Halloween Interview ~ Tom Barnard Podcast

Posting from the end of the quietest October I’ve had in years, event-wise. I miss the excitement and energy of the usual October haunted teas, tours, and spirit message circles. And I miss connecting with the bittersweet energy of fall and the season’s awakened and attentive spirit world. Next year, I sincerely hope to be back with my Haunted Teas and Spirited Schoolhouse events.

As part of my sabbatical, I have not done any radio or podcast interviews since late 2016. I’m making an exception tomorrow, on Halloween, because the request came in from a friend to tell some of my scariest true stories from my house and (I think) from my Trucker Ghost Stories book on the Tom Barnard Podcast.

I’ll be on Tom Barnard’s show at 1:35 PM CST, tomorrow (Halloween) for 15 or 20 minutes. You can listen live at the link below. I’ll also post a link to the show.

http://www.tombarnardpodcast.com

 

New TV Show Looking for Truckers Who Are Paranormal Investigators

 

Thank you all for the kind words and support regarding my awesome dad. I wish everyone could have had the chance to meet him; without giving such matters a thought, he inspired most everyone he came into contact with his down-to-earth honesty, old-school integrity, farmer work ethic, and sense of humor.

Posting today also about the TV show producer who contacted me recently regarding a new show from the people behind PARANORMAL STATE (one of my favorite paranormal shows). They are looking for truckers who like to investigate paranormal places and mysteries in their spare time to feature in (if I understand correctly) a pilot program for the network.

I may be doing some commentary on the program ~ still exploring that with the producer. Will keep you posted.

I’ll be contacting some of my trucker friends privately but want to say to my friend Sandi Aldershof that I wish Terry were still with us ~ he would be perfect. Also want to give a shout out to my friend Stan at Trucker Radio (maybe commentary and getting the word out?) and my trucker friends Gary Gillespie, author of CHRONICLES OF THE UNEXPLAINED and Trucker Sue~ any interest in giving this a shot?

Please help spread the word if you know of any truckers who might be what the show is looking for. And let me know if you know of someone and I’ll also email the producer. Thanks!

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!

(Posted January 2017)

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tea Parties, Crystal Ball Readings & Paranormal Investigations, Oh My!

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Tea parties and crystal ball readings and paranormal investigations, oh my! Not to mention three radio/podcast interviews….

This June is filled with spirited events and appearances for me ~ hope you can be part of them, as a guest or listener! Getting ready today for the season’s first haunted tea tomorrow, June 4 ~ and what a tea party it will be!!

Guests include my friends Suzanne Worthley and Lisa Eckman, sisters who are both highly skilled intuitives and energy workers. Also present will be my friends Kathy and Barb (another set of sisters) and their cousin Bill, whose great-grandparents, grandparents, and great aunt and uncle all lived in my house over the course of nearly 40 years, from the 1920s through the 1960s. Kathy, Barb and Bill’s family overlapped slightly with Leon’s time here. (He bought the house in 1963.) They have shared stories of their family’s time in the house that are now part of my tea parties stories and will be included in my next book.

My friend Steve R. is bringing his team in for a paranormal investigation on June 10. Steve can be seen in a video on my website from 2010 when he was with a different paranormal group (which has since disbanded).

I will be interviewed by Paranormal Talk Show on June 14, and by my friend Kevin Hale and crew from the Shooting from the Lip on July 1. Still working out a date for the third radio appearance, which will be on Spaced Out Radio. (Will post time and other details for these appearances closer to the date, plus the info will be on my website later today.)

Wrapping up the month will be the brand-new Midsummer Season Crystal Ball Divination with psychic intuitive Eric Moen on June 30. I’m really excited about this event and we have some very cool guests signed up already. There are still seats available, but please sign up soon if you’d like a spot!

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Will post reports on all June’s spirited events and happenings.

As a side note, it seems that the house spirits are interested in all the activity ~ at least, I am aware of their presence and sense their positive and curious attention. I’m really hoping that Kathy, Barb, and Bill’s family spirits drop by for tea tomorrow!

What Makes a Haunted House Happy?

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What makes a haunted house (or at least it’s physical world steward) happy? A brand new, sparkling clean checkerboard floor, that’s what! Doing the happy dance now that we have a charming and fittingly vintage-looking floor in the summer kitchen, back hall, and back bath. The pretty antique stove can return from its backyard exile, the clothes dryer can be brought in from the porch, and I have already gotten the pie table and Christmas cactus set up by the window.

Apparently, Leon kept an eye on the remodeling work. When I arrived home yesterday, the floor polishers were just finishing up. One of the guys said, “Did you know your house is haunted?”
 
I said “Yes,” and asked him what Leon had done to let them know he was around. He told me that the dryer vent kept flapping loudly while they worked and the smoke detector went off several times. Now Leon has “spoken” to me before with the smoke detector ~ in that instance (which was years ago), I sensed Leon’s presence in the back hall and asked if he was there. The smoke detector responded with a few quiet beeps. I told Leon hello, thanked him for his help with the house, and waited to see if the detector would keep beeping. It didn’t and the battery did not need to be replaced for months after that.
 
The other funny thing is that the fellow who actually installed the new floor ~ a man of very few words ~ must have had the same experience that the floor polishers did, because when I arrived home after his first day working here, the smoke detector cover was sitting on the summer kitchen counter and the battery was pulled out enough so that it wouldn’t work. Neither Dudley nor I have heard the smoke detector alarm go off or even chirp for years. We even tested the battery last week to make sure it worked before putting the smoke detector back together.
 
It made me happy to know that Leon was watching over the work and the house and letting the guys know, in a friendly way, that he was here.

 

 

 

Spirit Visitors at the Massage

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Love going into the parlor to meditate and seeing my meditation partners ~ aka Fluffy and Simon ~ already there and waiting to get started.

This is Fluffy, at nineteen years old, who made it to the red chair first (which means Simon will sit on the sofa or prowl around the room till Fluffy decides it’s time to be queen of all she surveys elsewhere in the house, making a spot available for Simon on my lap or the back of the red chair).

My (online) Rosicrucian studies are going well, and I really look forward to meditating and studying in the parlor a few times each week around twilight. It’s peaceful and restorative. Last night, I meditated on the massage I had yesterday. It was the first time I ever had a massage (first time because I am uptight!) and during it, Lisa (the masseuse), who is highly intuitive, saw not only my spirit helpers but also ~ ME. 

Lisa asked me after the massage if I have noticed that I’m becoming more psychic and I said yes. She said she believed it, because both an eagle and a hawk spirit helper showed up. She also asked if I had any relatives in spirit that looked just like me. I said no. She said, “Well, someone showed up who looked exactly like you.” After discussing it for a bit, we decided it probably was an aspect of my spirit.

So, why, you may ask, would part of my spirit leave my body just before an awesome massage? : ) Lisa said it may have been my higher self. Another possibility that occurs to me: I was intimidated by the thought of a massage, and have read about (and experienced firsthand) the feeling of “ditching” one’s physical body when feeling threatened.

I am going to take two mini-sabbaticals this month to work on my latest book (a follow-up to House of Spirits and Whispers) and am going to see if I can explore this phenomenon further in the new book.

I’d be interested in hearing from anyone who has had similar experiences. (You may email me at the address on my “Contact” page.)

 

Unexpected Gift ~ A Message from the Natural World

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Anyone who knows me or has read my books knows that one of my favorite gifts is a message from the natural or spirit world. I noticed this seemingly magic feather, pictured above and elsewhere in this post, during my birthday week in the back hall of my house.

When it first caught my eye, I was startled, thinking it was a centipede on the wall. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was a feather, which has been one of the best and most clear signs I get from the universe. Although it appeared to be suspended in the air, the feather was actually caught on a near-invisible cobweb. (The feather had been on display on a shelf in the back hall.)

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In my life, feathers represent opportunities, especially writing opportunities. I interpreted this as a very positive sign, especially since earlier this year, I woke up with a hawk feather standing straight up in my hair (!) which I only noticed when I saw my reflection in the medicine cabinet mirror. The hawk feather had fallen out of a dreamcatcher made for me by my friend Ximena, who is a skilled energy worker. I felt that the October birthday feather message was that my usual late fall and winter  “creative cocooning” time of writing and editing would be productive and surprising and magical. And it has ~ I now represent some very talented and well-known clients through my literary agency, have sold my first book as an agent (with two more proposals being considered), and am doing developmental editing  for a very interesting metaphysical book as well as a spooky true paranormal book. (Will post about these books when their publication status is “official.”)

Last, but definitely not least: I am making progress on ~ and having fun with ~ my own next book, a follow-up to House of Spirits and Whispers. This is perhaps the real magic of this writing season, as I have referred to this sequel as “the book that did not want to be written.” It seems that, finally, the house spirits and my guides agree that the time has come for these stories to be told.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

I Live in a Haunted House ~ Yes and Yes Interview

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Thank you to the very cool Sarah Von Bargen of “Yes and Yes” for posting this interview about my house and living with spirits.

Check out Sarah’s blog at this link:
http://www.yesandyes.org/…/10/i-live-in-a-haunted-house.html