#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 

 

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#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

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#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

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[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

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#28 Interview with Dr. Sara, about Remote Year

April 26, 2018

Sara left her nursing job (but kept her online instructor job!) and has been traveling the world since 2016. She talks about her experience getting started with Remote Year

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Mentioned on the podcast

Remote Year

State Department travel advisories  

Australia's safety warnings about the US

 

Our Favorite Things

Sara: Food Tours! (Here's a list of what Forbes calls the world's best!)

Kelley: Air BNB 

Gretchen: TSA Pre Check

 

 

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[Rebroadcast] #22 Sarah Walker Caron, the mother of a survivor of the Sandy Hook school shooting

April 19, 2018

We're on vacation this week, but since this week is the anniversary of the Columbine shooting, we are rebroadcasting our episode with Sarah Walker Caron. Since we first aired this, there has been some movement forward - Dick's Sporting Goods (and other stores) have implemented new sales policies, the governor of Vermont, with an A rating from the NRA has signed new policies into law, and even Florida has had some movement on the legislation front, signing new policies into law as well. We'll be back next week with an all new episode!

 

Sarah Walker Caron is the mother of a survivor of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. She joins us and shares her experiences from that day, and in the years after. You also hear from Gretchen's daughters - one who was in 1st grade when Sandy Hook happened, and one who is in 2nd grade now, the same age that Sarah's son was when Sandy Hook happened - about lockdown drills.  (Heads up, this one is definitely a heavy subject.)

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Mentioned on the podcast

Sandy Hook School Shootings

http://sarahcaron.com/

My son survived Sandy Hook. I want to tell him it won’t happen again, but I can’t.

School starts at new building for Sandy Hook kids

Sandy Hook Elementary School design finds safety, security in openness

PD: Man arrested for making threat at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Sandy Hook Elementary Students Return Day After Bomb Threat

Parkland Student Emma González Opens Up About Her Fight for Gun Control

Diane Alston's Twitter thread on 'remember, they are teenagers.'

Pennsylvania church plans a ceremony with AR-15 rifles — and a local school is getting students out of the way

Police: Ellsworth student who made threat had access to weapons

Oregon passes gun control bill aimed at domestic abusers

Ex-Maine police officers claim law enforcement failed in its duty to confiscate Lake’s guns

Kate Braestrup on The Moth: The Blessing

We’re used to experiencing mass shootings online. But Parkland brought us into the classroom.

March for Our Lives

The Briar Patch's teacher portrait project: "We are already armed."

Our Favorite Things

Kelley: Harvard Injury Control Research Center

Americans Widely Support Tighter Regulations on Gun Sales

Gretchen: Everytown for Gun Safety

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Giffords Courage to Fight Gun Violence

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Sandy Hook Promise

 

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#27 Interview with Megan from Harper’s Quest

April 12, 2018

Megan Yockey's daughter is the inspiration behind Harper's Quest, a nonprofit dedicated to funding research into the rare genetic disorder, Lamb-Shaffer Syndrome. She talks about the journey of learning about Harper's disorder and starting a nonprofit to fund research in LSS.

On April 18, 2018, the flagship Kendra Scott store in Austin will be hosting a Harper's Quest fundraiser from 5-8pm CT, where 20% of all sales will be donated to Megan's organization. Not local? Call direct and order, and they will ship to you for free! 

April 18, 5-8pm Central Time

For Austin locals:

3800 NORTH LAMAR BOULEVARD
AUSTIN , TX 78756
United States

If you want to call in and order over the phone (mention Harper's Quest if you call outside of the event times!)

(512) 879-3422 

 

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Mentioned on the podcast

Harper's Quest

http://www.lambshaffer.org/

Kendra Scott

Our Favorite Things

Kelley: How I Built This Kendra Scott's Episode

Gretchen: The library!

Megan: Autry CellarsBecker Vineyards

 

 

 

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