All Hallows’ Eve: Ain’t all about gettin’ candy!

Happy Halloween!

Every year on All Hallows’ Eve the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest; spirits freely ‘walk’ the earth. As a paranormal investigator (and theoriest) to another, I suggest using this day to your advantage — test those gizmos and gadgets. Be quick, though, for at 12:01a, All Saint’s Day, the party is over, too late!  If not, THIS magnitude doesn’t happen until until summer’s solstice.

Just in case y’all were interested — or needed an incentive.

Hugs & happy hunting …

Mellen

HINTS:

Prayer protect to whom you call ‘God’; BEFORE & AFTER!

You can grab an MP3, IPOD, err whatever you use & download music on. Choose its ‘voice recording’ option and click record. REMEMBER THOUGH: you WILL have to sit through each taping at LEAST twice so I always suggest remembering that when determining how long you wish to record. EVP, ‘Electronic Voice Phenomenon‘, which is what you’d be attempting to capture I, in laymen terms, would describe as ‘disembodied voices captured on audio (or even video) tape’. USUALLY you do NOT hear them during the recording session; it’s in the reviewing sessions after the fact you’ll discover them. Goldwave(dot)com offers a FREE trial software for VERY easy editing.

IF you choose to shoot a slew of digital pictures, 99.9% of the orbs you captured are earthborn so PLEASE don’t toss ’em but discount them until you’ve reason otherwise. (I’ve noted a LARGE particular orb, SAME lineage markings by my son since digital pictures came on the scene — here, YEARS later, that ‘orb’ STILL appears. So don’t delete it, discount it … until otherwise.)

IF you choose to do the ‘PARA ACTIVITY’ deal using a video recorder — have fun! BUT again I must warn, from experience … remember you have to sit and watch EVERY minute you record at least twice! (I’ll never forget that crazy idea I had of filming my kitchen cupboards overnight one night — not because they were opening & closing at night, oh no, it was just because I wanted to! End result, it took me THREE days to watch cupboards in infragreen, I … just … watched …. them! Cupboards are not very entertaining, I assure you so it wasn’t pretty!)

ABOVE ALL denote your environment using a small notepad along with some common sense – don’t ever trespass … nor forget to prayer protect begin/end …. nor forget to take a flashlight if you’re gonna hit an outdoor site …. nor ever go it alone – always take a buddy!

Hugs & Happy hunting … :)

Mellen

Summer Solstice: So do you ‘got’ your paranormal on? (theory alert)

summersolsticeToday, June 20 2016, summer will be officially beginning in the Northern Hemisphere at 6:34pm EDT.  Therefore coming night is commonly referred to as the ‘Summer Solstice’; the moment spring turns into summer.   And, purportedly, for paranormal enthusiasts, it’s second to Halloween as THE most ‘optimal’ night for ghosthunting!

Why?

Well ….

In layman’s terms:  the summer solstice is known as the shortest night-of-the-year by the world, right?  But what we normally don’t go talking about is that it’s rumored to also be a powerful night spiritually & religiously.  It’s a night when many believe the veil separating this realm and the ‘beyond’ is most thin — just as it happens on Halloween.

You do NOT have to be a seasoned or trained ‘ghosthunter’ to test it out.  Just be sure where ever you are it’s a ‘controlled environment’, you feel safe, aren’t alone nor trespassing.   Should you choose to take a SMALL group to a local cemetery to gather evidence, most do not mind if you’re quiet and respectful; however, in Indiana the law states cemeteries are close at dusk and open at dawn so a Trustee’s permission should be obtained (not a tough task as they’re quite nice and VERY informative people — easily located via the internet).

FOR SAFETY’S SAKE:  try to do a quick run thru during the day to get a feel for the lay-of-the-land, never go ghost hunting alone, bring a cell phone, take flashlights, extra batteries, dress appropriately, and remember to be first skeptical and not easily convinced therefore spooked by staying open minded and brave!  ;)

So, if you dare, I’d suggest you grab those digital voice recorders, digital video, & digital cameras out … whatever it is that ‘you’ do and when/if you capture anything either out of the ordinary or better yet increased activity (to help prove this ‘thin veil theory’).  [you can voice record on almost every MP3, cell phone to possibly obtain an EVP* which, if you do so would make it ULTRA convenient for digital downloading afterward.  Just remember, you should listen to each clip at least 3 times so tape in increments]

IF you obtain questionable data, there are pages & pages of sites on the internet whereas you can learn to know more about what you captured, how to convert it &/or modify it (for better appearance YET NEVER ALTER THE ORIGINAL).

Or,  if you choose to stay at home and ‘do your thing’  be aware that if/when you DO capture ‘something’ that freaks you out … are you prepared to continue living there?   (just sayin’)

To be BEST versed take a few moments today and search the internet about the summer solstice, how it affects the moon phase, solar flares, planet/stars alignment AND paranormal activity and deduce for yourself if you deem the time spent ‘hunting’ as worthy.   A lot of para-groups have pages in this regard along with reasonings &/or evidence.

Hugs & happy hunting …
Mellen

*:  EVP stands for ‘Electronic Voice Phenomenon’ or ‘Etheric Voice Phenomena’ … or ‘a disembodied voice captured audibly on tape’.   :)  

 

Shout-Out to My Para-BFFs

MelancholyI have met a lot of para-peeps over the years, many I still call dear friends.  But, today I feel quite melancholy at the thought.  Yesterday left me sad feels like I am just awakening the day after graduating, realizing the past is gone …  leaving me nostalgic, vacant and sad.  I am learning to accept that time stops for no one, life takes us all in different directions so the friendships we forge along the way are fleeting so we’re to  embrace them.  I just wanted to tell y’all that I will treasure our friendship & the fun memories, scary and all, forever.  I am sincerely thankful for each & every one of you, more than words can convey!

Here’s to our paths one day crossing again!

Hugs & Happy Hunting …

Mellen

You did not just post that!

BeCarefulWhatYouSay

Although we live in a free country with a constitution protecting our freedom of speech it doesn’t mean we are truly free to speak. Our government is NOT what truly suppresses us, society does!

We live in an age where bullies are applauded, respected, supported, and even rewarded. But if our words are sincere, honest and heartfelt we are shunned, frowned upon, ridiculed and even to blame. I’m witnessing evil doers, whom we may even love, who cannot tell a truth if their life depended upon it, being hailed by hoards and showered with gifts of sympathy.

Also, I read a post not long ago whereas some were disappointed I wasn’t dead yet. Worse, folks clicked ‘Like’ in support of such hate. I can assure you I haven’t a kindred love for everyone either but I’d NEVER wish a person dead nor EVER support someone who spewed such.

I’ve watched folks reap happiness from the pain they purposely plotted to cause. I’ve witnessed egos inflate as the sadness was made apparent. I’m convinced tears are their trophy.

I’m angry, life is simply cruel and I find myself burying my love & kindness with hopes to protect myself as the devil truly does rule this planet. And, yep, daily I’m praying for miracles and continually striving to grow with God while learning how truly patient I reeeeeeeally am!

Ask yourself, “so, who have YOU passed judgment upon lately? ”

Hugs …

Mellen

Filming: Zappos Commercial RELEASED – I made the final cut!

**It’s true, it’s true – look, look!**

Me as a bystander as the Zappos' hero rushes by me.

Me as a bystander as the Zappos’ hero rushes by me.

Watched the final commercial several times and we’ve spied me in this VERY fast-paced commercial at least 4-times already.  YAY – I didn’t wind-up on the editing floor!  #WhompWhomp

Whatta day it was – I watched some very entertaining, creative, talented & professional crew-of-brothers film.  Tis fascinating how all of those takes came together as they did to birth this commercial masterpiece – baffling, like magic.

Okay, logistics – as I’m sure you’re dying to know.  *w*  The commercial will be airing shortly.  Sadly, I do not know as to which channels it will be on nor the exact air date,  However, with us being in winter attire in the commercial factored with Christmastime decor already in stores, I think I’d be safe to assume it’ll be airing on TVs nationwide VERY soon so be sure to keep-on the look-out!

I want to, once again, express how thankful and honored I was to be chosen to partake in the filming.  Not only did I get to ‘work my craft’, but I met a lot of nice people.  It was most definitely an adventure-of-a-day.

And, a VERY special thank you out to … The Herbert Brothers, zappos.com, and Patty Bamber whose filming, awesome customer service and talented photography gave me a memory I shall never forget!  I’d be humbled to work beside any of you again – truly humbled.

Hugs …

Mellen

ZAPPOS’ COMMERCIAL (I appear at the:  00:05, 00:07, and 00:09 – 00:11 marks)
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Surviving Suicide Series: Robin giving my mom some peace?

Like so many, I am also very saddened by the loss of the GREAT Robin Williams; however, am I surprised?  Nope.  I see my brother when I look into Robin’s eyes whenever a photo of him appears.

My brother was funny and his laugh was HONESTLY contagious too yet he hung himself to death.

And in a warped way I hope my mommy is seeing all this on tv & getting strength from it all – a wonderful man’s being remembered, a man who shocked the world yesterday as all thought he was genuinely happy because he told jokes.  I hope my mom sees that suicide hasn’t any boundaries – she didn’t fail her child.  Just like her son who hung himself on 9/1/11, no one is immune, NO ONE!  Nor is it her fault.  Fault lies on the person who gave-up on all who loved him!

In the way I pray for my brother, I pray for Robin – you have your right to live your life as you wish.  Tis sad though that they hurt so many in the process.  But that’s human-nature folks!

Next time you THINK someone is fine, listen to your gut and react – but tis they and ONLY them who has to feel it deeeeeeeply inside themselves, the courage, the confidence to go on.  Don’t over-coddle them either, it causes them to feel weak & not in power.  Just be positive!  Don’t knock people!  Don’t purposely hurt them!  The pain you inflict you think an “I’m sorry” will erase but deep-down that person will live their ENTIRE lives hurting.

I know Heaven is cracking-up today … and my brother & sister in the front row … I can almost hear my brother’s laughter, honestly!

My thoughts & prayers to his loved ones left behind as his grand-children, great grand-children who’ll never know him.  BUT it was  HIS and ONLY his choice – that’s the HARDEST part for the survivors – he didn’t love them enough to try harder.  (yep, from experience I speak that – experience folks)

Hugs …

 

Mellen

Moment of Silence: Miss’n My Sis

7-years ago, sometime between now and 4:30pm, my sister was called Home.

In Memory of my sister, Roxanne Hutchings

7/24/1958 – 7/6/2007

Roxanne & Britttany

Roxanne & Britttany

Roxanne & Sara

Roxanne & Sara

Roxanne & Me cruisin'

Roxanne & Me cruisin’

WATCH-OUT DISNEYLAND: Mellen is heading your way

Disneyland Here Comes Mellen

Excited about another ‘been there, done that‘ and this time it’s gonna be Disneyland!  I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting that park nor Anaheim.

Although I’ll be working an education conference, my evenings after 6-7 will be free.  I’ve purchased 2-Twilight Passes (4-hour visits) and am READY to ‘do’ Disney all I can.

Any of y’all from that area who may want to hook-up between 10/4 – 10/8/2014 (I fly-out afternoon of the 8th though), hit me up here w/a message, or via FaceBook, or simplymellen@live.com as I’D LOVE TO SEE YA and have someone who knows Disney show me Disney!  :-)

Super excited!

Hugs & happy hunting …

Mellen

PS:   Hmm, now to see if there are any reports of ‘unexplained’ activity at Disneyland – tis the para-chick in me.  :-)

Avon High School’s 2014 Lip Dup: Proud Parent Moment

They won all the money for Riley’s Children’s Hospital!

Although my son cannot be seen:  when Justin Timberlake’s ‘Suit & Tie’ starts (around the 4:20 mark).  You’ll see 3 seniors dancing in their (show choir) white & black suits when in the background 2 boys are tossed into the air as a ballet dancer would be.  MY SON IS ONE WHO IS TOSSING ONE OF THE BOYS UP!

I’m VERY proud of not only the Avon High School Student Council for arranging this VERY detailed filming but also of the ENTIRE AHS’ student body for doing such a WONDERFUL job!  It was filmed in one LONG take … while the students HAD to remain silent (a feat in its own right).  *CLAP CLAP CLAP*

Not only has the LOCAL news stations covered this work-of-art BUT I hear that it’s going national (ABC).

I’m awful adding links to videos here, so here’s the link you’ll have to cut&paste though jumping you to Perez Hilton’s website where he gives a glowing accolade in our regard AND links you to the LipDup (which lives on YouTube):

http://perezhilton.com/perezitos/2014-04-16-avon-high-school-epic-lip-dub-helps-children-hospital .
Hugs & Happy Hunting …

Mellen