Do It Again!

There is a closet built in 1953 – the shelves doweled, glued, screwed, and nailed on screw-mounted wooden riders. The shelves are permanent and built to withstand a great force. They are anchored to the house as solidly as the door frames and window sills. When trucks rumble by and planes fly too low, nothing moves or even so much as trembles inside the closet.

Until now. A few days ago, closet door securely latched, several glass trays toppled to the floor, breaking one. It is indeed a mystery because as you can see from the first photo below, the stacked trays are within 1/2 inch of the immovable shelf above. Notice on the second photo, that the trays are pulled out to indicate their maximum extension with the door closed. Regardless, the stack tumbled to the floor within the closed closet landing on the metal tray visible in the third photo. That metal tray is stored on the floor of the closet, and the stack from the shelf above landed as a unit – in place, offering only one large bang. There were no sounds of sliding plates or of multiple bangs as each fell separately; there was no chain reaction – just a single, very loud event. The door was immediately opened and only a middle tray was broken. The trays were still stacked on their sides in the exact order as above.

“Well, it’s a tray so what’s the big deal?” Agreed, but these trays could not have physically fallen – it is scientifically impossible. None of the trays could be extended past the mid-point necessary to fall while the door is closed. None of the trays could be tipped because the stack is so close to the shelf above. And not another item in the closet was moved – there are dust patterns to prove it. The trays themselves have been there at least 5 years and the surviving stack weighs 32 pounds.

I am a witness that the door was closed and did not open as a result of the crash; that there was only a single banging sound. After the event, i pounded on the shelves with great force – they are so well anchored that my efforts caused no visible effect on any item still in place. There is no indication of rodents (freakishly strong ones), and the closet has no other access than through the door. It appears as though the heavy stack of glass trays was physically moved, and allowed to fall, even though, once again, with the door closed it could not have happened. And finally, if the door was open, the odds of the trays stacking neatly on edge on the floor below, is highly doubtful.

Now, I don’t know if this is a paranormal event, but nothing suggests it isn’t either. There’s always a burden of proof somewhere in things like this, but suspending one’s own belief system from the equation, nothing stands out as solid evidence one way or the other. Still, somehow, the impossible happened.

Someone once postulated that if you dropped a nickel on a table top enough times, at least once it would pass through the surface to the floor below. I actually understand the science behind that, but if the same principles could apply to an entire stack of glass trays, wouldn’t there be impact directly below? There wasn’t, so I don’t see theoretical physics bailing me out here either, so a permanent label of “unexplained” seems appropriate, if not somewhat understated.

This is a first for me, and represents what I love the most about “the paranormal” – the indication that there’s something going on we just can’t understand. That with all our science and technological advances; with all the philosophies of life; with religion, esoteric practices, folklore, and magic – the idea that something like this can happen outside of any explanation rooted in any stretch of reality, completely consumes me. Personally, I’m in awe, and my sense of wonder is alive and well. Bring on the cups and saucers! I want it to happen again!   

 

   

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Voices From Forever by Randall Keller http://goo.gl/ZBBmj Available on Amazon
There Is No Silence by Randall Keller http://goo.gl/U6KY7 Available on 
 

Right Place, Right Time

I don’t actually believe in luck, but over the past years, I’ve had more than my share of it while witnessing the paranormal. For instance, I’ve seen quite a few black shadows. Not the ones that dance elusively around your peripheral, but the kind you can track; that move purposefully within an environment and menacingly blend in and out of the natural surroundings. I’ve even seen a few in broad daylight, a sight you don’t soon forget, but the difference between a legitimate black mass and anything else is stunning. There’s no room for doubt, and for a moment, you’re acutely aware of just how awesome it is to be in the presence of such a thing. I’ve never found them frightening, but on more than one occasion I’ve been frozen in my tracks.

I’ve also been blessed to have captured thousands of EVP from any number of different devices in any number of situations. I was part of a team that video taped an amazing full-body apparition in a location that was verifiably void of any human contamination. In a similar situation, I watched a tape of translucent humanoid shadows move in and around a space; come and go through walls… And through people. (I was one of them.) I’ve been touched a bunch of times in ways that defy reasonable explanation. I’ve seen a few mists and a pair of glowing orbs. It’s been fun!

And over the years I’ve investigated within inches of newly deceased bodies at a funeral home, observed reflections of movement in standing water at an old restaurant, heard discernible whispers at an abandoned mental hospital, and watched a graveyard entity disappear. I may choose not to believe in luck, but I may have experienced more of it than the average investigator and been able to record far more paranormal events than I would have thought possible.

So, I don’t know how not to believe in all this stuff. I used to embrace skepticism, but that was a long time ago – before that first black shadow came within five feet just to personally stare right through me. Maybe it’s not too difficult to understand why I’ve grown weary of the usual dissociating. Each time someone suggests a possible coincidence, or finds fault with my observational skills, my patience quickly dissipates. Every intimation of an overactive imagination, or suggestion that my senses are being deceived, plucks my last nerve. Of course all of those are highly plausible, but I’ve learned how to look there first. With so many unexplained sightings, were there a rational explanation for each, I would have no choice but to consider myself an impetuous, completely oblivious person with the observational acumen of sand. There’s been way too much paranormal water under the bridge for that.

I suppose I sound a little defensive, and there’s some truth to that, I’m sure, but why not? Where’s the value in denying certain events in the name of skepticism when the truth appears to be otherwise? Telling it like it is makes more sense to me than telling it like we think it probably should be. And I’m used to having my veracity questioned, my sanity in doubt, and my motivation examined. I’m sorry that everyone hasn’t seen these things, or heard those voices. I’m sorry some people feel that because it hasn’t happened to them, it couldn’t have happened to me. And others. But whenever I get too annoyed, I consider the fact that I am just a drop in the proverbial bucket, because I am not alone.

There are thousands just like me, and in a way, we draw strength from one another. It doesn’t take a lot of talent to be in the right place at the right time, but you do have to learn how to stand your ground. Not with the paranormal life you might encounter, but with the living who can’t believe it happened. In the paranormal deck of cards, the motivated skeptic card always trumps the red-eyed demon. I can’t help wishing it was the other way around – sometimes.
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Voices From Forever by Randall Keller http://goo.gl/ZBBmj Available on Amazon
There Is No Silence by Randall Keller http://goo.gl/U6KY7 Available on Amazon.