Ghostly Sighs in Cemteries

I don’t know if ghosts hang around cemeteries. I would think not. If you were deceased, there would be better places you could spend your time, if you were hanging around. But this illustration caught my attention today. Maybe a ghost would be sad, just about being not alive and not feel like being among the living. There have been stories about jealous ghosts, those jealous of the living. Not for any particular thing just the fact of being alive at all. So, ghosts might hang around cemeteries and graveyards. Maybe they would find friends there, those they had known before and those who they have things in common with now.

Image from The Gorgonist on Etsy.

Doppelgangers and Seeing Yourself Reflected in the Mirror

Hearing about doppelgangers (someone who looks like you, a twin stranger) is less creepy than it would have been long ago. There are so many more people on the planet now, it doesn’t seem so dramatic to see someone else who looks like you. I’ve been more creeped out looking at myself in the mirror. No wonder there are so many superstitions about mirrors, photographs and seeing your reflection in a window or a pool of water. Really seeing yourself is a bit weird.

It helps to be doing something and not focused on looking at yourself. We don’t really look at ourselves while using the mirror to put in eye drops, add cosmetics, or shave. It’s when you stop. There is that reflection, it moves when you move, it looks right back at you. Animals get very spooked by seeing themselves in mirrors. I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

Take a real look at yourself in a mirror, or some other reflection. Store windows are good because you can see more than just your face. Seeing your whole self is eerie when you stop and really think about it. At that point, alone, do you dare test some of the old superstitions? Repeating a name in front of a mirror, challenging a ghost, demon or something to appear. Trying to look just over your shoulder, or from the corner or your eye to catch something hidden or lurking there. Could that quiet mirror be some kind of portal to another realm, just waiting for the right person to step closer, reach out and touch it. Why rock that boat. Just check your face, quickly, and move along.

Could Ontario Have Lake Monsters?

Few people haven’t heard and considered an opinion about the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland. So far there isn’t any concrete evidence, not enough that I fully believe there is something in that very deep lake. But, I don’t not believe either. After all, why couldn’t there be something not yet found or not yet proved.

What about all the lakes in Ontario? What might be in those lakes, other than the usual fish and plant life.

Fast forward a couple of years to 2010. Brian Smith of Indiana was in Olcott filming the Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament Series for his program “Angling the Great Lakes.” After filming out of Wilson and Olcott, it was time to relax at the cabin he was staying at in Olcott. It was going to be a beautiful sunset as he sipped on a beverage in the back yard, next to the lake. There was no wind. As he looked to the north, he could see a small wake being made by something in the water. He spotted a serpent-like head sticking up with a long body trailing as it maneuvered through the water. Whatever it was, it was more than 10 feet in length. It took a moment to register as he wondered what the heck it was. …

As he told the story while visiting with communities along the lake, there was one secondhand account that was told when he was in Oswego. Apparently, there was a diver who was inspecting large water intakes off a power plant there – a task that must be performed regularly. On one inspection, the diver witnessed something too scary to describe. A huge creature that startled him and created a personal panic. He vowed never to enter the waters of Lake Ontario again with his scuba gear on.Could there be unexplained animals lurking in Lake Ontario? It does have direct access to the ocean through the St. Lawrence Seaway and through the Hudson River and the Erie Canal.

Source: What lurks beneath the waters of Lake Ontario? – Outdoornews

Paranormal is not Horror

If you look for images of “paranormal” online you will find a lot of women (very biased!) in situations likely causing horrible and gruesome deaths. That isn’t what paranormal is to me. Its not even what the horror genre is to me. Horror should be far more interesting and the paranormal is far more unusual and unexplained than bloody.

The first, or earliest, paranormal thing I remember reading did horrify me. It was about a little girl in the schoolyard who suddenly became suspended in mid-air. Then she was smashed down to the ground. It would be typical of most paranormal/horror movies. But, there was speculation about what could have caused this to happen and if it were real. So, yes, there was the fear of something like this happening but also the curiousity of why and how it happened.

Since then I’ve read about so many other paranormal, unexplained and mysterious things. I think unexplained is a better name because paranormal has been taken over by horror fans.