Saying Goodbye to a Friend and Mentor

I had hoped that my first post in a long while would be to share some happy news ~ and I do have some good news that I’ll post later this week. 

But I’m writing today to pay tribute to my dear friend Linda Cora, who passed away at her home on August 22. I didn’t post sooner because, truthfully, it’s been hard for me to believe my friend is not still here with us on the physical side of life anymore. 

Linda was a role model and teacher to me. She had lived through some very difficult experiences as a young woman but she didn’t let them defeat her or define her. Instead, it seemed to me, Linda used all of her experiences as a source of strength, credibility, and empathy. Her trademark phrase was “Know you’re blessed and leave the rest.” Linda loved life ~ more than anyone I know! ~ and she loved to have fun. She made me laugh so often. Her humor and vitality brightened the energy of those of us lucky enough to spend time with her. 

As many of you who attended Linda’s popular spirit message circles at my house know, her intuitive and spirit communication skills were unsurpassed. She had a special bond with Leon and called several times over the years with messages Leon had given her to share with me, ranging from his thoughts on the orange and blue floor tiles I had chosen for the playroom (a little too loud for his taste) to a request that we read the back hallway blessing out loud each time I led a tea party group on a house tour. (Which we did, starting at the next tea party, and every one since.) 

Linda is the first friend I called three years ago when Dudley was in the ICU and wasn’t regaining consciousness after his stroke. She spoke to Dudley’s spirit and gave me information that wasn’t easy for me to hear at the time but proved to be incredibly valuable. 

I had hoped to offer a few select Spirited Schoolhouse events this fall and Linda was going to be one of the presenters. For several reasons, I’m going to forgo offering events this fall. I’m so sorry about this! I really miss the tea parties and Spirited Schoolhouse events but we’re not at a point where I can sustainably start hosting them again. 

I’ll close by saying that every time I think of Linda, from the moment I heard the news of her passing till right now as I type, I picture her smiling and fine, still learning, still teaching, still full of life, but now on the spirit side of life. 

I’m grateful that our paths crossed and for the friendship we shared. I have thanked Linda for all the help and guidance she gave me, for the healing messages she delivered to me and to my Spirited Schoolhouse and haunted tea party guests, and for all the positivity and healing she brought into this world, and continues to bring from the other side.

Season of Spirits with Linda Cora ~ WOW!

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Last Thursday night’s Season of Spirits event was awesome, thanks to my friend Linda Cora’s incredible mediumship skills and a parlor-full of great guests, both physical and in spirit.

The vibe of the night was high-energy and positive. Many of Thursday’s guests were friends who have come to many events at my house, and their anticipation and excitement provided the kind of energy the spirits seem to love.

Linda’s amazing skill, coupled with her down-to-earth observations and sense of humor added another element of fun to the event. Guests were able to name the loved one in spirit with whom they most wanted to communicate, and Linda connected with those spirits.

Linda started out with information about the spirits who had approached her as soon as she booked the event here, wanting to make sure their messages would be conveyed to their family. She gave specific names, medical conditions, and physical descriptions, most of which we verified by the end of the night. One of the most humorous messages of the night was from a “very Catholic” grandma in spirit, who was concerned about her grandson working a late shift. Her comment: “Nothing good happens after midnight.”

Loved ones in spirit came through with specific messages of love, with apologies, and with reassurance, advice, and even admonishments (specifically, a message to a guest’s mother with diabetes to take care of her health). In once case, the spirit visitor did not have much to say, so Linda did a mini-reading for the guest (a young woman) instead.

One of the fundamental themes of the night was that our family, friends, and even companion animals in spirit are still with us ~ they are part of our lives, offering support and love from the spirit side of life. Linda said we “lift them up” when we say their names, talk to them, and share our memories and stories of them. There were many moving and humorous moments throughout the night; I feel very fortunate to be part of these lively, powerful, and healing spirit message circles.

We have two more spirit message circles this season, All Hallows Mediumship Eve. One will be held tomorrow night (October 29) and the final on October 30. The guest medium will be the very talented Janice Carlson, who I met through my work at FATE magazine. Both events have been sold out for weeks ~ next season, I am considering hosting a spirit message circle each month, as there seems to be an incredible demand for this kind of healing experience.

 

 

 

 

October Spirited Event Update

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Spirited Event Update: 

ALL HALLOWS MEDIUMSHIP EVE with JANICE CARLSON
Both nights of the All Hallows Mediumship Eve event are SOLD OUT ~ thank you to everyone who signed up! Janice and I are looking forward to seeing old friends and new on October 29 and 30.

“SEASON OF SPIRITS” SPIRIT MESSAGE CIRCLE with LINDA CORA on Thursday, October 22
We have only 2 ~ 4 spots left for the “Season of Spirits” Spirit Message Circle event with Linda Cora, so please sign up soon if you want to be part of this. I spoke with Linda on Tuesday, and she said she has already been visited by one of the spirits whose “person” will be at the event. (The spirit told Linda her name, which we will share at the event.)

Also, Linda told me she has seen that someone who’s considering coming to the spirit message circle has questions about the manner in which their loved one passed away. (As I understand it, the person who has these questions has not yet decided whether or not to attend the event.) And of course, we’ll check in with Leon at the end of the night; he has also visited Linda in advance of the party. I know it’s going to be a great night of spirit messages; hope to see you there!

Spirits and Spirited Events in October

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First, my apologies for a longer time between posts than usual. There has been a lot of friendly spirit activity, travel, and news in the past few weeks, but most of my time has been spent on either exterior house painting and reading or editing manuscripts, as both Inkswiggler and the Annie Wilder Literary Agency have been bursting at the seams, work-wise. (And I am grateful for this work that I love, as well as for my very talented and creative clients. )

I want to start by thanking the guests of the Sept 12 tea party, the last tea party of this season. They brought great energy and curiosity to the event and I am actually going to post about it in detail sometime next week, with a link to EVPs captured by my friend and tea party guest Kevin Swanson.

Lots of fun things happening this month! Here’s a list of events:

October 16 and 17 | The Haunting Experience on Highway 61
I’ll be telling true, very spooky ghost stories at the Haunting Experience haunted house and hayride. Let me say, I walked through the house of horror (which seemed to go on forever) in the daytime, before it was set up, and minus Nibbles the Clown and Mr. Tinkles—and it filled me with dread. I can only imagine how terrifying it is at night with all stops pulled out. Find out more here.

 

Thursday, October 22 |” Season of Spirits” Spirit Message Circle with Linda Cora
Celebrate and honor the season of spirits. Guest medium and psychic Linda Cora will offer each guest a a mini-reading and a specific message from a family member, friend, or guardian in spirit. Many of you who have attended tea parties and haunted events at my house have heard me talk about Linda, as Leon is very fond of her and communicates quite a bit with me through her. We will check in with Leon at the end of the night to see if he has any messages regarding the house or spirit activity! We just added this event, and already have a few people signed up, so please reserve your spot soon if you’d like to attend. Details here.

 

October 29 and 30 | All Hallows Mediumship Eve with Medium Janice Carlson
Join us in the parlor for a spirit message circle as each guest receives a personal message from a loved one or guide in spirit. Last year’s event sold out immediately and we added another, which also sold out. This year, we had two nights ready to go from the beginning and they are both almost full, even before I’ve really started to promote them! We have two spots still available on October 29 and one on October 30. Please email me right away of you’d like to attend either of these nights. Registration information here.

Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new friends this month!