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A couple of weeks ago, I was having a rather sleepless night and lay in bed with my eyes closed, lying on my back.

I heard what sounded like an exhalation……………like a sigh one makes when letting all the air out one’s lungs.

Suddenly, I felt a breeze blow across my face……completely covering my face, and then, suddenly, it was gone.  It wasn’t unpleasant, it was like a summer wind blowing or a breeze coming through an open window.

Many times, my better half is lying pretty close to my face, and sometimes his snoring breath gets too close to my mouth.

I opened my eyes and was just about to chastise him for breathing on me again, when I saw he was turned completely opposite, his back towards me.

He wasn’t sleeping either.   I asked, “Did you just turn, were you facing me a minute ago, and did you just breathe on me?”

“No,” he said.   “Did you hear anything, a sigh, like somebody breathing out?”   “No,” he answered.

It was a pretty chilly night, there was no fan, no air condition, no heater in the room either.   The windows were all closed, there was no source of moving air anywhere………except from the mouth of a ghost.

Why this spirit decided to just blow over my face, I do not know.   Needless to say, the rest of my night was sleepless.   I have not been visited by him or her since.   But then again, visits come when you least expect them.

I have many strange things happen to me at my farmhouse.   My first night there, many spirits came to visit.   I write of them in my book, “The Returning Ones, a Medium’s Memoirs.”    Most things now happen in broad daylight.   Ghosts don’t have to show up in the dark; you can find them in the day as well.

Have a Haunted Halloween,

Shirl   Book cover The Returning Ones

One of the most active places for me in Gettysburg is the Grove.  The Grove is the wooded grounds surrounding the Gettysburg Middle School.  There are stories of encounters in these woods,  of a little girl who looks innocent until you get close enough to see her glowing eyes…….of Soldiers wandering about above graves

where their war torn bodies were hurriedly buried.

Fighting at the Grove was so savage that weaponry became the dismembered limbs of dead soldiers, swung at the enemy when there was nothing left to fight each other with that day.

I constantly get orbs at the Grove, the trees there are especially “haunted”……..

One evening, while photographing the trees, in a matter of seconds, my camera found only darkness, then a peculiar ghostly shaped wisp, then nothingness again.  This is perhaps my favorite paranormal photo, I think the little wisp even has a little curly headed ghostly “do.” 

There are many stories of encounters and sightings at the Grove.   A guide once told me of a classroom in the Middle School busily taking an exam when the image of a soldier ran through the room and into the opposite wall.  He said the exam was cancelled for the day…….I would imagine no one felt like taking a test after that.

Whenever you build upon tainted ground, the energy remains and “moves into” the new foundation, the walls, the classrooms.   When you visit Gettysburg, be sure to stop at the Middle School.  You can see it from Baltimore Street.  Walk through the woods at night, if you dare.  I can tell you there is one spirit there with a negative energy; it followed me back to my room one night……..But that is another story, for another blog post.



History and the Paranormal, the two reasons people are drawn to Gettysburg. 

Sometimes the two combine; sometimes the lines of division are very pronounced.

I feel those lines; I feel them among those I meet in Gettysburg.  Friends who know the  Paranormal work I do, and accept and have interest when with me; but hide that acceptance and interest when in a different circle of acquaintances.

I’d be lying if I said it didn’t affect me; but I have come to accept that this is simply the way it is in Gettysburg.   

I think combining the two makes for the best of both worlds;  learning the true historical events only makes the strange paranormal occurrences all the more meaningful.   I have led paranormal tours and spoken about paranormal events, and held a seance in the historic Farnsworth House.  I treat any energies of those that still linger in Gettysburg with the utmost respect and honor; they were there first, they lived, and died on this land long before I made my home upon its grounds. 

The most important thing is reverence.  Whether you walk the battlefields strictly because of history, or walk the battlefields hoping to seek out a paranormal encounter, what matters most is your respect for this hallowed ground.  Having an open mind to experience both at the same time makes for the best of both worlds in my mind.

If you come to Gettysburg looking for ghosts, you might not find them.   But many who come, do encounter some unexplainable incident that leaves a lasting impression and a longing to return.

Pictured is my favorite ghost photograph.  I took this at the Grove, a very haunted ground where men fought valiantly and died.  One minute, the tree was clear, the next, this wisp appeared, only to vanish again.