When a new exhibit recently opened at the Nevada Museum of Art, we were definitely curious why an art museum would be promoting an exhibit about the Army… so we invited Colin Robertson and Rebecca Eckland to sit down with us in the podcast studio and give us the 411. What we learned really surprised us, and we hope you’ll enjoy listening in on our conversation and learning about this unique US Army unit that helped the Allied effort in WWII and defeat the Axis powers in Europe. This captivating exhibition sheds light on a little-known chapter of World War II history, showcasing the incredible ingenuity and artistic talents of a group of courageous soldiers. Ghost Army Origins During our conversation, the Rebecca and Colin enlightened us about the origins of the Ghost Army. The group, officially known as the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, consisted of a diverse array of artists, designers, and creative thinkers who used their talents to deceive the enemy during World War II. Through the use of inflatable tanks, sound effects, and visual trickery, they successfully misled German forces and saved countless lives. Inspiration for the creation of this group came from the British, who had used these techniques and shared them with the US Army. Ghost Army Tactics and Deception Techniques One of the most interesting parts of our chat was the discussion surrounding the artistic techniques employed by the Ghost Army. The curators revealed how these talented soldiers used their artistic skills to create elaborate stage sets, props, and even entire fake armies. The attention to detail was awe-inspiring, and it was incredible to learn how their creativity played a significant role in their success. Our conversation also delved into the long-lasting impact the Ghost Army had on post-war art and culture, as well as their various connections to Nevada. Colin and Rebecca also highlighted how many of these talented soldiers went on to become influential artists, designers, and filmmakers, leaving an indelible mark on the creative world. The Ghost Army’s legacy is a testament to the power of art and innovation in times of conflict. Exploring the tactics, artistry, and personal stories of these remarkable soldiers truly showcased their bravery and ingenuity. We’d definitely recommend a visit to the Nevada Museum of Art and getting immersed in the captivating world of the Ghost Army. This exhibit serves as a reminder of the extraordinary lengths people will go to protect and defend our freedom. So, grab your family, make a plan, and embark on a journey through history like no other at the Nevada Museum of Art’s Ghost Army exhibit. You won’t want to miss this captivating experience that celebrates the incredible contributions of these unsung heroes. More Links: * Reno Dads Article on Ghost Army * Nevada Museum of Art * National World War II Museum – New Orleans * Ghost Army on Wikipedia
Jul 6, 2023
After we published the article from Floss Dental Boutique, we thought it might be fun to invite Dr. Summer Holloway, the owner and founder, to join us in the podcast booth and chat all about teeth! Well, we covered a lot more ground than just teeth, of course, but that’s how it goes when you sit down with the Reno Dads for a podcast…. Meet Dr. Holloway Dr. Holloway is a Reno native and said she’s known for a long time that she wanted to be a dentist. She founded her practice a few years ago in Old Southwest Reno and was able to find a building that needed some renovation in 2020 that now is the home of her dental boutique. Turns out that you can find some interesting things when you renovate a 100-year-old building, including old newspapers, ironworks from the original boiler, and an old leather shoe. Some of these items are actually on display in their office as a tribute to the history of the building and Reno. Floss Dental Boutique Floss Dental Boutique is a general dentistry practice, which means that patients of all ages are welcome. We chatted about the different stages of dentistry services for the youngest patients (as early as 1 year old) to the teenage years, adults, and older adults. The bottom line, according to Dr. Holloway, is that it’s never too late, or too early, to start building good habits for dental self-care. Parents have a particularly important role in modeling this behavior for their kids, and dads can always help by bringing their own fun ways to encourage their kids to keep their mouths healthy. Dr. Holloway also made a great point that keeping up with oral hygiene at home and making regular visits to the dentist for cleaning and exams is important to your health overall, as the mouth is a gateway to overall health. And if you’re the type who hasn’t been to the dentist in a while, Dr. Holloway wants you to know that regardless of how long it’s been, that they’d gladly welcome you in to start back on a regular schedule. “No judgment; we’re just really glad you came in to take the first step!” More Links: * Floss Dental Boutique * Q&A With Floss Dental Boutique Do you have a story you’d like to talk about on our podcast? Is there someone we should meet and have on the show? Click on Contact Us, and get in touch! You can find all of our podcast episodes here at Reno Dads. More Reno Dads! * Remember, you are now able to subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and through the <a rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label=" (opens in a new tab)" href="https://renodadsblog.
Jun 5, 2023
Reno Dads invited Family Coach and Advocate, Charitie Carpenter, into the studio to talk about her approach to helping families navigate some of the trickiest parts of being parents. Her company, My Family Connection, is a resource for families to find help with everything from solving co-parenting issues, to managing Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for kids in school. My Family Connection – A different approach to family coaching Charitie describes her approach to helping families as “action-oriented and goal-focused,” which doesn’t try to compete with or replace therapy, but rather helps families focus on the here and now to solve their challenges. By working with families to identify their common goals and work on strategies to achieve them, she is hoping to help families find ways to foster healthy environments and raise happy, well-adjusted children. More Links: * My Family Connection Do you have a story you’d like to talk about on our podcast? Is there someone we should meet and have on the show? Click on Contact Us, and get in touch! You can find all of our podcast episodes here at Reno Dads. More Reno Dads! * Remember, you are now able to subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and through the RSS feed. Please leave a rating so others can find our content! * If you enjoyed this podcast, please go rate it on iTunes! Connect with Reno Dads * Facebook: Reno Dads * Instagram: Reno Dads * Twitter: Reno Dads * LinkedIn: Reno Dads
Nov 27, 2022
As Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month came to a close at the end of September, Reno Dads hosted a conversation with some Nevadans who are raising awareness about teen and youth suicide and working with local resources to help teens and their loved ones find information and learn how to talk to each other about mental health. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to have a listen. Suicide Prevention / Mental Health Awareness Month Reno Dads has actually covered the intersection of mental health and men in the past, interviewing Clint Malarchuk (former NHL hockey player) and Chris Malenab (Reno 1868 FC assistant coach) who both survived suicide attempts. In this episode, we’re taking a look at a campaign launched here in Nevada aimed at reducing teen and youth suicide, which is the second leading cause of death in the 8-24 year old age group. September has been designated as Suicide Prevention Month, and the team at Nevada Medical Center’s “Hope Means Nevada” has organized a campaign to raise awareness about this issue and to help teens and their families find the information they need to help reduce the number of teen and youth suicides in Nevada. Where to Find Information Nevada Medical Center launched a program in Nevada called “Hope Means Nevada” in 2020 and has been creating content and social media campaigns to reach teens where they are — on their devices — with content aimed at providing more uplifting messages. Ciera Bellavance is the Executive Director of Hope Means Nevada and she explained the background of the program and why it was created. The directors of NMC recognized a need to try to pull together different resources that were available, but not widely known, that could be helpful for teens and their families. Things like contact information for crisis hotlines, signs to recognize when someone might be considering self-harm, and other important info. They’ve collected it and created a “one-stop” website for Nevadans to find it on mentalhealthresourcesnv.org Dr. Sheldon Jacobs and Dr. Steve Evans also provided great insight regarding the causes and indicators of mental health crises in teens that might lead someone to consider suicide. We discussed a common misconception that talking about suicide somehow encourages an individual to attempt it. The bottom line is that it’s more important than ever that parents, especially dads, stay connected with their kids through their middle school and high school years so they can notice the signs of when someone might be entering into a period of mental health trouble. The way to recognize the signs is to first learn what they are, and then to be involved in your teen’s life to see how they’re handling the stress of being a teenager. A Teen’s Perspective Having the perspective of a teenager on the podcast was something new for Reno Dads, and we were glad to have Shane Taylor join us to do just that.
Oct 18, 2022
We were excited to host a few awesome local dads for our latest episode. Rick and Brandon, from Family First Chiropractic, stopped by to talk about an important topic that they have dedicated their practice to helping dads (and families) with: their health. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to have a listen! Rick and Brandon Dr. Rick and Dr. Brandon are both part of local chiropractic practice, Family First, which has been helping patients in the Reno and Sparks community live more healthy lives since 2000. Dr. Brandon is a new dad — his daughter is 3 months old – and it was great to chat with him about how he and his wife have been adjusting to the new arrival at home. Dr. Rick has been practicing chiropractic medicine for a while and says that he’s been encouraged to see a trend in dads taking a much more active role in managing not just their own health, but the healthcare of their families, as well. (side note: Dr. Rick has his own podcast, too!) The Four Pillars The core principles that Rick and Brandon use to define their practice, and how they work with their patients are what they call the “Four Pillars”: Move Well, Think Well, Eat Well, and Recover Well. We spent a few minutes diving into what each of those pillars means, and how Rick and Brandon use them to help guide their patients to making healthier choices in their daily lives. It was great to have a chance to meet Rick and Brandon and learn about how dads are becoming more engaged in setting a good example for their families when it comes to healthy living. Hope you enjoy this episode! More Links: * Family First Chiropractic Do you have a story you’d like to talk about on our podcast? Is there someone we should meet and have on the show? Click on Contact Us, and get in touch! You can find all of our podcast episodes here at Reno Dads. More Reno Dads! * Remember, you are now able to subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and through the RSS feed. Please leave a rating so others can find our content!* If you enjoyed this podcast, please go rate it on iTunes! Connect with Reno Dads * Facebook: Reno Dads* Inst...
Jul 8, 2022
Reno Dad Josh Shinn asked a great question to our group about how we were managing a year into the pandemic. What have we learned? What are we looking forward to when we return to “normal?” What should “normal” be, anyway? Jake, David, and Jonathan all hopped on Zoom (naturally) to chat about how things are going a year into the Covid-19 global pandemic. LEGOs and Conversations To kick things off, Josh told us about the way he’s been able to see this time as having given him the opportunity to spend more time with his young family, and how that has led him to reassess what he used to consider as being his primary focus in terms of being recognized at work. Now, he says, he’s more aware of his connections at home, and that he’s trying to focus more on being “recognized” at home — being present, being an engaged dad — all of those things that don’t necessarily lead to higher pay or promotions, but certainly have provided Josh with greater happiness. How playing with his son and LEGOs has allowed him to have some pretty meaningful conversations with his son and that has led to his feeling that much more connected to him, as well. And he reminded us that the Dodgers won some big game or something… Reframing the Question Jake chimed in with some wisdom (as usual) about reframing the whole idea of what we “have” to do vs. what we “get” to do as a result of this time at home (for those of us who are able to work that way). We all spent some time reflecting on just how fortunate our group has been in this respect. We all know people who have been deeply affected by this virus and the economic disruption, and we know that not everyone will see a silver lining. Josh had a great comment that there is always an abundance of something when there’s a deficit in some area or another. If you have a deficit of time, you might have more money, or if you lose your job, there’s an abundance of time that you can use to learn or devote to a project. We know that this past year hasn’t been easy for everyone, but trying to reframe the situation with this mindset is one way for us to look for positive outcomes in what has been a year full of negative ones. Baseball Soothes the Soul David described how he’s been able to give his kids the ongoing opportunity to play baseball on a number of different teams, including with their travel team, and how that he understands that opportunity isn’t available for a lot of people. So he’s been really focused on making sure that whatever baseball can be made available here locally is available — putting his time and attention towards little league here in Reno has been an important part of his life before COVID-19, but has been even more important because he knows just how important having some sports available for kids can be. And while baseball can’t solve the problem for everyone, it does brighten those kids’ lives and gets them feeling a bit more “normal.” Where We’re At While the pandemic is far from over, we can start to see some light at the end of the tunnel and we thought we would take stock in how we’ve managed and what we’ve learned in the past 13 months. For this group of Reno Dads, we learned that one of our most important roles as fathers is to lead with love and compassion, as much as possible, since it’s that example that we set for our kids that will provide a foundation for how they respond to adversity and how they learn to persevere through challenges throughout their lives. As dads, we have to try to be the light in whatever part of the world...
Apr 18, 2021
In this episode of the Reno Dads podcast (welcome back!), we welcome a local dad, Clint Malarchuk, who played goalie and coached in the NHL for more than 20 years and faced death multiple times – once by a freak accident on the ice and once by a suicide attempt. He shares his story of resilience and working through mental health trauma. It’s a tough topic to address for some folks — as dads, we sometimes want to show the world how strong we are by not talking about how things are affecting us, and not sharing how we’re feeling. His wife, Joanie, describes just how hard it was to watch her partner and best friend deteriorate over months and years. Thankfully, and by some miracle, Clint was unsuccessful in his attempt. Since then he’s been open about how he’s learning, through a combination of hard work, therapy, and medicine, to better manage the ongoing stress of life, especially during the pandemic over the past year. We are so grateful to have Clint and Joanie to talk about their experiences and share them with all of you, the dads and families of northern Nevada. One of the organizations mentioned in the podcast is NAMI Nevada, which is hosting a virtual event on January 22: NAMI Nevada’s Drive to Thrive. Hosted by Reno’s Connie Wray and sponsored in part by Reno Behavioral Healthcare and Nevada Psychiatric Association, the broadcast will feature such special guests as Clint Malarchuk, and Reno’s own Emma White (suicide survivor and author). We encourage you to listen to this podcast and put Drive to Thrive on your calendar as we work on improving our ability to lead our children bravely into the big, wide world. More Links: * Drive to Thrive | Facebook* NAMI Nevada Do you have a story you’d like to talk about on our podcast? Is there someone we should meet and have on the show? Click on Contact Us, and get in touch! You can find all of our podcast episodes here at Reno Dads. More Reno Dads! * Remember, you are now able to subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and through the RSS feed. Please leave a rating so others can find our content!* If you enjoyed this podcast, please go rate it on<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/reno-dads/id1335200854?
Jan 14, 2021
For the past few weeks here at Reno Dads, we’ve been wrestling with some pretty big questions about how to contribute to the conversation that’s been happening in our community regarding race inequality. Generally speaking, we try to share stories that we hope will connect with families and dads, oftentimes focusing on the things that make this community great for families. With that in mind, we also realized that there were stories that needed to be told that we didn’t feel we had the ability to tell first hand – how families of color are experiencing life here in our community. A week or so ago, we read a deeply personal essay from a dad in the Reno area, David Gamble Jr., that quickly took on a life of its own, has been shared more than 86,000 times on Facebook, and was published in the Reno Gazette Journal. David is an attorney here in Reno in the public defender’s office, and also does stand-up comedy. His recounting of the many, many instances that he experienced both overt and subtle racism here in Reno and in his career is a must read. “Right now, we’re at a time where people want to listen.” David Gamble, Jr. Similarly, Diaz Dixon has been sharing his thoughts on social media and getting a great deal of attention for his personal accounts of his experiences as an African American dad raising a family here in Reno. He’s made most of his video chats public, so go ahead and follow him on Facebook — you’ll be glad you did. He’s currently the CEO of Eddy House here in Reno, which provides services for homeless and at-risk youth to help them “develop life and job skills necessary for sustainable independence.” “Anger is fear’s bodyguard.”Diaz Dixon Hopefully, this conversation is something that dads and families are having at home — learning more about the history of race and bias in our country, and learning more about how to not only be “not racist,” but more importantly, how to be “anti-racist” in an active, deliberate way. How we, as dads, can affect the way our children learn and act in their daily lives has never been more important, and it’s going to take a lot of work to help close the gaps that have been made even more evident in recent weeks. We are so grateful for the opportunity to spend some time with these two incredible dads to ask them to share a bit more about how they have been navigating not just the past few weeks, but over the course of their adult lives as dads, as well. So what’s a dad to do? Well, we asked David and Diaz where they’d recommend to start — here’s just a small list of things you can read, watch, and learn from so you can help your family and the community: Diaz Dixon’s List of Suggested Starting Points Other Resources (From David Gamble, Jr.):
Jun 25, 2020
In this episode, we get on the “Zoom Happy Hour” bandwagon. It’s no BBC sing along or surprise Hamilton appearance, but better late than never, right?! RenoDads founders Mike and David, along with long time contributors Josh and Jake, as well as newbie Steve talk about dad life in the current pandemic environment. Dave’s got a new article that he’s plugging, and Josh puts us all to shame with the number of projects he’s getting done in his backyard (side note: when this social distancing thing goes away, we’re ALL invited to his place!). Then Mike previews an article he’s writing on taking his family on hikes to visit all of the hillside letters in the area, and Jake reminds us that maintaining some balance is kind of important when it comes to your mental health, especially during these circumstances. It’s been a while since the dads have gotten together, so there’s really no telling what might come up — latest binge-watching, best James Bond movies (and actors), Harry Potter, the psychology of instant gratification, among other unrelated topics… Oh, and we all miss sports. The podcast is up in all the usual places, and we even captured a video on Zoom — check it out below! Do you have a story you’d like to talk about on our podcast? Is there someone we should meet and have on the show? Click on Contact Us, and get in touch! You can find all of our podcast episodes here at Reno Dads. Rad Links Mentioned in the Episode * Reno Dads Podcast (iTunes)* COVID...
May 12, 2020
In this episode, we get a bit more “real” with our experiences as dads. Scott and Josh are in the studio to talk about their “not ready for Facebook” experiences — the ones that really make you question your own dad skills and whether or not you’re cut out for this whole “being a dad” thing. Scott recently published a story about his very worst day as a dad, and it is worth a read. Aside from the very frightening account of his daughter’s accident (thankfully, there was no lasting effect from the fall), Scott described his feelings of inadequacy and embarrassment — and thinking that he might be the only dad around with these feelings of failure. When he expressed this sentiment to the rest of the Reno Dads recently, we all assured him that he was definitely not alone. We all started recounting our own #DadFail moments, and that led to a plan to have the discussion on the podcast! Josh’s #DadFail moment is also a good example of how frustrating some moments of fatherhood really are. Bottom line: it’s okay to question your dad skills from time to time. We’re all learning on the job, and there’s no universally accepted way to approach these challenges, and it’s okay to ask your dad squad if you’ve got questions! Do you have a story you’d like to talk about on our podcast? Is there someone we should meet and have on the show? Click on Contact Us, and get in touch! You can find all of our podcast episodes here at Reno Dads. Show Highlights * Team Introductions: Jonathan Salkoff, Scott Oxarart, Joshua Shinn Rad Links Mentioned in the Episode * Reno Dads Podcast (iTunes)* My Worst Day as a Dad More Reno Dads! * Remember, you are now able to subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and through the <a rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-l...
Feb 5, 2020