My Favorite YouTube Channels

Are there any YouTube channels you guys like to follow? I enjoy a broad range and have some favorites. Without further ado, they are:

VagabondSteve — Steve is a life coach who has been making videos for about 13 years. I’ve been watching him since 2010 and really appreciate his wisdom, insight, and worldview.

Special Books by Special Kids — This channel is run by Chris Ulmer, a former special education teacher. He posts interviews he conducts with people who have a variety of disorders and diseases.

ASMRrequests — I’ve been watching Ally since 2013, when I first was introduced to ASMR. She was one of the first ASMRtists and obviously puts a lot of time and effort into her videos and the results are amazing. While she hasn’t posted in over a year, there are plenty of videos on her channel to enjoy.

Exploring Alternatives — This channel is run by Mat and Danielle and features “people who are living in tiny houses, vans, RV’s, and boats; and people who are exploring long-term travel, minimalism, zero waste living, off-grid living, and more.” An intriguing and inspiring look into the ways other people live and the possibilities for change.

Kirsten Dirksen — Similar to the last channel, here you’ll find featured “videos about simple living, self- sufficiency, small (and tiny) homes, backyard gardens (and livestock), alternative transport, DIY, craftsmanship, and philosophies of life.”

Soft White Underbelly — photographer Mark Laita conducts interviews with people who are often ignored, shunned, and/or misunderstood by society, such as prostitutes, pimps, drug addicts, white collar criminals, homeless people, transgender people, Appalachian Mountain dwellers, gang members, and others.

Pursuit of Wonder — This channel’s purpose, as the name suggests, is to spark wonder, broaden people’s minds, and advocate for positive mental health.

Button Poetry — I really enjoy slam poetry/spoken word poetry. If you do, too, this channel has consistently high-quality offerings from some very talented artists.

JCS – Criminal Psychology — This channel offers police interrogation videos of the accused in custody, edited with narrative overlaid by the channel owner. This allows for insight into the forensic psychology techniques and theories at play, offering context and understanding beyond what is happening on the surface. Very gripping content.

Modern History TV — Jason Kingsley, the “Modern Knight”, examines in-depth what it was like to live in the Middle Ages.

Townsends — This eponymous channel covers everything Colonial America-related. The Townsend family has a store in Indiana that carries replicas of common Colonial America items, and they started making related YouTube videos in 2008. The channel includes a lot of recipes as well as re-enactments.

CheapRVLiving — Bob Wells posts videos on vehicle living and nomadic lifestyles, including reviewing products and conducting interviews with fellow vehicle-dwellers.

Better Ideas — This channel posts videos on mental health and self-improvement topics. The editing is top-notch and the videos thought-provoking.

I’d love to hear who your favorite Youtubers are and why you love them!

Ten Lesser-Known Holiday-Viewing Favorites of Mine

We all have our favorite Holiday-themed shows and movies to watch at this time of year. And while I enjoy all the classics — A Christmas Story, Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, etc., I also have some favorites many people might not have heard about. Allow me to share them here, in no particular order.

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The Christmas List (1997) — This ABC made-for-television movie is better than many would suspect. It’s a cute movie that demonstrates the magic of Christmas and the fact that things will get better if you have a little faith.

A Season for Miracles (1999) — Another made-for-tv movie, this time by CBS. This film demonstrates the power of love needed to make it through life’s struggles and the importance of never giving up hope.

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Disney’s Christmas Fantasy on Ice (1992) — A special featuring characters from Disney movies and famous ice-skaters. This is sure to entertain and warm the heart, and it’s really easy to sing along.

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Snowbound (1994) — Based on a true story, this CBS made-for-tv movie demonstrates the importance of love, family, and never giving up, even when everything seems hopeless.

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Christmas Every Day (1996) — Here’s another made-for-tv movie that stands out from the crowd. I personally enjoy this movie a lot more than Groundhog’s Day.

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Twilight Zone’s Changing of the Guard (1962) — An episode of Rod Serling’s original Twilight Zone series that is sure to bring a tear to the eye and never be forgotten.

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Annabelle’s Wish (1997) — A direct-to-film movie with a beautiful soundtrack. Although marketed to kids, I love it just as much now that I’m an adult.

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A Garfield Christmas (1987) — This half-hour tv special is another of my Holiday-viewing favorites. I enjoyed it as a child and still try to watch it every year.

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Black Christmas (1974) — If you’re looking for something a little different this season, you might be looking for this film. It’s a Christmas-themed horror film. And it’s really good.

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From All of Us to All of You (1958) — This tv special made by Disney is great viewing for the whole family. It includes different sketches or skits with different characters. Now in my late 30’s, it’s also one of the first shows I remember ever watching on tv.

Do you have any lesser-known favorites you’d like to share with me?

Let’s Talk Hobbies

Some people have many, some a couple, some none. Some are expensive, require a lot of skill, and/or take up a lot of time. Some are free, require no special skills/talent, and/or can be done anytime/anywhere. Some people prioritize making time for them, while others only do them as an afterthought when they’re bored.

What are your hobbies? What do you consider the definition of “hobby” to be? According to, it’s “an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation”. Using that definition, my hobbies are reading, writing poetry, watching movies, gluttony, taking sit-down showers (more about this in another post!), taking drives, and — my newest! — blogging. I hope to add exercising to that soon, although I guess there are definite non-pleasurable aspects to that activity when you’re first starting out in the pitiable shape I’m in. In listing them, I notice many of my hobbies are passive, solitary, and/or unhealthful.

Do you find you have the time/motivation to put into your hobbies after taking care of your daily responsibilities? Do you consider them important enough to prioritize as part of self-care so that you don’t get burnt out and so your entire identity doesn’t become worker/parent/spouse/etc? I’d love to hear what place (if any) hobbies have in your life.