Monthly Archives: August 2012

“Paranerdal” Update…

 

I wanted to take this opportunity to just give readers an update on my incredibly exciting life as of late. (Ahem… that was your cue to laugh.)

I am completing my fourth week of school for this new year. The beginning of the year always keeps me pretty busy, and so I haven’t be able to focus nearly as much as I would like to on “paranerdal” activities. I’m behind on analysis of my last two investigations. I’ve really stepped up the analysis of the most recent private residence though, due to more activity and the concern of the family. It has taken me almost two weeks to get through all of the audio alone (lots of stationary audio), but I have to tell you, I’ve gotten some interesting stuff, including the voice of someone asking for help. One of the EVP from this investigation is possibly the most clear file I’ve recorded yet. I’ve captured some interesting responses and activity from the spirit box as well, although I still struggle with having confidence in knowing what I’m hearing. In general though, experiences with my own spirit box have not been as clear or impressive as what I’ve heard and experienced with other groups. It’s still a big learning experiment for me… although I guess everything is, isn’t it? It has been a pleasure getting to know the family, working with a friend and medium, and trying to do what I can to get to the bottom of whatever is going on. Tomorrow I move on to video analysis and add to my already 11 pages of notes. 

Someone or something was definitely in my house and woke me up at around 3am a few nights ago. One of the strangest feelings I’ve ever had. Maybe more on this later. Nothing since. 

I’ve been reading and enjoying Ouija Gone Wild by Rosemary Ellen Guiley. It’s the first book I’ve checked out that was devoted solely to the topic of the Ouija Board. I’ve always liked to hear what Rosemary has to say. I plan on sharing more of my thoughts on this latest book in a future post. 

What about my personal EVP and Radio Sweep experimenting here at home? Well… there hasn’t been much of that in quite a while. I hope to have a session sometime over the Labor Day weekend. I also hope to have some willing spirits joining me since it has been a while. Send some my way, would ya? Only the good ones. 🙂 Stay tuned.

I’m waiting for whatever is left of Hurricane Isaac to show up here in Missouri. Bring it! After this drought, I might just lay out in the yard and make rain angels when it gets here.  

Lastly, I’m excited for some upcoming séance experiences happening in a few weeks. This will be a big project for me, and Marilyn and I are excited to jump into it. Don’t worry, we hope to take you along with us!

 

For those of you in the US, have a fantastic Labor Day weekend! (Oooh, that means Fall is just about here!)

Peace!


More from the Old Yearbooks…

 

If you liked my last post, Collecting Someone Else’s Memories, then here are some more interesting photos from my collection of old yearbooks from Lexington, Missouri. 

 

From the 1910 Lexington College for Young Women Yearbook (56th Annual Catalogue).

 

From the 1910 Lexington College for Young Women Yearbook (56th Annual Catalogue).

 

From the 1910 Lexington College for Young Women Yearbook (56th Annual Catalogue).

 

From the 1910 Lexington College for Young Women Yearbook (56th Annual Catalogue).

 

From the 1910 Lexington College for Young Women Yearbook (56th Annual Catalogue).

 

From the 1910 Lexington College for Young Women Yearbook (56th Annual Catalogue).

 

From the 1910 Lexington College for Young Women Yearbook (56th Annual Catalogue).

 

From the 1921-1922 “Final Hatch” Lexington High School yearbook.

 

Home Economics classes. From the 1921-1922 “Final Hatch” Lexington High School yearbook.

 

The “L Club”. From the 1921-1922 “Final Hatch” Lexington High School yearbook.

 

French Club. From the 1921-1922 “Final Hatch” Lexington High School yearbook.

 

From the 1924-1925 “Final Hatch” Lexington High School Yearbook.

 

From the 1924-1925 “Final Hatch” Lexington High School Yearbook.

 

From the 1924-1925 “Final Hatch” Lexington High School Yearbook.

 

From the 1924-1925 “Final Hatch” Lexington High School Yearbook.

 

From the 1924-1925 “Final Hatch” Lexington High School Yearbook.

 

From the 1925-1926 “Final Hatch” Lexington High School yearbook.

 

From the 1926-1927 “Final Hatch” Lexington High School yearbook.

 

From the 1926-1927 “Final Hatch” Lexington High School yearbook.

 

From the 1928-1929 “Final Hatch” Lexington High School yearbook.

 

 


Collecting Someone Else’s Memories…

From the 1910 Lexington College for Young Women Yearbook

 

One of my many incredibly nerdy hobbies is collecting old school yearbooks from my hometown of Lexington, Missouri. It’s a sleepy small town now, but at one time around the turn of the 20th century, Lexington was booming and was the home of several colleges as well as several public school buildings. The oldest yearbook I own is from the  Lexington College for Young Women from 1910. Most of my other yearbooks are Lexington High School yearbooks from the 1920s that used to be named “The Final Hatch.” 

I love looking through them and dreaming about what my hometown was like then. And I try to imagine what life was like for the students. Did they go through some of the same drama and problems that my students experience? Was there bullying? What were the expectations? As a teacher, it is also very cool to see course descriptions and curriculum printed for several of the departments. That fascinates me. History! It’s also neat to see the advertisement pages in the back. Some of the businesses had 2-digit phone numbers, if they had a phone at all.

 

From the 1910 Lexington College for Young Women Yearbook

 

And, of course, I wonder what it was like to be a teacher in those days. Several of my yearbooks were originally owned by Verna Owen (pictured below). The only thing I know about Verna is that she taught in Lexington for many years. The inside cover of one of them is even signed. And, from the writing on this page, we see that someone knew her as Aunt Verna. This tells me that I’m probably at least the third owner of this particular yearbook. Sometimes when going through them I thank Ms. Owen out loud for taking good care of her yearbooks so that I could enjoy them now. 

 

My 1928 yearbook belonged to and was signed by Verna M. Owen… She was a member of the faculty.

 

Many of the photos below are from one of the old high school buildings that no longer stands. I never got to see it in my lifetime. I sure wish I could go back in time and take a tour!

 

Part of the Freshman Class from 1921-1922.

 

From 1921-1922.

 

Teacher Training (for students) at Lexington High School 1922.

 

From 1926-1927.

 

Part of the Senior Class of 1925-1926.

 

From the 1922 yearbook. This building is no longer standing and was located where the Lexington Post Office is today.

 

The next building to serve as Lexington High School would later be where I attended middle school from the fourth through the eighth grade. It was a pretty large building that opened its doors to students in 1927. I have a lot of memories from this old building. I still dream about it often. Unfortunately, it no longer stands. A sad and strangely small-looking empty lot sits in its place.

 

Artist Conception of the “new” Jr./Sr. High School that opens the next year. This is from the 1926-1927 yearbook.

 

One of the very first pictures of the main corridor of the “new” building. From the 1927-1928 yearbook.

 

From the 1928-1929 yearbook. This was the second year in the “new” building. This would have been what I knew as the choir room when I was in middle school.

 

From 1924-1925.

 

From 1924-1925.

 

I was very sad when the building was torn down. I was away at college at the time, but my best friend took the picture below and sent it to me. Thanks to a group of high school students, I was able to purchase a brick from this building. It sits here on my desk. 

 

 

 


“Can you help me?” I’ll never forget…

 

Can you help me? No one will listen.

Can you help me? I can’t change the channel on my TV.

Can you help me? I can’t pick up my coffee cup.

Can you help me? I’m not sure where I am. 

Can you help me? I’m not sure where I’m supposed to be. 

Can you help me? I need to find my way back. 

Can you help me? I can’t find my loved one. 

Can you help me? I’m lonely. 

Can you help me? I’m trapped. 

Can you help me? No one seems to see me. 

Can you help me? I’m hurting. 

 

Your mind won’t stop wondering. You’ll never forget the feeling. You never forget the chill that crawls up your spine or the strange mix of excitement and deep sadness that sweeps over you when you hear it. It is weeks later. You’re long gone, but now deep in analysis. You replay it over and over. Maybe you step away from your work for just a bit… to process what you just heard. Will you stay up all night wondering what they needed? Are they waiting for you to come back? Are you able to do anything about it?  And… will it change your attitude for the next investigation?

 

One never forgets the first time they hear a spirit ask… 

“Can you help me?”

 

I know I won’t. 

 

 


The Changeling (1980)… Definitely a must see movie!

Last weekend I watched the first movie from my list of Movies I Plan On Checking Out This Fall. Before researching for my list, I guess I always assumed that The Changeling from 1980 was just an earlier version of the more recent movie with the same name (minus “The”), starring Angelina Jolie. They are completely different movies. I found the whole movie on YouTube. After some time there is a slight sound delay, but it didn’t both me too much. (By the way, I’ve discovered that some of these old classics are out of print and not even available… so if you can’t find them, search on YouTube.)

 

There’s a 36 year difference between the oldest and most recent movie on my list. The Changeling is the most recent, but it still has that classic spooky movie feel that I always prefer. I very rarely enjoy all of the computer generated imagery (CGI) of modern-day films. I get a much bigger scare out of some good sound effects, an emotional score, an incredibly spooky setting, darkness, a ball bouncing down the steps, or a secret dusty room that has been untouched for decades. This movie has all of those things. 

 

As far as spirit communication goes, this movie fits right into the subject of this blog! After seeing the trailer I knew there was a séance in the movie. But I had no idea, and was so surprised to discover that EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) also played a role… and a very important one! Most researchers credit 1959 as the year EVP was discovered… at least EVP as we know it. So, EVP existed during the time The Changeling was filmed, but it certainly was not a common subject of interest, and we didn’t know as much about it then. It seems that featuring EVP in a film at that time was probably risky. Well… I mean I was two years old, so I didn’t know anything… but you know what I mean. It was really cool to see it since I’m so passionate about it.  

 

And… George C. Scott was great in this film. Other than A Christmas Carol and Patton, which I watched in a high school social studies class, I don’t remember seeing him in any other movie. 

 

Watch the Movie Trailer

 

 

If you haven’t seen this movie, you should… then report back here! I’m also still taking suggestions on some good classics to watch for fall. They don’t necessarily have to be spooky I suppose. 

 

 

 


The History Books: Is nothing happening? Or is it time for an update?

Bill O’Neil and Spiricom

In many of the books I read, authors discuss the major breakthroughs in paranormal research, specifically EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) and ITC (Instrumental Trans Communication). There is usually a rather large section devoted to crediting Friedrich Juergenson for discovering EVP, even though some would credit individuals from a decade or so before. They then move onto praising Konstantin Raudive for his work with the subject. I always get disappointed when there isn’t as much focus or credit given to Sarah Estep, but there’s almost always at least a statement about her founding the AA-EVP, which is now ATransC (Association TransCommunication). Often there are complete chapters devoted to developments in ITC and EVP from the 1970s and 80s. There was a lot going on. Since I was young, and since this topic wasn’t even on my radar during that time period, I can only imagine how exciting it was to be involved with groundbreaking developments like spiricom or communication with the Timestream group. 

 

Maybe I’m reading the wrong books, or maybe they’re just all outdated, but with the possible exception of the Scole group’s work in the 1990s, the history books seem to mostly end the timeline at the end of the 1980s. Maybe they just ran out of room on the page? I’ve highlighted so many examples of spirit communication from spirit teams on the other side with prophesies of how great progress would be happening in the future, or about how communication with the other side would continue to improve. In some of these older books you almost get the picture that the author fully expected us to have access to an elevator that just takes us right to the other side for face to face communication by now. Surely with our iPhones and tablets we should have been able to just stop on the side of the road in the car, pull out the bag phone from under the seat, pull up the antenna, and place a call to our ancestors in 1995. What has really improved besides us walking around for a decade with spirit boxes and digital recorders? Where is Timestream now?

 
Obviously we’ve been experiencing a decade or more of the current great paranormal craze. There are amazing researchers and experimenters out there. There have been many improvements in technology since Juergenson. More and more people are becoming enlightened to spiritual and paranormal topics. So… where does all of this fit in the history books? Where is the chapter for 2000 and beyond… and who is in it? Will paranormal reality TV stars be the next names to go down in history?  (Am I still talking?)

 
Just a thought… 

 

 


The Paranormal Podcast… To Ouija or not to Ouija?

Jim Harold and The Paranormal Podcast

I’ve mentioned Jim Harold and the Paranormal Podcast several times here at The Big Séance. It has played a big part in my paranormal “education” in the last several years. I love to listen to his podcasts driving to and from work. And… maybe I’m a nerd, but the opening theme music pumps me up and prepares me for the day. 🙂 I can proudly say I’ve listened to almost every episode! If you haven’t checked The Paranormal Podcast out, you totally should! 

Jim Harold

Some of my favorite guests or authors on the program have been Annie Wilder, Maria DeSimone, Michelle Belanger, Lesley Pratt Bannatyne, and Rosemary Ellen Guiley, who was recently interviewed by Jim about her latest book. I’m ordering it as soon as I “publish” this post. 

Ouija Gone Wild by Rosemary Ellen Guiley with Rick Fisher

From Guiley’s site:

For more than a century, simple divination devices called “talking boards” have captivated millions of people curious about contacting the spirit world. The most famous is the Ouija, whose trademarked name has become synonymous with all boards. Ouija messages have inspired writers, artists, and musicians, and have played a part in murder, suicide, possession, treasure hunting, marriage, divorce and bizarre behavior.Authors Rosemary Ellen Guiley and Rick Fisher provide a detailed examination of the Ouija. They debunk myths and discuss how horror films have influenced popular opinion.

 

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

I have to tell you (without going into a giant Ouija board post) that even though in the past I have resisted the urge to run out and get a Ouija board, I’ve always taken a strong NO OUIJA BOARD stance. After listening to her discuss the book, I wonder if this opinion is silly… especially having never used one. I like to consider myself a person who takes spirit communication and the study of it seriously. If this is the case, is it truly any different from experimenting with the spirit box or my clock radio… or even basic EVP research? 

I’ve read quite a bit about the topic, but never an entire book devoted to it. While looking up sites to link in this post, I also realized that there are more books than I realized devoted solely on the topic of the Ouija. My “To Read” shelf may have just grown quite a bit. 

 

Thoughts? Does anyone have any interesting Ouija board experiences? 

 

 


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