The COVID-19 Chronicles

A couple of dads figuring out how to balance life with their families amidst a damn pandemic.

Episode 103 – Processing An Emotional Election

The stakes for the 2020 US presidential election could not feel any higher. The results show a country torn in half. Where do we go from here? Just a couple days after the election was called for Biden, Patrick and John process the emotional rollercoaster and grapple...

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Episode 102 – Work From Home Dad

Pandemic life has transformed our work and home lives for the indefinite future. With school back in session for several weeks now, a new rhythm is emerging. John and Patrick talk specifically about their work from home setup; while their wives are out working, the...

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Episode 101 – In Touch With Nature

One of the silver linings through this pandemic is the increased time we're all spending outdoors in nature. Isn't that where our children are supposed to spend their days anyway? The famed Peter From the Midwest comes on to probe into the subject with Patrick and...

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Episode 100 – Celebrating The Big One Hundred

Just like that, we've been just winging it for 100 episodes. In case you missed it, a lot has happened over the last 2.5 years since the show began. But we're not here to talk about world events right now. John and Patrick reflect back with listeners on the last 99...

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Episode 99 – So It Begins

Labor Day has passed, school is officially starting; so marks the transition from summer to what feels like a new year, and a new phase of life in a pandemic. Patrick and John go deeper to explore the rewiring of our brains and our lives as we settle into our adapted...

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Episode 98 – Emerging From The Chrysalis

As the summer winds down, the reality ahead for families is sinking in. We're about to emerge from our relatively sheltered Spring and Summer to hunker down for school, work, and all that the Fall and Winter will bring. And maybe transform into something entirely new....

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Episode 97 – Back to… School?

The Fall is approaching quickly and the reality of beginning a new school year amidst the pandemic is settling in. Patrick and John work through what's on every school age parent's mind right now; how the heck is school going to work this year? The Fall is approaching...

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Episode 96 – Kids Birthday Parties (During the Apocalypse)

Two years ago (episode 19), planning kids birthday parties was stressful enough. Somehow now with the pandemic backdrop, it has become both simpler and more complicated. John talks Patrick through his daughter's week of birthday parties and their strategy to manage...

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Episode 95 – Change Is In The Air

The pace and scale of change around us is without precedent in our lifetime. So it's no surprise that change is manifesting in all sorts of ways, big and small, in our families. John and Patrick chat about some of the latest changes in their households, including a...

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Episode 94 – Rediscovering Outdoor Activities

Getting outside with our families has been more important than ever. So why not take the time to teach our kids—and ourselves—some new outdoor activities? Patrick and John share their latest outdoor discoveries as they keep on working through how to take advantage of...

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