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Saturday, January 30, 2010

As I Tweeted, Facebooked, and MySpaced this evening, I sat down and watched "Paranormal Activity" alone in the dark, in my house, with my Sheltie, Bea.  Can I add anymore commas to that sentence? LOL

I thought I would have been more frightened, and I will admit to thinking that this flick was about ghosts but when I realized it was a 'demon' who haunted this poor girl, I felt a bit more uncomfortable. Demons make me nervous.

With that said, the movie was interesting, and I thought unique in the way it was done. I don't know if many of you remember "The Blair Witch Project" but that was the same type of thing. I like the questionable nature of wondering about its authenticity. But I will be honest, I'm not going to wonder overly about this one as I will admit it wasn't as terrifying as I imagined it might have been, but the ending totally freaked me out. I honestly didn't expect it. I don't want to go into too much detail here as many who read this may not have seen the flick as yet and don't want to give it away. Nor do I really want to concentrate too heavily on this one for the obvious reasons. 

By the way, anyone interested who has Comcast On Demand, they do have "The Blair Witch Project" which I am going to take advantage of and watch again. Jaclyn! I know you wanted to watch it.  Also they are running "Paranormal Activity" as well.

Well, once again my Byberry Asylum discussion has been pre-empted. Do you think it may be an omen?  Perhaps to leave well enough alone?

Sleep well...


Wolf Moon...

Tonight is the "Wolf Moon" which, of course, interests me! Wolf and moon in one conversation:)  Definitely up my alley.

Apparently, this is the brightest and fullest moon of the year and a bonus is that Mars is visible as well.  I went out earlier and viewed the phenomenon and if it is still clear skies for you take a step out the door and check this beautiful moon out.  Just to the left and toward the bottom of the moon you will see a reddish star twinkling. That would be Mars.

I attempted to get a picture but hey, all that I had was my Blackberry:)  Check it out. I've posted it top right.

Borrowed resource info:

(Jan. 29) – Tonight's full moon will be the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. It offers anyone with clear skies an opportunity to identify easy-to-see features on the moon.

This being the first full moon of 2010, it is also known as the wolf moon, a moniker dating back to Native American culture and the notion that hungry wolves howled at the full moon on cold winter nights. Each month brings another full moon name.

Tonight's full moon is the first of the year.

But why will this moon be bigger than others? Here's how the moon works:

The moon is, on average, 238,855 miles from Earth. The moon's orbit around Earth – which causes it to go through all its phases once every 29.5 days – is not a perfect circle, but rather an ellipse. One side of the orbit is 31,070 miles closer than the other.

So in each orbit, the moon reaches this closest point to us, called perigee. Once or twice a year, perigee coincides with a full moon, as it will tonight, making the moon bigger and brighter than any other full moons during the year.

Tonight it will be about 14 percent wider and 30 percent brighter than lesser full moons of the year, according to Spaceweather.com.

Author: Robert Roy Britt
For more information and to read the complete article:
Wolf Moon, Article Aol Resource

This article claims there is no correlation between people and animal moods and the full moon.  What do you think?  We've been told that the moon affects the chemical balance in the brain and makes the unbalanced person or animal even more unbalanced or shall we say the crazies come out?  Though Robert states this is myth.  However, the tides are affected.


More interesting information:

Tomorrow I'm back on Byberry history and ghostly apparitions.  Bet you can't wait:)


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Let's talk ghosts...

after spending the evening working on my new paranormal erotic novella I decided to surf the channel listings to see what was on.  Bored and looking for anything to watch, I stumbled upon that ghost hunter show on The Travel Channel.  So... I thought why not? I'd never watched it before though I did see some of the spoofs done in regards to the show, namely a South Park episode.

I settled in and watched. I found it for the most part overly dramatic and the playbacks of the experiences not so strong in the proof department but the fourth episode caught my attention.  Why? Because it was familiar or at least in the same vicinity of a place I used to venture to as a teenager when we were brave and daring in the night, LOL

Jaclyn, you will relate to this as we talked about this and have this place in common.  Remember Byberry(sp)?  Well, last night one of the episodes was seeking out paranormal activity at a place called

Pennhurst State Asylum or Institutution located in Spring Town, Pennsylvania. I believe I've gotten that correctly.  Anyway, this is a huge condemned complex where people would drop off mentally challenged and difficult children.  At one time there were over ten thousand inhabitants.  Definitely a dark and desperate place. It was condemned and closed in the early sixties, I believe. The most interesting thing about the episode were the people that Zak interviewed about the place.  Catch the episode if you can.  It definitely gave me a few goose bumps.

Funny thing is I kept thinking about my Byberry adventures and as the guys panned one of the rooms in the place, I couldn't believe my eyes! Low and behold,  I caught what appeared to be the word "Byberry" spray painted on one of the walls and I saw it more than once so I know I wasn't imagining it!

Below is a slideshow of the episode. Enjoy:)  Hey, Jacke!  Let me know what you think.  All I could think about was our old haunt.


Just for balance, I'd seen this prior to ever watching an episode of Ghost Adventures.  Check this out:


Now formulate your own opinion, LOL


I was curious to see if  I was spelling the name of Byberry correctly and felt compelled to do some research on the place.  I will continue the actual facts on this asylum in my next post but interestingly found much information on the place we stared upon in the wee hours of the night without exiting our car.  Eerie doesn't begin to describe the misery of this place.  It has since been demolished in 2006 yet still haunts my mind.

Some photos and additional links:


Some additional photos.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sunday has gone to the dogs!  I've had a great canine weekend spent with Bea(Sheltie), Scooby(Right, Charpei mix) and Frisco(left rear, golden).  Bea in front is mine, Scooby and Frisco belong to my neighbor who is hanging out in Denver for the week.  We decided to have a puppy sleepover though I am caring for two cats as well who have remained at home:)

Great practice on deciding whether or not to adopt a brother to keep Bea company.   They have all been the perfect angels. No problems here.  Great way to relax since it's too freakin' cold to go outside.  I never thought I would be saying that.  Where do I live again?  Coincidentally, the temp this morning in Denver was one degree colder than we were in South Florida which was 32 to our 33.  Again, where am I?

Anyway, one more peek at my furry kids. They will be going home on Wednesday though I wouldn't care if they never left.  It's been a wonderful experience. 

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Author Spotlight, Jason Barrett will not make it today but no worries!  He will be here in February. The 18th to be specific.  Please stop back and check him out.  His new release, Dead or a Lie, will also be available in February at the Wild Rose Press, and you don't want to miss that.

Still cold and will be for the next week to ten days here in tropical paradise, so don't make any hasty plans to escape your winter Hell in the North and come to Florida just yet.  Whoa! We're just not equipped for this long term, but this too shall pass:)

Have a wonderful week everyone.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Good Morning!

Well, the holidays have come and gone once again.  Things are scaling down and it's time to put all the decorations away. Ugh! I hate this because once I take all the festive decor down the house looks so cold and bare.  I'll be tackling that this weekend:(  Ah well...

As you may know, I live in tropical paradise.  Sunny Southern Florida to be exact. And I will tell you that yesterday evening Spokane, Washington and us had something in common which is not a good thing. We were both 48 degrees at 7PM!  Amazing! We woke up to 35 this AM!  Steam actually is misting from my mouth.

If you know anything about South Florida, this is NOT normal.  The year we moved here from Southern New Jersey there was a citrus freeze so the temps were in the thirties when we got here-incidentally that was in the mid eighties.  Apparently, that lasted about a week but according to the experts this is a record cold snap for us and though you may call us the biggest wimps, LOL it is cucking fold to us *grin* This is forecast to go for a couple of weeks.  The crops will be in serious trouble if it does.  We have not surpassed a daily temp of 60 something all week and it is forecast to remain about the same at least for the next week.

I will tell you that I actually don't mind. I'm a New Jersey girl at heart and it is a nice change from the norms of 75-80 degrees year round. But clearly we are not used to this long-term:)

Stay warm and have a wonderful day...