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October 3, 2019
Who are the climate crusader girls? They are not a superhero group, but they are super in their own ways. These are young girls who are doing everything in their power to try to save the world. Whether it be fighting for water rights, or preventing climate change, they all have strong voices. This episode is going to tell you a little bit about several of these climate crusader girls. For more information you will need to hop on Google and YouTube. There is a lot of information out there. After a brief preamble about the latest happenings in my life, I talk a bit about my own thoughts on climate change and saving the world. I also read a Facebook Note that I wrote 11 years ago regarding my worries about oil and gas and the end of civlization. The episode continues on with a bit about some of the climate crusader girls and their lives and what they are passionate about. The episode concludes with the speech Greta Thunberg gave at the recent UN Climate Action Summit. The Climate Crusader Girls: Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish activist, has become one of the most visible faces of the climate activism movement. She’s had a particular gift for articulating the seriousness of the climate crisis. She's getting older generations to understand that young people will pay the price for their irresponsible decisions. Autumn Peltier, a 13-year-old Anishinaabe girl from Wiikwemkoong First Nation in Canada, has been a vocal advocate for protecting water. Mari Copeny, an 11-year-old from Flint, Michigan. She has been advocating tirelessly for the government to pay attention to the water crisis in her town since she was 8. Artemisa Xakriabá, a 19-year-old from the Brazilian Amazon, spoke at the climate strike in New York City about the increasing destruction of the land in her part of the world, pointing out that the indigenous people are overwhelmingly affected by climate change. There’s also Ridhima Pandey. She's an 11-year-old from India, who is among the group of 16 young people around the world (along with Thunberg) who filed a United Nations complaint against five of the world’s largest polluters. This week's podcast promo: CasterQuest
September 26, 2019
Are we living in the best possible version of reality? Did the decisions that we made when we were younger result in the older version of us being the most content? How can we ever know if we made the correct choices? Can we imagine what life we could be living right now if only we had made a different decision? Obvioulsy there is no way to peer behind the curtain of reality. We cannot ever hope to know what the alternate reality version of us is doing right this minute. No way to know if that other us is living the life we wish we had. All we can do is speculate and wonder. On this episode Shawn and Trish talk about the decisions that were made that resulted in the lives they are living now. 16 years ago, Shawn was faced with 3 choices: stay in Timmins, go back to North Bay, or head home to Sault Ste. Marie. Ultimately, he stayed in Timmins and fell in love with Trish and had a family for 9 years until he left. But what if he had moved back to the Soo, or if he had never left Trish. It's speculation time. Are we living in the best possible version of reality? This episode covers life lessons and the decision to leave Trish. The inability to talk about and process emotions. Also, wanting to take charge of your destiny and be the hero of your own story. We also discuss matching your words to your actions and how this is not always easy to do. And we end the podcast by ruminating on the meaning of love. Are we living in the best possible version of reality? This week's podcast promo: ThunderTalk
September 19, 2019
My ex-fiance gives me some insight and advice while I stand here at the crossroads. Trish and I were together for 9 years. She has seen me go through quite the transformation over the years. There is probably no one who knows me better. On this week's episode, she tells me like it is. Trish has never been one to hold back on anything. One of my issues is that I've always felt as if everyone else is better off than I am. This has lead to a certain amount of envy. And also a good amount of self-pity for poor life choices. Trish gives me a fresh perspective on this line of thinking. We also talk about the feelings of misery and doubt that come when you are at the crossroads in life. We talk about me wanting to update my resume. If I do that, what is the next step? Where will I find a job that gives me the same benefits and advantages that I currently enjoy? I tend to abandon ship and just do anything I can to escape when I feel like I'm at the crossroads of life. I need to consider all my options instead of just closing my eyes and leaping. And finally, Trish quotes my grandfather's words of wisdom. My Bumpa always said "Make plans, but don't plan the outcome." When you're at the crossroads, these words are important to remember. This week's podcast promo: Double Edged Double Bill
September 12, 2019
Yup, it's time for a change. When things become stale, old or boring, we must look for a fresh perspective. We cannot continue to live by our old patterns. Like a snake that sheds its skin, we too must start over, begin again. This episode of the Soul Forge will take on the topic of change. Your host Shawn is joined by his brother Robin, and together they discuss and examine the changes in their lives. Robin has recently changed everything about his life. He had a job, a car, and a house in Sault Ste. Marie. Due to certain circumstances he lost all of those things. He needed to make a change. He could have remained in his hometown, or he could start fresh. Start fresh is what he did. Moving in with his brother Shawn helped Robin financially and emotionally. Shawn recently turned 43. The seasons are changing. The postal routes are also changing next week and Shawn is forced to change his shift. It is time for a change. Everything needs to change. Shawn would like to leave Timmins. He wants a new job, a new car, a new house. Winning the lottery is not an option, and yet something drastic needs to change in Shawn's life. Perhaps this is a continuation of his recent existential crisis. What changes will Shawn make? Will he stay stuck in familiar patterns? Only time will tell. This week's podcast promo: The Nerdy Laser
September 5, 2019
DragonCon 2019 is over, but it was an amazing experience. On this episode, Shawn talks about all the adventures experienced, incredible people met, the panels attended, and so much more. DragonCon is held in Atlanta, Georgia over the Labor Day weekend. This was the 33rd event. To get to Atlanta, Shawn drove his little black car from Timmins, Ontario. He crossed the province of Ontario, and then drove through 5 states. Each way, there and back again, took approximately 22 hours over 2 days. Would he do it again? He certainly would! 4500 kilometres is a long way to go to get your geek on, but totally worth it. On this episode, you will hear about the celebrity panels Shawn and friends attended. The number of people Shawn met is beyond counting. One of the highlights was meeting Kine Corder from episode 41 of the Soul Forge Podcast. Other highlights include Jarman Day, Mike and Judy Faber, Robert J. Sawyer, Mike Gordon and the rest of the ESO Network crew. Sweet Tea is amazing.Don't stay at the Motel 6 in Findlay, Ohio.Check out Shawn's Facebook page for the DragonCon photo album: https://www.facebook.com/vanderloo This week's podcast promos: ESO Patreon and Earth Station Who
August 29, 2019
Geek roots run deep. What is the fake eyeball sneeze story and how does it provide the jump into this episode? You can thank Chantale for this.... Shawn has always been into the worlds of science fiction and fastasy. He also strives for deeper meanings and connections in the world. On this episode, Shawn takes you on a journey into the heart of himself. You will discover why his geek roots run so deep, and where these roots came from, and how they took hold. Through poetry, collecting, work and the like, Shawn discusses how he has tried to reach other people. The world is a scary and lonely place, but he believes that through common experiences, and a bit of communition, connections with others can be made. For the benefit of self, and the rest of humanity. This episode is wide ranging. There are so many ideas and topics covered, but some of these are collecting, selling, television, podcasting and toys. This week's podcast promo: Earth Station One
August 22, 2019
In conversation with Jarman, the skeptical atheist and co-host of A Play On Nerds Podcast. Friend of the show, Jarman, whom you all know at the voice of the opening narration of this very podcast, sits down for a chat with Shawn. They engage in an animated discussion regarding the world the atheism. We learn about Jarman's religious upbringing, what changed, and where he is today. Topics includes morality, prayers, dating and so many other things. You'll also learn something about Shawn's spirituality. Atheism is not an affirmative belief that there is no god nor does it answer any other question about what a person believes. It is simply a rejection of the assertion that there are gods. Atheism is too often defined incorrectly as a belief system. Despite the fact that atheism is not a religion, atheism is protected by many of the same Constitutional rights that protect religion. That, however, does not mean that atheism is itself a religion, only that our sincerely held (lack of) beliefs are protected in the same way as the religious beliefs of others. Similarly, many “interfaith” groups will include atheists. This, again, does not mean that atheism is a religious belief. This week's podcast promo: Flopcast
August 15, 2019
It's time to move along home. This week on the Soul Forge Podcast we are talking about moving. We mainly focus on what it is like to move as a child when you have no choice in the matter. Of course, we also touch on moving as an adult, although this is usually not as traumatic. So get ready, pack your bags, and join us on a journey into the unknown. Our guest this week is Steve. He comes to us from the A Play On Nerds podcast. This is a great podcast and if you haven't checked it out yet, you owe it to yourself to do so. Steve's mom was a pastor. As such, they were required to move every few years. These moves were often across the country. Steve found himself in a lot of strange situations. What is it like to be one of the only white kids in your class? You'll find out on this episode. So listen to us chat away about our various moving experiences. This may not be a 'lessons' episode, but you'll be highly entertained as we move along home. This week's podcast promo: DragonCon Khan Report
August 8, 2019
With this experiement of an episode, the Soul Forge Podcast presents something wholly new. Whether we call them tactical minis or quick shots, each segment brings you on a journey. While most podcasts invite you to experience a single topic, this episode presents several different ideas. A tactical mini is an idea. It is an idea with such focus that it cannot be expanded upon. Each mini will touch on a feeling that is unable to be contained. Single ideas. Single topics. Focus. Depth. Call them quick shots or tactical minis -- the name has not been locked down as of yet. The basic idea is that something has come to my attention and is intruding upon my mind. I need to get it out of my system. Therefore, I drill down into the heart of an issue and get it off my mind, and I free my soul. These tactical minis or quick shots are only three to five minutes in length. The concept is such that the topic of the mini is too small to become an entire full length episode. Therefore, I have recorded 4 minis and put them into this one episode. It is the first of its kind - an experiment of sorts to see if this whole idea is workable. Your feedback is encouraged and appreciated. What do you think of this idea? You are more than welcome to record a tactical mini of your own to be played on a future episode of the Soul Forge Podcast. Send your emails to soulforgepodcast@gmail.com or tweet your feelings on the show to @soulforgepod This week's podcast promos: Cigar Nerds, Pop Culture Cosmos, The Monster Scifi ShowRusted Robot Podcast
August 1, 2019
What is faith and magical thinking? On this episode of the Soul Forge Podcast we take a deep dive into the world of the unknown. Faith is something that you just have, or have not. And we are not talking about religious faith in a god of some kind. No - this is the faith you have that things will work out for the best, even though you don't necessarily know how this is going to come about. Magical thinking is related to this concept, but in a much more basic way. We start by discussing superstitions such as wishing upon a star, or birthday cake candle wishing. This form of faith and magical thinking is where we get our beliefs about the world. We all want to impose some type of control over events which cannot be controlled. We all want control. Magical thinking is the idea that 'if I do this, then this thing will happen.' The episode moves into the idea that we don't always get what we want, but somehow we get what we need. The universe has a way of providing for us. Some of us have an absolute unfounded faith in things just working out for us. We provide several examples from our own lives as evidence. We round out the topic by covering how we are connected to nature. And we wonder if we are all in some type of simulation. Are we somehow controlling aspects of the simulation without knowing or realizing it? This week's podcast promo: The 42 Cast
July 25, 2019
The Cheryl saga started about 4 years ago. Although we had known each other for about a decade longer, the actual start of anything resembling intimacy began in August of 2015. As most things do, this began with flirtation and a great sense of fun. Shawn was looking for that indescribable feeling that he lost when his marriage fell apart. Cheryl was willing to stand by Shawn's side no matter what Shawn said or did to push her away. On this episode, Shawn and Cheryl discuss many aspects regarding their 4 year cycle of on-again, off-again relationship. You'll learn about the good times, the bad times, and the interference they faced from those around them. Sit back and get ready for a tale you won't soon forget. It's the Cheryl Saga! This week's podcast promo: Earth Station One
July 18, 2019
It's drunken fun with Shawn and Stephanie. And Karen. And Jason. This is the fifth of the 5 episodes in the Stephanie cycle. At the end of February, my old pal Stephanie came for a visit and we recorded 5 episodes back to back to back. Starting with episode 90 these shows have been released every 5 weeks. So for the complete experience, you'll want to listen to episodes 90, 95, 100, and 105 before listening to this, episode 110. However, you do not need to have heard the other shows to enjoy this one. As we recorded, we tried several craft beers that Stephanie brought with her. This episode, unlike the other 4, does not have a coherent theme. You could almost consider it pure chaos, except for the fact that it is hilarious. It turns out that when I (Shawn) am drunk, I become a raving loon. There is a certain amount of structure to the episode, but most of it is people trying to keep me on topic. Enjoy this episode for what it is. Raw and unedited. This week's podcast promo: Myopia Defend Your Childhood
July 11, 2019
What do booze, babies, and motorbikes all have in common? They fill out the background of this very special episode. Our friend Whit returns for his third time on the Soul Forge. He's already talked with us about sex and virginity. Now he has a few things to tell us about his life before podcasting. The first thing we do is get an update on where Whit is currently, and what he's been up to lately. This episode was recorded just a couple of days before the birth of his first child. You will get to hear about his thoughts and feelings on the upcoming birth. Learn about his fears and his excitement. I will provide you with all the baby details at the end of the episode. 2016 was the worst year of Whit's life. After years of people who were close to him dying, he had had enough and was completely over life. Too many deaths lead to depression and feelings of helplessness. Whit had been working out and trying to lose weight. After a particularly difficult death, he began drinking heavily. Drinking lead to some drug use. Destructive behaviour was on Whit's menu. He tells the story of his drinking and drugging and how he heard the wake up call. Almost trying Meth snapped him out of his dark behaviour. Find out all the details on what Whit learned. This week's podcast promo: Nerdbliss
July 4, 2019
Grade 8 graduation and entering high school is a major milestone in a young person's life. On this week's Soul Forge I sit with my son Bishop to get his take on this life changing time. We do this episode in two parts. We recorded the first half before he graduated, and before he went on his year end trip to Toronto. We then followed this up with a second recording after his return, and after the graduation ceremony. These two conversations are melded together into this podcast. You will learn what Bishop's thoughts and hopes and fears are. He will regale you with stories from his Toronto trip. Toronto is a big place and the school kids went to many places and experienced many events. And we top it off with his hopes for the future, and how he felt about graduation day. Grade 9 is only two months away, and he has a few thoughts about this as well. This week's podcast promo: Watchalon of Rassilon
June 27, 2019
On episode 107, Shawn has a chat with Lisa Beere. She is a children's author, song writer, poet, and a brain injury survivor. On Writing: the challenge of longer stories vs stories meant for children; paying attention to the details in long format writing. Lisa talks about the writer's routine and what she does daily. The publishing industry can be difficult to navigate. Two useful resources for aspiring writers are Writer's Market 2019: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published and Guide to Literary Agents 2019: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published. We learn about Lisa's website and some of her book events. She tells us about some currents and upcoming works, as well as a few things about the people who have illustrated her books, such as Stephanie Daze who drew the picture used in the cover art for this episode. Brain Injury: Lisa recounts her story and how she came to acquire a brain injury. She talks about concussions, impact areas and the factors of recovery. She goes over the positive effects from her injury. We will also discuss mindfulness and slowing down to focus on the moment. You will also learn about the extent of Lisa's brain injury, her speech issues and hearing problems. And you will find out about what happens when listening to music, the radio, telephone sounds and what she has learning about noise desensitization therapy. Find Lisa's website at http://lisa.beere.ca/ and catch her on Twitter https://twitter.com/LisaBeereAuthor This week's promo: ESO Patreon
June 20, 2019
Get ready for the weirdest guest the Soul Forge Podcast has ever had! Following up on the recent existential crisis episode, our guest this week touches on 3 emotions that everyone is familiar with...that being fear, anger and anxiety. Interestingly, these emotions are not, by definition, linked to depression in all cases. We dive into the loss of both a wife and a mother within a year of each other, and what that can do to a person's mental health. These events become linked. It becomes difficult to separate one from the other and find a healthy way to deal and heal. Many of us have a strong desire to help others at our own expense. As such, we tend to surround ourselves with a variety of friends with poor mental health. Let's call these people Mental Illness Friends. It is easier to help others than it is to deal with our own issues. Loss leads to feelings of impermanence. Nothing feels like forever. Walls of emotional isolation are built and fortified. We must face our expectations of reality and what actually is. How do we deal with our anger and other feelings? Find us on YouTube by going to this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCataaeTRQltObb7n1GHW_qw/videos This week's podcast promo: Nerdbliss Podcast
June 13, 2019
What if you could send your mind through history and witness a slice of time? Where would you go? What would you see? On this episode of the Soul Forge, Shawn and Stephanie use this thought experiment to discuss their dreams and desires. Starting off with a brief discussion about what super powers they would have, and why, the duo dive into the past. Join them and recreate your own mind adventures. In this scenario, your consciousness is sent back in time. You cannot change any event you are a witness to. You can experience the feelings of the people you see. You can watch from above like a flying drone camera, or you can be inside the head of a person living at that time. Where will you go? In this episode, Shawn discusses going back and seeing what the Woodstock music festival of 1969 was really like. It's like being there without all the mess. Stephanie wants to see the crucifiction of Jesus firsthand. What really happened and what were the people thinking? Did the events really go as reported in the Bible? Was Jesus even a real person? The only way to know for certain is to be a time slice witness. The death of Socrates, the first few meetings of your grandparents, and the first time you made love are further ideas discussed in this episode. Shawn's earliest memory is just after his baptism at approximately 9 months old. The memory is vivid. Did the event really occur as in his memory? The only way to know for sure is by becoming a time slice witness. This week's podcast promo: Cigar Nerds
June 6, 2019
If you wanna start a podcast, there are some things you gotta know! Okay, so, here it is; I'm going to tell you the basic outline on how to start a podcast of your very own. I'll be going over some of the basic facts, and I'll be sharing my story and what I have learned from my five and a half year journey. Keep in mind that this is my own perspective and other people have gone about things in different ways. The first thing you will need is an idea to base your show around. In this episode, I tell you what went into my thought process. What knowledge did I already have that would help me to create a show that I would enjoy producing week after week? Remember that the name of your show is extremely important for your branding purpose. And episode titles are likely the hardest part of the whole enterprise. Equipment is important but there are many different kinds and set ups. Depending on your level of experience, income and passion, your equipment set-up will be unique to you. You're going to need some kind of microphone. These range in price from $10 to several hundreds or more. You need software to record your voice onto. You need editing software. And you are going to need a host in which to upload your finished episodes. Post your episode to as many different places as possible including TuneIn, Stitcher, and iTunes. Social media can be your friend. Post to as many places as possible and interact with everyone you can. Cross promote with similar podcasts. Make connections. Use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and any other platforms you feel comfortable with. Almost everything I have learned about podcasting is included in this episode. I've made many mistakes, and made many friends along the way. The number one thing to remember is that if you have a passion for something, podcast about it. If not, podcasting may not be for you. This week's podcast promo: The PWR Spot Show
May 30, 2019
Shawn is back from all the road trips and has stories to tell. Enter the Soul Forge for all the details. You'll hear what it is like on a road trip in an old RV with fathers and sons. Listen in for the what it's like in the north eastern part of the United States. Did Shawn ever track down Stephen King? How many break downs occurred? What are the Reversing Falls? Bear and Deer and Moose, oh my! Robin gives us an update on his working situation and tries to contain his laughter. Any further show notes would just spoil the episode. This week's podcast promo: ESDCU
May 23, 2019
The Happiness Ninja visits the Soul Forge Podcast! Meet Lisa Wilson. She wears many hats as a successful life coach. She is known as a transformation champion, the happiness ninja, and a communication guru. Being a life coach brings with it many responsibilities and as such requires many differents kinds of skills. You will learn exactly how and why Lisa entered into life coaching as a profession. Her Human Resources experience was a definite asset to her new career. The whole thing really got started when she was laid off from work. Most people would see being let go as a negative experience. But not Lisa. She viewed this change as a gift, and as a push to start anew. Transformation services: we learn how this works as a career or a job. When someone is laid off from work, Lisa will come in as part of what is called transiition services. She helps the former employee as they are leaving their work for the last time. Life coaching: we hear about the specifics of the job as it relates to personal and corporate clients. No. The word 'no' can be a complete sentence. We are over extended in our personal and professional lives and sometimes just saying no is the best option. No explanation or excuses needed. Communication. It is important to learn how to communicate with others, but it is more important in some cases, to communicate with ourselves. We need to get to know who we are as people, and we need to listen to when our bodies tell us we need to slow down. Be comfortable with yourself. The happiness equation. Society is always telling us that we need more stuff to be happy. We are always chasing happiness. Society tells us that DO + HAVE = BE HAPPY.  But that equation is wrong and needs to be looked at another way. We need to be happy and do things that are fulfilling and then we will have what we need. BE + DO = HAVE. Find Lisa on the web at lmwcoaching.ca and on all social media at @lmwconsultation This week's podcast promo: Geekly Oddcast
May 16, 2019
It's time for an existential crisis! We were all just about due for one anyway. Just like clock work, here is a nice big one for you all to digest. This week on the Soul Forge Podcast, I will be going over the details of my partial mental breakdown. Mind you, this is not a complete collapse. I still retain my sanity and self-awareness; as well as my self preservation instincts. Some times people need help. This is one of those times. You will be hearing about how I have been crying at commercials and television shows. I am not one to express emotions very easily, and yet, they seem to be leaking from me beyond my powers to control them. The irrational anger and irritibilty may just be one of the most intensely annoying aspects of this crisis. Worrying about things that will never or can never happen is exhausting. It is especially bad when you make up scenarios without realizing you are even thinking about them. I suppose it is normal to worry about a road trip where you will be in a motorhome for a week with family members that do not always get along so well. I have that to look forward to in the coming week! I have learned I need to stop putting other people first. I need to take care of my own needs. And I need to stop being afraid of ending up alone. Time to stop taking the unhealthy relationships just because they are there. Other concerns of mine include the collapse of civilization, the extinction of the orangutan within the next 10 years, the garbage in the oceans, and all the money we are wasting which could be better spent on saving the world from human misconduct. This week's podcast promo: Nerdy Laser Podcast
May 9, 2019
Sex for your birthday is a wonderful experience. It is even more spectacular when you are losing your virginity. So what better way to celebrate the one hundredth (100th) episode of The Soul Forge Podcast than by a look back at the time Shawn lost his innocense? The best part? On this episode, the girl involved is on the show to tell her side of the story. For episode 100, Shawn and Stephanie get together and listen to episode 31 of the podcast. On that episode, Shawn broke the story of his first love. He reviewed his thoughts, feelings and memories. And he speculated on what would make Stephanie decide to sleep with him. Stephanie after all, is a lesbian. It's not every man that can say he lost his virginity to a lesbian. So on this episode, we hear Stephanie's perspective on the situation. If you have not listened to episode 31 you may want to go do that first. It is not necessary to enjoy this 100th episode, but it would add some context to the discussion at hand. That episode was recorded without any input from Stephanie. Shawn was going through his memories and filling in the background details of his life. Sit back and relax as we celebrate 100 amazing, crazy, head-scratching episodes of The Soul Forge Podcast. Soul Forge - the only podcast that makes you take a hard look at your own life. This week's podcast promo: Rusted Robot Podcast
May 2, 2019
Shawn's brother Robin has moved in, and now it is up to Shawn to be his brother's keeper. Robin is undergoing a complete reboot and overhaul of his life. It is up to Shawn to guide and nurture Robin on this quest. On this recording, the brothers discuss their new endeavour. They discuss the new living situation as well as what it is going to take to put Robin back on the right track. Robin talks about what went wrong in his life to bring him to this point. He analyzes what he has left behind him. He talks openly and with candor about what he needs to do, and what he wants in the way of help from his brother. Listen in as Robin tells you about the jobs he has lost, and the reasons for this. He will explain his ways of thinking. Robin explores his passions and his hopes and dreams. He may have hit rock bottom, but he has not given up hope, and he is not alone. Shawn and Robin explore what it is going to take to make a success out of what they have been given. This week's podcast promo: Pod Casserole
April 25, 2019
Stacey Arrowsmith lives a minimalist life in her van. For many years Stacey lived a typical, traditional life. She had a husband, children, a four bedroom house with a garage. And lots of things. She had so much stuff. Then she got a divorce and started downsizing. This is the story of how a person can go from a traditional life to a minimalist life. But this isn't the story of minimalism. This is the story of how Stacey found her happiness. Stacey works for Canada Post as a Route Measurement Officer. We discuss a little bit of what this job entails, but mainly we find out how she lives her life on the road in her van. We learn how to downsize your possessions quickly and efficiently. We find out where and how to store your extra belongings if you have any. Also, the necessity of a physical address even if you do not have a physical, stationary location. When living in a van, you must pay close attention to the weather and to the temperature. It can be a lot to adjust to, both physcially and mentally. There is also the social stigma, other challenges and the many reactions from various people. Stacey also tells us about how she does her laundry, and the types of clothes she is able to have in her van. Food prep can be a challenge depending on circumstances. And finding places to park and sleep is also something to think about. Join us on this week's Soul Forge Podcast as we journey into the world of living in a van. You can follow Stacey's blog at www.chipmunksrvlife.com and on Twitter @chipmunksrvlife This week's podcast promo: Spooky Dudes
April 18, 2019
My transgender friend Crystal opens up about her life. Coming to terms with who you are as a person is often a difficult process. It can be even more difficult when you are a trans individual. This week, our story begins with In The Turn, a documentary about the Vagine Regime, the queer Roller Derby collective. Crystal's story, and the Vagine Regime story intersect in a fascinating and unique way. Crystal was a fun loving and confident child. Then the school decided she wasn't allowed to play sports because they couldn't figure out which team to place her on. This naturally lead her to withdraw from a lot of life's activities. Many people in her life were afraid she was suffering from a mental illness of some kind. The doctor suggested that Crystal's mother buy her a dress. The dress unlocked a massive change in behaviour. Crystal felt whole. "Skirts don't cure mental illness." Also in this episode we learn about the reactions people have towards Crystal, as well as the amount of intolerance she faces. She teaches us how to interact properly with a trans person, and which pronouns to use. You'll hear about rudeness, acceptance, stealth trans people and more. Crystal shares her story in an unflinching and brave manner. We learn about hormone blockers, mental health, acceptance and gender re-assignment surgery. If you would like more information, as always you can email the podcast at soulforgepodcast@gmail.com or contact Crystal directly on Twitter @blinkthunder This week's podcast promo: Caster Quest
April 11, 2019
It's time to pitch a tent, because camping season is upon us! On this week's Soul Forge podcast, Shawn and Deidre share some of their camping memories. What is camping anyway? We looked up a definition just to be funny. According to Wikipedia, Camping is an outdoor activity involving overnight stays away from home in a shelter, such as a tent. Typically participants leave developed areas to spend time outdoors in more natural ones in pursuit of activities providing them enjoyment. To be regarded as "camping" a minimum of one night is spent outdoors, distinguishing it from day-tripping, picnicking, and other similarly short-term recreational activities. We touch on a lot of various topics including Deidre's time in both Girl Guides and Pathfinders. Shawn briefly talks about his time at Air Cadet camp. Of course, we also talk about the regular camping stuff such as fires and marshmellows and getting rained out. You'll hear about the time Shawn went hiking with his brothers and how that turned out to be a disaster. We talk about crawdads, fishing for squirrels, pitching a tent in the backyard and more. No discussion about camping is complete without a reminder regarding tent etiquette. We may have also mentioned something about drinking and a horrible grade 8 class trip. This week's podcast promo: The Flopcast
April 4, 2019
We all experience or receive signs from the universe. However, not all of us are open to such signs/signals/messages. Most surprising of all, the universe doesn’t always make these things totally obvious, or even always easy to see. But if you start paying attention, you will realize that the universe is sending you signals all the time that show you where you need to go and what you need to do to create the life of your dreams. This can all seem a little bit 'out there' or even a bit 'woo-woo.' We've often asked ourselves if there really is a universal force guiding us on our journey. Or, are we simply imposing our thoughts, feelings and desires on the situation at hand? If this universal force does indeed exist, you may choose to call it God, Allah, the Great Maker, or some other similar concept. There is no way to know if a higher power exists, and yet, these signs do seem to come from somewhere. In this episode, Shawn and Stephanie discuss and explore this topic with examples from their own lives. 5 signs from the universe: Special numbers in a sequence. When you experience a delay. When you experience a coincidence. When a book, person or course appears in your awareness. When your intuition seems heightened. After the end credits we play a snippet of Paulo Coelho talking to Oprah about his book The Alchemist This week's podcast promo: The Monster SciFi Show
March 28, 2019
The unboxing of my time capsule of first year university memories. After my first year of school in 1995-1996, I boxed up a bunch of stuff I thought would be significant. I haven't opened the box in 23 years. On this episode, I take everything out, and tell the story of each item. There is no real message or moral to this episode. It's meant as a fun look back at who I was. Following is the list of things found in the time capsule box. Listen to the episode to hear the stories... Time Capsule Items: Coors Light beer can Alberta Pure Vodka cup keychain star shaped candle holder NU keychain squeeze light condom holder small rock with a face on it Crown Royal velvet bag with bottle inside assorted pens frosh week hat ID holder Toronto Blue Jays jewelry book of matches metal mind teaser puzzle friendship bracelet student handbook fireworks glasses Juicy Fruit gum random papers, notes and phone numbers pub night flyer baseball ticket stub holographic hockey card course schedule Ken Griffey Jr baseball card personality test drawing beer coaster floppy disk happy birthday card Valentine's Day card telephone hook-up receipt Nova Scotia quarter Looney Tunes pogs This week's podcast promo: Transmissions From Atlantis
March 21, 2019
Water is life. You wouldn't think we could make an entire episode about water, but Deidre is back to show us how it's done! Water is a transparent, tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless chemical substance, which is the main constituent of Earth's streams, lakes, and oceans, and the fluids of most living organisms. It is vital for all known forms of life, even though it provides no calories or organic nutrients. We are not talking about the hydrologic cycle, the boiling point, or the fact that water turns to ice by freezing backwards in relation to how everything else freeezes. 8 glasses a day? The Canadian Food Guide says so, but Deidre thinks we should double that amount, depending on how age and activity level. Water activates our cells, keeps us healthy. We are all dehydrated. Lack of water is responsible for our migraine headaches, high blood pressure and cancers. We're also eating too much processed sugar - but there are alternatives. Coffee! Drink 2 glasses of water for each cup of coffee. Double that for sugary soda pop type drinks. There's a fun bit of humour about triple fisting. Plastics are everywhere. In the oceans. In our bodies. Farting. The best way to tell if kids are dehydrated is through fart odours. The worse the smell, the more water is needed. Our bodies know what they need to stay healthy. Weeds are only weeds because we are not using them properly. Make yourself some dandelion tea! Find Deidre at https://www.facebook.com/heartzandmindz/ This week's podcast promo: PWR Sports
March 14, 2019
This week’s Soul Forge Podcast deals with, you guessed it, existential loneliness. What is that? Good question! It is the fundamental basis of human life, or human existence. But, we are having fun with this deep, dark topic. We are not dwelling on the morose. This is a fun episode about something not so fun. Loneliness is something we all experience and can relate to. In this episode, we are going to cover the types of loneliness, and tell personal stories relating to each type. Existentialism is the philosophical study that begins with the human subject—not merely the thinking subject, but the acting, feeling, living human individual. Loneliness is a complex and usually unpleasant emotional response to isolation. Loneliness typically includes anxious feelings about a lack of connection or communication with other beings, both in the present and extending into the future. As such, loneliness can be felt even when surrounded by other people. The causes of loneliness are varied and include social, mental, emotional, and physical factors. Existential Loneliness is a new concept in existential philosophy and psychology. This sense of emptiness and void is really a problem within each person, not a lack of meaningful relationships. However, existential loneliness is deeper than either (1) the absence of a specific person we love or (2) the lack of any meaningful connections with others. Because existential loneliness is so easy to confuse with problems of love or problems of having no relationships, we might spend a few years of our lives struggling with existential loneliness using methods that are appropriate only for interpersonal loneliness. To be happy, we need intimate bonds; we need to be able to confide, we need to feel like we belong, we need to be able to get and give support. In fact, strong relationships are key — perhaps the key — to a happy life. Of course, being alone and being lonely aren’t the same. Loneliness feels draining, distracting, and upsetting; desired solitude feels peaceful, creative, restorative. 7 Types of Loneliness 1. New-situation loneliness 2. I’m-different loneliness 3. No-sweetheart loneliness 4. No-animal loneliness 5. No-time-for-me loneliness 6. Untrustworthy-friends loneliness 7. Quiet-presence loneliness Read more at https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/the-happiness-project/201702/7-types-loneliness-and-why-it-matters#_=_ This week’s podcast promo: We Podcast And We Know Things
March 7, 2019
We look at the ideas of jealousy and envy. Recent comments and observations have prompted the hosts to discuss their feelings in regards to these emotions. Thus, we have the ideal topic for this week's podcast episode. Jealousy generally refers to the thoughts or feelings of insecurity, fear, concern, over relative lack of possessions. It can consist of one or more emotions such as anger, resentment, inadequacy, helplessness or disgust. Envy (from Latin invidia) is an emotion which "occurs when a person lacks another's superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it" After listening to several recent episodes of Soul Forge, co-host Tracy is feeling inadequate. Recent guests, Deidre and Stephanie were eloquent and intelligent and well-spoken. Tracy feels as though she lacks these qualities. Heather (a guest on several episodes) sends us a text with her thoughts and feelings on this topic. As we get deeper into the subject we ask ourselves if envy comes from our poor life choices. Do we see in others what we failed to achieve in our own lives? As such, Shawn discusses his ongoing envy of his friend's lives. Yet, we can only see so far into other people's situations. Are we, therefore, jealous or envious of perceptions? It's possible to use envy and jealousy in a positive manner. We must look inside ourselves, recognize what we desire from others, and strive to create it for ourselves. This week's podcast promo: Earth Station One
February 28, 2019
Are you the best guy she knows? Shawn's best friend from university, Stephanie, comes for a visit and a chat about the old times. Steph tells Shawn why she thinks he is the best guy she knows. Stephanie came for a weekend visit and guest hosted on Shawn's other show, The Rusted Robot Podcast. To hear her podcast debut, check out episode 235 of that show. Some of her opinions were in direct contrast to those of Shawn's co-host Josh. A good time was probably had by all involved. Shawn and Steph begin this episode by talking about their past and how age has caught up with them since they were in their 20s. There is some chatter about the history of their friendship, and where they stand with each other now. They remember the good times and the bad times. And they remember the last times they saw each other. Stephanie talks about some of the reasons as to why she thinks Shawn is the best guy she knows. What happens when you realize you're in love with your friend? You try to hide it. And you write some cheesy love poetry. You wait for cheap long distance phone calls on Tuesdays. And you write letters and wait for the reply. Before the internet and smart phones, communication was a lot more complicated. Music was a big part of the bonding process for these friends. Some of their favourite performers included Britney Spears and the Spice Girls. Amanda Marshall and her nipples were also a big deal. This week's podcast promo: Monster Sci-Fi Show
February 21, 2019
February is Black History Month, and for this episode the Soul Forge has a special guest sharing her experience as a black woman living in the north. Deidre is not an ambassador for her race. This is her story - one perspective out of many. Deidre was born in Winnipeg and moved to Timmins about 10 years ago after a career in Paramedicine. Working as a flight medic allowed her to travel around Canada and the United States, while also exposing her to many different cultures and ways of life. This community involvement not only allowed her to experience other cultures, but also enabled her to see the similarities between these many different peoples. In her working life, she has seen racism first hand. There is blatant racism, but there is also passive racism, or the kind that is harder to pinpoint, but is real nonetheless. Corporate policies and biases in the workplace and in the school system are still an ongoing concern. From subjective as opposed to objective reports on her work performance, and from schools singling out kids with differences, Deidre has seen her fair share of bigotry. Other topics discussed in this episode include Jane Elliott's Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes experiment and how this relates to point of privilege. We also discuss various life lessons, what we have taken away from our grandparents, and the role models on television. We end our discussion with a look at gender and how the black community has received a wake-up call from the LGBTQ community. This week's podcast promo: The 42 Cast
February 14, 2019
You can buy me flowers, but you can't buy me love. This week, the Soul Forge Podcast explores the commercialization of love in our 2019 Valentine's Day Special. Let's talk about the kinds of expectations we have of ourselves and our partners on February 14th. Is there too much pressure from society on how we express our love and affection? Do we really need over-the-top displays of affection to prove our love? Why do we put ourselves through this each and every year? Just who was this Valentine anyway? We will explore a brief history of his life. We are pounded and pulverized by advertisements telling us how to show our love. It really is no wonder that we are all stressed out and feel inadequate when we compare ourselves to others. A brief guide on how and what to buy as a gift for a man on Valentine's Day. So you put a lot of thought and effort into your gift. That's great, except they don't like it. Now what do you do? In this part of the episode, we talk a bit about what to do and how to avoid feeling like garbage. Remembering the school days practice of handing out Valentine's cards in class, and the trauma that caused us. Does it matter when the gift was bought? If your lover picked up your present on the way home on the 14th, or has had it sitting in a drawer for a month...does that equate to the value of the love? Fate! Is love written in the stars? Should people get engaged on Valentine's Day? Is this a romantic gesture or a great way to get out of gift giving? This week's podcast promo: The Nerdy Laser Podcast
February 7, 2019
Sometimes you just gotta get over yourself. What does that mean, and how does one accomplish such a lofty ideal? Glad you asked! That is the subject of this week's Soul Forge Podcast. We start with a discussion about the nature of existence and who we are as people. Is everyone around us a simulation put there for us to interact with? Are we a simulation in an alien lab? Could our memories be newly implanted and each day we awake for the first time? We feel as if we are the centre of the universe, but this is not really the cast, unless we actually are the only true person in existence. So, if we are not the centre of the cosmos, but merely one speck among many, it stands to reason that not everything that happens is about us. Everything is not our fault. We have no way of knowing what other people are going through. With all that being said, Shawn tells the tale of a text from an old friend. They haven't spoken in years. However, the friend has now broken up with his girlfriend and is free to socialize again. Shawn, being Shawn, is having trouble accepting the idea of hanging out again. Tracy's advice - get over yourself Shawn. Not everything is about you. And that is the nature of this week's podcast conversation. This week's podcast promo: Pop Culture Cosmos
January 31, 2019
The Crush List is a return to form in the classic style of the Soul Forge Podcast. This week, Shawn talks about the many crushes he had during his school years. The depth of memory is an amazing thing! We start by examining where the idea for this topic came from. Credit goes to Britney Spears, with a special shout-out to the Spice Girls. Did you have a favourite Spice Girl? After talking about attractive singers of the 1990s, we delve into early childhood crushes beginning with Kindergarten. We then move onto grades 6 through 8, and finally into high school crushes. As a special treat, Shawn reads his first year university Crush List. What is a crush list? You must listen to the episode for all the details. Finishing off the story, listeners are treated to a reading of the poem, Encounter At The Terminal. Feedback is always appreciated. Please email the show at soulforgepodcast@gmail.com This week's podcast promo: Metal Geeks Podcast
January 24, 2019
Bell Let's Talk is a wide-reaching, multi-year program designed to break the silence around mental illness and support mental health all across Canada. The more we speak up and share what we're going through, the more it will help others talk about it too. Let's keep talking all year long.  In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada experience a mental health issue. 8% of all adults will experience a major depression at some point in their lives. 49% of people do not seek help. One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma.  For every text message sent by Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS customers, Bell will donate 5¢ towards mental health initiatives. Shawn, Tracy, Heather and Tanya sit down for a conversation all about mental health. We explore our personal stories, and talk about ways of helping others in need. Topics include: the trap of guilt (good guilt vs bad/learned guilit), the 5 minute rule of motivation, negative core beliefs, and how to see signs of mental illness in others. It can be difficult to notice the changes in people that are an indication of a mental illness as these changes are often gradual and those experiences them often do not recognize the differences in themselves until it is too late. Oftentimes, you must force yourself to get to a better place, even if just for 5 minutes. Use the 5 minute motivation rule to make yourself do something you used to enjoy. Read a book or magazine. Try journaling or colouring. Meditation, yoga or another exercise can help. Do something for yourself. We have a list of reading material that can help. This list is by no means exhaustive. You’re a Badass -Jen Sincro Positivity - Barbara Fredrickson Daring Greatly - Brené Brown Pantsdrunk - Miska Rantanen The Fifth Agreement - Don Miguel Ruiz Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle  Five Minute Journal Buddhist Bootcamp - Timber Hawkeye The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck - Mark Manson The Gifts of Imperfection - Brené Brown Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It - Kamal Ravikant   Authors to check out:   don Miguel Ruiz, Mitch Albom, Paulo Coelho, Louise Hay, Humble the Poet, Eckhart Tolle, Brené Brown and so many others.   You can contact us at any time via soulforgepodcast@gmail.com  Tracy can be reached specifically at tracyhannah78@gmail.com   Bell Let’s Talk promotes mental health awareness, acceptance and action built on 4 key pillars: Fighting stigma, improving access to care, supporting world-class research and leading by example in workplace mental health. Information on this podcast is not to be used for diagnosis, treatment or referral services. Individuals should contact their personal physician, and/or their local addiction or mental health agency for further information. If you are in crisis, please go to your local hospital or call 911 immediately   This week's podcast promo: ESDCU Podcast
January 17, 2019
Christina is 6' 5" and she's got tall girl problems! Having a height advantage can be a wonderful thing, but too much height can cause unique problems. On this episode of The Soul Forge Podcast, Christina shares some personal experiences regarding being a woman of a certain stature. As far back as she can recall, Christina had to adapt to her surroundings. She has always had to endure comments and 'witty' observations. She had to balance out the composition of school pictures. Many people of height slouch and become wall flowers. Tall people have many common personality traits that they develop to get along in a world that was not designed for them. Perhaps this is why they created the International Tall Club. Christina talks about the way in which many men relate to her. She shares wonderful stories about how people have reacted to her. There is a wonderful Klingon story, and a terrific story about working as security in a bar. It turns out that extreme height can be seen as a disability of sorts. Her height has allowed Christina to be much more empathetic towards people who are often viewed as disadvantaged whether it be due to skin colour, sexual preferance, etc. Common tall problems include broken toes and broken sunglasses. It's nearly impossible to pay attention to both head and feet when you reach a certain height. Stay tuned to the podcast for news about Chistina's upcoming book in which she details her experiences as a woman over 6 feet tall. You can follow Christina on social media by searching for Christina Geddes Group. This week's podcast promo: Nerd Bliss Podcast
January 10, 2019
Cape Fear! Not the movie, nor the remake, but a state of mind. Cape fear is what occurs when you are not comfortable in a particular style of clothing or fashion. The Sunday Morning Coffee Club is a rather new experiment in socialization. The club was founded by your ever-present host, Shawn. Through the club, new friends are made, and interesting conversations are had. Coffee club has lead to several ideas for Soul Forge topics. Cape fear is just such a particular topic. Fashion confidence is a big deal. You may think you can wear anything, but clothing will put you in a certain state of mind. Not everyone can feel free to wear every item of clothing. We are sure there are items in your closet that you never wear. Shawn wants to bring back the cape as a fashion item, but he has a fear that people will laugh and make fun of him. He does not have the confidence to go out in public wearing a cape. Except, of course, for Halloween or costume balls. Looking back at the trench coat incident, his reluctance is understandable. Wish.com is a website where you can find all kinds of ridiculous products. Shawn recently ordered a cloak to help alleviate his fear of wearing capes in public. At this point in the podcast, we talk about the difference between capes and cloaks. Capes are starting to make a return to the public eye. At the recent Golden Globe Awards, a celebrity was photographed wearing a rather flamboyant cape. Perhaps this signals their return to the fashion world. We wrap up the show by talking about posting certain pictures on Instagram and Facebook. There are generational differences regarding what certain age groups feel comfortable posting and wearing. Types of fear include fear of change, fear of changing jobs, moving on from a relationship, and a fear of people not liking you. This week's podcast promo: Vitamin Geek Podcast
January 3, 2019
Happy New Year Soul Forgers, and welcome to the first episode of the year! Presented for your listening pleasure, is audio of Shawn's first ever Tarot card reading. Is there a secret source of knowledge hidden by the universe? Can Tarot cards, psychics or tea leave readings uncover this mysterious wisdom? Can arcana be real or is this all just made up mumbo jumbo? We may never know for sure, but we can have fun speculating about it. Join Shawn as he gets his first Tarot card reading. What secrets will be revealed? Without knowing how real this type of magic is, there's no way to ascertain if what Shawn learns can be applied to the real world of career and finances. However, the reading was a lot of fun and some exciting revelations came about. So sit back, put your feet up, and enter the mystical realm of prophecy and predictions. The tarot (/ˈtæroʊ/; first known as trionfi and later as tarocchi, tarock and tarot) is a pack of playing cards, used from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play games such as Italian tarocchini, French tarot and Austrian Königrufen. Many of these tarot card games are still played today. In the late 18th century, some Tarot packs began to be used in parallel for divination in the form of tarotology and cartomancy and, later, specialist packs were developed for such occult purposes. Like common playing cards, the tarot has four suits (which vary by region: French suits in Northern Europe, Latin suits in Southern Europe, and German suits in Central Europe). Each suit has 14 cards, ten pip cards numbering from one (or Ace) to ten and four face cards (King, Queen, Knight, and Jack/Knave). In addition, the tarot has a separate 21-card trump suit and a single card known as the Fool. Depending on the game, the Fool may act as the top trump or may be played to avoid following suit. These tarot cards, without occult symbology, are still used throughout much of Europe to play card games. In English-speaking countries, where these games are not played, tarot cards are used primarily for divinatory purposes, usually using specially designed packs. The cards are traced by some occult writers to ancient Egypt or the Kabbalah but there is no documented evidence of such origins or of the usage of tarot for divination before the 18th century. This week's podcast promo: Pro Wrestling Roundtable
December 27, 2018
Looking back at the year that was 2018 - this is our Year in Review special. Shawn is joined by two of his semi-regular co-hosts, Tracy and Jason. On this episode, the Soul Forge gang takes a peek at some of the most significant episodes produced by the podcast in 2018. Highlights include love, loss, and minimalism. Strippers, booze, and drugs are also mentioned, as is divorce and intimacy. A major topic this year was the idea of sex. Sex appeared in a number of episodes. Shawn talked about his first sexual experience. Whit told his story of being a virgin at age 28, and then several episodes later, he spoke about having sex for the first time. Shawn, Karen and Jason joked about sex in elevators on episode 69. No actual sex was had during the podcast recordings. Other topics included weed legalization and preparing for the arrival of a baby. Shawn talked about buying and selling houses. Tracy talked about survival. Jason talked about his new baby. Karen talked about confidence. Daniel talked about writing books. Many people not mentioned in the show made great contributions to the Soul Forge Podcast this year. We joined the ESO Podcast Network this year. We joined Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3JXWZDq6CXqrWTI5yYx04B We joined Tune In: https://tunein.com/podcasts/Health--Wellness-Podcasts/Soul-Forge-Podcast-p1181627/ We're on Twitter: @soulforgepod YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCataaeTRQltObb7n1GHW_qw/videos This week's podcast promo: Myopia Defend Your Childhood
December 20, 2018
Saving the world while perched on the edge of normal! We're taking a look at how fandom is changing the world for the better. What is fandom? It is a group of like-minded people who come together to form a community of sorts. Social media has been a major factor in the changing face of fan acceptance. Without it, many fans (geeks, nerds, dorks, outcasts, misfits) would have trouble finding their people. Celebrities, often geeks or fans themselves, have used their star power to help unite the various fandoms. They use this power for social change, and to help mitigate the effects of loneliness, bullying anddepression. Chase Masterson for example, is the spokesperson for Pop Culture Hero Coalition | Let's Stop Bullying Together Misha Collins uses GISH to bring hope to the world and change it for the better. What is the difference between sports geeks and fandom geeks? Both kinds of geeks often dress up to show their support for their chosen interest. However, the sports geek is more often given a free pass and not seen as abnormal or weird. When nerds make money, it changes the world. Their interests become the interests of the world (eg. Elon Musk, Steve Jobs) The gatekeepers of fandom. This week's podcast promo: Caster Quest
December 13, 2018
The lonely Shawn, also known as, the sad Shawn episodes were a series of Rusted Robot Podcast shows. For a time, Rusted Robot was co-hosted by husband and wife team Shawn and Brigitte Vanderloo. For a variety of reasons, that relationship fell apart. Yet, the team decided to continue on hosting the show together. However, due to various circumstances, this was not always possible. Shawn felt the show must go on, even if there wasn't always a co-host around. Shawn was so dedicated to his audience, that he felt it important to always be providing new content. Episode 79 of Rusted Robot is a prime example of a lonely Shawn episode. On this episode of Soul Forge, Shawn lays out the history and repurcussions of recording episode 79 by himself without a co-host. You'll hear about Karine (at the time she was the new lady in Shawn's life) and her reaction to hearing the episode before their weekend away together. You'll also discover what Shawn learned as a result of hosting a show on his own. So get ready for the first pre-Soul Forge episode. Learn about pop culture from 2015. This is Soul Forge before that was ever even a thing. This week's podcast promo: Pop Culture Cosmos
December 6, 2018
Now is the perfect time of year to share some thoughts on God, religion and the Christmas season. This episode starts with ruminations on the Christmas decoration season and goes back into history with a tale of Christmas carol annoyance. We wrap up the holiday talk with a look at how the corporations use the season in their manipulative marketing ploys to get us to spend money on things we don't need by playing to our emotions. We then take a look back at religious education. When they decided to take the Lord's Prayer and teachings about religion out of the school system, society seemed to lose something deeply fundamental. These teachings may not have included everyone, but they were instrumental in giving us some important background information about our society. The idea of a belief in a god or a higher power is tackled. When your son doesn't know what Jesus Clouds are, you have some serious catching up to do. And we talk about the practice of saying your prayers. Everything comes to a conclusion with a look at religion versus science and taking our own human existence as a matter of faith. Do we really exist? How can we really know anything? This brings us to the ideas of atheism and agnosticism. And finally, we talk about whether life is pre-ordained or if we have free will. Can we fool God by going left instead of going right? And the episode ends with the story of how Shawn was saved by a fellow student who took him to church. This week's podcast promo: Cigar Nerds Podcast
November 29, 2018
Sleep and dreams on episode 77 of the Soul Forge Podcast. Shawn and Tracy are discussing their earliest memories of sleep, and talking about bedtime habits and routines. Everyone you know has a unique set of night-time rituals. Napping is a thing that some people love to do, while others have never gotten into the nap habit. Insomnia can totally destroy your enjoyment of sleep. Ideal sleeping conditions also vary from person to person. What do you need for a good night rest? Do you prefer the dark, or do you need some light? Fear of the dark, music, relaxing sounds, white noise, or having the fan on. Recurring dreams and dreams that continue. The Batman dream sequence story. Can you read in your dreams or see in colour? Interpreting your dreams and looking for the mean of dream symbology. Creativity and dreaming. Bad dreams and nightmares. The dream VCR. This week's podcast promo: The 42Cast
November 22, 2018
There's a baby on the way! There's a baby on the way! When time is running out, and there's a baby on the way, how do you prepare for the arrival? Jay stokes the fires of the Soul Forge with his take on preparing for baby. The first thing we talk about is getting the existing child(ren) ready for a new addition to the family. The obvious age gap between the children is an obstacle or opportunity depending on how you prepare. Kids can feel replaced by baby, but giving them ownership of the situation can make them feel empowered. Preparing and planning for the new arrivial is often a long process. When should you start buying baby supplies? How much is too much? Do you read parenting books or just wing it? So much to think about and get ready for. Finding out baby's gender before she or he is born is a big deal. You have to decide together with your partner if this is something you wish to do. Maybe you want to be surprised. Jay discusses what it's like to be an older dad. There are nine years between his children. Different points in your life will create new and exciting challenges or opportunities. Dealing with the mood swings and demands of an expectant mother can be a real mine field. Jay has some advice for how to navigate this point in the pregnancy. We finish up by discussing all the work that goes into getting ready for the baby once it is here. Working a lot of overtime at work to hoard money, buy nice things and take some time off to spend with the new bundle of joy. And Jay tells us all about what it's like to be the father of a girl as opposed to a boy. This week's podcast promo: Earth Station One Podcast
November 15, 2018
We are celebrating 75 episodes, and we are doing it by letting loose, cursing, laughing and going totally random! Shawn and Tracy are joined by first-timer Melissa. Jay was unable to make it this time. Canada Post is on strike and we discuss how that is affecting and disrupting daily life here in Canada (remember that Shawn is a letter carrier). Things we will never do again - a topic that deserves its own episode, but we touch on a few things here. Pet Peeves: other drivers is a common peeve, but did you know that hating the sound of other people chewing their food is an actual medical condition? We hit upon a few things that we know for sure. What do you know for sure? Want vs Need and Personal Definitions: We have a big discussion about things we need and things we want and how we may think we need things that we really don't. Does Shawn really need a $1000 Thundercat statue to define who he is as a person? What defines us as people? Who are we? What makes you who you are? BUMPA-ISMS: Shawn's grandfather was a huge influence on him. From the way he thinks to the way he talks and behaves (control behaviour vs relax mode). DNA testing. Tracy tells the story of how DNA testing lead to the catching of a killer. Working from home sounds nice. We briefly discuss the advantages and disadvantages. This week's podcast promo: RevCast Shark Podcast
November 8, 2018
Social Media has changed the universe of human interaction. What is social media anyway? There are many types of social media, including: MySpace, FaceBook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, chatrooms, etc., How does social media improve your life (connections and interactions) and how does it destract from your life (addiction, lack of attention span, cyberbullying) Social Media and its obligations can feel like a part-time job, and applications such as Second Life can lead to a false sense of reality. Dating apps such as Plenty of Fish and eHarmony are also discussed. This week's podcast promo: The Geekly Oddcast
November 1, 2018
Your meditation and meditating guide is here! This week we're talking about what meditation is, what it entails, how and where to do it, as well as our personal experiences with it.  It's alright to feel ridiculous at first. We will fill you in on the techniques, the kinds of meditations there are, the apps, and the equipment you can use. What is meditation used for: comtemplation, reflection, concentration, heightened spiritual awareness, breathing, etc. Kinds/uses of meditation: falling asleep, self-esteem, acceptance, managing anxiety, (breathe, unwind, restore) Meditating is good for students, athletes and those who wish to clear their minds. Similarity between meditation and affirmation. Meditation apps, classes, where, when, how. Techniques, crystals, candle flames, pillows, singing bowls, beads... MEDITATION: IT CAN'T HURT! This week's podcast promo: The Flop Cast
October 25, 2018
Suicide. It is a delicate topic. There are no easy ways to talk about it, other than directly. This week on the Soul Forge Podcast, Tracy makes her return to the show and opens up about her struggles with depression, anxiety, and guilt. In this emotional episode, she shares her story, her history and what lead her to try taking her own life. You will hear the story as it was recorded. There was no editing of any kind. There are no ad breaks or promotions. This is Tracy's story.
October 18, 2018
Weed is now legal; welcome to Cannabis Canada! No matter what you call it (Pot, Weed, Blunt, Chronic, Wacky Tabacky, Cannabis, Marijuana, Ganja, Mary Jane, Dope, The Devil's Lettuce) roll up a fancy cigarette and listen to our breakdown of the topic at hand. LEGAL STUFF: where to purchase, legal age and restrictions, zero tolerance and penalties, possession rules and limits, parcel packaging and delivery rules, We discuss our personal experiences with weed and other drugs, including the first times we tried smoking up.  We explore some family history, our initial opposition to cannabis and our eventual acceptance. We talk about 'pulling a whitey' and feeling the actual experience of being high. Also included in the discussion are the ideas of bongs and other smoking paraphernalia. The episode concludes with a brief chat about the meaning of 420 and some of the medical benefits that cannabis provides. This week's podcast promo: Watchathon of Rassilon
October 11, 2018
How to make friends: a brief outline! The Soul Forge is tackling the tricky world of making friends as an adult.  Some people say developing new friendships in adulthood is really difficult.  We take on that idea and turn it on its head. Jay used to have a hard time making friends, but now he talks to everyone.  You too can talk to strangers.  Have a single-serving friend today! Shawn and Yohann created an intense friendship, but it did not start on that way.  Also included: having a coffee and watching the world, slowing down to enjoy life, people watching and more! We have an update on friend of the show Whit from episodes 44 and 61. Podcast talk and listening in reverse order and what that can reveal. This week's podcast promo: Metal Geeks
October 4, 2018
Sex is this week's topic.  What else could we be discussing on episode number 69? Shawn is joined by Karen and Jason for this brief look at sexuality. We talk about how old we were when we lost our virginity, as well as where the event occurred and who it was with.  Then we transition over to public sex and the possibility of getting caught while doing the deed.  Sex in public parks is a great location because of wind on skin, and sex in a car or on the side of the highway is also a great place. Fire escapes and rooftops are a great idea for being outside but unseen.  A lengthy discussion about elevator sex and other fantasy locations ensues.  We joke and laugh about partaking in an elevator sex road trip and having coitus in as many different elevators as possible. We round out our chat with a few specific instances such as handjobs in movie theatres and blowjobs in cars.  There's talk about orgies and threesomes and the type of etiquette involved in these situations. And finally, we offer advice on being safe and respectful.  And as it turns out, sometimes being open about your sexuality can lead super creepy people to try to make advances towards you.  Don't be creepy. This week's podcast promo: Earth Station Who
September 27, 2018
The long awaited, much anticipated Brigitte episode is finally here! Listen in as Shawn discusses the relationship from its very beginnings right to the end.  Remember, these are Shawn's memories, and are accurate to the best of his ability to recall the events mentioned. Topics include how Shawn and Brigitte met, where they worked, and the start of a very interesting friendship. There will be talk about subconscious attraction and how that manifested and developed. What did a Christmas parade conversation have to do with setting things in motion?  Getting to know someone beyond the superficial can certainly have some long lasting repurcussions. And that brings us to the break-up of Shawn's relationship with Trish, the mother of his son Bishop. Next we talk about the progression of the relationship with Brigitte and how that came to be.  Complications and guilt become a factor in everything that comes after. Shawn and Brigitte get married. They have a second fake marriage with their friends in attendance. Instead of a honeymoon, they renovate their house. 2014 sees them throught many dramatic moments. These moments lead to a communication breakdown and an eventual split. Naturally, like the relationship at its core, the split is unconventional. We conclude the episode with the soundtrack of heartache. Also, Shawn falls into a deep funk, but with the help of his son, he eventually bounces back. And we part with some final thoughts and feelings. This week's podcast promo: We Podcast and We Know Things
September 20, 2018
Hallowe'en is just around the corner and that means pumpkin spice is in the air! This episode is a friendly chat between Shawn and Tracy about local events, the pumpkin spice season, favourite podcasts, and a bit of Brigitte stuff. Our Hallowe'en talk includes such topics as the proper age for Trick 'r Treating, and the types of candy we do or do not enjoy.  In a surprise twist, we do not mention anything about costumes or parties. Shawn had an encounter with a bear this week.  We talk a bit about that, the Facebook reaction to the bear video, as well as dog attacks. Both hosts had a brief encounter with Brigitte recently and we discuss that, plus we tease the topic for next week's episode. Our main topic is podcasts and podcasting habits.  There is a great discussion on some of our favourite podcasts, and our listening habits are talked about also.  Included in our chat are the following podcasts: My Favorite Murder, WTF with Marc Maron, Mission Log, Movie Crush, Behind the Bastards, and Someone Knows Something.  Of course, no discussion would be complete without talking about all the Star Trek episode review shows that are out there in podcast-land.  The true crime rabbit hole is another major topic! This week's podcast promos:  Transmissions from Atlantis, The Classic Original Show
September 13, 2018
What will you do?  Choices.  Decisions.  Deliberations.  Choose your own adventure!  This week, Shawn and Tracy pose a series of questions to each other.  These queries range from the philosophical to the downright silly.  One thing all the questions have in common is that they will make you stop and think.  Is there a better option?  Why would someone pick that choice over another, perhaps more advantageous option? Join the Soul Forge this week and ask yourself the same questions.  We would love to hear your answers.  You can always contact the show by email at soulforgepodcast@gmail.com Or Tweet us!  We're on Twitter with the handle @soulforgepod And remember, like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SoulForgePodcast Of course, you can follow Shawn on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/darthvaderloo/ We can be found on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/show/3JXWZDq6CXqrWTI5yYx04B And if you would, please leave a 5 star review for the podcast in your chosen podcast app.  Our app of choice in iTunes, which you can follow this link for the Soul Forge Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/1-soul-forge-introduction/id1265658912?i=1000390465638&mt=2 This week's podcast promo: The Monster SciFi Show
September 6, 2018
Kids. Children. Offspring. Yours, mine, and ours.  This week we tackle the topic of living with kids that aren't biologically yours . We are going to use the term step-parent even though many of the stories and situations do not necessarily involve marriage between the couple. Buidling a relationship with a step-child, Blended families and becoming a step-parent, How do these kids react and behave? The Brady Bunch Illusion - expectations versus reality  Gender: How a man bonds with kids, How a woman bonds with kids, The gender of the child in relation to the gender of the step-parent, The age of the child/children will have a great impact on the relationship between the other person's kid(s) and the new step-parent. Discipline styles also differ and this can have an affect on the child. Supper, homework, and bedtime routines can be vastly different. Remember: communication, tolerance and understanding. This week's podcast promo: The Nerdy Laser Podcast
August 30, 2018
The Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules For Living That Will Help You Get Your Sh*t Together At the turn of this century, the Dalai Lama issued “18 Rules for Living’. As I share them with you here today I hope that they will inspire you as much as they have me – to stretch yourself, to go within, to strive for more, to be more, to grow more – and as a result always be living into your greatest potential and purpose in life. Basically, these will help you to really get your shit together. RULE 1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. RULE 2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. RULE 3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for all your actions RULE 4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. RULE 5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly. RULE 6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship. RULE 7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. RULE 8. Spend some time alone every day. RULE 9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values. RULE 10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. RULE 11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time. RULE 12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life. RULE 13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past. RULE 14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality. RULE 15. Be gentle with the earth. RULE 16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. RULE 17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. RULE 18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. 7 QUESTIONS TO NOW CONSIDER: 1. What risks are you willing to take in your life right now? 2. How will you be more open to acknowledging and learning from your “mistakes”? 3. Where will you take greater responsibility in your life? 4. When will you spend quality, reflective time alone every day? 5. How will you share the knowledge and wisdom you have? 6. How do you respect for yourself and others? 7. What are the values by which you live your life?   This week's podcast promo: Here Be Tygers
August 23, 2018
Passion, emotions, cultural longing....just some of the reasons for the creation of art.  During my university years, I needed an outlet so I chose poetry as the vehicle of my creative expression.  This episode explores a few of my poems and reveals the story behind them. I've been adding content to my YouTube channel in hopes of providing value to you and gaining more subscribers. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCataaeTRQltObb7n1GHW_qw/videos Spotify!  Just a reminder that you can find the podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3JXWZDq6CXqrWTI5yYx04B Announcement!  I'm working on a new podcast with my friend Sheamus.  You can listen to his other podcasts, such as: Chewed Gum, INFAMINDS, Great Job Thank you, Tuesdays With Mari, 727, Crime in Movies A brief talk about my dreams of writing greatness, and the dramatic reading of several poems: A Wrestler Professes His Love, Baldness: A Ballad, Eikasia, Love's Resurgence, Still, The Last Prospector, The Logger, The Wedding Band Part 1, The Wedding Band Part 2, Blue Velvet This week's podcast promo: Metal Geeks Podcast
August 16, 2018
The art and history of the tattoo. First, we take a look at the reasons for the tattoo across history, and we briefly explore ancient and modern tattoo techniques. Society has viewed the tattoo in many ways, from art form to trendy fad, and from taboo to outlaw. Why do people get inked? Pure Addiction Studio's $13 tattoo marathon. Women's bodies and tattoos. Pain and pleasure of inking. Shawn's tattoo history. Tracy's tattoo history. Future tattoos. Share your tattoo pics and stories with us on Facebook and Twitter! https://www.facebook.com/SoulForgePodcast/ https://twitter.com/SoulForgePod You can find us on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/show/3JXWZDq6CXqrWTI5yYx04B This week's podcast promo:  The Geekly Oddcast
August 9, 2018
No longer a virgin, Whit from episode 44 returns to the Soul Forge to share his tale of sex and love, and how he came to lose his virginity. Who is the lucky girl that took Whit's V-card? Tinder Roulette can be a dangerous game, First date awkwardness, The 6 date girlfriend rule, First kiss, Family dynamics, Oral sex and the fear of teeth, Condoms, Positions and the loss of virginity, The speed of the relationship and feelings... This week's podcast promo: Earth Station Who Podcast
August 2, 2018
The Soul Forge Podcast is celebrating its first full year of operation. Listen in as we discuss everything that has happened these last 12 months.  This ain't no clip show folks! The guests, co-hosts and contributors are acknowledged, The history of the idea and the original concept for the podcast is discussed, Podcast goals: helping people, gaining a global audience, massive downloads, learning new things, etc... A year's worth of changes -- how things were at the beginning versus where things are now. Topics: so many themes and ideas explored and analyzed. The song at the end is called Chasing You, and was performed by Mugzy who was the guest/interviewee on episode 48 This week's podcast promo: Pop Culture Cosmos
July 26, 2018
What is reincarnation and is there even such a thing? Shawn and Tracy conduct a thought experiment, imagining that reincarnation is a real phenomenon, and then piece together how it might actually work. The immortal soul's travels and the ultimate journey. The consciousness equation...the give and take between the mind and the soul. Destinations - The Soul's choice vs higher power. Achieving enlightenment, lessons learned, what is the purpose? Do we have a soul? What is the spark of consciousness? Self-awareness, memory and emotions vs instinct. Every soul is on an individual journey and faces many obstacles in a quest to learn lessons and level up. CHANCES ARE...a brief discussion about the film from 1989. Are people that we consider 'old souls' nearing enlightenment? What is the disconnect between the soul and consciousness, why are there memory blocks? How history repeats itself and worldwide consciousness is being risen. Akashic records - accessing your soul file. This week's podcast promo: Cigar Nerds Podcast
July 19, 2018
Exploring the ideas of soulmates, twin flames, intimacy and chemistry. A soulmate allows us to be our true, open and honest self. Shawn talks about his own experiences feeling that soulmate connection.  There is discussion on several definitions of what a soul mate is.  The energetic cloth and the patterns and wave lengths that bind two people together in a soulmate connection.  Soulmates come into our lives to awaken and challenge us to become our best versions of ourselves. There is more than one type of soulmate. Twin flames.  Are they really a thing?  There is talk of the many life times of connection between two people.  This is not necessarily a romantic relationship, but it can be. We talk about the ideas of connection and chemistry and how they can be the same, but also different.  With our soulmates we take the mask off to reveal our inner selves.  Is the soulmate connection a fated eventuality? This week's podcast promo: The Rusted Robot Podcast
July 12, 2018
Unrealistic beauty standards from around the world! Photoshop, advertisements, marketing and society, Instagram stars and beauty reality, How clothes can help, Fake it until you make it - confidence and contentment, Minimal effort can make a huge difference in self esteem Unrealistic Beauty Standards for Women: tanned skin vs pale, social status, Geisha culture, large vs small body shape, foot binding Unrealistic Beauty Standards for Men: Muscles vs The Dad Bod, the full beard look, baldness and the comb-over, height
July 5, 2018
Life is full of choices.  Choice, by its very nature, has multiple options.  These option points are what we call forks.  You can choose to follow one path or another, and the outcomes can be life altering. This week, Shawn is joined by Dave, Rene and Bob.  Together, these 4 friends discuss some of the forking choices in their lives.  They talk about various kinds of forks, such as those dealing with school, career, marriage, and regret. This episode will explore how life could have gone.  How do you define success?  What about mental forks, such as age and aging?  There is even talk about celebrity encounters, the importance of connection and life stages. This week's podcast promo: Watchathon of Rassilon
June 28, 2018
Does confidence come from within or through cosplay? Cosplay expert Karen enters the Soul Forge to give us a brief overview of who she is and what she does. How did Karen and I meet? Karen's cosplay and her challenge, The cosplay community is vast and varied, Shyness can bring fear, Social awkwardness and the costume solution, Personal confidence and the backlash, Costuming and the limitations, GISH: Greatest International Scavenger Hunt, an intro... The non-binary comfort zone, Hair stories, Find Karen on Twitter @flynndanarra Find Karen on Instagram @ladydanger47 This week's promo: The Nerd Bliss Podcast
June 21, 2018
Summer time and the promise of possibility!  Camping traditions....Nan and Jean and the Beals Lake story, Watermelon, hotdogs, fires, marshmellows, fireworks, crawdads, hiking and biking Yardsale Season, Music festivals, Fishing stories and Xbox adventures, Brother Adventures: hiking, concert road trips, August life celebration event, ReBoSh weekends This week's promo: Transmissions from Atlantis
June 14, 2018
A discussion about culture and race. Diversity in the workplace, I know a lot of white people, The world isn't just black and white, The George Costanza dilemma, My own limited inter-racial contact, The trouble with racial labels, Racism in Fandom: Ghostbuster, Star Wars and Kelly Marie Tran, The Time Travel solution, Black Lives Matter, Gay Pride, The shift in society and changing language, The N word, Education equals enlightenment!  This week's promo: Terminus Doctor Who Podcast
June 7, 2018
Gratitude, Gratefulness, Appreciation Oftentimes, we do not express just how much people mean to us, either for the things they have done, or what they have said.  It's important to acknowledge those people who have helped or guided us, whether they are aware of their impact or not. Here is a list of things that I'm grateful for, and there are many... Hope, Positivity, Communication This week we take a look at the Earth Station One Podcast Network.  We'll be exploring how a network operates, and how it helps out its members. The Rusted Robot Podcast hits 200 episodes. Who are the people behind the hashtag #podpeople? The podcast concludes with some juicy gossip I should probably not be sharing, but it explains the anger I've been feeling as of late. This week's promo: Revcast Shark Podcast
May 31, 2018
The divorce process and feelings surrounding it.  Divorce can be an extremely emotional experience that creates a wide variety of mixed feelings. Some relationship history; a time-line of tragedy or preventable folly? Thoughts, feelings, hopes and preparation for re-marriage. What changed my mind -- the initial disbelief in divorce. The divorce process: forms, costs, procedures, etc. Variable emotional response...divorce really makes you feel some deep feelings. Entering a new relationship, getting re-married, the family response, the child factor. This weeks promo: Myopia podcast
May 24, 2018
A Minimalism Guide for Episode 50!  A brief history of my introduction to Minimalism, Josh and Ryan and the Minimalist documentary and podcast, 'OMIT NEEDLESS THINGS,' The Minimalist lifestyle -- possessions and purchases, Being content with your life, not with your stuff, My history... A life of collecting, The collector's dilemma, The cost to your happiness, My down-sizing journey Minimalism strategies for a simpler life! This week's promo: Meet the Night Blogger
May 17, 2018
Meta Tara is your empowerment guru!  We're talking about sexuality, personal power, self-expression, love, leadership, spirituality, creativity and more... Fear, free-will and speaking your truth, Taking responsibility and losing control, Mindfulness -- the priciples of Tantra, Coaching, mentorship, events, Embracing the feminine power, Light and dark masculine, Self-sabotage and people pleasing, Website: https://www.liveatantric.life/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/metatara22 This week's promo: The Flopcast
May 10, 2018
Mugzy - The Down Under Eminem! Reyne Brady's origin story, Major influences and early life, Fueled by coffee, The wigger phase, Acting career, About Australia, Day job and travel dreams, The message in the music, Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Mugzy-216863988358655/ ReverdNation: https://www.reverbnation.com/mugzy187 End Song: Chasing You This week's promo: The Pop Culture Cosmos Podcast
May 3, 2018
Exploring the universe of Star Trek with my boy, a non-fan.  Early Star Trek memories, The importance of the number 47, Science Fiction vs Fantasy, TV series, starships and space stations, Theme song controversy, Toys and collectibles, Hiding your fandom, Bishop's interests, We're on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/3JXWZDq6CXqrWTI5yYx04B Our website is our social media hub http://www.soulforgepodcast.com/ This week's promo: ESDCU
April 26, 2018
What else is there? What comes next? The happiness equation Always looking over the hill On the outside looking in The non-reality of social media The evolution of human consciousness Zen-type books Mindfulness and the now What's holding you back from trying new things? This week's promo: Casterquest
April 19, 2018
Am I quitting my job to podcast full time? Episode 44 feedback, Current events, Embarassing stories, What makes you happy? Comicon Timmins prep, Daily step counts, Celebrity deaths, TV and Movie recommendations, Joining a network This week's promo: 42Cast
April 12, 2018
Whit shares his virginity story with us. Lifestyle choices vs opportunity, Barriers to sex -- STDs, fear, love Theatre handjob story, Waiting until marriage, Virginty as a precious gift, Dating apps, Social circle influences, Life lessons, How to contact Whit
April 5, 2018
Feel better sooner with Bowen Therapy. What is Bowen? How do Bowen treatments help? Rebooting the body, Fight or flight vs parasympathetic mode, Bowen therapy session run down, What Bowen treats, http://bowenbypatty.ca/ https://www.facebook.com/BOWENTHERAPY101/ http://cbbg.ca/
March 29, 2018
The true meaning of life is discussed!  What is 42? The humor of Douglas Adams, The life of Stephen Hawking, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Source material and interpretation of intent, Regrets and taking chances.
March 22, 2018
Accidental celebrity Kiné Corder visits the Soul Forge! Rise to fame, Her life's mission, Prosperity Report: Love and Money Podcast, Money mentality, Financial Therapy Association, Presidential Lifestyle, Kiné is a psychotherapist specializing in brain-based financial therapy
March 15, 2018
Fallout from Episode 39... Podcasting is hard, Words have unintended consequences, Being responsible for your own truth, The podcast process, Bad stuff is easier to recall, A few positive memories, A connection between episodes, An extended invitation
March 9, 2018
Emotionally Bankrupt - My life with Lynn, and how I ended up living in Timmins! Quarter life crisis time, Minimum wage blues, Single and lonely, ICQ and the instant family, Advice - followed and not followed, Financial ruin, Emotional turmoil, Life lessons POETRY: I'm So Happy Truth to Tell Reflections of a Dead Sun A Thank You Poem
March 1, 2018
Looking at fear from an irrational perspective. What scares people but really shouldn't. I share my fears. Audio clips from friends and family outlining their fears. A discussion follows each guest's fear. Fear is the path to the Dark Side.
February 23, 2018
I sit down for a talk about becoming a writer with Dan Hitch!  Dan's early influences, Motivation and desire to write, Monotony and distractions, Writer's routine, Bubbles the Pirate, Inspirations, Advice for aspiring writers Contact Daniel: Twitter: @hitch_daniel@BubblesPirate@rider_coattailInstagram:@daniel_hitch_writerFacebook Pages :Invites sent toBubbles The Pirate and The Connected Worlds ChroniclesLinkedIn:Daniel Peter HitchKik:Discussing DISCO
February 16, 2018
An unconventional upbringing: a chat with my brother.  Stripper outfit model, Abandoned at the bus stop, Left alone in a locked vehicle, Wet, frozen and alone by a lake, Drinking and driving is bad, Wrestling, fighting and football What we learned and how we deal with it.
February 9, 2018
Hoarding is not collecting! Hoarding, collecting and minimizing, Keeping in touch is hard, Trying to get life in order, Adventures in house selling, Asbestos in the attic!
January 25, 2018
My brush with fame! These are the people I've seen or interacted with. The time I embarrassed myself in front of Marina Sirtis... I've interviewed several writers/authors. Celebrity sound-bites and more!
January 21, 2018
Special bonus episode with famous Star Trek personality Larry Nemecek. A discussion on Star Trek Discovery. Larry Nemecek talks about his new podcast. Check out The Trek Files podcast on January 23, 2018
January 19, 2018
A brief discussion on elevator etiquette. Remembering Facebook 'Notes' The first annual list of things that piss me off. What gets under your skin?  Let us know!
January 11, 2018
Sex and the loss of virginity. Here's the story of the first time I realized I was in love... The first time I had sex. Cheesy love poetry! Do you have game?  I sure didn't! Waiting until marriage??? Was it love, lust or obsession?
January 4, 2018
A memory of loss.... Starting a family, Talking to baby, Regretful jokes, Time-line of tragedy, Shutdown of emotions, Counseling and help, What I learned
December 28, 2017
When mom needs to be placed in a home.  Paul shares a very personal story. Family and friends and support. Care facilities-you don't have to do this alone. Progress of the disease. Preparation and coping skills.
December 21, 2017
What do kids think about Christmas? The best things about Christmas! Favourite Christmas memories! The true meaning of the season. Random thoughts about Christmas!
December 15, 2017
What do you want to be remembered for?  Immortality through memory, The 27 Club, Famous people from history, Who do we remember forever? What I've done to be remembered, Awesome feedback! Special Thanks to: Robin Coull, Daniel Peter Hitch, Paul Wright, The Just in Time Podcast
December 6, 2017
Who is this Bishop person anyway?  Episode feedback, Black Pete and Christmas, The birthday boy! Bishop talks with his dad, Cool legacy ideas... Advice and insight, Bishop's favourite things!
December 2, 2017
A brief intro to minimalism... Episode 24 feedback, How I found minimalism, Josh and Ryan's story, My minimalism journey, Letting go of sentimental items, Guide posts of minimalism, Minimal maxims, Dealing with debt, Minimalism documentary trailer
November 24, 2017
My baby mama sits down to talk about our history and how far we've come.  How we met, Time line of love, Meeting the families, Random adventures, A shared loss, Co-parenting successfully, Pictures and memories, Different perspectives, Honesty and growth, The importance of stuff, Poor Impulse Control
November 17, 2017
The infamous Pork "N Beans story. Who is the Action-No Action Man? Lesbian liaisons. Who really took back the night anyway? Why do we do what we do? The opposite sex can make us do some crazy things.
November 10, 2017
Enjoy the simple things! It's important that we take time out of our busy lives to feel pleasure from the simple, everyday experiences that we occasionally take for granted, the things that make us smile. Nature, Family, Food, Snow, Drink, Fire, Fishing, Bubble baths, Reading, Pets, Baking, Leaf piles, Jesus clouds, Rocks on frozen lakes, Old people holding hands, Coffee-infused buildings
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