Monthly Archives: June 2012

Outtakes and Bloopers…

 

How about some light fun and humor today!? Some of you may have seen this already this week. I am the founder of Missouri Spirit Seekers (MOSS) and several months ago I put together this blooper video from many of our past investigations. I had no intention of making it public, but my team convinced me to do so. Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

 


A New EVP… Instructions About the Clock Radio?

Have you wondered why I haven’t posted many new EVP on here recently? Oh, that would be because I haven’t had much luck lately. True, I have slowed down a bit with my sessions at home, but I’ve also completed analysis of a few investigations as well as two cemetery recordings. Not much as far as EVP goes. At least nothing that I can confidently say is spirit communication. My excuse for slacking on my EVP sessions is due mainly to being backed up with footage and audio to analyze from investigations, and things like vacation, life happening, etc. Could it be true that being consistent is a big factor in spirit communication? I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t disappointed. When I ran into an EVP drought months ago during my two-week EVP experiment, I got inspiration from Sarah Estep. I wish she or one of the other pioneer greats would show up with some wisdom for me right about now. 🙂  

 

A New EVP… 

But the good news is this. Two nights ago I decided to record a short session while I relaxed on the bed in the bedroom while alone in the house. It was late at night and so it was pretty quiet. I usually conduct sessions at my desk in the loft. I also usually use two recorders. This time I did not. It is important to note that around six minutes into this session I twice asked for a knock in the room to validate that a presence was with me. I got a knock each time. It had been a while since I’d received such knocking communication and I wondered if it was the return of my rapper. With that being said, after the two single knocks I asked for further validation and got nothing. 

Just before this possible EVP was captured (about eight minutes into the session), I was asking about the dream that I mentioned in an earlier post. The dream seemed to be spirit letting me know they were aware of my research. This dream also involved clear communication with a clock radio like the one I remember having in the house when I was younger. After the discussion in the comments from that post, I’ve been left wondering whether the clock radio was just symbolism or if I’m really supposed to try it. (By the way, my parents found it in the attic of their house. It is exactly like the one pictured in the dream post. I’ll be picking it up when I visit this weekend.) In the session, I had just asked “Is that something I’m supposed to try?” (I was referring to the clock radio.) As usual, I have no clue what may be communicated here. Your feedback is welcome. 

 

Is that something I’m supposed to try?

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I’m probably not supposed to tell you this because skeptics will take it and run. And… (sigh)… I know I’m sometimes too openly skeptic with my own work, therefore I probably end up missing true examples of spirit communication. However, I just can’t NOT be honest. Though it was very quiet in the room, and though I have gotten pretty good at calling out or “tagging” strange noises from the environment during sessions, I have to tell you that Meril (our 4 legged son… name pronounced like “Meryl” Streep, thank you very much) was relaxing in his kennel just a few feet away from the recorder on the night stand. I didn’t tag anything in the audio and I don’t recall hearing strange noises coming from him. 

 

 


Urban Exploration and Forgotten Theatres…

I’d never heard of urban exploration until a good friend of mine started telling me of his adventures. He has some pretty amazing pictures of several gems (some now gone) in the area. I’ve often wished I could tag along, but I’ve heard some stories that make me think again. You see, sometimes urban explorers have to be sneaky, since many locations of interest are off-limits. Underground caves, abandoned structures, and historical places of interest that most people don’t get the chance to see, are some of the types of spots these brave explorers go for. And fortunately for the rest of us, most of these folks take cameras with them, and there are several sites where many of them post what they were lucky enough to capture. A popular urban explorer networking site endorses an “unwritten rule” of “take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints”. Sounds like an adventure to me! 

After the Final Curtain

My friend Dar shared a blog site with me today. She’s a fellow paranormal investigator. I’d never seen the site and it blew me away. Matt Lambros, a photographer from New York City, created a page called After the Final Curtain, where (according to the site) he posts “photographic documentation of the effects of years of neglect and decay in some of America’s greatest theaters.” Here are just a few examples. 

I think it is an amazing idea and one of the coolest sites I’ve ever seen. How could you not stare at these photos and wonder about the age and history? And though sad, the shots are so very beautiful. 

 

 


Séance 101

I just finished Séance 101 by Elaine M. Kuzmeskus. This was one of the books I purchased for summer reading and to research some possible upcoming séance experiences. 

I have to first be honest and tell you that it isn’t exactly what I thought it would be. It seems to be more of a history of physical mediumship, with an occasional emphasis on the séance. Some of the bigger topics Elaine hits on are table tipping, psychic photography, opening the third eye, trance mediumship, medical clairvoyance, psychic surgery (which I found fascinating and hadn’t really heard of), trumpet séances, precipitated painting, and materialization. She does this while discussing many important mediums along the way.  

Also, I have to very respectfully and honestly tell you that the editing in this book is absolutely horrible. There are so many terms misspelled, or spelled multiple ways within a single chapter even. An example of this would be “chakra” being spelled “charka”, “chaka”, and in the index it’s even spelled “chakas”. It reminded me of the day my mother innocently referred to them as “chokers”. 🙂 But also, there are several sentence fragments, missing periods, incorrect book titles… things like that. It distracted me a lot. It is an out of print book, and my copy is in good shape but is actually a discarded copy from the St. Louis Public Library. Did they not like it? 

If you can get past all of the editing flaws and are interested in learning about the history of physical mediumship, you may want to check out this book. Actually, the book was written in 2007. Just last month, Elaine came out with a brand new book (which is also on my “to be read” shelf) titled The Art of Mediumship: Psychic Investigation, Clairvoyance, and Channeling.  I’m sure I’ll share more on that when I get to it. 

So there you have it. It’s not the most comfortable read in the world, but I’m sure I’ll refer to it in the future.

From the inside cover of her most recent book.

Elaine Kuzmeskus, M.S. is a nationally recognized Spiritualist medium, who has been a presenter at Lily Dale Assembly in New York and the Learning Annex in New York City. During her thirty-five years as a medium, she has conducted many well-publicized séances, including the 1997 Official Houdini Séance and a séance for the play “Blythe Spirit”, at New Haven’s Long Wharf’s Theater. Recently, Elaine was featured on Better Connecticut and the PBS special, “Things That Go Bump in the Night”. 

She is also the director of the New England School of Metaphysics, Suffield, Connecticut, and the author of several books on mediumship including “Connecticut Ghosts” and a book on physical mediumship, “Séance 101”. 


Spirit Communication through a Clock Radio…

Last night I had another dream. It was the first night of being back in my own bed after several days in a cabin on vacation. Since it is summer and I’m sleeping more, I guess I’m going to wake up remembering them more frequently. 

Here we go… 

First of all, I was younger and single, and I was playing the role of myself in some other reality, I suppose. I was staying at a friend’s house. I don’t believe this friend exists in real life, but I do know the house resembled something you’d see on Hoarders, so apparently OCD wasn’t a concern of mine in this alternate reality. I was also doing my laundry there, but I’m not sure why. Doesn’t matter. Anyway… 

So we were all just hanging out in this friend’s (very messy) bedroom, and he was showing us how a spirit very often spoke to him through his clock radio. As if he was Marcello Bacci (a notable ITC researcher most famous for contacting spirit through a radio), he stood next to his device on his night stand, twisting dials. I don’t remember there being much static or other noise, but after a while there was suddenly a clear voice that communicated with us all in the room. The part about the dream that blew my mind was that the voice mentioned me by name and knew of me, saying he was aware of my attempts to communicate with spirit. I couldn’t wait to get a clock radio of my own to try it out at home, especially since the spirit world was apparently aware of me and was trying so hard to contact me from their side.  

I don’t remember much else, but I woke up incredibly disappointed when I realized I didn’t have a clock radio like my friend had in the dream. I can remember what it looked like though.

This is pretty close to the clock radio from my dream, except there was a speaker on the right of the face.

This is a pretty close representation of what was in my dream. We had one just like this growing up, only in my dream I clearly remember there being a plastic grill for a speaker on the right side of the face. 

Was this me being just as big of a dork in my dream as I am in real life? Or… should I be ordering one of these off of eBay? 


Two Smoky Mountain Cemeteries

Today was the last full day of our Smoky Mountain family vacation. It was also the day that I was able to see the only site I really cared to see while here. I found the beautiful and historical, yet somewhat sad White Oak Flats Cemetery that I’ve only recently been hearing about… hidden on a hill behind the crazy Gatlinburg strip. Then on the way back to our cabin in the mountains, I decided to make another stop at a random cemetery close to our road. There just happened to be several grave stones with “Parton” on them, and you guessed it… all related to Dolly. She grew up in the area. I took an audio recorder to both cemeteries.

White Oak Flats Cemetery

From what I understand, White Oak Flats is what the area was called before it was Gatlinburg. If it weren’t for a YouTube video I found posted online, I never would have found it. The only way to get there is through a busy and cutesie shopping area called “The Village”. We ended up paying $7 to park, and then we walked through the village.


Follow one of the paths after it ends, go up a hill, and behind the alley of the less cutesie back employee entrances is a beautiful and possibly forgotten cemetery on a hill.

You’ll have to forgive me. I haven’t researched the history yet, but I’m told there are many unmarked graves. And it was obvious that some of them are marked unofficially. Some of them are simply marked by the rock that is seen and found all over the area. Was this due to being poor? Some of them had simple etching by hand. For some, the etching may have been worn away by weather, or maybe was never there. Sometimes it was unclear if it was even a grave or not. All of this amongst fairly recent and modern graves as well.

Catons Chapel Cemetery

This cemetery is in Sevierville, Tennessee, and is near our beautiful cabin. I had no prior knowledge or information about this one before my father and I visited, but as I said before, we just happened to find the resting places of many of Dolly Parton’s relatives. This cemetery didn’t seem like much… then after you get to the top wheezing and sweating (or maybe that’s just me) you turn around and notice the spectacular view and understand it all!


Greetings from the Smoky Mountains!

Hey there! I’m not a fan of the iPad and I’m struggling to be techie. It’s annoying to feel so much older than you really are. Soo… It is taking me a while and there won’t be anything fancy.

I’ve been with my family on vacation for a few days. We’re staying in a huge and beautiful cabin in the Smoky Mountains outside of Gatlinburg in Tennessee. We’ll be here for a few days more. It has been wonderful and we’ve done quite a bit of relaxing. All of the family dogs are with us and are keeping us entertained.

The Gatlinburg strip is pretty tacky and the traffic is insane. Reminds me of Branson. We’ve been through that drama and so now we’re happy to just hibernate like bears… which I hope we never see, by the way. And don’t get me started on Sasquatch… 😉

In the next couple of days I hope to find the old village and cemetery. I’ll take some pictures and I’ll have an audio recorder with me.

If I did it correctly, you should see photos below. Hope everyone is enjoying summer (or whatever season you’re experiencing)!


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