Well…it’s that time of year. Thoughts have turned to the ushering in of the holiday season and all of the ramifications involved: the cold; snow in Indianapolis and driving in this mess another year; the transformation of retail outlets from Halloween to Christmas, with no pause in between; and holiday lights suddenly appearing on businesses and private residences. And…Thanksgiving!
Yes…paranormal investigators are not immune, and do eat turkey and ham and take part in the Thanksgiving festivities. They will momentarily take a pause from the intricacies of paranormal possibilities to instead make time for family, food, and careful reflection on just where they are in their life journey. If they are not, maybe they should. This moment is repose of sanity from a world of shadows, darkness and the unexplained. We all need these moments. If we don’t take them, then we are insane!
Team-mate, J.S. Robinson, recently made an insightful post to Facebook. Insightful, because I feel it was from his heart. And it got me to thinking of the circumstances that often place people in our lives, and the effects they can ultimately have. He stated there were people who had touched his life that he wished he had never met. They were of a negative influence. The result of his interaction with them made him feel small, stupid, and unappreciated.
Don’t we all have these types of folks that have entered our lives at some point? I know I have.
Yet, J.S. still retained optimism about it all. He felt some purpose…that he was intermingling with them for a reason. And that reason, while not apparent at that moment, would be revealed in time.
These people had become a necessity of some sort….
There is always light on yonder horizon. The bad ones will come (they always do), but the good ones also find their way into your life. Light is always a power over the dark! And it was the good folks that J.S. decided to focus his attention upon, stating—“All of us will surely have many adventures together, and I look forward to all of them!”
Thanks J.S. This got me to thinking of many things: friends, love, relationships, and family. The things that truly matter! This will be my first Thanksgiving without my mother who, after five years of a health struggle, lost the battle and passed away in July of this year. It’s Thanksgiving and I can feel her void. I imagine I will for some time to come. But, it’s also time to move forward, and move forward I shall. Yet, at the same time, personally reflect on just what I am thankful for in 2014:
- First and foremost, I am thankful for my girlfriend Laura Brown who in the passage of 2014 has become my fiancée. She has in her own right turned into a competent investigator, has transitioned into the title of “case manager” for the SCP team, and also has the thankless task of keeping me grounded. It’s a full time job! She is my number one fan.
- As J.S. Robinson stated—for friends and fellow investigators on our team (and yes, it is a team effort) who will be there in thick and thin, and additional kudos—No Drama! It has been a privilege to get to know each and every one of them, and toss around as food for thought their individual views on the imprecise nature of paranormal investigation: Judy Fowler Smith, Kelly Allen, Cindy Arnold, Dawn weatherman, and David Labreque. And of new friends that have become an integral part of what we do in the dark: J.S. Robinson, Jeremiah Laakman, Brad Ferris, and Brenda Cook.
- An old steadfast friend and mentor—Steve Edwards—whose regular phone calls where we bounce ideas off one another are the highlight of the week.
- I am thankful for the inspiration I receive from writer and historian, Alan Hunter. It drives my own zeal as a writer and reporter of “things” not so easily explained. And of friend Tim Poynter, who is always available with wise and diverse counsel.
- Old friends of the paranormal—Angie Orr Miles, and Doug and Elizabeth Wynn—who continue to touch base, even though their lives (and distance in reference to Angie) are taking them in a different direction.
- And finally, I am thankful for the readers of my articles. I would suppose that every writer writes about what interests them personally, and hopes the readers will come along for the ride. Sometimes they do…sometimes not. I get that. The paranormal, after all, is a diverse area of study, and encompasses many things other than just ghosts.
I will continue to write on UFOs, not just because I formerly investigated sightings as a field investigator, but simply because there are strange, unexplainable things in the skies…and over Indianapolis! I don’t hunt, but am in the woods a lot, and the enigma of “Big Foot” (yes, even in Indiana) continues to intrigue my imagination, and is worthy of a few words. And of the ghosts and spirits that remain behind after physical death, these stories will continue to come. The paranormal is the paranormal, and with such, there are many faucets to explore.
And much like Alan Hunter, I am a history buff. Sometimes this aspect excites me more than any ghost story associated with a particular location.
The one subject I will NOT write about is the celebrity faction of the televised ghost shows. I’ve touched on them in the past, but no more! No—why did certain team members of a popular show suddenly leave; or, of a former team leader’s struggles and tribulations in the afterlife of their television fame and notoriety. Nope. I don’t watch these shows as a regular habit unless a location interests me, and then usually write it off after the representation presented. And honestly, does anyone really care about these celebrities? Do they really?
I’m not into the celebrity thing. Let others write about them. I’m not into writing fluff. I like to put some of myself into my articles; right or wrong, weak or strong, it’s the way I feel. I don’t desire to simply rehash something someone else has already written by going on the internet and copying verbatim. That’s not writing. I have on occasion written about certain improprieties in the paranormal realm of Indianapolis. I didn’t name any names, but those that know me, know of whom I speak. For others…it is usually an accurate guess.
I am venturing out, writing entertainment style articles for another publication. It’s mostly a “What’s happening in Indianapolis” type of format. It’s an experiment for me, as I have realized the curse of not writing anything short. This will make me do so. We’ll see how it goes.
2014 has been a wild ride for me personally. The death of my beloved mother and becoming engaged to my soul mate has driven this year into the annuals of remembrance. Changes within my son Kyle and his families’ life will carry over into good things for 2015. And…friends and team members of our paranormal investigative group—SCP—is the proverbial icing on the cake. Great things are in store for the upcoming year.
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!
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