Saturday, March 5, 2016

Lots of Tyler, Texas, Ghosts! Part One




I've had some serious ghost-hunting fun several times with George Jones of Jericho's Tours of Tyler, TX. A few weeks before Valentine's Day this year, George posted on Facebook about an overnight investigation on Saturday, February 13. Since it ran over into February 14, it was a legitimate Valentine's Day celebration.
Are any of y'all going to this? my friend, Karla Lang, posted to us. It didn't take long for three of us to respond a resounding YES. Since my friends and fellow crew members Sarah and Floyd Brigdon live here in Terrell, I was able to hitch a ride with them. And what a ride it was! The investigation, not the car ride.
Unfortunately, Karla wasn't able to go at the last minute. Also, somewhat unfortunately for the person who called me, we had a call from a homeowner a few days before the overnight. It was from a wonderful lady we had tried to help several times before and involved the only failure our team has experienced thus far. So we ended up going to Tyler a few hours before we were to meet George to spend some time with the lady. It's not something I can report on in the blog, due to confidentiality. I only mention it here because these homeowner cases don't always turn out to be easily solved. This one is still on-going.
George had kept the ghost hunt destination secret until we arrived in Tyler. We met some of his crew at a designated spot in downtown Tyler at 9 p.m. If you ever get to Texas, and for my friends who do live here, you need to visit downtown Tyler. There's some fascinating history and buildings there.
As to the tour with George, the first place we headed out to was the McClendon House, a historical old place built in 1878.


McClendon House
There's plenty of history on line about this wonderful old Victorian home (http://mcclendonhouse.net/history/), but three facts stood out for me.
One: Annie McClendon, the second owner, was very active in the women's suffragette movement, in addition to raising NINE children!
Two: The youngest of those children, Sarah, became a Washington, D.C. news journalist. Her career spanned Franklin Roosevelt to George W. Bush. I still remember seeing her in the audience of journalists at news conferences.
Sarah McClendon
Three: There is a room in the house that has no entrance! You can see it through a stairwell window, but no one can find anywhere at all to go into it. The owners don't want to tear down walls to examine this room, so for now, it stands as a house mystery touted on tours.
Yes, they do give tours. And yes, this house is haunted. I actually saw doors open on their own during our tour and felt more than one presence. The strongest was in the downstairs bathroom, located where we entered the house. I forgot my camera in the car, so I didn't take any photos myself. However, I was so fascinated with the history and the ghosts I sensed that I didn't miss it.
The next place George took us is an extremely haunted set of warehouses in Tyler. I had been there before, and proven to George that yes, I did communicate across the Veil. However, it may take me two more blogs to report on what happened this time! If you truly want a fascinating experience in the paranormal, contact George Jones at Jericho Tours of Tyler (http://toursoftyler.com/home).
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Behind the scenes in the writing world: I've been typing away, and Angela's been working away, also. I've actually finished a new short story, and when Angela gets things done on her end, I'll be giving this one away to everyone who signs up for my mailing list! I've been procrastinating building that list for far too long. Once it's done, you won't have to miss another new release from me, unless you forgot to open the newsletter I have Angela send out for me.
I'm not sure yet how we'll do it, but everyone already on the list will get a copy of this story, also. We may have to have y'all contact me so I can send it to you in whatever format you want. Angela's figuring that out.
The new short story is Thrall Bound, and it's one of my eclectic genre mixes. PK is the daughter of a Mage in a futuristic world, who encounters a vampire shapeshifter called Sammael.
Here's the gorgeous Angela Rogers cover and the gorgeous Sammael:

Now I'll get to work on the final tweaks (well, Angela will), and we'll see if we can have this ready for y'all and do another blog next week. See you then (hopefully).
Boo!
T. M.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Emergency Cleansing



Christmas Eve 2015 at the Simmons House
(I look almost small next to my men!)

"I think we might need to do cleanse my house again. Last night the kitchen kept getting mist in it. And just now one of my kitchen knives liberated itself from the knife block. Scared both me & Hannah."
Thus started our 2016 ghost activities. I got this note from Angela, early the morning of January 5. By 11 a.m., we were doing a cleansing at her house, although we had already crossed over the female ghost who was causing the problems as soon as I arrived.
Angela could sense the ghost, and I confirmed what she felt when I got there. It was a woman who had been trying to make contact, but her abilities weren't strong enough to come through clearly enough for Angela to understand what she wanted. What did she want? She wanted to cross over into the Light. Of course, Angela had a good talk with her before we led her into the Light.
"You didn't have to pull that knife thing on us to get our attention!" was one of the mildest things she said to the woman. We didn't allow her to hang around long enough to get her name or what had happened to her. A ghost like this one isn't one we care to get more familiar with.
The ghost had a little bit of trouble understanding how to go into the Light, and she was even a little leery after we showed her the golden pathway and the doorway. She was fearful of retribution, but she finally glided up the path. Like each and every ghost we've ever crossed over, she did remember to turn and say "Thank you" before she went through the door.
Which brings me to something I try to remember but procrastinate on far too much: Cleansing a home where you associate with that other dimension frequently, like mine, should be done a lot more frequently than I do it. I write about ghosts, I talk to ghosts, and I allow them to hang around here if they behave. At least until I do a serious crossover. There's not much difference in a serious crossover and an ordinary one, other than the fact that an ordinary one is like I just did a moment ago: While I'm busy with something else (writing this blog), I point out the doorway to the ghosts if I sense one or more here that might be looking for it. In a serious crossover, I usually make at least a brief contact with the ghost or ghosts and lead them outside, encouraging them to go and actually pointing to the doorway that's always open for them.
My regular readers will remember that Angela's house actually has a portal into the other dimension in it. Therefore, whenever a ghost manages to slip through into her actual house, we pay close attention. We also check that portal often to make sure it's still closed, since when it's open and active, it causes problems in the house, both physical and mental ones. This time, even though the portal was secure, we also put a new protection packet with the other items we keep there for blockage. We reconsecrate old protection packets and make up new ones periodically, which makes our materials stronger.
After we did Angela's house, we asked our friend Sarah Brigdon to join us and did a long-overdue cleansing on my house. Boy, could I feel the difference in the atmosphere! As active as I am in messing around in that other dimension, I should cleanse at least every six months. I think this time it's been at least a year, and the atmosphere was way too heavy. Now it's like a different house.
But yes, Howard is still here. He still refuses to cross over. Since he helps me maintain discipline around here whenever a new ghost shows up, I'll admit I enjoy his presence. Even when Howard intrudes on my concentration and materializes strongly enough to startle me, I usually only smile and shake my head. I love hearing Howard laugh when he "puts on over on me."
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The Holidays sort of whipped my butt this year. Do you think it's because I was approaching yet another birthday in my senior years? Hopefully, my discipline is back and I'll get things finished, like the short story I was working on for Halloween, the next Ghost Hunting Diary, and another Dead Man Mystery. Fingers flying!
My narrator, Shelley Lynn Johnson, has also started the last Dead Man Mystery, Dead Man Ohio. I have to hurry and get another one for her to read. I do truly enjoy listening to her bring my books to life.
I have a new great-niece who was born on my birthday, and I do hope to get away to see her sometime before she's walking. Welcome to the world, Victoria Mae Cantner.
My Best Birthday Present
 in 2016
Also, my sister Ann is coming for a visit with her little dog, L'il Bit. We're hoping L'il Bit and Dancer enjoy each other, rather than quibble over who is the most spoiled prima donna.
L'il Bit
 Ann is escaping the worst of the Minnesota winter and will return to the North country in May or June. She won't be too much of a distraction to my writing, except when we hit the "garbage" sales or take off to the casinos. I'll do my best to keep on track, though, and make 2016 a great year for new books.
Wishing all of y'all the wonders of love and peace in 2016.

Boo!
T. M.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Claiborne House, Part Two



Part Two, coming up! I didn't have to get on the ark here in Texas last week to escape the flooding. Sad news, though, on the number of people who died as they try to navigate flood waters over some of our roads. Please remember, folks, if you see high water on the road, you have no way to gauge how high it is or how fast it's running. So: Turn Around! Don't Drown!
Now we're back at Claiborne House, and although I don't see anything paranormal in this one, it's taken a few minutes before we had to pack up and head out.
Me, Aunt Belle, Ann, Jerry
But I'll also show you one that Jerry LeBlanc sent me. He and Ann said they sometimes find a footprint that appears to be from a baby or toddler on their kitchen floor. There are no leaks anywhere, so no reason for there to be a damp spot of mist on the floor in front of the pantry door. One morning, they were lucky enough to snap a photo of the footprint before it disappeared. The floorboards are narrow, and the photo is a close-up, which justified them believing this is from a child.
Claiborne House Baby Footprint
Another one Jerry sent me was one he calls "Happy orb looking at Ann playing piano." This one appears to have been edited somewhat, but I can see the happy orb.
Happy Orb and Ann on Piano
In this next one, there appears to be a partial silhouette in the mist on the left. No, it's not that southern soldier on the right. That's a mannequin dressed that way.
Claiborne House Mist Silhouette
In the next one, there appears to be someone sitting at the table.
Claiborne House Misty Guest
Aunt Belle and I took our equipment around the downstairs later on in the evening, but as I mentioned last week, the ghosts might have been sleeping. (Do ghosts sleep? Well, maybe they do over in that other dimension.) We didn't even feel any energy from anyone. However, while we were out and about, we left our KII, flashlight and Raggedy Ann doll turned on in our bedroom. We had a bit of activity when we were there, but not a lot. However, at one point while Aunt Belle and I were out gadding about, poor Ann happened to go into our room alone to make sure we had everything.
"I wanted to let you know that I started to go in your room while you were gone yesterday evening," Ann told us the next morning. "I was just checking to make sure you didn't need anything. But when I walked in, the hands and forehead on that doll you had in there lit up all over! 'O.K.,' I said to her. 'I'm outta here.' And I got out of there fast!"
Anna Lee at Claiborne House
Aunt Belle and I giggled, but the look on Ann's face told us she wasn't amused. I guess some people might associate our little Anna Lee (the name of our doll) with the not-so-nice supernatural stories about dolls they hear around. However, we enjoy Anna Lee a lot, and she wears my consecrated cross when I'm not using it. Nothing can get through that to possess her.
Aunt Belle and I have a couple trips planned for 2016, but we haven't set any dates yet. I'll be sure and fill you in later. In the meantime, I would still recommend Claiborne House (903-665-8800 or http://www.claibornehousebnb.com).
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On the book scene, Shelley Lynn Johnson, my narrator for the Dead Man Mysteries, finished another audio book! Dead Man Hand is now up at Amazon, Audible and iBooks.






Also, I have some codes for the new Dead Man Hand audio book … FREE! Email me at ghostie@swbell.net or Facebook PM (http://www.facebook.com/tranam.simmons) me and I'll send you one.
Shopping has interfered with more work on the short story, but I did get a little done on it. Still working, though. It has to be a good story for y'all.
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with family, friends and, of course, lots of good food. Stay warm for my northern-half readers and cool for the ones down yonder. Enjoy the season we're in, a season of love and friends and … shopping.
Boo!
T. M.




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