GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #87 - November 17, 2008
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Wow... we survived another busy Halloween/Samhain season. I'd like to say hello to the many great people I had the chance to meet over the last month. Thank you to those who came to hear me speak at my lectures or conferences, and welcome to all of you folks who found us for the first time because of the spirited holiday that gives us the spotlight once a year. Welcome to the discussion, one and all.
When it comes to spirituality, we have a natural sense of egocentrism that overcomes us. Our way must be the right way, after all, it's (usually) the way our parents taught us, and their parents before them. The spirituality of other people, especially people from long ago, seems weird to pretty much everyone outside of that system. Dancing around a fire, mixing herbs, or chanting for hours doesn't make much sense unless you've been engrained in that culture and know the meaning behind each step, each ingredient, and each note.
For many modern folks, spirituality comes through an organized religion or belief system. But don't be confused -- spirituality and religion are two separate topics (though it's difficult to discuss one without the other). This month we're going to discuss native spirituality on Ghostvillage.com. We'll explore how indigenous peoples made a connection with the physical world around them, as well as the spiritual world, because perhaps those two worlds are more intertwined than we realize. We'll discuss spirit contact, ghostly legends from pre-history, and examine that ghost hunter's cliché: "the building was constructed on a former Indian burial ground."
This past month we not only saw many new faces come through our Village, we finally made some room for our younger viewers. Watch for new content for kids, parents, and educators coming online constantly at:
Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below!
Mayor of Ghostvillage.com
Congratulations to Sabrina Odom of Port Neches, Texas, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of
Jeff Belanger's new book, Who's Haunting the White House?, 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) today (November 17, 2008).
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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today's date, and "We have a winner!" that means the contest has ended. Sorry, please try again next month. To submit your entry, simply
reply to this email with the correct answer.
On to this month's question: This question can be answered by reading a page on Ghostvillage.com. Remember, reply by 5:00 PM today to
be eligible to win.
According to author Len Adams, who was "monster bait"?
At 5:00 PM, we will announce the winner on our home page.
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, Who's Haunting the White House?, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!
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November is a month for giving thanks for the things we are blessed to have in our lives. It is also a time to reflect on those who may not have as much, and a time to do what we can to help fight hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world.
|It Takes a Village - Charity of the Month
World Hunger Year (WHY) was founded in 1975 to work toward long-term solutions to global hunger and poverty. WHY supports community-based, grassroots organizations that empower individuals and build self-reliance by offering job training, education and after school programs; increasing access to housing and healthcare; providing microcredit and entrepreneurial opportunities; teaching people to grow their own food; and assisting small farmers. WHY connects these organizations to funders, media, and legislators.
“At WHY, we envision a world without hunger and poverty. If we can shift the prevailing viewpoint on why hunger and poverty exist, then we can influence the policymakers and put an end to this human tragedy.”
To donate money online, click here
Other ways to help WHY:
1. Educate yourself and take a stand. Read WHY’s publications on topics such as food security, free trade, and global water crises. Then write to your local newspaper or your elected officials and make your voice heard.
Learn more here
2. Give your time. Locate volunteer opportunities in your area. Whether you are looking for food assistance, volunteer opportunities, places to donate food, or other information from programs in your area that are working to fight hunger and poverty, WHY’s online search directory can help you get started. Search for
opportunities in your area here
3. Involve children. Empower the kids in your life. They can make a difference toward ending world hunger and poverty, too. Educate them on the root causes and let them know they can help by creating fundraisers, writing letters, and volunteering locally.
Learn more here
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
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November 20: Jeff
Belanger Book Signing - Walpole, Massachusetts
November 22: Belanger/Powell
book signing Montpelier, VT
November 23: Jeff
Belanger on Ghostly Talk Radio
November 27: Thanksgiving
December 7: Darkness Events: The
Haunted Queen Mary Conference
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.
|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
Weird Massachusetts book signing with Jeff Belanger at Barnes and Noble - Walpole, Massachusetts - 7:00 PM, November 20, 2008
Who's Haunting the White House? book signing with Jeff Belanger and Rick Powell - Montpelier, Vermont - 1:00 PM - November 22, 2008
Darkness Events: Queen Mary Conference - Long Beach, California - December 7-10, 2008
GAC Events: Bobby Mackey's Music World LIVE Ghost Hunt - Wilder, Kentucky - January 20-22, 2009
A Weird (Massachusetts) Event at the Tewksbury Public Library - Tewksbury, Massachusetts - 6:30 PM, April 21, 2009
Beyond Reality Events: The Mount Washington Hotel Conference - Bretton Woods, New Hampshire - April 24-26, 2009
East Central Indiana Paranormal Conference - Muncie, Indiana - July 9-11, 2009
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.
|Who's Who in the Village?
>>Laurie Ann<< - member since May 12, 2006
What is your name?
How old are you?
Where do you live?
I live in LaPorte, Indiana.
What do you do for a living?
Besides raising three beautiful children and taking care of an ill husband, I work full time in a hardware store as a housewares associate and merchandising.
What got you interested in the paranormal?
I've been interested since I was young, then it heightened when my husband and I bought our home three years ago and activity was present. Our home was built in 1880, so there's much history here.
Do you feel native peoples of the world have a more spiritual connection to the world around them?
Myself being part Native American (Blackfoot), I wish I could say "yes," but I honestly feel that it's all in the person themself.
What's your favorite TV series?
I have a few that I enjoy... depends on my mood. My all-time favorite is M*A*S*H, but I also like The Ghost Whisperer and Medium.
Our last month's theme was Halloween/Samhain. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:
|Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Podcast: The Haunted Cemetery - Ghost Chronicles Halloween Special - Features
Discussion: What's Your Favorite Halloween Movie? - Join the Discussion!
Features: What Does Halloween/Samhain Mean to You? - From the Features Archives
Library: A Witch's Halloween by Gerina Dunwich - From the Library Archives
Features: Halloween: What Scares Us - From the Features Archives
Kids Features: The History of Halloween - From Kids.Ghostvillage.com
Have you checked out our Ghost-Mart and Ghostvillage U.?
|Shopping at Ghostvillage.com
Ghostvillage U.: "Professor Paranormal" Loyd Auerbach and the HCH Institute's Distance Learning Certificate Course on Parapsychological Studies is
now available through Ghostvillage.com. Ready to take paranormal investigation to the next level? Check out the online courses.
Digital Voice Recorders: Going for EVP? Think DVR.
Books: Ghost-Mart has many of the leading paranormal titles.
EMF Meters: Check out our line of EMF meters from cell sensors to tri-field.
Closed Circuit TV: From inexpensive to the high end, we have them all.
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:
Phantoms in the Looking Glass by Len Adams [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
KIDS: Ghost Files by The Ghost Society
Otherworldly Affaires by Brad Steiger
The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls by Chris Morton and Ceri Louise Thomas
KIDS: Who's Haunting the White House? by Jeff Belanger [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:
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 [PIC]
It Crawled Into Bed With Me - Bono, Arkansas
Grandpa Joe's Coma Visit - Cincinnati, Ohio
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
From the Desk of Christopher Balzano, Ghostvillage.com News Editor:
It’s the moment real progress can be made. You can spend your time preaching to the choir or shouting at a stone wall until you are blue in the face, but the good work gets done at that intersection of the open mind and a moment of truth. Paranormal investigators are waiting for the perfect piece of evidence to change people’s minds about ghosts, but the biggest leaps forward will take place when the unbiased voice allows the potential for an extraordinary event to have a mysterious foundation. This month there have been two.
During the build-up to Halloween, local news sources flooded the Web with reports from their towns. There were paranormal events and speakers, haunted tours and investigations, and profiles of local investigators out there in the field trying to look into local haunted locations. It’s pretty much the same every year, and most of the reports were carbon copies of clichés. Maybe it was the influence of the holiday, but shortly after October 31 there were two that spoke of ghosts as the source of tragedy.
The first appeared in the Western Morning News out of the UK. A seemingly stable young woman named Carrisa Glenn committed suicide in her flat while sleepwalking. The report is disturbing enough, especially given the report Ghostvillage will be providing later this month on the groundbreaking new documentary on night terrors. What makes the story stick out is that the young lady may have been under the influence of the spirit of someone who had killed themselves in the same apartment in the same way. Although the earlier death is said to be untrue, Glenn had become obsessed with the ghost and complained it was communicating to her.
The second is also from the UK, this time out of Port Elizabeth from the Weekend Post. There a local video store was burnt to the ground, possibly due to a turf war in the area. The story is nothing more than an account of the blaze and some theories as to the why and how, but for a brief moment the writer goes back to a similar fire up the street in 2001. In that case, an independent investigator and the deputy director of the fire department attributed the flames to the work of poltergeist activity. These were two professionals with much to lose who made the assessment after a thorough examination of all of the facts.
These may not be the kind of groundbreaking news stories that turn the paranormal community on its head, but they may be more important than many of the ghostly pictures and videos that find their way to the national media. Those stories are sensational. These two are quiet examples of that intersection moment. They hardly stand up as evidence, but evidence is not the only thing that can make a mind change. Sometimes the best argument is made when a nonbeliever shrugs his shoulders and admits a maybe.
The rest of this month’s headlines are below:
Child-witches of Nigeria seek refuge The Telegraph Akwa Ibom, Nigeria-November 9, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Beggars and ghosts light up arson probe Weekend Post News London, England - November 1, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Calls from Beyond Snopes.com Chatsworth, California-November 1, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Why I believe in ghosts The Standard Times via SouthCoast Today New Bedford, Massachusetts-October 31, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Bay State Paranormal Center Opens In Taunton, Massachusetts
Ghost Lusters: If You Want to See a Specter Badly Enough, Will You? Scientific American Ontario, Canada-October 27, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Supernatural folklore attached to some East Tennessee churches Knoxnews.com Knoxville, Tennessee-October 26, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Texas military members investigate paranormal phenomenon The Scrippnews Witchita Falls, Texas-October 24, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
The Thrill of the Chill(a classic reprint of an important paranormal news article) The Standard Times via SouthCoast Today New Bedford, Massachusetts-October 29, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Ghostly visitor seen at Rialto church The Daily Bulletin Rialto, California-October 22, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Ghostly experience can be jarring, but also may instill belief The Huntsville Times Huntsville, Alabama-October 17, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
The police and the paranormal The Straits Times Singapore-October 13, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Top 5 Real-life Haunted Houses How Stuff Works Atlanta, Georgia-October 18, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Ghosthunters capture spirit voices in Montrose Montrose Today Montrose, Scotland-October 13, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
6 notorious prisons offer ghostly thrills MSNBC October 10, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
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New features added since our last newsletter:
The Haunted Cemetery - Ghost Chronicles - November 12, 2008 [PODCAST]
Jeff Belanger and Who's Haunting the White House? - Ghost Chronicles - October 24, 2008 [PODCAST]
Ectoplasm - by Lee Prosser - October 20, 2008 [COLUMN]
Salem Witch Shawn Poirier - Ghost Chronicles - October 15, 2008 [PODCAST]
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Is the end of the world really near?
Waco, Texas. Are there any active stories or myths about Waco?
Black Light and Infrared Light
Commonalities and differences in results with these two spectrums.
Paranormal State, excorcism of Laura.
Dreams of dead relatives, opinions wanted.
Are you safe?
Have you tried it?
Can we entertain visitors from another plane?
Ghosts on a mountain.
A collection of EVP.
Was a ghost behind me?
Board of the Month -- Native Spirituality
Discuss the religious and spiritual practices of those who came before us.
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