The COVID-19 Chronicles

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

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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Episode 93 – The Neverending Home Projects

From the moment you move into a new home, the projects begin and never stop. With all this extra time at home now during the pandemic, it seems the projects have multiplied. John and Patrick celebrate Father's Day with a chat about their home improvement ups and...

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Episode 92 – Showing Up For Black Lives Matter

A spark has ignited across the country as we slowly climb out of the pandemic while facing head on a crisis that continues to plague the US: the oppression of black people. Patrick and John work through how to show up meaningfully and helpfully in this moment as two...

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Episode 91 – New Beginnings

Spring is peaking, the pandemic curve is sloping down, and we're all gradually emerging to figure out our new reality. That new reality for Patrick and his family includes a new house in new state. He and John chat about the big move, what it has been like to...

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Episode 90 – Just Zooming It

We meant it when we said it's important to check in with each other during this time of insanity. John and Patrick bring on a group of listeners for a Zoom roundtable on how we're all managing life during a pandemic. We meant it when we said it's important to check in...

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Episode 89 – Preparing For The Long Haul

The school-year is officially canceled. Daycare is closed for a couple more months. What has felt temporary, is now settling into something more. Patrick and John dig into what it's going to take to prepare for this longer-than-expected episode of life. The...

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