The Boredom Experiment / Season Two : Episode Two

Here’s the thing about being new at something that you’re also sharing online .. anyone who wants to can see your learning curve. I’m learning this. I’m listening back to the old podcast episodes, working on new ones, and realizing that I’m not a pro yet. I haven’t put in my Malcolm Gladwell “10,000 hours” yet in podcasting. Photography? sure. Telling stories without visual images and podcasting and mixing audio? nope.

But I am loving this. Right now, my creative rabbit trail is leading me down the road of our podcast and I am chasing it with feverish voracity and hoping it will lead somewhere wonderful.. or at least to somewhere that I learn more about storytelling in a new medium, somewhere I grow in humility as I realize how difficult it is to be excellent at something new.

With all of that being said, I am really proud of this latest episode. If this is my learning curve, each episode is a chance to grow and explore this.. and I’m doing that. It’s hard earned and clumsy but I hope you listen and hear the raw honesty and openness I have approaching these themes.

Blah, blah, rambling on and on.. words that no one will probably have time to read anyways..

I’d love if you’d have a listen to episode two, Lifeguard.
and I’d love it more if you’d call me (phone number at the end of the episode) or if you’d write and let me know your thoughts.

Season Two of the Boredom Experiment is here!

If you don’t already know, we have a podcast. It’s called The Boredom Experiment and you can find us on iTunes and subscribe so you never miss one(plug, plug, self-promotion…but you really should listen!). We started it fifteen months ago when we quit social media, and we (although infrequently) have contributed to it over the past year+ as that journey has continued.

Well, the podcast returned this past week for season two! One of the most exciting parts, for me, is that our kiddos are getting more involved. I’m getting to see their personalities shine and their creative spirits come alive even more through it. It’s such fun to load the five of us into our little shasta trailer and talk and laugh and record and laugh some more and see where it goes.

One of the other most exciting parts about season two is the diversity of topics and ideas. Social media was such a huge focus for us in season one because.. well.. social media was still such a huge focus. Leaving that virtual environment behind had a huge effect on our life and our work, and we were just trying to process through what it all meant. We will still continue to process through it but now we continue the journey asking questions about screen usage in general and exploring ways to live with more intention.

So, instead of talking you to death, why don’t I just share it?
Here it is, the first episode of Season Two of The Boredom Experiment.


you are what you watch . and mind-trip monday

if you are what you eat, then it also makes sense that you are what you see, look at, and watch. It’s one of the reasons why we have no TV and advocate for others to kill their television. It’s a huge reason why we are no longer on social media.


Tonight we watched one of those brilliant BBC nature shows about Africa with the boys. About an hour later Zion, Tyler, and I were playing upstairs and Zion said, “I’ll be the be the baby bird Tyler, and mommy you be the mommy bird…” Everyone understood and assumed the appropriate position. Tyler curled up in the fetal position, mimicking the pale, thin-skinned baby birds in this particularly gruesome scene. Then Zion slowly crawled toward him with a menacing look in his eyes and just as he began to attack he said, “ok mommy! now you!” I flew in and did what the mommy bird does in the scene.. punctured the nasty insect with my beak and saved my young. We took turns replaying the scene until each of us had gotten a chance to play all the parts. Then, just as quickly as the improv session had begun, it was over. They raced down the hall to go play something else.


It made me think. Out of that entire show, my five year old picked up on the scene that was the most memorable to him, and then he later wanted to act it out. It made me all the more thankful and aware that having a video gaming system and television just wouldn’t be good for our family. Our boys are still in what I like to call their sponge years. They are soaking up the world around them and trying to make sense of what they will think, do, and be. I don’t know much about the games and shows that kids get into (I know, I know, I sound like grandma parsons over here), but I know that many of them involve gun violence or are degrading to women or minorities. The real, natural world is interesting and hardcore enough. It involves giant insects that prey on baby birds half their size and mothers who are brutal and protective. I’d rather our boys be influenced, albeit infrequently, by that type of stimulus than see them live vicariously through a digital world that involves guns. Especially after the insane and devastating tragedy that happened in Orlando.


Since we are what we watch and I think we can all afford nine minutes to have our minds expanded and blown a little bit. Here’s something I watched recently that did just that.. a video by Charles and Ray Eames from 1977 called POWERS OF TEN. Watch full screen and enjoy the mind trip.