Okay, sure, Julius Caesar certainly should beware the Ides of March, but does that mean the rest of us (and may I point out it’s been more than 2000 years since his assassination) also have to tiptoe through the 15th? What was just a day on the calendar has become a thing -- like seeing a pothole way ahead on the road, saying to yourself, I need to go around that pothole then hitting the pothole anyway. If you weren’t looking, you might have missed it, but because you fixated, it’s like fate gave you no choice but to bend your rim.
According to Greek historian and biographer Plutarch, a seer had warned Julius Caesar to “beware the Ides of March.” Caesar didn’t heed the warning (he even mocked it) and showed up to the senate meeting in 44 BC for his date with 60 conspirators who stabbed the ruler to death. The Roman calendar didn’t number their days; they focused on three fixed points: the Nones, Ides (middle) and Kalends. Caesar is assassinated, centuries later Shakespeare immortalizes the story in his play Julius Caesar, and BAM we’re freaked out a little every March 15th.
That’s the power of story. The allure of legend. A place garners a reputation for being haunted, for harboring monsters, or being a secret alien landing site, and it’s the only thing we can think about. That story is a human connection from one person to another. It’s a literal line that connects people to each other, then to places, then to points in time.
I view my job as following that string from person to person, from place to place, and then back in time to see where it leads me. And sometimes, when the conditions are just right… the past comes alive again. We see something that doesn’t belong in our present. Those are the moments I live for.
I know I’m not alone. Over the years I’ve encountered so many of you who also want to explore these events and things that bind us to each other. It’s why I love paranormal events. It’s the place where we explore what we have in common, not what makes us different.
I hope you’ll get the chance to join me next month at one of my favorite haunts: The Houghton Mansion in North Adams, Massachusetts. My buddies Dave Schrader from Darkness Radio, Ron Kolek from Ghost Chronicles, and Tim Weisberg from Spooky Southcoast will be leading the festivities. Come out and see us!
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