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 …



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 … :)


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!


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 …

*:  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’s Halloween ‘Fun’: Ohio State Reformatory

With its towering, stone façade and secure iron-gated sprawling grounds, the Ohio State Reformatory leaves no room for any imaginative thoughts by passersby debating if it’s a host to a rich history – a history well over a century old, echoes resounding down its now deserted depilated halls. This chataeuesque structure’s renowned reputation reached far from the small town of Mansfield, Ohio where it stands as movie producers and powers-that-be multiple times recognized its beauty and used the site to film such movies as, ‘Shawshank Redemption’ and ‘Air Force One’. The remnants left behind along-the-way aren’t just movie props and pieces of misfit, forgotten furniture but also reverberations of memories seared in time as well as ‘feelings’ from prisoners, workers, and victims who passed thru the halls years and years ago! A history filled with the usual that comes from caging the most heinous-of-criminals, but added are suicides, successful escapes that lead to the murder of a group of people in a nearby cornfield, a warden’s wife ‘accidentally’ dying from a single gun shot to her head deemed an accident blaming a shelf in the closet despite rumor had told a totally different story.

But the Ohio State Reformatory wasn’t only just a state-of-art, uniquely architectural marvel for the 1890s with a history; its the ideals of those who lead the prison toward reformation which made it stand out in its community. Their unique, fresh approach MAY be what now drives thousands to the prison paying simply to stay beneath its roof for one night over a century later.

What was this prison designed around – spiritual reformation.

The staff was taught – spiritual reformation.

The building was built to accommodate – spiritual reformation; with an ornate chapel built inside within its walls. Officials mandated all inmates were to worship regularly, ALL inmates!

Was it this approach, forced spiritual reformation, which has possibly opened portals within these walls, doors to the paranormal? Well, they not only built a spiritual temple but forced the most vile to ‘worship’ at its alter! Sounds toxic to this chick!

Yep, I’ll confess, I’ve paid to visit this site on numerous occasions as to investigate and NEVER have I left disappointed or empty-handed either. The EVP from this place – off the charts!

Each time I visited we had to check-in and quickly were taken on a quick tour of the magnanimous structure for sun went down, so did all of the lighting. There are endless walls peeling their paint, cells in disarray, floors showered with debris and droppings from years of wear & tear. Almost every barred window has had their glass shattered out. [proof that when this prison closed its doors in the 1990s, it did just that – closed the doors and no one ever looked back!]

When the tour is over, you’ve freedom to roam the halls until sun-up.

First stop, the chapel: now a shell of its former self, yet has deemed to be a hot spot for paranormal activity.

EVP from the Chapel: “the bathroom” (version slightly altered)

EVP from the THE CHAPEL: “the bathroom” (VERY slowed down)<

EVP from the THE CHAPEL: “criminal” (unaltered)

Next stop, through the halls and into the ‘Hole’ as to sit alone for an hour with a candle lit sitting in the cell where a cellmate once committed suicide by dowsing himself with paint thinner and igniting himself with a match.

EVP from THE SOLITARY, aka HOLE: “flash burn” (slightly altered)

Off to my last and favorite spot, the Warden’s quarters – not simply because it’s a MAJOR hot spot for paranormal activity but also because it was one of the few spots renovated for the filming.

EVP from THE WARDEN’S QUARTERS: “to see the warden” (unaltered)

Oh and if you you dare visit, remember bats use radar so when one comes flying straight at you, DON’T MOVE AN INCH!






Hugs & happy hunting …



P.S.:  Initially posted in October 26, 2011 – bumping-up.

Para-Community sicknesses: could it be easily explained by …. ?

It has been bothering me the past few years how so many people in the para-industry have been either struck down by injury, grown seriously ill, or literally passed-on!  Most of those in the paranormal who investigate paranormal activity are fairly young – statistically it just doesn’t seem normal!  Nor does it when considering the para-community’s size when counting the heart attacks, cancers, strokes, maniac depression, life threatening illnesses, even suicides!

So why is that – paranormal related or is it simply cases of happenstance?

Those are the first things that used to cross through my mind; however, that stopped after I attended the lecture given by David Rountree during the 2013 Mid-South Paranormal Convention.

I’m not quite the scientist Mr. Rountree is so bear with me and my vague terms.  [or feel free to do a simple internet search; I’m sure Mr. Rountree has many sites expressing his testing techniques.]

My Rountree spoke of how all sorts of invisible fields – magnetic, micro, nuclear, radioactive – are being detected and measured during paranormal happenings.  How these levels come together with emissions of-the-charts during a ‘para experience’. 

Although he left his findings there, as his point is to prove more than just generic ‘energy’ is detected during a ‘haunting’, which he made quite convincingly; however, he fueled my mind!  I couldn’t help but stray to those memories of para-friends who’ve been stricken down by a stroke, cancer, burying a friend from a heart attack or even the suicide of my brother!

What if many of these ailments we are witnessing within the para-community are happenings from the fact that we go looking for activity therefore each time are exposing our beings to dangerous levels of toxins well known as harmful to the human body?!

Even my brother committing suicide BUT he did so in a home that was notoriously haunted so much so, finding a baby sitter proved to be a daunting task.  Same home where the renter who lived just prior grew ill within weeks of moving in, increasing so to the point they passed-on just prior to signing a second year’s lease!  Same home where I lived when actively ghost hunting and possibly bringing home unseen ‘friends’!  Coincidences?  Maybe but remember, always keep an open mind!

Not that we didn’t have good reason to worry considering the amount of para-peeps afflicted; now, maybe this gives us tangible reason to truly be afraid!  And, the more we’re going out ‘in search of’ and then find, the more danger we’re putting ourselves in!  

I also worry for those who DON’T go looking yet are struggling to cope with para-activity in their homes – and what they are being exposed to daily!

See, Mr. Rountree didn’t realize his detecting disturbance within the immediate atmosphere during para activity didn’t stop there; for me, his lecture opened yet another Pandora’s Box!

Another reason why – maybe we should NOT being doing this as it’s not ‘just’ a hobby!


Hugs & happy hunting …


I saw the signs & they’ve opened-up my eyes!

Do you believe in signs?

I do!

Most, if not all, appear when you’re NOT asking but on your mind is a thought or worry or wonderment.

Today would’ve been my sister’s 55th birthday but she was ripped away from us 6-years ago.  All day I was convincing myself to ‘let her go’ but tis easier said than done for she was VERY close to my sons, especially my oldest – he was her ‘Valentine’.  And it wouldn’t be a family get-together without a sign of her presence.  Oh we’ve seen the oddest-of-signs from her name on a cheerleading jersey en route to canoeing, her name on the back of a person’s t-shirt at my son’s birthday dinner, or her nickname (‘Aunt Ahhh’) appearing on stores signs, commercial ads or mostly license plates.  Heck, just yesterday as my son and I were getting his college schedule and picking-out his books we returned to find a car parked next to mine with the license plate of ‘Ah’.   (even made my son pause and smile)

Last night as I tried to sleep I was awakened every 2-hours like clock work by a ‘kiss’ on my cheek.  Literally, like what you’d assume an ‘angel’ kiss would feel like but not as light.  At first I thought our dog had decided to give me an unusual good night kiss but I quickly stirred to find nothing there so I went back to sleep.  Then two-hours later it happened again – nothing there, back to sleep.  Then again two-hours later, nothing there, back to sleep!  Continued until I finally gave-up and stayed up.  Not citing this was proof of the paranormal but at this point in my life I’ve nothing to prove to anyone so I am citing I’m certain my sister or something of good nature was toying with me to help me through this tough day!  (and it did for even now, writing about it, has me smiling even now)

Also, as the day progressed and while my mind was on things such as laundry, lunch, work, I’d glance over to catch the time.  EVERY SINGLE TIME I was drawn to the clock was when numbers that are supposed to mean something were appearing – in other words, they’re considered signs to believers.

Snagging from one of my favorite ‘numbers & their spiritual meanings’ website (  :

222:  This is a sign of confirmation that you are on the right path, doing the right thing and going in the right direction.  Continue with this train of thought.

234:  If you are repeatedly seeing ascending number sequences such as 1234, this is a sign from your Spirit Guides that these are progressive thoughts.  You will see this sign when thinking about an area of your life that you are concerned about and want to change, or thinking about a particular subject.  Seeing this number sequence immediately after these thoughts is a sign that your thoughts are progressive; your life will progress by following these thoughts and you will have your Spirit Guides support in its pursuit.

333:  This sign indicates that your Spirit Guides agree with your thoughts and feelings and could be interpreted as a Cosmic ‘Yes!’ to questions you have asked or ideas you may have.

555:  When you see this sign a life changing thought or event has just occurred. You may not like it, or you may. Whatever the case your Spirit Guides are notifying you that a change in your life path direction has just occurred and it is time for you to change too.  Move with it, follow these thoughts.

Although I had a few moments, overall the day was an easier one than her past 5 birthdays.

With all of today’s signs & last night’s ‘kisses’, I believe Roxanne AND my spirit guides want me to let her go, accept she’s no longer in human form but she’s around me.  No, I’VE NO DOUBT because signs don’t lie!


Hugs & happy hunting …



Emotional Rollercoaster: Another what if, just what if?

I lie in bed, yet sleep escapes me.  My mind I cannot stop.  It’s filled with worry, wonderment, and fear.  My heart divided.  It’s been so long since I last penned an entry in this series – I guess I haven’t ‘survived’ suicide just yet!

Changes are occurring that are beyond my control!

Monday the home where my brother hung himself, the home where he spoke to me from ‘beyond the grave’ mentioning me by name as if reaching-out to me for help a mere few hours after his death, now the home where almost 2-years later he still speaks as if reaching out to me, this home will be sold.  I will never have access to it again.  No chance to ‘talk’.  No chance to say more good-byes.  A ‘finale’ so to speak!

Although my latest taping session from within the home was not but a day ago, a mere 11:11-minutes in length was all it took for within the first 1:06 of those minutes, once again a voice can be heard speaking his name, “Robbie”!

Why am I worried, in wonderment yet in fear?

Worry – worry for my brother whose soul may be ‘trapped’ within that small one-car garage and think how long ‘eternity’ is!

Wonderment – wondering as a Christian I MUST help him!  I’ve never been a fan of ‘spiritual house cleansing’ for to be ‘left behind’ was a divine decision was my excuse – and what am I but a simple human, tis no match to undermine a divine decision.  Yet I pause and remind myself how perfect God is and how much faith I have in Him!  How, I know, He would not ever allow something to be!  God would not give us the power-of-prayer if He did not want us to assist ‘lost souls’ in need.  Right?

Fear – fearing the ‘what ifs’.  What if … I’m wrong and whoever is speaking to my recorder is NOT my brother?  What if … I’m wrong and God is testing our faith by giving us the means but hoping we choose to not?  What if … my brother’s spirit is there and I put it in more jeopardy?  What if … I’m right, where then will my brother’s soul go?

Yet my BIGGEST fear is … the idea of my doing nothing!

I have already arranged for a reputable paranormal group to come into the home in the next few days.  *Stay tuned*

Hey!  Hug your loved ones!  TRUST ME – you NEVER know when they could be ripped away from you in a split second!


Hugs & happy hunting …