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Standing At The Crossroads

This is just a brief post to remind everyone that my newest book STANDING AT THE CROSSROADS  is available on Amazon. Just use the link provided to order directly from Amazon. Every purchase helps support me and my work. As always, thank you for reading my content and most of all thank you for being you !
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Hermeneutics

If you are so inclined to read and research religious and literary texts, I would suggest that one gets familiar with something called hermeneutics. Hermeneutics deals with interpreting religious and literary texts. The purpose to learning hermeneutics is to know when to read and understand texts in literal sense, allegorical sense or in a moral sense. An example of understanding proper use of hermeneutics is the old debate between the Mormons and the Christian Apologetic ministers and other similar denominations of Christians. The Mormons say that God is an exalted man by taking the following verses as being very literal, the Book of Daniel Chapter 5 verse 5 which reads "in the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote". The Mormons say God literally has a hand....                Then they also cite and take ve…

Lost UFO Enthusiast

The mysterious case of lost UFO enthusiast Frederick Valentich has baffled investigators in the UFO community since 1978. Valentich was an Australian man who was fascinated  with UFOS and flying. He applied to the Royal Australian Air Force but was rejected. He also failed the commercial pilot exams but, he was persistent.Valentich had around one hundred fifty hours of flying logged when he left Moorabbin  airport on October  21st, 1978 in a Cessna 182L. This was to be his final flight.The Cessna 182L is a light airplane that had a 230 horse power piston engine. The Cessna 182 is used by several  flight schools, governmental civil organizations and even by some militaries. The 182 had a cruise speed of around 165 mph  and had a gravity fed fuel system.Valentich left the Moorabbin airport at approximately 6:15 pm. The weather conditions were good. He was plotting a course southeast toward King Island. While over Bass Straight he reported to airport control that he thought another aircr…

Mysterious Case of Susan Walsh

Susan Walsh was a freelance writer and journalist who lived in Nutley, New Jersey. Susan worked as an exotic dancer during her college years and then again sometime after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from William Paterson College. While doing research for this article I found numerous sources that reported that she struggled with substance abuse and mental health issues.Susan had a variety of jobs including exotic dancer, writer for various business and engineering publications as well as for Screw Magazine. She also served as an investigative journalist for The Village Voice newspaper. Susan was active in the making of two documentaries on the adult entertainment industry. Both of the documentaries were considered to some as being controversial.Using her experience and connections she had while working as a stripper, she wrote an article on on the Russian Mob's alleged involvement in the strip club industry. That article was published by The Village Voice. She recei…

Black Annis of Leicestershire

The Black Annis of LeicestershireMy digging into folklore lead me to the tale of The Black Annis which has been reported for centuries in the now gone woods that surrounded Leicestershire, England.The Black Annis has been described as being horrid creature that ate children. The Black Annis legend says she has blue skin, razor sharp teeth and arms that she could extend at will. The extending of her arms were to snatch young  children who were carelessly wondering or playing the woods. Did you notice the similarities between her and The Slender Man tale?The legend of Black Annis is known to be documented in written form way back in the eighteenth century. This first or earliest know record of her is surprisingly found on a dead, which used Black Annis while describing the boundary of a tract of land. Some speculate that Black Annis is the Crone form of a tripple Goddess Deity. Others contend that the Black Annis was a real person who was named Agnes Scott. Agnes was thought of being a …

Vlad Dracul

Vlad Dracul IIIWhen we think of creatures lurking in the shadows at night, one of the several things that comes to mind is the vampire. However, when we think specifically of vampires we often think of Vlad Dracula. Of course Vlad has many names and morbid accolades such as Vlad the Impaler. Some refer to him as Vlad Tepes while others refer to him as Vlad III or Prince Vlad. Either way, Vlad ruled his principality of Wallachia with fear, force and cunning.Vlad III was the son of Prince Vlad II ( Vlad II was thought to be the bastard son of Vlad I ) and Eupraxia of Moldavia. He is believed to have been born around the year 1430 in Transylvania. At that time and during the early years of Vlad III rein Transylvania was dominated by Saxon merchants who's loyalties changed as often as the loyalties of the Wallachian nobility! Just keep that in mind because we will be revisiting them later.In 1442 Vlad III and his younger brother Radu became prisoners of Sultan Murad II. The Ottoman Su…

Haunted Highways

Who all has heard of Haunted Highways? I know that I sure have! So, in this blog post, I would like to mention two such alleged Haunted Roads.In Scotland there is a road labeled A75. The A75 runs east to west and connects Gretna  and Stranraer. What makes this road different  from other Scottish roads is that it is noted as being one of the country's most dangerous roads. The A75 has an extremely high number of wrecks and deaths but, that's not the reason that many of the locals living near A75 won't travel the road after dark. Over the years many drivers on A75 have reported seeing highway phantons, ghost animals and strange looking creatures.  One such scary encounter goes back to 1957 when a freight truck driver was reported of witnessing a couple walk in front of his truck that caused him to slam on the breaks. Believing that he had hit the couple  with his truck, he got out and started looking for them and signs of blood, etc. Much to his dismay, they were not to be f…