Month: October 2013

Episode 88 of The Lake Demon by Ken David StewartEpisode 88: “Okay, but this doesn’t pertain to lake monsters,” said Garry. “Fair enough, let’s talk about lake monsters starting with the granddaddy of them all, the Loch Ness Monster,” said Wally. “Have you ever heard of the famous Surgeon’s Photograph?” “Of course. The picture was featured on the cover of Tim Dinsdale’s books on the Loch Ness Monster,” Garry replied. “ Very good. Did you know that it was faked?” “No, I had no idea. It looks so real.” “Indeed it does but it was revealed in the 1990’s that what is really pictured in the photo is a toy model submarine adapted to look like a sea monster,” said Wally. “Then there’s Manipogo, the supposed lake monster in Lake Manitoba. Some farmer claimed that he shot Manipogo when he spotted it resting where the shore met his land. He said that he was able to drag the dead creature into his barn for safe keeping. There was a rumour that the RCMP were called to investigate. The story went on to say that the farmer offered the RCMP officers a deal. He would allow the RCMP to take the carcass of the dead lake monster with them and he would swear never to tell anyone what happened. The farmer asked the RCMP officers for two hundred thousand dollars to close the deal. As the rumour spread the media contacted the RCMP and the RCMP press agent told them that the story was preposterous.”


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Episode 88:

“Okay, but this doesn’t pertain to lake monsters,” said Garry.

“Fair enough, let’s talk about lake monsters starting with the granddaddy of them all, the Loch Ness Monster,” said Wally. “Have you ever heard of the famous Surgeon’s Photograph?”

“Of course. The picture was featured on the cover of Tim Dinsdale’s books on the Loch Ness Monster,” Garry replied.

“ Very good. Did you know that it was faked?”

“No, I had no idea. It looks so real.”

“Indeed it does but it was revealed in the 1990’s that what is really pictured in the photo is a toy model submarine adapted to look like a sea monster,” said Wally.

“Then there’s Manipogo, the supposed lake monster in Lake Manitoba. Some farmer claimed that he shot Manipogo when he spotted it resting where the shore met his land. He said that he was able to drag the dead creature into his barn for safe keeping. There was a rumour that the RCMP were called to investigate. The story went on to say that the farmer offered the RCMP officers a deal. He would allow the RCMP to take the carcass of the dead lake monster with them and he would swear never to tell anyone what happened. The farmer asked the RCMP officers for two hundred thousand dollars to close the deal. As the rumour spread the media contacted the RCMP and the RCMP press agent told them that the story was preposterous.”

 

 

 

 

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Episode 87 of The Lake Demon by Ken David Stewart


Episode 87:

 

“So what about your grandpa? Do you think he really saw Ogopogo?” asked Garry.

“Do you believe in Ogopogo?” Wally said answering a question with a question.

Garry laughed. “You’re talking to a guy who sees reptilian creatures practically every day.”

“I’ll take that as a ‘yes’,” said Wally.

“What about you Wally? Do you believe that your uncle actually had an encounter with Ogopogo?”

“I believe that he saw something that he couldn’t explain,” replied Wally. “On the subject of the paranormal I must admit that I’m somewhat of a skeptic.”

“Why’s that?” asked Garry.

“There’s just been so much fakery over the years,” Wally responded. “Let’s take Bigfoot as an example. Have you ever seen the so called video that was supposed to be Bigfoot in the early sixties?”

“No, but I saw some still photos taken from the film. My dad showed them to me in a copy of Argosy magazine,” answered Garry.

“So what did you think?” asked Wally. “Did you think the pictures were real or not?”

“They looked pretty real to me,” Garry answered. “Especially the photo where the creature appeared to be running away after spotting the hunters.”

“Have you ever thought how easy it would be to have a big man dress up in a black bear or gorilla costume? When I study the photos closely I swear I can see a silver zipper running up the creature’s back.”

“Okay, that’s just Bigfoot,” Garry said.

“All right. Lets take ufos as another example. A couple of decades ago there was all this excitement about these super clear, close up pictures of alien spacecraft. The guy who claimed to have taken these pictures was a one armed farmer from the Netherlands. I believe that his name was Billy Miere or something similar to that. Anyway, years later after he and his wife had split up she told the press that her ex- husband had faked all his pictures using models of ufos that he had made in his woodshop.”

 

 

 

 

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Episode 86 of The Lake Demon by Ken David StewartEpisode 86: “My Grandpa was usually at odds with his supervisors most of the time but last year things really came to a head. Gramps told his bosses that he had seen Ogopogo over the weekend. They thought that he had really flipped out this time,” said Wally. “You mean they didn’t believe him?” asked Garry. “That’s an understatement,” Wally laughed. “But he worked with scientists. Aren’t scientists always on the look out for discovering new phenomena?” asked Garry. “In theory, yes,” answered Wally. “But they protect their professional reputations very carefully. They don’t want to look like fools. Phenomena such as Ogopogo, Bigfoot and the like fall under the umbrella of cryptozoology. In other words the discovery of unknown creatures, most of which are considered myth or legend.” “But have they ever considered the possibility that animals like Ogopogo and Bigfoot might be real?” asked Garry. “I am sure that a few of them have but they wouldn’t discuss this with their colleagues unless they were at a party and were very drunk. Even in that setting and in those circumstances they would probably treat the subject as a joke,” Wally explained.


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Episode 86:

“My Grandpa was usually at odds with his supervisors most of the time but last year things really came to a head. Gramps told his bosses that he had seen Ogopogo over the weekend. They thought that he had really flipped out this time,” said Wally.

“You mean they didn’t believe him?” asked Garry.

“That’s an understatement,” Wally laughed.

“But he worked with scientists. Aren’t scientists always on the look out for discovering new phenomena?” asked Garry.

“In theory, yes,” answered Wally. “But they protect their professional reputations very carefully. They don’t want to look like fools. Phenomena such as Ogopogo, Bigfoot and the like fall under the umbrella of cryptozoology. In other words the discovery of unknown creatures, most of which are considered myth or legend.”

“But have they ever considered the possibility that animals like Ogopogo and Bigfoot might be real?” asked Garry.

“I am sure that a few of them have but they wouldn’t discuss this with their colleagues unless they were at a party and were very drunk. Even in that setting and in those circumstances they would probably treat the subject as a joke,” Wally explained.

 

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On The Road Again


On the Road Again

It’s October and a new subbing season has begun. I’ve made it to a few schools in River East Transcona School Division so far this fall. I hope to do some sub teaching in all the schools during this year.

Some students have already recognized me and have said ‘hi’ to me. I greatly appreciate that. Some people from middle school or junior high have already made it to high school. As I sub in elementary, junior high and high school I hope to see you all this year. A few students have told me that they read my blogs, novel excerpts, book, music and video reviews as well as watch my What’s Up? videos. I intend to keep working on these projects this year and will get as many out as I have time for.

Thanks again for your support and I hope to see you soon.

Mr. Stewart

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A Really Rough Season (Part Two)


 

A Really Rough Season (Part Two)

 

Near the end of July my wife told me that her mother was seriously ill. Once we found out that this was a terminal illness I found myself sinking into a deep depression. It wasn’t long before my mother in law passed away. It was during this time period that I also caught a bronchitis infection. This illness made my depression worse and lasted for about a month. During a majority of this time I was confined to my bed and was missing out on the warm summer weather outside. In this time period I started to experience extreme shifts in my sleeping patterns. I started waking up at 2:00 AM and could not get back to sleep. As it was the middle of the night and my wife was sleeping there wasn’t much that I could do.

I knew that one thing that I could do quietly was to work on my writing. I had been working on a serialized version of my recent novel, The Lake Demon. For some reason I find that I do my best writing in the early hours of the morning. The writing sessions also gave me a diversion and a degree of relief from my grief over the loss of my mother in law. I felt very close to my mother in law. She is a great woman of God and could always see the good both in people and difficult circumstances. We enjoyed several good talks over the phone and I always greatly appreciated the grace and acceptance that she showed toward me.

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A Really Rough Season (Part One)


 

A Really Rough Season (Part One)

Up until about the third week of July I was enjoying a really good summer. The weather was very warm and I was starting to get into some of my summer routines with activities like riding my mountain bike and taking our dogs to the dog park. In June I had bought myself a bass guitar and had determined that I was going to teach myself to play it. I was quite motivated to learn to play bass as I was always curious to see if it might be better suited to my somewhat limited musical abilities than a regular guitar. My musical prowess is quite limited. I have practised regular guitar (both acoustic and electric) off and on for several years now. At times I have found my lack of progress to be quite discouraging. I know quite a few guitar chords. I can play both cowboy chords and barre chords. I also know a decent amount of common guitar scale patterns. However, I have never been a proficient guitar player and just practise for my own enjoyment. This hasn’t stopped me from buying an impressive library of guitar tablature books. I have at least one tab book for most of my favourite musical artists. For some artists I have collected tab books for several of their albums. If I can get even a part of a song to sound right I’m fairly happy. I go through periods where I practise several times per week and other times where my guitar remains untouched and just collects dust.

Taking up the bass has also motivated me to practise my guitar on a more regular basis. Even though I bought a less expensive lower end model I like hearing the deep, low resonant sounds created by the bass guitar. I have even purchased a good selection of bass tablature books to work from. My practise sessions are now about an hour long in which I practise bass chords and scale patterns and work from my bass learning resources and from my bass tab books.

 

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