Lost in a Crowded Room

I want to be here and
enjoy my time.

I want to throw my pleasures
across the room.

I come so close and then
draw back.

Knowing pain would be worse
if I shared it with the world.

My unrestrained thoughts
float about my opened mind.

Wonder for unexplored planes
yield to my search.

I think and then don’t,
and ponder and not.

Outpouring and numbness swing
in my soul like a pendulum.

And still, I am lost in a crowded room.


13 University-Sanctioned Paranormal Research Projects

The existence of paranormal phenomena is one of those things you’re usually either heartily for or against. In case you’re on the fence about the subject, here’s a list of 13 of the most prominent university sanctioned (and unsanctioned) odysseys into paranormal research, and what they found.


THE OLD BELFRY, a ghost story for New Year’s Day

freaky folk tales

church ghost

The old belfry stood apart from the church. An octagon-shaped building terminating in a squat, ungainly spire, it contained only two rooms. The room which occupied the whole of the ground floor was used as a lumber-room; the room above was known as the rope-room; a similar winding stair ran from the ground floor to a vault-like chamber below.

The older generation of bell-ringers had firmly believed the belfry to be haunted. No one had actually claimed to have seen the ghost, but when the subject was mentioned to one of them, he would look wise and shake his head with an expression that was meant to convey an idea that he knew something but would not tell. One man who, so it was said, could have told something definite if he wished, had recently taken leave of his senses and was no longer active in their circle.

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