Life Through a Dram

Life Through a Dram
Life Through a Dram sees Danny Brown’s take on life, being a better person, and appreciating the here and now, all accompanied by a dram of fine single malt whisky. With a relaxed take and an eye for the good and the inspiring, Danny shares stories and personal examples of people making a difference in the world, as well as how you can make that difference too. Life Through a Dram is the perfect way to either start your week, or end it.

Sunsetting Life Through a Dram (and Introducing Podcaster Stories)
Apr 28 • 3 min
In this episode, I share why I’m sunsetting the Life Through a Dram podcast, and introduce the show that’s taking over from it, Podcaster Stories.
Let’s All Thank a Teacher
Mar 20 • 10 min
Settle back for a chat about the role teachers play in shaping the adults we become, and how you can offer your own thanks.
Being a Better Person in the Coronavirus Age
Mar 14 • 10 min
Settle back for a chat about actions being more effective than words, and why the world needs us all to be better people, especially in this coronavirus age.
The Danger of Shaping Our Kids Like Us
Mar 9 • 8 min
Settle back for a chat about lessons from kids, and adults realizing that selfishness and encouragement tread a very fine line sometimes.
Do Kids See What We Wish We Could See?
Feb 21 • 12 min
Settle back for a chat about invisible friends, imaginations being allowed to grow, and why we need to rediscover the child in us.
Entrepreneurship, Mental Health, and Moments of Stillness, with Josh Currivan
Feb 14 • 32 min
Being an entrepreneur can be hard. Coping with mental health issues while growing and running your own business can add immense stress, both to you personally and those around you.
The Journey to Where We Are
Feb 7 • 7 min
Settle back for a chat about fate, destiny, what we can and can’t control, and why we shouldn’t worry about the stuff outside our control.
People Are Upset About the Super Bowl Halftime Show - Really?
Feb 4 • 9 min
With the Super Bowl weekend just gone, it seems more people are talking about the halftime show with Shakira and JLo than the actual winners of the game.
This Is Where We Take a Stand
Jan 25 • 14 min
Settle back for a chat about not taking anything for granted, and why this time, this place, is where we need to take a stand.
Life Owes You No More Time
Jan 12 • 11 min
In this week’s episode, I dive into how other cultures look at life, and why it’s only a borrowed amount of time - eventually, we have to give it all back.
Controlling the Ship
Jan 1 • 14 min
In this week’s episode, I talk about why we need to control the narrative, and ship only when we’re ready to.
Why We Need to Be Better At Being Authentic
Sep 27, 2019 • 14 min
Recently, I posted an update on Facebook about school picture days, and how they encourage false narratives when it comes to our kids. In this week’s episode, I talk about why we need to be better, and more consistent, when it comes to being authentic in…
Why We Need to Let Kids Be Kids
Jun 15, 2019 • 18 min
As parents, we can add pressure to the lives of our kids without realizing it. Instead of enjoying life as a kid, they’re worrying about approval from us instead, and it’s harming their growth. In this week’s show, I chat about why we need to recognize…
Uber, the NFL, and Convenience Over Ethics
Jun 8, 2019 • 17 min
Over the years, Uber and the NFL have come under scrutiny for their unethical practices. From misogynistic and threatening behaviour to women, to abusing employees and more, both companies have suffered major PR scandals. And yet we continue to support…
Why We Need to Be The Connected
May 25, 2019 • 11 min
What if, regardless of our religious, cultural, and political beliefs, we had that one single thing in common that connects us? And, if we did have that connection, we could use that as a starting block to find other things we have in common and, by doing…
Abortion Rights - The War on Women Needs to Stop
May 18, 2019 • 11 min
There’s currently a war on women being waged in the US, with abortion rights being the battlefield. In episode 27 of Life Through a Dram, I talk about why this war has no place in the 21st century, and why we need to support women with every ounce of…
When We Use the Wrong Kind of Glue
May 11, 2019 • 15 min
We make our own bonds, but sometimes we use the wrong kind of glue. All in the name of loyalty. Because there is something inherently good about loyalty – after all, who doesn’t want to be the one that others count on and never let down? – it makes it…
Love People, and Use Things
May 4, 2019 • 11 min
In episode 25 of Life Through a Dram, I talk about how we need to shift the focus from things to people. Marketers and advertisers have led us down a consumer-driven path of needing things to make us feel validated, but as I discuss in this week’s show,…
We’re Not as Strong as We Look, But We’re Stronger Than We Think
Apr 27, 2019 • 15 min
In episode 24 of Life Through a Dram, I share how an email from my previous guest, Brian Driggs, inspired me to take an internal look at what I want Life Through a Dram to be about, as well as my goals for the show and the bigger human community in…
Building an Intentional Business and Life, with Brian Driggs
Apr 13, 2019 • 34 min
In episode 23 of Life Through a Dram, I chat with Brian Driggs on his changing use of social media, how he’s building an intentional business, his plans for The Gearhead Project, and why private communities are the future of the internet.
When James Bond Delivered Milk to My Grandma (and Why Our Stories Matter)
Apr 6, 2019 • 16 min
In episode 22 of the Life Through a Dram podcast, I share some examples of stories from my youth, as well as other inspiring stories I’ve heard through the years. Because stories matter, as I discuss in this week’s episode.
What to Expect from Life Through a Dram
Apr 5, 2019 • 0 min
Hi and welcome to the Life Through a Dram podcast, a weekly show that looks at life, being a better person, and appreciating the here and now, all accompanied by a dram of fine single malt whisky. So what can you expect from the show?
Mortality and the Wasting of Happiness on Money
Mar 30, 2019 • 14 min
In episode 21 of my Life Through a Dram podcast, I sit down to talk about mortality, and whether we live happy or unhappy lives as we look back on our time here on Earth. For example, will we look back on how we placed so much of our happiness on…
Talking With My Wife About My Depression
Mar 23, 2019 • 10 min
In episode 20 of Life Through a Dram, I sit down with my wife, Jaclyn, to talk about my recent diagnosis with depression, how that’s changed me, what I’m doing to cope with it, and more.
Mental Health, Juve Systems, and MeToo with Josh Currivan
Mar 16, 2019 • 29 min
In episode 19 of Life Through a Dram, I chat with Josh Currivan on his and his family’s journey with depression, anxiety, and ADHD, as well as how he managed to escape the youth juvenile system, and the importance of supporting victims and offering a safe…
Talking Geek, Soccer, and New Mexico Craft Beer with Kristin Elliott
Mar 10, 2019 • 27 min
In episode 18 of Life Through a Dram, I chat with Kristin Elliott on her family’s historical background, her love of all things nerdy and geeky, how Twitter helped here decide which soccer team to support, why she misses New Mexico but loves New York, and…
Aren’t We All Nerds in Some Form or Other?
Mar 3, 2019 • 7 min
Often in life, nerds (or geeks) come under fire for not “fitting into the norm”. In episode 17 of Life Through a Dram, I talk about how I used to be one of those who laughed at nerds, and how I came to the realization nerds are pretty cool (and became one…
On Being Diagnosed with Depression
Feb 24, 2019 • 11 min
A couple of weeks ago, I was diagnosed with depression. I think I knew I had some issues, but didn’t want to face them head on. In episode 16 of Life Through a Dram, I talk about finally realizing I needed help, and why we need to talk openly about…
How Music and The Legacy of Beautiful Souls Change Our Lives, with Bob LeDrew
Feb 16, 2019 • 32 min
In episode 15 of Life Through a Dram, I chat with Bob LeDrew on the joy and intimacy of house concerts (and how they can ruin arena shows), the secret history of the ukulele, why the loss of politician Paul Dewar hit so hard, and more.
Overcoming Trauma and Fighting Childhood Hunger, with Ryan Cox
Feb 10, 2019 • 28 min
In episode 14 of Life Through a Dram, I chat with Ryan Cox on the value of building relationships, the fight he needed to overcome a life-changing trauma, and how he decided to take action at schools with delinquent lunch money accounts.
New Beginnings in a Later Life, with Billy Nab
Feb 2, 2019 • 23 min
In episode 13 of Life Through a Dram, I chat with Bill Nab on how life can take a very different turn, finding meaning through dark times, and bringing positivity into your life to be a happier person.
Social Media and Smaller Worlds with Susan Murphy
Jan 26, 2019 • 21 min
In episode 12 of Life Through a Dram, I chat with Susan Murphy on how social media has evolved over the years to foster a wider world but more intimate connections, and how pets are wonderful when it comes to anxiety.
Talking Major Life Changes with Kat Krieger
Jan 20, 2019 • 20 min
In episode 11 of Life Through a Dram, I chat with Kat Krieger on the major changes she’s making in her life this year, and how that’s impacting her as a working mother with two younger daughters.
Coming up in 2019 on Life Through a Dram
Jan 19, 2019 • 1 min
After taking a brief hiatus from the Life Through a Dram podcast at the end of 2018, I’m looking forward to kicking off the show again with a revamped format and guests.
The Fallacy of Big Meaning Success
Sep 25, 2018 • 7 min
Often in life, we’re told big equals successful. Bigger houses, bigger bank accounts, bigger pay checks. Yet is this true? Does big really mean success? Or is success defined by how you’re truly seen, versus how you feel you should be seen? The topic in…
Look at the Stars
Aug 11, 2018 • 8 min
Often in life, we feel we need something around us to make us feel special, and wanted. Family; love; success; and all that comes with it. And, yes, family makes us complete, as does love. And, if that’s a metric, self-value can also come from success…
Being Around as an Older Dad
Jul 28, 2018 • 8 min
Recently, I had a little bit of a health scare when I went for a check-up at my doctor’s. I’ll be 50 later this year, so I wanted to see how I was doing as I approach that milestone. And it wasn’t good. Since then, I’ve taken steps to improve my…
You Only Have Two Shoulders
Jul 17, 2018 • 6 min
Often, it feels like we carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. Family stuff. Personal struggles. Work. The world. Kids, and helping them find their way in the world. All this and more can start to weigh heavily on us and, if we’re not careful,…
Belief is Half of All Healing
Jul 7, 2018 • 7 min
There are many beliefs in the world - religious, spiritual and more. But what if we believed in the one thing that we can all agree on - the belief in humanity? A topic near and dear to me up for discussion on episode 5 of Life Through a Dram. Enjoy, and…
We All Need Someone
Jun 23, 2018 • 7 min
When my wife was taken to ER with heart pains, the reaction from both physical friends and digital ones reminded me why the world is better is we have someone in it with us, as I share in episode 4 of Life Through a Dram.
The Lives We Need to Change
May 20, 2018 • 23 min
Following the latest school shooting in the U.S., the mother of a child involved in the shooting shared her thoughts, fears, and hopes. This episode requests one thing: No politics. No sides. No judgement. Just listen to episode 3 of Life Through a Dram,…
Maybe You’re Late for a Good Reason
May 15, 2018 • 5 min
Every one of us has a clock we work by – we just need to choose the one we want to live our lives by, as I share in episode 2 of Life Through a Dram.
The World Might Just Be Okay
Apr 29, 2018 • 5 min
Sometimes, when reading the news, it feels like the world is on a downward spiral. Ignorance, hate, bigotry, and pointless tragic deaths. But as I share in episode 1 of Life Through a Dram, then we have stories that can help remind us the world isn’t…