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Kickstarter My Heart - Episode 206 of the Soul Forge Podcast. This week I am discussing the Kickstarter campaign I have recently launched. This campaign is in support of the toy and antique store I am planning to open in the near future. This is a dream I have had for more than 3 decades. I will detail my plans to you in this episode. But first I d…
 
Mighty fine ideas are coming at you left and right on this week's episode of Soul Forge! Brother Robin joins Shawn to discuss so many weird, wacky and wonderful ideas. Although the audio quality this week is not up to our usual standards, there is still a lot of good information to be found. We present some mighty fine ideas indeed! First we start …
 
The entertainment special is a look at some recent movies, television and books that I have been consuming. This week I wanted to share with all of you some things you may have missed or not been made aware of. Whether you are an avid reader or TV watcher, there are likely some items on this list that you haven't come across. Prepare to be entertai…
 
It is super important to get your drivers license. And I'm going to tell you why in this new episode of the Soul Forge Podcast! Get your drivers license -- don't wait! But not only that, I also give some updates on last week's episode. In that episode, I discussed my ideas for a new business, a toy store to be exact. Some progress has been made. I …
 
My new business idea is to open a really cool toy store. Actually, this isn't my new business idea. This is something I have dreamed of doing for nearly 30 years. Now feels like the perfect time to launch this passion project. As far back as I remember, I have been a lover of pop culture. I have also been collecting pop culture items for nearly tha…
 
What is disappointment? As an emotion, researchers describe disappointment as a form of sadness—a feeling of loss, an uncomfortable space (or a painful gap) between our expectations and reality. When we believe that there's something we must have to be happy and fulfilled, we can set ourselves up for disappointment. The noun disappointment comes fr…
 
200 fun-filled episodes all come down to this! Have you been a listener of the Soul Forge Podcast from the very beginning? Did you start somewhere along the way? Could this be your very first episode? It does not matter when you started listening. The only thing that matters is that you do listen. Our episodes run the gamut from funny to serious, t…
 
When good things end is the 199th episode of the Soul Forge Podcast. And yet, it's so much more than that. This episode is a kind of eulogy for the Rusted Robot Podcast. Rusted was my baby for more than 7 years, and I did everything I could to make it successful, entertaining, and fun. Those days are over now, and this is a nostalgic look back at s…
 
It's been a long road getting from there to here. From humble beginnings, to a pop culture phenomenon, the Rusted Robot Podcast has been around a very long time. We have met so many amazing people along the way. We would like to thank you all for the support you have shown us over the years. The podcast began in January 2014, and with only a few br…
 
I tried yoga! My brother made me do it. I tried yoga and it wasn't actually all that bad. This episode of the podcast details my experience. Not only that, brother Curtis shares tips and tricks and everything he has learned about yoga. I tried yoga, and so can you! It’s time to roll out your yoga mat and discover the combination of physical and men…
 
How do Curtis and Kate define marriage success, and just who is this Debbie person anyway? One of the goals of the Soul Forge Podcast is learning the secrets to a happy and successful relationship. An excellent way of doing so is to conduct conversations with couples who are success stories in their own ways. Episode 140 focused on Josh and Kitty. …
 
Always bet on black! Black Widow, Black Adam, Black Muppets, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. And so much more! Black Widow is finally hitting theatres on July 9, 2021. If this comes to pass, the delay will have been 14 months from its orginal release date. Shazam! The Shazam sequel has cast Helen Mirren as the villain Hespara. As a tie in t…
 
Almost everyone has childhood celebrity crushes. To prove it, I asked around and received an overwhelming number of responses. On this episode of the Soul Forge Podcast, we will be going over these lists. For our purpose, the term celebrity is wide open. We have people who loved singers, actors, actresses, cartoon characters and video game avatars.…
 
Ryan Castle from the 2 Stoned Dudes Podcast joins Shawn for a chat about his life, his podcast, his self-esteem issues, and a bit of everything else under the sun! Ryan is a man from Arizona. Of the many careers he has had, professional wrestler, and member of the US Marine Corps are two of them. We talk briefly about wrestling and the marine corps…
 
The stench of 'cancel culture' is everywhere these days. This episode is another one of my imfamous walk and talks. Several times per year, I like to record an episode as I am out and about delivering the mail. I find these types of shows to be more authentic, as whatever I'm saying just comes out naturally. It can be difficult to carry on a monolo…
 
What is parental alienation? This week's guest is Mike, the head of the ESO Network. Mike is here to talk about his experience with parental alienation. Parental alienation describes the breakdown of the relationship between a child and one of the child's parents, when there is no valid justification for that breakdown. When parental alienation is …
 
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is a 2021 American science fiction romantic comedy-drama film directed by Ian Samuels, from a screenplay by Lev Grossman, based upon his short story of the same name. It stars Kathryn Newton and Kyle Allen. Mark, a teenage boy, has been stuck in a time loop, repeating the same day over and over again. Because of his k…
 
I bought a new car! I thought about it for a very long time. There was research. And there were test driving sessions. Money and budget was a concern. So many variable go into the thought process of purchasing a new vehicle. It can be extremely stressful. This episode of the Soul Forge Podcast is all about the car buying process. What type of vehic…
 
Joey Barnes (Ice Road Truckers) is the king of obsolete. He joins us here on episode 189 of the Soul Forge Podcast. We talk about his current life, his Ice Road Trucker days, and the books he has been busy writing during the lockdown. The king of obsolete has many stories to share. In a remote corner of Manitoba, Joey “The King of Obsolete” Barnes …
 
Hoetry. It's poetry about women, sex, connection and pain. Poet Darin Lee stops by the Soul Forge to talk about his latest book, Hoetry. Who is Darin Lee? He just might be your new favourite poet. Darin has been many things in his life. Besides dabbling in digital marketing, Darin also worked on submarines when he was in the navy. His 2 older broth…
 
What do sex, voodoo and philosophy all have in common? We mention each of those subjects in this episode. Although our main discussion is meant as an introduction to philosophy, we cannot cover all aspects of such a broad field of study in a short episode. Quite literally, the term "philosophy" means, "love of wisdom." In a broad sense, philosophy …
 
Or, more simply, how to be a decent person. Years ago I came across some decent advice. Essentially, this was 32 pieces of wisdom to pass on to your son(s). The idea behind the whole thing, was to teach young boys how to behave as men. Hence, the how to be a man episode. As such, I will be taking each rule one by one and examining them for the hidd…
 
Brother Robin is back to talk about life, the universe and everything. We are covering the full spectrum on this episode, from Instagram models, to politics, magic mushrooms and more! Whatever you do, never go full willy-nilly! This episode is meant to be an update on Robin's life. He lives an exciting roller coaster of adventure and excitement. Mu…
 
Welcome back to the Soul Forge Podcast. We hereby present to you, for your listening pleasure, the first episode of 2021. There is no specific topic this week, but we do cover a lot of information and ideas. First, we place this episode in its historical context. There is a brief discussion about loss, but for more information, you will want to che…
 
You don't know what you don't know. There are so many wonderful and hidden mysteries in the universe. When I recorded episode 133 (2020 Vision) at the beginning of the year, there was no way I could know what the year would bring. I had so many hopes, goals and plans for the year ahead. Well now that year is over. They say hindsight is 2020. That m…
 
Lights! Camera! Live Stream! is a unique moment in podcast history. In the year 2020, Indie Pods United was formed. Indie Pods United is a week long celebration of independent podcasts. The event was created by Tina Marie Trimpert of The Psyche-Delic Podcast, This week on the https://www.facebook.com/SoulForgePodcast/ we present the live stream eve…
 
We're talking about all these emotions! As of late, I have been experiencing emotions to a much greater degree than usual. What's this all about? I have no idea! Perhaps aging is to blame. Or perhaps I'm embracing my feminine side. Whatever the cause, all I can say is, "these emotions though!" For a long time, we thought there were 6 basic human em…
 
On Over My Dead Body, the podcast does a complete 180 degree turn. Usually, we speak about things dealing with life. This time, we are talking about what happens after we die. What kinds of funeral rituals do we want? The episode goes over a list of some of the more unusual funeral practices around the world. As we talk about them, we share persona…
 
There are a lot of decisions that need to be made when looking at buying a new car. In fact, new car decisions can be some of the most stressful kinds of decisions. In this episode of the Soul Forge Podcast, we look at some of the factors that come into play when looking at a new vehicle. Before looking at my new car options, we go over the vehicle…
 
When I Was Your Age is the episode where my son asks me a series of questions. His mom thought it would be a great idea. This way, he has all these answers for posterity. And when he looks back ages and ages hence, he will know who he was at 14, and who his dad is and was. We talk about my childhood, silly things I did, items I collected, and some …
 
Don't Mask Your Passions is a companion piece to episode 312 of The Rusted Robot Podcast. While recording episode 312 we got into a really in depth conversation about the nature of fandom and how one goes about displaying that passion. The chat was so good and so long it needed to be its own show. Voila! We have episode 177 of Soul Forge! Everythin…
 
You remember brother Robin and his trials and tribulations. In this episode, Calm, Coull & Collected: Robin Goes Home - 176, my brother opens up about where he has been, and where he is now. His journey has had many ups and downs, but it appears he may be on the right track now! Robin moved in with his brother in Spring of 2019. He had hit rock bot…
 
Awkward dates, technology and the art of being emotionally unprepared. My original plan for the episode was a conversation with an avid Trump supporter. The hope was to have an open and honest chat with the goal of getting to the bottom of why this man supports someone that most people cannot stand. However, due to scheduling conflicts, that episod…
 
Perhaps True Crime is the way to go if you want to be a successful podcaster. It certainly appears to be the most popular podcast genre, and True Crime fans are the most vocal and passionate. Should the Soul Forge switch to a True Crime format? But True Crime is not the only thing we are talking about on this week's episode. Oh no, my friends, it i…
 
Julie joins me for a chat about effective communication. Communication is simply the act of transferring information from one place, person or group to another. Every communication involves (at least) one sender, a message and a recipient. This may sound simple, but communication is actually a very complex subject. The transmission of the message f…
 
Digging through the archives of my family history. I found my grade 2 report card. In fact, there were very many things I found inside this box. This box has been in my possession for several years. It belonged to my grandparents. For quite some time I was hesitant to look inside. Finally, a few weeks ago, I decided it was time to bite the bullet a…
 
Mahogany Clark, is a poet, author, and U.S. army soldier from Miami Florida. She just recently turned 21 years old, and has written two books Self Love & A Cup Of Family Tea, Her third book was written to encourage young children to always feel loved, because proper nurturing is a huge aspect of growing up, and there were times as a kid where she f…
 
Moments that define a culture or a generation...these are our cultural touchstones. The term ‘cultural touchstone’ has been credited to Matthew Arnold in his 1880 piece “The Study of Poetry.” In short, Arnold suggested that in order to determine how much praise a new piece of poetry deserved, it should be compared to older poetry that still receive…
 
March Break is finally over. Summer time fun is at an end. You're going back to school in 2020. It's a weird time in the history of humanity. Never has a society shut down like it has this year. In this episode, we remember back to school rituals. The coming of another school year always meant back to school shopping. In merchandising, back to scho…
 
Jeramy from the Fandom Squad Podcast comes by to chat about his rough childhood. We start by learning about Jeramy's early childhood. His parents divorced when he was fairly young. As a result, he lived with his mother who moved around quite a bit. She also choose men who may not have been suitable for her or Jeramy. There were many such men in her…
 
In Witchcraft for Beginners, Tracy takes us on her journey into the spiritual side of things. On this episode, we go over how she become interested in witchcraft, and what she has learned so far. Tracy started with an interest in Reiki, and began to learn about the crystals and the chakras. She followed this up with the practice of meditation. Watc…
 
Parenting. It's living life in the fast lane. This week's Soul Forge brings you a look behind the parenting style of Rene, a father of 3 boys. Rene is the father of a 13 year old boy and 11 year old twin boys. On this episode, he discusses his parenting strategies. He talks about the sacrifices he has made to raise his family. We will go behind the…
 
This week the Soul Forge brings you an author interview with Unique'ka. Her self-published book is called The Glow Up. It's a self help book based on the journey of her life. Sit back and listen to a tale as unique as Unique'ka. Coming from an abusive childhood shaped many factors in Unique'ka's life. She and her brother were both sent to foster ca…
 
In the life coach session episode, Shawn talks with his brother Robin about his latest endeavour. Robin has decided to pursur a career in life coaching. On this episode, we learn about the reasons why Robin is pursuing this new direction, and we learn a bit about what the course entails. Robin admits he has no specific talents. However, he is prett…
 
Advice from your future self is not something you can get. But, you can get advice from people older or wiser than you. On this week's episode, we celebrate 3 years of podcasting. We also have 30 pieces of advice that a 30 year old wishes he had when he was 20. Struggle Is Good Don’t Complain Spend Time With People You Love Don’t Start A Relationsh…
 
Okay so this week we will be discussing a few aspects of the Virgo star sign. Starting off with a brief discussion of topic ideas, we move into a general overview of astrology. This is definately going to be a half-assed zodiac episode. We are coming up on our 3 year anniversary next week. Would love your feedback, comments, concerns, suggestions..…
 
What are your favourite things? We are going for a more light-hearted tone this week on the podcast. We have had some heavy subjects as of late. Some levity never hurt anyone before. So, this time, I am going over some of my favourite things. As an added bonus, you get to hear clips of dialogue from movies, and pieces of songs that I enjoy. Talking…
 
Who are you? What makes you, you? How do you know if you're really real? Are we living in a natural world or some kind of a simulation? This week, we take a deep dive into some rather dense topics. First, we look at the concept of 'you' as an individual. Every person you encounter has a different version of who you are in their heads. How do we rec…
 
Feel like a grown-up? Are you mature? Do you have your life all figured out? Are you someone that other people hold up as a shining example of what it means to live a proper life? Is adulthood really real, like for real life? There are many stages in life where a person may feel as if they have reached a certain stage or level of maturity or indepe…
 
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