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Aug 28

Ghostly photograph? What do you think?

As fall nears, thoughts turn to ghosts, haunted houses, and all things Halloween. It seems that the spirits start to kick up, or at least the media coverage intensifies. Here’s a photo from a tour in the UK. If you click on the link below it, there’s a better perspective of the tour group.

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http://metro.co.uk/2014/08/27/ghost-of-little-girl-photographed-in-notorious-haunted-mansion-loftus-hall-4848380/

So what do you think? Legitimate photograph or talented photoshop?

Jun 23

Would you spend the night here?

I admit, there’s a spook factor line that I’m not comfy crossing. Having spent the night at the Stanley Hotel and a weekend investigating an abandoned monastery, I didn’t think there was a line. Yet, when I read the Ten Most Haunted Places in America, there was one on the list that made most-haunted9me shiver.

It’s the Villisca Murder House in Villisca, Iowa.

What happened at the house is still unsolved. Though there are theories. Essentially, two adults and 6 children were found brutally murdered in their beds. They were killed with what investigators believe to be an ax. You can read more about the crime and check out a news clip on the mystery here – http://www.villiscaiowa.com/the-crime.php

If you’re braver than me, you can spend the night there for a mere $428. Maybe it’s all BS. After all, it looks like a pretty good money maker. They don’t feed you or change the linens. You bring your own sleeping bag and there’s no electricity, water, or facilities in the house. (There is in the nearby barn.) You can read more about the place here – http://www.villiscaiowa.com/overnight-tours.php.

Still, the thought of hanging out in a place where such an awful crime occurred feels icky. And there are pages and pages of evidence including video evidence on YouTube. Me, I’m a skeptical believer. I’ve had experiences that I cannot explain and that makes me wary of visiting a place like Villisca. (I’d rather hang out with the ghosts of nuns and German speaking children!)

So what about you? Is there a place you wouldn’t be comfortable investigating? Are there some places that are too spooky?

Maybe it’s time to push the boundaries and comfort zone and to investigate a place that makes me feel shaky. Hubby is from Iowa. Maybe it’s time for a road trip!

 

 

Mar 09

Some things never change

liverA package of grass fed cow’s liver has been taunting me for the past 6 months.

We ordered a quarter of a cow last year. It came with all the trimmings, bones and liver included.

I haven’t had liver since I was a child. I despised it to the point where I’d rather have licked the floor behind the refrigerator than eat liver.

We’ll I’m a grown up now, or at least that’s what the mirror tells me, so after six months of being taunted by the liver in the freezer, I thawed it and found a recipe that just had to be delicious. It had bacon, garlic, and onions, and those three ingredients can make anything palatable, right?

I should have known…

The moment I placed the liver in the hot bacon grease the scent of the cooking meat hit my nose and my stomach flipped. Still, I was confident that my adult palate might appreciate liver and so I waited. The meat finished cooking and I cut myself a small piece. I gingerly place the bite in my mouth, chewed, chewed some more, but I just couldn’t swallow. I tried. My twelve year old self gagged and I had to spit it out.

I’d still rather lick the floor behind the refrigerator than eat liver.

Oct 22

Haunted Real Estate – Trends and Topics

According to an article in Realtormag more than a third of people have lived in a haunted house. Considering all of the people who have died in their homes, I guess this number doesn’t seem crazy but it does seem weird. I’ve never lived in a haunted house. No one I know has ever lived in a haunted house. So who are they interviewing?

Reading the article, there were other “facts” that gave me a bit of a giggle including the idea that while most people are willing to buy a haunted house, they’d only buy it if they got a discount. Really? What kind of discount does a haunted house warrant?

Here’s a bit from the article:

“More than half of home buyers say they’d be OK buying a “haunted” house, according to realtor.com’s 2013 Haunted House Report, based on nearly 1,400 respondents’ views regarding spooky homes. In fact, more than a third of respondents say they’ve already lived in a haunted house.

But if they’re going to live in a scary home, buyers expect a discount, the survey finds. Thirty-four percent of respondents say they would buy a haunted home if it were discounted 1 to 30 percent, and 22 percent said they would buy a spooky house if it had a discount of 31 to 50 percent. Nineteen percent of survey respondents say it would take a discount of 51 percent or more on a haunted house for them to buy it.”

You can read the rest of the article  if you’re interested. Here’s the link – http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2013/10/21/35-say-theyve-lived-in-haunted-house

More On Haunted Real Estate

In other strange news there is now a site that will tell you if someone died in a house that you’re interested in. It’s called DiedInHouse.com and all you have to do is enter the address and it’ll tell you if anyone died there.

As a paranormal researcher it may be a great initial tool to help identify some potential spirits. And if you absolutely don’t want a haunted house then you can make sure no one died there. It’s not free. A single address search cost $11.99.

So there you have it. If you’re interested in buying a house and you want a discount you can use the website to demonstrate that someone died there and maybe get a discount. Or you can finally find that house that is wickedly haunted and enjoy the spooky ride.

Sep 10

Cheating Time Book Trailer

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