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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Last Paranormal Blog Post of 2014

Welcome!

I hope you're enjoying the holidays!

This is not only my last paranormal blog post of 2014, but it's also my last one until Saturday, February 7, 2015 since I have so many projects on which I'm now working.

As it stands now, I'm planning to post my "Spirit Photographs" blog posts about once a month and to have mini blog post updates between my regular posts whenever something interesting comes up.

As I said, I do have a lot of projects coming up that I'm planning to work on in 2015.  One of those is a new paranormal book I have in the works that is somewhat similar to my first paranormal book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind," but with a new perspective.  I have a lot of new paranormal photographs that I've never before published and new paranormal experiences that I've never written about that I would like to share with the world.

At this time, I'm trying to decide whom and what I'd like to include in my latest book.  I have some ideas in my mind, but no firm commitments at this time.  If you or someone you know would like to be considered for inclusion in my book, please contact me at:  spiritphotographs@gmail.com .

Every week, either Greg or I are having spirits show up in the photographs we take (and just like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike!).  And, what makes it all so intriguing is that we never know when something paranormal is going to appear in our photos.

A case in point: Christmas Day, Greg and I were visiting relatives, when I spotted an old mirror and decided to take a picture of it to see if anything strange, like a paranormal grid, would show up.  Well, I didn't get a grid, but nearby, to the left of the mirror, I did manage to capture some ectoplasm.  Spirit photography is so unpredictable and fascinating!


Can you spot the ectoplasm in this photo?

May you have a blessed and happy new year!

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, February 7 (or sooner!), Becky  

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Very Haunted House

Welcome!

Earlier this month, Greg and I visited the Lotz House in Franklin, Tennessee.  There are several reasons why we decided to visit this house when we did-

-First of all, it's full of history.  In fact, this year is the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, the bloodiest time of the Civil War, and this house was in the middle of it all.

-This was our first time visiting the house, and I wanted to see it when it is perhaps at its best, all dressed for Christmas, and it didn't disappoint.  The decorations were from that early time period, and cotton was even included in the floral arrangements.

-I wanted something really special and "Christmasey" for my before-Christmas blog post, and the Lotz house fit that bill perfectly.

Our one disappointment was that no picture-taking is allowed on the inside of the house, but we were allowed to take pictures on the outside.  However, it was almost dark when we took our photos, and we'd like to try it again some other time in the daylight.  (Although most suggest that you take spirit photos after dark, using the flash, it usually doesn't seem to matter for Greg and me.  We can usually do well almost anytime, with or without the flash.)  However, the pictures I took were so dark, I had to lighten them up a lot on an online web site, so the quality is not the best.

Thankfully, I did manage to capture a couple of things on my camera.  (We've yet to analyze Greg's photos.)


See if you can find an orb in this photo of the Lotz House.

Our tour guide and the person working in the gift shop were very helpful and knowledgeable, and they told us some interesting (as in scary!) things that they had personally witnessed there-strange sounds, ghostly sightings, and even a picture of the former owners suddenly flying off the wall!

This is a very haunted house, as "Travel Channel" featured the Lotz House on one of its shows a few years ago on "America's Most Terrifying."  In fact, the Lotz House is supposed to be the second most haunted house in America, according to our tour guide.  (He didn't know which one was first.  What do you think would be number one?  I guess different experts would have different opinions on that one.)

Anyway, I hope you have a blessed and very merry Christmas!

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky

 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Paranormal Gift-Giving Idea

Welcome!

Earlier this week, I was talking to a personable man on the the phone who was helping me with a business matter when I mentioned to him that I had written a book on the paranormal.  Immediately, his voice changed, and he started telling me about seeing two family members who had passed on.  He said that ever since then he had been very interested in the paranormal.  He asked me the name of my book and where to get a copy.

Almost everyone I've talked with has had or knows someone who has had a personal, paranormal experience which quickly makes believers out of them.  So, there are a lot more people than you'd think that are really interested in the supernatural.

If you know someone who would like more information on the paranormal, might I give you a gift-giving idea for Christmas, or anytime, really, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" by Becky Arnott.  This book, with the help of over 100 genuine spirit photographs, taken by the author, husband Greg, and others, has examples of orbs, ectoplasm, shadow ghosts, grids, etc. and even three apparitions!  (Capturing any apparition on camera is pretty rare.)


A Perfect Gift for Anyone Who Is Intrigued by the Paranormal

To get a copy of "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" is easy.

You can:
Order online from:
-www.fastpencil.com  (See the picture of my book [widget] at the top of this blog post.
-www.amazon.com
-www.barnesandnoble.com
Buy from local shops:
-June Tolliver House, Big Stone Gap, Virginia
-The Clapboard House, Wise, Virginia
-Atlantis, Johnson City, Tennessee
-The Old Curiosity Book Shop, Columbia, Tennessee

While you're at it, you might even want to get a copy for yourself.

Happy shopping!

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky
 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Psychics

Welcome!


We are all psychic in varying degrees.  Some people's psychic abilities are just more pronounced than others.  Although I have the ability to take paranormal photographs, I couldn't give anyone a psychic reading if my life depended on it.

Psychics who do readings have helped me throughout my life in many ways.  For instance, a gifted psychic was valuable when I wrote my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind."

I just finished talking with one of my favorite psychics on the phone, and she really helped me  a lot.  I felt that someone in the psychic community had hurt my feelings, had let me down.  I discussed the person with the psychic who helped me sort  through everything.

Psychics are much better than regular counselors because they know the hidden meaning of things.  They know what's in people's hearts and minds.  Of course, you need to get someone who is a genuine psychic.  You don't want a fake who makes up things just to get your money.

Some of the best ones, in my opinion, are the Heritage psychics, based at the Heritage Holistic Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, although many of the psychics actually live in different states.  I've talked with most of them, but I have a couple I call more often, according to what I need to discuss.  For instance, the one I talked with tonight is great in describing and analyzing the people in your life which is with what I usually need the most help.

I also plan on using a psychic in the new paranormal book I'm working on now.

(Just be aware that no psychics are one hundred percent accurate.)

F.Y.I.
Heritage Holistic Center
Virginia Beach, Virginia
www.heritagenaturalmarket.com

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Radio Show Follow-up

Welcome!

I wanted to tie up some loose ends with a follow-up of a radio show that I was on this past Monday.  (Please see my 11/21/14 blog post for more info.)  On this show, I was interviewed about my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind."

I was asked during the interview about paranormal grids which I feature in my book.  I responded that grids were white and dark vertical and horizontal lines that appeared in many of my photographs, mainly in old mirrors.  They are supposed to be messages from beyond.  I am continuing my research, to find out more about these mysterious grids.  I asked listeners to email me if they had any further information for me about the grids.  So far, no one has responded.

Also, during the radio show, I bragged that things had considerably quietened down at our house paranormal-wise, but I spoke too soon, as the very night of the interview and also two nights later, Greg and I again both heard the same other-worldly sound we'd heard a few times before in our bedroom, in fact, the last time we heard it, Greg was in the hallway, starting to come into the bedroom, and I was in bed.  The best way I can describe this noise is that of the strum of an electric harp or maybe the sound of a radio not quite tuned in.  Greg thought it sounded like a pop.  Anyway, it's a very quick sound which makes it even harder to identify, or to even know the direction from which it's  coming!  (I've written about this sound before in an earlier blog post.  Please see my 9/27/14 post.)



This is the area of our bedroom from which I believe the strange sound comes.  However, Greg thinks it's coming from our closet.  

What I'll probably end up doing, is to call one of my favorite psychics next week about both the grids and the mysterious sound.  She's very good at describing the hidden meaning of things.

For anything paranormal you need to discuss with me, my email address is: spiritphotographs@gmail.com .

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky

Friday, November 21, 2014

Radio Show Interview

Welcome!

I have something to share with you that I'm really excited about.  This coming Monday, November 24, I'm going to be interviewed about my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind," by Holly Mullins and Ryan Jones, hosts of the "Freakin Awesome Paranormal Show" ( which is an online radio show) at 9:00 P. M. EST.  (One link may mistakenly say 8:00 P. M., but it's actually 9:00 P. M.)  Besides my guest appearance on the show, Holly and Ryan will also discuss the latest paranormal headlines.

Hope you enjoy the show!

Here's the link for you to listen:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/urnradionetwork/2014/11/25/fast-the-latest-para-headlines-and-interview-with-author-becky-arnott

To purchase my book:
http://www.fastpencil.com/publications/5770-Photographic-Encounters-of-the-Spirit-Kind

Also, you can get "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" at:

www.amazon.com

www.barnesandnoble.com

June Tolliver House, Big Stone Gap, Virginia
The Clapboard House, Wise, Virginia
Atlantis, Johnson City, Tennessee
The Old Curiosity Book Shop, Columbia, Tennessee

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Paranormal Odds and Ends

Welcome!

On this blog post, I have some paranormal odds and ends to share with you.

First of all, I'd like to thank a loyal reader from Tennessee who responded to my request to email me, to help solve the mystery of the mystery photo on my October 31, 2014 blog post.  In this picture, taken by my husband, Greg, there is a ray of light shining down from the sky directly behind me, as well as on me.  My face even looks a little obscured, as well (which is not altogether a bad thing!).  Anyway, this reader said she thought that "the park bench picture captured a glimpse of the Light of God's Perfect Love, shining down upon you."  That's so beautifully said!  Thank you so much, Patricia.  Who knows?  She very well could be right.  I feel like this is a very spiritual photo.

I'll have this photograph in my next paranormal book when I'll expound on it further.

If anyone else has any more comments pertaining to that photo or about anything else paranormal, please email me with those, as well at: spiritphotographs@gmail.com.

Greg and I had something funny happen this past week.  I was sitting at the computer when all of a sudden, I heard a high-pitched noise that I couldn't identify or find out where it was coming from.  I called to Greg who was downstairs, and he couldn't figure it out either.  We went all through he house, but we couldn't pinpoint what it was or where it was coming from.  Suddenly, Greg said that he thought I must be causing it, for the noise was wherever I happened to be.  We both thought it had to be in the realm of the paranormal.  Finally, when we had about given up hope, and had resigned ourselves to the the fact that we'd have to wear earmuffs to bed every night if we wanted to get any sleep, we heard a warped alarm-type sound.  I checked my pocket and found the timer I had placed in it about an hour earlier.  The timer had been making the weird sound that whole time just because its battery needed changing.  It was a relief knowing that I wasn't haunted after all!  The paranormal does sometimes have its humorous side which I also tell about in my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind."

 

Tomorrow (Sunday, November 16, 2014), "Finding Bigfoot" is on "Animal Planet" at 10:00 P. M. Eastern Time.  On this episode, the investigators are in Idaho.  There's a preview on the "Animal Planet" website.  ("Finding Bigfoot" is also on earlier in the day and at 11:00 P.M. in reruns.)

We really like this show since we think we had a close encounter with a Bigfoot in Tennessee earlier this year.  Check out my previous blog posts ( 9/5/14 and 9/13/14) about this incident if you haven't already.

 Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Paranormal or Not?

Welcome!

Sometimes things happen that seem strange, but it's not always clear if they are paranormal or not.

For instance, something in your house may not be sitting in the spot where it's usually sitting, so you wonder if someone else in the house moved it or was it moved by some paranormal means?

That happened at our house a few months ago.  One day, when I went into our guest room, I noticed that our love seat had moved about six inches to the right from where it had been sitting.  I asked Greg if he had moved it, and he said he had not.  I knew I hadn't moved it, but why was it not where it usually sits?  Then, it suddenly dawned on me-the night before, I was awakened by a loud noise which seemed to have come from across the hall where the guest room is!  (That night, I had quickly looked out into the hall and in the guest room, but saw nothing and went back to bed.)  Finally, I put two and two together and decided that apparently the love seat had been moved by paranormal means.  Now, that's scary (especially since I was having to spend the night by myself due to Greg's work schedule at that time), and paranormal!

Another strange incident happened with our television.  I was eagerly anticipating watching my favorite TV show.  I turned on the TV a few minutes early, and everything was fine.  However, when my show came on, there was absolutely no sound!  When the show went off, the sound went back on!  I couldn't believe it!  For two more weeks, the same thing happened.  I felt really paranoid about this, and in light of some of the stuff that had been going on here in the past, I blamed any mischievous spirits which might have been playing a cruel joke on me.  Finally, however, the next time that happened, I called our cable provider and the network, and I found out the same thing had been happening to others, and that it was just a technical glitch which they told me how to fix.


This is a scene from my favorite TV show, "Keeping Up Appearances."  (Although I'm really into the  paranormal and love shows such as "Ghost Hunters," "Finding Bigfoot," and "The Twilight Zone," I'm afraid Hyacinth Bucket and her hilarious antics wins first place from me.)

I am now a happy camper, but decided I'm just going to buy the complete series on DVD so I can watch it whenever I feel like it and not to be at the mercy of any more technical glitches.  (I hope!)

But, my point here is that I had jumped to the wrong conclusion, that this was a paranormal incident when it was not.

Thankfully, things do seem to be going better here at our house, now, except we did hear a strange noise few weeks ago.  Greg and I were nearly asleep in our bedroom, when we heard the very same weird, loud noise that I wrote about in my September 27, 2014 blog post, entitled "Living in a Haunted House."  I'm glad Greg finally got to hear it, but he was like me, he could not identify what the noise was because he had never heard anything like it before either!  In other words, it was what you might call an other-worldly sound!

Have a great week!

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky  

Friday, October 31, 2014

Mystery (Paranormal?) Photo

Welcome!

My husband, Greg, and I attended a funeral yesterday at a rural church in Northeast Tennessee, and only an hour later, we visited the downtown area of Rogersville, Tennessee where we took some pictures of this quaint little town.

I noticed after Greg had taken this one of me in the courthouse square, I thought it looked like ectoplasm in the background, but Greg thought it was merely a ray of sunlight with lens flare.  What do you think?  (I'm presently looking for a good psychic to view and interpret our recent photographs that we think might be paranormal, for my next paranormal book.)

Here's the mystery photo:


Greg Arnott Photo (copyright 2014)

Please email me and let me know what you think:  (spiritphotographs@gmail.com

Also, I'd just like to wish everyone a safe, happy Halloween!  Hope the weather is nice tonight where you are for all the trick-or-treaters and other Halloween celebrants.

If the weather is crummy, you might just want to stay home and watch "Travel Channel's" "Ghost Adventures" where the guys will feature Ireland and Mexico.  Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky

Friday, October 24, 2014

June Tolliver House Ghost Photo

Welcome!

During this time of year, when ghosts rule, more people start searching for June Tolliver ghost info.


The June Tolliver House Last Year, with an Artist's Rendition of the June Tolliver House Ghost

It all started when my brother, who was just a school boy, took a picture of the June Tolliver house in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.  What showed up in that upstairs window, has led to much speculation.  Because of that picture, taken on an Easter Sunday, many years ago, I discovered that not only my brother, but that I also had a gift for taking paranormal photos.  Years later, strangely enough, when I got married, I discovered that my husband had this gift as well!

After a while, we had lots of paranormal photographs in our albums, so I decided to write a book about them.  The book, of course, is "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind."

Yes, I did write about the June Tolliver House ghost picture.  In fact, there is a whole chapter devoted to the June Tolliver House in my book.  The now famous ghost picture is even on the cover of the book.

People want to know how to get a copy of "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind."  On my "Spirit Photographs" blog, you can just click on my book widget at the top of the page, or on my Facebook page, you can click on "About," then under "Description," just click on "See more," and that will tell you where all you can get a copy for yourself and/or one for someone else.

Also, I've written several blog posts about the June Tolliver House.  Just take a look at my "Spirit Photographs" blog and see for yourself!

If you have a question or comment, you can contact me at:
spiritphotographs@gmail.com

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ghost Hunt at Falcon Rest Mansion

Welcome!

On my 8/3/12 blog post, entitled "Falcon Rest," I told about our visit to the interesting old mansion, Falcon Rest in McMinnville, Tennessee.  We took a regular tour of the mansion during the daytime, but as I wrote on my previous post, it partly turned into a ghost tour, for it seems difficult to completely separate this mansion from the paranormal!


Photo by Greg Arnott

On our tour, I didn't get any paranormal photos inside the mansion, but I did get a couple outside the mansion.  The reason I didn't get any on the inside was that we weren't allowed to take pictures inside at that time.*

However, if you go on their ghost hunt this month, you will be allowed to try to photograph (with a low-light camera) the mansion to see if you can capture any ghostly images!  Also, you may take your camcorder, audio recorder, etc.

These "Tag-Along Ghost Hunts" will be led by the "Ghost Hunters of Southern Tennessee," to see if they can "add to evidence of otherworldly inhabitants obtained during four years of previous tag-along ghost hunts."

The tours are October 30 and 31, and November 1.  For more ghost-hunt-tour details, see F.Y.I. below.  (Check out their website.  It's really interesting, scary, and fun!)  

*I'm hoping to get permission to put the paranormal photos that I took in my next paranormal book, probably out next year.

F.Y.I
Falcon Rest Mansion
2645 Faulkner Springs Road
McMinnville, Tennessee
931-668-4444
www.falconrest.com

Hope you enjoy the tour, if you decide to go.  Greg and I will be unable to attend this year, but we're planning on being there next October!

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Halloween Season Must-sees

Welcome!

There are many great Halloween-type things this year that I'd like to make you aware of in the next few weeks leading up to Halloween.



A Supposed-to-Be-Haunted House in Our Town (Do you see anything strange?) 

First of all, there's an interesting, really well-done all-year-long blog devoted to "celebrate all things Halloween,"  " Something wicKED this way comes."  It's in high gear right now that the Halloween season is almost upon us.

The blogger for the above-mentioned blog is Ked from my old hometown of Big Stone Gap, Virginia.  In fact, he and his family were our next-door neighbors.  He got his love of Halloween from his mother who would often dress up in a creepy costume on Halloween night, knock on our door, and scare the living daylights out of us!  It was all in fun, and we loved it!

So, to put some scary and fun in your Halloween, be sure and check out Ked's blog:
www.wickedwaysproductions.blogspot.com

Reminder, tomorrow (Sunday) night, The Weather Channel's new series, "American Super/Natural" is on  10/9 c with an episode entitled, "Legend of the Gray Man."  The preview, in my opinion, was pretty scary!

Also, the next episode of Syfy's "Ghost Hunters" (Wednesday 9/8 c) involves the overwhelming smell of chocolate during one of their investigations which is a very appropriate smell just in time for Halloween (as in "trick-or-TREAT"! Yum!).

On my next post, I'll fill you in on a must-see and -do haunted place that I believe you'd love if you the paranormal is your thing!

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday (if you dare!), Becky




Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Paranormal on TV

Welcome!

It looks like even "The Weather Channel" is getting into the paranormal, at least for a while, as this is the season for all things paranormal.


Photo by Becky Arnott 

"The Weather Channel" has a new show, entitled "American Super/Natural." This show (To quote "The Weather Channel") "gives viewers a never before seen look into how weather can shape local legends.  Small town Americana has been haunted for hundreds of years by monsters that weather created and and folklore fostered...Each episode...features a legend's fascinating origin story, history, weather, and first hand accounts told by the people who believe these tales."

"American Super/Natural" begins this Sunday night, October 5 at 10/9 c with "The Horrifying Legend of Moll Dyer."

I just recently became aware of a show on "The Learning Channel" ("TLC"), "Angels Among Us," which features psychic Rosie Cepero who can communicate with guardian angels.  She shares angels' messages on the show in the form of readings for those who want them.

"Angels Among Us" is on Sundays at 10/9 c.

Big news: The popular Syfy series, "Ghost Hunters," returns this Wednesday, October 8 at 9/8 c for their tenth anniversary and 200th episode celebration with one of the show's founders, Grant Wilson, coming back to help TAPS celebrate.

The rest of October, "Ghost Hunters" is on Wednesdays at 10/9 c.

Syfy also features the "31 Days of Halloween" in October.

It looks like there's plenty of paranormal on TV to keep us busy this month!  Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky

  

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Living in a Haunted House

Welcome!

I just wanted to share something personal with you.  It's something I didn't want everyone to know, for safety's sake, until now.  It's just that for the last two and a half years, I've had to spend the night in the two houses we've lived in during that time by myself (except for weekends).  It's because my husband Greg worked at night.  (Thankfully, he no longer works at night, and we're both really happy about that.  We now feel like we can live more normal lives!)  (However, I understand that some people can work at night and are fine with it, and some people can spend the night by themselves and not mind, but when the house you live in is haunted, that's another matter altogether!)

Well, I guess that if you've been reading my blog posts, you've gathered that we do live in a haunted house.

The spirit activity got worse the last couple of weeks, especially during this past week.  I think it was because they knew that Greg would soon be here to protect me at night, so they decided to pull out all the stops to try to scare me before his schedule changed.

The worst thing that happened, several mornings ago, was when I was abruptly awakened an hour early with a loud noise in our bedroom that I can't even begin to identify because it was unlike any I'd ever heard before.  It, of course, startled and scared me, but that fear quickly turned to anger for my having been awakened so early.  I knew immediately that it had to be paranormal, so in a loud voice, I ordered it to leave our house.  I told it that this was our house, and that it didn't belong here, that in the name of God, it had to leave.  You can't mess around with these annoying, negative entities that are trying to make your life miserable.

Thankfully, it worked.  It got the idea it wasn't welcome here, so it took off!



(This was the area from which I heard the loud noise that awakened me.  I've heard little noises several times before during the night in this same area.  Could one of these objects be haunted?  Wish we could ask "The Haunted Collector."  I really miss that intriguing TV show!)

I just read an interesting article from Bankrate.com entitled, "Want to buy a haunted house?"  It tells about a man and his wife who had bought a haunted house.  They knew at the time of purchase that it was haunted, but they didn't mind, because they thought this old Victorian house would be perfect for them as they loved to give Halloween parties every year "complete with caskets in the rooms and a hand sticking out of the punch bowl."

Anyway, one night, shortly after they had moved in, one of the spirits let itself be known in a big way to the couple.  The man let the spirit know, very much as I did, that the spirit was not welcome there.  He ranted for over an hour which calmed things down considerably.  There were no more "scares in the middle of the night."

One thing that might have upset the spirits there was that they were renovating their new house.  Spirits in general don't like that.  They prefer the status quo.

Also, Greg thought maybe the fact that we've been dismantling our swimming pool might have upset any entities that were here.  Who knows?  For now, however, all is well!

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ectoplasm on the Third Floor

Welcome!

Well, another week, another paranormal picture or so!

This time, I was just taking pictures of different groups of my clothes so I could have visual references to help me on my shopping trip to find new clothes for the upcoming change of seasons.  Pictures of my old clothes help me to know what I already have in my wardrobe so I can see what all I need, etc.

Anyway, as I was looking at my pictures, I noticed a couple had ectoplasm in them which, of course, is not unusual for Greg and me.  As I've said several times before, I usually don't even think about taking paranormal pictures; these things just show up.

The photo below had the best ectoplasm of the clothes pictures that I took.  This was taken on the third floor of our house which is a large room that we use for storage.  Our neighbor said that there was a lot of sadness in our house before we moved in, and that a girl used to sit on the third floor a lot and cry.  There must be residual negativity on that floor.  (I got a few pictures of ectoplasm on that same floor around some boxes over a year ago when we were just moving in.  Also, at night, I hear loud creaking noises on the third floor when I'm trying to sleep!  I really feel uncomfortable any time I have to go up there.)


As psychic Elaine Watson (who is mentioned extensively in my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind"), said, spirits can manifest using sunlight like in the photo above.

(There was also ectoplasm in my closet, but that's another [scarey] story!  I'm taking lots of notes for my next paranormal book!)

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Our Paranormal Adventure in a Park-Part Two

Welcome!

In last week's blog post (September 5, 2014), I wrote about what Greg and I had seen and heard in a park in West Tennessee in August.  Well, on this post, I'm going to tell you "the rest of the story," as news commentator Paul Harvey used to say.


View from an Elevated Boardwalk

At the end of my last week's post, I said that I thought Bigfoot inhabited the cypress forest that we had visited.  I don't say this lightly and without thought, because Greg and I have discussed our visit several times, and we both agreed that everything we saw and heard pointed to Bigfoot living in that park-the lack of wildlife, the sounds we heard of strange barking, knocking, and breaking of twigs and sticks.  

I have done even more research since my last post, and I found some things to validate our Bigfoot assumption.

I now know the following facts from my research about Bigfoot:

-Bigfoot has been spotted all around the world, including North America.
-Native Americans knew about Bigfoot before Europeans came to North America.  
-(S)he can live in all kinds of different climates and geological regions.
-Bigfoot prefers unpopulated wilderness, like forests!
-Southern swampy areas are good for Bigfoot!
-Tennessee is one of the top ten states for Bigfoot because over fifty percent of the state is forest!
-Bigfoot loves caves, and Tennessee has thousands of caves to live in.
-Bigfoot is believed to be an omnivore.  That means that it eats both plants, and animals!

-This creature can mimic many different sounds.

This last fact is believable to Greg and me because we heard a barking noise that sounded somewhat like a dog, but like Greg told me, the bark didn't sound exactly like a regular dog's bark.

In my research, I came across a barking sound, accompanied by the sound of knocking.  It's on "YouTube," entitled "Breakdown-Bigfoot sounds 2012."  It was amazing to us because that was the sound similar to what we had heard.  (Prior to this You Tube video, we knew from watching the "Animal Planet" hit show, "Finding Bigfoot," the sounds that a Bigfoot is supposed to make, but we weren't aware that barking like a dog was one of them, although we suspected that Bigfoot might be making that noise since it sounded so strange!)

To top off all of this, the best evidence yet that we are on the right track in our beliefs, is this from the website www.bigfootencounters.com:  

"Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee  (exactly where Greg and I were!)
June 2000

My daughter-in-law saw what we believe to be a Bigfoot in Jackson, Tn., Madison Co.  In June of 2000, she was fishing in a swampy area, & heard what she thought was a fish jumping.  When she turned around to look, there it was, a huge Bigfoot!  Needless to say she was terrified.  She made a full report to the game warden & to the local police.

I believe in them, & I think we will see more & more as we run every kind of life out of their natural habitat.  I know my daughter-in-law, & I know that she saw something...

Teressa Byrd..." 

To be honest, Greg and I loved visiting the swampy cypress forest park with its beautiful scenery that gave us one of the biggest adventures of our lives, but neither of us is rushing to go back any time soon.  

If you decide to go there, be ready with a recording device and a camera.  You might just capture something really interesting.  Please email me if you do!

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky 



Friday, September 5, 2014

Our Paranormal Adventure in a Park

Welcome back!

I hope you had a great summer.  I really enjoyed mine, but it was very busy.

On my last blog post (5/12/14), I said that I would resume writing posts for this "Spirit Photographs" blog in September.  Well, September has arrived, and here is my first post since May:

Two or three times a month, Greg and I take a little time off from work to go on little outings, especially during the summer months.  We especially love being outdoors on warm, sunny days.  On one of those excursions, in August, we went to visit Jackson in West Tennessee.  We enjoyed the usual tourist spots, one of which was a park called Cypress Grove Nature Park.  Cypress Grove is a cypress forest and wetlands with raised boardwalks.  The 6,000-foot-long boardwalk winds through the 165-acre forest.

When Greg and I first arrived at the park, we were amazed that there was only one vehicle in the parking lot besides ours.  Sure, it was hot (low 90's), but this was a beautiful day on a weekend during the summer, and admission was free!  We shrugged this off and went on into the park.  We loved how the boardwalk wound us around, further into the forest.


The Beginning of Our Paranormal Adventure into the Forest

We went by raptor cages which housed owls, eagles, and hawks.  We knew someone fed these birds and generally tended to the park, but we saw saw no attendant or park ranger the whole time we were there.

As we made our way into the park, we started hearing noises, like fireworks, gun shots, and/or knocking sounds.  We also heard what sort of sounded like a dog barking in the distance.  But, the thing that was so eerie was the sound of twigs breaking.  What was making them break?  Besides these sounds, we heard nothing else.  It was deadly quiet.

We came upon a sign that said that a lake was 3/8 of a mile ahead.  We felt a little unnerved and discussed what to do.  Should we go forward and see the lake or turn back to the safety of our car?  Just then, we heard voices.  It was the people from the other vehicle.  We briefly talked with them about what was up ahead, and decided to venture forward.  After all, we'd driven all that distance to be there, and we wanted to see all that we had come to see.

We were rewarded for our effort, because the view of the lake was beautiful, and we got some great pictures, especially from the wildlife observation tower.  Some of these pictures were (bet you guessed it!)-paranormal.

We didn't stay in that area very long, for we could hear an approaching storm.  In fact, we ran back most of the way, both to avoid being caught in the rapidly advancing storm and to avoid whatever was making those strange sounds that we had heard earlier in the park.

Looking back on our adventure, we were stunned by the fact that the whole time we were there, besides the birds of prey in their cages, the only wildlife we encountered was a small lizard on the boardwalk railing and a white heron at the lake.  According to one of our brochures, this forest was supposed be "a haven for birds, deer, rabbits, squirrels, minks, raccoons, frogs, and turtles."  Where were they?

What do you think?

Greg and I both decided that Bigfoot might possibly be living in that swampy forest, and, next week, I have some startling evidence to tell you why that assumption might be true.

Please stay tuned!

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky



Monday, May 12, 2014

The Last Paranormal Blog Post Until September

Welcome!

A lot has been going on for us the past few days as far as the paranormal goes.  Three days in a row last week, something supernatural happened at our house.

The first incident was after supper last week when I was in the kitchen, working with some dishes.  All of a sudden, I felt something lightly touch my upper arm.  I looked down, expecting to see a bug, but nothing was there!  That was the first time I've ever had the sensation of being touched by anything I couldn't see.  Very creepy!

The very next day, I couldn't find a silver earring that I decided to wear.  It should have been in the blue container where I keep a few pieces of jewelry that I wear more often than others.  (That same container was featured in my April 12, 2014 blog post entitled "Another Strange Incident.")  I carefully looked through the container, checked on the floor, etc., to no avail.  I finally just gave up and put on another pair of earrings.  However, later that day, I went back to that same container to look for something else, and there, as plain as day, was my missing silver earring, right in the middle of the container.  I asked Greg if he had found it and put it there, but he said he had not!  Chills ran up and down my spine, as I contemplated what had happened.  I was in shock!

Finally, the next day, Greg told me that he had noticed  as he went by the laundry room that the basket of towels had fallen over and wanted to know if I wanted him to take care of it.  I told him that I would go do it.  I couldn't believe it when I saw the basket of towels lying against the dryer.  Earlier, I had put a couple of towels on top of the pile, but there was no way that would make the basket fall over on the dryer like it had done.  I also thought about the cats, but I've very rarely ever seen them in that laundry room since we've lived here, and I just can't see them pushing over a basket of towels in that manner.  I knew that this had to be in the realm of the paranormal, along with the other two incidents that had just recently happened.


Basket of Towels in the Laundry Room

The very next day, after the above incidents had transpired, Greg and I left on a trip to Savannah.  A lot of paranormal things happened to us there, as well, in the form of paranormal pictures that I and some other people took.  One restaurant in particular was very haunted.

Savannah is supposed to be one of the most haunted places in the world which, I believe, is very true, and I can prove it!  I'll detail it all in a new book that I'm currently writing which I hope to have out next year.

I have a lot of irons in the fire right now, so this will be my last "Spirit Photographs" blog post until September.  However, you may keep up with my latest on the paranormal, via my "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pages/Photographic-Encounters-of-the-Spirit-Kind/134892953371993?fref=ts ,where I'll feature updates, videos, etc.  Please give a like while you're there.

Thanks so much for your support!  Until September, Becky

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Latest on the Paranormal

Welcome!

I'd just like to share with you the latest info I have on the paranormal.

First of all, I'd like to thank everyone who helped my "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" Facebook page exceed the goal of over 100 likes!  I said that when we reached that goal, I'd have a contest for all those who'd like to participate.  I decided to begin the contest sometime around the first of September.  It should be fun!

I'm reading an interesting book, "You are a Medium" by psychic medium Sherrie Dillard.  She says that you can learn to "communicate with the other side using your natural psychic abilities."  She gives insightful messages from the other side.  They help us and, we can help them!

A strange thing happened to me this past week.  I was sitting in the living room, meditating, when I heard a noise like the front door opening, twice, within minutes of each other.)  I kept waiting for Greg to come through the door, but he didn't get home until fifteen minutes later!


Our Front Door

This is the same unusual phenomenon which I wrote about in my book  "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind."  Pick up a copy and see for yourself!

And, how was your paranormal week?

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky

Saturday, April 26, 2014

"Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind," from the Heart

Welcome!



On this blog post, I want to share with you, from my heart, a little of the behind-the-scenes part of my paranormal book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind."

"Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" is a paranormal book containing around 110 paranormal photographs that were taken by me, my husband, my brother, and a couple of other people we know.  They are one hundred percent real, taken from our many photo albums we'd compiled throughout the years.  (One day, after going through these albums, I decided these would be great published in a book.)

We aren't professional photographers with any special skills; we're just ordinary people who've had extraordinary encounters with the spirit world through the pictures we've taken.

Being able to take pictures like this is a psychic gift; instead of seeing and hearing spirits like some psychics, we just take pictures of them.

I've had mixed reactions about my book since it first came out.

Many people I know have just tried to ignore it (even people I've given it to as a gift!-no thank you, nothing), It's like they're hoping it will just go quietly into the night and disappear.  This reaction could be due to fear of the unknown-or you name it!

Others have been very supportive-complimentary, encouraging.  Some have thought I was very brave for presenting this book to the world.  (I appreciate the compliment, but I just had a story to tell, and I was determined to tell it, no matter what!)

Today, I just want to thank all of you who have been positive toward me and my first paranormal book.  (I hope to have another true paranormal book out whenever I get everything compiled and written.)

Thanks to any of you who have helped promote "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" in any way-through reading my blog, buying my book, giving likes on Facebook, selling my book in your shops, telling others about my book, etc.

I'm just one person trying to get the word out in my own way about the spirit world being real.  It's not all evil.  There are good and bad spirits there just as there are good and bad people here.  (My husband and I have a couple of spirits living in our home right now that are attached to two of our antiques.  They don't bother us, and we don't bother them.  We're all getting along just fine!)

I'm just a little first-time author with no connection to big-time publishing companies, book stores, television networks, or the good-ol'-boy/girl network, etc. who needs your help!  Thanks so much for your support!

F.Y.I.:
"Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind"
By Becky Arnott
Order online:
-www.fastpencil.com  (See the picture of my book [widget] at the top of the blog post.) (book and e-book)
-www.amazon.com  (book)  (Coming soon: my e-book on Amazon!)
-www.barnesandnoble.com  (book)
To buy locally in the Southwest Virginia, East Tennessee, and the Columbia, Tennessee areas, please see my 10/28/13 blog post, "Ghosts of the Gap."

Thanks for visiting!  Until sometime next Friday through Monday, Becky




 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Check Out My "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" Facebook Page!

Welcome!

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!

I thought that today would be a great time for you to check out my "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" Facebook page.  I have some really neat, even fascinating, paranormal photos and videos I've posted there from many different sources.  I even posted a funny paranormal video earlier today.  (As I mentioned in my book, the paranormal is not without its humorous side!)

Either type in "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" or 134892953371993?fref=ts to access this Facebook page.

Enjoy!  And, please give a like!  Thanks!

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Another Strange Incident

Welcome!

It seems that I'll just be doing normal, everyday things like moving a few things from one room to another when suddenly something strange happens.  That happened to me a few days ago.  I decided to finish getting myself ready for the day in our downstairs bathroom, so I gathered a few items I needed and temporarily lay them on top of a chest, and went back for a couple of more items.  When I got back to my first group of items, I was amazed to see a small container where I keep a few of my earrings, etc. precariously perched on the edge of a white basket.  Although I had only gotten about five hours of sleep the night before, I thought that I surely wasn't that far gone, to have placed the small container the way it was sitting.  I'm always careful, because I hate for stuff to fall on the floor, and I can't imagine placing the container like that.  I asked Greg if he had moved any of my stuff, and he said that he hadn't.



If I didn't do it and Greg didn't do it, then there was only one more explanation, and it wasn't a normal one.-It had to be paranormal!  It seems that the paranormal has become the new norm in our new house.

The room where I'd placed these things does have a haunted piece of furniture in it; I know that as a fact, because a visiting psychic saw the spirit in that very room next to her apparently favorite piece of furniture.  I'm going to tell everything the psychic told us (It's fascinating!) in another paranormal book I'm currently writing.

Anyway, I do believe that this spirit moved the small container to the place I found it sitting.  Why?  Who knows?  Maybe she wanted to let us know that she was still in the house or maybe she just wanted a little excitement or attention.

That's okay.  After my initial shock wore off, it really didn't bother me.  She seems harmless enough.  However, if things things ever stop being harmless, that piece of furniture is out of our house-heirloom or not!

"Intelligent hauntings are (when) they're trying to communicate with you, like tugging on your clothes."
-Grant Wilson

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky


Friday, April 4, 2014

The Latest on the Paranormal

Welcome!

I just wanted you to know the latest happenings in the paranormal world, mine and beyond.

First of all, I had a weird incident happen earlier this week while I was by myself one night.  (To appreciate this more, you might want to refer back to my story and picture in my March 22, 2014 post entitled "Haunted Living Room.")



Anyway, like Paul Harvey used to say on his old radio show, "Here's a strange!"-I was sitting on our living room couch as I do almost every night, doing some paper work.  Our cat Kallie was lying in the big chair and our other cat Mitzi was up on the back of our couch on the extreme right from where I was sitting in the middle.  Both cats were asleep.  Suddenly, I hear the distinct meow of a cat directly behind my head.  I turned to look around, thinking that Mitzi had moved from her spot on the couch, but she had not moved at all.  It was like one of our cats had thrown its voice.  I remained calm, as I have learned to expect the unexpected, in this house, as well as about everywhere else as far as the paranormal goes.  I thought about it and figured that it might have been either our cat that had passed away a few years before or a spirit cat that was just passing through.



Tonight, Friday, April 4 at 10/9 c on "Destination America" is the season two premier of "Mountain Monsters" which is about Appalachian hillbilly investigators in West Virginia.  I've never seen the show since we don't get that channel, but I really enjoyed the videos on the "Destination America" website.

"During the day, I don't believe in ghosts.  At night, I'm a little more open-minded."
-Notable Quotes

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Paranormal Update

Welcome!

I just wanted to update you on some different paranormal things that are going on, in my world, and beyond.

-I mentioned, a few weeks ago, on my blog post (the March 10, 2014 post) that my brother, Nick, spent the night in the haunted Pine Crest Inn in Tryon, North Carolina, but only got a picture of an orb.  He may get to go back there soon, and if and when he does, he's determined to get more evidence that the place is truly haunted.  I'll update you on that, if he captures anything significant.

-My book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" is also an e-book on Fast Pencil for only $9.99.  Just click on the widget above for more information.


Photo with Waterfall and Ectoplasm from "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind"

-Just 15 more likes on my "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" Facebook page, and we'll be at 100 likes.  When that happens, I'll let you know about a contest I'm sponsoring that you might be interested in.  I'd really appreciate your like, and my thanks to any of you who have already done so!

-Please do check out my Facebook page, if you haven't already.  There may be some things on there that you might be interested in, including a couple of scary paranormal videos.

-I wonder if you've seen "Mysteries at the Museum."  It's a pretty neat show on "Travel Channel," with topics such as the Phoenix lights, Santa Cruz sea serpent, and Yeti, among others.  (The topics are not always paranormal, but many are.)  Check your local listings for time and channel.

-Paranormal quote:  "I think it's good for people to talk about their paranormal experiences and share stories about things that they cannot explain."
(Rosemary Ellen Guiley)

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky



Saturday, March 22, 2014

Haunted Living Room

Welcome!

I have written on previous blog posts about our new house being haunted, because of the strange things we have seen and heard.

I am beginning to think that our living room is the most haunted room in our house.  As I mentioned on a earlier post, we had a local psychic tour our home, to see what she thought about some of the unusual things that were going on.  She said that our living room was a "passby room" through which spirits roamed.


Haunted Living Room

Because of the nature of Greg's job, I sometimes have to be by myself late at night.  After I do my evening chores, I sit on the couch in our living room, to make plans for the following day.  Most of the time, our calico cat, Kallie, comes and curls up on my lap while I am working.  Before she settles down, she'll stare above my head around the area of the large painting on the wall behind where I'm sitting.  Her eyes dart three or four places, like she's looking at different things, but she doesn't seem alarmed; she just merely observes, studies everything for a few moments, and then she's ready for her nap.  It's a little unnerving when she does this, for I have no idea what (or who!) she's seeing.  I guess I'll need to consult a psychic about that one!

Then, just yesterday, Greg and I had a couple of visitors in the evening.  We were all in the living room.  Greg and I were standing, facing the couch, while the two ladies were seated, one in the large chair and the other on the couch.  Suddenly, the woman on the couch grabbed her right shoulder and said, "Something just touched my shoulder," as she quickly turned her head to see who the culprit might have been.  I said that I guessed that she was thinking that it might have been one of our cats, as I tried to make casual conversation.  Her friend tried to blame the feeling of being touched on the woman's long hair hitting her shoulder.  (We all do try to come up with  logical explanations for the unexplained things that happen in our lives.)  Then, without thinking, I blurted out that our house was haunted, in a half-joking tone, as I tried to bring closure to all of this.  However, the two ladies didn't hang around much longer after that!

Greg and I were probably as taken aback as the woman was that this had happened.  Personally, we thankfully have never experienced being touched by anything in the unseen, in our house or anywhere else, and we certainly hope that we never will be.  (However, you just don't know about things like this, because the paranormal is usually so darn unpredictable!)

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Paranormal Potpourri

Welcome:

First of all, I'd like to correct something I had on last week's blog post, "Paranormal Tidbits."  I stated that "William Shatner's Weird or What?" was on "National Geographic Channel" on Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM.  However, I misread it.  It is actually on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 AM.  I couldn't believe it, because when Greg and I, merely by chance, saw it a week or so ago, it was on at night.  I can't understand why they're not making more episodes of that good quality show that is now relegated to reruns in a morning time spot.  Maybe it was too controversial!

There are two really good shows that Greg and I watch that are on consistently in their time slots every week on "Travel Channel," "Dead Files" on Friday nights and "Ghost Adventures" on Saturday nights.  I've always liked things that you can depend on!

Also, on last week's post, I mentioned that we had spent the night in a B & B where I got a picture of a bed with red ectoplasm on the floor, and I had thought that perhaps there were other paranormal pictures of the B & B, as well.  I've since carefully looked at some other pictures I took while we were there.  I found that several anomalies showed up that I hadn't noticed earlier.  In fact, a couple were quite unusual.  I decided to devote a whole chapter in my next book to this apparently very haunted B & B.


                                       Greg, at the Door of the Haunted B & B

The honest truth is that Greg and I have consistently noticed that it's often harder to get good paranormal pictures of places that advertise that they are haunted (unless perhaps you happen to be experienced ghost hunters, which we don't pretend to be!)  Most of the time, we find a lot more paranormal phenomena in the average B & B (as they are usually pretty old), in places of business, in other people's homes, and in our own backyard!

Food-for-thought paranormal quote: "I don't believe that ghosts are 'spirits of the dead' because I don't believe in death.  In the multiverse, once you're possible, you exist.  And once you exist, you exist forever one way or another.  Besides, death is the absence of life, and the ghosts I've met are very much alive.  What we call ghosts are lifeforms just as you and I are."
-Paul F. Eno, "Footsteps in the Attic"

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky

Monday, March 10, 2014

Paranormal Tidbits

Welcome!

On this blog post I'd like to share with you a few things that are going on in the paranormal world, mine and beyond.

Here are my paranormal tidbits:

-First of all, I'm still working on improving my psychic ability so I can take even more, better paranormal photos.


I am doing better on my psychic photography as the above photo shows, because I'm working on improving my health and taking more flash pictures.  This was in a B&B where Greg and I stayed Saturday night.

-I'm also writing on my second paranormal book which will be published in 2015.  (That's just next year!)  I'll have more pictures of the above B&B, as well as many others.

-I just talked with my brother, Nick, who's featured in my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind," and he told me that he and his wife just returned from a trip to one of the most haunted inns in America, the Pine Crest Inn in Tryon, North Carolina.  What made the overnight stay so scary was that they were the only ones staying in the inn that night.  Even the desk clerk had gone home!  They did manage to sleep through the night and didn't see or hear anything strange, but Nick did get a picture of an orb in the hall outside their room.  He said that he was going to scan through his camera and cell phone camera soon, and see if he could detect any more anomalies.

-Greg and I just recently saw " William Shatner's Weird or What?", a show about ghosts, automatic writing, and other weird, paranormal types of topics.  It's on the "National Geographic Channel" on Wednesdays at 8:00 AM.  It's a great show if you love the mysterious as Greg and I do.

-Paranormal quote: "All a skeptic is is someone who hasn't had an experience yet." -Jason Hawes

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Let's Spread the Word About Genuine Paranormal Photography, Etc.

Welcome!


Color Photograph Version from my Book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind"

It seems that whenever I search online about spirit photography, websites that come up most of the time are about someone like medium/spirit photographer William Hope from the early twentieth century who faked his photos using double exposure.

Also, I recently noticed that there's a new app out that you can use to fake spirit photos to scare and amaze all of your friends.  (As if we all need help with this, and that none of us can take spirit photos without their being fake!  The truth is that we're all capable if doing such things, if we just believe we can!)

These types of things make people think that all spirit photographs are fake.  That's just not so!  I have one book ( I'm also working on another one.) that is filled with genuine paranormal photographs that were taken by me, as well as some other people.  They were taken using nothing more than natural psychic ability.  No wonder there's so much skepticism among the general population with all the info about people faking photos.

People need to be re-educated about the fact that the spirit world is real, and that many of the spirits want to communicate and can sometimes be heard, seen, felt, and...photographed!

I'm trying, with this blog and with my "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" Facebook page, to help make more people aware of the spirit world, mainly through spirit photography.  I'm planning to be even more diligent in that effort from now on.  I'm going to feature what I believe to be genuine spirit photographs, interesting websites, etc. much more often on my Facebook page, as well as to continue my posts here on my blog.

I would really appreciate it if you could send me any photos or interesting paranormal websites you might like to share with us on this blog.

I personally admire websites like www.ghostsnghouls.com (with their true ghost stories and photos, etc.), the TV show "Ghost Hunters," and paranormal investigation groups like the "Black Mountain Paranormal Society," among others.

Let's all try to support anyone out there who is trying to get the truth out about true ghostly encounters or any type of information that would enlighten others about anything genuinely paranormal!

Also, I would truly appreciate your spreading the word about my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" and to "like" my "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" Facebook page.

Thanks for visiting!  My next blog post may possibly be next Monday.  

Love and appreciation, Becky


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Spirit Photos, Fact or Faked?

Welcome!

I was recently looking around the Internet and came across two things I thought might interest you.

One is an ad on Ebay that I thought was intriguing-a vintage photograph for sell that shows a "ghostly man" and an "invisible lady" from the spirit world.  It's from a dealer in New York that specializes in vintage post cards and photos.  It's the original photo for only $4.99 plus shipping which I thought was pretty good.  You might want to take a look at it before it sells, or you might even be interested in buying it yourself!  You can just go on Ebay and type in "spirit photographs," and it should come up.  It was on the first page when I was there.  Check it out and see what you think!

The other thing that I found interesting was a blog that has old Victorian photographs of the spirit world that were for the most part faked.  The blog author explains that there was a lot of death around Victorian times, and that the photographers figured out how to fake pictures of people shown with their deceased loved ones.  That was really popular during that era.  I find these photos fascinating.

The lady's specific blog post I was referring to is:  bluehourstudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/spooky-victorian-spirit-photography.html .

On the other hand, none of the photos in my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" were faked.  They are real-over a hundred of them, taken by my brother, husband, me, and others.  Neither Greg nor I are very technical.  We wouldn't have the first clue on how to fake anything like that.  It's so much easier just to point the camera and shoot, and a good percentage of the time, when the conditions are right, strange things magically appear!

Here's a paranormal photo, similar to one in my book (100% real!)-


This antique mirror is featured in "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" by Becky Arnott.

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Paranormal Photography Progress

Welcome!

Last week, I mentioned in my blog post that I'd been having a difficult time taking paranormal photos, and I outlined the reasons why.

Well, I'm happy to report that progress has been made!  Just last week, Greg and I were visiting his parents' old house, when I decided to take a picture of an antique mirror over the mantel in the dining room, with the flash on.  I got a really good picture of a grid.  (I guess there's hope for my spirit-photographic talent after all!)


                                   Notice the dark line as well as the light ones.

This same mirror is featured in my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind," in the chapter entitled "Greg's Boyhood Home."  You might want to pick up a copy and see it for yourself!

I'll keep you posted on further developments with my paranormal photography progress.  Please stay tuned!

"In the winter she curls up around a good book ("Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind"?) and dreams away the cold." -Ben Aaronovitch

P. S.  I'd love to hear from any of you that have had any experiences, etc. with grids.

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky

Monday, February 10, 2014

Where Have All the Spirits Gone?


It seems that I used to get a lot more spirits in my photos than I've been getting lately.
I believe there are several reasons for this:

One reason is that I'm not using my flash as often.  I'm going through a phase where I'm enjoying taking arty, existing-light photos instead of using my flash.  Psychic Elaine Watson who helped me with my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind," said that in order to get good spirit photographs, I needed to use the flash whether it was day or night.  (Whenever I'm intent on getting spirit photos, which is not very often, I do turn on my flash, however.) 

Another reason for not getting spirit photos is because a place simply may not have any ghosts or spirits.

However, even if a place is known to be haunted, the spirits sometimes hide.  They just don't want to be photographed.

Also, some periods during each year, "the veil" is pretty much closed; it's a time when few spirits can be detected.  Even the place where Greg works, which is usually a hotbed of spirit activity (It was a former Civil War battlefield.), is quiet.  Things have been pretty quiet at our house, too.

The period we are in right now may be a dormant one for spirits or maybe some of it might just be me.  I've felt a little run-down lately, so in about a week, I'm going to be watching what I eat (after my birthday!), exercising, and getting more rest and sleep.  Then, maybe my paranormal picture-taking ability will improve.  (If not, I should at least be a lot healthier!)

If my plans work out, I should be getting more paranormal photos.  If I do, you'll be the first to know about it.  Also, that will mean that I'll have more pictures to add to my collection that might be in my second paranormal book which should be published in 2015! 

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Paranormal TV Shows

Welcome!

I happened to have Syfy on one morning earlier this week, and a rerun of one of my all-time favorite shows was on, "Haunted Collector."  I feel the show was really well-done and thoroughly entertaining.  They had interesting tidbits like, animal spirits can become attached to objects just as the spirits of people can.  Unbelievably, the show was cancelled late last year.  I recently posted a comment on Syfy's Facebook page that, in my opinion, it shouldn't have been cancelled.  A bunch of other people are of the same opinion.  I think that if we let those responsible for airing these shows know how we feel, maybe we can improve TV, one show at a time.

I also let them know that I was unhappy that "Fact or Faked" had been cancelled.  However, as I did further research, I discovered that maybe there's hope for that show, because as of now, no announcement has been made one way or the other for 2014 for "Fact or Faked."  Hopefully, they'll bring it back this year.  Greg and I both think it's ingenious, the ideas they come up with in the show, to solve the mysteries of  the videos that may or may not have been faked.  Sometime today, after I finish this blog post, I'm going on the "Fact or Faked" Facebook page to offer my support.

Let's let all these networks know how we feel!

In Syfy's favor, we're so happy "Ghost Hunters" and "Paranormal Witness" are still on.  Also, kudos to Syfy for airing "The Twilight Zone," which Greg and I both love.  We've even got "The Twilight Zone" DVD.  I'm planning on getting the rest of the show's episodes soon.

It's not just Syfy that has paranormal shows, as the Travel Channel has two great shows, "Ghost Adventures" and "The Dead Files."  The people on these two shows, as well as the ones I mentioned above, are, to me, just as interesting as the ghosts, etc.

For example, Zack and his team are so funny and entertaining on "Ghost Adventures."

Also, I kept wondering who the guy was on "The Dead Files" who goes through the haunted places and takes down pictures, etc. before Amy Allen does her walks.  I thought they should identify him on the show which, unless I missed something, they don't.  Anyway, I checked "The Dead Files" website where I found out that he's Amy's husband.  He talks about Amy, and what it's like being married to a psychic on a video on the site.  Also, she gives a tour of her hometown, etc.  Very interesting!

To show the popularity of the paranormal right now, even "Animal Planet" has gotten in on the act with their intriguing show, "Finding Bigfoot."

Through the above engrossing, entertaining shows, as well as a few others that I didn't mention, we are given glimpses into a world that for most of us is full of mystery, that would be hard to imagine without some of these great shows which are there for us to see, learn, and enjoy.

May the best paranormal shows always be on TV, as we all try to solve the mysteries of the universe!

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky


Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Importance of Psychics

Welcome!


My last two blog posts have been about psychic ability.  I mentioned that some people are gifted with extraordinary psychic ability.  Some of these people are professionals; they charge clients fees for giving them advice in the form of readings.  These readings can be in person, by phone, by email, or even by mail.

I've been interested in the psychic world ever since I can remember.  When I was just a teenager, I went to my first psychic whom I'd heard about from a classmate.  My mother drove me to the psychic's house about three miles away from where we lived and waited for me in the car.  To get up to the psychic's house, I had to grab onto weeds to help me climb up a steep hill.  The doors to her house were all open, and all I remember about the reading was the fact that chickens kept running in and out of her house while I was there.  That was a memorable adventure to say the least!

Things have come a long way since that day, and I have consulted several psychics which have greatly helped me along my life's journey.  In my opinion, they are better than regular counselors since they have the advantage of psychic insight into any situation.

One of Greg's and my favorite psychics is Bobby Drinnon.  He also has celebrities among his clients.  He is very gifted and  helped guide us for several years.  He told me I had writing talent which surprised me; I had no idea I could write until then.  If I hadn't gotten this advice from him, there would never have been a "Spirit Photographs" blog or a "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" book.  He is so good that he is booked up for years in advance.  His website is really interesting; he has great insights on life.

When I needed someone to help me interpret my paranormal photos to include in my book, I looked for a psychic who lived near us and was readily available.  I contacted the head of a metaphysical group, and she recommended psychic Elaine Watson.  This talented psychic had an important impact on my life.  She not only did a great job on interpreting my photos, but she also encouraged me to get my book published, because it was "Awesome!"

Just recently, I discovered psychic Justin Chase Mullins, one of the top psychics in the world.  He was one of those featured in the October 2013 "Ghosts of the Gap" event in Big Stone Gap, Virginia which I wrote about in an earlier blog post.  He did an email reading for me in which he urged me to continue with my writing, and said that my next two books would be very successful.

While I'm not endorsing any specific psychics, I just wanted everyone to know that truly gifted psychics like the ones above (all from East Tennessee) can made a positive difference in people's lives.  I know they have Greg's and mine!

In conclusion, whether we visit psychics or tap into our own intuition, psychic ability is to be used for the betterment of our lives.  Why not take advantage of this marvelous gift?

Thanks for visiting.  Until next Saturday, Becky

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Is the Paranormal Evil?

Welcome!


This blog post is somewhat of a continuation of last week's post, "A Talent for the Paranormal," in which I tried to explain that we are all psychic to varying degrees; it's just a little more developed in some people than in others.  Some people are just naturally more talented than others in their psychic abilities (just like in art, for example), but we all can learn to develop that talent to become better psychics.  Psychic ability is a God-given talent and is not evil unless it's misused, just like anything else.


You may see a ghost or hear footsteps or other strange noises when no one else is in the house or you might capture orbs on film, but that doesn't make you evil.  In the same way, there are people who are professional psychics who are good at sensing the paranormal almost any time.  That doesn't make them evil just because they have outstanding psychic abilities.  The only difference between the average person and a professional psychic is a matter of degree.


Some people may think that the hundred or so photos in my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" are weird or evil.  Not so!  Spirits and ghosts are all around us whether we care to admit it or not.  They're just on a different plane than we are, and when conditions are right, and psychic ability comes into play, the camera simply picks up the image of that entity.  Just like on our plane of existence, there are good and evil spirits in the spirit world.  In fact, I'd sometimes rather come in contact with someone from the spirit world than I would some of the people I know here on Earth!


When I participated in the "Ghosts of the Gap" event in Big Stone Gap, I demonstrated taking a picture of a grid in an antique mirror.  People were amazed that I could do that, but I encouraged others to try, and a couple of participants were able to duplicate what I had done.  You just don't know until you try.  At that same event, a woman looked at me and said, "I have the ability to take a lot of paranormal photos like you do."  I asked her if she felt weird about it, and she said she didn't.  She has just accepted it as part of who she is; it's her gift.


Let me know about any paranormal feats you or someone else you know have accomplished.  Who knows?  You might just end up in a second paranormal book I'm working on.


Although some people can't seem to handle my present book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind," (because of the subject matter), I've had some really nice comments, as well.  Many have described my book as "awesome," "interesting," "terrific," and "excellent."


I do appreciate all of your nice comments, your support of my "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" Facebook page (through your "likes," etc.), and those of you who have bought my book and are recommending  it to others.


Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky


(Note: I'll resume putting photos on my blogs when I get a technical concern taken care of.)  (Update-I have resolved this issue, thankfully!)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Talent for the Paranormal

Welcome!


A talent, according to "Webster's New World Dictionary" is "any natural ability or power, a superior ability in art, etc."


There are so many things that a person might have a talent for: art, music, speaking, writing, sewing, organizing, dancing, sports, etc.  Great psychic ability is also a talent.


We all have a sixth sense or intuition which, according to "Webster's New World Dictionary," is the immediate knowing of something without the conscious use of reasoning", but someone with exceptional psychic ability can help find lost items or missing people, accurately describe people's characteristics and motives, and even tell the future.  Genuine psychics can be very helpful in counseling people.  It's the fake psychics that give the profession a bad name.  However, no psychic is a hundred percent accurate, just as no one in any profession is perfect.


While we may not be as gifted as Sylvia Browne, we can still develop our psychic abilities which can be very beneficial, because intuition is supposed to be superior to the intellect, as intuition knows the future outcome, whereas logic does not.


Psychic ability can take many forms, like predicting the future, seeing, hearing, and/or sensing ghosts and spirits, and photographing the paranormal.


I personally can't tell the future, and I've never seen a ghost with my eyes, except after I've taken a picture of one!  (My husband and brother also have the ability of taking spirit photos.)


I once asked a psychic why I'm able to take paranormal photos, that I felt it was all too weird.  She replied that my ability was "God's gift."  I later asked our sometimes landscaper (who is also a licensed psychiatrist!)  the same question and he said I had a gift.  That made me feel a lot better!


I have a God-given gift, and I'm using it to the best of my ability; I'm trying to share it with the world with my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind." 


If you haven't already, please get my book and read it.  Bet you'll be glad you did!


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Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky



Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Haunted B & B?

Welcome!

Hope your 2014 is going great so far!

I've been looking over our holiday pictures and noticed an interesting one I'd like to share with you.  It's a photo of a room in a B & B where Greg and I recently stayed. 


                  It looks as though a spirit is attached to this chair.  What do you think?

We were wondering if the place was haunted.  I guess this photo gave us the answer to that one.  I took several pictures of this pretty Victorian B & B, but this is the only paranormal one I found.

 I'm sure I'd get a lot more paranormal photographs if I were to turn on my flash more, but I really prefer taking existing light photos, unless it's just way too dark to get a decent photo otherwise. 

A psychic once told Greg and me that in order to get good paranormal photos, you need to take pictures in the dark and let the flash do its job.  However, 95 percent of the time that I'm taking photos, I don't even think about taking paranormal ones.  I just enjoy taking pictures.  The paranormal ones are just icing on the cake for me.

The above photo is just one small sample of the types of photos that are in my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind."

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Saturday, Becky