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Wes and Shelly Share
Wes and Shelly Share
Wes and Shelly Fryer share about outdoor adventures, healthy life habits, parenting and marriage, navigating the opportunities and challenges of the empty nest.
6 days ago
Ep 25 Winter 2024 Updates and Black History
This 25th podcast episode includes updates for winter 2024 about our recent trip to our friends’ farm in Virginia, a trip to Durham, North Carolina, and Duke University to hear the dean of the Air Force Academy talk with our parent group. In part two, we share reflections on our learning about black history and racial healing this past year and specifically this past month. Visit shellyfryer.com/podcast for subscription links to our show. Visit the resources page of HealOurCulture.org for links to many of the books and organizations referenced in part two of our show this week. Please let us know if you are listening and if you have feedback! The best way to do that is to follow us on Facebook and comment there. Go outside, keep exploring, and stay curious!
Jan 15, 2024
Ep 24: Holiday Recap and 2024 Priorities
It’s 2024! Welcome to episode 24 of the “Wes and Shelly Share podcast,” where we reflect on our journey as “empty nesters” living in North Carolina. In this episode, we discuss some highlights from our holidays in December 2023, and in part two reflect on our priorities for the coming year in 2024. You can access links to our referenced show notes as well as links to listen to us on multiple platforms on https://shellyfryer.com/podcast. Please let us know if you’re listening and if you have any feedback or questions! We hope your 2024 is off to a great start! “Go outside, stay curious, and keep exploring!”
Nov 26, 2023
Ep 23: From IAD to DEN, OKC to CLT
In this episode, we are joined by our youngest daughter, Rachel, as we reflect on changes in the past year as she has moved from flying out of Dulles iInternational Airport to Denver Colorado. We also reflect on differences in celebrating Thanksgiving in Oklahoma City, and now in Matthews, North Carolina. (In the greater Charlotte metro area.) We each share a Wonder Link, and our episode Wander Link is Hawkers Restaurant in uptown Charlotte. Please visit shellyfryer.com/podcast for links to connect with us!
Oct 21, 2023
Ep 22: Grandparent Memories
Welcome to Episode 22 of Wes and Shelly Share, recorded at Anne Springs Close Greenway in South Carolina, just outside Fort Mill. In this episode, we mainly share memories of both our grandparents, who were from Dalhart, Texas, Powell, Wyoming, and Abilene, Texas. We also share some updates, including Shelly‘s, temporary promotion to full-time classroom teacher at our school, continued progress towards our new funnel cake business, and a few other things. Our wonder links are some favorite podcasts we’ve been listening to lately, and our wander link is the Forest Trail Coffee House, in Mint Hill, North Carolina. You can find links to connect with us on social media on shellyfryer.com/podcast. Please let us know you are listening and share any feedback you have with us on our Facebook page or other social media channels we update. Remember to go outside, stay curious, and have adventures!
Oct 15, 2023
Ep 21: Outdoor Education & Funnel Cakes
#wsshare Ep 21 Outdoor Education and Funnel Cakes https://anchor.fm/wsshare/episodes/Ep-21-Outdoor-Education--Funnel-Cakes-e2ak6ta In this episode, Shelly shares about her fifth grade field trip last week to Seabrook Island, in South Carolina. Shelly and Wes have both loved outdoor education and the opportunity to learn about science outside, and this was an extremely fun and motivational experience for Shelly, even though it was taxing with over 100 5th graders and rainy weather the entire time! In this episode we also share about our new sideline funnel cake business we are starting! We give some background about things that we have learned and how this business opportunity has become a reality for us to start soon. Our Wonder Link is this recent episode of 60 minutes, about 3-D printing houses in Texas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXUX6dv2_Yo https://www.iconbuild.com Our Wander Link this week is Seabrook Island, South Carolina: https://www.seabrookisland.com St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center https://stchristopher.org
Oct 1, 2023
Ep 20: Wedding Bells Ring!
In this episode, recorded in Asheville, North Carolina, Shelly and Wes, reflect on the wedding of our son, Alex, to Grace this past weekend in Nashville, Tennessee. Lots of wonderful memories made, and a little bit of wisdom to share. Here is the link to the 11 minute video Wes recorded about How’s Manor, the historic Airbnb, where we stayed in Nashville: https://youtu.be/8Tet8kIM9T4 The book which is our WanderLink this week is “The Six: The Untold Story of America's First Women Astronauts” by Loren Grush via #AreWeThereYet https://a.co/d/9AjCKxD
Sep 14, 2023
Ep 19: Return to Narnia
In this episode, we reminisce about our experiences with "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis, both as children and as parents. We delve into memories from Parents' Weekend at the Air Force Academy and discuss the changes in our lives since Shelly started teaching at Wes' school. Stay tuned for direct links to the websites and resources we reference, including "Wild Heart Teacher." For more about our podcast and to connect with us, visit shellyfryer.com/podcast.
Aug 6, 2023
Ep 18: Putting the Pieces Back Together (Part 1)
In episode 18, recorded outside of Peoples café in uptown Charlotte on a Sunday morning, Wes and Shelly Fryerdiscuss how our own senses of identity and purpose have changed over the years becoming parents, being the parents of teenagers, and now being “empty-nesters.” This is the first of (most likely) a two part series. Our “Wander Link” is the Saturday morning yoga at Stevens Creek Park in Mint Hill, North Carolina. Our “Wonder Link” is the Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso. Find links to connect with us and find our past episodes on www.shellyfryer.com/podcast. If you listen to our show, please reach out on social media, and let us know! Remember to stay curious, go outside, and keep exploring!
Jul 16, 2023
Ep 17: View of Heaven Farm
In this episode, we reflect upon our wonderful experiences this week volunteering at “View of Heaven Farm,” a unique farm and nonprofit organization in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia empowering neuro-diverse adults to find community and meaningful work for a sustainable wage in a loving environment. https://www.viewofheavenfarm.org We also reflect upon our experiences attending Catholic Mass at Holy Cross Abbey and with Catholicism, both this week and in the past. https://www.virginiatrappists.org/ Our Wonder link is Dirt Farm Brewing, which is a beautiful brewery just 15 minutes from the View of Heaven farm at the top of a mountain, overlooking the Shenandoah Valley. https://dirtfarmbrewing.com Our Wonder Link is from Reuters, about the recent lunar mission sent by India scheduled to land at the south pole of the moon on August 23. https://www.reuters.com/technology/space/india-readies-rocket-aimed-landing-moons-south-pole-2023-07-14/ Remember to check out our website https://shellyfryer.com/podcast for links to our other episodes, to listen to us on different podcast platforms, and to connect with both Wes and Shelly Fryer on social media. We encourage you to support your local farmers, local farmers market, go outside, stay, curious, and keep exploring!
Jul 7, 2023
Ep 16: Camping Without Kids
Wes and Shelly share reflections about what it is like to go camping without kids in the empty nest! We share about our adventures this week in Linville Falls, North Carolina, as well as Grandfather Mountain, Banner Elk, and Beech Mountain. We also share about books we are reading now, and reflect on how life is different this summer, with our changing professional roles as educators. We also share our episode wonder and wander links!
Jun 21, 2023
Ep 15 Beach Memories
Sharing our experiences from the South Carolina seacoast this week, as well as reflecting on past trips and memories of the beach with our family.
May 20, 2023
Ep 14: O is for Orca
This episode was recorded on our first visit to the North Carolina Zoo south of Asheboro! We discussed memories of zoos, orcas and trips to the Pacific Northwest, and the wonderful aspects of natural and human diversity in our world. Link to our sharing websites on shellyfryer.com/podcast.
May 14, 2023
Ep 13: Where the WILD Things Are
In our 13th episode, Wes and Shelly reflect on the wonderful children’s picture book “Where the WILD Things Are,” and our memories of it. We also discuss favorite memories of Mother’s Day, and Shelly tells the story of how her father, Carl Ward, was a first generation college student, changing the trajectory of life for his children and grandchildren. Our wonder link is the podcast, “Are We There Yet?,“ and Terry Virt’s book, “The Astronauts’ Guide to Leaving the Planet.” Our wonder link is focused on Grandfather Mountain State Park in North Carolina. Access other episodes of our podcast and links to follow us on social media by visiting shellyfryer.com/podcast.
May 6, 2023
Ep 12: Bears in the Night
In this episode, recorded at Rocky River Vineyards outside Locust, North Carolina, we share our exciting adventure to Reed’s Mine today. In 1799, a young 12-year-old made the first discovery of gold in the United States recorded by European immigrants. We also talk about our aspirational identities in the “empty nest,” who we wanted to be when we were little, and who we want to be now. Wes also shared a “wonder link” related to artificial intelligence. Remember to stay curious, go outside, go have adventures, and keep exploring!
Apr 30, 2023
Ep 11: Are You My Mother?
In this 11th episode, we discuss lots of things we remember about our mothers and ways our lives have changed as empty-nesters as parents. Referenced articles and links will be added soon! Our wander links are a couple local parks we visited recently, and our wonder links revolve around the Artemis 2 mission of NASA to the moon.
Apr 9, 2023
Ep 10: The Velveteen Rabbit
It’s our first Easter with an empty nest! This Sunday we recorded “lakeside” at Powder Horn Mountain, a wonderful private community about 20 minutes from Boone, North Carolina. About 2 1/2 hours from our house in Matthews. We discuss our memories of the children’s book, “The Velveteen Rabbit,” lots of past Easter memories, and share two wonder and two wander links. Wander links: Powder Horn Mountain Community, North Carolina, and the book, “Hiking Waterfalls North Carolina” by Melissa Watson. Wonder links: Shelly: Interview with Andy Weir podcast (Sci-fi writer Andy Weir doesn't love writing) and Wes: Amy Webb’s SXSW 2023 presentation. https://www.powderhornmountain.com https://www.amazon.com/Hiking-Waterfalls-North-Carolina-Waterfall/dp/076277150X/ref=nodl_?dplnkId=4ca756a7-39f0-46fc-a1cf-6165080bdbd8 https://pca.st/episode/2ccffc64-c9f1-42b6-8790-fe72838018ae https://youtu.be/vMUpzxZB3-Y
Apr 1, 2023
Ep 9: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe
In this Saturday episode from Squirrel Lake Park in Matthews, North Carolina, we reflect on how we loved reading “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” both to our children and to students in school. We also discuss “The School I Love,” ideas for Shelly‘s forthcoming book, and other aspects of teaching we have loved and loved today. Our wonder link is, Wes’ aspirational BBQ catering business, goldentexasbbq.com, and our Wander Link is an excellent website for tracking the ISS as well as all satellites in orbit. We will add the link here soon!
Mar 26, 2023
Ep 8: Chrysanthemum Kindness
Our 8th episode! We spent most of our time talking about Kevin Henkes’ wonderful 1991 book, “Chrysanthemum,” and the ways the themes of this book overlay with our experiences as classroom teachers as well as parents. We included multiple related book recommendations, and talked a little bit about Shelly‘s ideas to write her own book. Last of all, we shared two “Wonder links” and two “Wander links!” Find our show notes and links all our episodes on https://shellyfryer.com/podcast
Mar 18, 2023
Ep 7: Margin and The Rock
A podcast from Landsford Canal State Park in South Carolina! Discussing this wonderful book: Book: “Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives” by Richard A. Swenson https://www.amazon.com/Margin-Richard-A-Swenson-MD-audiobook/dp/B01M70RZN4/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?crid=3OM575AHNLN2U&keywords=margin+swenson&qid=1678657949&sprefix=margin+swenson%2Caps%2C136&sr=8-1 We also discuss other wellness insights and healthy life habits, and reflect on Wes’ recent visit to the Dixonville slave cemetery in Salisbury, North Carolina.
Mar 5, 2023
Ep 6: Pelé and Poliahu
In this episode, we reflect on memories of our honeymoon to Hawaii in 1995, and some other trips we made to Hawaii over the years, including a family reunion in 2009. We also reflect on formative international travel experiences we’ve both had. These include Shelly‘s three years teaching in Germany for DOD, and Wes’ trips to Turkey and New Zealand.
Feb 28, 2023
Ep 5: Habits of Health
In this episode, we talk about our journeys of health and the book, “Habits of Health,” by Dr. Wayne Anderson.. We also talk about our adventures on Saturday as we joined members of our church serving breakfast on the street in downtown Charlotte, to folks experiencing homelessness. Our Wonder Link of the week is the eagle cam on YouTube from Big Bear, California. Our Wander Link is the Disney+ series and show, “Secrets of the Zoo: North Carolina.” In our show notes we are also including a link to the REAL North Carolina Zoo, which is only about an hour east of where we live. Show Notes: * Dr. A’s Habits Of Health by Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen * Habits of Health website * Wonder Link: Big Bear Bald Eagle Live Nest - Cam 1 * Wander Link: Secrets of the Zoo: North Carolina (Disney+) * North Carolina Zoo * Cook with Wes: On YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, Mastodon - and Wes' Recipe Blog * Easter's House at Caldwell Presbyterian Church * Roof Above…
Feb 20, 2023
Ep 4: Summer Dog
Wes and Shelly reflect on books we remember reading, and others reading to us, when we were growing up. We also discuss books we remember reading to our own children. In part two, we reflect on good memories from trips together to Manhattan, Kansas. This week's "Wander Link" is Liquid Art in Manhattan, Kansas. Our "Wonder Link" is a set of two oral history interviews with Wes' mother, Angie Fryer, shared on our family learning blog. Visit shellyfryer.com/podcast for more links to connect with us and subscribe to our show! Show Notes: Book: Summer Dog by Thom Roberts Book: Little Britches by Ralph Moody Book: Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White Book: Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go Book: Dragonsong (Harper Hall Trilogy, Book 1) by Anne McCaffrey Book: The King, the Mice and the Cheese by Nancy and Eric Gurney Book: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Wander Link: Liquid Art in Manhattan, Kansas Wonder Link: Oral history interviews with Ang…
Feb 12, 2023
Ep 3: The Wild Robot
In our third episode, we discuss one of Shelly‘s favorite children’s books, “The Wild Robot,” and its sequel, “The Wild Robot Escapes,” by Peter Brown. We discussed how the themes of these books intersect with artificial intelligence (AI) ChatGPT from OpenAI, ethics, and themes of family, kindness and love. In the second half, we discuss our five-year plan, as we are now “empty-nesters” in North Carolina. We know life is short, and we know there is power in writing down our goals and our dreams. Please let us know if you listen to our show, you can find links to connect with us as well as Subscribe on shellyfryer.com/podcast. This week’s outro was recorded by our daughter, Sarah. Show notes: * Wonder Link: "The Wild Robot" by Peter Brown * Also: "The Wild Robot Escapes" by Peter Brown * Roots and Refuge Podcast: Episode 3 - "Our Five Year Vision" * Shelly’s blog post: Biomimicry with Edison Robots * Biomimicry Film (2015) * Wes’ Sunday School class…
Feb 5, 2023
Ep 2: Goodnight Moon
In our second episode, Shelly and Wes talk about the family favorite book, “Good Night, Moon,” and its connection to North Carolina astronaut Tom Marshburn. We mention connections to the remixed version, “Good Night, iPad,” discuss why Shelly loves “Space Fridays” with her fifth grade class so much, and our weekend adventure to “Cast-Iron Waffles” and the New York Butcher Shop in Indian land, South Carolina. In the second half of our show, we discuss our WanderLink: Anne Springs Close Greenway, and reflect a little on some outdoor education experiences Shelly had both growing up and as a teacher in Lubbock, Texas. Remember to connect with us by visiting our podcast website, shellyfryer.com/podcast.
Jan 29, 2023
Ep 1: The Best Nest
In our first episode of “Wes and Shelly Share!” we preview the basic format and planned length of our episodes, and what we want to talk about our show. We describe the different elements of our podcast description: “Wes and Shelly Fryer share about outdoor adventures, healthy life habits, parenting and marriage, navigating the opportunities and challenges of the empty nest.” We also tell a little of our podcast origin story, our origin story as a couple, and the significance of "The Best Nest" in our family and current season of life. Check out our shownotes, and visit shellyfryer.com/podcast for more links about us and our show. Show notes: "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder" by Richard Louv Picture book "The Best Nest" by P.D. Eastman Wonder Link 1: Goodnight Oppy (Amazon Prime Original) Wonder Link 2: Built for Mars: The Perseverance Rover (Disney+ National Geographic) Wander Link: “Grand Old Lady Hotel” in Balsam, NC Our…