reap the benefits of this experience, without having to be foolish enough to start your own podcast to discuss your relationship issues.

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On publishing stuff at medium.com…

So I’ve been re-publishing a few of my published stories on medium.com this month. Medium can be described as many things, but one thing it is… is a site that looks beautiful where people can self-publish their writing. It has been on my mind to do this, because many websites – even sites that post amazing content – are not so pretty. Either they are poorly designed or they have intrusive advertising or something else. I have no grand plans here, I just thought it would be fun to post some of my favorite stories on this uncluttered site so a few people could read and enjoy them. Or at least if they don’t enjoy them – it is entirely my fault. So here they are, in case you want to check them out. Most are quite short…

when my body smashed into the sidewalk my last thought was this: i should have bought my mother a birthday present…
WHEN MY BODY SMASHED INTO THE SIDEWALK on medium.com
it was hot that day, sitting in the backseat of our mother’s car in the piggly wiggly parking lot. she was in the grocery store. she had told us, “don’t talk to a soul,” before she left…
HEAVEN on medium.com
“let’s go bowling,” she says. “i know a place that has guardrails so you can’t roll a gutter ball.” your first thought is, “aren’t those for children?” but then you realize that a man as nervous as you are should accept all the guardrails that he can get…
BLUE on medium.com
first thing you should know about me: i’m into buses. the 57 is bumpy and dreary and it twists you out of the beautiful belly of portland and into the strip mall nightmare of beaverton. i used to take that one to get to work. but now i’m free of that job…
GOD AND BUSES on medium.com

more stories and essays…

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Hey Jealousy (pod-20)

In this podcast episode, my wife and I talk about jealousy — her jealousy of me and my jealousy of her. Although a certain amount of jealousy is allowed in our relationship, are we jealous enough???

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Drawn to Women (pod-19)

In this podcast episode, my wife and I analyze why we both typically prefer to talk with women more than men. This isn’t an across the board thing though – we both have close male friends – and so we try to untangle why it’s that way. Hopefully no genders were harmed in the making of this podcast. (Also, I apologize for the ridiculous GarageBand loopy thing at the end.)

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Sex and Marriage (pod-18)

In this podcast episode, we actually try to talk about our sex life – or at least our struggle with getting sex into our busy lives. WARNING: This discussion is not so sexy.

By the way, I reference my awkward TIME-BASED SEX video in this discussion, in case you want to check that out first.

OK. Now I’m blushing.


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Resentment and You (pod-17)

In this podcast episode, we talk about resentment. Or at least we try to talk about resentment — a little bit of my resentment and a little bit of my wife’s resentment. We bicker about our messy home. You’ll also learn a brilliant (or horrifying) technique for saving time when folding (or not folding) your laundry.


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New Frontiers of Vulnerability (pod-16)

In this podcast episode, we discuss vulnerability, shame, and my own craziness. We talk about Brené Brown’s research and we talk about the essay I recently published. Join us for this delightfully vulnerable romp.


Things we discuss this episode:

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Neurotic Tour of the Vagina Tour
(pod-15)

In this podcast episode… yeah, you’re just going to have to listen to this one to make sense of it. Sorry.


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Creative Sprints (failvid-17)

In this Failed Writer video, I talk about how I chip away at my creative projects. I’m definitely no model for success — every week I consider dumping my novel — but I still manage to keep doing creative projects every week. So here is my tactic, sort of.

By the way, I’m use the Clear app for my creative list making. Check it out.

Want to see all my Failed Writer videos? Check them out here.

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Money Trouble (pod-14)

In this podcast episode, we talk about money. Or more specifically, we talk about our money problems. Or more specifically, we talk about our relationship problems that relate to our money problems.

Here is a link to the application we reference during the podcast: You Need A Budget (with $6 discount they just sent me, works on Mac & Windows, and there is an accompanying mobile app for iPhone & Android).


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