Morning Coffee with Larry Quicksall
By Larry Quicksall
Welcome to my podcast where I share my thoughts and ideas on various mental health and life improvement topics such as anxiety, depression, marriage/family, end-of-life, and faith. Who am I? Professionally, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been working in the mental health field since 1987. Currently I specialize in treating people with severe anxiety disorders. Personally, my wife and I try to keep up with our expanding family while living the farmstead faith-based lifestyle. So, grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy sharing some time with me this morning.
536 - Turtles and Bees - 5-14-2022
What do bees, turtles, possums, and other creatures have in common? Well, they’re all on this episode of my podcast, and I’ve encountered them today with a fresh set of eyes this morning.
May 14, 2022
535 - Potatoes - 5-11-2022
It is an absolutely beautiful morning today, so I am sitting out on the back deck reflecting over all of our farm activities yesterday. And for some reason I’m a little stuck on potatoes. Find out why on this morning‘s episode.
May 11, 2022
534 - Changing Your Brain - 5-3-2022
Did you know that your brain can change based upon what you are focusing on? In today’s podcast we’re gonna look at some possible traits that you may have unintentionally trained your brain to see. Will also look at how you can change any negative patterns the positive ones by changing your focus.
May 04, 2022
533 - The Resurrection - 4-17-2022
Happy Easter everyone! Today I want to share with you a reading from the gospel of Luke regarding the resurrection of Jesus the Christ as a way to start your Easter morning.
April 17, 2022
532 - 5 Wonderful Character Traits - 4-7-2022
This past week I’ve been thinking on deeper topics and came across a meme that kind of ties in to what I’ve been thinking about. Join with me today as we look at five wonderful character traits that we should be practicing every day of our life.
April 07, 2022
531 - Eyes to See - 3-24-2022
Today I wanna share with you a four-part prayer that I think can make a big difference in your life.
March 24, 2022
530 - Student and Teacher - 3-10-2022
If you are a student, do you want to be corrected if you are doing an assignment wrong? Lest’s see where this question leads us today!
March 10, 2022
529 - You Have Control of This - 3-2-2022
When things seem out of control, and maybe you don’t know how to react, remember how you respond to a situation makes all the difference. That’s today’s topic, so grab your coffee and let’s discuss it.
March 02, 2022
528 - Anxiety and War in Ukraine - 2-26-2022
It’s very easy to feel anxious over what is happening this week in Ukraine. Today I want to share with you some of my suggestions regarding coping with the events taking place in Europe, the fears you may be having about it escalating, and what can you logically do to remove some of the insecurity in your day to day life as things unfold.
February 26, 2022
527 - Memories of Mom - 2-11-2022
It’s been six months since mom passed away, and I thought I would share some of my thoughts and memories about her.
February 11, 2022
526 - Worry vs Concern - 2-9-2022
When you watch and read the news whether it is on a local, national, or international level there’s a possibility of a lot of change. Some of this change doesn’t look to be good, which can very easily lead to worry. So what do you do about the bad things and the worry that can really mess up life? In today’s podcast I want to address the differences between worry and concern, and how that fits in to your life today and in the future.
February 09, 2022
525 - Memories and Experiences - 1-26-2022
Learning life lessons from old friends. Here is also the link for the 97yo pianist. https://www.classicfm.com/composers/rachmaninov/pianist-ruth-slenczynska-record-deal/?fbclid=IwAR3WSdAcN__T2UGKMEyNR7q-0LK23r-2l_LrtRbQ0g6WM67CpQfh7dEeuGg
January 26, 2022
524 - 20 Life Improvements 1-21-2022
This morning I want to share with you 20 short and sweet life improvements. I think if we can look at this list and implement A few of these every day we would see some wonderful and positive changes in our lives.
January 21, 2022
523 - Connections - 1-17-2022
It is amazing how different things are connected in this old world. Some connections are required for existence while others are required for function. Today I would like to talk about our connection through our creation with God.
January 17, 2022
522 - Anxiety Made Me Do It - 1-12-2022
On today’s podcast I share my thoughts about a meme that I found titled 11 weird things anxiety makes you do. However, I question whether anxiety makes you do it or these actions and beliefs give you anxiety. Kind a like the chicken in the egg regarding who was first.
January 12, 2022
521 - Gratitude in 2022 - 1-8-2022
Why is it hard to feel gratitude at times? Let’s explore the act of being grateful in a new year that is anticipated to have a variety of issues in it.
January 08, 2022
520 - Broken Glow-sticks - 12-12-2021
Today I want to share my thought on the recent tornado outbreak and read to you a story about a toddler and a glow-stick.
December 12, 2021
519 - Be Prepared - 12-03-2021
Today I want to talk about how to apply the Boy Scout motto be prepared to every day life as well as every day life during our present time when so much change has been happening.
December 03, 2021
518 - Your Headlines - 11-29-2021
Headlines impact us more than we give them credit. But what if headlines are not helpful or not accurate? Do you adopt headlines that you see in the news or hear from other people and make them your own to have greater influence on your life? On today’s podcast I want to share with you a little story to give you some food for thought.
November 29, 2021
517 - From the Deerstand
This morning I am sharing a cup of coffee with you from the Deerstand, and I reflect on some of my thoughts, memories, and recent activity taking place from this wonderful location.
November 20, 2021
516 - Back on the Farmstead - 11/16/2021
Hi everyone! Well I am back home after a couple of vacation trips and I thought I would just share with you what’s been happening.
November 16, 2021
515 - Story Time about Sand Cave - 10/23/2021
Today I was walking around Mammoth Cave National Park and decided to visit the entrance to Sand Cave and share with you a story.
November 16, 2021
514 - Vacation Update - 10-21-2021
I am still enjoying my vacation and thought I would share with you a little of what has been happening that includes a visit to an Amish store, a great evening with a couple of Youtubers, and enjoying coffee on a small town front porch.
November 02, 2021
513 - Mammoth Cave - 10-16-2021
Grab your coffee and join me as I dive deep into the depths of Mammoth Cave, the world’s longest cave. Yes, I am recording on site!
October 16, 2021
512 - Dealing with Temptation - 10-11-2021
Today I want to share with you a little about a recent conversation and a recent news article on the topic of temptation.
October 11, 2021
511 - Tickling Memories - 10/06/2021
Today I’ve spent some time going through some of mom‘s things, you know the things we accumulate over a lifetime that are linked to all kinds of memories and emotions. It’s been almost 2 months since mom‘s passing in today I started the process of going through some of her things, but it’s definitely harder than what I thought it would be today. Grab a cuppa coffee and join with me as I share some of my thoughts.
October 06, 2021
510 - I’m Restarting the Podcast - 10/01/2021
Hey, I’m restarting the podcast. In today’s episode I share a little bit about what has happened since the last podcast in April, and what my plans are for the future as a face several transitions in life.
October 01, 2021
509 - We Have Baby Goats! - 4/12/2021
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Well there’s a lot of excitement on our farmstead this past week with the birth of baby goats. So far three mamas have kidded five babies, and we still have more to come. You know this winter was kind of hard with the death of one of our guardian dogs and three of our goats, but even in the darkest winters we can hope and have faith that a green spring will come. Living on a farm we are reminded on a daily basis of this incredible cycle of life, that for everything under the sun there is a season, and we need to enjoy those blessings as they appear.
April 12, 2021
508 - Happy Easter - 4/4/2021
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Yes, I goofed up the date in the podcast again. It is not May 4 it is April 4. This morning I woke up too early, and I was pondering many things. One of my ponderings was about the women who follow Jesus, loved him, watched him crucified and killed, and were planning to go to the tomb and properly prepare his body for burial. With their focus on what had happened over the days before, and thinking about what they needed to do that morning, none of them were expecting the encounter they were about to have and the message that they would have the privilege of delivering to Jesus’ disciples.
April 04, 2021
507 - 7 Trait of Mental Strength - 3/29/2021
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I want to talk about seven traits for good mental strength. It’s from an article on teaching these traits two children, however I believe the great traits for every adult practice. And as a bonus you get to hear my excitement as I see are wild ducks returning to the farm after a winter away! I’ll share with you the whole story during the podcast.
March 29, 2021
506 - Camp Clean-Up - 3/27/2021
Good afternoon and good iced tea everybody! Well it’s Saturday afternoon and our camp cleanup day is over which leaves me to enjoy the breeze from the dock out on Lake Sara. Join with me for some afternoon relaxation as I share with you what we have done out at the camp and learn what you can do not only for this camp but also in service in your community.
March 27, 2021
505 - In-depth Communication - 3/24/2021
Good morning and good coffee everybody! This week I am trying to buy an external Wi-Fi extension system so that I can have Wi-Fi all over our farmstead. This dilemma led me to think about communications that we have with important people in our lives When it comes to distance, speed, in penetration. Curious? Take a listen to today’s podcast and hear what I’m talking about.
March 24, 2021
504 - Memories - 3/23/2021
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I want to talk about memories. What stirs memories? Why do certain memories pop out when others don’t? What part do objects play in as remembering different things? Whether it’s some thing sitting on a shelf or whether it is a Facebook post fun memories can be stirred and enjoyed. Grab a cuppa coffee and let’s talk about memories.
March 23, 2021
503 - The Patriot - 3/19/2021
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Well it’s Friday and I am sure excited about the sunny and warm weather that is anticipated for this weekend! Today I wanted to share with you some thoughts about a movie I saw last night titled the patriot starring Mel Gibson from the year 2000.
March 19, 2021
502 - Fun in Kentucky - 3/16/2921
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Well it’s been eight days since my last podcast, and I believe the rest was well needed. Today I want to share with you about a trip this past weekend to Bowling Green, Kentucky, that involved a visit with my son and his girlfriend and some fun activities around the town. One place we stopped was the Aviation Heritage Park that has a small number of some amazing aircraft with wonderful histories behind them. To me one of the things that’s important is to ground yourself with the important parts of history, and I did that this past weekend. Let me share with you why this is important to me.
March 16, 2021
501 - Sunny Weekend Work - 3/8/2021
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today’s podcast is just kind of easing into a Monday morning and sharing some of the activities that I did over this sunny weekend including working on decluttering a wood shop, moving some fencing for goats, planning for Camp Wassatoga, and watching vintage videos of the Panther Marching Band.
March 08, 2021
500 - Marching Band Memories - 3/5/2021
Good morning and good coffee everybody! It’s Friday! Actually it’s second Friday this week! What am I talking about? You can either listen to Yesterdays podcast or today’s and find out that little story. Today I wanna share with you some memories that have been stirred by one of the Facebook groups that I belong to called the Panther Marching Band. It’s funny how sometimes a single memory may cause an avalanche of memories when shared to a group even if not everybody in the group is from the same era. If you want to hear some fun stories about my time in college band then grab a cuppa coffee and have a listen.
March 05, 2021
499 - Gardening Excitement- 3/4/2021
Good morning and good coffee! Well it is Friday and that means it’s the weekend! And this weekend it is supposed to be beautiful weather where I am at, so I plan on spending a good bit of time outside. Today I was flipping through a seed catalog that came through the mail, and that got me started thinking about our garden for this year. Do you put out a garden? Are you thinking about a garden? Are you thinking you don’t have room for a garden? Well there are ways of doing gardening in a very small space and I’ll share a couple of ideas with you today so you can be as excited as I am!
March 04, 2021
498 - Beauty of Contrast - 3/3/2021
Good morning and good coffee everybody! This morning just before recording the podcast I happen to catch a magical moment. It was only there for a very brief time, but it took me back to 1984 when I was a photographer for the school newspaper at college. It is where I learned the beauty and the magic of creating contrast in the dark room. Grab your coffee and let me share with you one of my hidden passions.
March 03, 2021
497 - From Ear Worms to Guidelines - 03/01/2021
Good morning and good coffee everybody! What do earworms, Moonshadows, and guidelines for life have in common? The answer is that I was drinking Lipton tea while talking about all three this morning.
March 01, 2021
496 - Exploring Flavors - 02/26/2021
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Well for some reason in today’s episode I wandered into the area of flavors and that’s where I spent the episode rather than what I intended to talk about. But you know what flavors are a great topic whether it is from tea, spices, herbs, or other natural sources. So join with me and wander around my mind and my taste buds as I share some thoughts and experiences I’ve had with natural flavors.
February 26, 2021
495 - Open Mic Night - 02/25/2021
Good morning and good coffee! Last night my wife and I did something a little different. We decided to go to an open mic night at a local pub. I love live music, especially local music, so on today’s podcast I want to share with you why.
February 25, 2021
494 - My Friend as Governor? - 2/24/2021
Good Morning and Good Coffee! Have you ever met a political big-wig? Most if not all have met those in local politics, but what about at the State or National level. I've had the opportunity to see (not meet) three Presidents and walked in a parade beside a Governor, but now it is taking on a much more personal level (no I'm not running for anything), but a man I call a friend is running for office, and that is pretty cool! Grab your coffee and let's have some fun on the fringe of politics.
February 24, 2021
493 - What's Really on Mars? - 2/22/2021
Good Morning and Good Coffee! I'm sure many of you have heard that a new mission to Mars has successfully landed on the Red Planet. We've had previous missions to Mars taking pictures, testing the soil, and making tracks in the dirt, but what will they find that is different this time? Well, according to photos that have come through my Facebook feed, it appears that there may be evidence of life or humor millions of miles from Earth!
February 22, 2021
492 - Creative Coping with Extremes - 2/18/2021
Good Morning and Good Coffee! Baby it is still cold outside, and in locations that don't get it this cold except once in a lifetime. This morning I whine a little bit about the bitter cold this week, but share a learning experience that includes extremely cold temperatures, a power outage, an overloaded generator, a creative electrician, and a new contingency plan. We need to plan for what is on the edge of normal experiences, and we need to get creative for dealing with the unanticipated.
February 18, 2021
491 - Presidents Day Blizzard of 2021 - 2/16/2021
Good Morning and Good Coffee! Oh Baby, it cold and snowy outside!!! What an adventures yesterday with cold temps, blowing snow, poor visibility while driving, frozen pipes, hunkered down animals, crazy ducks, and 3 foot snow drifts! Grab some HOT coffee today, because it is STILL COLD OUTSIDE!!!
February 16, 2021
490 - Twelve Course Meal - 02/15/2021
Good morning and good coffee! Today I am joined by my lovely wife, Dawn, and we share our memories of her Valentine’s Day dinner last night, which happened to be a 12-course meal prepared by yours truly.
February 15, 2021
489 - Canceling History - 2/12/2021
Good morning and good coffee! Over the years I have had a growing interest in learning and preserving history; however, this morning I had a personal taste of cancel culture, and I thought I would tell you a bit about it.
February 12, 2021
488 - Avoiding a Fight - 2/11/2021
Good Morning and Good Coffee! Today I want to share with you something that I taught about in a recent therapy session. This individual frequently had undesired fights with their spouse and found himself avoiding conversations to keep the peace. What I taught him and today I share with you is to determine which of three goals a couple has in mind when starting a risky conversation: expressing anger, better understanding each other, or finding the solution to a problem. If you have this kind of problem with your spouse, this would be a good podcast to listen to with your spouse, just don't blame me if you get into a fight, ok?
February 11, 2021
487 - Friends and Enemies - 2/10/2021
Good Morning and Good Coffee! Today I want to ytalk about polar opposites: Friends and Enemies. Let's have some fun talking about our friends and Facebook friends and how we get them. Then I want to share briefly about our new enemy and the war we are entering into on the Quicksall Farmstead.
February 10, 2021
486 - The Gift of Boredom - 2/9/2021
Good Morning and Good Coffee! Today is an important podcast, because I am talking about your children or grandchildren who are young. Are they learning what you take for granted? Are they even close to seeing the world as you see it? What do we need to do about it, or are we trapped by the monster as well?
February 09, 2021
485 - A Toast to Max - 2/5/2021
Good Morning and Good Coffee! This morning is a bit of a sad show as I share with you our grief over the loss of our wonderful livestock guardian dog, Max (Maxine), who died yesterday due to her injuries defending her goat herd from a pack of coyotes. Join with me in paying tribute with a few stories about this very devoted guardian.
February 05, 2021
484 - Local Historical Adventures - 2/4/2021
Good Morning and Good Coffee! I love adventures, both big and small, and I hope that you do as well. Today I share with you a website I just discovered called the Historical Marker Database at http://hmdb.org. This site allow you to find numerous historical markers by name, topic, and location. See what is in your general area and plan a Sunday afternoon drive to see what others deemed important enough to enshrine it in a marker. Have an adventure and learn a little history at the same time!
February 04, 2