122 episodes

Author Melanie Dale is perpetually trying to figure out how we can all calm the heck down about parenting, friendship, getting older, and the world around us. Each episode she chats with a friend about ways we can let go and lighten up.

Lighten Up with Melanie Dale Melanie Dale

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8, 84 Ratings

Author Melanie Dale is perpetually trying to figure out how we can all calm the heck down about parenting, friendship, getting older, and the world around us. Each episode she chats with a friend about ways we can let go and lighten up.

    Lighten Up #122: Knox McCoy

    Lighten Up #122: Knox McCoy

    Today I'm talking with Knox McCoy, swashbuckling co-host of The Popcast with Knox and Jamie and author of the new book, All Things Reconsidered.
    As I'm trying to edit this podcast, my kids are literally screaming at the top of their lungs above me. I don't know what's happening. We are at DEFCON ONE right now. I can only assume we've been attacked by zombies and at this point, I kinda don't mind? Knox and I talk about our current apocalypse, trying to work at home with kids, is this really easier on introverts, dealing with sleeplessness, and soul diarrhea. What is soul diarrhea and how can we avoid catching it? You'll have to listen to the show. Knox also gives his apocalypse movie recommendations for both kids and adults.
    Now above me someone is stomping around like an elephant. We may in fact have an elephant loose in the house. My first order of business after this social distancing is to trick out my office like a bomb shelter, with sound proofing and a month's supply of Doritos and bourbon.
    I know there are a lot of horrible things happening in the world. People losing loved ones, losing jobs, and losing their minds at home with their kids. I don't know what your life is like now, if you're on the front lines battling this pandemic, serving your community as an essential worker, or just trying to do the right thing and stay home to flatten the curve, but wherever you are, I hope this puts a smile on your face, so listen in and lighten up!
    Links from the show: Connect with Knox on Instagram and Twitter Check out Knox's new book, All Things Reconsidered

    • 37 min
    Lighten Up #121: Sophie Hudson

    Lighten Up #121: Sophie Hudson

    Today to wrap up our series Lighten Up about Pop Culture, I'm talking with Sophie Hudson, author of the new book Stand All the Way Up. The Miss America Pageant brought us together and today we're taking our love of show biz all the way to Broadway. We talk about shows from Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton to the Buffy musical and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. We cover which cast recordings we could perform flawlessly if called upon, as well as what shows have emotionally impacted us. I love talking to Sophie because she's one of the funniest people I know, but she also shares some insights about the theatre that are so beautiful and profound. Grab your tap shoes, warm up your jazz hands, listen in, and lighten up!
    Links from the show: Find Sophie on the interwebz Sophie on Instagram Sophie's new book, Stand All the Way Up Anna and the Apocalypse

    • 37 min
    Lighten Up #120: Osheta Moore

    Lighten Up #120: Osheta Moore

    We are in our "lighten up about pop culture" series and today I'm talking with my friend Osheta Moore, pastor and author of Shalom Sistas. She hosts the  podcast Shalom Y'all and has a series called "Dear White Peacemakers," so after this, run don't walk to go check that out and subscribe. Today we're talking about our mutual love of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We talk favorite superheroes, favorite villains, favorite movies, and what TV shows have shaped us. Then, we chat honestly about when our favorites become problematic. Cosby, Michael Jackson, Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, R Kelly...Osheta brings her peacemaking wisdom to this space and really helps me grapple with some of the tension we all feel between our favorite shows and songs and the people who create them, so listen in and lighten up!
     
    Links from the show: The Hill on Which This Cosby Kid Is Willing to Die Check out Osheta's book, Shalom Sistas Dear White Peacemakers Find Osheta on Instagram Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology Rick Riordan's Magnus Chase series The Sandman series H.P. Lovecraft

    • 41 min
    Lighten Up #119: Kendall Ashley

    Lighten Up #119: Kendall Ashley

    Today as part of our "lighten up about pop culture" series, I'm talking with my friend and freelance editor and writer Kendall Ashley about fandoms, from Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy to Battlestar Galactica and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I'm gonna go ahead and put it out there that Kendall and I are both huge nerds, and by that I mean we are so super cool and you should be jealous of our combined knowledge of monster lore and wizarding prowess. We get downright emotional about Star Wars. We talk about fans policing other fans, when writers makes choices we don't like, I'm looking at you Game of Thrones, breaking up with fandoms, how we're indoctrinating our kids into our fandoms...bingeing Supernatural, Firefly, movies that made us cry, and adult Dungeons & Dragons. We chat about our first fandoms that we ever really got into and when we first discovered we were big nerds. I regret that I didn't even get to my obsession with Doctor Who, but Kendall blew my mind, rendering me speechless, speechless I say, with her perspective on Hayden Christensen as emo teen Anakin Skywalker. Throw on your favorite cosplay, grab your Funko collection, listen in, and lighten up!
    Links from the show: Visit Kendall's site Check her out on Twitter Harriet the Spy Nancy Drew 10 Ways Buffy Taught Me to Battle the Forces of Darkness

    • 40 min
    Lighten Up #118: Shawn Smucker

    Lighten Up #118: Shawn Smucker

    Today I'm talking with novelist Shawn Smucker in our series "lighten up about pop culture," about the books that have shaped us and what's influencing us now. He shares some of his favorite books and authors and what music he listens to while writing, and you guys I got a total scoop. Shawn revealed the title of his next book and what it's about, for the first time ever, to me on this very podcast. However, an addendum to that: I'm going to pull back the curtain on this here podcastery a bit and tell you that because of scheduling wonkiness with some of the guests for this series, Shawn and I recorded this approximately 47 years ago but I'm just now releasing it. Which is why I would never make a good reporter, on account of my lack of timeliness. Hey guys I got a big scoop for you that I kept to myself! The good news is his next book comes out in June and is available for preorder, so go check it out, but first, listen in and lighten up!
    Links from the Show Shawn and Maile's podcast, The Stories Between Us Shawn's latest: Light from Distant Stars These Nameless Things Shawn's YA books: The Day the Angels Fell and The Edge of Over There Pachinko Night Tiger Children of Blood and Bone Trail of Lightning Good Omens Empathy for the Devil

    • 33 min
    Lighten Up #117: Sarah Bragg

    Lighten Up #117: Sarah Bragg

    Today I'm kicking off a new series with my good friend Sarah Bragg, "lighten up about pop culture." To introduce this series, Sarah and I are unpacking some of our pop culture baggage from childhood, the scare tactics used on us from being raised in the 80s, the ooky danger of Dungeons and Dragons and evil Satan Smurfs. We talk Psalty the Singing Songbook, that devastating day when Amy Grant WENT SECULAR (gasp), and how we can relate to Lane on Gilmore Girls. (All in good fun, Mom and Dad. All in good fun.) Then we turn the tables on ourselves and talk about what we're protecting our own kids from and how we're trying to do things differently but also accidentally developed Sponge Bob phobia. Parenting is hard. Sarah is one of my very favorite people and we have a blast together, so listen in and lighten up!
    Notes from the show: Surviving Sarah podcast Sarah on Instagram In a Dark, Dark Room - the book with the story "The Green Ribbon" that turned me on to horror in second grade

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

Gulia0822 ,

So funny!

I heard about this podcast from Surviving Sarah and I’m so glad I started listening. Melanie is equal parts hilarious and informative. She is not afraid to share the good, bad, and ugly. And her laugh is AMAZING!!

BombShelleNoel ,

Like having a podcast bff

I found this podcast after searching for more info on Melanie after I read her intro to the book “Choosing Real”. Her writing made me feel like she was talking to me in real life and was just hilarious. I had made a bff through reading and I wanted to see if there was more material. Through google I found pretty much everything because that’s what google does LOL! The first episode I listened to was the New Years one with her husband and it was so funny to me. Melanie is really funny and does not hold back on how tough married life with kids and then trying to work and find time for yourself is. Listening to the podcasts I don’t feel as “alone” or “awkward” in these moments of life I thought were just unique to mine.

Kati Snody ,

Laughing My Booty Off

If I knew Melanie in real life, we would probably be best friends (sorry if that’s too forward of me, Melanie). I binge listened to every single episode of this podcast and laughed by booty off while doing so. I truly do feel lighter after listening to this podcast, especially when walking through a tough season in life. I look forward to the release of each new episode and laughing along with Melanie and her guests.

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