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The Roses and Thorns of Life

First, update from yesterday……
My car brake line had a hole……lost my brake fluid, and had only my front brakes.
When my husband went to retrieve the car at my daughter’s home, a large screw had flattened a tire. On the way home, the alternator went. So, my inner voice REALLY had something to tell me……….

On a more humorous note, since last week, my evening TV time has been interrupted by a momentary black flash across the screen. I thought it was a moth…..no MOTHRA…this big thing leaped out and by the time I fumbled with the lamp switch….it was gone.
I think it was taunting me…….waiting for the precise moment to say….”HEY THERE,” …then vanish……
Each night I fought with my senses trying to decide if I really was seeing things…….
Then, morning before last, my husband said……
I was walking in the kitchen last evening and something…

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This wisp appeared to me at a tree in the Grove, the next moment it had vanished.

This wisp appeared to me at a tree in the Grove, the next moment it had vanished.

When I first came to Gettysburg, I went on one of the popular ghost walks around the town. Our guide was period dressed as a Civil War soldier, and seemed quite knowledgeable. We took a midnight tour by lantern light through streets and wooded areas as he told us ghostly stories. One particular story has stayed with me. I have tried to research more about in online but come up empty.
That is the case with some stories around Gettysburg. People have all had unusual experiences……some believe in the Paranormal and wish to talk about experiences, some do not wish to open their minds to this possibility and keep things to themselves.
If you visit Gettysburg, ask the shopkeepers, ask the waitresses, ask the people working and living in town if they have ever encountered something strange. Some will be happy to share, some will snicker at the mention of “ghosthunting”…….
But, if you walk away with one personal story, it will be worth the snickers.I have had quite a few unusual things happen to me; one day, I hope to document them in a book about Gettysburg and the Paranormal. I am not talking Amityville Horror type episodes, but the unexplainable day to day moments that many Gettysburg residents call normal.
Here is the tour guide’s story as well as I can remember it. It concerns one of the most haunted pieces of land in Gettysburg, called the Grove. I have gotten many strange photos at the Grove. It was the scene of horrific battle. When ammunition was depleted, soldiers took to battling with the dismembered arms and legs of fallen comrades.
Now, Gettysburg Middle School, stands on part of this plot of ground. There have been stories of strange occurrences at the school. This one fascinates me most. Land holds energy of what occurred on it; the battle is over, but the energy remains.

It was an important test day for one of the classrooms at the Middle School. Quietly immersed in their test papers, the students came face to face with the image of a Civil War Soldier who burst in through the back wall, ran up the classroom aisle, then disappeared through a front wall…….
The teacher announced……the test is done. Class is finished today.
Was this a wrinkle in time…was this the apparition of a soldier imprinted in time…..was this a ghost………I do not know.

There are many similar stories…..I find them all equally fascinating.
What do you think?
I think those students should have all received a passing grade…that’s for sure…….

Namaste,
Shirl

The Roses and Thorns of Life

A Pennsylvania court has recently decided that the past of a home, no matter how gruesome, need not legally be revealed to a potential buyer……..
I worked as a Realtor for many years……thankfully, not so many years as a number of Realtors I knew. These people knew the ins and outs of homes, the gossips and the actual details of unsavory events that happened generations back.
Each town has their selection of haunted homes, or homes where crimes occurred.
I never was met with such a moral dilemma…….I have felt negative energy in homes. All homes, if of a certain age, have had negative energy. Homes filled with anger and arguments and divorce can harbor negative energy in the walls. There are haunted homes,…. homes where untimely or violent deaths have left an indelible impression on the very walls …..
When you go to purchase a home……do a little…

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