Since the dawn of humanity on planet Earth animals have been our constant companions. They have been our muse, our rivals for scarce resources and a source of cheap labor. Far too often they have been dismissed as being “just an animal” and thought to not have unique personalities and human-like emotions but this week’s guest strongly disagrees. Linda Bender, DVM has written a book called “Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals” which touches on topics like how children the world over view animals, animal spirit guides, precognition of future events, what we can learn from shelter animals, views on the dying process and best practices for animal communication. Paranews includes stories of more creepy clowns, scary lullabies, our weekly Melliescopes and more!!
- NJ State Police Warn of Creepy Clown Sightings
- North Korea Bans Sarcasm
- Why Are So Many Lullabies Also Murder Ballads?
I’ve been in a fog since this morning.
After what happened yesterday, Charlie barely spoke a word. He broke his silence earlier when he woke me up just before the sun had a chance to rise. We walked down the road a bit so no one could hear us.
“Promise me something,” he said. “Promise me you won’t let that happen to me.”
It seemed innocent and simple enough.
Anyone else would think he meant: “Protect me. Watch my back. Keep your eyes open.”
But no one knows my brother like I do. I knew what he meant, and I made him promise me the same thing. Only I made him promise to never let it get that far.
I made him promise to end it before it even started.Read More
As if we haven’t lost enough.
As if these people haven’t lost enough. We may have only just met, but people can become dangerously close when their lives are on the line and they have to rely on one another for survival.
Shaun was bitten today. Maybe bitten is the wrong word. It’s more like he was eaten. We were all asleep in what we thought was a safe place. It was the middle of the day. We hadn’t seen a biter for miles. This shouldn’t have happened.
We woke to him crying for help. His cries became screams. His screams became gurgles. And then his gurgles became silence. Drew, my dad, Charlie, and Will tried to fight them off while Daniel and I stood by Michelle, Mia, and Jen, but the fight was pointless. We knew he was gone as soon as the screaming stopped. But the biters still had to be dealt with.
My dad and Drew are now off somewhere in the woods, away from everyone, burying Shaun’s remains while Will and Daniel are disposing of the rotten corpses that just claimed another innocent life.
I’m sitting next to Charlie, an odd silence hanging between us. He wants to say something but he won’t, or he can’t.
I think he’s trying not to cry.
Over the past 10 days I’ve learned a lot about our new group.
Michelle is (potentially was) a mother of three; she hasn’t seen her children since day one, but she’s hopeful they’re with their father somewhere safe. The rest of the group has tried to keep her spirits up, but we all know what she’s too afraid to admit.
Drew and his youngest son, Shaun, have lost everyone they hold near and dear to their hearts – amazingly not from being bitten and devoured, but from a blowout. They were driving away from their home after everything was destroyed when the front tire burst in the middle of the highway. Drew lost control of the car. It flipped. The end. “I knew I packed too much,” is all he said.
William, the man who saved me oh so many nights ago, also lost his family. It was just him and his wife, Paige, but Will had a feeling his wife was pregnant with their child when she decided to take her own life. She had be muttering for a few days about how this world was no place for a child, and she kept apologizing that she wasn’t able to give him a family sooner. He told her countless times that she was the only family he needed, but in the end it wasn’t enough for her. “Probably better this way,” he said one night. “I wouldn’t want her to see the person I’ve become.”
Mia and her daughter, Jen – not Jennifer, not Jenny, just Jen – have made it this far by sheer dumb luck, they say. Judging by their still perfectly manicured nails I would assume that they’ve been getting others to fight their battles for them. Normally I hate to make assumptions about people, but these two are the cleanest people I’ve seen in nearly three months. Mia’s also been trying to get a little too close to my father for my – and Charlie’s – liking. I know there are more important things to worry about, like finding food and clean water, but the things that bothered us before this whole fiasco started still bother us now. The world may have changed, but people – for the most part – haven’t.
I’m thankful my dad doesn’t seem to be feeding too much into Mia, though. I think he knows that, in this world, there isn’t much of a point in trying to start anything new.
We’re barely holding on to what we already have.Read More
Thin, wispy bodies, oversized heads, huge black bug eyes…….little grey men have been a cliché in UFO lore, popularized in TV and film for decades dating back to the 1950’s. But for as much as they are a pop culture icon we know very little about their methods and, more importantly, their motivations. This week Jordan Hofer & David Barker, authors of “Little Grey Bastards: The Incessant Alien Presence” stop by to talk about their research into abduction cases, similarities across various UFO sightings worldwide, the possibility of an ongoing alien/human hybrid program, the potential downside to government disclosure and more in a wide ranging discussion. Paranews stories include a lost probe found again, an Alabama couple fights to keep their goat baby, the upside to bad mushroom trips and more!!
The idea of witch hunts conjures up images of medieval European villages, mobs with torches and wild accusations from hysterical children in Salem, MA. What’s not often thought of is bucolic southeastern Pennsylvania farming communities but Shane Free’s film “Hex Hollow: Witchcraft and Murder in Pennsylvania” might change that. Shane stops by this week to talk about his documentary that centers on the widespread use of pow-wowing, a form of German folk witchcraft, and the early 20th century murder of pow-wow practitioner Nelson Rehmeyer by three local youths who thought the man had cursed them. Paranews includes stories of a the man that couldn’t be murdered, strange signals from space, creepy clowns in South Carolina and more!
(You can also catch this week’s guest, Shane Free doing his own podcast called Movies with Mom where he and…..you guessed it….his mother review a wide range of classic and contemporary films. Check out the link below in the show notes and look for Movies with Mom on iTunes/Google Play)
Your car won’t start. The kids glued your entire collection of Lost DVD’s together while you were cleaning up after the dog who decided to go on a kamikaze mission in a kitchen trash can. That bill you thought wasn’t due till the end of the month shows up in the mail…….weeks overdue and payable immediately. We’ve all had those days when literally nothing goes right. This week’s guest Eden Kantrowitz says that if we just breathe, take a step back and re-adjust our attitude good things and better days will follow. Eden is owner/operator of A Moment of Zen, a shop that doubles as an oasis of calm in Salem, NJ that specializes in “expanding peace, love and consciousness”. A Moment of Zen runs workshops on everything from mediation to the power of healing crystals and is guided in large part by the philosophy learned in the lessons of Abraham Hicks, a collection of channeled non-corporeal entities teaching life lessons from the Other Side. Paranews includes stories of a zombie-like attack in Florida, England’s most violent poltergeist…….a recap of last weekend’s Monster-Mania Con in Cherry Hill, NJ and more!!
Creatures from another world, 50 foot tall radioactive spiders, giant killer trees, vampires, werewolves and more…..from the 1930s through the 1970s the “monster movie” was a staple of American cinema. This week we talk with Don & Vicki Smeraldi, publishers of Scary Monsters Magazine, a throwback to yesteryear with stories highlighting every manner of rubber suited monstrosity to plod its way across the silver screen. Our wide ranging discussion touches on the origins of horror cinema during the Great Depression, the psychological aspect of Japanese kaiju films, how TV shows like Twilight Zone and Dark Shadows influenced 21st century fright flicks and more. Paranews includes stories of Russian ice creatures….a risqué take on the weekly horoscopes and what is simply one of the most amazing tales of enduring love and connection from the afterlife that you will ever hear from our own Mellie DeVault.
For most people the term witch conjures up images of broomsticks, black cats, roiling pots of mysterious potions and, of course, hysteria in a sleepy little town of Salem, MA many moons ago. But this week’s guest, Brandy McNiss, is here to dispel those old clichés. A practicing Wiccan, Brandy describes how those old negative connotations got started and explains that the modern day witch…..or Wiccan……is about love, peace and connecting with the natural world in a positive way. We also discuss a new documentary called The Simulation Hypothesis that calls into question the very nature of reality and then goes on to back up the claims with scientific methods. Paranews includes stories of Goldie Hawn’s Ouija board experience, creepy clowns in Packer country and more……including a mysterious guitar playing ghost in studio during the show!!