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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? 


Phonemes, Allophones, and Cinnamon Buns…

I'd like to apologize to those of you who clicked on my blog because of this delicious picture of cinnamon buns. Photo Credit: Eric Petruno

I’d like to apologize to those of you who clicked on my blog because of this delicious picture of cinnamon buns.
Photo Credit: Eric Petruno

During the last few weeks, along with spending many hours recording or reviewing EVP sessions for my 2-week experiment, I did quite a bit of research on EVP in general. As much as I absolutely LOVE so much about the paranormal and things like EVP, there are so many parts of this field that make my eyes glaze over. As a former college professor used to say, and as I tell my middle school music  students when I’m trying to get them to understand the concept of something like key signatures… “Why are you looking at me with cinnamon bun eyes?” (Get it? If not, let me know and I’ll explain.) Alternate realities, multiple dimensions, and particle theory are just some examples of  paranormal topics that give me giant cinnamon eyes.

Phonemes and Allophones aren’t paranormal at all. In fact, speech therapists deal with them all the time. You speak phonemes and allophones every day. Many EVP nerds and researchers talk about them in some of their current research and experiments. Before the last few weeks I’ve always just skipped over any discussion about these two terms because my cinnamon bun eyes were spinning so fast I had no choice.

Do you know what these terms mean?

After some researching online and talking to some speech therapist friends of mine, I have to say… my eyes were still spinning a bit.

Phoneme: any of the abstract units of the phonetic system of a language that correspond to a set of similar speech sounds (as the velar \k\ of cool and the palatal \k\ of keel) which are perceived to be a single distinctive sound in the language

Allophone: one of two or more variants of the same phoneme <the aspirated \p\ of pin and the unaspirated \p\ of spin areallophones of the phoneme \p\>

Mmhmm… Clear as mud, right? Now I want you to know that I was having a pretty good day today… that is, until I discovered that I actually understand “phoneme” better when referencing the Engligh Language Learner’s Dictionary (phoneme: the smallest unit of speech that can be used to make one word different from another word). Now you’re speaking my language. 🙂 (And before some of you look, let me save you the time… “allophone” cannot be found in that dictionary… or the Dictionary for Kids.)

Peace!


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