Saturday, February 17, 2018

Blog Entry Saturday: Why Do I Study This Stuff?

It's that time again when I divulge my opinion on matters of the unexplained. Today, I want to cover what motivates me in the field of paranormal study. In other words, why the heck do I spend so much time and attention to this study?
When I was growing up, my mother was an historian and an oil painting art teacher. I grew up walking miles to the library a few times a week, as mother did not drive. She would stop and let me swing on the schoolyard swings while she flipped through her books eagerly.

(I'm the wee tot holding books I found of interest)

Mother often ignored us excessively to the point of obsession with her studies and dragged us down into the basement at the court house records to take notes. She was determined to reveal the history of our historic Civil War hospital estate and get the historical society to recognize its significance. 

And it all began with her first ghostly encounter combined with cleaning the wood floors with blood stains still held in their grain. (my award-winning book - "Growing Up With Ghosts" documents all the family members' experiences).

I grew up practically living in libraries, traipsing through historical sites, and digging up relics on our property while encountering a lot of ghosts. So, it seems only natural that with that influence I would grow up to be curious by nature, open to mystery without feeling threat, and a desire to uncover the details that bring it to light. 

So, here I am decades into my lifetime on earth, asking questions, looking at things in a new way, feeling no threat from the unknown, only persistent desire to learn more.

My thought is this - we live side by side with life in a form that we have trouble detecting or comprehending, yet it makes it no less relevant in constituting the universe and its contents. 

The blog has always been about knocking around concepts, revealing information, allowing the reader to take it and run. I often leave links encouraging your own path to answers. We will not draw the same conclusions and that is ideal, as a singular focus without any outside input is inbred thinking and we know how that can get screwed up. 

I raised my son with a rule that fits this - the "curiosity rule." If he had any question, no matter how silly or embarrassing, I would answer if I could. If I could not, we would work together to find the answer in research. 

Like my motto for the blog says, "opening minds and inserting wonder." 

BTW: Bless your soul, Sue Day, for making me the persistent researcher I am (and oil painting artist)! 

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