Stacey Gross is a single mother to twin daughters, a former reporter and columnist, and a small-scale poultry farmer with a flock of around 30 chickens and ducks (please don’t tell the chickens, but the ducks are her favorites). In the spare time she imagines having (but actually doesn’t, at all), Stacey enjoys horseback riding, humiliating herself in front of both former and potential love interests, and staring into the refrigerator as if it contains an entire separate dimension into which she could slip at will to find respite from her unmanageable life.
First, a bit of news: So, it's after careful consideration that I've decided to suspend pledges on Patreon. For the time being the content will be available free to everyone at all times. I'd still love it if people visited the Patreon page, and I'll take a donation any old time you feel like buying me a cup of coffee, but I'm struggling with the "new normal" as we all call it. I'm back to work part time, but the kids aren't in school, and it's impossible to find care for them when I'm already wearing my childcare options thin just getting to work each day. I just don't feel comfortable charging patrons for a thing when I can't reasonably promise to have bonus content, content up by Friday at the latest, or other benefits that come along with patronage. Now, about this episode: Katrina and I actually went to high school together. She's a super cool chick, with four kids, living in Honolulu, Hawaii, with her husband, who is also in the air force. She talks about her choice to join the Air Force, her current dilemma: go back into the air force and, if so, in what capacity, and how she raises four kids while her husband is deployed (but he's not currently, so that's a good thing). Support the show (
So things have been hairy the last couple of weeks, eh? I'm currently back to work part time, but also have about 30 chicken eggs incubating, five hatched, and some duck eggs on the way (because my drake is either a fat hen or just not into the ladies, so we don't get fertile eggs from our ducks. Also, another friend is giving me some Brahma eggs to incubate. That's a really enormous chicken, if you're not into the poultry lingo. If you're not following me on Instagram ( or Twitter, (@2mddpodcast), you should, because I'm posting videos and pictures of our little farm almost every day, and lots of them are of brand new baby chickens. So if you like to go "awwwwww, squee," you should hit me up on social media. Anyhow, I've taken a week off from editing and this week wanted to instead share with you an episode of Michael Hsu's podcast, on which I did a guest appearance last month. Michael reached out to me after I posted on a podcasting forum asking what everyone's numbers were looking like in early March. Everyone experienced a huge downturn in listeners and downloads, and I disclosed that I was feeling a significant amount of imposter syndrome as a result. Michael invited me to try a session of his intergenerational healing approach to dealing with issues like the ones I have every day (Anxiety Girl - Able to Leap to the Worst Conclusion at a Moment's Notice). I'm also notorious for trouncing all therapists' attempts to make me do things that make me feel like I'm performing, or being hokey, or generally going along willingly with their plans whatsoever. My old therapists would probably barf if they could hear this. Because difficult. I can't help it, it's just how I am. I warned Michael before taking him up on his offer that I'm basically Chandler Bing and tend to deflect all efforts at seriousness or intimacy with inappropriate and slightly offensive humor. Michael is brave. He had me on on anyway. This was a fun opportunity to lean into an interpersonal interaction I'm VERY uncomfortable with, and his story during the final half of the episode is fun to listen to. I've always been keenly aware of how my parents' and grandparents' issues inform my own issues, both growing up and now, during what people insist is my adulthood (regardless of whether or not I choose to act like an adult). This was a great opportunity to have my own thoughts on my family's generational issues reflected back to me, and I wound up with some new ideas. It was super awkward. Because I'm super awkward, not because he is. His content is interesting, and he's a fascinating guy with a cool story of his own. He's said he'd love to guest on my show as well sometime, but with the current climate being what it is we just haven't been able to hash out a schedule to do a remote interview, but he just had a baby with his wife 6 months ago and said he'd love to discuss some of the "emotional crapola" that comes up when we have kids. Especially our first kids. So. For this week check out my episode with Michael, and then listen to other ones. Because it's cool hearing people's stories through the lens of his unique method of intergenerational healing. I'll be back next week with a new episode of my own for you. Support the show (
 Laura Bauder is a school psych from Virginia (I believe...I don't think we discussed that but I think that's what she told me in her emails with me before coming on). She experienced postpartum depression, which inspired her to start her own podcast - Postpartum Perspectives, which you can hear here! I love having professionals and providers on who are willing to talk about their own experiences and issues because I think that's one of the best ways to destigmatize mental health issues for everyone. Support the show (
Demetrius Thigpen grew up in Detroit, Michigan with a mother he describes as single. His father, said Demetrius, was an alcoholic. And while he was in and out of Demetrius and his sister's lives, Demitrius said the experience of on-again off-again fathering was like having a bandaid continually ripped off. At one point, Demetrius said, he remembers his mother stopping on the side of the road and calling his father - sitting outside a liquor store - to get into the car with them. His father was so so drunk, said Demetrius, that he didn't even recognize them.Before the age of ten, Demetrius recalls being sat down by his father and told that it was time for him to become the man of the house. "I could never do that to my children," Demetrius said of the experience. Now a U.S. Marine, Demetrius is also the father of three children, and is often stationed away from them. With his family living in Arizona at the moment and himself stationed in California, Demetirus said he struggles with not being able to be physically present for his children as much as he'd like but he reminds himself that his physical absence is what puts food on his family's table, and he tries not to think of it as what keeps him away from the table himself. Demetrius is also a fellow podcaster, and his podcast, "Extraordinary Thoughts for the Ordinary Mind," can be found here. Demetrius just entered his third season and you have to give his podcast a listen. It's got a ton of killer reviews and let me just add mine here: it's inspiring, and Demetrius has a lot of great commentary on how we can stop holding ourselves back from becoming the best possible versions of ourselves. It's uplifting and will make you feel great, even in quarantine. Support the show (
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Jul 26th, 1983
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