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2008 Encounters:
Ghost in the Cheney Mansion Mirror - Jerseyville, Illinois
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Accidental Automatic Writing - Pickerington, Ohio

Ghosts in Our House - Clintonville, Wisconsin
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The Old Woman Who Passed Through a Car - Lakewood Ranch, Florida

Old Hag Syndrome - Little Rock, Arkansas

Phantom Footsteps at HMCS Acadia - Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Woman in a White Robe - Sheffield, Alabama

Strange Lights on Cuba Road - Barrington, Illinois

Wilderness Battlefield Apparition - Locust Grove, Virginia
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Lighting Candles - Rochester, Minnesota

Pulling My Son's Leg - Chester, Arkansas

Mom's Visit - Rockland, Massachusetts

Shadow People Following Me - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Girl Playing the Flute - Honolulu, Hawaii

A Haunted Desk? - Stoughton, Massachusetts

Being Watched - Moore, Oklahoma

A Haunting Melody - Nebraska

Two Black Wolves - Goldsboro, North Carolina

The White Glowing Entity - Danvers, Massachusetts

Haunted Person or Haunted Place? - British Columbia, Canada

Tormented - Warren, Pennsylvania

Ghostly Mist at a Pub - Carrollton, Texas
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It Crawled Into Bed With Me - Bono, Arkansas

Grandpa Joe's Coma Visit - Cincinnati, Ohio

Ghost Cat Presence - Novat, California

Psychic Impressions at a Victorian Home - Peoria, Illinois

A Disappearing Car - Duluth, Minnesota

Black Mass Filmed During Investigation - Northern California
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Mildred's Ghost - Licking, Missouri

Glowing Figure on the Porch - Niles, Ohio

Tag Aboard the Star of India - San Diego, California

Ghostly Image Caught at Gym - Overland Park, Kansas
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My Floating Sister - Leavenworth, Kansas

My Aunt's Spirit at Meling School - Bmlo, Hordaland, Norway

A Scary Sleepover - Billings, Montana

Socks Back From the Grave - Kellogg, Idaho

Meeting Great Great Gramma - Freeport, Florida

The Man in Mum's House - Castleford, West Yorkshire, England

Haunting at the Silver Queen Hotel - Virginia City, Nevada

My Haunted Childhood - Norfolk, England, UK

An Angry Little Girl - Valentine, Nebraska

The Girl With the Ring - York, England

Oatman Hotel Ghost - Laughlin, Nevada
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The Falling Lamp - Southampton, England

Laughter on the Spiral Staircase - Springville, New York

I Miss My Dad EVP - Northwest Ohio

The Toowong Experience - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

A Glowing Cigarette - Phoenix, Arizona

Black-Hooded Entities - Kentucky

A Civil War Soldier - Gladstone, Virginia

Ghost Boy and Girls - Chicago, Illinois

The Man in Blue - Rock Rapids, Iowa

My Son's Spirit - [location withheld]

A Misty Oval - Los Chavez, New Mexico

An Unruly Customer - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pirate Ghosts - Milton, Florida
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Shadow Person Passing By - Medford, Massachusetts

Haunted Chair? - Gainesville, Florida

The Shadow - Pluckley, Kent, England

Various Encounters - Anoka, Minnesota

The Scarecrow and Mr. Lincoln - New Bern, North Carolina

The Boy in the Mirror - Los Angeles, California

Red Flashes on Video - Milton, Florida
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Dad's Home Early - Pontiac, Michigan

Old Man in a Flannel Shirt - Millbrook, Alabama

The Old Lady With a Lantern - Tampa, Florida

The Thing From the Ouija Board - Upstate, New York

Civil War Soldier's Ghost - Gonzales, Louisiana

Scared and Annoyed - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Waverly Hills Sanatorium Sighting - Louisville, Kentucky
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Angel of Death in the Courthouse - Washington, DC

The Shadow Man and Nun Statue - Cortez, Colorado

The Figure in the Window - Amherst, Virginia

The Hovering Sadness - Alabama

The Girl That Wasn't There - Dunedin, New Zealand

Unseen Helping Hands - Albany, Oregon

The Crash in the Hallway - Lake Charles, Louisiana

Apparition in Williamsburg - Williamsburg, Virginia
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The Shadow Behind the Door - Martinez, California

A Hotel Guest's Final Goodbye - Derbyshire, UK

The Little Man in Our Room - Brazil, Indiana

Dark Figure in Chicago Museum - Chicago, Illinois

Thanksgiving Ghosts - Colorado

Three Knocks That Saved Me - Round Rock, Texas

The Man in My Closet - Arlington, Texas

The South Bridge Poltergeist - Edinburgh, Scotland

Shadows in the Closet - St. Theresa Point, Manitoba, Canada

Looking For the Bars - Williamsburg Hill, Illinois

The Man at the Top of the Stairs - Carthage, Missouri

My Fear of the Supernatural - Lebanon, Kentucky

My Friend in Time of Crisis - Waterbury, Connecticut

Old Jim on the Warehouse Floor - Rochester, New York
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My Spirit Contacts - Kentwood/Middleville, Michigan

Watch For the Lady in the Bird Cage - Tombstone, Arizona

Faces in the Camouflage - Taqqaddum, Iraq
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A Skeptic Near Pinewoods Cemetery - Troy, New York

Shoe Shopping From Beyond - Huntington Beach, California

The Man in My House - Welland, Ontario, Canada

A Haunting Near Channel Road - Sanger, California

Faces in the Mirror - Billings, Montana

Sharing My Bed With a Ghost - Mexico

The Slender Spirit - Pembroke Pines, Florida

Shadows in My House - Ocala, Florida

My Haunted Office - Las Vegas, Nevada

Shadow in the First Baptist Church - Boise, Idaho

The Little Girl's Shadow - Chattanooga, Tennessee

Knocks at 2 AM - Naples, New York

A Possessed Patient - Ashland, Kentucky

A Haunting in The Booter - St. Andrews, Scotland

Ghosts at Union Station Hotel - Nashville, Tennessee

My Family's Haunting - Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Happy 2008 to the Spirits on the Land - Milton, Florida
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The Tall Man Gatekeeper - San Rafael, California

The Evil Force - Marin Headlands, California

Cold Wet Grandfather's Visit - Oostende, Belgium

Haunted Barracks - Dermott, Arkansas

Cell Phone Calls From Beyond - Simsbury, Connecticut

A Little Girl at Stone's Public House - Ashland, Massachusetts

Bones in the Basement - Kansas City, Missouri

A Woman's Voice - Richmond, Virginia

A Dark Mist - Barbers Point, Hawaii

The Hanging Soldier - Nyack, New York

Shadows in My Home - Tijuana, Mexico



January 23, 2008

Cold Wet Grandfather's Visit

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Mimi, Oostende, Belgium, May 1990

In 1990, my ex and I spent three weeks in Belgium, France, and England, tracing my family's roots and furthering my ex's obsession with World War II. My mother, who survived Nazi-occupied Belgium as a child, and moved to the U.S. in the fifties, recommended several places to visit. The ex and I rented a small apartment in Oostende, a little town on the North Sea. Foxholes and land mines are still partially visible along the dunes, though they are fenced in with barbed wire and "Danger" signs. But that did not stop the ex and I from exploring!

One night after exploring the old World War II foxholes, we drifted off to sleep in the little bedroom in the apartment. I was awakened by a man standing over me in a dripping-wet old-fashioned raincoat, shivering from a rain storm. He was holding a tin cup with coffee in it and began speaking to me in Flemish, the official language of Belgium. I knew enough of the language to understand what he said, "You know me! You know who I am!" He pointed to the coffee cup and said, "I am so glad to see you. She will know. She will know." Well, not knowing who "she" was, I dismissed the whole thing as a strange dream.

In the morning, I rolled out of bed and stepped right onto a soaking wet rug. The wet stain was in a circle, directly where the man had stood in the dream. The ex awoke and I began to tell him about the dream with the man in the old raincoat with the coffee. His eyes widened and he did not speak. In fact, he finished describing the dream to me, because he had the same dream and saw the man standing over me. I still recall the details of the man's face. When we returned to the U.S., I showed my mother the photos we took of the area along the beach and told her about the dream I had that night. My mother looked at the photos and listened to me describe the man. It was then that she explained that where the photos were taken was the exact spot where my grandfather (her father) had been taken prisoner by the Nazis. He was forced to walk along the beach to basically be a human mine detector. If he was not blown up, obviously, the Nazi's were safe to hunker down into the beach area.

My mother, as a girl, was in charge of making the coffee at the house. Getting good coffee beans during the war was impossible, but they made do. She made coffee for her father, mother, and grandmother and passed on that love of good coffee to me. The man in the "dream" was actually a visitation from the grandfather I had never met. Grandfather survived World War II, as did the other members of my mother's family. I made a pledge to my ex that I was bound and determined to visit and be visited by as many remaining family members as I could, since they were scattered across the small Belgian countryside. What I did not count on was a visit from a family member who traveled quite a distance to meet me for the first time.




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