Unexpected Turn in the Path

I have been absent from this blog and most of social media since mid-October when the path of my life took an unexpected turn ~ my love and mate Dudley suffered a stroke that nearly ended his life. Dudley and I (and our tribe of family and friends) have spent the past three months focusing on his well-being and healing.

I had alluded in a Facebook post last August 14 to a health crisis that Dudley experienced that we considered a gift ~ because it made us aware of how precious our time together was. It also inspired us to re-commit to slowing down, savoring life, and enjoying one another’s company.

Out of respect for Dudley’s privacy, I didn’t share the details of last summer’s health crisis. Now, it seems fitting to do so, as the impact of both strokes on our lives is significant. Dudley had a small stroke last July. He had just passed the critical 90-day mark from the July stroke, complete with scans and tests and a thumbs-up from his neurologist, the day before he had the really severe stroke in October. He has been in hospitals and rehab centers ever since, working on regaining strength and mobility. He is not yet back home, but that is the next milestone that we’re working on.

An unexpected and powerful gift of this experience has been the incredible outpouring of love, support, and practical help from family, friends, neighbors and even strangers ~ people with whom I’ve dealt to take care of Dudley’s many business concerns. The kindness and goodness of people has added a transformative element to an otherwise hard experience.

I have decided to take a sabbatical in 2017 from offering events, tours, and investigations in order to focus on Dudley and his healing. 

I hope and expect to be back with a full schedule of Annie Wilder’s Haunted Tea Parties and Spirited Schoolhouse events in 2018.

This was a difficult decision to make in many ways, as I love hosting events and I am proud of both my haunted tea parties and the Spirited Schoolhouse events.  (And, want to say, it feels really good to be connecting energetically with friends of my blog and Facebook page again.) 

I decided last year to close the door on Inkswiggler, my editing and publishing consulting business, and am happy to refer all editing and ghostwriting inquiries to my mega-talented friend Sally McGraw.

I am keeping the Annie Wilder Literary Agency in place.

And, I am continuing to work on my next book, a follow-up to House of Spirit and Whispers.

And in case you’re wondering about the spirits ~ I alluded earlier to the kindness of people in our lives. The spirits gathered round, too, after Dudley’s stroke; I felt their presence nearly constantly in the first weeks especially, when Dudley’s health was most precarious. Dudley came to see me in a dream on his first night in the ICU. We both remember this. (He was not often conscious for more than a few moments at a time in the first few weeks in ICU.) Dudley’s energy or spirit also visited our house in the first week or after the stroke to offer some familiar help. I will write about these experiences and other powerful and comforting mystical experiences that occurred during Dudley’s recovery in another post.

Watch for new posts around the time of the new moon each month, as a theme for our household this year is renewal and hope.

TV Appearance with Christopher and Paulette Moon ~ Life To the Max

Here;s the video of WCCO’s Life to the Max piece on my house. Also featured were my friends and literary agency clients, Chris and Paulette Moon (co-authors of GHOST BOX).

Here’s the promo that ran:

“On a quaint street in Hastings, MN, there is a beautiful Victorian home. From the outside, it looks like other houses in the historic river town, but it’s what’s inside that has everyone spooked. The home belongs to Annie Wilder, a paranormal author who documents the spirit activities in the house. Guest host Liz Collin learns about the documented spirit activities and how it has come to be known as the real ‘Haunted House’ – the subject of Wilder’s books and blogs.”

 

 

Fall Equinox 2016 ~ Taking Stock

Happy Equinox, everyone! Saw an industrious spider spinning her web in last night’s wild wind and was impressed by her determination.

The Equinox, a time of balance, is a perfect time to reflect, take stock, and see what to keep and what to release from one’s life.

After working hard this spring on remodeling projects, much of my time this summer was spent on literary agenting work and family events/endeavors ~ both are important to me and, despite being very busy, it has been, overall, an enjoyable and satisfying year. One family project that I feel really good about was getting all of our family movies and videos from the 1950s, 60s and 70s digitized. I had DVDs made as well. I’ve been trying to get things taken care of that have been “on my list” for awhile ~ maybe it’s my age. 

One thing I decided to release from my life is my editing work and my editing business, Inkswiggler Editing and Publishing Consults. This will free up more time for both my own writing (very happy about this!) and my agenting work. I will be referring all editing requests to my longtime friend and colleague, the immensely talented Sally McGraw. Still in the works for this year: freeing up more leisure time to spend with Dudley, especially traveling and outdoor excursions like kayaking and canoeing.

#anniewilder #autumn #equinox #spiderwork

(Posted January 2017)

A Gift ~ and a Message

Been spending a lot of time in the past month in my yard, engaging in a little flower therapy. We had a health crisis in our household that turned out to be a true gift… without going into all the details, here’s what happened.

July was filled to bursting with the usual summertime busy-ness, with family in town, four new clients for the Annie Wilder Literary Agency, a dragon boat race for Dudley, a trip to Colorado for me, a houseful of guests for the Rivertown Days carnival and parade (the latter of which marches right past my house). 

Not part of our plan was a trip to the local emergency room for my amazingly healthy, strong husband, then a sirens-blaring ambulance ride to United Hospital in St. Paul, a day spent in ICU, and one more day in the hospital before coming home.

The miracle of this is that Dudley is fine. He came through an experience that could have been permanently debilitating or even fatal with no lasting damage. We know we are very fortunate; we feel blessed, and we are grateful.

The gift is the powerful message we received: slow down, enjoy life and each other’s company, and appreciate your health. It’s a message we intend to heed.

September and October are some of my busiest months and all events will still be offered this year. I fully expect to offer Annie Wilder’s Haunted Tea Parties and Spirited Schoolhouse events next year and for many years to come, perhaps scaled back a bit, keeping my focus on that and on my agenting work. But I will probably scale back on blogging and social media posts for my winter “creative cocooning” time, and am seriously considering closing shop entirely on doing editing work ~ will keep you posted on that.

In the meantime, Dudley and I have been having our morning coffee on the porch, going to bed (and getting up) a little earlier, and heading out more often with our bikes, canoe, and kayaks.

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Wishing you all great health and lots of “flower therapy” (and wind and star and sunshine and earth and tree and river therapy) in these golden days of August.

(August 2016 Facebook post ~ posted here January 2017)

 

 

Annie Wilder Interview ~ Shooting From the Lip

Here’s the link to my interview with Kevin and Tiffany from SHOOTING FROM THE LIP.

My thanks to Kevin and Tiffany for a really fun interview! We had a great time discussing paranormal encounters, ETs, astral creatures and haunting anomalies.

Check it out at the link below ~ and please “like” it on YouTube if you liked it. Thanks! ~Annie

Annie Wilder interview ~ Spaced Out Radio

 

My thanks to Dave Scott of SPACED OUT RADIO and his listeners for a very fun interview ~ almost all trucker stories, plus some VERY WEIRD paranormal encounters that Dave has experienced.

If you missed the show, you can listen here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_mbvd2VBpo

Also, thanks to James Tyson, host of SPACED OUT RADIO WEEKEND, for posting this FAB picture all over ~ love it!

#paranormaltruckers #anniewilder #spacedoutradio

(Posted January 2017)

Journey To My Self ~ An Interview with Author and Visual Artist Karen Klein

A note from Annie: Karen Klein was one of my Inkswiggler clients and I found her Inner Shaman story and experience fascinating. I worked with Karen on developmental edits and exploring publishing options for her story. In the end, Karen decided to self-publish, which gave her complete creative control over this very personal account of her spiritual journey that features her writing and images. (The last two images in this post are from the book.)

To find out more or to purchase a copy of Journey to My Self, visit Karen online: http://www.karenklein-author.com

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Annie Wilder: Tell us a bit about yourself. (Where you’re from, where you live now, what you do for work/fun…)

Karen Klein: I’m living in Sarasota, Florida now. I moved here from Minneapolis three years ago. Originally I’m from Columbia, Illinois. I’m a photographer/painter/author/seeker and manager of the Unity of Sarasota bookstore.

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AW: You’re a visual artist ~ what inspired you to write this book?

 KK: An Inner Shaman guide appeared to me during my meditation sessions, starting in the fall of 2011. He led me into a realm that was complex and dynamic. I found the events and imagery so compelling that I wrote down the details just so I would have a record of them. Being a visual artist, I assumed I’d eventually make something creative from the experiences I recorded. But they never evolved the way I thought they would. After I moved to Sarasota and discovered all the new age energy here, I became aware of the vortex, the light workers, the healers, the readers, the quartz sand at Siesta Beach…it was a very new and different environment, and I loved it! I made new friends, many who had moved here not sure why they chose Sarasota, but once here, they felt the same shift I did. The church I frequently attended offered a Spiritual Memoir writing class. Not having any idea what to expect, or why exactly I thought that was a good idea, I showed up and the first assignment gave me an opportunity to put my Inner Shaman visits to words. I had never thought about writing it, but obviously felt guided to do so. Once I accepted that “medium” for my adventure, I never looked back!

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AW: Who or what is the Inner Shaman? Does everyone have one?

KK: Well, I didn’t know I had one so I certainly can’t say everyone has one, but perhaps if they allow themselves to let their imagination and intuition free flow, they would discover their own guide. I knew I wanted to access my great-grandfather, and apparently he was willing to be available for me in the form of my Inner Shaman.

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AW: In Journey to My Self, you take the reader along into a fantastical realm of helpers, guides, and occasionally, shadows and danger. Can you provide a short summary of this realm and what it offered you in your search for spiritual empowerment?

KK: It felt like a Spielberg movie. It was very surreal and very beautiful. I had no preconceived idea of what I would encounter, ever. Everything was new to me, even though things there were familiar — like the wood at the entrance door that immediately reminded me of the wood from the barn on the farm where I was raised. Inside the light was a beautiful warm golden color, except on a few occasions when I felt really low energy. Then it was like someone turned the lights off and it was flat, grey. However, there were no lights — there was no roof or ceiling. It just opened to the universe. Every visit was a gift from my Inner Shaman — either a new archetype, a new experience; and they all became cumulative.

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AW: From which guide or archetypal energy in this realm did you learn the most? Which lesson was the most difficult? Did you have a favorite guide or archetype?

KK: I learned from all of them. They responded according to needs that I usually didn’t know I had. Because I had always been taken by the stories I heard about my great-grandfather, Karl Otto, I was beyond happy to have him appear as my Inner Shaman. When Clarity appeared, it was a very significant and scary occasion. I was sooooo happy to see my beloved Grandma Klein. And the experience with Shadow was also very powerful and eventually humorous. Difficult lessons that I kept repeating were the fear and anxiety that I kept trying to get rid of. The experience of unwinding the barbed wire of fear from me was very powerful, a terrific visual. And, I adored Polly the Pig.

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AW: What was the correlation between your physical world life and the realm of the Inner Shaman? Did your life change as a result of these experiences? If so, how?

KK: It changed in that I became aware of the power of my inner resources and how cut off/removed from my Self that I have always been. I relied on my Inner Shaman visits to help me understand and navigate my physical-world life. I felt I occupied my Self more completely.

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AW: What would you recommend to those searching for a deeper sense of self or for an active and empowering spiritual life?

KK: For me it was helpful to be in an environment that supported my search. I am sure it is a unique experience for anyone who awakens. There are many books and teachers available; many opportunities to explore, which is what I had done. Eventually I carved out my own personal path but only after I searched and searched, knowing that my hunger had not been satisfied. For me the magic, the surreal environment, the trust in my great-grandfather, the powerful visuals made it all compelling.KarenKlein_Awaiting-Eros

AW: Anything else you’d like to add?

KK: Gratitude. Everyday I pause in gratitude. And, in a recent visit I took my Journey to My Self book to each and every totem and archetype/symbol/spirit/energy in my Inner Shaman’s world, and I gave them all a book in gratitude for becoming part of me.

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Report From A Crystal Ball Reading

 

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A belated but sincere huge thank you to psychic intuitive Eric Moen and all my guests at the Midsummer Season Crystal Ball Divination event last week. WOW.

I had the feeling it was going to be an interesting night, and it was. Eric did a fantastic job of providing in-depth and accurate readings to everyone present. It was really fun to see Eric peering into the crystal ball and describing images that he then interpreted. The readings went much deeper than I had expected and Eric was a generous and unhurried reader ~ very focused and direct. My guests were almost all haunted tea party and schoolhouse friends who have come to many spirited events in the past. (It was good to see you all again!)

Two guests approached me afterward to tell their readings were “spot on.” And I did see people nodding vigorously while their friend or family member was getting a reading. A few times tarot card images came through, which gave Eric specific insights into the response, since he reads tarot cards.

The night started with Eric sharing the story of how he acquired his crystal ball and how he established a working relationship with it. Eric introduced the crystal ball, whose name is Thurston, a grand and masculine old-fashioned name that suits its energy. (The ball is named after the great magician Howard Thurston, who lived from 1869 to 1936.)

Eric said his goal was to provide information that could be used in a positive and empowering way. He said divination revealed possibilities and patterns, but that each of us has free will and can use the information gleaned from a reading to make choices that empower our lives.

Guests were asked if they wanted a general reading or had specific questions. Eric described what he saw, even while images were forming, and included all of us in his processing of the visual information. For example, when the first image that appeared for one guest kept morphing but never completely manifested into a solid image, he described what he was seeing, then asked her if she was in a state of transition. (She was.)

For my friend Steve, one of the first images Eric described was one eye, looking up. Eric told Steve that the image represented him somehow. It didn’t occur to Steve till the end of the night that the unusual image represented his love of astronomy and hobby of backyard stargazing with a telescope.

Just one more example: My guest Diane, wanting to clear her mind, decided to think about my cats. Right away, Eric told her he saw a big cat. First we all laughed, as Diane’s tee shirt had a large cat on it! Eric didn’t miss a beat and said something like, “Not that one.” That’s when Diane told us she had been thinking about my cats in order to not focus on anything from her life.

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I highly recommend contacting Eric for private or group readings. (PM me for his number if interested.) Eric Moen and Thurston will definitely be part of future Spirited Schoolhouse events!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Annie Wilder’s Spirited Schoolhouse Event: Your Soul’s Wisdom: Past-Life Regression with Psychic Intuitive Chanda Parkinson

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I’m very pleased to announce a new Annie Wlder’s Spirited Schoolhouse event: Your Soul’s Wisdom: Past-Life Regression with Psychic Intuitive Chanda Parkinson.

The event is coming up quickly, on Saturday, July 16, from 1:00 ~ 3:00 PM, and we already have people signed up, so please register right away if you’d like to be part of this. (Sign up by emailing me: annie@anniewilder.com.)

Chanda offered a past-life regression for me and several members of my family earlier this year and it was amazing ~ very positive and powerful. Many of you have seen my dab my eyes while listening to the very moving messages at the spirit message circles. At this event, I literally cried as I recalled a life as a young orphan boy in Europe (sometime in the 1700s – 1800s, I believe). 

My clothes were caked with dirt and grime and were literally stiff from never being washed. I slept on hay in a horse barn and had only survived after my mother died because the cook, whose face I can still clearly see, saw to it that I was fed. My impression was that my mother in that lifetime had been a household servant and had died when I was a few years old. When I was a young teenager, I was sold to a man to work on his farm. I can also still see myself leaving with the man on a dirt road and turning back to look at the cook, who was watching me leave with tears running down her face. I ran away from the man’s farm a few years later because he was so cruel. I found work on a ship, shoveling coal into a furnace or stove. I died in that lifetime when the ship sank, but my main thought as I died was that I was glad I had run away and experienced freedom. Chanda asked us what the message was from that life life to ourselves in this life, and my message as the young man to myself today was, “Don’t give up.”

Everyone at the event had an entirely different and very detailed story or narrative, with the exception of one guest who takes quite strong medication. Non of us had known what to expect going in and we all agreed it was vivid and illuminating.

I do recommend that guests come with a friend, due to the emotional intensity of the experience.

More details on the event “Your Soul’s Wisdom: Past-Life Regression with Psychic Intuitive Chanda Parkinson” here.

 

Report From a Haunted Tea Party

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I love all the haunted tea parties, but this one was extra special.

We had not only three guests that are highly skilled psychics, (sisters Suzanne Worthley, Lisa Eckman, and Suzanne’s daughter Phoebe) but three guests whose great grandparents, grandparents, and great aunt and uncle lived in my house from the 1920s through the 1960s. (Sisters Barb and Kathy and their cousin Bill.) Between the stories that Barb, Kathy and Bill shared about their memories of Leon and the house, and Suzanne and Lisa’s impressions of the spirits and residual energies, we had a fascinating time!

To share just a few of the things I learned at the tea: I found out that Leon and his wife used to sit on the side porch, while the upstairs tenants had use of the front porch. It was Barb and Kathy’s grandmother Liz, not their aunt Gertude, who used to sit at the upstairs window and watch to make sure kids didn’t leave church early ~ and who called their parents if they did!

Suzanne took a look at pictures of both Liz and Gertrude and said that although they were sisters, their energy was very different. Suzanne picked up on Liz’s sharp intellect and serious nature and on Gertude’s warmth, kindness and sense of whimsey ~ she said Gertrude had a love of flowers and fairies. Gertrude used a conch shell as a doorstop in the parlor, a practice I followed after I heard the story from Barb a few years ago.

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Suzanne also said that Leon and Liz had a deep friendship, based on mutual respect. (There was a period of time when Liz and her husband were renting from Leon and his wife.) I found this interesting, because I have heard from more than one psychic that Leon has a female companion in the spirit world who is not his wife but was a good friend of his during their physical lives. I had figured that it must have been a family member, since friendships between men and women who were married to other people seemed to have been pretty unusual in Leon’s time. Suzanne said Leon respected Liz’s intellect, which resonated with me as a characteristic that Leon, who was very traditional, would value. (Leon once told psychic Echo Bodine that she “came across like a man,” meaning she was very direct. I got the impression that although Leon didn’t think of directness as feminine, he did respect it.)

Last, two things: Bill gave me a photograph of Gertrude and her husband Ted, which I am very happy to have. (I will share it after I make sure it’s all right to post.) And, after Barb told me a few years back that the guest room closet (with a big window) was her grandmas’ sewing room and happy place, I said I was going to put my sewing machine in there. (I do already have an antique sewing table in the closet.) On Monday this week, I came home and found the sleek and beautiful, steampunk-ian  Franklin sewing machine pictured here on my back porch, with a note from Barb, saying it belonged to her grandma Liz and she wanted me to have it. I am thrilled and honored, of course.

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I was intrigued by the Egyptian symbolism on the sewing machine ~ my son told me that it was probably from the 1920s, as that was when King Tut’s tomb was discovered and there was kind of a worldwide craze about it. I looked online and found the Franklin sewing machine and it IS from the 1920s. That would explain the unexpected drama of ancient magical symbols on an important, but common, household machine.

I called Barb and let her know that I will take good care of her grandma’s beautiful sewing machine and that I see it as a permanent part of my house and its story.