Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Dr. Sean Daley, Paranormal in the classroom. Plus, Odd, Offbeat and Weird never go out of style.*

"Our ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature." - Arthur Conan Doyle, Brainy Quote

OddsnEnds -
  • Heave ho to the black furniture Demons. Sighted at the dump. Beware eBay shoppers. Source.
  • UFO events are gaining more fans. The organizer for the 8th annual Edinburg UFO festival nails it, says 'people like weird, offbeat topics' and that's why their event keeps growing. Source
  • This is one I will follow up on in a subsequent post: Arthur Conan-Doyle and the Fairies. Who's fooling who? Mental Floss. Fairy photos were all faked. Broadly.Vice. Or were they?
    The two girls maintain one photo, taken by accident, the Fairy Bower photo, truly captured the fairies. That part of the story never changed. Source.
    There is nothing scientifically impossible, so far as I can see, in some people seeing things that are invisible to others,” Conan Doyle wrote.
  • Cottingley Fairy photos up for sale. The Guardian.
  • Real Fairies. An introduction. (Yes, I have seen and heard fairies.)
  • Fairies are known to hang out in gardens. Garden story fav: A woman and her Bee. Link.

Wendy's Coffeehouse interview with Prof. Sean Daley - Paranormal Anthropology. One of several classes offered at Johnson County Community College where students can earn credit for learning about Ghosts and their haunts. Perks include optional investigations and tours of haunted locations.

Concluding from results by Daley and his investigation teams, one of the most consistent paranormal performers - in terms of encounters with the unknown and unexplained - is the Sallie House in nearby Atchison, Kansas. This is the video (Link) I mentioned during our interview - the one with the self-activated mini-blinds.

What began with one class has expanded to several. Day classes are in the Spring. Evening classes are scheduled in the Fall (enrollment underway) and the reviews suggest Professor Daley's classes are popular.

Bio: Sean M. Daley, Ph.D., M.A. Professor, Anthropology Director, Center for American Indian Studies Associate Director, American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance Johnson County Community College.

Sean currently teaches "Anthropology of the Paranormal and Supernatural,” “Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Ghosts and Hauntings,” “Demons and Demonology in the Roman Catholic Tradition,” and “The Anthropology of Religion.”

Haunted sites visited include the Sallie House in Atchison, Kansas, Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City and Glore Psychiatric Hospital and Museum in St. Joseph.

Sean says he doesn't really remember the exact trigger for his interest in the Paranormal but the interest has grown. More info about his class activities in the JCCC Campus Ledger. He has also accompanied an Exorcist - and that's another topic entirely. Don't expect to find a listing.  Contacts are made through select sources, eliminating the tire-kickers.
Regarding Ghost hunting at the Sallie House. Listen to Astonishing Legends Episode 123. Note: The Sallie House is not for the faint of heart. Extremely active. About the Sallie House.

Continuing and forwarding to Episode 126. Professor Daley talks about investigation results at the house and provides evidence his teams have gathered. In this example, captured on video, students are seated in a circle around several objects when two of the objects move.

Living in a haunted house can be exhausting. Clearing the space helps quiet it down but there can be peaks and valleys in the activity. My current house is not haunted but - I do have occasional visitors who might be lost, have opted to take a detour or need assistance. Each encounter is unique.

Example: Image included here. I thought the roll of film had been used up. After the images were developed, there was one I couldn't explain. It correlated with paranormal events happening at that time.

Ghost Watch  unexplained
Ghost watch. Unexplained image.
Confession - I got chills when I first discovered it. 

No class course? Ghost touring on your own? Weston, Missouri - just across the river from Atchison, has an abundance of accessible haunted retail sites. That's one of the reasons I participate in the annual Dining with Ghosts Tour. Info.

A recent group of tourists ventured over after a trip to Atchison, disappointed, no ghosts. They entered the store joking and making light of the fact any place could be  haunted.

Ghosts at Main Street Galleria obliged with a twofer: an appearance, rushing past a woman in the hallway and then tugging at the hair of that same woman after she went downstairs.

She ran out of the store, refused to come back in, and stood outside to wait for her friends. - As per Verna Kowertz. Owner of Main Street Galleria 

If a Weston overnight is on the agenda, try the Hatchery B&B or the Benner House (now operated as part of the Saint George). Each has documented ghost sightings and encounters. Day trips should include the Weston Café, Weston Bend Candle Company and Main Street Galleria. With prior arrangement, there might also be an opportunity for an on site investigation.

You don't have to believe in Ghosts to experience one. They exist. Whether you believe after an experience? That is entirely up to you.

Thank you for listening!
Stay curious.

*Reblogged from Wendy's Coffeehouse

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Conscious Living with Wendy Garrett is produced by Empower Radio and featured on empoweradio, iheart, itunes, stitcher and various independent youtube channels. Programs cover a wide range of Mind-Body-Spirit/Alternative Awareness/PSI topics, including: Consciousness, UFO, Metaphysics, Paranormal and Energy Medicine.

Ongoing personal experiences with extraordinary and unexplained seen/unseen phenomena underscore my belief in a world abundant with wonders we haven't yet begun to fathom.

Experiencers, via their unique encounters, give us glimpses and clues to what potentials creation has yet to reveal when we are willing to listen to the call of the muse and curious enough to table our fear and explore the unknown inner and outer limits of being.

And the answers are there, teasing us in quirks, quarks and fantastic anomalies.

My proof
- and that is the whole point of this reality thing being very personal and unique to the individual experiencer - the light beside me goes off for a moment and then comes on again as I am composing this introduction, underscoring the "quirk" factor and the representation of the ever-present, unseen support in this adventure.

Thank you for your interest and for listening. I hope you enjoy the shows! - wendy ... and the nightlights ;)