Beetlejuice Sequel Anyone?


According the Nerdist, it might be possible. I’m up for it! Let’s hope the stars haven’t gotten too big to.

Asheville Bigfoot?

This is close to home for me. I’m not far from Asheville. But this video is highly suspect.

If you catch anything strange or unusual, do you a.) let your little dog run after it; and b.) follow your little dog with the camera when you’ve got an unobstructed view of said creature? Whoever it is was already running away, so I don’t think the videographer was in danger to begin with.

I smell a hoax, even if the guy who shot this wasn’t in on it.

What do you think?

Click on the link.

Study of the Features of Out-of-Body Experiences


The results of this study are fascinating to me.

Originally posted on Parapsychology:

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone

In a recent publication I reported, with Nancy L. Zingrone, a study of out-of-body experiences: “Features of out-of-body experiences: Relationships to frequency, wilfulness and previous knowledge about the experience” (Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 2015, 79, 98-111). Here is the abstract:

“This study examined the relationship to other variables of a count of features of out-of-body experiences (OBEs), compiled as an OBE Feature Index. Following Blackmore’s (1984b) psychological model of OBEs it was predicted that there would be positive correlations between the Index and measures of OBE frequency and of deliberate OBEs. We also predicted a positive relationship between the Index and previous knowledge about the experience. Eighty-eight OBE cases were obtained through appeals in newspapers, magazines, and on-line bulletin boards in Great Britain. OBE features were comparable to previous study findings. Some…

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Selfless vs Selfish

Proof 2

I’m a fan of TNT’s series Proof.

It employs actual Near Death Experiences reported to physicians by the patient after their heart stopped. The writers are not expanding facts into fantastical stories to make “better television.”

It had long been thought that when the heart stopped, the brain did shortly after, and the mind followed. Yet, thousands of cases have been recorded where the mind continued to record what it heard, felt, saw, smelled, and tasted after the heart stopped. It caught everything it would have while fully conscious. And in many cases reported things in the room others had not noticed or been privy to.

This week’s episode brought up a moral conundrum for me.

Negative or frightening imagery was rarely reported in NDEs. Most reported were filled with light and love, relatives to greet them, all things pleasant. So when the episode turned the dark corner, I was excited.

A killer, who murdered a police officer, had an NDE after flat-lining where he sees four young girls and the officer he killed. He’s afraid of what they want from him, and he shouts for one girl to go away and leave him alone. The killer knows his goose is cooked, and he’ll be spending the rest of his life in prison for his crime, so he shares the information with the doctor. Police automatically believe he killed them, too. How could he know where the bodies were otherwise?

His reason for surrendering the data was purely selfish – in hopes that it might score him a few points in the afterlife, so he might not spend eternity in, well, wherever he thought murderers went.

In general, I think we are all self-motivated, no matter how much we might enjoy putting others first or truly desire to help. Service at its core begins with self. We all have a self-driven motive for nearly everything we do. We only sell ourselves on the notion that we are self-sacrificing while we are also benefitting in some way. I think that is part of the human ego.

There was an episode of Friends where Phoebe made a bet with Joey that she could give away something to someone without receiving anything in return. Instead, she found that no matter what she selflessly offered, she received something for herself as well, even if was just feeling good.


So what do you think? Is selflessness just selfishness in disguise? Is it possible to do anything for anyone without receiving something in return? And should a murderer be able to score a few points on the good side of his scorecard even though his motive was to serve himself?

Scary South Carolina Cemeteries

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Some interesting stories with each photo on this link. A scream for the 4th of July!

Sunday Shivers

Making a Vegas run?

clown motel

Sweet dreams.

Two Tickets to Heaven, Please

baby mummy

The mummy of a premature fetus is found tucked beneath the feet of a Bishop! How’s that for opening a can of worms? There’s a novel here.

Is Proof Possible?


TNT’s latest summer offering, executive produced by Kyra Sedgwick, has promise, provided that it’s offered the opportunity to grow. The life-after-death topic has not been edgy enough for prime time. In the past, audiences have responded more favorably to soap-opera drama, adult animation, and modern day fairy tales. And this subject often alienates conservative viewers with its less than glorious peek behind the veil. No saints at the gate or winged ushers to guide arrivals to the wizard in that great kingdom in the sky.

Being a realist, I am excited about this show and hope it will portray the real work doctors have done in researching the existence of an afterlife. Having studied the works of Professor Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D., I know there is a mountain of material to support this theory. I am hopeful that some of the experiments conducted in The Afterlife Experiments and The G.O.D. Experiments will be brought to life on the small screen. Actual tests done with patients who flat-lined for a number of minutes who claimed to see and hear everything that occurred in the room after their heart stopped.

Proof follows a surgeon (Jennifer Beals) who has had her own unexplained life-after-death experiences since losing her teenage son. She remains a skeptic, as do most scientific people. But she is approached by a dying billionaire who promises to fund her disaster relief efforts should she employ her skills to aid his research. What happens to the consciousness after death?  Big money is too sweet a carrot, so she’s in, but unconvinced she’ll find much. Yet, she holds a kernel of belief that her son might not be completely gone. As long as she hangs onto that ounce of reasonable doubt that physical death is not the end, she can be propelled to consider ideas she once thought preposterous.

To my own mind, I don’t believe there is proof. Proof implies tangible, physical evidence. There is no such thing when dealing with the 21 gram “soul” that science has labeled as the weight of individual human consciousness. It is not physical matter.

My fingers are crossed that the producers can do right by the subject matter, and that it finds an audience open enough to give it a chance, at least for the ten episodes it has shot.

How Relevant Are You?


(Balloon Girl. Probably the most iconic image by British street artist Banksy.)

My apologies for being blog-less for a month. Computer problems had me locked out of my site.

Last week I overheard a conversation about Bruce Jenner’s transition to being female.Now, you have to hear this dialogue in a thick Southern accent.

“You seen Bruce Jenner?”

“Ah, yeah. I don’t know what he was thinking. And as his age?” Shakes head. “He is not a good lookin’ woman.”

“I know that’s right.”

“His daughter’s not doing too well with it. She’s having a hard time.”

“I hear that. My Daddy did something like that? Mmm hmm.”

Jenner had been a public figure since the seventies when he landed in history books as the World’s Greatest Athlete. He was then, and is once again, relevant.

So I asked myself, what gives a person relevance?

Visibility + Message + Right Timing (and a little luck) = Relevance

Let’s face facts. The current topic of the times is the LGBT community. I’m almost embarrassed to be straight in this decade. So the transition of Bruce to Caitlyn is relevant. Who is more visible that a former superstar who married a Kardashian, then decided to live the third act of his life as woman? That’s lightning in a bottle.

If we feel invisible, we feel like we don’t matter. Celebrities, sports stars, and politicians do visibility like the rest of us can’t. It’s part of their job, and very expensive. The public buys whatever they’re selling in product or opinion. Relevance often comes with a stiff price tag.

Take the British street artist known as Banksy.

In 2013, he spent a month planting works around NYC in a scavenger hunt style. Twitter followers ventured to parts of the city that they didn’t frequent (or ever see) for the opportunity to be part of a select group able to gaze upon a piece of statement art. Some pieces were white-washed over by the property owners who didn’t want the attention. Others were chiseled off the wall and carted away to be sold for big money, none of which made it to the artist.

Banksy hired a white-haired gentleman to sell some of canvas pieces on the sidewalk for $60 each. Only a handful sold. No one recognized the similarities in the work, and apparently, they were unsigned by the artist.

The art world appraised those pieces to be worth $250,000 each.

What made this artist relevant? Even though he hid his face, in one month Banksy created unique visibility for his art by using modern technology, and each piece sent a clear message to the public. His visibility on social media communicated, “Find my personal message, but you only have a limited time before it is removed or destroyed.”

Relevance is communication in action that requires good timing to be noticed in grand fashion.We all matter to someone. How relevant we become depends on our ability to show up and communicate ideas that resonate in that moment in time.

In the movie Gladiator, Maximus famously says, “What we do in life echoes in eternity.”

What do you do that will echo in eternity? Do you make yourself or your work visible? Most importantly, do you have something to say?   

I doubt Annie Leibovitz will photograph me any time soon. But if she does, I’d want that reason to be clear and relevant.

Interview with Steve Di Schiavi


Nice, no-nonsense interview from an open-minded skeptic. The key to finding the truth? Research.

Originally posted on Sheila Renee Parker:

Today I’m welcoming Steve Di Schiavi, co-host of The Travel Channel’s exciting show, The Dead Files. Thank you, Steve for stopping by!

Sheila ~ Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Steve ~ I was born & raised in Brooklyn, NY to 1st generation Italian parents…I served 3 years in the USMC after being asked to leave HS.. lol, honorably discharged and joined the NYPD, spent almost 22 years retiring from the Manhattan North Homicide Squad…

Sheila~ How did you get to become the co-host of the hit television series, The Dead Files?

Steve ~ ABC News filmed a documentary called NYPD 24/7 that was acclaimed and won an Emmy.. I was the featured detective in the 1st executive saw it and I was asked if I would be interested in doing television…

Sheila ~ What’s it like working with Amy Allan?

Steve ~ She amazes me every…

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