Sunday, June 20, 2021

Intriguing Paranormal Stories

 Welcome!

I have one photograph for you on this blog post today, but the photo is not paranormal because I edited out the paranormal part. The reason for this was to protect the name of the business that was at the top of the building which was where the ectoplasm was! I took three pictures of Greg in front of the building, but this was the only one that had ectoplasm.


The photo above shows Greg having lunch in front of the building that had ectoplasm near the top which is, of course, out of the range of this photo.

Many times the owner of a business doesn't want it to be known that his establishment is haunted for fear that it would scare away any customers, which is understandable. Normally, if the business owner is there, I get permission to use any paranormal photos that I have taken before I publish them. In the case of the picture above, however, the owner was not available since this is a regional chain.

For the rest of this post, I'll tell you paranormal stories that others have told me. They don't have paranormal photos with them either, but they are intriguing, nevertheless.

I recently got an email from our sister-in-law Cris from North Carolina who said she'd been meaning to send me "this little article from our neighborhood website," and that she looks "at that bridge every time we go to town." She said to let her know what I thought about it.

Here's what Cris sent me:

"ghost sightings. My brother in law has been seeing a Confederate Soldier ghost on the bridge over the Reuse River...on Covered Bridge Road. This has happened several times about 12:00 in the afternoon. Anyone else seeing this?" (This incident certainly dispels the idea that ghosts only appear after dark.)

"Echo Forest and Beyond
Yes, we had a ton of paranormal stuff happening on our property. Talked about it to our neighbors and they were having the same thing happening." 

"Buffalo Creek
It doesn't surprise me. If you look at the top of the hill...you will see a rock barrier that the soldiers used for cover during battle."

I told Cris that Greg and I would love to come and check out the ghostly goings-on there sometime, that we'd come armed with our cameras.

When we lived in Middle Tennessee, we happened to live next door to a psychic who told us that she once saw a Civil War officer on horseback, riding down our street! In fact, the whole neighborhood where we lived was an old Confederate campground with Civil War artifacts that people often found buried in the ground. No wonder it was haunted!

Earlier in my life, before I met Greg, I dated a guy who told me that when he was going to college in Eastern Virginia, he was driving by a field once when he came upon what looked like a Civil War battle being played out, but it wasn't a re-enactment! It looked real! He said that it had (understandably!) unnerved him, and that he'd never before told anyone else about the incident. 

(This was before I was into the paranormal, although ghost stories had always fascinated me. I certainly had no idea then that I had a paranormal photography gift. Had I known more about the paranormal then, I feel that I could have helped him more about what he had witnessed. However, what he said really impressed me. It was something that I filed away in my mind and never forgot.)

The Civil War soldier on the bridge in North Carolina and the Civil War battle in Virginia are both like a movie playing over and over again. It is like they are on film; they are unlike spirits who can at times even interact with the living.

My brother, Nick, emailed me yesterday, telling me that he and his wife, Lisa, had just gotten back from a trip where they visited a huge mansion, parts of which had "very creepy vibes." He said that otherwise they didn't notice anything out of the ordinary. No wonder it was creepy since two murders had taken place in that house. He said that the staff had been instructed not to talk about the murders, and I later found out that the staff was also not to mention that anything paranormal was going on, although there have been several reports of supernatural occurrences there by several witnesses!

However, in Abingdon, Virginia, the staffs of the Martha Washington Inn and The Tavern are not reticent about discussing all of their paranormal phenomena! Just check them out on the Internet!

I really appreciate those that shared their paranormal stories with me so that I could share them with you. You just never know about the paranormal; sometimes you happen to be in the right place at the right time, and you are able see or hear or feel something supernatural, and you may even be lucky enough to catch something strange on camera. You just never know.

There are plenty of paranormal photographs that Greg, Nick, and I have taken, (Greg and Nick also have the gift of paranormal photography.) and stories we have to tell in my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" which is on Amazon. Please check out my book by clicking the widget above on this blog for more information.

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, July 17, 2021, Becky






 


Saturday, May 15, 2021

The (Haunted) Tavern

 


Greg and I recently visited historic Abingdon, Virginia...

The Tavern

which has The Tavern that is the oldest historic building in Abingdon. The Tavern dates back to 1779, and in its long history, it has been many things, an inn, a post office, a private home, a bakery, as well as several other things including a hospital for both Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War.

Oh, and did I mention that it was also haunted!

One evening, we stopped by The Tavern for dessert which was delicious...


Key Lime Pie

Afterwards, we got permission to take pictures to see if we could capture any paranormal activity with our cameras.

Before we got started, we talked with our server, Allison, to see if she knew anything about the ghostly goings-on there. She told us some very strange things that had happened to those that worked there-several had been touched, strange noises had been heard (voices, walking), etc. She said that a woman had been murdered in one of the upstairs rooms which was supposed to be the most haunted room in the building.

Also, there is even a video of a chair moving by itself. (There are several great videos on YouTube about The [haunted] Tavern.)

Here are some photographs that Greg and I took:


The photo above is of the room where the murder took place. It is supposed to be the most haunted one in the building, but we found only one orb in this room in the four or five photographs that we took of it. The orb is on the wood to the upper left of the woman in the far right of the photo.

Here's a close-up of that orb-


Orb in the "Most-Haunted Room"

Could this orb (above) be the spirit of the woman who was murdered in this room? Is she watching people as they dine, etc.?

Afterwards, we went into the adjacent room which seemed to have a lot more paranormal activity going on, at least for that night.

I took about four pictures in that room, and they were all blurred, which shows that something, like paranormal activity, was interfering with my camera!

Here's the best photo of the bunch in that room-


A few of these anomalies are actually lights on the walls and reflections, but some of these show ghostly activity. For example, notice the ectoplasm in the bottom left corner and the strange-looking orb near the center of the photo.


Close-up of the Strange-Looking Orb

We concluded that this room was the most haunted one that we photographed at The Tavern. We found out later that the Civil War hospital was upstairs which, we think, contributed to much of the paranormal activity in this room.

As we were leaving the upstairs, to go back down, Greg snapped this photo of the stairway-


Notice the small violet bit of ectoplasm to the left of the steps. Violet is a very spiritual color.
 

Enlargement of the Previous Photo

Yes, Greg and I will have to agree, The Tavern is definitely haunted!

Why don't you check it out for yourself!

For more on the paranormal, I've written a book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" in which I show many photographs that Greg, other people, and I have taken of many different places, including Europe, of paranormal activity.

To order, please see the widget above.

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, June19, 2021, Becky 


Saturday, April 17, 2021

Haunted or Not?

 Welcome!


I have written several blog posts about our unfinished cabin, and now, here's another one about our cabin!

This is my latest cabin photograph. It looks harmless enough.

As I've mentioned previously, I believed that our cabin was haunted because of some of the ectoplasm that showed up in some of my photographs, taken both inside and out. Also, a psychic that I consulted by phone said that she thought that the cabin was actually built on top of a slave graveyard!

Since the cabin is unfinished, so far we have used it only for storage and for yard sales.

The past ten days, it has been the temporary home for one of our cats, Kit-Cat, a stray that we've been feeding. Kit-Cat had to have emergency surgery, so we let it recuperate in our cabin.

Here (above) is a photograph I took of Kit-Cat on an old comforter inside the cabin. The photo looks a little blurred. I was disappointed that the image was not sharper, and it was too dark. I obviously did not use a flash. I usually don't use one as I prefer existing-light photos. The only thing I changed about the photo was adding my watermark.


This second photo (above) is much lighter (I didn't use a flash on this one either!), and it's a lot more blurred than the first one. Here, again, I just added my watermark. 

Actually, I took four pictures. The first one was light and very blurred, the second one was dark and slightly blurred, and the ones above are the third and fourth photos.

While I was taking the pictures, I felt very frustrated because when I tried to push the button down on the camera, it hesitated on taking the picture at least a couple of times. Maybe it was because of the low light. I don't know. Perhaps it was something else! Was something messing with my camera?

Anyway, I was somewhat perturbed that the strange photos might be because of something paranormal. I was especially upset because of the fact that before we put Kit-Cat into the cabin, I smudged the cabin using a sage smudge stick, and demanded that any negative, evil entities leave the cabin forever. In fact, I told them to leave our entire property immediately! I said that only positive, good entities would remain. I also sprinkled salt in all four corners of the cabin to further get rid of any negative energy!

Good news! Today, Kit-Cat got out of the cabin, and went back to her normal life just outside our house, in the yard that she apparently loves. She seemed fine, better than ever. I thought about the blurred photos, and decided that the camera may not have operated properly because of the low light, or maybe because there were some helpful, healing spirits that were there with Kit-Cat, helping her to recuperate, because after the first couple of days of her being in the cabin, she seemed to settle down, and she did just fine. She even seemed to thrive.

Positive spirits are very acceptable, but, of course, the negative ones are not!

So, is the cabin haunted or not? The best I can tell is that positive energy is all that remains there. So, a happy ending for us all!

For more true stories about the paranormal, both in the United States and abroad, please check out my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" on Amazon. Just click on the widget above for more information.

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, May 15, 2021, Becky






Saturday, March 20, 2021

More Spirits in the Snow from the Past

 

Welcome!

And, welcome spring!

This is the first day of spring, and although I don't like talking about snow on the first day of spring, there is something I'd like to share on this blog post that you might find interesting.

Last month, I wrote a blog post entitled "Spirits in the Snow and More" on 2/20/21. On that post, I have a photograph of our current house with snow coming down, and mixed with the snow are orbs and other types of ectoplasm.

A few days ago, I was looking through my many photos, eliminating some and putting others into their appropriate folders, when I happened to notice for the first time something strange in three of my photos of our very first house which was in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Here is one of the photographs of our old house that shows orbs and ectoplasm as well as snowflakes-


Notice how large some of the orbs are, and how many of them seem to glow. Some of the orbs are almost transparent. If you notice carefully, you can even see ectoplasm in the snow on the ground in front of the shrubs which are on the left.

The orbs and ectoplasm are no surprise to me, because Greg and I knew that this house was very haunted. In fact, I wrote a chapter about our old house in my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind." Please see the widget above for more details about my book which is for sale on Amazon.

A few days ago, I thought I'd start my spring cleaning, organizing, etc. at our current house in Virginia. As I was going through some boxes of memorabilia, I came across some writing I'd done for an English class when I was in college. I thought it would be somewhat appropriate for the blog post I'm writing now. 

Here it is-

 "Dead of Winter"
 Stark trees are etched against the steel-grey sky which unloads its snow-burden, entombing the lifeless landscape below.-Becky Arnott

Winter is gone for now, however, and a new season has arrived. We'll see what paranormal activity  we'll encounter during the next few months. Stay tuned, and happy spring!

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, April 17, 2021, Becky





 


Saturday, February 20, 2021

Spirits in the Snow and More!

 

Welcome!

I have several things to share with you this month, spirits (ectoplasm) in the snow and even more!

We've had quite a bit of snow this winter where we live. I was really excited when we had a pretty good snow of about three inches so I could take some pictures of our house in the snow. We're been here at our new location for only about a year and a half, and we got very little snow last year.

I took five pictures of our house in the snow, and all five had ectoplasm somewhere either on the house or in our yard! I never dreamed that would happen. I just wanted some pretty photos of our house in the winter. Guess I'll just have to settle for pretty photos of our house in the winter with ectoplasm!


Here's a close-up photograph of our house with several bunches of ectoplasm. Also, notice the ectoplasm down low on the trees and above the bush in the yard. 

There's probably even more ectoplasm in my photos, but it's hard to see it since it would be white against white.

More outdoor spirit activity-


This is a picture of our deck at night. I was trying to take a picture of the stray cat which has recently become our adopted outdoor cat. Taking pictures in the darkness is not the easiest thing to do, but this photo paid off as far as getting paranormal activity! The light in the background is from a pole lamp, but if you look closely, you can see the moving orbs near the light.

I'm nor concerned about these spirits in the snow or on the deck since they're outside, and they don't bother us. 

I consulted a psychic not long ago about spirits on our property, and she said that our house was not haunted, but there were spirits of Civil War soldiers that made an appearance from time to time, and they were not harmful. For more about what the psychic told me, please see my 12/19/20 blog post, "Answers from the Psychic."

You can see many more spirit photographs in my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" which is for sale on Amazon. See the widget above for more information.

Take care!

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, March 20, 2021, Becky




Saturday, January 16, 2021

Haunted? Cabin in the Snow

 

Welcome!

Here we are in the throes of winter, as evidenced by this photograph that I recently took of our little cabin in the snow-


Is This Cabin Haunted?

As a mentioned on my last blog post on 12/19/2020, "Answers from the Psychic," I said that I would tell what the psychic I consulted said about our nearby cabin.

When I mentioned the word "cabin" to the psychic, she said "slaves." I then told her that our neighbor had said that there was a slave graveyard near our house, probably either behind our house on a hill which is about 500 feet away or around another neighbor's workshop which is about 200 feet away. The psychic then said that our cabin was actually on top of the slave graveyard! Wow, that's certainly not anything that I wanted to hear!

I was speechless after she said that, and after the reading, I discussed what she said about the cabin with Greg. We decided that it wasn't really anything to be alarmed about. It had been several weeks since we had heard any noises coming from inside the cabin, and I hadn't recently gotten any paranormal photographs either inside or outside the cabin.

We currently use the unfinished cabin to store our yard sale items. If we decide to finish it sometime in the future, to turn it into either a guest house or a rental house, I can get out my smudge stick and do a ritual to get rid of any entities that might be haunting the place. (Some people, though, might actually want to stay in a haunted cabin which is something to consider!)

Right now, we feel pretty good about the lack of anything paranormal on our property, and we hope it stays that way! However, the paranormal is pretty unpredictable, and you just never know!

I'll still have plenty of things to write about elsewhere as the world is full of the supernatural, especially around the old towns near us! Stay tuned!

For more information about our cabin, please see my previous "Spirit Photographs" blog posts, and for even more information about the paranormal, check out my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" which is for sale on Amazon. (See widget above.)

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, February 20, 2021, Becky  


 

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Answers from the Psychic

 Welcome!

I finally got to talk to my currently favorite psychic whom I've found to be very accurate. She cleared up several things that had been puzzling me concerning the paranormal.

The reading with her was just yesterday, so it's still fresh in my mind. I told her that some strange things had been going on in our house that I wished that she'd explain. She then said something that was hard to believe, that our house was not haunted! I then told her that earlier in the year she had told me that our house was haunted by a man who was the previous owner. She said that he was gone! That was such a relief for Greg and me to hear!

I told the psychic that I had used a couple of cleansing techniques to get rid of negative energy. (Please see my 3/22/20 and 6/21/20 blog posts for more information about the rituals I used.) She then congratulated me for a job well done! 

I was really happy that the rituals had worked so well, but I also explained to her that just a few weeks ago, Greg and I were awakened during the night by a loud noise in our bedroom.

It sounded to both of us like something had fallen somewhere between our bed and the fireplace on the opposite wall! We had absolutely no idea what had caused this noise.

I was stunned when she said that the noise was caused by spirits attached to our area, not to our house, that the spirits were Civil War soldiers moving through! When they knocked something over in our house, it was like it was in their space, a sort of time warp! Weird!

With help from the psychic, I was then able to put everything together, to answer the questions that I mentioned in my last blog post on 11/22/20. It was all becoming clear to me now- It wasn't the previous owner at all this time, it was Civil War soldiers that we saw and heard!

The large orbs on our porch, the cigarette smoke in the yard, and...

the mysterious figure of a man that I saw two different times pass by this living room window were apparently all due to the spirits of soldiers from the time of the Civil War!

I did a little research after my psychic reading, and I discovered that cigarettes were used during the Civil War era. Greg, the psychic, and I were not sure of this fact during the time of the reading. Also, with Greg's help and the Internet, I found out about a Civil War battle in nearby Saltville because of the salt mines. My research also stated that "Federal and Confederate troops passed through the town (where we live) several times...."

So now we know. This is something we can live with. There's nothing to fear. The spirits of these soldiers are in their time period, and we are in ours, but every once in a while, we become aware of theirs. That's okay since we can always use a bit of excitement in our sleepy little town.

In nearby Abingdon, I took this photo of Christmas-caroling figures on a street corner. It seems that a sprit is attracted to this little boy figure. Could this be the Christmas spirit?

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a very happy 2021!

(Special notes-Thinking of my father today, a special spirit whose birthday was on December 19. Also, next month, I'll report what the psychic said about our nearby cabin.)

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, January 16, 2021, Becky