Chatting With Casey 0010 — Ain’t No Parents Got Time for That!

The more podcasts I put out, the more I realise just what I’m trying to get out of all this work—the kind of stories you won’t find anywhere else.
Chatting With Casey 0010 — Ain't No Parents Got Time for That! — Kenna Cote in Front of the Bus
Someone recently reminded me of something that got me doing this in the first place that I needed to remember to keep pushing forward—”everyone has a great story in them.” As we round out a year way more about growth in my soul than in my bank account, I finally find myself handling topics I would’ve never imagined before. Nonmonogamous relationships. Modern slavery. Stuff that I never felt qualified to speak on, but found people willing to fill me in.

But it’s also been a stark reminder that I need to do these interviews justice, and my tenth episode with my longtime friend Kendra Côte reminded me about the importance of research and knowing the path you’ll travel once that mic goes live. But you don’t let your missteps hold you back—you learn from them, and you’ll continue to get stronger podcasts from it.

In the meantime, you can hear Kendra and me just having tons of fun while we talk about soap, parenthood, and what it’s like to fit six people in a 270-square foot space every day and survive.

Check it out!

I hope you’ll come back next week when we talk about that time we accidentally delivered a baby at home.

Yeah, I said it.

Be well out there, guys, and until the next, I remain,

–case p.

Chatting with Casey 0009 — The Life and Times of the Single Mom

And then you have the times where you fall off the wagon and scramble to find the way back onto your path.

Chatting with Casey 0009 — The Life and Times of the Single Mom — The Palmer Boys

I never wanted to step away from podcasting as long as I did, but my life had other things in mind. Summertime trips. An office workload dialled up to eleven. Things were piling up on top of the fact that the most recent episode didn’t have the crystal clear audio I was looking for, so I took a step back to try and figure things out while handling the rest of my life. But several months and a good listen-through later, I realised it wasn’t that bad! We’re bringing October to a close, and I’m back and ready to go steady!

Chatting with Casey 0008 — We Are the Sum of Our Experiences

It’s no secret that I’m busy. If I didn’t have Sarah and the kids to keep me grounded, I’d likely spend every waking moment thinking about content, always trying to find the best ways to tell the next story. But with all this thinking going on, people often wonder how I find time for it all. Where did I pick my skills up? How do I find guests for my podcast? How do I keep from falling apart?

The answer, my friends, is through Facebook Groups.

Facebook Groups are where I find my people. They’re where I learn. Many of the contacts I have and much of what I know today is because someone in the many groups I belong to pointed me in the right direction. And it’s through a group for podcasters who’re also Dads that I learned about Ricky Shetty‘s new book. 

Ricky Shetty — Author, World Traveller and One of Canada’s Original Dad Bloggers

Chatting with Casey 0008 — We Are the Sum of Our Experiences — Ricky Shetty Head Shot

Ricky and I have known each other at least peripherally for some years now—since branding himself as Canada’s premiere Daddy Blogger at the turn of the decade, it was tough to not enter the arena myself without knowing who he was. But it wasn’t until last year where we’d finally cross paths for his Digital Nomad Mastery channel to discuss Dad Blogging and everything that comes with it! (I’ll link it in the show notes, but I hope you’re ready for some crappy pre-Casey knowing what he’s doing headphone built-in microphone audio!) So we’d connected, but we didn’t speak a whole lot after that, because after all, Ricky’s travelling the world.

And that, my friends, is perhaps the most essential part of this entire story—Ricky, with his lovely wife Anne and their three young children, is aiming to become the first family to have visited everySingleCountry.

Chatting with Casey 0007 — SEE Each Other.

“Be kind to yourself,
Be true to yourself,
And always move forward.”

— Drekken Pownz, Chatting with Casey, Episode Seven: “SEE Each Other.”

When my friend Marie Nicola heard I was doing my podcast, she congratulated me on putting something together with such high production value but thought me nuts to do it without the help of a producer.

And she was right. She’d know—having run The Nat & Marie Show with Nat Atubanos for years—that podcasting’s quite the fickle friend.

You need to be in the groove—people can spot uninspired drivel a mile away, and if your heart’s not in it, it’s probably not worth posting. You need the time and space to record because no one wants to listen to a podcast with an unnecessary background soundtrack. The mechanics of podcasting aren’t hard in themselves—anyone can hit record on a mic and post the audio online—but to make a podcast worth listening to is another matter entirely.

Chatting with Casey 0006 — Everybody Wants to be Fabulous

And then sometimes you need to take a step back and handle your ish.

Chatting with Casey 0006 — Everybody Wants to be Fabulous — Casey Palmer, June 2018

With Father’s Day come and gone for 2018, I was finally free to take stock of everything going on in the rest of my life, and it was a mess. A to-do list 270 items deep. Friends and family whose voices I hadn’t heard in months. Things were hectic, and I quickly remembered I couldn’t be a good husband, father, son, brother, friend, employee, churchgoer and content creator all at the same time.

So I took the time to handle a few things and while they’re still far from perfect, being able to find some time to get back to the podcast’s always okay by me!

But enough with the preamble—let me tell you why episode six is so good.

Chatting with Casey 0005 — You Don’t Want to be That Guy

Everything falls a little behind when it comes to Father’s Day.

On the third Sunday in June each year, Father’s Day falls smack in the middle of a million other things. The first glimpses of summer for those of us too used to dealing with winter. Wrapping things up in the last days of school, especially if you have exams. Or if you’re the busiest Dad Blogger in Toronto, it means trying to fit thirty hours into 24-hour days, realising that while trying to do everything might be possible, it probably isn’t healthy.

Chatting with Casey 0005 — You Don't Want to be That Guy — The Flight Pack

With plenty of content this week showcasing my life as a Dad, I wanted to try something a little different for Father’s Day. With the help of some of the contacts I’ve made so far, I put together a couple of interviews looking at different aspects of fatherhood. ROGUESTORIES’ Gloria Chik talked about the Flight Pack, a modular toiletry kit for travel that’s both super-stylish and functional. And Chris, a Wish Dad with the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, who let me know all about the organisation and what it means to him and his family.

My goal is to get us thinking about fatherhood in ways we normally fail to consider—I feel like this episode’s a step in the right direction!

Enjoy it!

Until the next,

–case p.

Chatting with Casey 0004 — It’s Hard Out Here for a Dad

“Just because he got her pregnant doesn’t mean he needs to be a Dad.”

“How do you know she wasn’t trying to trap him into a relationship? These women will go to extremes to lock a brother down!”

“Why does he have to change his life because something unexpected happened?”


The allegation that Drake may have fathered a son has brought out an ugly side in people I thought I knew. Men who want to shirk the responsibility of fatherhood when it stares them in the face, preferring to live in pursuit of fun instead of going for something perhaps more meaningful. Guys who see women as objects and children as burdens—who’ve yet to mature enough to understand the value of family and the joys it can bring you.

These worrisome thoughts took me back to my second keynote at Parenting 101—”It’s Hard Out Here for a Dad”, my talk on what it’s like to be a Dad, and why we all need to get a better understanding of it!

I hope you enjoy it!

Another week in the bag, and until next week, I remain,

–case p.

Chatting with Casey 0003 — Give Me Some Room to Fail

Work at something hard enough, and you eventually hit a point where everything starts to click.

I’ve been grinding away especially hard at the blog, the job, and everything in between of late, trying to make sense of everything and cut down on the clutter that’s always in the way. And after working my way through requisitioning a purchase order at work and finally getting a few elusive posts within mere sentences of completion, it all finally came together. What I should be doing.

And it’ll take so much writing to get there!

Chatting with Casey 0003 — Give Me Some Room to Fail — Casey at FanExpo's Artist Alley

So the plan is this—we’re gonna keep creating ’til the wheels come off. Sarah has this dream—that one day I’ll be able to exist without my mind always thinking about what I’ll next use to fill my content calendar.

And you know what? It’s entirely possible… I just need to get ahead. Schedule content ahead so I can step away for weeks at a time without worry. Get back to seeing the people I haven’t managed to connect with in ages.

Short-term pain. Long-term gain. We can make it happen!

Chatting with Casey 0002 — No Terrible People Allowed!

I was naïve to think a podcast would somehow give me less writing to do every day! If I thought writing solid thousand-word posts were a challenge, imagine how I felt when I realised that there’re ten thousand of ’em in an hour-long podcast! I’d become pretty accomplished as a writer, sure, but I didn’t do that overnight. I still needed to train my podcasting brain so I wouldn’t need to write my thoughts out first… I just wanted to get on the mic and make the magic happen.

But until we reach that day, practice will just have to make perfect, and it’s with that approach in mind that I bring you the second Chatting with Casey!

Chatting with Casey 0002 — No Terrible People Allowed! — Casey at The Poet CafeIf you notice a slight change in tone this episode, let’s just say I’ve learned my lesson—don’t record your podcast anywhere you’re not comfortable just being yourself.

I wasn’t finding the time to record at home, so I found a quiet spot to get my thoughts out and get on the ball for episode two!

Yeah, big mistake. I sound entirely subdued like I just had a bad day at the job. It’s a lesson well-learned that I don’t plan to need twice, so here’s hoping you stick around for week three!

As for this episode, it features an interview with Tracy Molyneaux, who among the various other hats she wears, currently manages Coffee Public at Bay and College in downtown Toronto!

It’s worth listening to the podcast to hear Tracy’s story! Amidst her side hustles/passions in makeup artistry and jewellery making and managing a ridiculous number of social media accounts, I’m glad she found time to talk to me!

You can check episode two out below!

Chatting with Casey 0001 — Am I Black Enough?

Inspiration can hit you from the strangest places.

A Podcast, A Podcast, My Kingdom for a Podcast!!!

After a lengthy Facebook debate on race and where my Blackness fit in when I married white, I took some time to get my mind right.

And get my mind right I did. With the frustrations of that conversation fuelling me, I finally did what I’d been putting off for far too long—starting my weekly podcast.

Chatting with Casey Widescreen Image

Chatting with Casey brings all my world’s pillars together—family. Food. Travel, fashion and tech. It’s going to be the most honest expression of my soul as I look to chat with others about their passions while sitting with them in one of their favourite places!

I hope you’ll join me each week to chat it up!

Until the next,

–case p.