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Spirit Presence of Loved Ones Passed

The Spirit Presence of Loved Ones Passed

A few years back when I would shut the lights out with only my TV on I could feel a presence watching me. My hairs on my arms would stick up and my heart would start beating fast. This went on for about two years. I never saw anything. To this day I can feel a presence from time to time.

Sometimes I feel like someone touches me or sits next to me when my back is turned. I also hear my name from time to time, too. Could it be love ones that passed checking up on me?

— Jessica in Massachusetts

I believe the spirits of loved ones passed make their presence known. I’ve had the same experience, often accompanied by the smell of flowers, pipe tobacco, or cologne. — Kat

Phantom Smell of Deceased Husband’s Cologne

Phantom Smell of Cologne

My husband was in a car accident and was killed instantly. We live in bad neighborhood and my husband knows I’m scared to death here in our home at night with just my son and I. Three days later, we had his funeral services. That night our son went to stay with my father and I went on home thinking I could be strong and be able to stay there by myself.

I smelled his cologne

Around 12:30 a.m., it was the time he came in from working second shift, I was sitting on the couch where I always sat waiting on him to come home. I was crying, because I knew I would never see him come home again. I got up off my couch to go to the kitchen to get me something to drink. Out of nowhere I smelled his cologne as if it had just been sprayed.

I knew there was no-one else in the house to spray it. Is this a sign that he is here with me or was I imagining things?

Ghost? Spirit? Phantom Footsteps and a Tug of the Pillow.

Ghost? Spirit? Phantom Footsteps and a Tug of the Pillow.

I am not sure if my experience was a ghost or a spirit, but I do know it was not a dream. I am 37 years old and swear this has happened before. While I was asleep I felt as if someone sat in my bed which woke me, too scared to open my eyes and turn around I feel a tug at one of my pillows. Again too afraid to move I did not release a pillow and pretended to be asleep. I was truly hoping whoever it was would think I was asleep and not hurt me.

After a few tugs of the pillow I hear a few footsteps walking away. Then I quickly turn around, jump out of the bed, only to find there was no one in my house. I know no one was here.

Could this have been a ghost? Is there a message that they would want to give me? Have you heard something like this happen before? Had I opened my eyes and turned over would I have seen it? What does it mean?

— Thalia in New York

Phantom Sounds of Footsteps and Whistling. Dad’s Spirit.

Phantom Sounds of Footsteps and Whistling

I awoke to a whistle at my ear. I immediately sat up on my couch and could hear what I thought were footsteps from the living room into the kitchen. I felt something … it wasn’t a dream. I sat in complete darkness and reached over to find my cell phone for some light. My heart was beating I think faster then it ever had before. I tried to rationalize the situation. It was so clear… the sound of the whistling. I couldn’t fall asleep without the light on for the rest of the night.

My Dad’s Spirit

In the morning I was in my kitchen and on my island counter were framed pictures that I had taken out of storage boxes the day before to clean up and put out. One photo was of my dad who passed away back in 2001 of cancer. I had cut out of a newspaper his obituary and framed it along with his picture and a poem. I hadn’t looked at the picture in years. Was this just a dream or could it have been him?

— Carla in Connecticut

Thanks for your story, Carla. In my opinion you were visited by your dad’s spirit. Maybe that you took pictures out of storage to hang signaled the “other side” that you were open to contact. — Kat

Mysteries & Moonlight Facebook Event

You’re invited to Mysteries & Moonlight.

Join the conversation about dreams, spirits, and otherworldly topics live on Facebook.

Mysteries & Moonlight Facebook Event, Thursday, October 19, 6 to 8pm

Mysteries & Moonlight, a Facebook Event

Join DreamWatch developer Kathryn Orzech, author of mysteries, suspense, and the dark side of history; mystery author Penny Goetjen; and Julie Griffin, ghost photographer-psychic-medium in a lively discussion of dreams, spirits, and otherworldly topics. Don’t be scared, log into your Facebook account and the Mysteries & Moonlight Event and join the conversation live on Facebook.

Penny Goetjen, Mystery Author

Penny Goetjen, Mystery Author

Meet mystery author Penny Goetjen.

Penny Goetjen, a self-proclaimed eccentric, plots murder mysteries, often writing by candlelight, particularly on dark, gray days or in the late hours of the night. Fascinated with the paranormal, she often weaves a subtle, unexpected twist into her stories. When her husband is asked how he feels about his wife writing murder mysteries, he answers with a wink, “I sleep with one eye open.”

Meet Julie Griffin, ghost photographer.

Julie Griffin, Ghost Photographer

Julie Griffin, Ghost Photographer

Real Ghost stories you can see with your own eyes.

Julie Griffin began paranormal investigation nearly a decade ago when she began capturing anomalies with a digital camera. She continues to collect photographic evidence in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Pennsylvania. Gettysburg is her favorite location.

We’re excited about Mysteries & Moonlight. Please join us.

Join the conversation or simply read the Comments and Replies. We’d love to hear what you think, or what paranormal experience you’ve had. We believe! You may also submit your paranormal experience any time right here on DreamWatch.com. We’ll categorize and add your story to our searchable archive of True Paranormal Stories.  Use our contact form:  Tell Your Paranormal Story

Ghost Haunting in Connecticut c.1750 Inn

Ghost included in room upgrade at the inn.

An annual event I attend is held at a hotel with a nearby circa 1750 house remodeled as an inn with suites. Last year, a friend was upgraded to the inn portion of the hotel, and she showed me around her spacious, beautiful suite with a full kitchen. This year, when I was offered a room in the inn as an upgrade, I jumped at the chance. The hotel gave me the same room as my friend from last year, so I felt right at home. I texted her to tell her I had her old room and then settled in for the night.

However, my night was unsettled. I cycled through violent nightmares, most of which I don’t remember. The final one, when the alarm went off, was set in New York city and had me riding in an open front subway car that careened through twisting, diving tracks like the mining train in the second Indiana Jones movie.

A ghost is a great conversation starter.

I woke up with a terrible headache, but I went down to the group breakfast where I knew I’d meet my friend who’d stayed in that room last year. When I saw her, she told me she rejected another opportunity to stay in the inn and insisted it was haunted. I found having a ghost is a great conversation starter. Other attendees with sensitivities had mentioned either feeling a presence or had stood on the threshold of the entrance foyer of the inn and refused to go inside.

Insulted by my ghost.

After breakfast, I went back to my room to brush my teeth and talk to the ghost. I told it I didn’t need nightmares and headaches, and the word “uncouth” popped into my mind, probably because I’m slightly claustrophobic and leave the bathroom door open when I’m alone – or think I am. I agreed to keep my various bathroom activities to myself and added, “Hey, I understand you love this place and have a choice, but I hear The Light is really nice, and you should probably consider going there.”

Then, I went on with my day at the event. Every time I returned to my room, I said “hi” to the ghost, also before closing the door to the bathroom, even to brush my teeth. That night, our event had a speaker who is a ghost hunter. He said hauntings don’t tend to be malevolent, so I decided “my” ghost maybe just wanted attention, in addition to more civilized behavior from me. Before bed, I said, “I’m okay with you staying here, too, but please don’t give me nightmares and headaches.”

“Goodbye ghost. I wish you well.”

The next morning, I woke up refreshed. I thanked the ghost for not giving me nightmares. Upon checking out, I stood with my packed bags and said goodbye to the ghost. I also told it I wouldn’t mind the opportunity to visit again next year, unless it decided to go into The Light, and, if so, I wished it well.

— “Upgraded Traveler” in Connecticut

The Big E with Connecticut Authors and Publishers Assoc.

The Big E is an annual agricultural fair of New England states held in West Springfield, Mass., and one of the largest fairs in the country. In 2017 it runs Sept. 15 – Oct. 1. So much more than livestock, horse, and farm produce and dairy competitions, 4-H and FFA, the fair offers books, car shows, concerts, crafts, exhibits, parades, rides, tools and toys, and the best fair food specialties of the eastern states. Seventeen days of fun for every family member.

I enjoy peeking into the Coliseum for Equestrian Shows, and watching the parade with majestic Clydesdales, or sneaking a peaceful break in Storrowton Village—a beautiful green courtyard surrounded by 18th and 19th century historic buildings with demonstrations by costumed villagers. (Text quoted from its Big E web page.)

Big E Midway 2017

This year I look forward to seeing Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition in the Young Building. Highlights of the frescoes are presented in their original size. I have not seen this great work since its restoration was completed, so the brilliant color will be new to me. Follow the exhibit on social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Avenue of States

My favorite destination is Avenue of States where each state is housed in their own building showcasing products, services, and foods. Before I head home at day’s end, dinner is a sampling Connecticut pizza, Vermont cheese, Maine lobster, or something new. New Hampshire serves a wicked mac and cheese that’s tough to resist.

CAPA Bookshop in the Connecticut Building

This year I’ll again be joining Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association at the CAPA Bookshop in the CT Building. Though subject to change within the building, we should be at the main entrance next to the CT State Police, so look for the flashing lights (maybe).

Connecticut Building at The Big E

Connecticut Tourism Booth in the Conn. Building, The Big E

Thursday Sept. 21 and Tuesday Sept. 26. I’ll be greeting visitors both afternoons from 1:30 to 5pm. Do stop by and say hello.
If you miss me, tell the other authors, Kathy sent you. Have fun at the fair! I hope to see you there.

Book Trailer Red Carpet Premiere

Asylum book trailer. Now playing.

Theater curtain for book trailer announcement.

We’re ready for the premiere showing of Asylum, a dark suspense saga

I’ve been wanting to produce an Asylum trailer for a year. When I saw the excellent trailer an author friend had produced for her book, I could procrastinate no longer. I contacted her video producer, Jerome McLain. We talked about my book’s genre, plot, and characters.

To give him a better feel for the story, I provided reference photos I had collected, a few appear in this post. The original goal was :30 (that means thirty seconds, I learned), but Asylum‘s two timelines needed more … well, time. We agreed we needed 1:00 to tell the story.

Over several weeks, I reviewed film clips, tightened the script, and listened to music and talent for voiceover. I liked that Jerome had narrowed dozens of options to a few spot-on selections from which to choose. Then I left the editing process in his hands and he wowed me.

I’m probably not the easiest client because with my graphics background as a designer and art director, I know what I want and I’m a perfectionist. Several times I had to pull back and tell myself, nothing is absolutely perfect. Great will have to do.

Popcorn for premiere

Virtual popcorn for book trailer viewing

You’re invited!

We’re premiering our new book trailer and you’re invited to the preview. We’re rolling out the red carpet, reserving your seat, and hoping you make your own popcorn.

Facebook Event. Book Trailer Premiere.

The viewing link will be posted during our Red Carpet Premiere Event on Facebook. Reminders will be sent when you check Going. It might turn out to be the most exciting, suspenseful, and thrilling one-minute of fun.

Cheryl’s Book Nook Blog Talks Asylum

Talking Asylum with Kathryn Orzech at Cheryl’s Book Nook blog.

Asylum book review and author interview at Cheryl’s Book Nook, a place to learn about the latest and upcoming books, contests, author interviews, book reviews, and all around fun.

Maggie may have been a naïve young girl when she was sent to the asylum but by the end, she was a strong woman.

It is scary to think of the abuse that people in power take advantage of the people that they are suppose to help. As I got further into the story, it picked up more speed and got darker with some twists. The location of Connecticut was the perfect backdrop for this story.

Asylum Review at Cheryl's Book Nook

Cheryl’s Book Nook Talks Asylum with Kathryn Orzech

I like the images Cheryl chose to supplement the interview, asylums, the New England countryside. I especially love the shot of Downton castle and 1970’s fashion, trust me, the ’70s never looked so good. The pictures are worth a quick visit.

Cheryl’s Book Nook is a beautifully organized and designed blogspot, very clean. Kudos to Cheryl. I’m grateful to have been invited. Stop by to see the pictures, review and interview, and join the discussion with your comment.

Lisa Haselton interviews mystery author Kathryn Orzech

In the hot seat at Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews blog.

Award-winning blog for book reviews, author interviews, and anything writing-related.

Lisa Haselton’s probing interview questions forced me to recall moments from my storied past and childhood dreams? Present writing quirks? My sister’s dream of future literary fame? I also share a brief excerpt from Asylum and describe my next project. I’m happy to spend the day featured on Lisa’s blog. Join us today.

Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews

Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews

About Sisters in Crime

Both Lisa and I are members of Sisters in Crime, an international organization with 48 chapters worldwide dedicated to the professional development and advancement of women crime writers. Our New England membership includes women and men, beginning writers and well-known authors, readers, librarians and booksellers from the six New England States and beyond.

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