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A Heartbreaking Account of Life After Death

Posted by Jim Washburn under Paranormal (No Respond)

Do you believe in life after death?  There’s a new movie coming out that explores the belief in heaven and how one boy went there and came back.  It seems like a feel-good movie that Christians will LOVE, but it also seems a bit heavy handed.  But what about accounts of paranormal encounters with recently deceased loved ones?  Are they real, or just tricks played on us by our brains on the brink of emotional breakdown?

Daily I walk along that hospital corridor which runs from the accident and emergency department to the pathology block and the mortuary and I can recall every step of that short journey with the hospital chaplain and a policeman for the identification procedure. Alasdair was lying with only his face and head exposed. I was surprised how cold he was already, but it was January. His pupils were fixed and dilated; I can confirm this as I tested them myself.

There has never been an adequate explanation for the accident as the key participants have no memory of it. My next thoughts were of the next morning’s clinic which I could not face. I telephoned my friend and colleague, Jumbo Jenner, to ask him to say I would not be there. He was with me in a flash and he plied me generously with whisky and brandy that night until I could sleep.

My wife and daughter spent the next two months in hospital and we were all surrounded by many supporters who warded off our insanity. Excessive visiting was a major problem. We often heard the next knock on the door with dread, usually when my wife and I were trying to grab a few minutes of mutual rationalisation and psychotherapy. More paranormal phenomena? Only one. I awoke at home two days after the accident and felt Alasdair’s knees in my back, nestling up warm and solid, as he sometimes did on weekend mornings even at 12 years old. I turned to cuddle him but as I turned the knees disappeared. This was not a dream sequence. Dreams were traumatic: walking through a wood I saw Alasdair sitting under a tree.

“Daddy, I’ve been looking for you everywhere.”

The dream unnerved me and still does. Could there be an after life and could he be searching for us, worried and confused? He had never had any sense of direction, which was a family standing joke. When we lived in the United States he had managed to lose himself at the top of the John Hancock Tower.

Crisp, A.J. “A father’s worst nightmare.” British Medical Journal 19 Dec. 1992: 1581+.

Enhancing Ghost Photos On Your Computer

Posted by Jim Washburn under Ghost Pictures (No Respond)

ghostSo you’re trying to take pictures of ghosts?  Sometimes they are just right there in the image, but most of the time you might have to adjust the contrast and the colors to really get the full picture.

My friend once took a picture of a ghost she had seen on her iPhone.  I couldn’t really see what she was looking at in the image, but when we enhanced the image for contrast it blew me away.  A face emerged from the dark photo as clear as could be.  It was intense!

You might find more in your photos if you can tune the contrast a bit.  There are a few great programs with which to do this.

One of the programs you might want to look into is Adobe Lightroom.  This is an affordable image enhancement software program that will enable you do amazing things with your digital photographs.  However, even a free program such as Gimp could help you out enormously.

You could use either a Mac or a PC.  I really think there isn’t much of a difference although you’ll find many people who will say one or the other is better.  Whatever suits your lifestyle would be the best choice for you.  If you do use Windows please ensure that you’re protecting your computer with security programs that protect against viruses and spyware.  You can find some of those programs reviewed on this website.

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Ghost Hunting In San Diego

Posted by Jim Washburn under Haunted Places (No Respond)

Whaley HouseIf you’re looking for Ghosts in San Diego, then look no further than the Whaley House.  In fact, the Whaley House has earned the title “the most haunted house in the US”.  It’s also one of only two houses in California recognized by the U.S. commerce department as being haunted.  It’s creepy, and my friend has taken what I consider the MOST reliable ghost photo I’ve ever seen (because I know her personally, and I know she didn’t “doctor” the photo and she took it on her iPhone).

The structure sits in Old Town San Diego, an area known for it’s Mexican Mission style and theme-park atmosphere.  It’s a strange place for the most haunted place in America, basically because it sits amidst one of the most festive and family friendly atmospheres in the city.

But several well-known psychics and ghost hunters have called it one of the most reliably haunted places in the US.

One of the most famous encounters was by a San Diego police officer nearly 30 years ago.  He was called to the site in response to someone’s report of a lady crying.  The declassified report states that he came across a lady at the back of the house dressed in period clothing.  She turned around and smiled at him, but when he shone the flashlight at her she disappeared.

Other police reports have been filed too, in response to people hearing voices and accidentally setting off alarms.

I plan on going to this house soon and taking photographs with my Canon.

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