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Mindful Mondays: I Don’t Want To (When Lack of Motivation is a Sign of Something More)

Recognizing the signs. Relaxation vs major depression. Taking a break from the World vs anxiety. How to be aware of your “check engine light.”

Joshua Pangborn Rides The Crazy Train To Podcast Bears Station

Scott and Jonny, your favorite Podcast Bears, welcomes Actor, Writer and Producer Joshua Pangborn, founder of Side Kick Productions and creator of the episodic series “Skeleton Crew,” and “Demon Doctor.” He also created and stars in the upcoming feature films “The Brooklyn Butcher” and “A Taste of Youth.” Besides being an amazing filmmaker and writer, Joshua uses his talent to advocate for the lgbtqia, chub and other underserved communities. Join us in a great chat as Joshua Pangborn rides the crazy train to join us in studio this week.

Joshua’s Instagram and YouTube: @sidekickproductions

Patron at patreon.com/sidekickproductions.

If you just found us, welcome to “Bears of a Certain Age,” the lifestyle podcast for the bear and chub communities and their admirers, who are approaching 50 years young and up. Your Co-Hosts are Scott Fullerton from the Left of Str8 Radio Network and Jonny Shuffield from The Queer Centric. Scott and Jonny have both been entertaining the lgbtq community thru their own podcasts and writings for a combined 20 years, and Jonny has been an entertainer and host for many lgbtq events beyond that.

Join us as we rant, rave, laugh, cry and talk about all things a little later in life and how we deal with them thru humor, education and fun.

We very much want this to be a listener driven show, so we are asking our audience to submit questions for our “Ask The Bears” segment; submit “Bear Hugz” for people who deserve a little public praise; Tell us about their favorite things for our “Bear Necessities Segment; and any other goofy puns that Scott can think up. Submit everything to podcastbears@gmail.com
We hope you will enjoy this episode and on YouTube, will click the little bell to get notified for future episodes.

We are also available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, iHeart Radio, and more. Please “SHARE THE BEARS” with your friends and please give us a Thumbs Up or a 5 Star Rating so more people will be able to find us. You can follow our social media at “@bearsofacertainage” on Instagram, Threads, and Tik Tok, and look for our website soon.

More Links for Joshua R. Pangborn

Creator of the independent TV series Skeleton Crew and Demon Doctor
Creator of films Wasted on the Young and Scratched
Twitter: @SideKickProd

Countless Angels – A Reflection by Jonathan Shuffield For Nex Benedict and all we have lost

Countless Angels

A Reflection by Jonathan Shuffield For

Nex Benedict and all we have lost

You look at me with sideways glances You do not dare to stare At the loud and queer eyed fellow So bound in uncomfortable despair

“But you did not even know them, They were not yours to grieve Why so burdened by this loss Your tears they flow so free”

Every human grown or child Struck down with someone’s hate Is a tragedy for grieving An indictment on our fate

I do not need to know them For they all are part of me Their hopes and dreams and burdens Our human family tree

I’ve walked inside their footprints I’ve fought with all my might For us to remember we all are mortals Bound together by our light

I fear those in the darkness The ones who’ve lost their way They can’t see their very children Are the ones they choose to slay So I stand in my queer defiance I proudly state my name For those who cannot join me You will not be lost in vain

We are HERE, We ARE Queer We refuse to Disappear It’s a mantra forced upon us Don’t pretend this is not clear

So please keep your prayers and wishes They are empty in their lack We will scream until you hear us We want our people back

Don’t say “this cannot happen” These lies no longer stand We are losing countless angels While their blood drips from our hands

Mindful Mondays: Social Media (The Good, The Bad, The Balance)

Join Jonny and mental health professional, Holly Meginniss as we talk about Social Media. How to balance it and keep it as a positive tool not a weapon of mass destruction!

Email us your thoughts at themindfulmondays@gmail.com

Bears of a Certain Age: Season 2 Episode 2 “Driving Towards Equality “

 

Welcome to “Bears of a Certain Age,” the lifestyle podcast for the bear and chub communities and their admirers, who are approaching 50 years young and up. Your Co-Hosts are Scott Fullerton from the Left of Str8 Radio Network and Jonny Shuffield from The Queer Centric. Scott and Jonny have both been entertaining the lgbtq community thru their own podcasts and writings for a combined 20 years, and Jonny has been an entertainer and host for many lgbtq events beyond that.

Join us as we rant, rave, laugh, cry and talk about all things a little later in life and how we deal with them thru humor, education and fun.

We very much want this to be a listener driven show, so we are asking our audience to submit questions for our “Ask The Bears” segment; submit “Bear Hugz” for people who deserve a little public praise; Tell us about their favorite things for our “Bear Necessities Segment; and any other goofy puns that Scott can think up. Submit everything to podcastbears@gmail.com

We hope you will enjoy this episode and on YouTube, will click the little bell to get notified for future episodes. We are also available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, iHeart Radio, and more.

Please “SHARE THE BEARS” with your friends and please give us a Thumbs Up or a 5 Star Rating so more people will be able to find us. You can follow our social media at “@bearsofacertainage” on Instagram, Threads, and Tik Tok, and look for our website soon.

Season 2 Episode 1 “The Valentines Show”

Welcome to “Bears of a Certain Age,” the lifestyle podcast for the bear and chub communities and their admirers, who are approaching 50 years young and up. Your Co-Hosts are Scott Fullerton from the Left of Str8 Radio Network and Jonny Shuffield from The Queer Centric. Scott and Jonny have both been entertaining the lgbtq community thru their own podcasts and writings for a combined 20 years, and Jonny has been an entertainer and host for many lgbtq events beyond that.

Join us as we rant, rave, laugh, cry and talk about all things a little later in life and how we deal with them thru humor, education and fun.

We very much want this to be a listener driven show, so we are asking our audience to submit questions for our “Ask The Bears” segment; submit “Bear Hugz” for people who deserve a little public praise; Tell us about their favorite things for our “Bear Necessities Segment; and any other goofy puns that Scott can think up. Submit everything to podcastbears@gmail.com

We hope you will enjoy this episode and on YouTube, will click the little bell to get notified for future episodes. We are also available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, iHeart Radio, and more.

Please “SHARE THE BEARS” with your friends and please give us a Thumbs Up or a 5 Star Rating so more people will be able to find us.

You can follow our social media at “@bearsofacertainage” on Instagram, Threads, and Tik Tok, and look for our website soon.

Mindful Mondays: Forgiveness

Join Jonathan Shuffield and mental health counselor Holly Meginniss as we discuss the idea and the practice of forgiveness.

Dungeons and Drag Queens Equals Hilarity

Jonny from The QueerCentric sits down with comedian Paul Curry, musician Carson Grubb and comedian/producer Banji Oyewole to talk about the highly successful touring production of Dungeons and Drag Queens!

Get your tickets for May 3 now : https://www.ticketswest.com/events/detail/dungeons-and-drag-queens-1

Catch the Dungeons and Drag Queens at: Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/dndqlive/?hl=en

Youtube- https://www.youtube.com/@dndqlive www.thequeercentric.com

Cinematic Considerations: All Of Us Strangers

Plot:“A screenwriter drawn back to his childhood home enters into a fledgling relationship with a mysterious neighbor as he then discovers his parents appear to be living just as they were on the day they died, 30 years before.” -IMDB

Review: “All of Us Strangers” is a challenging film to discuss without spoiling vital moments in the story. Instead of analyzing the plot, I want to spend some time in this review examining what this film did to me. At the end of that reckoning, I hope to impress upon you the necessity of seeing this film as fast as humanly possible.  

Imagine for a moment that you could have a conversation with someone from your past. That person could still be living or their time on Earth could have already ended. If you had the chance, what would you say in such a conversation? What would you confess? How would you seek clarity? How would you uncover truth? How would you express all the moments in your life they have missed? It is this thought exercise that serves as the foundation for this film.  

As I watched this story unfold, and in the days that followed, three people consumed my attention. Thinking of my grandmother, my father, and my youngest brother, I cannot help but apply this thought experiment to my life. If given the chance, I would love to show my grandmother what has become of my life. Talking with my dad, I would hope to squeeze out any remaining wisdom he deemed important. Speaking with Lucas, I find myself consumed by the dizzying number of questions encircling someone stolen so violently from my family.  

In this film, Adam (Andrew Scott), plays the role of a struggling screenwriter whose parents died in a car crash thirty years ago. Mysteriously, he gets an opportunity to share space with his parents. He is afforded an opportunity to reveal the arc of his life. He gets to come out to his parents and reveal his authentic self. He gets to wrestle with the violent ending of his parents’ life and its devastating impact. And he gets to do this in the confines of a budding and supportive relationship with his confident and flirtatious neighbor, Harry (Paul Mescal).  

As he does, we question whether he is mentally breaking down or if something else is happening here. The answer to that question is not necessarily important, not as important as the revelations uncovered and the mirrors shining on our own lives.  

The people who love us most in this world can never truly and completely know us. Our parents, siblings, romantic partners, and best friends are strangers at the end of the day. We are strangers to them as well, at least some portion of us remain so. No matter how we try, we can never fully know someone, and we can never fully be known. Even if, through some mystical opportunity, we were afforded an opportunity to converse with those absent from our lives, we would discover we are all just strangers to each other.  

For me, this is a powerful epiphany, but so is the revelation that time is a precious and rare commodity. We do not have long to tell those we love how we feel. One day, grief will be all that we have. I have heard it said, “that grief is nothing more than all our unexpressed love.” This movie cements this idea within me. When you decide to spend time with this story, I am confident it will make you feel the same way. That is powerful. There is opportunity in such a realization. For this gift, I cannot recommend this film enough.

 

Be good to each other,

Nathan

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Mindful Mondays: Suicide, Have the Conversation

Suicide is real and needs to be talked about. Break the stigma, talk to someone, use the national number 988 to call or text. You are important, help is available

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