“Voices from my Bunker 2020” is a series of interviews with all ages of people of what 2020 has been like for them. This is a rebranded podcast that used to be named, "PODSNACKS/Art of the Diet" but the first six months of 2020 has shifted my preoccupations from five years of weight maintenance to minute by minute sanity maintenance. Attention must be paid to the issues before me. I'm 75, live in Massachusetts, and my doorbell hasn't rung in 3 months and probably won't until there's a vaccine. My hair has its own zip code and I look like the Unibomber when captured in his Montana cabin. None of which interferes with my ability, thankfully, to ask questions over a Skype connection. I'll be recording interviews until the election on Nov 3, 2020. If he is reelected, look only for my obit.
Meet JoAnn and Her Wrap-Around Family
Meet JoAnn from near St. Paul Minnesota. She and her own immediate family and her siblings have been caregiving for their 100+-year-old Mom through the last seven months of COVID restrictions and challenges, including her Mom being diagnosed with COVID and later recovering. I titled this episode “The Wrap-Around Family” because they seem to be able to wrap themselves around the needs of one another. JoAnn thinks their mother taught them how to do it. www.patcoakley.com
Slippery Slope of Weight Management 2020
Bill Murray says acting suits him he said because he only has to be good at it for 90 seconds at a time. I am also very good at weight management 90 seconds at a time in 2020. But, unfortunately, that time span suits Hollywood and not weight issues. My ability to maintain the weight loss for 10+ years has been due to building it on a slippery slope capable of absorbing challenges from within as well as from without. 2020 is the ultimate slippery slope! www.patcoakley.com | www.artofthediet.com
COVID was a Simple Flu until it became a Calamity.
In the beginning, Jay thought it was just the flu and that the news might be exaggerating it. He thought it would pass in a short period of time. Now, he thinks it is a natural calamity no one has ever experienced in their life.
Last Ferry and a Seat in the Reality Ball Park.
The last ferry has left the island and I’m sitting by myself in The Reality Ballpark. What the hell? How did this happen: risk management is now a buffet of choices that do not manage risk but invite it in? Estrangement from the government I am used to in the last three years, but not estrangement from family and friends. Is this the new normal?
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Meet Joan. Voices from My Bunker 2020.
My interview with Joan, a 74-year-old widow in Rochester, NY who, unlike myself, is not a sloth or someone who enjoys sitting for hours at a time reading, clicking, snoozing and I feel 100% sure never uses her bed as her living room, dining room, and office. But, she got through quarantine in her own determined way and taught me a few things. One of them? When in doubt, drive around. www.patcoakley.com | www.thephotogardener.com
Meet Steph. Dealing with COVID19 in South Africa.
Meet Steph. She was born and lived in the US until a year and a half ago but now lives in Stellenbosch, South Africa with her husband and five kids while he completes his graduate studies. She describes what “quarantine” has meant and if you think the US rules were strict, listen to Steph. I spent most of the time listening and going, “Really?”. www.patcoakley.com www.thephotogardener.com
This is a very different and interesting podcast. Pat has an engaging manner and a wide range of interests. I'm glad I found her.
I am so thankful to have heard of Pat's podcast through an interview that she did with another podcaster. I started it from the beginning and it is unique, as she takes a different approach than many others on the topic. Her testimony is one that came right on time as I am facing similar circumstance now that prompted her to overcome decades of yoyo dieting. Thanks Pat for sharing!
I had hoped for more than a platform for her political views. Look elsewhere if you are hoping for encouragement with your weight loss journey.