I’ve recently developed an interest in the paranormal. I’m not sure what brought it on. I may have learned about a podcast called Astonishing Legends while listening to Paul F. Tompkins’ SPONTANEANATION. I binged-listened Astonishing Legends and found out about Jim Harold’s Paranormal Podcast which led me to Jim Harold’s Campfire. There’s another good one I’ve been listening to called The Anything Ghost Show. Astonishing Legends is a heavily researched show. They talk about legendary hauntings like that of the Greyfriars Kirkyard, unexplained mysteries like the deaths of the Dyatlov Pass hikers, and strange creatures like the Mothman. The show covers the paranormal as well as more earthly legends. I’ve found that I prefer the paranormal.
I’m especially smitten with The Anything Ghost Show. It features stories of real people who have experienced the paranormal or the supernatural. I’ve always believed in the possibility of ghosts and an afterlife. Now I’m convinced, and I can’t get enough of these stories. Like it says on Fox Mulder’s poster, “I want to believe.”
One thing I often wonder is where my late mother is? I see her in dreams sometimes, but in the dreams, we tend not to get along, or she actually doesn’t like me. I totally believe that many of my dreams have meaning, and that they are my connection to other realms. I think the universe that we know is not the only one, and that this existence is infinite. You and I are more powerful than we think, and reality is more complicated than we realize.
So, these ghost stories make me wonder why my mother isn’t haunting me? Is she somewhere looking after me, or does she think that I have the resources to make it on my own? I sound crazy now, but I’m enjoying myself.This new interest of mine is bound to come in handy for writing fiction. I think I’ll stick with it for a while.
I’ve been inspired by Elise Blaha. She blogs here. I found out about her from Somerset Studio’s Artful Blogging magazine (Feb/Mar/Apr 2012 issue). Elise blogs about crafting, food, gardening, goal setting, love, and life (and lots of other things). I liked her 26 Favorite Things post so much that I thought I’d do something similar but break it up into several posts.
1) Audio Theatre
I love listening to audio-books and podcasts. I’ll even listen to, rather than watch tv. A few years ago I discovered Decoder Ring Theatre. The group is based in Canada (Toronto, I think), and produce new programs in the style of old-time-radio. Their ongoing series, Tales of the Red Panda is about a masked hero and his sidekick who fight crime and the forces of evil in 1930s and 40s Toronto. Another series, Black Jack Justice, features two noir-style 1950s private detectives. The shows air on some radio stations but are available in podcast format from the DRT website or iTunes. I’ve also been listening to Icebox Radio Theater. Based in International Falls, Minnesota, this group produces new audio plays about that region of the country. Find this podcast on the Icebox website or on iTunes
Others I listen to are Texas Radio Theater and BBC Drama of the Week.
2) Other podcasts
I’ve been really digging Wrestling with Depression, a show hosted by stand-up comedian and professional wrestling enthusiast Marty DeRosa. He interviews other comedians about how they deal with depression and other mental health issues. I like listening to the show because I feel I’m getting to know some people that I would never get to encounter in real life. It’s refreshing to hear people talk honestly about themselves. Kind of makes me want to try stand-up comedy myself.
Another one I like a lot is Risk!. This one is all about storytelling. Some stories are funny, some are sad, but they’re all entertaining. If you don’t mind explicit language, I recommend you check it out on the Risk! website or iTunes.
I am really loving Pinterest! When it first came out I didn’t quite get it, but now I’m hooked on pinning. There was some initial question about whether pinning pictures you don’t own on Pinterest was legal (I guess there still is some question), so I started pinning images from the Flickr Commons. I like creating categories and finding images to fit them. Hopefully I’m helping people make more sense of the vast amount of information available on the web. I do think I’m helping to uncover some of the photographic treasures that live in the public domain.
So far my likes are very Internet dependent. Maybe I can come up with some less digital likes next time.