Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Souls of the Asylum is available for advanced ordering

My friends, Doug and Berta Lockhart, have completed a book entitled "Souls of the Asylum." This is a compilation of channeled stories received from patients buried in the cemeteries of the old Athens Lunatic Asylum in Athens, Ohio. I was honored to be asked to write the Foreword of this book.

Whatever you might think about channeling, these stories are compelling. What is amazing about the writings is that Doug normally does not write in cursive. Yet his handwriting would change styles as he wrote these messages from beyond the grave. One spirit even moved his hand in an elaborate signature which is shown in the book.

Some of the stories have been verified by information stored in the archives of the Alden Library of Ohio University. The archivist was stunned that anyone could have known this information without looking at the records.

The graves in the cemeteries of this institution are mostly marked with only numbered stones. I am a member of the Friends of Athens Asylum Cemeteries which is a group of private citizens who are installing proper memorial markers with the names, birth dates, and death dates engraved upon them. These cemeteries are some of the most forlorn, loneliest burial grounds that you might encounter. No wonder those buried there seek to have their identities restored through the relating of their personal stories.

You can learn of the history of this institution and how you might help us identify the graves at this website.

Advance ordering of the book may be found here. Amazon and other websites will soon follow to sell the book.

Monday, May 27, 2013

My article in Un-X News Magazine

A blog post that I originally posted for this blog has been modified into an article and published in the Un-X News Magazine. Margie Kay is the editor of this magazine and you can view her website at this link. The spring issue's theme is fairies and elemental spirits. My article is entitled "Grottoes, Fairies and Roses. You can get a copy of the magazine here.