Podcast Episodes

EP – 16 Building powerful good Halloween fun with the grandkids

My cool conversation with Roger Hayes

Ever wonder who those people are that go over the top at Halloween and have the best home haunt in the neighborhood? Meet Nationally recognized home haunt and prop designer expert Roger Hayes.

Order your drink and pull up a chair so you can join my conversation with Roger as we catch up about all things Halloween. Rog is an old friend of mine with whom I have had many adventures. Some adventures we even tell our wives about. So, come on, pull up a chair, and join us for some great conversation.

Roger and I cover basic grandkid costume safety as well as general trick or treat safety with the grandkids. BTW, Roger prefers makeup to masks. Roger also talks about how grandpas can give the neighborhood and community haunted house the ‘stiff test’ for fun and SAFETY before taking the little grand ghosts and grand goblins through a home haunt.

You would be surprised about the little details that can tip you off to if the home haunt is safe, professional, and likely to be an enjoyable experience for the grandkids.

Roger and I also talk about a few arts and crafts projects that grandpas can do with the grandkids. These arts and crafts projects can become a cool tradition that the kido’s get to do with grandpa each fall. We both agree that the artifacts that the kids make are going to become treasured memories of their time spent with their Cool Grandpa.

Roger is super talented as you will see when you visit his website and view the pictures below. All of the artwork that you see is original and comes from genius of Roger’s mind.

Here are the links to Roger’s site and some cool pictures of Uncle Rog’s tombstone work.

Hayes Haunt

Roger’s Halloween Coloring Book

Hayes Haunt YouTube Video

Roger's Hayes Haunt Logo
A great example of one of Roger's tombstones for the NW Haunters Association
Roger's buddy, Harold Weir, with his personalized tombstone

EP 15 – A 2yr old’s annual review and memories with my grandpa

My Personal Check in with you and I made two new friends…alright!

I am checking in with you in this episode. We discuss my recent visit with my new granddaughter and how my wife was in heaven by getting to hold and take care of a newborn. I go into some detail about conducting my annual review with my 2 yr. old grandson. (We still have some things to work on before his 3 yr. review)

You and I sit down and you let me share some fond memories of my cool grandpa and what he meant to me and my family. I also share a story that was one of those “mom and grandma don’t need to know” stories. Those “don’t tell mom” stories somehow are the ones that stick in your memory the longest. I don’t know why but they do.

I was able to make TWO NEW FRIENDS in the podcasting universe who have been supportive and just great all-around guys.

I met Dean Showalter through Dan Miller’s 48 Days community. Dean has a fun podcast about owning and working on small piston aircraft. Even if you don’t own or work on small aircraft, Dean has some fun and interesting stories that anyone will enjoy. You can find Dean’s podcast here: http://airplaneownermaintenance.com/

I met Steve Owens by just reaching out to him after I heard his interview on Vinnie Tortorich’s podcast about health and nutrition.  Steve has an awesome podcast called Fascination Street. Steve’s podcast centers on drawing out each guest’s powerful and interesting personal story.  Some guests you will know by name and others are fantastic people that you will meet for the first time on Steve’s show. Steve’s podcast can be found here: https://fascinationstreetpod.com/

EP 14 How to live to 107 and other life lessons

My fun conversation with Diana Bader

This fun episode is another conversation with a granddaughter of two COOL GRANDPAS. My awesome friend Diana shares her memories of Big Jack and Grandpa. We discuss how Diana learned first hand how important it is to be able to pivot in life when challenges and opportunities are presented to you.

We also discuss how her relationship with her grandpa manifested itself by him calling Diana in college to celebrate his hole in one while he was in his 80’s.

Diana also shares with us the list that she and her grandfather put together on how to live to be 107. (See Below)

My good friend Diana can be reached on Face Book at https://www.facebook.com/Positively-Brilliant-Solutions-101075101556214

She can also be found at www.positively-brilliant.com

EP 13 – A cool teacher dedicated to helping young people succeed

My conversation with James Divine

In this conversation, James and I discuss his background as a member of the US Army Band, marring his high school sweetheart and being a cool grandpa to six grandchildren. 

James and I also dive into his work as a speaker, coach, and content creator. We both share how we connected through Dan Miller’s’ 48days community and how we are continuing to grow our interests, skills, and passions while being cool grandpas.

James has made a very generous offer of 50% off his course, Adulting 101: Practical, social, and emotional skills every young person should know. That can be accessed at www.jamesdivine.net/101free

When you check out this course and like what you see, at the check out simply enter the code “grandpa” to receive your 50% off discount.

If you would like to learn more about James and the awesome work he is doing to help young people learn the skills to become successful adults, you can find him at www. jamesdivine.net, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/james.divine.5494 on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/divinejames

Click on the above to listen to this fun conversation!

EP 12 – Being taught confidence, self-worth, and spirituality

A granddaughter’s memories of her cool grandfathers

This conversation is the first episode that I have recorded with a granddaughter, and I was blown away with what I learned about Dee’s grandfathers. Dee shares with us how her cool grandpa’s influenced her from a young girl to a young woman. Dee discusses helping with farm work and how she was expected to work like ‘one of the boys.’ Dee also goes into detail about how doing farm work and learning to drive the tractor gave her confidence that followed her through school as well as developed a love for exercising with weights.

Dee really gets personal when she shares stories about how her grandfathers showed her how much they loved their God and their wives. Dee explains how important it is for grandpas to be consistent with their relationships because granddaughters are viewing the actions and consistency for how they expect the men in their lives to treat them as they develop their own relationships with men and with their God.

Dee can be followed and contacted directly at:

Linkin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dee-ann-schnautz-ph-d-9929999/ Dee can also be found on Twitter: @DASchnautzINSTA: @spurusonmom @thespurlifePeople If you would like to send Dee and email and connect that way, Dee can be reached at deeschnautz@gmail.com.

If you follow Dee or reach out to connect with her, you will not regret it.

EP 11 – Big John shares lessons about being a great grandpa

A front porch conversation with John Hosler about being a great grandpa

This is a great impromptu conversation with John Holser, the father of Jon Holser. Jon was a previous guest on the Cool-Grandpa podcast.

John shares his reaction to learning about becoming a great grandpa and provides insights about being a distant great grandpa. We dive into family traditions, growing old, and building relationships with great grandchildren.

EP 10 – Nature, Scouts, and Loving Adventures with Grandpa

In this conversation with Charles Pineo, we discuss raising two in-home grandsons. Charles discusses his love of the outdoors, especially for epic canoeing trips in Canada and the North East United States. We talk about using scouts and the outdoors to help teach confidence and conversation skills with his grandsons. There are fantastic tips on spending time with the grandchildren out away from electronics and how helping them spend time with other adults on adventures increases self-awareness and self-confidence.

Charles can be found on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlespineo/

Charles is also active in the following organizations:

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Cobb County (GA) Meals on Wheels

The Atlanta Area Council – Boy Scouts of America

EP 9 – Rodney’s Appalachian Grandpa Shares Lessons That Last a Life Time

Rodney shares awesome stories about growing up the grandson of an Appalachian farmer. In our conversation, Rodney discussed powerful lessons that his grandfather shared with him about literally walking away from a bad situation.  We also learn where Rodney’s love of woodcarving and folk art started. The conversation wraps up with an important conversation about how the example of a grandson can impact the thoughts and behavior of a grandfather leading to more tolerance and respect.

Be sure to check out the following links to learn about the ISDA – International Sonoran Desert Alliance (https://www.isdanet.org/) The John C. Campbell Folk School (https://www.folkschool.org/) and Rodney’s Woodworking site (https://www.facebook.com/DarkHollowWoodworking/). Learning about these important organizations is well worth the few minutes it takes to click on the above links. Oh, and Rodney’s woodworking is out of this world.

Episode 8 – The power of example and the lasting influence of grandpas

In this great conversation, Russell Wynne shares the valuable lessons that his grandpas shared with him. Russell discusses lessons that were taught to him about business and contract negotiations which have served as a guiding example in Russell’s business dealings today. Russell also shares great stories of spending time working on his grandfather’s ranch including driving to town for supplies before he was 12 years old.

Episode 7 – Lee Shimbel

This great conversation with Lee explores how a grandfather’s example of service teaches the grandchildren valuable lessons about helping others. We also discuss how Lee and the family positively install closely held family values to the upcoming generation.

Lee serves as director of the Brisbane Legacy group (https://www.legacy.com.au/brisbane/BrisbaneLegacy). This group serves the people of Australia by looking after the family of veterans. Do your self a service and review this fantastic organization and if you are moved to do so, please make contribution by contacting fundraising@legacybrisbane.org.au

Legacy is a charity providing service to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service. At Brisbane Legacy, we currently care for more than 6,700 widows and 250 dependents of the 52,000 widow(er)s and 1,845 children and disabled dependants throughout Australia.