James and Shawn are two friends who like to talk about life. Science, grammar, parenting, spirituality--they're likely to discuss it.
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34: Cal Newport's Four Life Buckets
Shawn and James talk about Cal Newport's method for organizing life using four buckets. You all know that James is a fan of Cal Newport's, so it is no surprise that James schools Shawn on this method for thinking about life and self-improvement.
We discuss Cal's classic four of Craft, Community, Contemplation, and Constitution as well as some ideas of our own. It's a simple way of looking at the various categories of life and giving each one focus for a time to improve who you are.
Do you have a system for self-improvement or planning? Maybe you use Cal Newport's method or a version of your own. We'd love to hear about it. Please send us an email.
Also, you'll find James's foray into Not-Space-Science interesting: Biomimicry.
Biomimicry article by interestingengineering.com
Cal Newport’s blog post about the four buckets
Youtube version of Cal answering questions about the four buckets
33: Raising Grateful Children in an Entitled World
James and Shawn talk about gratefulness and how to instill the value into our children. We talk some about the book by Kristen Welch, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, but we mostly just share our thoughts and experiences on what we've learned or are learning about gratefulness.
We're certainly grateful for our listeners and your feedback. Please send us an email with ideas for James's science corner or with any feedback about the topic of gratefulness.
Apollo and Artemis
Cost of the Apollo missions
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch
32: He Made the Stars Also
Shawn and James talk about the glorious James Webb telescope! Well, we mostly talk about the pictures that James Webb has been sending back.
James—our James—has been very excited to talk about these photos. Shawn mostly stays quiet with his mouth hanging agape, but we do try describe our visual experience in this audio medium. Check out the links below to get a look at what we were enjoying.
Do you have a favorite James Webb photo? James would be delighted for you to share it with him and tell him a bit about what it means to you, and Shawn will agree that it is pretty. Send us an email.
Legrange Points and Orbits
First Images from the James Webb Space Telescope | NASA
How JWST’s Images Compare to Hubble’s
JWST’s Image of Southern Ring Nebula
Hubble’s Image of Southern Ring Nebula
JWST’s Image of Carina Nebula
Hubble’s Image of Carina Nebula
JWST’s Image of Stephan’s Quintet
Hubble’s Image of Stephan’s Quintet
JWST’s Image of SMACS 0723
31: Living the Single Life (with guest Naoma Lee)
James and Shawn welcome guest Naoma Lee to talk with them about life as a single.
It was a fun conversation going over the difficulties and the perks of being a single person. Naoma gave us some tips for how married folks can related to their single friends, and she even gave some suggestions for messages preachers should and should not preach!
Let us know what you think of the conversation. If you're a single, what has your experience been like? Do you have any tips or resources you could suggest? Send us an email.
Single and Satisfied by Nancy Wilson
Singled Out for Him by Nancy Demoss Woglemuth
Penn Valley Singles Seminar - Next Week! July 22-24
30: Why Don't We Change?
Shawn and James beg for listener support before talking about why we find it so difficult to change. We discuss the idea of whether or not we are naturally good or if there is actually need to change, and if so, how we go about changing ourselves.
There's a good bit of philosophical talk, but we try to give some practical tips that you can put to practice on yourself.
How do you find self-work or self-improvement? Do you have any life hacks you can share with us? Please send us an email.
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29: Writing: Craft, Purpose, and Passion
James and Shawn talk about writing... on a podcast. Is that weird?
James tried correcting Shawn about the butterfly effect, but Shawn rose to the challenge and proved he knows things!
We both enjoy writing and writing-adjacent things, so it was fun to have a conversation about the topic. We discussed why we write and why we think we need more contemporary writers. We went over some of our techniques for getting writing done and give you all some tips for making your writing a bit better.
We shared some favorite books on good writing with each other and gave you a request to send us some of yours. We're looking forward to your suggestions! Send us an email.
7 Laws of Teaching by Milton Gregory
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Good Prose by Tracey Kidder and Richard Todd
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Elements of Style by Strunk and White
Essays of E. B. White
The Best-Loved Short Stories of Jesse Stuart
How Language Works: How Babies Babble, Words Change Meaning, and Languages Live or Die by David Crystal
Wikipedia - David Crystal (see the bibliography)