I watched a show called Mountain Monsters that followed a investigation team to an area near Point Pleasant, WV on the hunt for the Mothman. Famously this supernatural creature was spotted by two young couples in 1966, and in 1967 it appeared just before the collapse the Silver Bridge that claimed 46 lives. The sightings described a seven to eight foot man-like creature with wings. The most distinguishing feature seems to be glowing red eyes that captivated the viewer into a semi-hypnotic trance.

This team talked to eye witnesses, some credible, some not, before planning an attempt to trap the creature. What surprised me was the witness who described the Mothman hanging out around high voltage electrical wires. He said it appeared to be “charging from it.” I hadn’t heard any stories that involved electricity before. Perhaps the witness himself picked up a high electromagnetic charge similar to what is known as “a fear cage” that may have distorted his vision or caused him to see things that weren’t there.  There have been reports of people feeling ill after being in a room containing high EMF exhibiting symptoms such as paranoia, nausea, and hallucinations.

Television can be difficult to believe. I’m always suspicious of how much of what I’m seeing has been manufactured. There was a dark video shot from a cell phone taken at night was tough to detect. I had to review it several times before I caught a glimpse of what had the team excited. I was startled. Glowing light came from the head area, and I could briefly see a gray crouched figure move out of the frame. The figure looked partially like a man in a gray wetsuit, head to toe. But it moved like bat. I did not see any wings, but in my view, it didn’t appear to be a prankster. A skilled CGI artist with the right software could create such a creature for film, but not with a cell phone.

This team chose the site near the electrical wires to set their trap. They built a large metal cage resembling a silo that would fall down around the creature like a jar over a lightning bug. Small fires were set around the area. I’m not sure how they concluded this would be an attraction, but something responded. Again, I always wonder how much of this was staged for the cameras. They kept hearing something, but with music overlaid for the production made any sounds hard to detect. But these guys didn’t appear to be actors, and behaved as any normal person would experiencing something for the first time.

Video captured unlit torches bursting into flame. Fires already lit were instantly extinguished. One team member experienced a strange feeling and passed out cold at one point, taking a header midsentence. The cage was tripped but trapped nothing.

I’m curious about the Mothman, but the theory that tragedy occurs after a sighting doesn’t hold water for me. No horror befell the man who shot the video. Nothing negative has occurred after a sighting in many years. In spite of the sightings on 9/11, I don’t believe it is attracted to death or creates negative events. This team went hunting for it and encountered something they couldn’t explain. They learned what didn’t work and will make another attempt at a later date. In the meantime, I’ll be waiting, hoping for more physical evidence. But if the Mothman really is supernatural, I don’t think anyone will be able to trap it in a cage like a raccoon.

Day in the life, Film

Stephen Hawking: No afterlife for you!

Here’s one just for fun. If you haven’t already seen this, Stephen Hawking thinks the afterlife is only for those who are afraid of the dark.  Personally, I’ve never been afraid of the dark. Maybe some people there… I honor all belief systems. My own husband does not believe in an afterlife. To each his own.

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Day in the life, Meta Stuff

Expert Opinion


This week I’m attending a metaphysical event and the first couple lectures were brilliant. New perspectives and insights are always welcome in my world. I was really excited at the prospect of two weeks of such greatness. But not everyone is a great speaker, and not everyone with Ph.D. is truly an expert.

Some speakers have more education than they have the ability to articulate. One in particular sounded well, a bit like a flake which gave me deeper understanding of why people are leery about metaphysicians. Some make everything all about them with the hopes of selling their services. Others talk in circles in attempt to be so esoteric that they are inaccessible to common folk like me. They get so excited they can’t slow down enough to find their focus, if they had one to begin with. They tell stories in attempt to illustrate their point (because stories stick better than raw data) but get so swept up in their personal revelations that they fail to communicate clearly to the audience.  The old “you had to be there” to grasp the significance.

I was willing to give the speakers the benefit of working through any discomfort they might have been having talking to a global audience. Public speaking is the most common fear among the masses and is a skill that is not as easily mastered as experts might wish you to believe. Speaking well requires a comfort with your subject, your audience, and most importantly yourself. If you lack confidence or are unprepared, it only takes a couple moments for the audience to pick up on that, even without being able to see you. Sadly, I don’t believe that was the case with any of the speakers I heard. If anything they sounded a little overconfident.

I’ve known a couple people who were incredible geniuses in their field of expertise, only to have been short-changed of anything resembling common sense. This made them hard to relate to, not to mention, intimidating. Some of them had multiple advanced degrees, which made them appear as professional students who couldn’t pick a major. In high school I had an Algebra teacher who would show the class how to solve the problem twice. If you still didn’t understand, you “weren’t paying attention” and therefore, “wasting his time.”

We all can’t be great communicators. When studying with experts, be open, but be exercise common sense. Only you pay for being gullible. If something doesn’t resonate with you, let it roll on by. If the data imparted is too confusing, seek clarity elsewhere.  No matter how brilliant the expert, the greatness inside goes to waste if they aren’t able to impart their knowledge effectively. Don’t blame yourself for not understanding, or allow yourself to feel lesser in some way. Search for experts able to communicate on your level without talking over your head or around the topic altogether. But that’s just my opinion.

Day in the life

9/11 – Paranormal

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From my view, there was nothing normal about the events on 9/11/01. Jets don’t normally fly into buildings on purpose. Air traffic doesn’t normally shut down for a week. People don’t normally take grounded passengers into their homes because there aren’t enough hotels to accommodate everyone.

I was at work in the office of a manufacturing company when the Twin Towers fell. Our sales team had flown in for a quarterly meeting. One of our top salesmen was married to a Delta flight attendant who was en route to Paris from their home in Houston. News came over the radio in the QC manager’s office that planes had flown into the World Trade Center and the buildings had fallen. One report had a plane flying into the Pentagon, but that had not yet been confirmed.

Before this information could register, the phone rang. I answered. On the line was the frightened, quavering voice of the Delta flight attendant. She spoke fast. “Please tell us what is happening. We heard there were planes down. We’re on the ground in Newfoundland, but they aren’t telling us anything. I had to borrow a passenger’s phone to call. Please, please, tell us what you know.”

In a split second I had to decide if I should tell her the horrifying truth or pretend to not have heard about it yet. I imagined myself sitting on that plane not knowing why it had been grounded, why it wasn’t deplaning, and why no information was forthcoming. I would want the truth. I could handle anything if I knew what I’m dealing with. She, and everyone on that plane, deserved to know.

After she chanted “please” a couple more times I took a deep breath so I could spit it out. What I didn’t expect was that she would echo, in a shaky but loud voice, every word that I said to the entire cabin. “There are three planes down. Two towers of the World Trade Center have fallen. One plane hit the Pentagon. All air traffic has been grounded.”

When she finished repeating it, she hurriedly gave me a message for her husband, who was out of the building, should she not make it home. By the end of that message she was on the edge of weeping. I tried reassuring her that she was safe, but before I could relay that none of the downed planes had been Delta flights, the connection was cut. Probably the battery died on her phone. She was gone. I sat holding the receiver hoping I’d done the right thing by telling her, even though it frightened her more.

She and several hundred other travelers from all over the world were fed and sheltered by residents of Newfoundland for a week. The tiny country did not have enough hotels or public housing establishments for that many people at one time. The generosity and kindness will live forever in the hearts of the people who shared that experience. In my mind, this was one happy part of the 9/11 story.

I had heard other friends tell their stories. A NYC resident in the street had to run so hard away from the falling building that he ran right out of his shoes. It was a week before loved ones heard that he’d made it to safety.

A former roommate of mine was scheduled to be at one of the fallen towers that day, but her work had prompted her to change flights to arrive that morning. She was headed out the door to the airport when she got the call from the airline that all flights had been cancelled.

There are thousands of stories from people who were supposed to be at that location at the moment, but weren’t for a host of reasons. I like to think unseen forces did everything possible to protect as many as possible. And that is as paranormal as it gets.


The bays of the dead

This site is full of great stories.

freaky folk tales

ghost ship

If houses are haunted by the spirits of the departed, why not ships? The real reason why you hear so little of haunted ships is that the sailor, unlike the landsman, keeps a very still tongue on such subjects. For one thing, he hates to have his stories received with scepticism; for another, if he happens to be the skipper or owner, he takes good care to be silent on such a subject because history is full of stories of the enormous difficulty of getting a crew for a vessel supposedly haunted.

Tales of the deep relating to spectral ships are among the most attractive of stories, and authors of all kinds have embellished them with many fanciful and picturesque details. Indeed, every maritime country has its phantom ship.

The coasts of Cornwall are second to none in the wildness, the variety, and originality of their sea superstitions. For nowhere…

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