Anne's Diary
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I've been hobbling around in what I call "das boot" after a recent operation to correct my "Greek foot." If you've ever seen images of Greek statues (or the real thing), your eyes start at the head, then travel down to those fig leaves supplied by the Vatican, then further down to the feet, where you notice that, for some...
read more 3 comments
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The recent conviction of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on several counts of pedophilia brings that awful topic to the news again. We've all heard hundreds of stories about pedophile priests, as well as similar actions by prep school teachers, to the extent that this seems to be some sort of epidemic. What's going on?...
read more 17 comments
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I recently read a magazine article that said something to the effect of, "Women can have it all" (meaning a career, a happy marriage, and motherhood)--"They just can't have it all AT ONCE." I think men are now in the same leaky boat. Longer life spans and the recession have combined to mean that both sexes live their lives in...
read more 2 comments
Thursday, June 14, 2012
I have written about annoying "critters" in this column before, and I was discussing bugs with someone the other day, and we both agreed that both fleas and roaches will be with us forever, since they seem to be impervious to things that would kill any other creature, including humans. It's been discovered that roaches can survive high...
read more 5 comments
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I recently saw a TV news report saying that Dallas has locked away so many prisoners who are now being exonerated with new DNA testing, that they have a special police unit working on this problem. Some of these innocent men have been in prison for decades. As the convict singer Leadbelly opined so long ago in his song "The Midnight Special...
read more
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Every year, around this time, I'm always amazed by the number of people I meet who are coughing and sneezing and hacking away. I say to them, "You didn't get a flu shot--you can get one in the drug store for around $20 now," and they reply something like, "There are dangerous nanotubes inside vaccines," or "Flu shots GIVE...
read more 9 comments
Thursday, May 10, 2012
"Mom-ism" is something that most women find themselves doing at various times in their lives, often to their surprise. I'm still a mom to my grown-up son, who was there for me every minute when I needed him during my hospitalization 8 years ago. Most of the time, he was sitting right by my bed, and the rest of the time, he was keeping...
read more 1 comment
Friday, April 27, 2012
"Halibut?" That's the reply I got when I asked my husband a mundane question a few years ago. Whitley had an untreated burst eardrum when he was a kid, then as an adult in New York City, he walked past a backfiring car. The result? He's pretty much deaf in one of his ears. Every once in a while I get frustrated and send him to a...
read more 10 comments
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I like to read several books at a time--usually a "literary" novel, a mystery novel (for times when I'm too tired to read the literary novel) and a nonfiction book. In my search for literature, I've noticed (especially when we lived in New York) how a certain book becomes--for no logical reason I've been able to discern--the "flavor...
read more 6 comments
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I recently heard an interview with the actor Anthony Hopkins on NPR radio, during which he said, "Whatever God is has a great sense of humor." I totally agree! Despite its tragedies, my life has been--to a large extent--very funny. For instance, when I met up with an angel a few years ago, it wasn't in a church and he didn't wear wings...
read more 3 comments
Friday, April 6, 2012
Whitley and I recently slept on a bad bed in an utterly beautiful B & B in San Francisco, where we went for a book signing. Our room in this lovely old home was exquisitely decorated, but came with a bad mattress, which just goes to show, I guess, that beauty is only skin deep. This sent us on a search for a good chiropractor, and I'm glad...
read more
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I've been having "conversations" lately with a month-old baby who lives nearby. I at first tried singing lullabies to him, but he's too feisty to lie still and listen--he flails his arms, he kicks his legs, he burps, he poots, he poops. I've found that this new baby likes to listen to me talk to him. I look right into...
read more 18 comments
Thursday, March 1, 2012
We recently returned from a conference in Phoenix. Like most UFO conferences, it was a combination of the grand and the goofy. There were people who gave wise talks about serious, well-thought-out theories, while other people, wearing white doctors' coats, took people who thought they might be contactees into a booth where they shone a black light...
read more 3 comments
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
There are a lot of things I don't like about Los Angeles--too spread out, too hard to make friends here--but one of the things I DO like is being among so-called "secular Jews" once again. I lived with these people in New York City and I find them delightful: They don't try to "convert" you, they are interested in the arts and...
read more 7 comments
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Nine years ago, Whitley and I exchanged Valentine's on our website. I wrote a diary and he wrote a journal, and neither of us knew what the other had written until we posted them and then--we discovered we had written about the same thing: The time when Whitley first told me about his close encounter experience, and also our joyously improbable...
read more 1 comment
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
A man killed himself today. Although I'd only met him a couple of times, I think I know why he did it: He met up with the same "mild" Satanic figure that we did, but in his case, he couldn't crawl out of the hole again. Evil doesn't always rampage--it doesn't always call attention to itself in the dramatic style of the horrible...
read more 9 comments
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Now that our troops are finally leaving Iraq (and will soon, hopefully, be departing from Afghanistan), it's time to reflect on the fact that the 20th (and now the 21st) centuries have been so filled with fighting. Interestingly enough, scientists tell us that humans are not DESIGNED to go to war: When it comes to "fight or flight," we...
read more 9 comments
Monday, January 16, 2012
There's a whole "science" of collecting the last words of famous folk who are dying. The 19th century playwright and gay activist Oscar Wilde is supposed to have said, "Either the wallpaper goes, or I do." (he did). Queen Elizabeth I was driving the country slightly mad because she had no progeny to inherit the English throne...
read more 4 comments
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
One of my last diaries started with a song and this one does too. In this case, it's the lyrics to the Simon and Garfunkel song: "Sound of Silence," which go like this: Hello darkness, my old friend I've come to talk with you again Because a vision softly creeping Left its seeds while I was sleeping And the vision that was planted...
read more 10 comments
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Every year, when Thanksgiving rolls around, I begin to get nervous, because--in many ways--I really do hate Christmas. I hate the awful canned music one hears in stores. It's bad enough when they massacre the old-fashioned carols, but when they play "upbeat," modern Christmas tunes like "Jingle Bells," or "Frosty the...
read more 6 comments
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
It takes courage to be female. Everybody recognizes male courage--in battle, fighting fires, on the football field--but your average woman is actually bravery personified: She teams up with a partner (usually a man) and takes the huge risk of caring about him, caring for him, having his kids (or taking care of the ones he already has), without...
read more 4 comments
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
When Whitley and I and hosted Coast to Coast AM recently, we talked to an expert on lie detector machines, who didn't have much faith in them. One of the topics that came up was whether or not wives should make their husbands take a polygraph test to determine whether or not the guy was cheating on them, and I said this wasn't necessary, that...
read more 4 comments
Monday, December 5, 2011
I recently heard about a presentation given by a researcher who described the work of quantum physicist Philippe Guillemant, who has proposed that the future is already realized and is "brought to life" by the influence of our observations and intentions. In other words, we create our reality and can control our future.
read more 3 comments
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I've always said that medical doctors are my shamans, because physicians have saved the lives of my both husband and son once and my own life twice. I've even known people who have put off going to the doctor because they want to try a New Age type cure first who actually died from this. But I'm an open-minded soul (with all I've seen and heard, I...
read more 5 comments
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
I have long been amazed at how small occurrences can make such a big difference in life and in the course of history. For instance, on August 22, 1931, while an Englishman named John Scott-Ellis was trying out his snazzy new car in Munich, he almost ran over Adolf Hitler, who was crossing the street.
read more 13 comments
Friday, October 28, 2011
My cleaning lady Maria has followed me from apartment to apartment, and I consider her a friend: I've encouraged her daughter to be the first in her family to attend college. But she can be destructive, and the list of things she's broken during her vigorous cleaning sessions is extensive.
read more
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
There are many ways to use words. When Whitley published Transformation, he wrote down some of the "star language" that Betty Andreasson had heard "aliens" speaking during her UFO encounter.
read more 8 comments
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Whitley's book, "Solving the Communion Enigma" is about my discovery (from reading thousands of letters from "contactees") that the Visitors often show up in people's lives accompanied by dead friends and relatives. And I've also discovered that, just because a scientist is dead, this doesn't seem to stop him or her from...
read more
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
I've always loved the song "Spanish is a Loving Tongue" by Emmylou Harris: "Spanish is a loving tongue, soft as music, bright as sun. Once knew a boy who taught me some: 'Te amoro mi Corazon.'" Nobody is more cognizant of how hard it is to learn a foreign language than I am. I've studied French off and on for YEARS, and...
read more 3 comments
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Whitley and I still read the papers ON PAPER, and we love the columns in the weekend Financial Times. One of my favorites is David Tang's "Agony Uncle" column (in the UK, an "agony aunt" is someone who solves personal problems that readers send in, like Ann Landers and "Dear Abby" used to do).
read more 1 comment
Subscribe to Unknowncountry sign up now