Journal

Author: Mason Winfield Created: Friday, February 26, 2010
Journal

 The idea that any person or family could be cursed by a single month is one thing. The chance that there could be any validity to it is another. See what you make of this apparent phenomenon from the Southern side of my family.

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 I read about psychic phenomena – “spooky stuff.” I write about it. I listen to people who think they’ve seen it. I talk to people about it based on the picture presented by research, as well as the folklore. It’s extremely rare, I think, for any of us to experience psychic phenomena. See what you make of this third of our series of Christmas-season ghost stories at East Aurora’s Roycroft Campus – a potentially psychic Christmas Eve event into whose aftertones I stepped.

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 [Around 1900 a guest of East Aurora’s Roycroft Inn spotted an old employee weeping at her job. When asked what sort of tragedy had brought her to tears, she replied that they were tears of joy. By vouching for her son’s character and guaranteeing him a job, Roycroft founder Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) had gotten him out of prison early to spend the holidays with his family. He had pulled one of his Christmas-season strings. This is the second in our series of seasonal Campus ghost stories.]

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 The average American stereotypes Halloween as the eternal “spook night” and is surprised to hear that Christmas was once its rival.

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  You’ve all heard about the creepy clowns. The flap may have started recently in England, but by now reports are all over the states, including New York, even Western New York, where sightings in wooded areas near schools and playgrounds have been rumored to be attempts to lure children. Some lawbreakers have indeed started taking clown-masks as disguises, and Johnny-Come-Latelies love getting a rise out of people. But most of these creepy clowns are elusive enough to qualify as apparitions like other standouts of our contemporary paranormal mythology, including ghosts, most UFOs, mystery monsters, and “the Vanishing Hitchhiker” (which may be completely an urban legend). 


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Be these juggling fiends no more believed,

That palter with us in a double sense,

That keep the word of promise to our ear,

And break it to our hope.

 Shakespeare, MacBeth


Wide right!

Van Miller

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  The season of Halloween is on us, and in the human environment, the imagery of our massive entertainment apparatus has already turned to the garish and the monstrous. Before we get to discussing Western New York’s legendary monsters, we should understand the roots of the occasion. 

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