Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Walking far Out Proctor on the last foggy path ..............

There are a lot of anomalistic claims out there, and several whole categories of claims explored by the blog but not yet commented upon in this swan song. I'll try to wrap some of that up here before saying Goodb'ye {God Be With Ye}.

Our academic leaders don't have much courage, sadly. They tend to "expand" only in already tight restricted patches of reality. One simple place where they should have long "expanded" is the phenomenon of strange falls of things from the skies. These clearly happen, and have the utterly mystifying characteristic of having large numbers of "units" of things falling which are sorted by size and type. I don't know what causes this, but I know that the data says that it happens. Is the phenomenon based on some ultimately "trivial" natural effect, or some astonishingly strange one? My confidence in "serious researchers" ever doing serious research on this [at the level it needs] is right around zero.

Another such thing is dowsing. Despite aficionados coming up with all sorts of theory about electromagnetic fields, there remains, in my mind, a huge disconnect between what I know about such fields, and the human ability to not only be able to sense them but be subconsciously affected by them to respond with muscular action, that I remain in a state of profound mystery as to what dowsing is. BUT IT IS. Studies and experiences [including those of my best academic friend] make that solidly obvious.

One more thing roughly of these types: The Spinning Sun phenomenon. This happens. My best friend and one of my house buddies has had a dramatic Spinning Sun experience. So did one of the most "academic" Popes. What is it? Does it have revelatory meaning? {My buddy, a retired Catholic priest DIDN'T think so; and Pope Pius was not convinced that his did either.} Is it a "SIGN" of anything? A "product" of a mind state? A "product" of rare atmospheric situations which somehow are coincident with pilgrimages or meditative states? Another real but neglected anomaly.

Andre Gide's quote applies in the poetical abstract to all of these anomalies that fascinate us. It's only those who feel that they must conform to keep what they have going in their comfortable lives who are unwilling to travel beyond the sight of home shore.

Concretely, MANY olden peoples traveled well beyond their home shores, and a bunch of them landed [and fooled around for a while] in the Americas long before our favorite Italian Navigator got here, and even well before our intrepid Vikings made the trip. There is a mountain of bits and pieces of things which don't fit the established cant which indicate this. But it's deny, deny, deny even the reasonable possibility of this in academe's anthropology community --- to their shame.

On the other hand, try as I might, I've found nothing to convince me that things like "Atlantis", "Ancient Astronauts built the .... fill in the blanks", "Shamballa/Agharti" [really too bad about that one; I just like it, but as you know, we tried for about a half dozen posts to find it and failed totally], "Face-on-Mars" [there COULD be artifacts on Mars, but the "Face" ain't one], or "Noah's Ark and a Universal Flood" were/are real. .... really would like to find a "romance" like an underground "paradise" country, but I'll be content with fiction.

I'm not violating my typical griping about the need for openmindedness here, in my opinion, as I have tried really hard to find these things, evidence-wise, and have not. On Atlantis, what I think that I've found is that Solon was told [by Egyptian priests in Alexandria-to-be] the famous Platonian tale from the Timaeus/Critias [for political allegiance reasons], and that they based it on two things: 1]. old tales of the eruption of Thera and the damage done to the Sea-Kings Empire [Minoa] overlain with 2]. the just-happened return of the circumnavigation of Africa ships, who either on that trip or in the preparation for it became aware of the Sargasso Sea in the mid-Atlantic. {i.e. the "remains" of a sunken continent.} Thus, an old disaster plus the Sargasso Sea =s the sinking of Atlantis beyond the Pillars of Hercules. That speculation fits all the confusing bits better for me than alternative thinking. .... but what do I know?

Last anomalistic stuff: the Spiritual and the "Other Side".

Readers of the blog know that after both my parents' deaths there were signs, what Larry Dossey calls "Messengers" experiences which came to me and my brothers and sisters. I have been told similar things by friends, and recently we had the "dancing fairy light" on the ceiling of a friend's daughter's bedroom after the death of her twelve year old son. When my Dad "sent" his deer to stare into our living room window at us after the funeral, our family sense was that he was saying, one last time, to all of us what he used to say when we thought hard times were here: "It's all right, gang." I believe that there is another mountain of evidence, multiply witnessed and often spectacular, that astonishing things occur just post-the-death of loved ones. EXACTLY what these are I of course will not know until "later." But they happen.

Near-Death Experiences also happen. My colleague, Ken Ring, essentially put this beyond doubt for reasonable people, and when combined with the work of Michael Sabom [and a few others] it gets very hard to deny. Debunkers such as Susan Blackmore have counter-arguments that, for me, don't come anywhere near meeting the facts of the phenomenon. Carl Sagan also made really stupid statements trying to debunk this ["they're just pre-birth memories of the birth canal"; now THAT's a guy who really is needy to get some personal mental voidance to come up with that sort of baloney.]

Some people again will accuse me of mindless Catholicism. I doubt it. I don't find evidence of anything of interest in "incorruptible saints", nor "weeping statues", nor the face of Christ on a barn wall. Even the face of Christ on the Shroud of Turin is completely gray basket material for me --- just get a real non-debatable piece of the thing and carbon-date it!!! Then I'll make a decision. I've looked at lots of these "spiritual" things in some depth. Sometimes I'm impressed, usually not. Sometimes I see them as real, but not necessarily being particularly "religious" --- I've mentioned the Spinning Sun above, and the apparition at Knock Ireland is another real-but-why situation.

Tricksters: utter puzzlement. I know that the phenomenon happens from both my own and family members' experiences [plus the mass of anecdotes all over] but what-the-heck is it? And what about the seeming "time interfaces" that apparently can happen? And "who's there" in Ouija? We looked at two hundred stories of Ouija here, and the pattern was pretty strong.

It's out of my reach to construct a model of reality, but there seems to be more of it than everyday conversation in "advanced" civilization is willing to admit. It doesn't matter much, I suppose, just how each of us thinks about that expanded view of reality, only that we have one. And we are respectful of others' expanded views along with our own. It's really important that we keep these doors open and avoid the culture falling into mechanical constricted reductionism. Let's not kill our souls.

Here's our "patron saint", Catherine Crowe. She sensed the extermination of the "parallel reality" visions of the old culture by the "Enlightenment" and, in her style, was a spiritual Charles Fort in insisting that these things not be forgotten.


I found a charming fiction of this assault on the spirit in the world, the loss of its "Magic" and with that the loss of much of its intrinsic beauty and deep meaning, in a novel by Sheri Tepper, Beauty. If the details aren't taken too seriously, it expresses something rather close to what Catherine feared, as do I. 

The cartoon is true, but it speaks of something which plays us false. It's been "fun", adventurous anyway, trying to fight off those early warning limitations with you in the almost 500 postings on this blog. My truth isn't yours, but know that I've at least tried to help. 

John Locke said: A taste of every sort of knowledge is necessary to form the mind, and is the only way to give the understanding its due improvement to the full extent of its capacity. ... Bravo, old man.

So, we gave it an honest try. We left the sight of the home shore for sometimes very long times ... and occasionally, discovered new and often old forgotten lands. One last thing .......

Hopefully I'll see you sometime further down the Forest Path. Remember, if you want to visit the archives ever in Kalamazoo, e-mail me { mswords@att.net } and we can arrange something.

Peace, friends   ...   and Blessings. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

SLOW SWAN SONG, part three

Third piece of this last walk full of personal opinions ....

The piece on UFOs: I felt that I'd earned an opinion due to my work on the subject.

The piece on PSI: I felt that I had a well-founded opinion based on powerful experiences within my family plus knowing the giants of the field and respecting their honesty and competency.

Today=entities --- "crypto-entities" if you will. The famous cryptozoological ones and the ones split off into the category of Faery: I'm less sure that I've earned my opinions here but I AM sure that I've spent a lot of time with several areas of this. Still, I'm no expert.

My credentials, such as they are, include a couple of good ones [two refereed papers; one on the SET animal of Egypt, and the other on the Wasgo/Sisiutl of the Pacific Northwest], and some take-them-or-leave-them things like working in the Ivan Sanderson collection and a fairly formidable pile of resources. Out of those things came the blog entries on sea monsters, "Little People", black fairy dogs, merbeings, dragons, ABSMs et al that you have read. But no personal experiences nor any from my family, though I have had a small number first or second hand from friends.

Still, I feel more humility in these opinions than on the earlier two. But, on we go Out Proctor .....

Faery or The Middle Kingdom: I used to not think about this as anything but romantic fun, and the famous cryptozoological critters as hidden biology. As the blog "progressed", the evidence for me turned nearly completely around. It did NOT point to the NON-existence of these things, though.

"Little People", Fairy Folkloric Entities, and "The Good People": Diarmuid MacManus was the man. His book The Middle Kingdom contains encounter reports so close to him [in terms of knowing the witnesses] and so detailed [so as to make necessary "strangeness" obvious], that for me as a decades-long UFOlogist, they rivaled some of the best UFO reports. The aura of authenticity was dense around them. Suddenly, my reading of Evans-Wentz' The Fairy-faith in Celtic Countries, which I'd read to try to understand what Vallee was on about, made more compelling sense. Whereas I didn't come to Jacques' conclusions that the Faery Phenomenon was real AND explained UFOs, I saw the probable truth in the first part and the probable falsity in the second [i.e. I agree on the raw data, but feel that the two realities have ENTIRELY different feels about them  --- Jacques is a "lumper" on this, and I am a "splitter".] Then came Janet Bord with Fairies and The Secret Country, followed by Wirt Sykes' British Goblins.

I began to collect the cases and produced a 500 or so case catalog whimsically called LEPRECAT. The reality of these things was getting almost impossible to deny. But what sort of reality was this? I've spent much time since buying old texts to find out more of what the people 150-200 years ago thought, and there are [of course] two schools: "modern debunkers" who were snickering as they make patronizing comments about the ignorant "lower class" and naive older generations, and a type of amateur folklore-collector who was open-mindedly trying to preserve the cultural traditions at least from being forgotten. These latter persons don't always have the same personal opinions, but they find the same things: an interpretation by the people that these entities are undoubtedly real, often interact with them as simple encounters between different "persons", and are paranormal or call it quasi-spiritual in Nature. ... and, in my opinion, that is exactly how those encounter stories seem, and continue to seem right up throughout the 20th century.

"Dr. Beachcombing" seems to see this the same way. He is a British academic who seems to have traveled a similarly intellectually-shifting path to my own, and who now has resurrected the old records of the British Fairy Investigation Society of the 1920s-1950s, and is collecting a MASS of information for his blog and a book of review chapters by different experts. He believes, as I do, that there is not only something very real here but it is possibly important.

As readers know, one of the things that MacManus inspired me to look into was the claim that in some places there have been [even modern] sightings/encounters with what may be called the Black Fairy Dog. I've scoured the internet and old books on this, and the investigations are surprisingly strong. This phenomenon, particularly in a few concentrated areas in Britain plus the MacManus cases, seems as real as any "crypto-entity" in the literature. AND when the evidence is taken whole, this crypto-entity appears to be some sort of highly-defined but non-material apparition. [examples: instant vanishment and you can put your hand through its image.] What in the world does that portend? The one thing that it DOESN'T point to is biology.

Does the Black Fairy Dog hint to us about the rest of LEPRECAT? Maybe. Maybe not. Could all the encounters from Faery be apparitions? That might go for some of the reports but not others. There are plenty of reports which include "physicality", although one should keep in the juggling-processes of our minds that a paranormal entity could physically affect the world [via psychokinesis.]

I've looked for merbeings recently and as you know didn't find much, but perhaps enough to give them some credence --- but, if so, they must be non-biological and part of Faery. We've searched for dragons and found almost nothing --- a shame in my opinion but that's where the data goes. A modern weird thing, Mothman, was looked into quite deeply here, and with the exception of John Keel and Gray Barker getting involved and fouling the waters, there seems [pre-their involvement] enough good investigating and reporting from the local journalist to give it some credit --- but again, as a paranormal entity.

It is folkloric entity encounters [and the Black Dog] where this category of anomaly is strong. There is an ongoing [unless I just haven't heard] screw-up in the crypto-community which could/should be nailing down [or not] a foundationstone case: the encounters had by Moyra Doorly and her friend on the Isle of Arran. That experience --- a set of fascinating claims --- needs to be properly investigated, most notably the lack of a detailed interview of the anonymous friend, and a site visit. I hope that this has happened and I just don't know about it. If her case is true, it not only is coherent with just about everything in the old literature, but widely expands our consciousness.

As I "came over" to the position that the old concept of Faery has a great deal of evidence for it and as a realm of paranormal/spiritual or psychic entities, my assumptions about "normal cryptozoology" changed. Bigfoot, Yeti, Loch Ness Monster, Mokele M'bembe, et al had difficult-but-just-possible-biological hypotheses for them, but the further one looked into most of them the more difficult it became to sustain.

Ivan Sanderson hated that way of thinking. He wanted flesh, blood, bones, teeth, and a specimen --- alive if possible. He was a zoologist and zoo-keeper, so of course he did. He disliked the paranormal, as it, for him, made the investigation of anomalies problematical. He wanted something "you could get your hands on." He wanted proof for the establishment. His files are full of this. SITU takes its turn towards the paranormal only after he dies and John Keel briefly ascends and then Bob Warth takes over. One strong contributor then is Berthold Schwarz, who is all PSI and paranormality. But Ivan was not. And most folks in cryptozoology are not. And I wasn't either.

For me that era's past. Below are some "light-weight" opinions critter-by-critter:

A). Yeti: some "real" but paranormal folkloric-type entity encounters are true. No artifacts seem to be. No "hair" seems to ever check out. "The Shipton Print" is a great enigma --- why is it THE Shipton print? Where are all the other cases of prints such as this? We've certainly been crawling about looking for them? My only hope for a biological entity at this point is a relict Neanderthal population as suggested by Myra Shackley.

B). Bigfoot: I used to like the Patterson film --- no more. And nothing has replaced it. Grover Krantz' reconstruction of gigantopithecus is impressive, but unless one considers some relict population of it in Asia long ago as a source of cultural memories, I no longer see the relevance. The only thing that I have left is the set of prints which have dermoglyphs on the them--- seems pretty sophisticated and tough to fake. But even then, does that preclude paranormality? A lot of Bigfoot encounters take me to Native American ways of viewing them as spirit entities. And a recent acquaintance told me of his own encounter where the entity just vanished. He told me this detail as he struggled to maintain his belief that the thing was "only" an unknown [intelligent] ape.

C). Lake Monsters: Maybe I should be ashamed to admit it, but I'm at least halfway removed from Robert Rines and Henry Bauer by now and moving towards F.W.Holiday. The study of Nessie's cousins [a la Mhorag] is pushing me there. Really old 19th century reports describe something of a much more folkloric entity than biological. And that has been the grass-roots opinion, possibly since St. Columba and before.

D). Mokele m'bembe: I really liked the idea, and the geography [over millennia] and the isolation gave this a reasonable chance. Maybe it still has one. But there has been a lot of surveying there by now and all we have are the tiring normal claims of results far beyond their substance. Dr. Challenger, where are you?

E). Sea Monsters: some of these reports seem to have merit, but none of the meat and bones ones. When I did my research on the Wasgo/Sisiutl, there were a lot of bits converging impressively around a biological answer --- most favored hypothesis: a relict population of primitive [zeuglodont] whales. Maybe that's still an option.

Maybe if Ivan was still alive, he'd still have a shot at a few of these crypto-beasts as potential zoo animals but maybe there are none.

My opinion, again however unworthy, is that a few crypto-possibilities might exist under one or more of the following situations:

A). Relict populations of "extinct" creatures: Zeuglodonts or similar, Neanderthals or [very] similar, and not much else. The SET desert canid or hyenid of Egypt might well have been a real violent animal, even driven to extinction in ancient times, just as we did to the mammoths and mastodons in North America.

B). Out-of-place animals --- frankly this would have to be a VERY spectacular thing to even rise to the level of much interest to me in this age of wealth and bizarre human "ownership behavior."

C). A really big squid ... or octopus ... or snake. The oceans and jungles are still "big" enough for that.

I've given these crypto-beasts a reasonable shot over many years. Even though I didn't [apparently] "find" them biologically, it was worth the trip. I think that I found their Middle Kingdom "shadows" instead, and that seems to me to be a better find.

Peace friends.

Friday, October 2, 2015

SLOW SWAN SONG, part two

Hello, folks. Part two of the final walk-in-the forest.

Today's opinions: the world of PSI.

People can object that I haven't earned much of an opinion on these matters, since the core interest of my research on anomalies has been UFOs. OK. I'll accept that. But my biased view is that I and almost all of us have plenty of personal reasons to know that much of the PSI world is real. For better or worse, here goes:

1). Clairvoyance and Telepathy are real; we just aren't very good at them. This is, in fact, such an obvious truth for anyone with even a crack of openness in their minds, that it is stunning to me that the established intellectual community is in near-total rejection of the phenomenon. Some MIGHTY sociology is going on here and we, as a human race, would do well to understand it, face it squarely, and obliterate this barrier to seeing the bigger picture of reality.

I'll wager nearly everyone has their moments of seeing-around-the-corners. I have had many, despite being a rather severe critic of my own experiences therein --- since they are so "scientifically weak." But I used to take long car rides with a very good friend [with a lively and diverse set of interests] and nearly every trip between Kalamazoo and the Center for UFO Studies in Chicago, he'd suddenly break away from the discussion we were having and blurt out something entirely different, which, however, had just flashed across my mind. Once I began relaxing about this and began facing reality a bit more openly, I saw how frequent [and frequently repressed] these little "anomalies" were. As I say, I believe that almost all of us have them.

The lady and gentleman above are my maternal grandparents. The lady was a Wisconsin farm girl and she could look around the corners more frequently and clearly than most. In my family both my mother [her daughter] and my father were rather in awe of her gift, even though you almost had to bully her into trying it. The point of this is that some few of us seem better, though far from scientifically perfect, at this gift. I suspect more folks have been embarrassed away from their gift than encouraged to pursue it.

This is Eileen Garrett. She was one of the best at the gift. Read her biography and do yourself a favor in terms of expanding your consciousness. I don't know how many times she essentially proved [under test conditions of various kinds] that she had the gift, but apparently no number would be great enough to allow the idea that this is real to enter the Hallowed Halls of academe.

The military was impressed though. In a rare moment of synchronicity between my UFO "hobby" and another anomaly, one of my favorite guys, Colonel Howard [Mack] McCoy, the head of the Intelligence Division at Wright-Patterson AFB [and thereby the UFO investigation, Project SIGN], had in his files [now in mine] a document showing military testing of Eileen Garrett in the late 1940s. The document was QUITE interested in her abilities, and possibly as a long-range spy technique. 

Much less-Secret-Project-like testing has been done of course, and although the gift resists the artificiality of the unnatural laboratory setting, taken as a bulk the data impresses me. Plus, you and I know that this stuff happens without the lab work. Still, you might read Dean Radin's stuff, as the most creative guy who's ever been involved with all this difficult-to-test phenomenon. 

2). Psychokinesis is real, at the very least at the very micro level. The mind/ consciousness/ intention can influence matter at the subatomic level. Can it influence mass amounts of matter? I don't know about that. My instinct says "if so that is very rare." 

But I'm down to essentially zero doubt about the subatomic influences, and Bob Jahn's studies are the reason. Bob is the fellow who at Princeton began testing whether people could influence the results of a random [theoretically non-controllable] process like radioactive decay --- he used random number generators sensitive to radiation from the decays to produce graphs which the "willful volunteer" would attempt to make diverge from a random result. Guess what? Almost anyone can do it. It's a small effect and on small matter, but it IS an effect and THAT's HOW WE MAKE THINGS HAPPEN IN OUR BRAINS. Bob Jahn saw the Thumbprint of our brains' "willpower" to choose one action rather than another. I'd never thought of that. I owe Bob Jahn a great deal for one of the most important insights that anyone has discovered. .... naturally the established academics refuse to even consider the work. How ironic THAT is. Bob just showed them that they had Free Will to therefore possibly live a purposeful life, and they're "willfully" desperately ignoring him. There are people who refuse to accept a drink of water on their way to hell, I guess.

Because Bob Jahn is right, Roger Nelson might also be onto something. Roger trained with Bob so this would be no surprise. So I'll say this:

3). It COULD be possible that groups of humans might in some not-understood way be able to "contribute" to a group action-at-a-distance effect similar to the ones measured by Bob for individuals. Translation: if one person might influence a random subatomic process in one of Bob Jahn's machines, might an isolated machine be influenced by numbers of minds who happen to be "thinking" the same way, or emoting the same way?

Roger has set up [with host volunteers] a set of these devices literally worldwide. He calls them "Eggs" [I like it]. The hosts only make sure that the devices are powered up and working, and then leave them alone. The EGGs continuously send Roger their status data. What he's looking for are instances where the EGGs [or many of them] seem to wander off non-randomly and mysteriously. Could, the hypothesis goes, these "excursions" from statistical randomness in multiple EGGs be due to something that is engaging many minds on the planet to get into an unusual and similar mind state? An example would be a huge tragedy, or a great Space Program moment, or an economic collapse, or maybe even a Soccer World Cup match.

The jury's out, but the results tend to point to YES, this happens. If it does happen, it's like a widespread telepathy combined with Jahnian micro-PK. Some might rather call that "the signature of an epiphenomenal World Mind. Poetic. I'll stick with unconscious telepathy plus micro-PK for now.

All this scares the bejesus out of academe [Boy, we REALLY need to understand this pathological socio-psychology]. One guy it doesn't scare is my friend Larry Dossey. {I have been privileged beyond my ability to repay to have known such wonderful and gentle and brilliant people as Larry, Bob, Roger, and Dean --- what a treat it would have been to know Eileen.}

Larry is partially responsible for opinion number four.

4). Healing-at-a-distance and by "touch" is real.

Long before I met Larry I had a nun for high school biology who kept her light under a bushel. When she was reassigned from Charleston (WV) Catholic High School to a small college near her Mother house, she became known to the anomalies world as Sister Justa Smith, scientific, controlled variables tester of alleged laying on of hands faith healing. And she found it. I blew it there. Never knew anything about that side of her, but I WAS a typical high school knucklehead, so...

But Sister Justa "proved" this sort of healing, even though the established authorities ignored her work. Others followed and finally there was Larry, collecting all the work together into a mass which should have been enough to drastically alter some fields of research. But no. As usual.

I have had a few good friends who have had unexplainable near-instant healings, and, being a Catholic this does not surprise me. I've read the Lourdes Commission work, and it all fits together. {I know that many do not want to hear this, but I am being frank here --- having grown up a Catholic with a Dad who saw the wonders possible in these things and did not mock them, and a Mom with a second-sight mother, this life foundation gave this to-be-academic science teacher good insulation against the crippled character of the overly analytic mind.}

This is part of my family. Three of my four brothers are there plus one of my sisters. Mom is the little lady in the center. There are some amazing anomalies stories represented there. The broad fellow in the maroon shirt is my brother with whom I witnessed our CE1 domed-disk UFO in 1958. The giant in the middle is my Olympic weight-lifting coach brother, who, against all type-casting, has REGULAR clairvoyance episodes, occasionally quite spectacular. But the people I want to direct attention to are the brother at top left, and his wife at bottom right.

We are getting photographed in their home in Wheeling WV. It is a poltergeist house.

5). Poltergeist phenomena are real, though what's causing them isn't at all clear.
6). Apparitions of formerly-existing persons are real, and can be associated with poltergeist houses.
7). Occasionally encounters occur wherein an apparently, tangibly physical, person or entity is engaged in some way, and later vanishes or is found not to currently exist.

I've read about all of these things and have been unimpressed by my readings and particularly the typical investigations, and, worse, the speculations of even famous "ghostbuster-type" book writers.

But then my brother and sister-in-law moved into their old historical house. Their ghost, trickster, faery, djinn, or whatever it is, is a friendly sort of mischief-maker, but undeniably real for them. There are the "normal" sounds, messing with doors, turning on of radios and tvs, and occasional weirdnesses of a more spectacular sort such as a flying whisk in the kitchen, a set of "thrown" nutcracker toys falling all over the floor, and some strange helium balloon behaviors which seemed responsive. These things have happened so often that my sister-in-law's log is quite long.

Apparitions occur in the same house, all of which seem based upon a family who lived there between the 1880s and about the 1920s. Two figures are prominent: the patriarch of the family, a very important doctor in Wheeling, and a young son. The young son is interactive with a young girl of the present when she is visiting. The reality of this was pretty much proven when "he" introduced himself to her with a name not known by anyone, but much later found to have been his nickname [from an old relative still alive but not in town.]

That assertion number seven above came utterly out of the blue for my family and has been retold as the "Helen Lane" story [a version of the Phantom Hitchhiker --- and by far the best one I've heard about]. Look the re-telling up here on the blog. {It's way back there in 2009}.

As I said: most of these categories of things I used to read with an open-mind but with little positive feeling. My family's own experiences completely changed that. I don't blame anyone for tossing this sort of thing into the gray basket, I surely did. But don't throw them into the trash. Now, when I read about such claims elsewhere, I say "maybe, maybe not, but this doesn't stun me at all."

And that's the exact mindstate in which to read my favorite girl in history --- Catherine Crowe, who wrote her Nightside of Nature in the early 1800s to try to save us from rejecting all these indicators of the Spirit world. I'll praise "St." Catherine later.


Peace friends.