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Dear Ghostvillagers,

Okay, sure, Julius Caesar certainly should beware the Ides of March, but does that mean the rest of us (and may I point out it’s been more than 2000 years since his assassination) also have to tiptoe through the 15th? What was just a day on the calendar has become a thing -- like seeing a pothole way ahead on the road, saying to yourself, I need to go around that pothole then hitting the pothole anyway. If you weren’t looking, you might have missed it, but because you fixated, it’s like fate gave you no choice but to bend your rim.

According to Greek historian and biographer Plutarch, a seer had warned Julius Caesar to “beware the Ides of March.” Caesar didn’t heed the warning (he even mocked it) and showed up to the senate meeting in 44 BC for his date with 60 conspirators who stabbed the ruler to death. The Roman calendar didn’t number their days; they focused on three fixed points: the Nones, Ides (middle) and Kalends. Caesar is assassinated, centuries later Shakespeare immortalizes the story in his play Julius Caesar, and BAM we’re freaked out a little every March 15th.

That’s the power of story. The allure of legend. A place garners a reputation for being haunted, for harboring monsters, or being a secret alien landing site, and it’s the only thing we can think about. That story is a human connection from one person to another. It’s a literal line that connects people to each other, then to places, then to points in time.

I view my job as following that string from person to person, from place to place, and then back in time to see where it leads me. And sometimes, when the conditions are just right… the past comes alive again. We see something that doesn’t belong in our present. Those are the moments I live for.

I know I’m not alone. Over the years I’ve encountered so many of you who also want to explore these events and things that bind us to each other. It’s why I love paranormal events. It’s the place where we explore what we have in common, not what makes us different.

I hope you’ll get the chance to join me next month at one of my favorite haunts: The Houghton Mansion in North Adams, Massachusetts. My buddies Dave Schrader from Darkness Radio, Ron Kolek from Ghost Chronicles, and Tim Weisberg from Spooky Southcoast will be leading the festivities. Come out and see us!

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
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Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
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Events Scheduled:

Phenomenology 105 - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - March 21-24, 2013
Haunting the Houghton Mansion - North Adams, Massachusetts - April 5-7, 2013
The Real Dracula Tour and Ghost Hunt with Dave Schrader and Jeff Belanger - Romania - May 19-27, 2013
Chicago Ghost Conference 5 - Chicago, Illinois - October 4-5, 2013
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - New Braintree Public Library - New Braintree, Massachusetts - October 26, 2013, 7:00PM

Haunting the Houghton

Join us April 6, 2013 - As seen on Season One of Ghost Adventures! Built by the first mayor of North Adams in 1890, the mansion is now home to a Masonic Temple, though the secretive society isn’t the only resident. The building allegedly holds the ghosts of a suicide victim, A.C. Houghton himself, and the spirit of his daughter, Mary, who died in a tragic car accident August 1, 1914.

The event includes: a Meet-n-Greet Party, Lectures, Paranormal Experiments, Dinner, and Hours of Investigations featuring Dave Schrader from Darkness Radio, Ron Kolek from Ghost Chronicles, and Tim Weisberg from Spooky Southcoast!

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Ouija Boards with Karen Dahlman March 12, 2013 [VIDEO]
The Jinn with Marwan El Nashar March 6, 2013 [VIDEO]
Stranded with Josh Gates February 26, 2013 [VIDEO]
Secret Space Program with Tim Swartz February 19, 2013 [VIDEO]
When Ghost Hunting Is A Family Affair February 8, 2013
Rhode Island Bigfoot with the Bigfoot Seekers February 5, 2013 [VIDEO]
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