The Blue Dot Movement, with Ross Styles and Dr. George M. Johnson

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Have you heard about the Blue Dot Movement?  What about the Kamloops Blue Dot Network?

Did you know that compared to surrounding cities Kamloops is slow to join this growing environmental campaign?

Here is a clear explanation of everything Blue Dot by Ross Styles, Chair of Kamloops Blue Dot Network, and Dr. George M. Johnson, Member:

 

“More than 100 countries around the world have some sort of legal recognition of human rights to clean water, clean air and healthy food, while Canada has none.

The David Suzuki Foundation started the Blue Dot movement( bluedot.ca) to get the federal government to add these rights to the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

Their strategy is to get Canadians to join the Blue Dot Program, to get municipal governments to make declarations in support of these rights, to get provincial governments to do so as well, and finally, to get the federal government to amend the Charter and add these rights.
So far, more than 170 municipalities, in all parts of the country, have made declarations of support and the aggregate population of these municipalities adds up to more than half the population of Canada. The list includes BC municipalities like Vancouver, North Vancouver, Nanaimo and Vernon, but NOT Kamloops.
Here in Kamloops, a small group of people are working to support the Blue Dot Program by getting people to join, and we want to have the city council of Kamloops recognize our right to clean water, clean air, and healthy food. (After all, why shouldn’t they? Our city council spent $70 million to provide us with healthy, safe, clean water.) The local group is calling itself the Kamloops Blue Dot Network.
We are asking citizens of Kamloops to join our effort to get a municipal declaration here and to support the Foundation’s effort to get the Charter changed.
Thank you for considering this request!”

Ross Styles and Dr. George M. Johnson have been working diligently this year to get this important message out for all Canadians.

Ross Styles has spent 44 years in Kamloops where he and his late wife raised their three children. He has been retired from his work as a high school counsellor for 31 years.

During the first 13 years of that retirement, he and a partner shared ownership a reforestation business that planted most of the yearly volume of seedlings on Weyerhaeuser’s TFL; typically around 1.5 million seedlings.

Throughout his retirement he has continued to be a life-long learner.

Nearly 3 years ago, he read a book that focused his attention on climate change and since then he has continued to read about environmental issues and encouraged a small group of concerned people to join with him in that pursuit. They decided to take on a local project that could make a difference, and George Johnson urged them to get involved with the Blue Dot Program: now, they are working to make Kamloops a Blue Dot city.

Member George M. Johnson is an award-winning writer and social justice advocate. His play Mockus, about a clown who provokes a desperate Mayor into trying playful approaches to his city’s environmental ills, was successfully produced in Kamloops in 2017.

Most recently his screenplay Peace Pledge was an Official Finalist in the Cannes Screenplay Contest and the New Renaissance Film Festival, and received Honorable Mention in the Euroscript Screenplay Competition (London).

His picture book Marisa and the Mountains will be published by Simply Read Books this spring. He was recently awarded the Kamloops YMCA Peace Medal.

Johnson is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia.

 

To take action:

Sign the pledge at bluedot.ca/join-us and check the box to volunteer
Like our Blue Dot movement Facebook page at facebook.com/bluedotmovement
Visit bluedot.ca/volunteer to take further action

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Photo: NASA Earth

 

 

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Explore, Awaken, and Transform With Creative Visionary, Marilyn Puff

 

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Ceremony in nature is such a powerful way to reconnect to who we are, settle our nervous systems, and set an intention for our lives. – MP

 
It was a cold, clear evening when I went to meet Marilyn at the Full Snow Moon gathering she was hosting.  I parked my car and crunched through snow to the dyke along the riverbank in Westsyde, following her instructions.

The night was dark, except for a full, brilliant moon, a bright fire glowing on the beach below, and tiny white lights that guided me down the bank.

On approach I could smell wood smoke and hear drumming.

The circle of people standing around the fire was small in size.  They played drums, shook rattles, and sang softly.  I was greeted warmly with nods and smiles as I put my blanket down next to the fire, no longer concerned about the cold; the fire was throwing lots of heat and sparks.  I watched the embers drift up into the sky as I listened to the ceremony.

In the dark it was hard to see Marilyn, she was all bundled up, but as she led our group through a beautiful evening of reflection, far from technology and the sounds of the city, it was easy to feel her calm, nurturing spirit.

She offers these full moon fires so that people “can come and reconnect with the deep feeling of being outside at night around a fire… not just any fire, but a fire of intention to connect to something greater than us, that feeling of awe, of beauty and deeper purpose.”

A creative, passionate seeker, Marilyn loves engaging in opportunities for exploring our inner worlds and expressing our authentic nature.

“I’ve always been very connected to being in the forest. By the Eagle River, near Sicamous BC and the Shuswap lakes, is where I grew up and spent so much time. I was not a social child or teen, as I didn’t seem to fit in. I knew what felt good to me, and it was being outside. So that gave me lots of connection to the beauty and inspiring evenings of laying on my back, looking at the moon, or running even more powerfully at night. I had no fear of the dark, it was comforting in our rural star studded valley.”

Our ceremony that night ended with a sharing of thoughts and vulnerability among the group, as well as lots of love and a sense of deeper communal connection. I left with much to reflect on and a beautiful memory.

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Many people know Marilyn for her business of Sacred Moon Emergence, the first annual transformational weekend for women.

Her vision for her private practice and for the weekend retreats is to support people in their healing journeys and to gather sisters together for transformational weekends. The name ‘Sacred Moon Emergence’ is analogous to Divine Feminine Rising. This is a term that speaks to the changes that are happening as we all become more compassionate and create a need for a more nurturing, inclusive, and collaborative approach in every arena of life.

 
She brings from her lineage a love of singing, movement, and community building. She offers numerous modalities for personal growth such as counselling, massage, breath integration, meditative journeying, teachings of the medicine wheel, and life passage ceremonies.

After a life changing year in 2015 of her mother’s passing and a spiritual pilgrimage to England, she was inspired to start her own practice and retreats after almost 30 years in the field of alternative and traditional counselling.

“My experience is that from having lived with a very sensitive nature, and feeling the angst and the joys of the world quite deeply, that it’s important to focus on what is in front of me… to be present in my life. I don’t stick my head in the sand, even though I don’t watch the news or read the papers, I always find out what is going on, but I need to stay centered and grounded, calm enough so that I can be of service, and enjoy my life to the fullest.

I’m a very passionate, curious person and my great study has been on how people tick? What makes us shine? What keeps us from shining?

 
My encouragement is that, even though there is some deep wounding or trauma that you experience in life, you can find support to get past these things.  You only need to touch them gently and honestly and you will discover the gift of your sacred wounds. Just by gently opening up those wounds, they start to heal.  Like a physical wound that has scabbed over prematurely, it needs to be opened up and heal from the inside out.

It doesn’t have to be years of therapy. These days there are so many amazing modalities for healing. I love body awareness, sensory awareness methods, and the inner healing ways of meditation or shamanic journeying. Telling your story over and over is a stuck place. Find something that calls to you, 12 step programs, yoga, hiking, anything that can take you through the anger and go under the anger to the tears. This is a great way to be on your healing journey.”

 
What if a large part of our purpose is… to be on purpose? Even if we don’t know what our lineage is or exactly what we want… the clues and cues to our gift and our healing are everywhere… in our hearts, in our emotional waters, in what we do everyday. Even knowing what we don’t want is a gift.-MP 

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Marilyn would love to hear from you! Get in touch for the next Full Moon Fire Ceremony.
Find her on Facebook –Sacred Moon Emergence
Call or text at 250 320-1993 or email sacredmoonemergence@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Embrace your potential with Steven Banks!

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My vision for my future is to continue to learn and teach personal empowerment through the cutting edge of science as well as my experiences supporting those deep truths. – SB

Steven Banks moved from Revelstoke to the community of Kamloops in 2007 after he met his partner Stephanie Banks.  The couple spent years together snowboarding, hiking, and exploring whatever opportunities arose. They continue to enjoy the outdoors in their home base of Kamloops.
But they are not a typical couple in that they have been actively pursuing deeply spiritual matters after a life changing incident that occurred in 2012. Significantly, they have been devoting their lives to sharing their insights with others.  Here Steven tells their story:
“My life changed its course in 2012 after my partner Stephanie Banks had a serious mountain biking crash in Whistler BC, where she had a near death experience. On the second day of Stef’s recovery, while nursing two broken wrists and numerous other minor injuries, our lives took a drastic turn into what was for us then, unknown territory into a world of personal empowerment.

 

On Stephanie’s second day of recovery, spent in our home just outside of Pritchard, she discovered that she had returned from Whistler a completely different person. She sat on our deck overlooking the beautiful valley below to write in her journal to help manage her emotional suffering from her accident. Looking down at the pages she saw she had already been writing without being aware of it.
What she saw on the bottom of that page would forever change our lives. To Stephanie’s amazement what she saw at the bottom of the page was her mom’s name, Linda, who died in 1996 when Stef was twenty-four years old.
She scrolled down the page and saw it was a message for her from her mom and the printing was in her mom’s hand. She turned back nine pages to the beginning of the message and she began to read….

I love you. You are ok. Live and let live. More to life and more to live for. I am always close by, we all are. You are on your way. I will help you and your family and all the others. I am here always like a fine film of dust sprinkled on your skin. I watch and wait for the time to be right, as it is now. You see, you are my angel as well.
​Live with the truth in your heart and you will always have what you need. You have it in front of you every day. Don’t be discouraged as it is easy to be at times. Let us guide you, trust in the universe and you will be free. I am free and here, present.

Your heart has been blocked and now the key has been turned. Feel us dear we are here with you always. We guide you and try to help you along the way.

The door is now open. There is so much more to see my love, you are so dear to me. It hurts you I can see but be strong, open your passageways, trust and be trusted, understand, be compassionate, try not to be sad or angry.

Bring the happiness to others that you know you can and be proud of who you are and are becoming.
​You are so intricate and yet so simple. I feel so proud of you. You were my daughter but I hand you over to the universe. You are a child of the universe, a student of order, a teacher of wisdom. You chose this course and are managing to stay on track, you are hurdling the obstacles where necessary…. (letter continues).
This message was for Stephanie and I the marker for a new course, a new conversation and deep knowing that we are all here to learn and teach the universal wisdom of empowerment. Stephanie from that day to this, continues to connect with those who reside in the quantum realm and now channels their messages both in written form and verbally for individuals and groups through her events.”
The past seven years for Steve has been spent learning from Stephanie and many other great teachers and scientists who are sharing the best science of our time teaching us about the human condition, that is, the structure and function of our physical experience.
Steven has recently discovered a belief change process called PSYCH-K. Since 2015, when he finished his training, Steven has been assisting individuals in embracing their potential through transforming their limiting and self-sabotaging beliefs to supportive ones that allow them to move more freely into the direction of their conscious wishes and desires.

 

“I am a student of the cutting edge of the science of consciousness and have learned and experienced the truth of our process. It is only when we understand the function of our conscious, subconscious and superconscious minds that we can recognize that on average 95% of our lives are being lived through the subconscious programming we received in the first seven years of our lives.

 

I now am holding events where I outline for people a new story, a new opportunity to embrace their potential. I am for the first time doing a small tour around southern BC to give a two hour introductory presentation on the basic structure and function of our three minds and teach people how they can harmonize those aspects of themselves to live vibrant, passionate and fulfilling lives.
I am currently writing my first book titled ‘Harmonization of the Self’ which dives deep into how we experience our lives, why we do what we do, and how we can empower ourselves to transform our lives to understand and achieve our conscious wishes and desires.”
Steven is currently running an event titled ‘The Power of Belief’ on March 27, 7-9pm at the Sandman Signature hotel in Kamloops to speak about how we can understand and transform our limiting beliefs to supportive ones to move us into a direction of personal empowerment.
“We have been lost, living through outdated and false perceptions of who we are and how our reality functions. The best science of our time has presented a new story.  We cannot know what we want or need in life if we don’t know who we are. It has been said that the better we know ourselves the less we fear change in our world, each other, and our own power .

I feel it is time to embrace a new paradigm of reality where we can choose to live an empowered life, with a clear knowing that you already are all you need to be. You already have everything you need to move into the direction of your conscious wishes and desires and when we redefine our experience and understand the function of how we can manifest and experience our desires, our lives become a joyful journey of passion and love as opposed to a limiting experience of obstacles and missed opportunities.”

 

There is one question that lies at the heart of every perception that we have experienced, every decision that we have ever made, and every challenge we have ever faced and it is this question that drives me to learn and teach the understanding of our process. The question is simply, who am I? – SB

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My event Links
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/549490385570443/
Website: www.balancingbeliefs.com/events
Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-power-of-belief-with-steven-banks-kamloops-tickets-54795530908

Mother and daughter star in puppet show about Alzheimer’s – Little Onion Puppet Co.

 

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The Dorothy Project, Little Onion’s newest show for adults, will be touring Kamloops, Vancouver, and Calgary this spring!

The back story behind the creation of this show is unique and touching.   Performers Susan Dixon and Randi Edmundson are a mother and daughter duo.

In 1995 and 1996, Susan and her sister took care of their mother who was in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Unable to speak frankly about the disease in front of their mother, they kept a daily journal together.

Now, 20 years later, Susan and her daughter Randi are  bringing the journal to life on the stage with all of its raw, emotional twists and turns. The Dorothy Project lends insight into the disease of Alzheimer’s: the challenges, the heartbreak, and the power of love.

The performance has not come to fruition without the help of the community of Kamloops.  Little Onion Puppet Co. has teamed up with the Kamloops branch of the Alzheimer Society, where Susan has been a long-time support group facilitator, to bring seniors and their caregivers into the creation process.

Through story-sharing circles, feedback sessions, and puppetry workshops, seniors and caregivers have been a large part of the development of the show.

Daughter Randi Edmundson has been performing across the province as a puppeteer
for the last eight years. Her show for young audiences, Freddie in the Neighbourhood , was created with the help of grade three students in Vancouver and was recently presented by Western Canada Theatre.

Susan Dixon has spent the last 20 years volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Society of BC
and works locally as a costume designer.

Director Melissa Purcha, a local Kamloops favourite, is best known for her work as Artistic Director of Project X Theatre.

I asked Randi what she has gained through the experience of working with her mom on the project, given the emotional gravity of the subject matter:

“It’s been a wonderful experience so far. I didn’t have much of a chance to get to know my Grandma Dorothy, so it’s been such a gift to learn about her through my mother’s eyes. But the loss is also present in the process, which has been a little more difficult to visit.

As for my Mom and I, it’s been interesting crafting this story together. We both have different things we want to say with the material, so we’ve had to figure out where we meet in the middle. It’s definitely making our relationship stronger!

This is the first time I have worked on something so personal, which has some unique challenges as a performer. It’s been a little trickier to feel each moment as though it’s the first time, since I am actively working through the feelings I experience in the show.

For my mother, though she has public speaking experience, she hasn’t really done anything quite like this. We threw her into the deep end with lines and movement to learn, but she is doing extremely well.

For me, one of the most special things that I have gained through this experience, apart from getting to know my grandmother and my mother in completely new ways, is the exploration of found object puppetry we do in the show.

Found object puppetry is puppetry with everyday things, things that you wouldn’t think of as puppets, like utensils, clothing, etc. We use Dorothy’s actual belongings as found object puppets in the show, which gives her a unique voice in the story. As an artist, I find that very satisfying.” – R.E.

Details of upcoming show.

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contributed by R. Edmundson

The Little Onion Puppet Co. is dedicated to the development of quality puppet theatre in Vancouver and British Columbia. With a focus on engaging the public in a meaningful way in puppet theatre creation, we strive to make puppetry exciting and accessible for adult and young audiences.

When Not Living Is Easier Than Living, A Brave Young Man Speaks Out

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contributed by B Davy

I stood outside my friend Billy’s basement suite in the cold winter chill, juggling coffees and snacks.  He swung the door open, looking bleary eyed.  His hair was ruffled from sleep. He accepted the coffee with a smile and little ‘whoop!’.

The suite was dimly lit and cluttered, yet warm and comfortable. We made room on the edge of a table for our meagre little picnic.  I set my phone down and hit record.  Billy had agreed to talk to me about mental illness, something he has battled his whole life.

We jumped right into our conversation with ease.  Only 22-years-old, Billy is a natural speaker and refreshingly transparent.  I hit him with the first question, ‘why is it so much more difficult for males to talk about their feelings?’

“Well, there’s a stigma about it.  You gotta be the strong, silent type.  You can’t really express your feelings.  Anytime you do express your feelings you are looked down upon by others, mostly males, and sometimes women too.  They say we are being too feminine, we have to man up.

I think where we are heading right now as a society, as men it is important to loosen up, embrace a more emotional side, and become less violent.”

There was a period of silence as we fiddled with our breakfast sandwiches.  A feeling of seriousness settled around us. I asked him to talk about his mental health issues.

“To my understanding, depression is something that forms due to lots of hardship and lack of skills to cope with things.  It turns into some kind of chemical imbalance in the brain.  You just lose the ability to produce your own serotonin.  I had some hardships in my life.

My earliest unbalanced thoughts came at age 11 or 12.  I had a suicide attempt back then.  I don’t remember much about it.

Depression is an every day thing.  I still struggle going to school.  I have episodes.  I don’t want to get out of bed.  I sleep in all the time.  When the stress gets really high I will not sleep.  Then I will crash and sleep for a really long time.  If I could, when I am having a depressive episode, I would love to sleep all day in my own little depressive dungeon.”

I asked Billy how he gets out of his funks.

“I gotta find that kick in the ass to jumpstart myself and get back out there.  The small things help.  I leave my door unlocked.  Got this one best friend who walked in once and slapped me with a stick, telling me to get up, get up, put some clothes on, you done?  Where’s my best friend?  I miss my friend. Stuff like that is a kickstart that helps me get back out there and be effective again.

I don’t have much  money, let alone being able to spend on things for mental health.  As far as activities go,  you gotta find things that work for you.  I got into video games and arts and crafts.  I recommend making it social though, not get into things you can do without other people.

Isolation is the worst.  It is the cause of most depression.

When I go through an episode I won’t admit it.  Not even to myself.  By the time I admit it I am so far down the rabbit hole I can’t climb out.  If you want to help, keep checking in, be there for your friends.  A person with depression will generally lie about it and cover it up.  But if you are close to a person, try to see through that.”

There was another silence as I mustered up the courage to ask Billy about his suicide attempt.  It happened just over a year ago.  He had told me about it once in confidence, but this time I was asking him to share his story publicly.  I asked.  He let out a big sigh.  And agreed to tell his story in the hopes of helping even one person feel less alone. We proceeded carefully with tears in our eyes.

“Well, I was kind of off and on planning it for awhile.  I don’t think it’s ever a spur of the moment thing, it is something you always wanted.  Just didn’t have the time to figure out when I was going to do it.  I was wanting to end it, painlessly or painfully.  It feels like it is easier than to just keep on going.

The night I decided to do it was Christmas. I had to take all these anti anxiety pills to go spend time with family for Christmas.  I got home and went to my basement.  Isolated. By myself.  And I decided, ‘you know what? Here’s a gift from me.’  Took an entire bottle of pills and a bunch of pain killers.  I intentionally overdosed.

I didn’t plan on waking up but against all odds….. I wrote out my suicide note, one of my better pieces, on facebook, mostly to connections in the states.  I thought I was in the clear.  It turns out someone read it and messaged a guy in Kamloops with a similar name.  This guy happened to know me and happened to live down the street.  These are a lot of things that just ‘happened’.  This guy happened to be home.  He happened to look at his facebook at one o’clock in the morning.  He happened to care.  He took it from there.

The paramedics came.  I don’t remember any of this.  I woke up in the hospital.  The doctor who was attending me asked, ‘why would you do this? You almost died?’  I just said, ‘hey man, this is what I wanted.’  This is the way a depressive mind thinks.

I remember right before I passed out, overdosed, I was listening to music.  And I thought, ‘this is nice’. I was relieved.”

When I asked him how he felt when he woke up after being resuscitated, Billy told me he felt disappointed.  He laughed through tears and said, ‘I couldn’t even kill myself properly.’ The worst part for Billy was facing people after the attempt.

I asked him if he was happy his attempt failed.

“I suppose it goes back and forth.  I would like to tell you I am super ecstatic to still be here but sometimes I don’t know.  I have my goals in life.  You gotta set some goals.  Try to at least get there, have somewhere to go.  Otherwise it all becomes so pointless.

I want to retire on a hobby farm. A few horses. Dogs. A big family, a wife and kids.

My main drive is the easy way out, it is easier to not live than to live.”

Billy will be joining a group of speakers for an upcoming seminar on suicide and depression in Kamloops, BC at the Coast Hotel on February 13th at 7pm.  By donation.  Please come watch him speak, please share to support our mission to bring awareness to this issue.

 

 

Oh Canada, When Strangers Come To Our Rescue!

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Many years ago I was struggling with major anxiety so had to leave my work in reforestation.  The job was in Port Hardy, on the coast, and due to anxiety I could no longer function properly.  My husband, who was running the project, had to take time out to get me to the little airport in Nanaimo so I could fly home to safety in Kamloops.

He dropped me off and rushed back to his project.  I was left trying to figure out how to cross the grey carpet to the sitting area to wait for a plane.  The distance was not far, but at the time it seemed insurmountable.  My anxiety had me questioning whether I could even walk properly or not.

I was dizzy and unstable in body and mind.  I saw an older lady sitting peacefully reading a book in the waiting area.  I focussed on her with the mission to get to the seat beside her and ask her for help, though frightened by the prospect of scaring someone with my unstable mindset. I made it to the seat beside her.

I explained my difficulties.  She reacted with kindness.  She held my hand to the plane, gave me cookies on the flight, and made sure I deported the plane safely.  I have always wanted to thank this kind lady but in the midst of it all never got her name or contact information.

We are surrounded by bad news and fake news these days, any news as long as it gets attention.  Here are some stories from everyday people like me who experienced the kindness of strangers.  Please enjoy:

“I was grocery shopping at Save On Foods in Brock back in August. Sunflowers are my favorite flower so I was going to buy some for my house. When I was in the check-out line, the gentlemen behind me asked who the flowers were for? I told him they were for myself as they are my favorite flower. He picked up the flowers and put them on his side of the divider and told me, ‘no woman should buy herself flowers, so I’m going to buy these for you’. I almost cried! I thanked him and promised to pay it forward.
This will always be one of my favorite memories” – Matina Durfeld, Kamloops BC

“Almost 20 years ago… I was doing contract construction work. I was doing a drywall job. Worked with a kid at the time on it. Ran into him a few years later at a corner store. He rushed over and shook my hand to where I thought he was going to break it. Turned out that he had his own drywall company now and he credited it to what I had unknowingly taught him.
Lesson learned?
Pass on what you’ve learned…..or it may be gone.”  – Steve Kinch, Kamloops BC

 

“It was a sunny beautiful day in Vancouver BC. The truck was packed, the cooler was stocked, my beautiful wife and trusty boarder collie were ready to hit the road for our next great backcountry adventure. We stopped to grab snacks and gas before we hit the highway. Unfortunately, when I tried to restart my truck it wouldn’t start. The battery was drained from sitting all winter, and I must not have charged it enough.
Thankfully a stranger came over to lend a hand with jumper cables. He explained to me he had never boosted a vehicle before but was happy to help. Optimistically, I told him it was so easy a chimp could do it and we had a laugh.
I explained to him that the red clip needed to go on the red terminal of the battery, and the black to the black. He gave me an understanding nod and we both placed our clips on the corresponding terminals…or so I thought. As I tried to start my truck I heard him yelling, and when I went to see what was happening smoke was billowing from my battery. I looked at his truck and much to my dismay he had reversed the black and red cables and fried the entire electrical system of my truck. It was then when he revealed his true lack of cognitive ability by stating that his truck would no longer start and could I give HIM a boost in turn.
I explained to him that his ridiculous inability to follow basic directions had likely resulted in thousands of dollars in repairs to us both. I then asked him not to speak to me as he stood there looking confused yet enlightened with an awkward grin on his face.
I’ve never asked for a stranger’s help again.”  –Jay Eves, Vancouver BC

Okay, well I guess it doesn’t always turn out well!  Please join this project and submit your stories to shannonainslie@kamloops.site

 

 

 

 

Are You Ready to Enter the Corner of Terror with Michael Stewart? EEEEK!

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contributed by Michael Stewart

This Kamloops man is a wealth of creative ideas and mind expanding theories that make you go ‘hmmm’.  When I met with him for coffee recently, our time flew by as I was completely engaged with his intellectual and entertaining dialogue.

Michael Stewart, aka ‘Stew’, is a horror entertainment blogger.  His blog is called ‘The Corner of Terror‘. It is in this creepy corner where Stew reviews horror movies from throughout the ages, horror/paranormal books and comics, and also horror games.

The kicker?  Stew believes in paranormal activity.  He has had his fair share of other world experiences and is also a facebook member of a collective of paranormal researchers here in Kamloops called Faculty X Investigators.

Here Stew tells how he rates horror flicks for his readers:

“I use a simple three-tiered rating system: The Good (movies I’d recommend and re-watch), The Bad (movies I’d recommend for a single viewing), and The Ugly (movies I’d recommend performing an exorcism on and cleansing).

Once in a while, I’ll even do an opinion piece on the state of the industry (for example, the influx of remakes/reboots).

Reader feedback can range from, ‘Your review inspired me to watch this movie, and I loved it! Great review! I’ll be back for more,’ all the way up to being cursed with the possibility that one day lemmings will do anatomically impossible things to me. In fact, my first e-mail was a death threat in response to my review of Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’. I smiled, knowing I was finally a ‘success’.”

Stew has most recently reviewed The Babadook and The Conjuring, putting both movies in ‘The Good’ category, and in his blog review he explains why, covering plot, character development, and historical accuracy.

Stew has had experiences using Tarot cards, Ouija boards, involuntary out of body experiences, and poltergeist-like activity.

“My current apartment for instance. It became available for me to move into because the previous occupant had passed away. Well, it likes to act up around Halloween, knocking large stacks of recipes off my printer, tossing a collectible figure (Ash from The Evil Dead) across the room, and flicking my earlobe while I’m trying to work. The rest of the year, it tends to be content with rattling the plates in the kitchen cupboard.

There was also the Battle St house I lived in. This was back in the mid-90’s. I was sleeping on the couch (which is pretty standard for me, actually), on Christmas Eve. The only light was from the streetlight coming through the blinds, and the only sound was the hum of my space heater. Around 1:00 am, the computer in my computer room turned on and played ‘Silent Night’ and turned off. It was a fairly new computer and I hadn’t had time to put any songs on it.”

I had to ask Stew how he responds to the many people who do not believe in paranormal activity:

“But Paranormal Activity does exist! It’s a pretty decent movie. Sorry, couldn’t resist. Seriously, though, I don’t go out of my way to convince people. It’s just not worth the hassle and stress. I know what I’ve experienced, and ultimately that’s what matters. In fact, sometimes, I feel a little sorry for such people because they refuse to see this wonderous and amazing side of Life and what we call Reality.”

In regard to Faculty X Investigators, this province wide collective takes a scientific and open-minded approach to the paranormal.  They explore all aspects of the unexplained and I for one am going to check them out!

You can find Stew in his Corner of Terror here: http://thecornerofterror.blogspot.com/ and on Twitter & Instagram as @terrorcorner.

Basically, I’m around here and there. Even Google +. People use Google + still, right?

stew

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