Episode 2-2 Shelter in Place


This episode, which was recorded just before the Shelter in Place order started in Illinois, E and Me talk about their fears, anxieties, and disappointments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Some of the questions we ponder:

1. How is the shelter-in-pace affected you? Is your mood different? How are you handling the initial disappointment surrounding all that has been cancelled?

2. Name some of the fears we share. Not in order to panic one another, but to be honest about what is happening.

3. How do you respond to fear?


Episode 2-1 Jealousy (E and L and Me)


We kick off season two with a special guest, Lucy! Our biggest fan is E’s little sister Lucy, so we asked her to join us for the first episode of the season. She also picked the topic: Jealousy. We talk about sibling rivalry, jealousy over attention in friendships, and jealousy over things. We even come up with some ways to combat negative feelings of jealousy. Some of the questions we ponder:

How does jealousy effect your relationships with siblings and friends?

What are the big-ticket items that kids get jealous about at school?

Season Two Coming!

Ellie and Robb have recorded four episodes, and are hoping to do a few more as a part of an expanded season two. Ellie is 13 now, and we have a lot to talk about. Our first episode even features a special guest to talk about jealousy. We recorded one episode just before the Shelter at Home order in Illinois, so we talk about fear. Plus, we discuss Ellie’s favorite book, a fairly controversial one, but a powerful book that we recommend to read with parental guidance: The Color Purple. We’re home, and will be for quite some time, and we brought home our recording equipment. So season two, here we come!

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Episode 1-4 The future

E and Me ep 1-4In episode 4, we talk about the future. No, not flying cars or colonies on Mars. More like, what E wants to be when she grows up. Finding talents, growing up, and being involved in activities can be stressful. How can we navigate all the activities? How do we decide what you want to be?

Some questions we ponder:

1. What do/did you want to be when you grow/grew up?

2. What are the things that you love to do, that make you who you are?

Episode 1-3 Relationships, part 2 (dating)


This is Relationships, part 2. Also known as “I like like you.” We talk about having a crush, when our relationships with boys/girls shifted. Plus, Robb talk about the idea of meeting a boy Ellie brings home with a shot gun. Spoiler Alert: That’s stupid.

We also talk about the importance of loving and being kind to kids who are discovering that they are LGBTQ. Some of the questions we ask:

  1. When was your first crush?
  2. What was your relationship with boys/girls like before you started getting crushes? How did it change?
  3. When we tell girls “that boy who is being mean to you really likes you,” what are we saying to our girls? What are we saying to our boys?

Episode 1-2 Relationships, part 1 (friendships)


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This is Relationships, part 1. Also known as “I like you.” Next episode will be “I like like you.” In this episode we talk about friendships, the importance of trust, and how to rise above the drama. Friendships are an important part of growing up, so there are chances to talk about jealousy, trust, bullying, and drama magnets.

We ask an important question: How can you tell the difference between good friends and toxic friends?


Episode 1-1 Body image and fitness

E and ME ep 1-1In this first episode of the E and Me Podcast, we introduce the concept of the show. Then we get into three segments: Beauty, Body image and self love, and fitness. We pause twice for a few important questions

  1. What is beautiful?
  2. What do you see when you look in the mirror?
  3. When did you start to criticize your body?


Click Here to listen to the episode

Ellie is worth a “Wow”

Yesterday Elizabeth was interviewed by Elizabeth. We were so excited that a reporter, Elizabeth Wadas, of WQAD Channel 8 wanted to do a story about the E and Me Podcast. I have been on local TV news lots of times. Being in a midsize market means that when we have community events the local news, hungry for positive human interest stories, is going to show up. Most of the time though, I get interviewed for about three minutes and they use about 20 seconds of what I said.

This time was different. This crew of two came at 2:30, and stayed with us over an hour. They set up in our “studio” at church, and asked us to do a recording. Ellie and I recorded the first ten minutes of a new episode on Grief (that I think is going to be really good). Then the reporter, Elizabeth, interviewed each of us individually. These interviews were pretty in-depth.

As usual, I was blown away by Ellie’s poise, substance, and savvy. So was Ms. Wadas. Part way through the interview she stopped and had to double-check her information, “How old are you again?” When Ellie said, “12,” she replied, “wow.”

“Wow.” That’s pretty much my reaction to Ellie on a daily basis. She’s not perfect, but she’s definatley worth a “Wow,” and here’s another reason why:

Today I got a call from the Principal of her school. Ellie is in sixth grade in an elementary school that is K-6. The principal informed me that she was calling because Ellie received a “positive referal.” She explained:

“Today at recess a teacher saw Elizabeth help another student. A fourth grade student shared that he thought it was cold outside. An older boy, a sixth grader, started to make fun of him. Ellie stepped in and defended the younger student and helped him. Later in the day, I was in Ellie’s class room and she noticed that another boy seemed to not be doing well. She made sure to share with me that he was having a rough day, and I was able to go to him to help him.”

She went on, “Elizabeth showed great empathy to help her classmate, and outstanding courage and leadership to defed the younger boy. You are raising a wonderful young woman.” Then she gave the phone to Ellie.

It took me a moment to be able to speak to her.

“Are you all right, Dad?” she asked. I squeaked “Mm-hm.”

Then I heard her whisper to her principal, “He’s crying. It’s okay.”

Wow, indeed.

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Launch date

We are ready to announce our launch date, and it’s no joke. On April 1 we will release the first four episodes of the the E and Me Podcast. They will go live at midnight, so you have all day to download them. They will go live on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, Spotify, and other podcast applications first.

Later in the day we will put the episodes here, allowing you the ability to listen from a podcast app or any device that has internet. In the coming weeks we will also be on an episode of Ode to the Underdog and the Kindreds Podcast will release our preview episode.

The first episode will also be released in the Pulpit Fiction Podcast feed on Sunday, March 31, giving those listeners the first shot at listening to E and Me.


Episode 1 preview

Our first episode is a chance to introduce the idea behind E and Me. We start to talk about body image and fitness, but this is a preview, so we just barely get into the conversation. We will launch the full episode soon. This is just a taste.

We need to give a special word of thanks to Heatherlyn. She is one of our favorite people, and she let us use her song “Ever.” In the full episode we give her thanks. Find out more about her beautiful artistry at http://heatherlynmusic.com.