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It's getting cold here at the Ghostvillage.com world
headquarters in Bellingham, Massachusetts. The leaves have
all turned brown and fallen, and the frost is crisp each
morning. By far, this is my favorite time of year. Some
Native American tribes believe that green leaves and foliage
in general keep spirits at bay and offer the
living some protection. Which means in the fall and winter,
supernatural activity increases. The nights are longer, and
colder... all the makings of a perfect ghost story.
The Halloween rush has
passed, and we have certainly gained a lot of new
Villagers -- I'd like to extend a welcome to all of the
new faces. We received over a million hits in October --
it was definitely exciting -- but alas, not everyone
sticks around after October 31st. But, those who did stick
around are those with more
than just a passing fancy of the supernatural. So welcome
to all you newbies. We hope you'll share your experiences
and insights with us.
As you may have noticed, this newsletter is evolving. We
have a new look, some new features, and I really need your
help to take it further. Each month I want this to become
a newsletter for every organization involved in the
supernatural. If you have a conference coming up, or you
are trying to form a group in a certain area, or you have
an announcement that our global audience may be interested
me<<. Our mailing list grows bigger and bigger
each month, and you can also help by forwarding this
newsletter on to your friends and encouraging them to >>subscribe<<.
This is a new feature that will
appear in our newsletters going forward. If you would like
to be profiled here, >>email
Who in the Town Square?
Where are you from?
I grew up in a small town in Northwestern
Minnesota, but I have lived in Minneapolis for 14 years.
How old are you?
33 years old.
How did you find Ghostvillage.com?
I found Ghostvillage through a
Web site search in my Sunday paper. They always focused on different topics, and they rated this as one of the best sites for any kind of paranormal research. (I strongly
What is your favorite section of Ghostvillage.com?
My favorite thing is the town square. This is the best site I
know -- it has such an eclectic group of people from all walks of life. Everyone brings so much to the table, and I love to hear
everyone's input on issues. You don't always have to agree with what someone writes about, but just
giving them the forum to express themselves is such a powerful thing. There is always one in the crowd who makes things worse, but for the most part, I think everyone has handled themselves in an adult manner. Freedom of expression is so important. I love also, how the topics have increased and how we have expanded. If you are
ever feeling low, you have a friend at Ghostvillage!
What sparked your interest in the supernatural?
Ever since I was a little girl (oh so long ago), I have
always been interested in the paranormal. My parents are very conservative, so I am not sure why I have been so interested. I grew up on a small farm in the middle of
nowhere, and I swear our farm was haunted, I hated the basement of our house. I
never wanted to go down there by myself. Not sure if it was just spooky or if there was something there. We always played those "kid" games of Light as a Feather, Ouija Board,
etc. and they always interested me, but I had a huge respect for the unknown.
Some of you know that I get easily freaked -- whenever I watch anything
on TV about the paranormal, I have to have the lights on. It's like I can't get enough, but then I can't sleep for
days (my husband will verify it). I know many of you want to see a ghost, but if I ever saw one, I
probably would not be the same.
Have you ever had any supernatural experiences?
When I was 17 my parents decided to move into our small town. The house they bought was an old mortuary turned into a house. As you
can imagine, I freaked out easily in that house! I would not sleep upstairs because when I
did, I always heard someone walking up the steps to my room. I would always call out to my mom to stop checking on me and she was never there. To this day, I will not sleep up there and everyone knows why. The cellar is also very creepy.
What do you say to the skeptics?
As a science major (nursing and genetics research), I am always looking for an explanation for things. Usually, there is an answer
or a reason for something occurring. In this field, there are sometimes no answers, and that is sometimes why I get frustrated with skeptics. They always think there is a reason. Sure,
there may not be a reason for ghosts, orbs, out-of-body experiences,
past-lives, but I think that if you believe, that is all that matters. If I should die suddenly, I will give all of you a big sign, just to prove the skeptics
I have been on this Web site almost every day for a year, and I am so happy I've made friends with many of you. Here's to many more years of happy ghost hunting!!
I would like to thank Michael Connelly, author of Riders
in the Sky: The Ghosts and Legends of Philmont Scout Ranch,
for joining us in a special Ghost Chat to discuss his
book. Several Ghostvillagers had the opportunity to ask
him questions about his book and the haunted Philmont
Scout Ranch. You can read the chat transcript >>here<<.
>>Ghost Chat<< is available anytime, but scheduled Ghost Chats
will only take place once or twice a month and will either
feature a special guest or a specific topic. If you would
like to suggest a topic or a guest you want to see
in Ghost Chat, let us know. >>email<<
I really appreciate all of the feedback my >>"Legends
of the Supernatural"<< column has been
getting from you. Your comments, questions, and
suggestions are very much appreciated -- keep them coming!
You never know when I may be visiting your town next.
|Legends of the Supernatural
I have some great columns coming up. You'll read about the
Old Hag Syndrome, where medical experts weigh in on what
they believe is happening during these very frightening
nocturnal episodes, and we'll pay a visit to John Stone's
Inn in Ashland, Massachusetts -- a 170-year-old restaurant
that is haunted by as many as seven ghosts.
If you know of a publication that may be interested in
running the column, drop me a line. >>email<<
Our library is growing! More people have submitted
reviews, and I expect more books in the mail shortly. If
you are a publisher or author looking to submit your book
for review, please >>contact
me<<. And if you see that someone else reviewed a book
that you have also read, please add your comments by >>submitting<<
your own review.
|New Books in the Supernatural Library
>>Rider's in the Sky: The Ghosts and Legends of Philmont
Scout Ranch<< by Michael Connelly
End<< by Elaine Mercado
If you have an encounter, please share it by clicking >>here<<.
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Since our last newsletter, the following people have joined us in the Town Square.
sinloa, CLindow, Ghostmom, GentleFawn, Jhereck, lethal_diva, Susan777, waynezhao,
PFC_Thomson, coldspots24, ahoyhoy, midnightskytear,
brookelyn, goody2762, natasha, darkwolf1985,
Psycho-Joe, angie, monkeysue520, monkeyamy520,
mreed, preludebaby04, ANGENANGELIA, wikanchick,
tasha, Tamara_Thorne, cindyc, tiara, archon, junerin,
Indianaghosthunter, Randaldevault, cbrat01, Jheira, Dawn, Rebecca_Mae,
Glyolis, vixen_2002, vicky_b, panda777, tori7435, IBelieve, kipper, Recon00,
MoonMaiden, paraex, Lorr355, Racer, Paul_G., blumoon2, nowhereslow02, lucy2975,
sharon_streck, Inslaved, SleepyFairy, MysteriousFaiRie, xXxJackixXx, jim1, Sarahrulz3, Phoenix44,
njdeb, Dodie, lillivun, Caneleya, wolf122, lola, kasto, Murlag,
Niels, tannas_angel_2001, drag_on55_2000, jampoe, Horus, themummy103, noVa_ProductionZ, alissa_jeanne,
monie, ghostfreak, paranormalyp, SelobsSkeleton, talisman, Haunthunt48, Spankyjo27, dcsbh,
Shelli, krcguns, LiRay, shenor3844, shawn, Ghostgirl, kicsi, snowdove,
hunter, madalaine, s.carkett, SCararini, ixzion, Camille, ToledoGirl, LindaA,
punkyfoos, fishing4ghosts, rui_shadow, LouieGirl03, The_Duck, neenee, pacman67, NEMOGHO, ladybird2110, Blue_Betta, TNChick831, covergirl_699,
pingpong_9, hmunozbe, zombie182, Rain, and clearlyanidiot
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