Soul Forge Podcast
Is Adulthood Real? - 159

Is Adulthood Real? - 159

July 2, 2020

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 independence. But, is adulthood real? How many of you out there feel like an adult? In my experience, it isn't very many of us.

On average, most people feel as though they are about 13 years younder than their actual age. And, there are many stages of life where you can be considered an adult. Other things in life may make you feel more mature or grown up, such as going away to school, buying your first car, living on your own, having a child or getting married.

All these questions and more will be covered in this episode. Plus, we have 21 things that will help you feel like an adult.

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Cosmic Pizza - 158

Cosmic Pizza - 158

June 25, 2020

The Cosmic Pizza Podcast is here! Your Soul Forge host Shawn has started a new endeavour with a couple of British dudes. After recording an episode of Dan's Temporal Trek podcast, the 3 friends decided their chemistry was so good, they should create their own podcast together. A bit of brainstorming later, and the Cosmic Pizza Podcast was born.

What you will be hearing on this episode of Soul Forge, is Paul, Dan and Shawn introducing the new podcast to the world. Take a listen. If you enjoy it, head on over to your favourite podcast app and subscribe today! The Cosmic Pizza Podcast is serving you a slice of life in every delivery!

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Role Models: Father’s Day Special - 157

Role Models: Father’s Day Special - 157

June 18, 2020

Role models and Father's Day are two topics that go together like peanut butter and jam. Is your father a good role model? Who do you look up to? For young children, parents are most often the first role models we have.

We start this episode with a brief history of Father's Day. Once the obligatory research is out of the way, we get into some real stuff. I search my memories for stories of my role models. It turns out that my entire life has been a quest for a positive male influence. Without my dad as a big part of my life I turned to my grandfather. I share many fun stories from my childhood.

Believe it or not, TV parents can often make great role models. Many of us were raised on a steady diet of television. In my own case, I looked to sitcoms like Family Ties, The Brady Bunch, and others to give me some of what I needed. Star Trek and the characters on that show were also hugely responsible for the way I looked at the world.

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Parcels For Arseholes - 156

Parcels For Arseholes - 156

June 11, 2020

A day in the life of a Canadian mail carrier. We recently received some correspondence from listener Bill L. Bill wanted to know about the way the post office works in Canada. Because he is an American, Bill wanted to know what Canadians think of Americans, and also what we think of the differences between the two postal systems. Every day we deliver a huge amount of letters, magazines, bills, flyers and parcels. Due to the recent Covid-19 lockdown, people are shopping online in greater numbers than ever before. It is overwhelming, hence the joke of delivering parcels for arseholes.

On this episode, I record a snippet of my day as I deliver the mail. There are some sound quality issues due to the wind. The weather is always a factor in the life of a mail delivery agent. Put your headphones on, and put your credit card down. Get ready to learn about the mail delivery process on Parcels for Arseholes.

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Fat Shaming Shenanigans - 155

Fat Shaming Shenanigans - 155

June 4, 2020

Controversy in our town! Local couple's fat shaming shenanigans goes viral!

Recently in the city of Timmins, local power couple Jess and Billy (Mr. Tattoo) released a video podcast. This has been a new ongoing project for them as they look to expand their empire. They are known around town as the go to artists for ink work. Actually, Billy doesn't do anything. Jess does all the actual tattoo work. Well, in their latest video they answered a question that asked if they would prefer to be 60 pounds or 600. It was all downhill after that.

Soul Forge Podcast has the audio in question. You will hear the controversy and be able to decide for yourself. Just how bad was the reaction to their fat shaming shenanigans? Did the town react properly?

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin - 154

Uncle Tom’s Cabin - 154

May 28, 2020

A short story. This week on the podcast we are avoiding anything too serious. We are all due for a bit of light-hearted fun. Uncle Tom's Cabin is a short story that I wrote back in my university days. At one time I had ambitions to be an author, or a novelist or some kind of something in the arts world. So for this week, I present to you, a part of my final project in my creative writing class. I hope you enjoy my take on the story form. Uncle Tom's Cabin from 1998.

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Tragedy of Marc Maron & Lynn Shelton

Tragedy of Marc Maron & Lynn Shelton

May 21, 2020

This past weekend, director, editor, actress Lynn Shelton died unexpectedly. Shelton died of a previously unidentified blood disorder in Los Angeles on May 16, 2020, at age 54, after several days of ill health. She directed several award winning films:

2006 We Go Way Back  
2008 What the Funny  
2008 My Effortless Brilliance  
2009 Humpday  
2011 Your Sister's Sister  
2013 Touchy Feely  
2014 Laggies  
2017 Outside In  
2019 Sword of Trust  

This episode of the Soul Forge acknowledges her passing, but the main focus is on the man she left behind. Marc Maron has been a major influence on me and the podcast for the last several years. Although I have never met him, I feel a strange type of connection to his personality and his life. Lynn's passing and his grief have affected me on a fundamental level that I can't explain. So listen to this, but be warned that there are several clips of Marc's WTF Podcast. The emotion is real and it's raw.

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Weight Loss Surgery - 152

Weight Loss Surgery - 152

May 14, 2020

Thinking of getting weight loss surgery? We have a handy guide with practical handson experience. Listen to Julie's story and decide for yourself.

Gastric bypass is surgery that helps you lose weight by changing how your stomach and small intestine handle the food you eat.

After the surgery, your stomach will be smaller. You will feel full with less food.

The food you eat will no longer go into some parts of your stomach and small intestine that absorb food. Because of this, your body will not get all of the calories from the food you eat.

Sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical weight-loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 15% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach along the greater curvature. The result is a sleeve or tube like structure. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach, although there could be some dilatation of the stomach later on in life. The procedure is generally performed laparoscopically and is irreversible.

In general surgery, a Roux-en-Y anastomosis, or Roux-en-Y, is an end-to-side surgical anastomosis of bowel used to reconstruct the gastrointestinal tract. Typically, it is between stomach and small bowel that is distal (or further down the gastrointestinal tract) from the cut end.

We answer such questions as, "Is weight loss surgery cheating?" and we go over some of the possible complications, qualifications and mental adjustments you must make. The one thing to remember is not to compare your experience with anyone else.

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Mighty Morphin’ Podcast Rangers - 151

Mighty Morphin’ Podcast Rangers - 151

May 7, 2020

We podcast because we love it. We are the Mighty Morphin' Podcast Rangers!

Ok, ok, so we are not all that mighty. And we definitely do not morph. But we do adapt and change over time. Also, we aren't really rangers of any kind. Fine, you got me...we are not super heroes at all. However, we do enjoy the world of podcasting. That's what we do!

On this episode, Shawn, Paul and Dan go behind the scenes. This is a conversation they had after recording an episode for Dan's Temporal Trek Podcast. You can hear the raw and unedited version of that podcast on episode 289 of The Rusted Robot Podcast. However, what you will be hearing on this episode, is what took place after the main recording. The gang were just talking and this amazing conversation about podcasting took shape. We here at the Soul Forge hope you enjoy this look at what podcasters really think about this format.

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Just Like Sex In Your Mouth - 150

Just Like Sex In Your Mouth - 150

April 30, 2020

Shawn and Julie celebrate 150 episodes of the Soul Forge Podcast!

Podcasts are evolving entities. What was originally intended for a show can, and often does, change over time. On this episode, Shawn takes his girlfriend Julie on a tour of the Soul Forge. They talk about the original intention behind the podcast. And they talk about some of the episodes that mean the most to them. Has the podcast served its original intent? How has it changed over the course of its existence?

Join us for introspection, laughter, cussing and so much more on this 150th episode!

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