Good Words Podcast

Tim and Becca, parents of toddlers, are making some strange decisions. Sometimes they talk about marriage and life. Somtimes about movies and books. Follow along on their world travels.

48: Sarcasm Bell

  • It’s a morning podcast! Becca sounds hyped up or Tim sounds slow
  • Breaking news…the foam fortress collapsed
  • Not to brag, but we have not one, but two used mattresses
  • What keeps you up at night?
  • Where will the story go from here? Right now not a page turner
  • Dream small, fear small (slogan of a depressed person)
  • Trivia
  • Spray painting leaves to change the season
  • Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys
  • The men’s rights propaganda film Tucker: Something ominous is happening to men in America
  • I invited someone of special interest to interview…a man
  • Men are facing a high level of mental health issues, IQ changes, and physiological changes over the last 40 years
  • The growing pangs of teaching boys how to clean-up
  • Teaching the boys what it means to be a part of a family
  • Favorite tips from the book so far:
    • Get boys outside where there aren’t many restraints around them
    • Invest boys into whatever task you are doing
    • Validate all the efforts at tasks even if their attempts aren’t that successful
    • Hands-on learning with school

47: Avengers Infinity War

  • Sleep=A good podcast
  • Let us know if we help you sleep
  • We went to Avengers Infinity Wars just for you – the listeners
  • Infinity Wars VS. Star Wars
  • Punchy arrogant VS. Obsessive sociopath arrogant
  • Which avenger would you most want to be?
  • Being Willing to sacrifice those we love
  • All about Marvel
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • How our comforts take us away from our tasks
  • The great sloth
  • It’s enjoyable to watch people be so focused in movies
  • Chewing gum produced with genetic engineering
  • Our “special” outside holiday projection
  • Trying to balance freelance work pacing
  • Becca’s speaking orcish again…she made “enough” sense
  • Remembering Jesus took the curse away from us
  • Favorite characters from literature
  • Making a soundtrack to a book you love
  • Optimizing fun through a system
  • Fun has no system!
  • Tim was Spiderman on the playground

46: All 56 Weeks of the Year

  • I’m not talking to them.
  • Southern California - Where money does by happiness.
  • New Podcast idea - slipping deeper and deeper into credit-card debt.
  • Brewster’s Millions)
  • United served us Stroopwaffles


  • Being the last ones on board the plane because of the TSA.
  • United made it very clear! No family seating!!!
  • Trivia: a famous inventor… but not Edison, apparently.
  • Let’s talk about toilets.
  • Working a little too much leaving zero margin.
  • That awful christian reality TV dating show again
  • Call me by my proper title
  • Adding some background noise to a TV show
  • Clipping his spirit wings
  • Why do we pick opposites for our mate?
  • Thank you for comparing me to a hobbit.
  • I don’t think you balance me out…
  • I won at marriage.
  • Important lists
  • A talking cartoon milennium falcon
  • Inner vows about saying goodbye
  • A wanderer
  • Just trying to make jokes and be silly
  • Loosing my temper and breaking my shell
  • A new song from our creative (creepy) preschooler - based on this I guess.
  • Becca the exterminator is back
  • Emperor Palpitating
  • How many weeks in a year?
  • Is this it - are we done?
  • Everyone loves… to go to funerals?
  • Staying on California time…

45: You Stepped Right Into My Trap!

The creature named Gollum
Our top 4 favorite characters from movies and TV—the game!
What personality does a spaceship have
Character arcs
Our top character flaws how they weave their way throughout our life stories, our struggles shapes us in so many ways
Tim likes drug dealers and people with integrity in his characters
Fun words Tim shouted out at improv
Puff the Magic Dragon, love or hate?
To kill your imaginary friends or not?
Tim is concerned Becca thinks her imaginary friends are real
Murdering our metaphors
How do you say goodbye to a character that you’ve written
The process of writing an inventory
Anxiety disorders
The struggle of productivity
The Wild Things

44: The Playground

  • The Daniel Dilemma…We can’t do it anymore!
  • Pacific Rim Uprising
  • Audience, could you please be an alien or a monster?
  • Are movies now avoiding showing civilians being killed more?
  • “It Takes a Church” with Natalie Grant
  • Spirit animals…yes that’s right you heard us…send us yours
  • Check this list of Goats
  • Please let’s do talk about all the ways I’m like a goat
  • I feel socially uncomfortable around dogs, Animal Farm( anyone?
  • Pray for the dog owner who is clearly enslaved by their animal
  • Easter Egg Hunt memories
  • Ray Bradybury Theater- The Playground…Featuring (drum roll) William Shatner
  • Ray Bradbury the hoarder
    His Office
  • Do you sometimes think “thank goodness it’s not me”, when someone is going through something awful? Even if it’s your own kids going through it?
  • Protecting our kids out of our own fears
  • We decide to argue about if we should send our son to preschool… on this podcast?
  • If our child keeps bottling things up, he will end up seeing zombie people when he’s thirty
  • Developing and guiding coping mechanisms
  • Basically preschool is a combination of Lord of the Flies and the Stanford Prison Experiment
  • The Stanford Prison Experiment shows human depravity in a compelling way
  • Why do obedient people bother others sometimes?
  • How much would you go against your own morality to spare someone else from being hurt?
  • You have to come up with strong absolutes so you have guiding principals when a difficult moral situation arises
  • Trivia- Written by an insane person?!?! The Dictionary

43: Shut Up, People Can Add

  • Special guests- Rachel and Nate- they are like a roaring fire of wisdom
  • Trivia, it’s the special round!
  • A violent (accurate) take on the story of David and Goliath by young children
  • Is it surprising, what it’s like to have teenagers, or what you thought it would be like?
  • The importance of hanging out with parents whose kids are different ages from your kids
  • How are you dealing with smart phones
  • Everything is questioned, and who do you trust?
  • The parent of the year awards
  • Is there a point you realize I am “that parent”?
  • What to do when one children favors one parent over the other
  • Do you discuss what your kids tell you together
  • Expectations as you approach having your kids leave home
  • Enjoying each stage of your kids’ life- trying to not hold on to each of the stages
  • College finances

42: They Have a Mascot

  • Alexa is waiting to… sing at you
  • Trivia - “The Happy Games”
  • “Be yourself”, what an original 90’s movie plot
  • You would expect a speech by the glorious leader at the start of the (North) Korean Olympics.

Izzy the mascot

  • Izzy a water droplet, shoes and a hat - the mascot for Atlanta olympics
  • Daniel Dilemma- Part IV

    • Can you really control your stress?
    • Will we make it to episode 43 or will the “little old wife” put a hard stop to this
    • How do you hear God?
    • The surgeon who signed people’s organs- A new way to witness? write a verse on a person’s heart
    • What’s your current “one day?”
  • I do it to push your buttons, of course!

  • You don’t think I’m funny. You think I’m actually just trying to be annoying.

41: Bad Report Card, Good Relationship


Swim lesson report card
Tim’s Ethiopian coffee takes him places
Children…it prepares us for torture
The holy blanket
Seeking the hand of God verses the heart of God
Should we keep on fasting after we’ve been set free from captivity?
Figuring out God’s judgment calls
We view sin as a failure of performance rather than a failure of relationship
The length Jesus went to, to restore relationship
A poor performance report card, but a great relationship built
How do I have a fun social butterfly relationship with God?
I’m going to do this to glorify to God…since I enjoy it, it must be fine
First enjoying the presence of God, before focusing on bringing the message
Why is it so hard to just wake up every day and try to stay in relationship with God?
Once you get what you want, why put the effort in to the relationship?
You may evacuate the hot seat now
This is why a marriage works, you both have different skill sets and then you grudgingly use them to help the other person
Bringing it home with a trivia question

40: Are There Any Other Survivors Out There?

A rambling podcast…Excuse me?
No I didn’t have to cheat at trivia, I’m just that awesome
That laser would just stun and disorient them.
Bringing the message along with the presence of God
Becca brags about knowing science fiction?!?!?!
The pain of sharing
Our children’s play—they keep killing off the mom! And a lot of awkward pauses
We created that landmine in our son’s future
How honest should you be when filling out your child’s baby book…

The Daniel Dilemma

  • Is pride at an all time high?
  • Is the only thing we can give credit to success, prayer?
  • What surprises you most about where you ended up in life?
  • God would rather have you holy then happy
  • Would you accept less love from God so that He could give you an easier destiny?
  • Containing the fiery power of our emotions
  • Picking your fights/battles that are constructive

Would you trade 10% of your sanity to become 10% smarter
I don’t think intelligence is all it’s cracked up to be

39: Evidence We Like Hearing the Sound of Our Own Voice

  • Kick’n it off with trivia
  • Do you still like our wedding photos?
  • Are vilifying me, or do you just think I’m insane?
  • Have you ever justified stealing something?
  • Which of your teachers did you more harm then good?
  • We complain about old people these days, and their loud music.
  • The Daniel Dilemma
    • What is our mandate in this current culture we are in?
  • Quick movie review 15:17 to Paris
    • No matter what we lose God’s goodness will sustain us
    • Have you ever felt held hostage by heavy emotions?
    • True worship is following God when you don’t understand
    • What motivates us to get closer to God
    • Why does it matter to fight the fight to know God and others
    • How much do you trust your judgments about people?