Balancing Chaos
#32 Interview with Jane Drichta, founder of the Global Motherhood Initiative
#31 Interview with children’s author Alex Hinrichs

#31 Interview with children’s author Alex Hinrichs

May 24, 2018

Kelley keeps texting us pics of her on a beach, so Gretchen interviewed Alexandra Hinrichs, a children's book author, about her favorite books, how she managed to be a guest at the Getty Museum, and suggestions for aspiring writers! Also, Gretchen has some things to say about pockets. 

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Mentioned on the podcast

Alexandra SD Hinrichs

At the end of Winter: Central MA poet Susan Roney-O’Brien

Amos & Boris, William Steig

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

Anne of Green Gables

Tourism PEI

A Ring of Endless Light

Lois Lowry on Twitter

Judy Blume on Twitter

Island Readers & Writers

A Summer to Die

Lurlene McDaniel (the Dawn Rochelle collection)

Dying Teenagers in Love Tears are the highest praise for Lurlene McDaniel’s brand of sick lit

Honoring Teen’s Sexual Reality: Judy Blume

Little Wings: Willa Bean series

The Book Thief




That dystopian fiction was preparation tweet

A Brief History of Young Adult Books

From Tapestry to Picture Book: a Unique Collaboration

Therese Makes a Tapestry


Getty: French Tapestry Exhibit

The Gobelins Manufactory

The Month of December

Renee Graef

Casey Robinson

Iver & Ellsworth

Jamie Deenihan


12x12 Challenge


All the World

Everywhere Babies

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

What If

Chris Van Dusen

A Bear Sat on My Porch Today 


Our Favorite Things

Alex: The Children's Book Podcast

Gretchen: Good Reads

[Rebroadcast] #15 Planning for the Unexpected

[Rebroadcast] #15 Planning for the Unexpected

May 17, 2018

Kelley is on a tropical vacation this week, so we are rebroadcasting one of our most popular episodes. After the initial podcast ran, we each had people contact us to let us know it compelled them to take action of life insurance, wills, and other important things that are hard to think about. Jamie was very gracious in sharing her story, with the hope that it would encourage people to think about the unthinkable, and that's exactly what happened. It's never too early to buy life insurance (but it can be too late to do so, so do it!) - G

Kelley and Gretchen are joined by Jamie, who was widowed at 34, and has advice for planning for the unexpected. Enjoying Balancing Chaos? Tell two friends, like us on Facebook, email us at, and don't forget to leave us a review on iTunes or Stitcher!


Mentioned on the podcast

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

Select Quote (you want TERM life! Not whole life.)

The TransAmerica Pyramid

Sarah Susanka, The Not So Big House

The Red File: Include marriage certificate, birth certificates, passports, wills, POA, mortgage information, list of accounts, health care providers etc.

Sheryl Sandberg, Katie Couric & Adam Grant on Living Option B*

Google's Inactive Account Manager (aka the Death Tool)

Medical School Anatomical Gift Programs

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Mary Roach

How to setup and use Do Not Disturb on your iPhone

*I heard this as audio via the Death, Sex, and Money podcast, but it was originally from the 92nd Street Y.


Our Favorite Things! 

Jamie: Motion Activated Toilet Bowl Light & Amazon Echo

Kelley: Stainless Steel Stemless Wine Glass

Gretchen: Hopkins Arctic Plow Snow Remover

#30 Job Search Advice for New Grads (and you, too.)
#29 Gun Safety and Self Reflection
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