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"This is an EVP our group, Things That Go Bump MN, caught while investigating the Palmer House in Sauk Center, Minnesota," says Ryan. "In the recording, you will hear our female tour guide say, "Ready to go?" (referring to shutting off the lights and going dark). Right after she says, this you hear what sounds like glass breaking and a male voice saying 'No!'"
To me, the voice sounds like that of a young boy. And it's kind of a mournful "No," as if he doesn't want you to leave. Go listen.
Invitation: Ghost Hunting Groups, send me your best EVPs!
I would like to draw your attention to a report from Toledo, Ohio. This event, although
occurring in 1999, has only recently been received by a MUFON investigator. He is a friend
of mine, and keeps me in the loop.
This sighting has four witnesses, all occupants of a vehicle that was traveling along the Ottawa River, when
one of the riders saw something strange in the sky: a triangle UFO with multiple lights.
See their report at Multiple Witnesses See Triangle UFO over Toledo, Ohio, and as always, we would like to see your comments on the case.
Paranormal news and views for May 21, 2013:
- 13 amazing sinkholes from around the world
- Compelling evidence: The feet of the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot
- Ghost camera catches underage sex
- Haunting Melissa, the first film developed as a mobile app
- Mystery: When forests glow green in the night
- Four types of hauntings
- Forrest J Ackerman's friends claim he's speaking from the dead
- View from inside the possible Bigfoot hut
- Encountering the psychic universe of Edgar Cayce
- New Poltergeist to film this September
This is a post from about a year ago, but I got a request from a reader who thought it might be a good time to revisit the issue:
I wanted to share with all of you a conversation that I observed taking place on a listserv I subscribe to, in which an individual wrote a post that highly praised a book she had recently read about modern Pagan practice. A number of other folks chimed in, agreeing with her assessment that it was The Awesomest Book Ever, and that clearly the author was a wise and wonderful person. And then all hell broke loose. Why?
Because someone disagreed.
Yes, someone had the gall and bad manners to question the author's scholarship, point out errors and inconsistencies in the book, and gently suggest that readers might want to examine some other sources as well. This, naturally, led to accusations of "intolerant" and "mean" and "jealous," because clearly the dissenter must be an angry and hateful person to bring up any of these things.
Years ago I read a book by a particular author (although not the one referenced in the listserv discussion) and had some doubts about some of the "facts" she presented, many of which were in direct contradiction to (a) things I'd learned in history class, (b) my personal experience and (c) logic. I raised these doubts to a few other folks, and was immediately pounced on by the leader of a discussion group. "She is an author who sells a lot of books," she told me. "Why isn't her word good enough for you? Aren't we supposed to have perfect love and perfect trust?"
To this individual - and apparently lots of the people on the listserv --the notion of "perfect love and perfect trust" meant blindly following the writings of an author without question, and I find that troubling. If we Pagans want to be taken seriously as a community, we do have to question things that don't make sense, or at the very least, ask for the source of information so we can explore it in more depth. Blindly following along, never asking questions or setting higher standards, benefits no one.
More importantly, we need to recognize that the words "intolerant" and "mean" shouldn't be bandied about every time someone disagrees with the majority opinion. Just because I try to be respectful of the opinions and ideas of others doesn't mean I've left my common sense and critical thinking skills at the door.
A while back, we talked about what makes a book worth reading, and the fact that sometimes, you really do have to go through a lot to weed out the stinkers. I'm not saying you should doubt every single thing you read - simply that if what you read seems off, or in contradiction to what you've already learned, there's nothing wrong at all with stopping and saying "Hey, I wonder if I can find out more so I can have an informed opinion."
It's okay to question. It's okay to doubt. And most of all, it's okay to continue exploring and learning so that you can think for yourself and form your own opinions.
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"We had a Siamese cat mix named Siris," reports Autie. "She was the sweetest cat in the world. One day, my younger sister and I were sitting in the living room doing homework. We had all been very busy that day and absent-mindedly forgot about Siris. Well, she meowed and meowed, like cats usually do, but she got nowhere because we were very busy. Then we heard her say, "Hello, guys. I'm here." I got up and she jumped off the table, walked to her food bowl, and sat down. It was empty. The poor girl was hungry and we ignored her!"
A talking cat? Ridiculous, right? Cats cannot talk. They don't have the proper vocal mechanisms to make speech. But should we be so quick to dismiss Autie's experience? Cats obviously can communicate with their owners. With purrs and body language they can let their owners know when they are hungry or when they want to go outside, etc. They do it all the time. So one explanation might be that Autie "heard" the cat's statement psychically. Owners are very often "connected" with their pets, and Siri's consciousness might have communicated with that of Autie and her sister.
Perhaps a more likely explanation is the Autie and her sister were very familiar with the sounds Siri makes when she wants something. Subconsciously, they interpreted those specific sounds as English words, making it seem as though their beloved cat actually spoke to them. What do you think?
Here are some related stories:
- The Talking Cat of Ingleside District
- Another Talking Cat
- More Talking Cats
- Her Cat Talks, Too
- Conversation with a Cat
The events were captured at 2.22am on May 4, according to Town and Country Markets, which posted the video.
Can a house hang on to the evil that was dwelt within it? All Margaret wanted was a nice home where she could raise her small daughter. An ad for a colonial house seemed like a dream come true, but upon stepping inside, it felt more like a nightmare - a nightmare that didn't quite end when she walked away. This is Margaret's story...
This month, 20 true stories of ghosts, weird encounters, poltergeists, psychic phenomena, and more, including: "Black-Eyed Girl at Motel," "Conversations with My TV," "The Demon's Revenge," "Ghost Nun Out for a Walk," "The Haunt on the 59th St. Bridge," "Haunted Raggedy Ann Doll," "Mothman in Texas," "My Imaginary Friend," "Vanishing Money Mystery" and more. Read them all and leave your comments.
In April of this year, a man from Shelby Township who was out on his balcony at night saw something unexpected; a strange object that was flashing several different colors.
Calling his girlfriend out to colloborate his sighting, she did just that, but went one step further. She saw a second unknown object in the sky.
As the evening wore on, more and more objects were seen; different shapes and sizes appeared, five objects in all. See their entire story at UFOs over Shelby Township, Michigan, and do comment as you wish.
For the first time since the death of Rebecca Zahau at the Spreckels mansion in Coronado we are hearing a firsthand account from the man who said he found Zahaus body hanging from a balcony.
Built in 1886, this monastery on High Street is currently condemned and closed to the public.
A 19th Century haunted pub has been marked for demolition to make way for a housing development.
Paranormal news and views for May 18, 2013:
- UK market ghost caught on video?
- Watch the biggest explosion ever seen on the Moon
- Proof of Bigfoot's existence in New Mexico?
- Orange fireballs and little people: 1994 UFO-humanoid case
- The haunted house on High Street
- New sea monster found, rewrites evolution?
- Creepy creatures and strange sites
- X-files revisited: Stay out of these places if you care for dear life
- Persistent sinkholes and unexplained booms
- World's most beautiful eternal flame reveals gas source
- World's oldest flowing water found deep in mine
Were folks in the Victorian era really so scared of zombies and vampires that they built cages over gravesites to trap the undead? Answer here.
I'm planning a week at the beach next month, which means it's a good time to revisit our About Pagan/Wiccan list of favorite witchy fiction. Be sure to check out our list of ten great books (some series, some single titles) which are my favorite reads about witches, wizards, Pagans, and magic at Summer Reading: Witchy Fiction.
What's really awesome is that thanks to our Readers Respond feature, over seventy readers have added their favorite titles as well, so there's no shortage of good reads! You can share your own book ideas with other readers at Reader Favorites. I've turned off Comments on this post so you can share your suggestions on the Readers Respond page instead - that way other readers can find them easily, any time.
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