GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #114 - April 20, 2011
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Sorry we missed last month's newsletter! I got so busy with travel and projects that I just couldn't get to it. The good news is we're getting back on track and plan to introduce a lot of new content and people. More on that in a second.
Spring sprang (finally) here at the Ghostvillage.com headquarters. We're shaking off the white dust of a very long winter, and I'm turning my sights to warmer days and outdoor legend trips. This past weekend I got to hang out with a few hundred of my closest friends at an event at the old Mansfield Reformatory in Ohio. This place is hecka-creepy, beautiful in a dark way, and paranormally active throughout. During one of the ghost hunts I was up in the former TB Ward on the top floor of the Administration Building when we heard a groan in the floorboard in the corner. I asked if someone was there to step closer. We heard another creak in the floorboards. Then we saw an odd shadow next to the window. I was stoked! Something seemed to be forming… but alas, our volunteer walked in at that moment and told us it was time for the group to switch. The ghost experience isn't usually over-the-top, but these little things keep me going and looking. If you want to see some photos from this amazing building, you can check out my Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.10150155149529748.293608.283029759747.
With Spring comes renewed interest in outdoor legends: fae folk, strange beasts, and this month's theme: leprechauns. I always liked the legend of the leprechaun because he is a mischief maker (I can relate). He's magical, he may help you, he may even make you rich, or he might trick you out of your own gold. The leprechaun may be best known in Ireland, but creatures of similar descriptions can be found all over the world. This month we're going to dive into the discussion of this possible elemental creature.
In an effort to grow Ghostvillage.com and keep producing top-notch content, I'm pleased to announce the addition of a new editor: Deonna Kelli Sayed! Deonna will be working on new feature content, encounters, and much more. She's a long-time paranormal investigator, an author, and brings a unique perspective to this subject. The first topic she's tackling is called "Spring of Culture" -- a look at how the paranormal has influenced art and culture all over. Please welcome Deonna as she helps expand what we already offer!
I'd also like to welcome all of the new people to our village. It's an honor to work for you -- we appreciate the job. I look forward to running into you folks someplace haunted real soon!
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|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
2nd Annual Michigan Paranormal Convention - Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan - August 12-14, 2011
Chicago Ghost Conference - Chicago, Illinois - September 30 - October 1, 2011
Central Texas Paranormal Conference - Austin, Texas - October 8-9, 2011
Congratulations to Harriett C. Parker of Las Vegas, Nevada, who was the February winner of an autographed copy of
Jeff Belanger's book and DVD, Picture Yourself Legend Tripping and a Ghostvillage.com window sticker!
How to win: Entries will be accepted up until 5:00 PM (eastern time) tomorrow (April 21, 2011).
At 5:00 PM, we will draw a winner at random from the correct entries that have been received. You no longer have to be the first,
but you only have until 5:00 PM to get your answer in. If you click on this link:
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On to this month's question: This question can be answered by reading a page on Ghostvillage.com. Remember, reply by 5:00 PM tomorrow to
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Who are H.C. Noel's artistic influences?
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Good luck! (Only Ghostvillagers who have not won a prize from us in the last year are eligible.)
This month's prize:
We're giving away an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's new book and DVD, Picture Yourself Legend Tripping and a Ghostvillage.com window sticker!
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April 30: 'Rick Hayes - Living Life Supernaturally' Event
May 2: Jeff Belanger on Tenacity Radio
May 12: Jeff Belanger on Para X Radio with Tim Shaw
May 27: Alamo Conference
June 10: Through the Veil, Haunted America Midwest Conference
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers. Meet our new editor!
|Who's Who in the Village?
>>Deonna Kelli Sayed<< - member since March 18, 2008
What is your name?
Deonna Kelli Sayed
How old are you?
You know better than to ask such a question! I am at the age of certain dignified grace (yeah...right)!
Where do you live?
What do you do for a living?
I am a writer. As a wife of a United Nations diplomat, I've moved all over the world. That type of international, nontraditional existence makes
writing a suitable endeavor for me.
What first got you interested in ghosts and the paranormal?
When I was a child, I started "seeing" things as they looked in the past. I’m still unsure about how this happens or
like so many others, I had my first experiences as a child. The very first events involved some type of presence appearing in my room at night.
This happened for years. I grew up in the rural South at the dead end of a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. The fun part of this story is at
the dead end of the dirt road was the county's oldest graveyard, with my family members buried in it! My upbringing was something between a Stephen
King novel and a Truman Capote story; creepy, gothic, and redneck.
As a Muslim, have you felt accepted in the paranormal community?
I have experienced only genuine interest in my own personal beliefs, and no one has made any disparaging remarks about my faith.
The paranormal community is one of those rare places a Catholic priest can hang out with a pagan, psychic vampire. It is a very tolerant
environment when it comes to religious and spiritual diversity.
What mark do you hope to leave on the paranormal community?
I am unsure if I am to leave a mark. The better question is what mark will this paranormal journey leave on me? It has been a profoundly
personal intellectual experience. It is one that has allowed me (and others) to question the nature of reality and engage personal
experience and story in very intimate ways. I feel it is an honor to be able to "excavate history" through the paranormal.
What is your favorite spring flower?
Anything I don't have to water or garden -- whatever I can buy and put in a vase. I hate yard work.
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New features added since our last newsletter:
Future Predictions with Dr. Louis Turi - April 12, 2011 [WEBCAST]
Spring of Culture at Ghostvillage - H.C. Noel, Creator of Tara Normal - April 7, 2011
Pennsylvania Bigfoot with Eric Altman - April 5, 2011 [WEBCAST]
Spontaneous Human Combustion with Larry Arnold - March 29, 2011 [WEBCAST]
Japanese Earthquake Ghosts, 2011 by Lee Prosser - March 28, 2011 [COLUMN]
Our last month's theme was SPIRICOM. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:
|Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Features: Instrumental TransCommunication (ITC)
We receive personal encounters from all over the world. Many are scary, some are touching, but they are always profound. If you would like
to share your own experience, please click >>here<<. Since our last newsletter, we added the following new encounters:
A Protective Presence - Monroe, Michigan
Angel or Ghost? - Silsbee, Texas
Weirded Out in San Francisco - San Francisco, California
Haunted Nightmares - Australia
Ghostly Railroad Greeting - Aiken, South Carolina
Calling the Spirits - Chester, West Virginia
Haunted Bedroom - Boston, Massachusetts
Home Alone - North Berwick, Maine
Spooky School Day - Edinburg, Texas
Mystery in Meerut - India
Phantom Girl in Vietnam-Vietnam
Living Room Orbs and Phantom Voices- Denver, Colorado
This is the place to find news items on paranormal happenings around the world. If you have a news item you'd like to submit, please see our
Police ghostbuster’s unfair sacking appeal fails Manchester Evening News Manchester, England - April 15, 2011 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Problems still haunt Belleville cemetery; mayor calls in city workers to help BND.com Belleville, Illinois - April 12, 2011 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Communicate with Ghosts? There’s an App for That GlossyNews.com Raleigh, North Carolina - March 26, 2011 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
American Idol Mansion Haunted By Ghost Of Bad Singers Future Right TV Hollywood, California - March 24, 2011 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
5 face arrest for fraud over supernatural services company The Mainichi Daily News Yokohana, Japan - March 10, 2011 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Chuck Zukowski: Reserve deputy fired over paranormal investigations The Denver Westword El Paso County, Colorado - March 4, 2011 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Cops arrest accomplice in rob-slay of septuagenarian in Tondo Manila Bulletin Manila, Philippines - February 18, 2011 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
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After-Life and Reincarnation
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A Dream of a Black Dog
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Does Critical Thinking affect the paranormal adversely?
Urban Legends, Myths, and Folklore
Why do we tell/share urban legends?
Oven turned off before gingerbread burned.
Board of the Month -- Leprechaun
Is this creature just myth? What's his name in other cultures? Have you seen one?
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