GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #68 - April 16, 2007
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Do you believe in miracles? I do. I witnessed one just last month when my daughter was born. Sure, there are over six billion people on Earth, meaning there's been at least six billion miracles in modern times, but when you consider everything that has to happen between conception and the first breath of a newborn -- it truly is a miracle.
There are other miracles in our lives as well. Some are small and may seem insignificant to everyone else but the witness, and some are so large that the event causes the masses to ponder what mysterious force could have possibly intervened.
The word gets tossed around quite a bit -- certainly any fan of sports has heard the word "miracle" used to describe an unlikely win or play, but one person's miracle is often another person's luck. Dictionary.com defines miracle as: "an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause." This month on Ghostvillage.com, we're going to delve a little deeper into miracles, both big and small. Have there been miracles in your own life? If so,
we want to hear about
them. Does your faith or religion teach about miracles? If so, how do those teachings affect your modern-world view?
I'm also working on a new book this month -- a first of its kind. It's called The Ghost Files, and the work is going to cover some of the discussions and research that have been presented on Ghostvillage.com throughout the years. We're going to pick the ghost phenomena apart from beginning to end. But here's the twist: This book will be a dialogue; a conversation, and those who wish to participate can join our special message board to do so.
You can visit this new board here and jump in on any topic that you have strong feelings about.
Everything else is hopping along here at the Ghostvillage.com headquarters. We're sponsoring a one-day event coming up May 5th: The Eastern Massachusetts Paranormal Ghost Conference and Seminar in Haverhill, Massachusetts featuring some great speakers. Click here for ticket information. And just a reminder that today is the last day for discount tickets to the
Ghost World Conference in Gettysburg July 20-22. You do not want to miss this event! Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below.
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Congratulations to Joslyn Woodbury of Ridgway, Pennsylvania, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of
Jeff Belanger's book, The World's Most Haunted Places, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!
This month, we're doing the contest again, but we ask that you first click this link:
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and "We have a winner!" that means you weren't the first to email us. Sorry, please try again next month.
On to this month's question: This question can be answered by reading a page on Ghostvillage.com. The first
person to reply to this email with the correct answer will win this month's prize.
According to author Ursula Bielski, what is the real identity of Resurrection Mary?
Once we have our winner, we will announce them on our home page as soon
as possible. Good luck! (Only Ghostvillagers who have not won a prize from us in the last year are eligible.)
This month's prize:
We're giving away an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's book, Our Haunted Lives: True Life Ghost Encounters, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!
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April 21: Jeff
Belanger on Spooky Southcoast Radio
April 28: Paraquest
Paranormal Conference - England
May 2: Jeff
Belanger on Parahub Radio
May 5: Eastern
Massachusetts Paranormal Ghost Conference - Jeff Belanger is speaking at this event
May 9: Jeff
Belanger on Ghostcensus Radio
May 11: Ghost
Hunters Conference - Ventura, California
May 18: Spirits
of Schoenbrunn Village
May 19: CPRI
Paranormal Conferenece in Richmond, VA
June 8: Mid-Atlantic
Paranormal Conference - Moundsville, WV - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event
June 9: SGRA
Paracon - Milford, Connecticut
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|Who's Who in the Town Square?
>>Ron Kolek<< - member since August 22, 2005
What is your name?
Ronald John Kolek Sr. (New England’s own Van Helsing)
How old are you?
Older than dirt (58).
Where do you live?
Dracut, Massachusetts, USA
What do you do for a living?
Radio Host, Columnist, and Ghost Hunter Extraordinaire (Oh yeah, I sell luggage for Macy’s too).
How did you get started in ghost investigating?
Happenchance, a near-death experience, and a bizarre set of events. I decided to use my scientific background (I have a degree in environmental science) to try to make sense of the unknown, unexplained, and the unbelievable world of the paranormal (not to prove to the world the existence of ghosts, but rather to explore it for my own personal edification).
What is your objective for the Ghost Chronicles radio show?
It is a vehicle to explore the many facets of paranormal and to share my personal experiences in investigating the paranormal with the rest of the known world.
What's the most haunted location you've ever investigated?
The Windham Restaurant, the Houghton Mansion, oh... and Old Hill Cemetery (I did get slimed there!).
What's your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Who has time to eat ice cream?
Our last month's theme was Voodoo. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:
|Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Book Review: Encyclopedia of the Undead by Dr. Bob Curan
Ghost Chronicles Podcast: Bloody Mary: The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans
Discussion: Marie Laveau - Voodoo Queen
Column: Vodou - Bide One's Time by Lee Prosser
Ghostvillage.com's book reviewer, Lee
Prosser and the staff have brought you several new book reviews and author interviews since our last newsletter.
This past month's Library additions:
Various Titles by Alesiter Crowley
by David Deida
by Pamala Oslie
Delaware St. John: The Curse of Midnight Manor and The Town with No Name [GAME REVIEW]
by Amber K and Azrael Arynn K
The Children of Now
by Meg Blackburn Losey
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The Other in the Auditorium - Clarkston, Washington
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Local Residents Claim Paranormal Sightings Ann Arbor News Ann Arbor, Michigan - April 13, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Ghosts Haunting Bihar Minister Sahara Samay Noida, India - April 12, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
2007 Eastern Massachusetts Paranormal Ghost Conference and Seminar in Haverhill, MA [CONFERENCE WATCH]
Historic Shreveport Mansion Subject of Paranormal Investigation KSLA Shreveport, Louisiana - April 8, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Presenting the 2007 South Coast Paranormal Convention in Santa Paula, California [CONFERENCE WATCH]
New Ghosts, UFOs, and Conspiracy Tour: Jim Marrs, Nick Redfern, Joshua P. Warren
AGHOST Issues a Call for Papers For Its 5th Annual Ghost Hunter's Getaway Conference [CONFERENCE WATCH]
Hum Thing Spooky is Happening Here Scotsman Edinburgh, Scotland - March 28, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Casting for Second Season of Lifetime Show "Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead"
Who Ya Gonna Call? ParanormalHotline Debuts
Museums Cashing in on Ghoul Fascination New Straits Times Persekutuan, Malaysia - March 23, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Park County’s Past Mingles with the Present Summit Daily News Fairplay, Colorado - March 15, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
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New features added since our last newsletter:
Investigating Tenney Gatehouse and Grey Court Castle - Ghost Chronicles - April 12, 2007 [PODCAST]
Part Eight of Belle Gunness: McClung Road and the Blood Farm Horror - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin - April 6, 2007 [COLUMN]
Ghost Hunters Spotlight: The Ghost Stalker, Richard Senate - Ghost Chronicles - April 4, 2007 [PODCAST]
The Mark of Cain - by Lee Prosser - April 1, 2007 [COLUMN]
Bloody Mary: The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans - Ghost Chronicles - March 28, 2007 [PODCAST]
Marija: The Half-life of Resurrection Mary by Ursula Bielski - March 23, 2007
The Haunted Farnsworth House - Ghost Chronicles - March 21, 2007 [PODCAST]
Aleister Crowley - by Lee Prosser - March 16, 2007 [COLUMN]
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|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
The Eastern Massachusetts Paranormal Ghost Conference and Seminar - Haverhill, Massachusetts - May 5, 2007
2007 Mid-Atlantic Paranormal Conference - Moundsville, West Virginia - June 8-9, 2007
2007 Haunted America Conference - Decatur, Illinois - June 22-23, 2007
Ghost World Conference - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - July 20-22, 2007
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Strange Lights in the Sky Over Washington State
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