A Paranormal Library – Messages

I would like to preface my review by stating that I have purchased all the books I review for the public. I am in no way being paid for my reviews, but I am sharing my favorite paranormal books for your reading pleasure. The opinions expressed in these books do not always reflect my own personal opinion, but I do find these topics fascinating. Your purchases of these books do not monetarily benefit me, nor do I gain points with your readership or purchase. I am sure, however, that the authors do enjoy your patronage. Happy reading Dreamers!

This disclaimer is in reference of my use of the word “paranormal.” My use of the word “paranormal” refers to anything that is not normal, be it ghosts, conspiracy theories or aliens. If the topic is not part of conventional beliefs, then it is paranormal. So please do not bombard me with comments about how something is or is not paranormal.

2009, Llewellyn Publications

Messages: The World’s Most Documented Extraterrestrial Contact Story by Stan Romanek with J. Allan Danelek

Before I go into the book, I know that there are people out there who have said that Stan Romanek’s story is a hoax. While I do not deny the fact that Stan Romanek’s experiences are incredible, and if these events ever happened to me I would probably feel the exact same way, but, I am also openly cautious about what goes on in experiences like these. You will never know whether or not this is fact, all we have to do is wait and see for ourselves. With that, I know that there is “proof” showing that Stan’s recordings are hoaxes, but I take those with a grain of salt as well, due to the fact that people just do not want to believe in aliens or Stan’s experiences, that they’ll go through great lengths just to prove anything is a fake. So I make my own decisions based on what I’m given and what evidence is given to me. What’s my opinion in all this? I’m not telling but I sure do have a review for you.

Stan Romanek was born to an Air Force family, moving from Air Force Base to Air Force Base (AFB) for most of his childhood. Stan has also pursued various athletic and artistic challenges. Due to his experiences Stan has appeared on such programs as Larry King Live, Fox and Friends, Coast to Coast AM, and The Paranormal Podcast. He lives in the Midwest and works in the computer field.

J. Allan Danelek is a native Minnesotan, but has lived in Colorado since 1969. “Jeff” is a graphic artist, but has been a paranormal researcher and writer since 2002, and is currently trying to become a novelist. Jeff has written books such as The Case for Ghosts, The Mystery of Reincarnation, and UFOs: The Great Debate. He currently resides in Lakewood, Colorado with his wife and two dogs (go to his website, his dogs are adorable).

Messages was one of those books that I just could not put down, anytime I tried to start reading the book, something would always come up and I would hide in my room or my car, trying to finish this all to fascinating book. This book also deeply disturbed me. One of the more disturbing situations was the fact that he had been having “visitors” since he was little, and those “visitors” probably were trying to “groom” him to be a possible abductee. (Note: I have never heard of this “grooming” idea before when regarding abductees) Although, the most disturbing aspect of this book was not the alien visitations (though those did scare me) or the regression hypnosis therapies that revealed the true nature of his abductions, the HUMAN aspect of the book terrified me the most. Humans, men, people of this planet, were terrorizing the Romanek’s more than the aliens were. Humans, usually men in black would break in and enter their house, sometimes while the family was asleep, to retrieve anything that proved the existence of aliens. To me, the threatening messages, and people following me would have shut me up because I’m more likely to be afraid of things like that than aliens or ghosts.

Disturbing, but I found fascinating, were Stan’s grooming accounts are of a strange woman. His first mention of this “Pretty Lady” was when he was about four years old and living at Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota; he was playing in the back yard throwing rocks when a woman, whom he had described as very pretty with large vividly blue eyes, started asking him questions. As he answered, his mother went to look at who her son was talking to, and saw this woman. Nervous, but calm, his mother made small talk with this strange woman until the woman walked away. Stan now realizing something was strange about her and noticed that she never once moved her lips to speak. That was not the only time, he saw the same woman (according to Stan) approach his family in their car while shopping for Christmas presents near Warren AFB in Wyoming. The last time Stan remembers seeing this woman was when he was living in Denver, Colorado and she approached him as he was swinging in a park waiting for his friends to arrive. While all three experiences included the woman asking him or his family if he could go with her, nothing strange seemed to come of it other than the woman, in the first and last incidents, speaking to him telepathically.

Lastly, one of his videos is on YouTube, and on his website, of a supposed alien peeping through his window. I can honestly say, after seeing that, the Insidious demon is just a footnote in the watch-the-toilet-window-for-scary-things fear I have. I’m not going to spoil the video; I’ll post the video at the end of the review.

Take this book as you will, this is definitely a book to remember. Even with all the “proof” of hoaxes, I still read this book with an openly cautious mind. Taking in the information, but guarding myself from the possibility of it being a hoax. Even still, I feel that this is a good read and I am definitely going to purchase the two subsequent books that were published since this book’s release. Go ahead and read it if you wish, if you do not want to, that’s fine as well.

The Peeping Alien Video

 

 

 

Paranormal Podcast #95

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Update

Sorry for the laziness of my updates, I’ve been really busy with other projects and trying to put my bid into other jobs at the moment.

The Sister has chosen a venue for the wedding, and I’ll post on that in a couple days with pictures from my visit with the parents, her theme and jewelry making process for the bride’s maids.

I will most likely update with A Paranormal Library once a week with personal updates about me, my job hunt, my sister’s wedding, and my personal opinions regarding the whole thing sparsed between posts when I have the time. Also, practice starts for the wedding band in a couple days, I’ll give you guys a heads up with songs. We still need a drummer….

Regards,

The SUPER busy, Oracle of Dreams

A Paranormal Library – World’s Most Haunted Places

Sterling Publishing, 2007

I would like to preface my review by stating that I have purchased all the books I review for the public.  I am in no way being paid for my reviews, but I am sharing my favorite paranormal books for your reading pleasure.  The opinions expressed in these books do not always reflect my own personal opinion, but I do find these topics fascinating.  Your purchases of these books do not monetarily benefit me, nor do I gain points with your readership or purchase.  I am sure, however, that the authors do enjoy your patronage.  Happy reading Dreamers!

This disclaimer is in reference of my use of the word “paranormal.”  My use of the word “paranormal” refers to anything that is not normal, be it ghosts, conspiracy theories or aliens.  If the topic is not part of conventional beliefs, then it is paranormal.  So please do not bombard me with comments about how something is or is not paranormal.

This will probably be the first of many reviews of this author.  Not only have I enjoyed many of Jeff Belanger’s books, he even has an encyclopedia (Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales From Around the World) with information regarding haunted places in different areas of the world.  Jeff is a lecturer on the paranormal, with features all over the United States.  He has also been a guest on numerous radio and TV shows, including Coast to Coast AM and The History Channel’s Haunted History.  He has several lectures in the next month located in Chicago, Austin, and several cities in Massachusetts.  He currently resides in Massachusetts.

Chartwell Books, 2008

At first, I purchased his encyclopedia thinking he just put together a collection of stories in a book, and called it an encyclopedia, I was wrong.  This is true to the word a haunted location encyclopedia where most of the locations have visiting hours and phone numbers available in case you would like to contact the location.  While his encyclopedia is not complete, it is for those who would like to know where haunted hotels are located or set up a haunted trip down Route 66 (more to come on this topic).

The book I am showcasing today is World’s Most Haunted Places, a very in-depth look at twenty-nine, supposedly haunted, locations from as near by as Chicago, to as far away as Junee, New South Wales.  The collection varies, and has repeats from most other haunted location books, such as Resurrection Mary, the Queen Mary, Tombstone, Arizona, The White House and the Catacombs of Pairs, the other locations were very new to me, and I spent nearly a day and a half trying to finish this book.  I was shocked at some of the new locations, having never heard of them before, and went to look them up while at school towards the end of last year.

What shocked me the most was the inclusion of the Spaghetti Warehouse here in Houston!  How many times during my high school years that my friends and I would spend our Homecomings and Proms going to this restaurant in hopes of catching one of the resident spirits in our cameras!  I’m still trying to convince The Boyfriend, who has not been to the restaurant, to come along with me and search for ghosts.  He stubbornly says no, not wanting to use the restroom and have the ghost of a child watching him.

I really do appreciate Jeff Belanger’s writing style.  Being a history teacher, I have come to appreciate different ways of teaching history to my students, and one sad fact is that most of my students love a good ghost story.  So I try to find different ways of incorporating ghost stories into the lessons as an after thought.  In this instance, the Tower of London is a great example at Jeff’s blending of history and ghost stories.  In the book, Jeff uses the historical backdrop of the Tower of London as a setup to its grisly past, starting with the Tower’s construction by William the Conqueror in 1066 – 1067.  He even includes the fact that when referencing to the Tower of London, you are in fact referring to the grounds that house over 20 towers and buildings.  He even scratches the surface on what is required to become a Yeoman Warder (the men who protect the Tower).  He even includes eyewitness accounts when it comes to the haunting, trying to be as thorough as possible for the reader.

While I’m not going to divulge much of what else is in this book, I am going to say that I spent a good amount of time reading this book and thoroughly enjoyed every word of it.  It is a very quick read for those who read fast, and a quick read for those who don’t (my sister finished it in less time than I had).  In reading the Nook reviews for the book, many were under whelmed with the content due to a few locations the reviewers deemed were “tossed in,” as if he just chose locations randomly and put them in the book.  I personally do not feel this way, and definitely would recommend those who like history and ghosts at the same time!

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Hallowe’en 2011

Halloween lights

Image Via Flickr

Hallowe’en is the time of year where I can walk down the road wearing a costume and no one looks twice at how I am dressed.  Hallowe’en has always been the time of year where TV would dust off ancient episodes of Haunted America and then air them nonstop. Hallowe’en is also the time of year where The Oracle of Dreams is allowed to surface, not only at school (due to Homecoming and senior dress up days), but in the outside world as well.

My alter ego, The Oracle of Dreams, was created as a creative outlet due to my mother’s attempt to stop my costume dress ups during the school year, which is why I tend to love Hallowe’en costumes even more.  Since I left college, my Hallowe’en costumes have become more and more fantastic, most of which has been based off an experiment to create female alter egos of male characters.

Tales of Costumes Past

Miss Fitzwilhelmina Darcy

This first costume was a social experiment posed by one of my K.O.L. Buddies who told me I couldn’t make a female Mr. Darcy if my life depended on it, due to the fact that the female Mr. Darcy is Elizabeth Bennett.

Alexandra “Alex” DeLarge

Book or movie Alex from A Clockwork Orange is one character that you will never forget. After reading the book in October of 2006, I knew I had to make a costume based on this character.  In retrospect, I could have made the costume look better; instead of the full top and bottom eyelash, I was able to find some awesome spider eyelashes at discount and instead of the weird looking plastic cane, I was able to find an awesome vintage cane that was real wood and a neat glass blue handle.

Arsenic Candy Gang Leader Priscilla

This costume was based off a gang of villains in the Spider-Man 3 Video Game.  While there wasn’t much on the net regarding their dress, I just took a cue from the video game, by buying a doll dress mini, with a crinoline underneath, paired with platform stripper combat boots, and pigtails added the effect, along with some striped stockings.  The effect was perfect; the Spider-Man Junkies thought it was a big hit!  I even included a Teddy Bear Bomb!

Copyright Victoria Frances

Victoria Frances Crows

I had purchased an AMAZING calendar containing Victoria Frances’ artwork for 2008, and deep within the bowels of the calendar was this image.  It was titled Crows and it was just so simplistically beautiful, I was able to make this costume with little to no effort.  The concept was beautiful, and I won best costume for that year.  It helped having a frame and the original image with me to help show what I had to do.  Too bad I was curling my hair for over 2 hours!

Lady Kreuger

Another good costume idea executed horribly! I was having a hard time with this costume, could I not find the right shirt, ended up destroying my leg to the point that I couldn’t shave it without screaming in agony, nor could I hide the giant bruises.  All this was due to an accident at Hobby Lobby, a misfortunate incident when my left leg collided with a 40×60 in. frame.

Flo via Progressive.com

Progressive Flo and Silent Bobbie

Via Clerk's 2

These two were my most recent costume incarnations.  I had decided early in 2010 that I wanted to do a female incarnation of Silent Bob.  I am a huge fan of Kevin Smith’s, and not only is my favorite author, Neil Gaiman, his arch nemesis, he also has it out for Gaiman’s now wife, Amanda Palmer.  So I decided to be Silent Bob for Hallowe’en, and the boyfriend was going to be Jay.  The difference between Silent Bob and Silent Bobbie was that instead of a Buddy Jesus shirt, Bobbie was going to wear a “Who Killed Amanda Palmer” tour shirt with Andy Warhol’s Jesus.  Instead of Bobbie carrying a Bible (I’m basing this on Clerk’s II Silent Bob), she is carrying her worn out copy of American Gods, by Neil Gaiman.  When I got to the party, no one had a clue what I was dressed as, even my brother didn’t like the outfit, saying it was very “esoteric.”

Now, the problem with Silent Bobbie and working at Hobby Lobby was the Andy Warhol Jesus, and I had to make a second Hallowe’en costume for Hobby Lobby.  That is when I decided to do something different, and that had to do with discounts.  Far more expensive than my Silent Bobbie, my Progressive Flo was by far the more hilarious.  At Hobby Lobby, people were taking photos with me, and having me yell “DISCOUNT” wherever I went.  I could have won the costume contest with the Flo outfit, but sending images of me as Silent Bobbie to Kevin Smith was more important.

She-Go via Disney

Hallowe’en Idea 2011

What’s the plan for this year?  Well, the boyfriend wants to do another couple costume, and this year he got to choose the theme.  This year, we’re doing Kim Possible.  That’s right, you heard me, Kim Possible, the crime fighting, cheerleader whose partner is the buffoonish Ron Stoppable.  Now we’re not going as Ron and Kim, but the hilarious Metal Ed and She-Go.  How we’re going to do this, I have no clue, but some how we’ll be able to do this since the boyfriend can just show up in his street clothes and become Metal Ed.  I have to go through this process of finding the right clothes for She-Go, maybe a street savvy She-Go with knuckle gloves…that sounds good…right?

Dreamers, what are your plans for Hallowe’en this year?

Regards,

The Costumed, Oracle of Dreams

My Week 8/29 – 9/2

Public Scrutiny

It’s been a crazy week.  I’ve been dealing with somethings at school regarding an accident from last year where two boys from our school were supposedly racing and hit another student’s mini van driven by his mother with his six-year old sister in the back.  The damage was far to coincidental to be just 55 mph, and all three passengers in the minivan died.  The boys were convicted today of Manslaughter, and the sentencing was, according to many, very, very lenient.  Now we have to be on extra high alert (even as a sub) because the separation between the have’s and have-nots are pretty distinct, and the students have polarized themselves and fights may occur because of this.

You can follow the happenings below:

Houston Chronicle 1

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Stupid Kids

Hobby Lobby this past week has been crazy, I’ve had customers who were adult teenagers who couldn’t figure where things are, they weren’t happy with anything I was doing, and while not taking it personally, its hard to ignore what happened the other day.

While I was working in the frame shop, stapling away into a frame, a little boy walks into the frame shop and asks “Can I help you?”  No older than 7 I knew he couldn’t be in the shop, so I told him politely “You can’t be back here, there are sharp things that you can hurt yourself on.”  The little boy then looked at me square in the face and said “YOU CAN’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!!!!” and proceeds to run out of the shop.  His mother then looked at me and said “There’s no sign saying ‘Employees Only’ so he can go back there if he wants.”  Shocked I just shook it off, dealing with teenagers is one thing, but a parent who won’t reprimand the child who walks into a part of the store that is dangerous, and doesn’t acknowledge that it is dangerous because there should be an employees only sign is ludicrous!  Not only that, but the boy got away from the mother again, and proceeded to punch the time clock.  Not punching in numbers, but full fist to the time clock, trying to knock it down!  The manager stepped in an asked the lady to leave if she could not control her son.  I told him what had happened and he put people to watch the little boy, so he wouldn’t make any trouble, and he continued, by getting away from his mother again, and taking scissors from the drawers in Fabrics, and cutting Fabric on the bolts!  The manager then asked her to leave the store…needless to say she wasn’t happy.  I had to write an incident report since I saw everything…yay!

A Paranormal Library Update

Since my post on Possession was a bomb, I created a better system in regards to writing reviews on Paranormal books that I have read.  The first is a series of disclaimers.  I do enjoy reading about the Paranormal, but many may be curious as to how I use the term Paranormal.

According to Websters.com:

Paranormal: n. Not scientifically explainable

The modern use of the term “Paranormal” is always synonymous with the Supernatural ie, ghosts, goblins, vampires, werewolves, etc.  In my Paranormal Library, I will use the term “Paranormal” as an umbrella for things that science either chooses to ignore with evidence, or just plan we-can’t-figure-this-stuff-out! So I’ll cover things like conspiracy theories, ghosts, vampires, Folklore, and other things that some might not perceive as paranormal, and I do include serial killers, because those guys are beyond normal.

Also, I have purchased all my books for my Paranormal Library, I find them through different means, and while I do listen to Jim Harold, I am in no way getting paid for my endorsements.  I happened across his podcasts on iTunes, and just ended up liking him.  I also do not receive any endorsement from the books I review, since the authors have no clue that I’m writing on their book.

I also will like to notify people, that while I do love reading the paranormal, there are things that people say that I just plain don’t agree with, and the quotes from the books are that of the authors, and they may or may not reflect my opinions.  There are times where I just can’t believe the author is stating what they want us to state, but they do have a right to make it, and I have a right to disagree with it, so please do not bombard me with arguments on the statements, they are not of my opinion, I’m just reading books that interest me, nothing more.

Jewelry Update

I may be far and few between with posts in the coming future, I’m going to sell rosaries at my Church’s Fall Festival in October, with nifty business cards and the whole nine yards.  So in the process of making these rosaries, I will need all the time in the world, but I will post pictures of my rosaries and some jewelry I have made.  I am NOT a master jewelry maker, but I do love the craft and hope to start a rosary/jewelry business soon!  More to come on that!

That’s my update for now!  I am still searching for a job, and Wedding 2012 is starting to kick its feet up with some serious weight-loss, song list planning, and the search for a guitarist and drummer is still going on.  If you’re any of these, and don’t mind playing random songs from Slayer to Spice Girls and Tejano please send me a comment, we need the help!!

Regards,

The very busy Oracle of Dreams