Saturday, November 15, 2014
There is a rather curious story about visitors to the Palace at Versailles in France, and this account is one of the earliest anecdotes related to a phenomena called a time slip.
In 1901, two women, Charlotte Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain, who were officials at St. Hugh's College in Oxford, decided to visit the Palace. They toured the palace but found it unimpressive and decided to walk through the gardens toward the Petit Trianon, which was a château built by King Louis XV.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Last Tuesday evening our family gathered just after dusk at the extreme east end of White Street near the ridge on that street adjacent to the cemeteries, hoping to see a new rocket launch from the Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island.
The payload consisted of supplies and experiments for the International Space Station. The sky was a little cloudy, unlike the previous evening when the rocket was originally set to launch until a ship interfered by wandering into a safety zone.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
I was talking with a friend of mine recently about ghosts and ghost stories, and the subject turned to our souls.
Most religions or metaphysical belief systems believe our bodies are host to a soul that makes us who we are.
The question my friend posed is what happens to the soul when we die. Where does it spend its time?
I am not an expert on religion, but I know from my upbringing the Judeo-Christian belief has different ideas depending on the denomination.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Last week I was invited to appear on the local radio show "Coal Region Connections" with my longtime friend Mark Marek to discuss local folklore and legends, but a few callers had some questions about dream experiences they had.
The subject interests me, and I would like to share in a bit more detail how I feel about the experience of dreaming, and in the process we may answer some questions you might have about dreaming. The opinions I am providing are my own based on my own experiences and not necessarily reflective of anyone else.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
As many of you probably know, I have lived in Summit Hill most of my life having been born and reared here in this hilltop community.
I can remember my very first interest in ghosts was with my friend Rich who told me about a ghost in the basement of the church near his house. We were about 9 or 10 years old at the time and I thought it would be cool to actually see one. I heard about them at the time but I never saw one. We went over to the church one afternoon in the fall if I remember correctly. Rich showed me which window was best to see "the ghost."
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Ghosts are always a subject that can instantly create controversy between skeptics and believers.
Almost 45 percent of all people in America believe in the possibility of ghosts and that the dead can communicate with the living in the right circumstances. Die-hard skeptics believe there is no such thing as a spirit world and that ghosts are figments of the imagination, citing lack of solid evidence.
Believers argue that no evidence will ever be good enough to quash the skepticism of a "nonbeliever."
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Technology is a wonderful thing. Cellphones have so many wonderful gadgets and devices contained in that small piece of technology that allow them to scan documents, translate texts, detect magnetic fields, use a compass, track inventory, instantly receive messages and pages as well as make phone calls.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
There has been no shortage of magic on television since August. On CW we have "Masters of Illusion" and "Penn and Teller: Fool Us," the History Channel has had some magic-related specials including the miniseries "Houdini," which I mentioned last week.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
The resurgence of magic continued this week with the Houdini miniseries that ran on the History Channel this past Monday and Tuesday evenings. This version of Houdini's life stars Academy Award winning actor Adrien Brody as the master showman and arguably the most famous magician in the modern era of magic.
Houdini is one of the few stars who is recognized solely by his stage surname and probably most closely associated with the art of magic, even though his most prolific claims to fame were more escapes and dangerous stunts as well as his relentless attacks on spiritualism.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Time flies so fast that we do not realize it until we reach milestones that remind us of the flowing river we all travel together. It was almost seven years ago my wife, Katie, and I greeted a little baby girl named Kathryn in the hospital when the nurse placed her in her mother's loving arms.
This week we reached another milestone as my now almost 7-year-old little girl went to first grade for her first day of school. It was wonderful to be able to see this milestone in person, and I enjoyed every moment of it.