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May 17, 2005
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Life is a roller-coaster ride, full of many twists, lots of dips, and plenty of ups and downs. When we're lucky, we get a few weeks of straightaway to catch our breaths for the inevitable jars and jumps that are coming down the track or around the next corner. This past month has been a bumpy one on my own roller-coaster ride. I'll begin with the sad news.
This past month I lost my grandmother. She was my last living grandparent. A part of your childhood melts away when all of your grandparents are gone. That living connection to so many fond memories growing up gets broken when your last grandparent passes on. My "Nana," as we called her, had a rough finish to her own journey. A heart attack caused a fall that left her in a barely-conscious state for her final 10 days. Everyone closest to her had the opportunity to say goodbye and as with any passing, the sadness is cleansing in a way. I realized the only reason I was so sad was because she was actually worth missing. I count myself blessed for having known her as long as I did. Nana was also a bit of a fireball, and to share an inside family joke with you, the day she passed, we knew the event would have consequences in the afterlife. My grandfather died about four years earlier, and when Nana died, we knew his vacation was over -- the boss is back.
On a happier track, this past month I had the opportunity to visit San Diego, California, and speak at the Ghost Trackers' California Ghost Hunters Conference. A big thank-you to Gloria and the rest of the Ghost Trackers for having me out there. We toured a legendary haunted hot spot while in town -- the Whaley House. Our group got to go in after hours, so there were no other tours at the time. When we walked in the door, I thought I heard footsteps coming from the upstairs. I can confirm there was no one upstairs when we entered, but I don't know for sure if one of the staff members walking around the back of the building didn't cause some kind of echo. Either way, it was a great start to an intriguing visit.
You may have noticed that Ghostvillage.com has a new look! We've added a new section for even more great content. Be sure to take a look when you have a minute. Summer is coming soon here at the Ghostvillage.com world headquarters. Time to get out for some outdoor ghost investigations and haunted campouts. Thank you to everyone who has purchased my new book, Communicating With the Dead, and to those of you who haven't yet, I suggest you do... before I sic the spirit of my Nana on you. Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below.
Mayor of Ghostvillage.com
This month, we're doing the contest again, but we ask that you first click this link: http://www.ghostvillage.com/index.shtml#winner. If it says, "The search is on" then we don't have a winner yet and go ahead and send in your answer. If you see today's date 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.
What is Troy Taylor's favorite junk food?
Once we have a winner, we will announce it 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 new book, Communicating With the Dead: Reach Beyond the Grave, a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt, and a copy of Jazz guitarist John Judd's new CD, Haunted Heart!
Didn't win? Want to buy a copy? Click on the graphic.
April 16: "Cape Encounters" Book Signing
May 18: Jeff Belanger on Truth Talk Live Radio
May 21: History & Hauntings Tours Extended
June 4: History & Hauntings Tours Spring/Summer
June 11: History & Hauntings Tours Spring/Summer, Mansfield Reformatory Overnight
June 17: SGRA Summer Paranormal Conference - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event
June 18: History & Hauntings Tours Extended
June 22: History & Hauntings Tours Spring/Summer
June 23: 2005 Haunted America Conference
June 25: Jeff Belanger on KZUM in Lincoln, NE
July 2: History & Hauntings Tours Spring/Summer
July 9: History & Hauntings Tours Spring/Summer, Haunted Overnights for Spring/Summer
July 15: Berkshire Paranormal Conference - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event
Who's Who in the Town Square?
>>DukeofBoogie<< - member since March 3, 2005
What is your name?
How old are you?
Where do you live?
Cleveland, Ohio (actually a suburb called Brooklyn)
What do you do for a living?
How did you get interested in the supernatural?
When I was 10 years old, strange things began to happen in my house. At first it scared the daylights out of me, but the fear soon turned into fascination. I've been obsessed ever since.
Have you ever seen a ghost?
I've yet to see a full-figured apparition. I do, however, see figures moving about all the time. Not just shadows either. I can see colors, and shoes and clothing, but it goes by so quick. I would like to develop my psychic abilities a little further, though. I really want to experience more. When I finally do see a full-on ghost, Ghostvillage would be the first to know about it!
What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
It's a tie between chocolate and butter pecan.
This past month's Library additions:
Weird Illinois by Troy Taylor - author interview
Cathedral of the Black Madonna by Jean Markale
Pyramid of Fire: The Lost Aztec Codex by John Major Jenkins and Martin Matz
The Druids: Celtic Priests of Nature by Jean Markale
Communicating With the Dead by Jeff Belanger - author interview
Geomancy: A Method for Divination by Franz Hartmann
Queen of the Night by Sharynne MacLeod NicMhacha
The Archidoxes of Magic by Paracelsus
Hara: The Vital Center of Man by Karlfried Graf Durckheim
Being A Pagan by Ellen Evert Hopman and Lawrence Bond
Witch on the Go by Cal Garrison
The Rosicrucians by Christopher McIntosh
Strange Sounds at The Rock - San Francisco, California [PIC]
A Visit From Ole Pete - Sharpsburg, Virginia
Shadow Figures - Sykesville, Maryland
Flagler Museum Energy Ribbon - Palm Beach, Florida [PIC]
Phantom Perfume at the Whaley House - San Diego, California
Floating Red Eyes - Uvalde, Texas
Ivy's Watchful Vigil - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Mists and Streaks in the Philippines - Cebu, Liloan, Philippines [PIC]
Six Days of Torment - Old Wethersfield, Connecticut
Scratching Torment - Palm Coast, Florida
Granny's Bouncing Lights - Jemison, Alabama
Visions From Lourdes - Lourdes, France [PIC]
Communicating with the Dead... Truth or Hoax? - May 9, 2005
"Ghost Hunt Nevada" - an Exciting New Class at WNCC - May 4, 2005
"CONTACT" – The Berkshire Paranormal Ghost Conference and Seminar Coming to North Adams, Massachusetts, July 15-17, 2005
Ghost Convention International: Convening Global Ghost Hunters and Researchers at the Haunted Queen Mary in Long Beach, Sept. 9–11, 2005
New features added since our last newsletter:
Bide One's Time - Sensitive to Ghosts - by Lee Prosser - May 17, 2005
Emotions of the Paranormal by Brian Leffler - May 13, 2005
Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
Events Scheduled in 2005 so far:
SGRA Summer Paranormal Conference in Stratford, Connecticut - June 17-18
New England Ghost Project's Berkshire Paranormal Conference in North Adams, Massachusetts - July 15-17
Adsagsona Paranormal Society GhostFest '05 in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee - August 5-7
Ghost Convention International 2005 on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California - September 9-11
Watch for Jeff at an event in early October in Las Vegas, Nevada -- details coming in the next newsletter!
Hot Threads in the Community
What is your myth?
Help on a school project by telling us about your area/region/country's myths and legends.
Religious sacrament or dangerous drug that should be banned?
Are they real or not?
You decide, but these are some of the best ghost photos out there anywhere.
Voices from the grave
What is it saying? You be the judge.
How do you become one with the universe?
New Emoticons and Smilies
Many Ghostvillagers have been asking for new smilies, so here they are!
Pamper your taste buds -- some of our Ghostvillagers are culinary masters.
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