What did you learn at school today?


Wasn’t it the most dreaded question growing up? You had just gotten off the bus and were SO PUMPED to go up to the attic to play office or library… or maybe you couldn’t wait to kick back on the couch with a Little Debbie (Star Crunches were my favorite) to watch the latest Donahue or Oprah episode (although that was usually only if 3-2-1 Contact was a repeat). No? Maybe that was just me (actually, that doesn’t even come close to the nerdiest things I did… I hope my family doesn’t read this one). Anyway, back to my point. The dreaded question… “What did you learn at school today?” always came when you least expected it… and no one was ever happy with the answer, were they? 

About mid-way into my formal 2-week EVP experiment, Tom and Lisa Butler of the Association TransCommunication (ATransC, formerly AA-EVP), showed interest in my experiment and asked if I would submit a report on the experiment, my challenges, and “what I learned”. This is the association that was founded by Sarah Estep, whose book inspired me to conduct the experiment in the first place. I was (and still am) so very honored and excited just to be asked.  Documenting my inspiration, the process, the outcome… that was the fun part… the cool part! I did that weeks ago. What did I learn? That’s where I’ve been stuck. WHY AM I STUCK? It’s one of the coolest things I’ve done. It was a great experience. In fact, I haven’t stopped the experiment. I’m not recording at the same intense pace, but I think it’s something I’ll do on a somewhat regular basis for a long time. I KNOW I learned something. Sometimes I feel I’ve learned so much in the last several years that I don’t know what to do with it all.

After some thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that maybe I’m struggling with this question because I was somewhat disappointed in the general results. I didn’t record a hard drive full of EVP like Randall Keller or Sarah Estep. However, I have since recorded several more EVP (or at least probable EVP) and that has gotten me excited again. Apparently, I have some spirit collaborators that have taken notice and are willing to help me out. So… is “patience” what I learned? “Patience” might get me one sentence. Did I gain an EVP addiction? 

Maybe I just have a fear of the question. I know you’re just dying to find out, refreshing my blog hourly to see what knowledge I gained. 🙂 I’ll get crackin’ and keep you posted………………………………

Hmmm… Those of you who tuned in for much of my experiment, what did YOU learn? (Can you see me leaning over to check out your homework? I’m only interested because I want to know if I did it correctly. Yup… I was that kid too.)




About Patrick Keller

Patrick Keller is an educator, blogger, and the host of the Big Séance Podcast, which is a place for paranerds to have an open discussion on all things paranormal, but specifically topics like ghosts and hauntings, paranormal research, spirit communication, psychics and mediums, and life after death. He’s the founder of the now inactive Missouri Spirit Seekers and has spent a lot of time experimenting with spirit communication tools and techniques, such as EVP. Patrick also has a passion for spending hours at a time in cemeteries and loves cemetery photography. Visit BigSeance.com! View all posts by Patrick Keller

9 responses to “What did you learn at school today?

  • LKNK

    Yes, your mom and dad read this. How does the fact that you were wearing a plastic stethoscope and glasses and playing doctor make you a nerd. Isn’t that normal for most kids?? You were so cute!!!

  • Randall Keller

    Think of it like this perhaps. You walked into a stadium full of souls. And you make the acquaintance of the guy next to you somewhat easily. You said hello. He said hello back. And the only real question is, if you are there long enough; if you really make the effort, will you be able to befriend everyone in every seat, so that all of you will have shared the experience of that big game – together. The game is eternal and it has only just begun.

    Sounds better in my head, but I bet you could write about that for days.

    • Patrick

      I don’t know why, but your description above just made me think of the scene in Titanic where the ship just sank and there are 1,000 people thrashing in the water. When the survivors were interviewed they described it as sounding like stadium noise, and so many of them were uncomfortable in large settings like that. How very creepy. Random, I know. But… I think I understand. Thanks for the help!

  • Paranormalogistically

    I think you probably learned…or maybe earned is a better word, patience, persistance and definitely an EVP addiction as well as some new skills. Since you made a connection and are getting EVP, you already know you did it right. I don’t believe there is any completely right or wrong way to go about this…what works for one person may not work for another. Like Randall and Sarah and myself, you will one day have hundreds of EVP samples competing for your hard drive space. How do I know this? Because once you start down this road you don’t turn back…EVP are indeed an addiction.

    • Patrick

      I think you are right, Diane! I just happened to force myself to open up the document about 10 minutes ago and I’ve been trying to avoid fun little distractions so that I can wrap it all up. And… you just helped me. I so appreciate your inspiration and guidance. I’m going to update my experiment page once I get it all done.

  • Brandie Sellers

    LOL! Let’s not forget about Muray, Salley Jesse Raphael, and Montell (p.s. I’m probably spelling their names wrong. oops.). I LOVED Oprah when I was young. In VA, 4:00 was the well known “Oprah time”. And I loved playing Office or Teacher when I was young 🙂

    • Patrick Keller

      Yup! 4:00 for me in KC too. I remember an awesome jingle that the network came up with to promote Oprah and Donahue. Of course you can’t hear me sing it, but it went “Oprah at 4, Donahue at 3.” and it was awesome. 🙂 You and I (if our ages matched up) would have been great buds growing up.

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