GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #101 - January 17, 2010
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Happy New Year! Let's hope it's haunted, or at the very least, haunting. To study ghosts and haunted places is to reflect on the past, to consider our direct connection to our ancestors. Sure, maybe ghosts are walking around demanding we remember history, but what about the objects that people once cherished? Jewelry, watches, weapons, books, or maybe objects with spiritual or religious significance--could these items hold an imprint from a former owner? Or could they literally be haunted by someone?
I've known a few mechanics in my day who were otherwise level-headed, but there were certain malfunctioning engines that would cause these people to throw down their wrenches and raise their hands toward the sky cursing the "gremlins" that plagued the metal and gears below. Maybe intent is part of the equation when working with the inanimate. One part mechanics, one part physics, and one part belief. It may sound crazy, but I recall more than a few building projects I've worked on that frustrated me to the core. Where I had to take a deep breath, focus, and say a quiet, "Come on, baby, pleeeease work…" before the desired outcome finally happened. If our intent can affect objects, then so can our belief. A lucky rabbit's foot (though obviously not so lucky for the rabbit), a religious medal that we believe protects us from harm, or a wedding ring that reminds us of vows we took and the people we love may just get infused with emotion and memory to the point where others can pick up on it. Haunted objects is what we're going to explore this month on Ghostvillage.com. Tell us about your own experiences!
A new year is a time for resolutions and refocused effort. It's no different for me. In 2010 I have three new books coming out -- I will of course keep you posted as they become available, I'm working on several new projects that I hope to move into production, and I'm thrilled at the response my talk show, 30 Odd Minutes, has received. There will be plenty of new episodes coming this year so stay tuned.
It's January, time to make a commitment. I hope you'll commit to getting more involved in our paranormal community, that you'll consider submitting an article or two to us, that you'll openly discuss your evidence and beliefs, and that you'll attend some of the great events happening all over the world. I'm kind of partial to the events I'm speaking at (see the list below), so come on by and let's have a beer and swap stories.
Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below!
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|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
Velocicon 2010 - Red Bank, New Jersey - March 6, 2010
The Queen City Paranormal Convention - Historic Music Hall - Cincinnati, Ohio - April 9, 2010
Beyond Reality Events - The Mt. Washington Hotel - Bretton Woods, New Hampshire - April 23-26, 2010
Darkness Radio Events - Waverly Hills Sanitorium - Louisville, Kentucky - May 2-4, 2010
Ghost Adventures Crew and Darkness Events - Eastern State Penitentiary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - June 3-5, 2010
Beyond Reality Events - The Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado - June 13-16, 2010
Private Lecture - Newburyport, Massachusetts - July 28, 2010
2010 Haunted America East Coast Conference - Cape Cod Community College - West Barnstable, Massachusetts - August 28, 2010
A "Weird" Massachusetts Evening - Fiske Public Library - Wrentham, Massachusetts - October 19, 2010, 7 PM
Congratulations to Rene Ransom of Austin, Texas, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of
the new CD: Rock 4 Xmas: Volume 2, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!
How to win: Entries will be accepted up until 5:00 PM (eastern time) tomorrow (January 18, 2009).
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What are Mike Brody's three most frightening things in the world?
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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 book, Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Revised Edition, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!
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January 17: Jeff
Belanger on ILPRS Radio
March 6: Velocicon
- Red Bank New Jersey! - Jeff Belanger is speaking at this event
March 12: EPIC
CON, VIRGINIA BEACH VA., Texas
Ghost Show 2010
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.
|Who's Who in the Village?
>>Laurie Ann<< - Ghostvillager since May 12, 2006
What is your name?
Laurie, but my family and friends call me Laurie Ann.
How old are you?
I'll be 40 this August, but feel more like I'm turning 20.
Where do you live?
What do you do for a living?
At the time, I'm taking care of my husband (who's ill from bad lungs), taking care of our children, and everything that comes with taking care of a home -- Domestic Goddess maybe?
What got you interested in the paranormal?
It started when I was in my teens, but then laid dormant until we bought our home (built in 1880) and strange, unexplained things started happening.
Do you believe inanimate objects can be haunted?
I most certainly do. I believe that a person can become attached to an object they hold dear and near to their heart. Almost like the item becomes an extension of themselves. And when the person passes on, they leave a part of them "marked" on the object.
What's the last song/CD you bought?
Beyonce's "Sweet Dreams."
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
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New features added since our last newsletter:
2012 and Doomsday Prophecies with Marie D. Jones By 30 Odd Minutes January 14, 2010 [VIDCAST]
T. Glen Hamilton - Ghost Chronicles January 13, 2010 [PODCAST]
The Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident with Peter Robbins By 30 Odd Minutes January 7, 2010 [VIDCAST]
Surviving the Stanley Hotel By Mike Brody January 4, 2010 [COLUMN]
Haunted Cape Encounters - Ghost Chronicles December 30, 2009 [PODCAST]
Ouija/Talking Boards with Robert Murch By 30 Odd Minutes December 17, 2009 [VIDCAST]
Our last month's theme was Holiday Spirits. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:
|Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Features: Christmas Ghosts by Lee Prosser
Library: Pagan Christmas: The Plants, Spirits, and Rituals at the Origins of Yuletide by Christian Ratsch and Claudia Muller-Ebeling
Discussion: What *NOT* to get your ghost hunter for Christmas
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Ghostvillage.com's book reviewer, Lee
Prosser and the staff have brought you new book reviews and author interviews since our last newsletter.
This past month's Library additions:
Branson Hauntings by Lee Prosser [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
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:
Dad's Spirit at Our Toast - Cincinnati, Ohio [PIC]
Blue Man Apparition - Milton, Florida [PIC]
Haunting Wearing Me Down - Willow Springs, Illinois
The Banging Walls - Great Barrington, Massachusetts
The Grim Reaper at My Sister's Crib - Govan, Saskatchewan, Canada
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
Ghost hunters scarier than spirits themselves - The Western Front - Bellingham, Washington- January 12, 2010 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Wolverhampton inmates are terrified of possessed suicide cell - Mercury News - Brinsford, England- January 3, 2010 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Mystery of Czech haunted house explained - Ceský Rozhlas - Strašice, Czech Republic- December 30, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Spend a weekend with the Ghost Adventures Crew and special guest speakers this June at the ULTIMATE LOCKDOWN!
Woman sexually assaulted by ghost -Asiaone News -Taipei, Taiwan- December 25, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
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Can objects be haunted? Are there possessed possessions? Let's discuss!
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