"I Hear Dead People"
I am fascinated with the field of paranormal
science. It intrigued me long before all the
ghost-hunting shows made it the cool thing to do.
Everybody is a paranormal investigator these days.
Watch out man, I'm a ghostbuster... ummm..ok
Those who claim ALL pictures of dust, breath and
reflections to be paranormal phenomena are referred
to as "dust-chasers" in some of the paranormal
community. These investigators seem to capture
loads of "evidence" at every location. And some
of it is probably genuine.
Some insist that everything is a face. This is
called "matrixing" where our mind puts together
pieces to make sense, like finding a face on the
moon or Jesus on buttered toast. Or maybe
sometimes it really is a spirit manifesting. Dust
and moths can appear as orbs in photos. This can be
confusing when attempting to photograph the real
thing (a ball of energy floating around). The
so-called psychics do a disservice to those who
have genuine psychic abilities when they go around
claiming to be talking to Elvis or Michael Jackson
to bring attention (and money) to themselves.
Then there are skeptics (like us) who look for
scientific evidence. No matter how cool a picture
might appear and how badly we would like it to be
paranormal, if we have a reason to suspect
otherwise we won't consider it seriously as
paranormal. Unfortunately, that may mean some real
evidence will likely be tossed out or thrown into
the category of "entertainment" instead of actual
evidence. And the majority of our investigations
turn up nothing; but it's the ones that do that
make it all worthwhile. Like, really really cool.
Hearing a voice actually speaking into my recorder
that I didn't hear at the time... that's just
The entertainment aspect of it all can be fun,
and as long as it's done with respect to any
spirits encountered I see nothing wrong. It may
even help present actual evidence in a way that's
easier to understand.
Photos of dust, bugs, breath, fog, raindrops,
reflections, dirty lenses, over-exposure, motion
blur, light play or even a hair or camera strap can
all appear paranormal.... but so could spirit
When exploring a scientific frontier, anything
©2012, Mary Lou
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Mary Lou St.
Lucas is a former stay-at-home mom who has
participated in custody and divorce-related support
groups. She often speaks out through impassioned
letters to local newspapers regarding issues
affecting quality of life for children and
families. She has experienced divorce, including
the heartbreaking decision to give up daily contact
with her two sons for what she believed was their
best interest at that time, as well as the societal
stigma attached to being a non-custodial mother.
She emphasizes the importance of kids having BOTH
parents in their lives on a regular basis, even if
the parents cannot or will not be married anymore.
She hopes other parents will see that there may be
alternatives to the standard custody arrangements,
depending on the individual situation. She writes
from her perspective of today instead of revisiting
and dwelling on the painful emotions of her past.
She strives to live a full life in spite of a
recent diagnosis of fibromyalgia, and believes a
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