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The Loretto Staircase

A chapel located in Santa Fe, New Mexico holds a significant mystery about a staircase. What mystery could be tied to a staircase? Well, there are a couple unanswered questions about the Loretto Staircase, but lets start at the beginning.

When the Loretto Chapel was finished in 1878, there was no way to access the choir loft. Several carpenters were called in to address the problem, but they all said that the only way to access the loft would be by ladder. They concluded that a staircase would take up too much space in the small chapel. The Sisters of the Chapel prayed to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, for an answer and on the ninth and final day of prayer, they got one. An unknown man showed up at the Chapel with a donkey and toolbox looking for work. Months later, the elegant staircase was completed and the carpenter disappeared without pay or thanks. The Sisters tried very hard to find this man, even put an ad in the local newspaper, but never found a trace of him. They…

GS Question of the Week

Do you think children should be exposed to the paranormal if they don't have to be? Why or why not?

My Answer: I know experts say that children are more sensitive than adults on this subject. However, the purpose of this question was to discuss whether a child should be exposed to it if it was preventable. This field has so many unanswered questions. If a child sees a ghost, how is a parent suppose to explain that to them. I think most parents would probably dismiss a claim like that as being nothing but a part of a childs imagination. Is that healthy for the child?

There is a show on Discovery Kids channel called Mystery Hunters were kids investigate mysteries and myths. I've seen a few episodes and from what I've seen it takes a skeptic view on things like ghosts and UFOs which is presented to the kids that watch it. If I had a kid, that is what I would want them exposed to. I would want them to know exactly what they have or are experiencing rather than just dismiss it, …

Did Ya Know Friday

A few little facts about a healing herb called Lavender:

Active Ingredients of Lavender

1.) Lavender oil contains up to 50 percent of the alcohol linalol. Linalol helps to kill bacteria and viruses. It also helps to heal burns, wounds and sores.
2.) Ketones are compounds that help to relieve pain, build new skin tissues and reduce inflammation. They also have a sleep-inducing effect. Ketones can be toxic, so lavender that contains an amount above 35 percent should be avoided. Diabetics, epileptics and pregnant women should avoid them completely.
3.) Esters are compounds that ease swelling and soreness, prevent muscle spasms, fight fungal infections and prevent scarring. They also help to regulate your moods, preventing you from experiencing depression and hysteria.
4.) Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be applied undiluted. It can even be used on sunburned or damaged skin.

A Natural Relaxant

5.) Prepare for a night of blissful sleep by adding a few drops of lavender essentia…

Ghostly Thirteen - Egyptian Gods & Goddesses

Ghostly Thirteen is based on the Thursday Thirteen concept except it's paranormal based only. You can list thirteen haunted places, ghosts, myths, etc.

The following is a list of thirteen gods and goddesses from the lovely county of Egypt:

1. Anubis - He guided the souls of the dead from the world of the living to the world of the dead. He is considered the inventor of embalming and mummification.

2. Bes - God of recreation, music, good food, relaxation, and dancing.

3. Osiris - God of goodness and ruler of the underworld.

4. Atum - Atum was considered a very protective god. It was his role to raise the dead pharoahs into the stars.

5. Ptah - Ptah was the god of crafts, skills, and the guardian of all knowledge. He was also the patron god of the city of Memphis. Some priests also believe that he created the world, and yet others claim that he was a type of fertility god.

6. Ra - God of the sun and one of the most important members of the Egyptian pantheon.

7. Bastet - Goddess and …

GS Question of the Week

Some believe Stonehenge is a monument of a crop circle. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

My Answer: I believe I heard this explanation for Stonehenge on a show about crop circles. It was the first time I've ever heard of it and it seems I'm not the only one. I don't think Stonehenge is a monument of a crop circle. It may have characteristics like one, but I think it's more like a religious symbol or something to that effect.


Meet my new renter....Observing Hermann!

The Most Mysterious Manuscript in the World

The Voynich Manuscript was discovered by an Polish-American antique book dealer and collector named Wilfrid M. Voynich in 1912. It was found among a collection of ancient manuscripts kept in villa Mondragone in Frascati, near Rome. The origins of the manuscript is unclear, but experts believe based on the drawings that it is European written between the 15th and 17th centuries and that it may be a book about alchemy. It is seven by ten inches, containing 235 pages minus about 30 missing pages.

The manuscript is filled with hand-written text and crudely drawn illustrations depicting plants, astrological diagrams and naked women. The illustrations are strange, but the text has proven to be more mysterious. After many attempts, it has yet to be translated. However, they have identified it as an alphabetic script with nineteen to twenty-eight letters which doesn't resemble any English or European letter system. There is evidence that it contains two different "languages" and …

Happy Valentine's Day!

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To celebrate, I have some Valentine's Day facts, myths, legends, superstitions and folklore for you to enjoy:
Valentine was a Roman priest who was martyred because he refused to renounce his faith and defied the law prohibiting marriage. He was clubbed, stoned and beheaded on 14th February A.D.269.
Valentine was imprisoned for refusing to renounce his faith. While in prison he befriended the jailer's daughter. Shortly before his execution he wrote a letter to her thanking her for her friendship and loyalty, which he signed 'Your Valentine'. He also communicated with friends sending them notes asking them to 'remember their Valentine'.Some people believe the custom of choosing a partner on St. Valentine's Day has its origins in the Roman feast of Lupercalia, a pagan festival of love. Part of the festival involved boys choosing a girl's name from a box. These pairings were then regarded as couples for a year.In pagan times people believed that birds began m…

Horror Movie Fan?

I was watching E! News for updates on the bizarre story of Anna Nicole Smith's death and the legal troubles that followed when I saw a commercial for a horror movie website. I checked it out and it seems pretty informative on past, current and upcoming horror flicks. The site is called FearNet.

Not only can you socialize with other horror movie fans in the chatroom or the forums(sign up is free) but you can also watch some movies for free. Others, you can download to your computer, but you have to either rent or buy them. Plus you can participate in a trivia game to have your name thrown in a drawing for a free hoodie.

I think the only reservation I have is that it takes FOREVER to load with dial-up, roughly about 4 or 5 minutes, but so far, I think it was worth the wait.


Don't forget to check out my renter's place. His week is almost up.

GS Question of the Week

Iridology, also known as iridodiagnosis, is an alternative medicine practice in which patterns, colors, and other characteristics of the iris are examined for information about a patient's systemic health.

Do you think Iridology is a fraud or do you believe someone can actually diagnose health problems by examining your iris? Why?


Have you checked out the latest update of his quest to be a millionaire?

Time Off

I've decided to take a couple of days off from blogging. I have an assignment due next week for my writing course that I need to finish. I also need to catch up on some editing and reading. I'll be back posting more ghostly tales on Saturday or Sunday.

Before I go, I want to introduce to you my renter for the week. Low Hang Wei from First Million Challenge has a huge goal that he is trying to accomplish. As his blog title suggests, he is looking to become a millionaire before he turns 26 (about 4 years). Can he do it? Well the only way you're going to find out is if you check out his blog.

Have a great weekend!

Mysterious Wis. Wonder Spot soon to go

I can't believe they are getting rid of this place just to put in a road.

Mysterious Wis. Wonder Spot soon to go
By: Todd Richmond, Associated Press Writer
February 5, 2007

LAKE DELTON, Wis. - In a wooded ravine tucked away from the water parks, restaurants and mega-resorts that dominate this tourist town, a piece of history is quietly dying.

After more than half a century of wowing tourists (and causing probably more than a few cases of nausea), the Wonder Spot, a mysterious cabin where people can't stand up straight, water runs uphill and chairs balance on two legs, is no more.

Owner Bill Carney has sold the iconic attraction to the village of Lake Delton for $300,000. The village wants to build a road through the crevice where the Wonder Spot has stood since the 1950s.

Now, the Wonder Spot, one of more than a dozen sites around the nation dubbed "gravity vortexes" and a throwback to postwar, family-oriented tourist attractions, has a date with a bulldozer.

"We're…

GS Question of the Week

A movie called The Number 23 starring Jim Carrey and Virginia Madsen is set to premiere on February 23. Synopsis via Moviefone.

Do you think seeing a single number repetitively can have any special significance to you or is it mere coincidence? Why?


Have you stopped by my renter's place yet?

I won a DVD!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the Lawson Family and a new documentary about what happened to them. Shortly after that, BoD Productions posted a bulletin at Myspace stating the first 50 people or so that added A Christmas Family Tragedy as a friend would be entered into a drawing for five free DVDs. I was one of the lucky five to win a DVD. Yay!!

I didn't want to say anything until I had the DVD in my hand because I wanted to announce that I won it as well as give my thoughts about it all in one post.

My mother's short and sweet review is " Pretty good. Better than I thought it would be."

Allow me to go a bit further. A Christmas Family Tragedy is compiled with interviews, newspaper clippings, photographs and reenactments. The movie not only depicts the tragedy of the Lawson Family massacre but also the effect it had on the community. I wasn't surprised to learn that not only were people allowed to turn the house where the murders took place but some chose to …

Blog Annoucements

Just a few quick announcements. I haven't done a Ghostly 13 in a while. I've scheduled the next one for February 20th. Mark your calendars if you would like to participate.

If you would like to see episodes of Ghost Hunters Season 1, here's a website for your viewing pleasure.

I also have a new renter this week from altjiranga mitjina. A blog about music, books, comic books, TV shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Wonder Dog, writing, working and so on.