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Friday, August 10, 2018

Do You Believe In Ghosts??

I bet you're wondering about my title up there and why I'm blogging about ghosts. Admit it, you're curious, aren't you?

First, this week everyone was talking on-line and sharing an image dubbed the Cloud Angel. The story behind it is also interesting. A man and his wife from Texas were driving down the highway when they saw this cloud in the sky. The man said he and his wife were going through some difficulties and seeing the image of an angel brought them peace. "It was God's way of saying everything will be all right." I don't know...looks an awful lot like an angel to me.


Second, a few weeks ago, I was looking through my back list of books and said, Oh. My. Gosh. Keta. You write about ghosts all the time.They are all ROMANCE stories, however.

I've always been drawn to ghost stories--other people's, or so I thought. But I never realized until that day how many of my stories include a ghost. There are a hundred articles with the title, Are Ghosts Real? or Do You Believe in Ghosts? Keep reading to see some of my ghost stories listed below.

One of my favorites articles about ghosts is the little piece below. The creator doesn't give his opinion but leaves open the question of whether ghosts exist for you to decide. I felt better after reading this because according to him "ghosts are mentioned in thousands and thousands of stories" (lol - including mine). Credit must go to Wonderoplolis for their story about ghosts below.  I hope you enjoy it!
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Ghosts can run the gamut from friendly ghosts, like Casper, to seriously sinister ghouls that want to haunt your dreams. But they're just figments of your imagination, right? Ghosts aren't real, are they?

Ghosts have been around for a long, long time. From the Bible to Shakespeare's Macbeth, you'll find ghosts mentioned in thousands upon thousands of stories. They're so prevalent that they actually have their own genre: the ever-popular ghost story.

It's only natural to WONDER about what happens when someone dies. Does any part of that person live on? Could the spirit hang around this world and interact with the living? Who wouldn't want to believe that a loved one might remain close by, looking over the living?

Many people believe ghosts are indeed real. Experts believe ghosts are the most common paranormal belief in the world. Some experts estimate that as many as one-half of all Americans believe in ghosts. Researchers point to the presence of over 2,000 amateur ghost-hunting groups in the United States as further proof of the popularity of ghosts in American culture.

Why do so many people believe in ghosts? One reason is that many people claim to have personal experiences with ghosts. You don't have to look far to find people who believe that, at one time or another, they've felt the presence of a ghost.

Do any of these paranormal experiences have any solid basis in scientific fact, though? That's where the difficulty in evaluating the reality of ghosts comes in. It becomes very hard to discredit personal experiences. Moreover, there is no clear definition of what most people agree a ghost is. Are they mental? Spiritual? Physical? A mixture of these?

** What do you think: mental, spiritual, physical or a mixture? Let Smart Girls Read Romance know in the comment section below.**

Ghost hunters usually try to use a variety of technological scientific equipment to detect the presence of ghosts. Typical equipment might include Geiger counters, Electromagnetic Field (EMF) detectors, ion detectors, infrared cameras, and super-sensitive microphones.

Despite the use of such equipment, there are still no scientifically-verified cases of ghost detection. Of course, many ghost hunters would claim that this makes sense, since we can't expect the tools of this world to detect ghosts from the spirit world.

In the end, it's up to you to determine whether you believe ghosts are real. There's no scientific evidence for ghosts. Is this because ghosts don't exist? Or do we simply not have the technology to detect them?
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This could be a fun adventure if you want to be your own ghost hunter!
Could a library be haunted? Some believe that the Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana, is haunted by a ghost known as the Grey Lady. Jump online to check out Library Ghost  to learn more about the Grey Lady. Check out their webcams that show live shots around the library. Take a look. Can you spot the Grey Lady?

Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not? Write down some of your thoughts about ghosts, including any personal experiences you may have had with paranormal phenomena. Share your thoughts with Smart Girls Read Romance in the comment section.

Thanks so much for dropping by,
Keta's Ghost/Romance Stories

4 comments:

  1. Hello friends & fans of Smart Girls Read Romance. I'm so happy your dropped by today. So...I asked you to tell us about your personal interactions with ghosts. Don't be shy - lots of people have seen ghosts, including me. When I was a toddler (about 3) we lived in a very old house (think tin ceiling, coved ceilings, wood plank floors). My bedroom was off the kitchen, away from the other bedrooms. I cried every night before I fell into an exhuastive sleep. Why? Because I saw little men sitting in the coved part of the ceiling. My mom kept asking me what was wrong and I told her. She said I would point and say, "Right there. They are right there." I remember wondering why she couldn't see them. Fortunately, she was a patient mom and sat with me every night until I fell asleep.

    To this day, I can see them in my mind (they scared me so bad, they left an impression). Noe, as an adult, I realize they looked like fairies or elves. They weren't mean looking - just very curious and always looking down on me. For a three-year old, that was terribly frightening.

    Now, you tell us your ghost story. And thanks again for dropping by, Keta
    @ketadiablo (Twitter)

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  2. What a great post, Keta. I've never had a ghost encounter - not too sure I would handle it well. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. As a child our daughter had what we thought was an imaginary playmate named Annie. One day I was visiting our daughter and stepped out of the bathroom into her shadowy hallway and there stood a woman dressed in 1800s clothes. She giggled and disappeared. I told my daughter and described her and she said, "Oh, that's Annie." I've seen her one other time. At our home before where we live now, we had a large basement. One day, I started to go downstairs, and a man was running up and down the stairs. He looked up at me and smiled and said, "I always hoped this is the kind of house that would be built here." He looked very like--only thinner--a man we knew who was a descendant of the man who homesteaded the property in the late 1800s. I've seen other ghosts but those are the two nicest.

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  4. Interesting post, Keta. The women in my family (mother's side) were all said to have "the sight." I've had my share of spooky experiences as did my mother and grandmother. My daughter and I share a "brain link" which is what the family calls it. Ghosts? Oh, yes. I believe.

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