Episode 26. Debbie and I talk about the startlingly high number of children who are killed or injured by furniture tipping over on them. Debbie shares her personal story of loss, and talks about the organization she and her husband founded to prevent other people from losing the children they love.
“It just didn’t feel right to live with that knowledge and let other parents who don’t know the dangers just go about their life, and just hope that they’re not the next ones.”
0:00 ~ Safe and Sound with Amaya
4:00 ~ an accident waiting to happen
9:55 ~ we don’t see the danger
14:35 ~ tipping is totally preventable
19:10 ~ hot pink pinkies
24:10 ~ a difficult thing to live with
28:15 ~ Why not protect your kids?
moving the podcast – interview from November 6, 2013
I don’t see my parents as much since they retired and moved a couple of hours away. So when I got the rare chance to spend an afternoon with my mom, I asked if she’d talk with me for the podcast. I wanted to hear about when she was growing up. Among other things, we talked about kids running freely all over the neighborhood, not keeping your front doors locked, and how things today are different and somehow still the same. I don’t ask enough about my parent’s histories, and this was a fun chat for me, getting to hear new stories and getting some of what I thought I knew cleared up a bit.
“I would not want to be a young adult or a young teenager again. But I would go back and be a kid again. Especially if I could pull up more of the memories of being a kid again, if I could just restore those memories.”
0:00 ~ surprised by retirement
3:10 ~ What was it like when you were a little girl?
9:50 ~ working parents and chores
14:30 ~ switches and wooden spoons and whatever was handy
18:50 ~ fathers, alcoholism, fish fries, and knowing your neighbors
26:35 ~ childhood memories (like sneaking out, stealing cherries, and chaining up your sister)
moving the podcast – interview from August 28, 2013
I really enjoyed my chat with Jan, and I think this is as much myself as I’ve been so far (she brought out the super chatty, laughy in me for sure). But she’s more than just a funny lady; she’s really fascinating and enthusiastic about her life and her choice of careers. And that’s a great thing to hear. So take a listen as Jan talks to me about blogging, motherhood, living in Canada and the amazing world of the kindergarten classroom.
“If it can make someone else laugh, it helps me see the humor in the situation…
that’s probably been one of the best things about Twitter and blogging
is just that it helps me see the funny quicker.”
0:00 ~ to tweet, perhaps to blog…
11:15 ~ raising (& writing about) 4 boys under 8
18:15 ~ being a Kindergarten teacher!
26:20 ~ Kids learn that in Kindergarten?
30:00 ~ technology and the modern classroom
34:55 ~ Oh, Canada
I loved this chat. I was so unprepared, my first question was “Ricky is nice”. But the magical Ricky kept the conversation flowing! We talked about fatherhood, being a blogger vs a writer, his work-in-progress and our fear of failure. And then he did a magic trick.
I’m still trying to figure it out.
0:00 ~ Who is this?
6:30 ~ fatherhood
9:50 ~ “I’m a blogger, not a writer”
14:45 ~ the fear of failure
18:30 ~ Changeup (which I keep calling “The” Changeup)
25:10 ~ computer stuff
28:10 ~ Ricky does magic