#36 Interview with Lutheran Pastor Rebecca Liberty

July 12, 2018

We interview Rebecca Liberty, a Lutheran Pastor and life coach, about her journey to her career, and to Bangor. She shares some insights onto Christianity today.

And yes, at points you can hear our kids, because we are nothing if not an accurately named podcast, and it is summer and we recorded with them in the building for the first time.  

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Mentioned on the podcast

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Harvard Divinity School

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

Reconciling in Christ

Open and Affirming

The Liturgists Podcast

Liturgists: Evangelicals episode

Choosing Our Religion: the Spiritual Life of America's Nones, Elizabeth Drescher

California avocado farmer struggles to find workers

Treasure Hunt of Your Life

Redeemer Lutheran Church is seeking a new pastor!

 

Our Favorite Things

Rebecca: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and This is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are, by Melody Warnick

Kelley: Whole Foods

Gretchen: She Should Run Incubator

 

[Rebroadcast] #17 Information Over or Underload?

June 28, 2018

With the news from the Supreme Court this week, we decided to rerun how we are trying to stay sane during this moment of history. We have a new episode coming next week! 

 

Are you rage-screaming into a pillow every day, or happily moving through each day (mostly) blissfully unaware of the newest presidential gaffe? Gretchen and Kelley talk about how they manage the influx of insane news. Like us on Facebook, email us at balancingchaospodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to leave us a review on iTunes or Stitcher!

 

Mentioned on the podcast

YNAB Classes

Zillow for Bangor

The Women's March Never Ended. These Stats Prove It.

News Sources

Twitter

The debate over DACA

ICE detains a Polish doctor and green-card holder who has lived in the US for nearly 40 years

Read Judge Rosemarie Aquilina's powerful statement to Larry Nassar

It Began with Rachael Denhollander and it Ends with Her

Podcasts

Late Night Shows

Doomsday Clock

Hawaii missile alert: How one employee 'pushed the wrong button' and caused a wave of panic

SNL

The Skimm

Politico

The Hill

Our Favorite Things

Kelley: BOGS Arcata Stripe Women's Insulated Boots

Gretchen: Allerpet

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#35 Summer Bucket List

June 21, 2018

Kelley recaps her trip to Jamaica (mildly NSFW - but really funny) and we talk about our summer plans.

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Mentioned on the podcast

Sandals Negril

Dr. Hyman: Top 10 Big Ideas: How to Detox from Sugar

Donate to RAICES for Gretchen's birthday

Geocaching

DLLT Dedicates the Trail to Tomorrow

Great Wolf Lodge New England

Moms, Put on that Swimsuit

 

Our Favorite Things

Kelley: Baggallini Bryant Pouch

Gretchen: Crosswalks

 

#34 Interview with Melanie, from the Maine Highlands!

June 14, 2018

When your state's motto is literally "VACATIONLAND," people have questions about traveling here. While most people think "Lobsters and Lighthouses," there is SO much more to visiting Maine. Melanie is the grant manager for the Maine Highlands, a beautiful region of the state that is anchored by our hometown, Bangor, and includes one of the endpoints of the Appalachian Trail, Mt. Katahdin. Melanie shares her best tips and secret gems of the Highlands.

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Mentioned on the podcast

https://www.themainehighlands.com/

Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit

Maine's Needhams: A Sweet Treat Of Earthy Potatoes

Maine Whoopie Pie Festival

Specialty Sweets

Maine Needham Whoopie Pie

Anthony Bourdain No Reservations S06E12: Maine

Flatlanders Smokehouse, Patten, Maine

Katahdin Cruises

 

  

Our Favorite Things

Kelley: Back Cove Trail, Portland

Gretchen: https://www.autoslash.com/

Melanie: Her new cat! 

black cat 

 

#33 Interview with Deborah, a melanoma patient

June 7, 2018

Deborah is a stage IV metastatic melanoma patient in long-term remission. She shares her story with us, from diagnosis to where she's at today. 

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Mentioned on the podcast

https://www.melanoma.org/

Cancer Immunotherapy

Targeted Therapy

Gamma Knife

Cancer Staging

Ocular Melanoma

Iritis

LLBean Sunbuster Beach Shelter

Melanoma Just Got Personal

AAD SpotMe - find free screenings in your area

   

Our Favorite Things

Deborah: Facebook

Kelley: EWG Sunscreen Guide

Gretchen: LLBean Tropicwear Hat

#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

http://www.loislowry.com/

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

SCBWI

12x12 Challenge

StoryStorm

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

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 balancingchaospodcast@gmail.com, 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