Introducing The World To A Ghost

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Photo of the main door of Linden Hill. Special thanks to Stacey Humphreys and Jimmy Smith for allowing me to take the photo.

The new Travel Channel series, “Haunting in the Heartland,” will feature a property tomorrow night that is very near and dear to my heart. The third episode will tell a story that has been connected with the home of Linden Hill. A year-and-a-half ago, I had the great thrill of first getting introduced to the property. Not only has the home and its reputation gained a grandness in my eyes, but I have also come to regard the property owners as my own family. There is no way I could ever repay them for their hospitality. Because they know I am interested in answers, they have allowed me to tag along on the adventure that they have found themselves party to. I will never be able to repay them for having allowed me to engage a home that is a dream come true if one is in the business of giving ghosts a fair evidentiary hearing.

In a little over twenty four hours, I am looking forward to being on my way to the property. Not only will I get to watch the third episode of a new paranormally themed show that is featuring a property of great sentimental significance, but I will also get to watch the show from the featured home itself. Needless to say, I’m quite like a child at Christmastime right now. Eager anticipation continues to build about getting to visit the home on the night when it is given center stage.

My old routine was revived today, but with an intensity never before matched. It has just been me at a table today, alone with my thoughts that I have fostered for over a year about a ghost that is affectionately referred to as, “Beulah.” With paper spread across my writing surface, I have transferred to writing what has been running through my mind with incessance. Now, in charted form is a diagram of Linden Hill lying on my table. It evolved while a playlist of Shinedown’s music was echoing in the background today, all the while seeming to prod my mind to make sure the profile of a ghost I have put together emerged with not even the slightest tittle being left behind. I wrote down thirty-three line items of haunting phenomena that have been reported with the home. And, those are just the accounts I have been able to obtain firsthand. There are additional stories that exist with numerous other individuals who have had connections with the home. It was amazing to have my routine revived with such a magnitude. For, at least, one more night, I get to play chess with a haunted home. But, this time the opponent is a chess master, and I look forward to being taken to school.

I should remind my readers that I come from a certain tradition when it comes to actual investigation of a purportedly haunted location. In prior posts, I have attempted to explain some of the differences between ghost hunters and me. So, I always differentiate between the television variety of searching for ghosts and that which is based on protocol shaped by science and a philosophy of science. There is a vast difference which must always be responsibly addressed. However, in speaking from a strictly personal point of view, I expect tomorrow night’s show to be entertaining and pleasing to anyone who likes to take in an intriguing ghost story. There are things I can’t and won’t say about Linden Hill’s haunted history at this point. I simply encourage anyone who enjoys ghost hunting shows to enjoy the story as it is told. Discussion about investigation and method can come after. As one who does have an interest in responsible science education, and as one who has a lighthearted side to himself, as well, I think such a discussion should be the necessary byproduct of these types of shows that are a part of our culture. Such interaction should come after the episodes are brought to light.

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Drafting the floor plan of Linden Hill and charting its haunted hotspots.

I realize how blessed I am to be sitting in the position where I am this evening. After eighteen years of searching, and after the accumulation of so many wonderful acquaintances that have resulted from my endeavors, it is nice to simply have a moment of, “fun.” I could not be experiencing this fun right now were it not for the generosity of so many people who have picked up on my tenacity for getting at answers. They have chosen to reward me for being determined, and I am indebted to their making such a choice. I sincerely and humbly give my thanks to those who have placed well ground stones in front of me so that my path continues to be passable.

Mimi, we had so many great times at Magnolia Manor. Tomorrow, I will get to forward the same spirit of those good times to yet another house of ghostly repute. I will have you there in my heart like always. And, to Stacey, Jimmy, Cindy, John, Michelle, Charlotte, Angie, Shirley, and Milton, what can I say? You have made the journey mean so much more than just about parsing the evidence of ghosts. Instead, you have made the journey itself as equally important as the destination. I will never forget all of the laughs, as well as the sincere moments that the rest of the world will never know about. You have all taught me to look inward, because I know I have failed at imparting that which you have so nobly bestowed upon me. Thank you all for allowing me to share in your own pilgrimages.

And, last, but not least, I have one more quiet thank you reserved for you, too,

“Beulah.”

I sincerely hope to see you, too, tomorrow night.

BT

16 thoughts on “Introducing The World To A Ghost

  1. I really need to find and watch that episode!

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    1. It’s on Hulu and Vudu! I’m so pumped up. It’s been an incredible weekend. The watch party on Friday, then last night, I stayed overnight at the haunted property around the corner from Linden Hill. I was born to play chess with ghosts. LOL πŸ˜„

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    1. Thank you so very kindly for stopping by to say so. πŸ˜€ I usually have to keep a sense of humor about me. I think many more individuals find my adventures to be more odd and comical than anything that is considered productive. But, it depends on what one’s aims and goals are. I’m told that ghosts exist, and I’m told that they exhibit evidence. In my opinion, these kinds of claims are very big. So, as one who has an interest in science, I like to go and test these claims. Last Sunday evening and Monday morning I got to spend time in a haunted home that has gained a reputation in recent months. As I said, even though many don’t understand my motivations, as I spent the night there at the home and found a few answers, I was reminded of why I do this sort of thing. I agree with you. I count my blessings. My adventures have been interesting to me, personally, and I thank those people who have given me the chances to go and look where ghosts are said to be. πŸ˜€

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      1. I believe in ghosts, in an energy that is very attached to physical lifeπŸ˜‰

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      2. It’s very interesting that you mention that word, “energy.” This same discussion was had the night that I was with my friends after we watched the episode that featured their home. I always get myself into trouble when I begin speaking about the term because of my whole science angle. πŸ˜€ I may have to devote a blog entry to this very topic because it has become so relevant to discussions that are had around the kitchen table like we had at Linden Hill a week ago. πŸ˜€ I’m also glad that you expressed your belief in ghosts. I love for believers to stop by and share their insights. There is another post by a believer on one of my entries that I still have to go and reply to. I want all opinions and viewpoints to be welcomed here. And, I like the way you expressed your words with the energy being attached to the physical. Trying to develop a model of how a person can morph into a ghost is a tough order, and yet I do dabble with hypotheticals, even though I certainly can’t call the endeavor science. All the same, that is one major point of my blog; to think logically about ghosts and to see where we run into problems while trying to find answers. πŸ˜€ Thanks so much. Great comment!

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      3. Thanks to you for sharing your research that helps us understand that other side that is much closer than we thinkπŸ˜‰πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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      4. Sometimes, I think you’re more right than you know. πŸ˜€ I tend to get a little over confident in my thinking. Then, I’m reminded of how much I don’t know. πŸ˜€ That’s why I keep looking. I try to make sure there’s not something that I’ve overlooked.

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    1. You know, I really love ghost stories, too. M.R. James is one of my favorite writers of the genre. Even though I was pulled into this discussion out of an interest in science and in how to apply investigatory methods, I think that part of me that appreciates literature has come to really appreciate the ghost story, as well. It’s probably even more entertaining to hear the stories when you are actually at the property and get to experience the direct telling of the stories that are supposed to have happened there. Ghost stories are, indeed, really fun. πŸ˜€

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      1. Yes, what I like most is listening to people’s experiences with the world of ghostsπŸ˜ƒ

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      2. You’re absolutely right. I’ve had that same interest. I’ve learned a lot by listening to people tell their stories. I’ll never forget the most detailed description I ever got. I usually ask a lot of follow-up questions. Her ghost story was so detailed I just kept listening. πŸ˜€

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  2. A ha! Okay I’m FINALLY catching up on blogs and your connection to the property that you hinted at when you said you felt you couldn’t pose a question for Steve because you hinted at having insider info. You did! I still wish you would’ve posed a question though. Love that you have such a connection to one of the properties on one of the shows. Super cool!

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    1. LOL Now you know why I was mum! πŸ˜€ I’m glad you have had time to see the connection now. I should have thought up a benign question and gotten it cleared so that it wouldn’t have caused any ripples. Yeah, even though I keep my distance from ghost hunting shows I wound up just having fun with this whole experience. It really was fun, and I took my investigator’s hat off for a night and enjoyed it all. Stacey and Jim are the most fun hosts a person could ever ask for! They are super! If you would ever like to speak to them, I will see if I can get you in touch.

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