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Creating new products or being on the cutting edge of technology can be exciting. However, they can also be very strange when dealing with fantasy beings. The Goblin King calls our adventurer for a new idea. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this short story. Thanks for listening!This story was written and narrated by Zack Miller. Follow us on X @The_MNS_Podcast, Instagram @midnight_slumber_podcast, our YouTube Channel - Midnight Slumber, and Facebook – Midnight Slumber.
High school reunions can be fun, especially when they take place around Halloween. However, when parties get out of hand, things can change fast. Our hosts learn that some surprises are a mix of good and bad. Thanks for listening!This story was written and narrated by Zack Miller. Follow us on X @The_MNS_Podcast, Instagram @midnight_slumber_podcast, our YouTube Channel - Midnight Slumber, and Facebook – Midnight Slumber.
On today's show, there's a new ride at a Michigan amusement park. Are you brave enough to get on this ride?? For the whole podcast, as well as a ton of other exclusive perks, sign up to be a Fancy Idiot at FreeBeerAndHotWings.com! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Collider is passionate about sharing the stories of Rochester entrepreneurs and small business owners! Today on the podcast we chat with Autumn Gilliam about her wine education and tasting business, The Adventurous Sip.
Can vanilla and kinky people mix? What kind of people are drawn to kink and BDSM to begin with? And what does cyber security have to do with kink? In this episode, we cover all these topics and so much more! I am beyond excited to bring on the show someone I've admired for several years, the award-winning author and certified sex therapist, Dr. Stefani Goerlich! Her new book, With Sprinkles on Top, covers everything vanilla people and their kinky partners need to know to communicate, explore, and connect and she's here to share her expertise to help others grow and thrive! We also take a surprising detour and discuss the interaction of cyber security and sex tech! You don't want to miss this episode! Links for this episode: Stefani's Instagram Website Twitter New Book: With Sprinkles on Top: Everything Vanilla People and Their Kinky Partners Need to Know to Communicate, Explore, and Connect Be sure to also check out her other books: The Leather Couch: Clinical Practice with Kinky Clients Kink-Affirming Practice: Culturally Competent Therapy from the Leather Chair ___________________________ Additional Resources Site: The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom Site: TASHRA (The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance) Site: The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Site: Center for Positive Sexuality Site: Sexual Health Alliance Site: Kinsey Institute of Indiana University ___________________________ Ways to Connect with Dr. Tiffany K Official List of Social Links, Exclusive Lessons, Blog, & More! Socials: Twitch. Facebook. Twitter. Educational TikTok Personal TikTok Podcast Instagram Modeling Instagram Witchy Book Love Instagram Dr. Tiffany "K."'s Official Goodreads page – For the Book Lovers Read my Erotica and other Works on Medium or check out my Contently Portfolio for my published works and scholarly articles. Book a Consultation Session with Dr. Tiffany "K." Call for Submissions for the new Artistic Edge Magazine: If you are a current or aspiring writer, researcher, sex educator, or sex therapist in the field of sexuality, Artistic Edge Magazine and Sexological Blog are currently open to submissions ranging from creative or erotic poetry, short stories, toy reviews, research topics, etc. If you have a topic and writing sample you would like to pitch, please submit your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org Support the Podcast: Psss…. Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast and give a rating, pretty please! If you like what you hear and see, please check out the many ways you can support the podcast, research, and art projects. Or, if you are ready to support the podcast right away, please consider becoming a Patreon! Supporting members through a monthly subscription get podcast episodes days before they go live, video versions of the podcast episodes, exclusive uncensored lessons, updates on research, workshops, curated treasure boxes with art, erotica, souvenirs, and more, courses, behind-the-scenes content, a first look at my uncensored artwork, poetry, erotica, merch discounts, and much more! I also share holistic sexuality tips, liberating art, embodiment practices, and rituals! It's supporters like you that keep the podcast and my research going! Thank you! Affiliate Links – Feel like shopping? Use these links to get a discount and help support the podcast too! Shop my Amazon Store Geeky Sex Toys - Pop Culture, Sci-Fi, Comic, Fantasy... they have a toy for it all! True Corsets - My favorite corset company! Le Wand - Luxury Sex Toys with an empowerment mindset! - For 27% off your order, use Code: Kipani The CowGirl - The Award-Winning Riding Sex Toy Lovense – Luxury High Tech Sex Toys for Love at a Distance SheVibe – Sex Positive Sex Toys for the Adventurous! Additional Resources: Consent Counts Resources from the NCSF (National Council for Sexual Freedom) About SESTA/FOSTA: Information relating to how the changes in the law have to affect TOS across social media and inadvertently create issues for those in the field of sexual and reproductive health. Reid's Safer Sex Elevator Speech ___________________________ Press News & Press | Media Kit
Laura is a true grinder when it comes to working ! She has been making money since she was a little girl renting her car's out to cleaning RV's in a small town her parents owned back in the day when nothing was around in West Phoenix. Her story is one of intrigue and passion. She owns a brewery called Saddle Mountain Brewery in Goodyear. https://www.saddlemountainbrewing.com/ A cafe called NEW PENNY Cafe in Avondale. Her establishments are top notch and she aligns her self with amazing people to make it all happen. Go check these places out and check out this story ! Thanks for listening to ON THE DELO Please subscribe and share and give it a 5 star. It helps me get other peoples stories out there ! www.iamthedelo.com Follow me here @iamthedelo on Instagram.
EPISODE 1825: In this KEEN ON show, Andrew talks to Peter Slen, Executive Producer of the C-SPAN series BOOKS THAT SHAPED AMERICA, about Mark Twain's 1884 novel HUCKLEBERRY FINN, the adventurous story of a youthful nation on a great and not-so-great adventurePeter Slen is the senior executive producer and a host at C-SPAN, a television and radio network known for its unbiased coverage of government proceedings.Named as one of the "100 most connected men" by GQ magazine, Andrew Keen is amongst the world's best known broadcasters and commentators. In addition to presenting KEEN ON, he is the host of the long-running How To Fix Democracy show. He is also the author of four prescient books about digital technology: CULT OF THE AMATEUR, DIGITAL VERTIGO, THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER and HOW TO FIX THE FUTURE. Andrew lives in San Francisco, is married to Cassandra Knight, Google's VP of Litigation & Discovery, and has two grown children.
Halloween parties are pretty fun and exciting. Sometimes, they can be on the cute and friendly side. Our partygoer finds himself in one that is quite frightening. Sit back, relax, enjoy this short story, and thanks for listening!This story was written and narrated by Zack Miller. Follow us on X @The_MNS_Podcast, Instagram @midnight_slumber_podcast, our YouTube Channel - Midnight Slumber, and Facebook – Midnight Slumber.
On today's show, are you the adventurous type? Would you go to this theme park in Oklahoma? For the whole podcast, as well as a ton of other exclusive perks, sign up to be a Fancy Idiot at FreeBeerAndHotWings.com! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, seasoned travelers Robin and Raymond take listeners on an exhilarating journey through the French Alps. With Robin's expertise as a middle school French teacher and Raymond's multiple visits to the area, they share invaluable tips for a 10-day trip that promises adventure and culture. Starting with a heart-pounding paragliding experience off Le Brévent, they emphasize the importance of safety and share their awe at the stunning views. Snowboarding on the glaciers of La Vallée Blanche is another highlight, where they stress the need for hiring guides and making advanced bookings. The couple also dives into the local culture, enthusing over street music and the Poil O'Brass Band, an unexpected delight on a Saturday. For skiing or snowboarding, Robin and Raymond advocate for ICON and EPIC passes, sharing how their $60 upgrade reaped benefits worth hundreds of dollars. Foodies will appreciate their dining experience at Bivouac, where Chef Chris serves up both culinary delights and homemade wildflower liqueur. A multicultural encounter on a gondola ride adds another layer to their adventure, and they cap off the episode with practical tips on border control, local etiquette, and busting myths about the cost of travel in France. Whether you're into thrills, food, or cultural experiences, this episode is a comprehensive guide to making the most of your trip to the French Alps. Table of Contents for this Episode Today on the podcast Podcast supporters 2024 Bootcamp is Confirmed! The Magazine part of the podcast Robin and Raymond interview When Did They Travel to France? Speed tickets? Parapente off Le Brévent Snowboarding La Vallée Blanche Street music and Chamonix Dinner and conversation with Chef Chris at Bivouac Gondola ride home with boys in ski school at the Le Brévent Lets's talk about food Snowboarding in Zermatt PBJ and bubbly on veranda Snowboarding Grande Montet Part 2 La Calèche in Chamonix. Car rental Tips for Other Visitors Service continu restaurants Adventurous, Relaxing, and Pleasurable How did the podcast help you prepare for your trip? What's the best time of the year to go to the French Alps to ski? Thank you Patrons Zoom meetings with patrons The Bonjour Service The VIP Service VoiceMap App Review of VoiceMap tour of Saint Germain des Prés Trip through the French Atlantic coast Email from Brittany Erikson What to wear in Paris How to handle visits to large museums Things you should know about hotel rooms in France Bugs Next week on the podcast Copyright
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Pyramids bring wonder into the world in many ways. However, our adventurer finds that pyramids can also be a prison when hostile aliens design them. Sit back, relax, enjoy this short story, and thanks for listening!This story was written and narrated by Zack Miller. Follow us on X @The_MNS_Podcast, Instagram @midnight_slumber_podcast, our YouTube Channel - Midnight Slumber, and Facebook – Midnight Slumber.
Guiding young boys through the early impressionable years has become an increasingly difficult responsibility for Christian men, especially in the face of the culture war. On today's edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson talks with the founder and CEO of Trail Life USA, Mark Hancock, about how the outdoor Christian ministry seeks to teach boys to honor God and lead with biblical integrity. Proverbs 22:6 says, Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/707/29
I am so excited to bring you a special podcast with the award-winning Kink Educator, published author, and historian, Dr. TammyJo Eckhart! She has also been the Dominant in her poly-house since 1993 with experience in opening up, as well as coming out in the mainstream. Her work as a kink activist has helped to shed light on the relationship structures, and her dedication to writing is not only insightful but walks the line of BDSM, Kink, Sci-Fi, and Erotica. She's an eclectic and amazing human that I can't wait for you to meet! Join us on Patreon for a very special "After Hours" segment exclusive to subscribers only! There, you can also find the video version of this podcast and so much more! - Be sure to follow me to get updates whenever a post is made public, even if you are not a subscriber! Links for this episode: TammyJo's Patreon TammyJo on Instagram TammyJo's Facebook TammyJo's Twitter TammyJo's official website ___________________________ Additional Resources Site: The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom Site: TASHRA (The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance) Site: The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Site: Center for Positive Sexuality Site: Sexual Health Alliance Site: Kinsey Institute of Indiana University ___________________________ Ways to Connect with Dr. Tiffany K Official List of Social Links, Exclusive Lessons, Blog, & More! Socials: Twitch. Facebook. Twitter. Educational TikTok Personal TikTok Podcast Instagram Modeling Instagram Witchy Book Love Instagram Dr. Tiffany "K."'s Official Goodreads page – For the Book Lovers Read my Erotica and other Works on Medium or check out my Contently Portfolio for my published works and scholarly articles. Book a Consultation Session with Dr. Tiffany "K." Call for Submissions for the new Artistic Edge Magazine: If you are a current or aspiring writer, researcher, sex educator, or sex therapist in the field of sexuality, Artistic Edge Magazine and Sexological Blog are currently open to submissions ranging from creative or erotic poetry, short stories, toy reviews, research topics, etc. If you have a topic and writing sample you would like to pitch, please submit your pitch to email@example.com Support the Podcast: Psss…. Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast and give a rating, pretty please! If you like what you hear and see, please check out the many ways you can support the podcast, research, and art projects. Or, if you are ready to support the podcast right away, please consider becoming a Patreon! Supporting members through a monthly subscription get podcast episodes days before they go live, video versions of the podcast episodes, exclusive uncensored lessons, updates on research, workshops, curated treasure boxes with art, erotica, souvenirs, and more, courses, behind-the-scenes content, a first look at my uncensored artwork, poetry, erotica, merch discounts, and much more! I also share holistic sexuality tips, liberating art, embodiment practices, and rituals! It's supporters like you that keep the podcast and my research going! Thank you! Affiliate Links – Feel like shopping? Use these links to get a discount and help support the podcast too! Shop my Amazon Store Geeky Sex Toys - Pop Culture, Sci-Fi, Comic, Fantasy... they have a toy for it all! True Corsets - My favorite corset company! Le Wand - Luxury Sex Toys with an empowerment mindset! - For 27% off your order, use Code: Kipani The CowGirl - The Award-Winning Riding Sex Toy Lovense – Luxury High Tech Sex Toys for Love at a Distance SheVibe – Sex Positive Sex Toys for the Adventurous! Additional Resources: Consent Counts Resources from the NCSF (National Council for Sexual Freedom) About SESTA/FOSTA: Information relating to how the changes in the law have to affect TOS across social media and inadvertently create issues for those in the field of sexual and reproductive health. Reid's Safer Sex Elevator Speech ___________________________ Press News & Press | Media Kit
Listen in as we share the adventurous tale of Sally, the sea lion who took advantage of heavy rainfall to explore Central Park, before returning safely to her pool.We also touch on an exciting breakthrough in dental science - a drug that could potentially regrow adult teeth!Our episode further covers the story of a town who, faced with the retirement of their only doctor, took to the internet to find a replacement, leading to the heartening return of a local medical professional.We explore the extraordinary case of a Florida family who had three daughters, each born on the same date - September 3rd, across a span of four years.Next, we turn our attention to the charming story of a Southern Californian town that has elected three generations of golden retrievers as mayors....and how the current mayor keeps eatng his tie.And yes I did use the wrong music, thanks for noticing!This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/5747537/advertisement
On this episode of Available Worldwide, Lauren chats with Mackenzie Carlson, our new social media manager and fellow plant lover. Mackenzie shares her family's unique journey into the Foreign Service, from an adventurous road trip to prepping for a Covid-era quarantine. We discuss the best National Parks, the challenges of resume gaps, and the support she found in the EFM community both at post and via Available Worldwide. Mackenzie's fresh perspectives have already made a positive impact on our team as we continue to provide valuable resources for EFMs worldwide.McKenzie Lowe Carlson is a mother of two and a first-tour EFM in Guangzhou, China.McKenzie graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She taught third grade for one year and has since had the opportunity to stay home full-time with her kids, Bria and Tucker.With her youngest starting school this year she was ready to venture back into the world of professionalism, but being at a post with no bilateral work agreement meant she couldn't teach. She is currently volunteering as a social media manager for Available Worldwide. She enjoys indoor & outdoor gardening, reading, and organizing & decorating her home.
ADA 10 Under 10 Award winner Dr. Stephanie Ganter talks about her philosophy on sharing experiences from dental school days, volunteerism, and owning a practice. Dr. Ganter reminds us that self-care, caring for others, and collaborating are keys to better health, mental health, and dental practice. Between Two Teeth Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@BetweenTwoTeeth
Homes are a great place to relax and enjoy time with family. However, what is our adventurer going to do when he finds that his home has been turned into a hotel? Sit back, relax, enjoy this short story, and thanks for listening!This story was written and narrated by Zack Miller. Follow us on X (Formally known as Twitter)@The_MNS_Podcast, Instagram @midnight_slumber_podcast, our YouTube Channel - Midnight Slumber, and Facebook – Midnight Slumber.
In this episode, Dr. Lance von Stade describes his journey that includes: being an athlete hitting rock bottom (or what he thought was rock bottom) becoming the athletic trainer and strength coach for the USA Water Polo Women's Senior National Team through back-to-back World Championship gold medals learning hard lessons in personal development, imposter syndrome, and self-sabotage pivoting to chiropractic school and finding love focusing on the Art of chiropractic training with Adjusting Ninjas Co-founding Kairos Training Culture Healing personal traumas and developing a needs-based consciousness through Nonviolent Communication Developing Golden Gate Chiropractic from single doctor to several and one location to multiple with an innovatiev business model Coaching his kid's soccer teams and doing everything in his life to become the best father he can be.
Are you tired of always expecting the worst? Isn't it time we flipped the switch and started asking, "What's the best that could happen?" Join us on this transformative journey and learn how to make decisions fueled by faith, trust in God's plan, and the power of positive declarations. We'll be sharing inspiring personal stories and exploring what it means to live with a spirit of expectancy, knowing that God is guiding our path.We'll also examine the power of positive declarations, how speaking God's word over our lives can effect significant changes. Drawing on the wisdom of Philippians 4:6, we'll discuss how to acknowledge our pain and needs, allowing God to step in during our most anxious moments. Learn to view yourself and your current situation through the lens of God's future promise and understand the importance of declaring God's word over your life.Lastly, we'll explore the power of encouragement, prayer, and acceptance. By taking a closer look at the biblical figure of Barnabas, the Encourager, we'll discuss how to uplift not only ourselves but also those around us. Discover how to serve God's kingdom and spread the good news to those struggling. Understand how prayer and speaking God's word can bring about the best possible outcomes and restore identities. Join us and let's shift our perspective together.
PATREON MOVIE DISCUSSION: This movie was selected by our Patreon Supporters over at the Cinematic Doctrine Patreon. Support as little as $3 a month and have your voice heard!In this episode, Melanie & Melvin are discussing The Mummy (1999)! Branden Frasier is back in the mix with his popular Oscar-winning performance in The Whale, but we're traveling back over two-decades to a time long ago; one of adventure, excitement, and endless sand!Topics:(PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 53-minutes discussing "modesty", both its literal definition and it's ever-changing, inconsistent, and convoluted cultural usage. Melanie & Melvin each approach the topic from different angles, challenging both cultural and biblical understandings as the two talk comfortably and freely. (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)Before discussing The Mummy (1999), Melvin gives some background on The Mummy (1932).When Melvin watched the staple Universal Monster Movies in 2022, he noticed that The Mummy (1932) seemed the most edgy and sensational among them. The Mummy (1999) carries some of that spirit with its borderline punk-rock nature.Melanie downright loves The Mummy (1999), and explains what it is that makes the film so magical for her. Melvin thought it was just okay, and stepped away thinking the movie was exceptionally well-paced.Evelyn stands out as a particularly well-written example of a strong female companion, especially among a cast of fairly simple, albeit fun characters.Melanie ponders where adventure films have gone, and whether or not the genre has migrated solely to the mini-series or television series format.Briefly discussing the sequels in the franchise.Melvin shares some insight into how he decides what movies to discuss, when to discuss them, and how, because not every movie is made equal, and not every movie produces interesting or engaging discussion.Recommendations:Ju-On: Black Ghost (2009) (Movie)Doctor Sleep (2019) (Movie) Support the showSupport on Patreon for Unique Perks! Early access to uncut episodes Vote on a movie/show we review One-time reward of two Cinematic Doctrine Stickers Social Links: Threads Website Instagram Facebook Group
On this episode of Dads with Daughters, our guest Mike Stout, known as the Northland Adventurer, shares his journey of fatherhood and his remarkable experiences kayaking the Great Lakes. Mike's story begins with his high anticipation and commitment to being a great father, even planning to write a book about it. Unfortunately, he goes through some tough times and feels like he failed as a parent, which becomes his greatest regret. As a single parent, Mike shares the challenges of raising his children alone and the traumatic experiences they went through. He emphasizes the importance of fathers being active in their children's lives, especially daughters. But it's not just about fatherhood. Mike reflects on his incredible kayaking expeditions, including crossing Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. He paints a vivid picture of the four quarters of the journey, from enthusiasm to doubts and fatigue, and finding moments of gratitude and reflection along the way. Through these experiences, Mike feels a sense of closeness with his deceased loved ones and mentors, as well as God. The episode also highlights resources like the Fatherhood Insider and the Facebook community Dads with Daughters, which provide tools and support for fathers to improve their fatherhood skills. Mike shares his experience as a single father during his children's teenage years and the challenges of not having a partner to lean on. He still feels guilty and wishes he could have done more, despite his children's reassurance that he didn't fail as a father. Now, as his children are adults and he has a granddaughter, Mike reflects on how amazing it is to have a family and the importance of hope during the darkest times. He plans to continue his adventures, not only on Lake Michigan but also in giving back and creating nonprofits. Throughout the episode, Mike shares his journey as a father and his kayaking achievements, inspiring listeners to cherish special moments with their children and pursue personal enjoyment and growth as fathers. If you've enjoyed today's episode of the Dads With Daughters podcast, we invite you to check out the Fatherhood Insider. The Fatherhood Insider is the essential resource for any dad that wants to be the best dad that he can be. We know that no child comes with an instruction manual, and most are figuring it out as they go along. The Fatherhood Insider is full of valuable resources and information that will up your game on fatherhood. Through our extensive course library, interactive forum, step-by-step roadmaps, and more you will engage and learn with experts but more importantly with dads like you. So check it out today! TRANSCRIPT Christopher Lewis [00:00:06]: Welcome to dads with daughters. In this show, we spotlight dads resources and more to help you be the best dad you can be. Christopher Lewis [00:00:16]: Hey, everyone, this is Chris. And welcome back to the Dads with Daughters podcast, where we bring you guests to be active participants in your daughter's lives, raising them to be strong, independent women. Really excited to have you back again this week. As always, every week, I love being able to sit down and talk to you about the journey that you're on in being a father to a daughter. And every dad's journey is just a little bit different. And that's why it's so important for us to talk to other dads, to listen to other dads, to learn from other dads. And that's why every week I love being able to bring you different people, different guests, different dads that have done this fatherhood journey in a little bit different way and that are still doing their fatherhood journey in a little bit different way. And this week, we got another great guest with us. Mike Stout is with us. And Mike is a father of two daughters. Be talking about that, but he's also known as the Northland Adventurer. He has had some really remarkable experiences kayaking the Great Lakes and doing some other really unique things. And we're going to talk about that as well. And I'm really excited to have him here today. Mike, thanks so much for being here. Mike Stout [00:01:28]: Thank you, Mike. Christopher Lewis [00:01:31]: I said that you are a father of two daughters, and one of the things that I love to do is learn a little bit more about you as a dad. So what I would love to do is turn the clock back in time and all the way back to that first moment when you found out that you were going to be a dad to a daughter, what was going through your head? Mike Stout [00:01:50]: Wow. Yeah, it was a blessing. It was a miracle that came true. I'll go back further. When I was in college, at the age of maybe 20 years old, I began looking forward, looking envisioning what would my life be like? And the only thing I thought of and could think of was, I'm going to have two daughters. I envision holding their hands, taking them shopping, spending time, and that was my singular vision, was going to be the father of two girls. So I never envisioned playing baseball or football or tennis or golf. But the son, it was always two girls. And I've been blessed with two girls. So when I first heard that I was going to be a father, I was ecstatic, of course. Couldn't wait. And then when we discovered it was going to be a girl, it was Islam, a blessing, a miracle that came true. I was just ecstatic. Christopher Lewis [00:02:54]: I talked to a lot of dads, and many dads talk about that. There's definitely a fear of being a father, just in general, but especially with dads, with daughters, that sometimes there's that additional fear of raising daughters. Talk to me about what was your biggest fear in raising your daughters. Mike Stout [00:03:13]: I had such high anticipation. I had no fear. I was just excited. I knew if I had the opportunity, I was going to be a great father. And I was so committed, so confident and so sure I was going to be a great father. And being also a corporate executive, I was going to write a book about being exceptional father. I wanted to make sure that every father knew how important it is for them to be active in their children's lives, but in particular their daughters. Unfortunately, things happen in life and we went through some terrible times and I felt that I failed horribly. And it was about when they were in the fourth and 6th grade, I became a full time single parent, so legal and so physical. And what they went through during that time was so traumatic. I felt I failed because I could protect them against those unimaginable difficult times they went through. So it may be my single greatest regret that I can protect them. And being a father, that's our role, to protect our children, in particular our daughters. So it's still tough. Christopher Lewis [00:04:34]: Let's talk a little bit about that because I know that, like you said, it was a tough time. And for you, I guess now your daughters are adults, you raise them and they're out on their own. As they reflect back now and I don't know, have you had those conversations with them about what you had hoped to be as a father, what you tried to be as a father, and what they reflect back to you about? Of course, for you it was a traumatic time and you know, it was a traumatic time for them. But as you talk to them now and they reflect back, do they give you feedback that eases your mind at all? Mike Stout [00:05:10]: In fact, they have during that time when they're young teenagers or preteens, it was tough, it was confusing for them, for all of us. We're all going through it for the first time together. And being a single father, you get the good, the bad and the ugly. Being a single father, you get mostly the bad and the ugly because they have their girlfriends to give the good to. But I don't mind that I was there. That's my role. I'll take it all. But now that they're adults in their mid 20s often talk to them, one in particular, and they reassure me that I did not fail. That they often say it was because of maybe my being always there and being that pillar that they needed to lean into. That they're proud of what I did. And they were proud that I was there for them, as many other fathers perhaps wouldn't. So having them tell me that it's a great relief feel reassured, but I still feel guilty for not having done more and that's just the reality. But having said that, we also have a granddaughter, which is when you have your children, it's amazing, but when you have a grandchild, it's unimaginable. And I feel that despite all the things that we've gone through, we have come all, you know, full circle and we are better off than I could have ever imagined. So there's hope. There's hope for all of us, even those during those most difficult dark times. And hope people hang out of that and believe that. Christopher Lewis [00:06:46]: Appreciate you sharing that, because that was one of the things I was just going to say, is that it sounds more hopeful than not that for all dads that are going through those dark times and there are going to be some dark times for some dads as they go through that experience, there's going to be high and low points. That may not be as catastrophic as I can tell, that the experience that you went through, but there are still going to be highs and lows and that even if you feel like you failed, you may not have failed, but it may take a little bit of time to work your way back. And that's okay. You just keep working your way back. And we have to never give up on our kids. And as I can tell, you never give up on your kids. And that's one of the things and one of the roles that a father has to do. Mike Stout [00:07:31]: Exactly. Never give up. Christopher Lewis [00:07:33]: Now, as you look back at the relationship that you have with your daughters and you think about each of them, I mean, when you have two kids, you have to do different things because they're different people. You have to build unique relationships with each child. As you think back to both of your kids, how did you create those special bonds with each of your children? Mike Stout [00:07:58]: Uniquely, I was lucky because of the age difference. They were typically in different schools, they were in different competitive teams, had different friends. So I could give them the individual time as they were growing up. But they required more of time, more of my time obviously, to tend to both of them. But I had individual relations and experiences with both of them based on their strengths and weaknesses and moments of need. So because of the age difference, it worked out really well. Christopher Lewis [00:08:28]: That definitely helps. And for some dads you have that larger age difference. Other times they might be right on top of one another and then you have to deal with that as well. But it is so important to be able to create that time, create those moments and have those special moments with each of your children because they will remember that. Now, I did mention that you are also known as the Northland Adventurer. And I know that there was a point in time where you made a big change. You said you were in the corporate world, and as you transitioned out of the corporate world, you made some changes to your life to look at things that you enjoyed doing, and you did some new things. So talk to me about this transition and what it means to be the Northland adventurer. Mike Stout [00:09:14]: Yes, it's been quite the journey. The transition was when I became a full time single parent. I did choose between corporate America and being a full time parent. Unfortunately, I had the means and the opportunity. I thought it was an easy decision. Like I mentioned before, when I was in college, that was my single goal vision, to be the best father. So I was dedicated to that. So when I pivoted, I began consulting. And as our children get older, they become stronger and more independent. And then when they have keys to the car, the dad seemed to be less important than ever before. So as it became, young adults became into their own. It was time for me to rediscover myself. What can I do that I will enjoy personally? Help me from a mental, physical and a spiritual perspective. For some reason, living in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, with the lakes and rivers around, the idea of kayaking came to mind. And I picked up the sport of kayaking, and it touched me. I was fortunate to have, not too far where I live, the Minnesota River, the Mississippi River, the St. Croix, the Namicagan, some incredibly large scenic rivers, and being somewhat competitive and always pushing to be better, I picked up the sport and just fell in love with it. It provided the exercise, the serenity, outdoors, water, adventure, all those things that I love. And immediately I began looking for greater challenges, greater distances, more challenging rivers, greater speed. And very early on, I had the idea of crossing Lake Michigan just after I began the sport. And being from West Michigan, having an affinity for the Great Lakes, I've always felt very comfortable, felt there's been a tug back to the lakes. So I didn't tell my daughters that immediately, and I told a few others, and nobody thought that was a good idea. Paddling 50, 60 miles across the great lake as a beginner, kayaker, it's risky, but I was confident in my skills and my enthusiasm. And the first trip was extraordinary. I paddled from the middle of the afternoon, all night long, early morning, under the stars. Just an amazing experience. But being the first time, it was kind of scary and at times overwhelming. Like anything for the first time was an amazing accomplishment. So the next challenge, I thought, well, I'll cross Lake Superior. Knowing how a few thought Lake Michigan was a good idea, I kept that idea to myself. Make a long story short, the next year I journeyed across Lake Superior. It took me 27 and a half hours it was a treacherous paddle. I was lucky to have gotten off alive. I vowed to never return to Lake Superior again if I got off alive. I made it and I've not gone back to Lake Superior. Then the next challenge was to cross Lake Michigan for the second time, then a third time, then three times in a year, and then for a 6th time. So I'm lucky and excited and proud to say I'm the first person to cross Lake Michigan solo unassisted. Not just once, but a record six times. So the Northland adventure has stuck with me because of over the six years I paddled 6000 miles across the upper Midwest, some of the most scenic rivers and lakes, the Great Lakes, and it's been in this amazing journey. Another factor I chose to do this is because my dad died at an early age and he had regrets that he didn't do those things he wished he had. My brother died when he was 55 and I was 51 at the time. And he had great regrets that he didn't do things that he wished he had when he had the health and opportunity. So that was perhaps a driving force that I wanted to do things when I could. I would have no regrets and also perhaps proved to be a role model for others, but also to give my daughter something to boast about. They say, my dad did this, let's talk about that. Christopher Lewis [00:13:46]: So you did these feats. I'm going to say you had these opportunities, you went and crossed these large, vast areas and you did it alone and by yourself. And you did prevail, you did get through, even through Superior. But let me know, as you started to do this, as you continued to do this, what kind of feedback are you getting from your daughters? Mike Stout [00:14:11]: They've been asked that a number of times by reporters and others, and they simply say, well, that's what my dad does. So at first they thought was maybe a little bit aspirational foolish, perhaps they use different adjectives to describe my thoughts, but now it's simply what their dad does. So I'm glad to be able to instill upon them the sense of independence, confidence, to challenge yourself, pursue new goals. And in that, they have both moved to California on their own, never having a job. So we want to go up there and pioneer and create our own path. We feel that we can do this on our own. And hopefully that my example of pioneering and being adventurous has given them a new venue and a new view on life. Christopher Lewis [00:14:59]: Let's talk a little bit about what you've learned along the way. So as you go across these vast distances by yourself, I'm sure there's definitely time not only to reflect and to think and to ponder, but at the same time, when you're going across a place like Lake Superior that is going to challenge you in other ways and threaten your life. You definitely have to reflect in different ways. But as you've done these different things and as you have been challenged in different ways, how has it made you look at life differently? Mike Stout [00:15:39]: Good question. It makes you truly treasure it and fully appreciate every moment. Especially value those times with your family and close to your friends. Crossing Lake Superior, that was all about survival. I just wanted to get off alive and to be able to watch my children grow and my granddaughter grow as well. In crossing Lake Michigan, I've got that down to a pretty fast pace of just over 13 hours. I've become much more strategic in my approach, choosing good windows of opportunity. But when you cross Lake Michigan, there's four distinct quarters. The first quarter is all about the enthusiasm, the excitement of being able to do this again. Get out there in the middle of the lake where all you see for hundreds of square miles, just a sea of blue. The lake takes on the colors of the sky. It's just an incredible, peaceful, tranquil moment. The second quarter, you start getting into the routine, the effort, the exercise, pacing yourself on the time, the energy, the meals, hydration. It becomes a workout. The third quarter, you begin doubting your wisdom. You're getting fatigued and tired, and even though you're enjoying it, you know you're only halfway through. But it's somewhere near the end of the third quarter, the beginning of the fourth, just before you can see the lighthouse on Lake Michigan, you look up and you really begin thinking and thanking God for such a remarkable life. You think about what you've done and what you haven't done, what you wish you could have done differently. But it all goes back to just how much I appreciate the life that I've had. My two daughters and of course, my granddaughter. So when I look up in the sky and look up in the heaven, I begin envisioning. And actually, I can see the faces of my grandparents, my parents. I imagine my mother rolling her eyes and my dad nodding affirmatively, my brother encouraging me. I see the face of my best friend, Jack Hoyle, who just died a few days ago. The close mentor. Pamela kaspari. And they're all cheering exciting, except for mom. Mom's a little bit apprehensive and wonder what I'm doing. You get this amazing closeness with God. I literally envision speaking to and looking at my brother and my parents, grandparents making my way to Pamela, then Jack, and Jack's next to God. And I just want to take another look down that line and take a picture of God. But of course, the picture of the vision disappears when you're out that lake. And that what drives me back to the lake. To do it that 4th, 5th, 6th time and likely a 7th time, is that closeness that I get there and nowhere else. That closeness with family of past friends and family who passed on before. And I just hope others can truly appreciate how lucky we are to have the life that we have and the opportunities, and most importantly, just embrace your friends and family and of course our daughters and our children and grandchildren. You really appreciate what you have through alone. It's all you have is simply yourself and your thoughts at the time. Christopher Lewis [00:19:18]: You've done some things that other people might have only dreamt of or they may have only thought of doing, or maybe never have even thought of doing, have no interest at all in doing. As you think about the future and other goals, other things that you might want to do. Are there white whales out there for you to slay? Are there other lakes that you want to cross? Do you want to do Ontario and Erie as well? Do you want to do other things as you look at the future? Mike Stout [00:19:51]: Well, I really have an affinity for Lake Michigan. I grew up on West Michigan and I'm always being pulled back to that great lake. So I envision doing a 7th paddle. Maybe there'll be more, but it's just because of that closeness I get with my family and friends and god, I don't envision going anywhere else besides Lake Michigan. I could do others, but that'd be more for. Simply the accomplishment saying I've done this, I've done that, but that close I get. The family on Lake Michigan is extraordinarily special. That draws me back. But I do see doing other things of perhaps giving back. And also before I close, my chapter is to create other nonprofits and help build other businesses and leverage my skills in marketing, business development, and entrepreneurialism. So I have plenty to do, plenty to yet to accomplish. Christopher Lewis [00:20:56]: We always finish our interviews with what I like to call our Fatherhood Five, where I ask you five more questions to delve deeper into you as a dad. Are you ready? Mike Stout [00:21:03]: I'm ready. Christopher Lewis [00:21:04]: In one word, what is fatherhood? Mike Stout [00:21:07]: It's a gift. Christopher Lewis [00:21:08]: When was the time that you finally felt like you succeeded at being a father to a daughter? Mike Stout [00:21:12]: When they tell you that they're proud of you, that affirmation is amazing. And when they tell me to forgive myself? Christopher Lewis [00:21:22]: Now, if I was to talk to your daughters, how would they describe you as a dad? Mike Stout [00:21:26]: Hopefully, and I think they would, they would describe me as being affectionate, supportive, there for them, driven, adventurous, and hopefully proud. Christopher Lewis [00:21:37]: What inspires you to be a better dad? Mike Stout [00:21:39]: I'm driven every day to be a better dad. Like I said, when I was in college, that was my goal. My vision was to have two daughters. And whatever I do, whatever I accomplish, be it in business, adventure, sports, my legacy is my two daughters and granddaughter and doing the best that they can for them. Christopher Lewis [00:22:02]: Now, you've given a number of pieces of advice you've talked about your own experience, but what's one piece of advice you'd want to give to every dad? Mike Stout [00:22:10]: Just celebrate those good times as there are many and during those times of doubt, of worry, to know that you're not alone. You too will get through this and seek those friends that are closest to you because they too have gone through difficult times. We are not alone. Christopher Lewis [00:22:30]: If people want to find out more about you, where's the best place for them to go? Mike Stout [00:22:33]: They can go to my website, the Northland Adventurer, and send me an email there. I've got a nonprofit called Michigan Waterways Stewards. They could go there. It's wwwaterwaystwards.org or maybe contact you. Christopher Lewis [00:22:54]: Mike, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for sharing your story today. Thank you for getting out there and living that adventurous life. And I can live vicariously through your experiences as well as everyone else can as well. But I truly appreciate you sharing your journey today and I wish you all the best. Mike Stout [00:23:11]: Thank you. Christopher Lewis [00:23:12]: We know that no child comes with an instruction manual and most dads are figuring it out as they go along. And the Fatherhood Insider is full of resources and information that will up your game on Fatherhood. Through our extensive course library, interactive forum, step by step roadmaps and more, you will engage and learn with experts, but more importantly, dads like you. So check it firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a father of a daughter and have not yet joined the Dads withdaughters Facebook community, there's a link in the notes. Today Dads withdaughters is a program of fathering together. Find out email@example.com. We look forward to having you back for another great guest next week. All geared to helping you raise strong, empowered daughters and be the best dad that you can be. Christopher Lewis [00:24:01]: We're all in the same boat and it's full of tiny screaming passengers. We spend the time we give the lessons we make the meals we buy them present. Bring your AC because those kids are growing fast. The time. Goes by just like a dynamite glass calling astronauts and firemen carpenters and muscle men get out and be the one to now be the best that you can be be the best that you can be you.
Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com as he continues his quest to reach all 50 states in 50 years and visits his 49th state - North Dakota and discovers there is far more to Fargo. To help share this details about this "north of normal" destinaiton he interviews the CVB, a local restaurateur, and a hotel manager along with sharing stories from spending a few days in town. You can also a few of our usual segments including the Top 3 Travel Tips, the Mindset Moment and more. Much more. To visit the episode's show notes find the complete podcast page > here. And also make sure to "subscribe" to his quest to allow Craig to be your travel guide through our world.
A bumper edition of Attaboy Clarence this time, including... ...a dive into the Question Pot in which I'll name my favourite Golden Age studio in terms of stars, and my Top Five Movie Series... ...a very special appearance from stand-up comedian, The Simpsons producer, part-time orang-utan, and classic movie lover, Dana Gould... ...reviews of TWO spellbinding crime thrillers - 1931's Bad Company featuring Ricardo Cortez as a megalomaniac murderer, and 1944's A Night Of Adventure, featuring Tom Conway in a tale that must've twisted the censors up in knots... Radio entertainment this time comes courtesy of some old friends and some new friends, in a blood-curdling detective mystery! Sign up now at Patreon and gain access to hundreds more hours of this show, PLUS MUCH MORE at https://www.patreon.com/attaboysecret Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We continue moving forward, deeper into what it means to be attuned to God's wooing us to be partners in bring more and more love and beauty into the world. What does it say about God that we wold be invited to such an adventure?
Alan welcomes Lauren Fix, Editor-in-Chief for Car Coach Reports, to the show. Alan asks the question on everyone’s mind: why are gas prices skyrocketing? It’s all politics. The US oil reserve has hit a minimum thanks to the current administration,... The post The Powerful and Adventurous, 2024 Kia EV9 Is The New Kid on The Block | #551 appeared first on THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor.
Evil can take all forms. Our adventurers find that wolves are just the beginning. Sit back, relax, enjoy this short story, and thanks for listening!This story was written and narrated by Zack Miller. Follow us on X (Formally known as Twitter)@The_MNS_Podcast, Instagram @midnight_slumber_podcast, our YouTube Channel - Midnight Slumber, and Facebook – Midnight Slumber.
Mark 21 meets up in las Vegas for a weekend of sisterhood, fine dining, and fuckery. The most random topics arise when these ladies link up, and tonight was no different. The short episode packs a punch! Pull up and listen in to hear where this mini-sode goes. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/mark-twentyone/support
Mark 21 meets up in las Vegas for a weekend of sisterhood, fine dining, and fuckery. The most random topics arise when these ladies link up, and tonight was no different. The short episode packs a punch! Pull up and listen in to hear where this mini-sode goes. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/mark-twentyone/support
This week, we're talking to IL Belize Correspondent, Shane Kenny, and his wife, Heather, about their decision to up sticks from their home in Atlanta and move to the Caribbean nation of Belize.With two sons at high school, and established careers in the States, there were plenty of reasons why Shane and Heather shouldn't have taken the plunge, but fortune favors the brave, and it wasn't long before they turned their dream of owning a beachside hospitality business became a reality. Adventurous? For sure. Hard work? Definitely. And that's before they got hit with a pandemic lockdown in their first year of trading…. Shane and Heather were definitely not the first couple who looked around themselves one day and thought, "Let's give it all up and go run a bar in the Caribbean." But there's a big difference between dreaming it and doing it. Now, after lots of learning-on-the-job and hard work, they've made their Belize dream come true.It didn't happen right away. In fact, their search for the perfect opportunity started in an entirely different Caribbean nation—the Dominican Republic. But in the end, it was the practical details of Belize—no currency fluctuations, a more recognizable legal structure, and above all, the fact that the official language is English—that won out. Combing the coastline in search of the ideal spot, it was almost entirely by luck that they hit upon an abandoned beach club with an almost empty pool…and realized that they'd hit pay dirt."That's kind of the story of how we ended up here and how we ended up with what's now called Placencia Beach Club," explains Shane. "And so what we do is, we are a bar and a restaurant, but we're on the beach, and we have a pool as well, so we call it a beach club because people come not just to eat or drink, but they come kind of spend the day and relax. And so they'll hang out in the pool or on the beach or in the water."Now, with the business ticking along, and all the hassles of relocation behind them, there's time to reflect: "Life is simpler," says Heather. "Not every aspect of life is easier, but it's so much simpler and a lot less stressful from outside influences."Join host, Jim Santos, as he meets Shane and Heather Kenny in the latest episode of Bigger, Better World.Read Heather's full article in the August issue of the International Living Magazine: We Turned an Abandoned Pool into a Booming Beach ClubIf you're enjoying the podcast, we would really appreciate it if you could leave us a review on your favorite podcast platform: https://lovethepodcast.com/internationalliving.Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube
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