Monday, May 25, 2015

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

One of the most important qualities a magician needs to learn his craft is his ability to carefully translate and follow directions. Most magicians get their start by studying magic books, and I was no different.

I read and absorbed almost every magic book I could find. The older books required some translation and some thought because sometimes the authors would deliberately describe moves vaguely to make you work for the effect.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

I want to thank all of you who stop me and discuss items in my columns and provide suggestions to me for new columns. It means a great deal to me that so many of you spend some of your Saturday mornings reading my work.

One of the questions that I have been asked repeatedly is how I develop my ideas for columns. This week I thought I would share how my muse works as well as answer some odds and ends that have been asked.

My interests normally lay in the world of magick, arcane related arts and paranormal phenomena as well as related fields of interest.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

This past week was an important and in some ways wondrous weekend in Summit Hill, even though for many of us who volunteer it was also quite tiring. I had the honor of being part of the program to rededicate Summit Hill's Ludlow Memorial Park.

As a former president of the Summit Hill Historical Society, my friend and colleague Dr. Lou Vermillion asked if I would give a brief history of the park. The ladies in the society emphasized the brief part good-humoredly because they all know how much I love to talk about our little community.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

I have always found archaeology to be a fascinating branch of science. Archaeology is the study of past human activity through the recovery and study of artifacts from the past.

We have been able to learn quite a bit from the study of archaeological digs both about past civilizations as well as extinct plants and animals and the related conditions of our planet through its history.

From time to time exciting discoveries are unearthed and shared in the news, but many times the work of archaeologists are just mentioned in passing.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The belief in ghosts is one of the most controversial topics in modern culture. A recent survey by the Huffington Post in conjunction with YouGov indicated that 45 percent of Americans believe in the existence of ghosts, yet 59 percent of the public believe they have never seen a ghost.

I am one of the 45 percent who do believe in ghosts, and from researching the paranormal and collecting anecdotes and incidents in the past 20 years, I think sometimes people do see ghosts without even knowing it.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Summer has been the time of great blockbusters at least for the past 39 years. Before 1975, summer movies were a throwaway to the studios. No matter how hard they tried, movie attendance was always down in the summer, most likely due to Americans enjoying the outdoors. This momentum shifted in the summer of '75, when a movie about a man-eating shark hit the theater and attracted movie audiences at levels not seen before.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Friday was Memorial Day, the actual Memorial Day and not the one we set aside on the last Monday of May to celebrate with a long weekend. Most people today associate Memorial Day with our veterans and soldiers, but many do not realize the true origins of the holiday weekend we enjoy as the start of summer. Let's explore this holiday and its traditions.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Some people do not believe in coincidences. They believe everything is random and there is no order to anything. These people tend to be scientific to the point that they minimize any spiritual belief in their world. To them reality is only what they see, touch and feel. They like to believe they have the world under their thumb and that they hold all the cards. Once in a while though things happen that contradict that apparent belief system, yet I know such events probably do not change their minds.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Our mothers always tell us to get a good night's sleep, but for some it is really difficult if not impossible. According to a National Sleep Foundation poll, 20 percent of Americans are sleeping less than six hours a night up from 12 percent in 1998. In contrast, only 21 percent get eight hours of sleep. Most Americans, 56 percent, get between six and eight hours of sleep, but is that sleep refreshing? That is a whole different question.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

I just read a Washington Post story in which scientists claim they have uncovered the secret of how the pyramid stones were moved without using modern technology. This is the latest in a series of explanations as to how the pyramids were constructed. Based on hieroglyphics found on a wall in one of the tombs, scientists speculated the ancient engineers cut the stone and then used a sledge to move it across the desert to the building site.