GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #66 - February 15, 2007

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Dear Ghostvillagers,

It's been an incredible month of growth here in the Village. I'd like to welcome everyone who saw me on The Maury Show and signed up for the newsletter or message boards, and I'd like to welcome everyone else to the new Ghostvillage.com. We've freshened up the look of the site, our community forum now features blogs and lots of other new bells and whistles, and we've added two new sections. When you have a minute, check out Ghostvillage University -- the place where we're going to offer live, interactive online webinars with some of the best-known lecturers in the field of paranormal research. If you've always wished that you could get out to some of the great ghost conferences around the country and around the world to hear these folks speak -- we're now bringing them to you.

I'm also pleased to announce the grand opening of our Ghost-Mart -- a huge ghost hunter's store. Inside you'll find EMF meters, EVP equipment, digital thermometers, books, magazines, DVDs, and a whole lot more. And as a grand-opening special, we're offering free shipping on any order over $150. Just enter the promotion code: gvgrandopen07 during checkout to receive it (up until April 15, 2007).

This month on Ghostvillage, we're going to explore the subject of spirit photography a little closer. Iím skeptical about many alleged "spirit photographs." Fingers in front of the lens, double exposures, and lens flares are just some of the many photographic miscues that often get labeled as supernatural. But assuming the person who took the photo wasn't trying to deceive, some spirit photography images have certainly made me say, "Hmmm." And a very select few have even made me say, "Wow!"

This month we're going to discuss the evidence that spirit photography offers. We'll explore the false-positives, the common mistakes, we'll debate orbs until we're blue in the face, and we'll take a look at some images that make us all say, "Wow!"

I'm looking forward to a lively discussion this month and hope you'll be a part of it. Also, if any Massachusetts Ghostvillagers are interested in a meetup, I'm giving a free lecture at Cape Cod Community College on February 23rd at 7 PM. Come on by and learn the secret handshake. Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below.

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
Mayor of Ghostvillage.com



Monthly Contest
Congratulations to Ronald Todys of Cleveland, Ohio who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's book, Communicating With the Dead: Reach Beyond the Grave, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!

This month, we're doing the contest again, but we ask that you first click this link: http://www.ghostvillage.com/index.shtml#winner. If it says, "The search is on" then we don't have a winner yet and go ahead and send in your answer. If you see today's date and "We have a winner!" that means you weren't the first to email us. Sorry, please try again next month.

On to this month's question: This question can be answered by reading a page on Ghostvillage.com. The first person to reply to this email with the correct answer will win this month's prize.

What is Derek Bartlett's day job?

Once we have our winner, we will announce them on our home page as soon as possible. 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 book, Our Haunted Lives: True Life Ghost Encounters, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!


Didn't win? Want to buy a copy? Click on the graphic.



Supernatural Calendar
The Supernatural Calendar is the place where thousands will learn about your events of interest to the supernatural world. The service is only available to registered members of the message boards, and it's free! Ghostvillage.com now syndicates our calendar of events so other Web sites can also display these supernatural happenings at no charge! To learn more about installing our calendar of events RSS feed, please visit our syndication page. Adding your own local events to our calendar is more important than ever!

February 23: Jeff Belanger at Cape Cod Community College, Ghost Bride Investigation w/NEGP
April 13-15: Western New York Supernatural Summit Ghost Hunter Conference and Psychic Fair

Who's Who in the Town Square?
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.

>>BellaRose<< - member since October 29, 2006

What is your name?
Rose

How old are you?
38 -- November 22, 1968

Where do you live?
Currently, I live in Santa Cruz, California. I grew up in Berkeley, California, attended Imperial College in London, England, and studied Law at the University of California - Santa Cruz.

What do you do for a living?
I work in legal advocacy for a non-profit.

What first got you interested in the supernatural?
I cannot ever remember not being interested in the supernatural... My idea of fun at recess was "going into trances" (lol). My mother has informed me that I have been speaking of the dead since I was 2. She was not exactly thrilled to hear about what I was seeing and hearing. "It" came from the other side of the gene pool as far as she was concerned. I have had many paranormal experiences over the years; far too many to delve into now. All of this led me to become a paranormal investigator and the founder of 6 CENTS Investigations. Our next investigation site will be the infamous Brookdale Lodge. If you are interested in our adventures and latest investigations, you can read more at: www.6-Cents-Investigations.blogspot.com.

Do you have a personal totem animal?
Yes, I have many totem animals. My heritage is a mix of Irish and Native American -- Potawatomi Tribe -- Fire Nation... I guess that makes me a kind of Faery-Shaman... lol. I suppose the animal that I have a close magical affinity with is the raven. My surname, in fact, translated from Gaelic means raven.

What was the make and model of the first car you owned?
A 1978 Toyota Corolla, mustard yellow.

Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Our last month's theme was Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP). Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:

From the Archives: Cemetery Apparition Video and EVP
Discussion: Cleaning EVP - How Much is Too Much?
From the Archives: "We'll Never Get Out of Here" EVP
Discussion: EVP in Other Languages?
From the Archives: "Little Chicken" at Hotel Meade EVP
Feature Article: Episode 12: EVP, Featuring Tom and Lisa Butler of the A.A.E.V.P. - Ghost Chronicles Podcast


Supernatural Library
Ghostvillage.com's book reviewer, Lee Prosser and the staff have brought you several new book reviews and author interviews since our last newsletter.


This past month's Library additions:

Yoga for Magick by Nancy Wasserman

The Dead Won't Hurt You... Or Will They? by D.B. Lyn

True Magick by Amber K

Strange Indiana Monsters by Michael Newton

The Haitian Vodou Handbook by Kenaz Filan

The Beginner's Guide to Sex In The Afterlife and The Beginner's Guide For The Recently Deceased by David Staume

The Woman's Book of Spirit by Sue Patton Thoele


Ghostvillage.com Advertising Opportunities
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If you're ready to put Ghostvillage.com to work for your company or organization, send us an email to get started.

Recent Encounters
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:

Our Haunted Apartment - Dallas, Texas

The Boy Liked to Burn Things - Leesburg, Georgia

The Poltergeist Room - Clyman, Wisconsin

The Spirit Dogcatcher - Southwest side of Chicago, Illinois

Pole Dancing Ghost Video - Massachusetts [VIDEO]

Becoming a Believer - Essex, Connecticut

Calls from Jaron - Plaistow, New Hampshire

The Man on the Ceiling - Elgin, Illinois

Desks in a Pile - West Bend, Wisconsin

Nana's Warning - Melbourne, Australia



News
This is the place to find press releases and news items on paranormal happenings around the world. If you have a news item you'd like to submit, please see our guidelines.

WANT THESE HEADLINES ON YOUR SITE FOR FREE? Syndicate our news! If you have a Web site or blog, you can syndicate our news feeds to your site for free. Check it out by visiting our syndication page.

Ah Spirit Productions Presents Psychic Medium Robbie Thomas Announcing 2007 US Tour

Lab of the Paranormal Foresees Its Own Demise Seattle Post-Intelligencer Seattle, Washington - February 10, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

First Annual Chicago Ghost Conference Announced [CONFERENCE WATCH]

'Psychic' Sylvia Brown Blows Big Prediction The Decatur Daily Decatur, Alabama - February 1, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

Ghost Hunters Announce Ultimate Chicago Ghost Tour

Pre-Orders on Haunted Baseball

CPRI Announces its Second Annual Paranormal Conference in Richmond, Virginia [CONFERENCE WATCH]

Television Show Seeking a Haunted House to Film In

Spirits May Haunt Historic Milford Home Connecticut Post Milford, Connecticut - January 16, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]



Features
Our "Features" section is a place for editorials, research articles, open letters to our readers, and other content of interest to Ghostvillagers. If you have a topic on your mind, agree or disagree with something you read recently, we want to hear from you! For guidelines, click here.

New features added since our last newsletter:

How To Contact Your Guardian Angel - by Lee Prosser - February 15, 2007[COLUMN]

The Eyes of the Mothman - Ghost Chronicles - February 14, 2007[PODCAST]

The Mystery of the Ouija Board - Ghost Chronicles - February 7, 2007[PODCAST]

Ghost Hunter Spotlight: Brad Duplechien of Louisiana Spirits Paranormal Investigations - Ghost Chronicles - January 31, 2007[PODCAST]

Ghost Hunting and Dead Presidents by Vince Wilson - January 29, 2007

The Bell Witch and Witch Bonney - Ghost Chronicles - January 24, 2007[PODCAST]

Part Six of Belle Gunness: McClung Road and the Blood Farm Horror - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin - January 22, 2007[COLUMN]

Paranormal Investigator Profile: Derek Bartlett, Founder of Cape and Islands Paranormal Research Society - January 19, 2007

EVP, Featuring Tom and Lisa Butler of the A.A.E.V.P. - Ghost Chronicles - January 17, 2007[PODCAST]



Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
This is the place to find out where author and Ghostvillage.com founder Jeff Belanger will be speaking on the subject of the supernatural. If you're interested in booking Jeff for a conference or other event, please email us for more information.

Events Scheduled:

Cape Cod Community College - Barnstable, Massachusetts - February 23, 2007

2007 Mid-Atlantic Paranormal Conference - Moundsville, West Virginia - June 8-9, 2007

2007 Haunted America Conference - Decatur, Illinois - June 22-23, 2007

Ghost World Conference - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - July 20-22, 2007



Ghost World Conference 2007 - Meet Your Fellow Ghostvillagers!
The Ghost World Conference is really shaping up to be the paranormal event of the year! Definitely click on the Web site and get your tickets and reservations early to save money on our early bird discount. Also make your hotel reservations at the Wyndham early because getting a hotel in Gettysburg in July is tricky. Ghostvillage.com is proud to help organize this giant paranormal conference, tradeshow, and symposium for July 20-22, 2007 in one of the most haunted places on earth: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Tickets and booth space are already going fast and space is limited. Be sure to visit the conference Web site for more information or to sign up:


http://www.ghostworldconference.com/


Paranormal Radio
There's only one place where you can tune in to the leading paranormal radio programs available online, and that's right here on Ghostvillage.com's Paranormal Radio: http://www.ghostvillage.com/resources/ghostradio.shtml 

Tune in to: A.P.S.R. Talk Radio, Darkness on the Edge of Town Radio, Exploring Unexplained Phenomena, The Ghost Chronicles, Ghostly Talk Radio, The Graveyard Shift, Magick Mind Radio, Nightwatch, Weird Stuff Happens, and The 'X' Zone Radio Show.


Hot Threads and the Ghostvillage.com Community
In the past month, over 1,400 new people registered for free to join our supernatural discussion! Have you?

If you have registered for our message boards but haven't validated your account yet, it's simple to do! Look for the email that was automatically sent to you when you registered and click on the account activation link in the email (note: some bulkmail filters may block this email, so you'll need to check your bulkmail folder if the validation email didn't immediately come through). There are always great discussions going on in our huge message board community. We hope you'll get involved. It's free to register if you're not already a member. Here are some of the hot topics this month:

Free Masonry
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=9212
Questions and answers about the organization.

Native American Belief Systems
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=5806
How do native cultures and their spiritual beliefs differ across the United States?

Hobbit Cave Digs to Resume
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=18051
Have we discovered a new species of ancient human, or just a version that was ill?

Spiritography
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=18222
A spirit or just some light reflection?

EVP
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=18213
"Follow me. I need to tell you something..."

Spirit Video
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=17468
Not sure what to make of this video off of Google.

Magnetic Fields
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=17837
Can Magnetic Fields Cause Paranormal Phenomena?


Board of the Month -- Spirit Photography
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showforum=27
Discuss the evidence, techniques, and equipment used in spirit photography.

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