Anne's Diary
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
In his story "The Purloined Letter," Edgar Allan Poe writes about a man who hides a letter he doesn't want found in plain sight, amongst the other letters and bills on his desk. Whenever I've wanted to hide something, I've remembered that story. Apparently, Osama bin-Laden read it too, since he was killed while hiding in plain sight.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
I consider PFC Bradley Manning, who gave Julian Assange most of the military information for Wikileaks, to be a hero, despite the fact that he is now a prisoner at Quantico, a top security military prison, AND being tortured with sleep deprivation, by being waked up constantly during the night. Scientists who study sleep have done...
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Monday, March 28, 2011
It was almost 7 years ago: Oct. 16, 2004 to be precise. Whitley was scheduled to be on Coast to Coast AM that night, starting at 10 pm. His friend Art Bell was still hosting the show at the time. That afternoon, I staggered up the long flight of stairs from the laundry room at the apartment building where we were staying at the time, complaining...
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
Whitley and I are always on a diet, and as I recommend in my diet book, we allow ourselves one treat a week--whatever we want. Often it's the lemon cake with incredibly rich icing from our local bakery. If one of us doesn't eat their piece fast enough, the other one sometimes eats (sneaks) bits off the other's piece.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
I just saw an extraordinary film: "Of Gods and Men." This is based on the true story of a group of French monks living in Algeria in 1996 when Muslim fundamentalist terrorism was just taking hold in the country. At the time, Algeria was (as it is today) a mostly Muslim country, but the monks living there were accepted because they...
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
On a recent trip to New York City, we stayed at our favorite small hotel. We had scheduled meetings with some of our publishers, as well as a breakfast meeting with an old friend who is in the midst of making a documentary about Whitley. This man has always been rather dismissive of me--which is something I resent--even going so far as to tell me...
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Monday, February 14, 2011
We recently returned from a funeral and I was very impressed by something the minister who officiated at it said. She really didn't know the 92-year-old lady who was being buried, so couldn't speak too personally about her, but she had been filled in a bit by the deceased woman's daughter, so she wasn't totally clueless. I later learned that this...
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Monday, February 7, 2011
There's an old saying: "In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." I experienced this recently when Whitley had cataract surgery in one eye. He was having terrific trouble driving at night, and I suspect this is why he got the warning dream from his dead little dog Candy when we were in the UK.
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Monday, January 31, 2011
We just got the news that the 92-year-old mother of good friends of ours has died, and we are making preparations to travel there for the funeral. Since the state of her health wasn't good (she had just been diagnosed with inoperable cancer), it is probably a blessing. But what interests me is that it also seems to have been a choice. When I...
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Monday, January 24, 2011
Everyone talks about how the future will be different (i.e. will the world end in December 2012?), but no one talks about how HUMAN BEINGS will be different, and while the world may change, we won't survive if we don't change along with it. I recently met two fascinating individuals who showed me what future human transformation could be like. We...
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Friday, January 14, 2011
When I heard Sarah Palin's reaction to shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on BBC America News, which we watch every night, I didn't know what the phrase "blood libel" meant. The announcers on the show evinced surprise at Palin's statement and one commentator said, "Does she know what it means?" Since I didn't either, I thought...
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Sunday, January 9, 2011
Before I write about this incident, I need to include a preamble: When Whitley and I were a struggling young couple living in New York City, we used to cast about for inexpensive things to do on weekends. On one of these weekends we decided to visit Sunnyside, Washington Irving's house in the Hudson Valley which has been turned into a museum (...
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Saturday, January 1, 2011
In my last diary, I wrote about our recent journey. While we are not back home yet, that journey has now been completed in a wonderful way, as if the sentence was being dotted with a period at the end.
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Thursday, December 30, 2010
I've gone on a long journey, both mental and physical. It's time to take stock of where I've been. This year we decided to drive to Texas to spend Christmas with Whitley's family, since some of them are getting quite elderly and may not be around to celebrate with much longer. While going from one party or gathering to another, we visited lots of...
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Friday, December 24, 2010
One hears so much dogma these days, about all sorts of things: From Creationism to Climate Change, people make statements about what they WANT to believe, rather than what's really going on (usually because they don't want to FACE the facts).
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
Clement Moore wrote these immortal lines: "'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." If only that was true!
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
A few years ago, I kept seeing billboards saying "Put the Christ back in Christmas" (objecting to the shortened term "Xmas," and to the secular "Santa Claus" celebration of the holiday). This never made any sense to me, because I think it's clear that there are at least three Christmas celebrations: The Christian one...
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Monday, November 15, 2010
When Paul, the man responsible for most of the New Testament, as well as for modern Christianity, had a vision of the dead Jesus on the road to Damascus, in which Jesus castigated Paul for bad-mouthing him, this started him on his entire ministry. We may think that the type of apocalyptic events that create great saints and missionaries are all in...
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
THUMP! That's what Whitley heard one night recently when we were driving home late at night. I didn't hear the noise at all, but it caused Whitley to suddenly slow down cautiously, and when he did, he discovered that if he hadn't, he would have hit a black man, wearing all black, who was crossing the street at that moment right in front of our car...
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Monday, September 20, 2010
What have I learned lately? I've learned that you can get real religious insight from what is essentially a financial newspaper.
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
These days I notice the same thing everyone else does: Most people walking (or driving!) along are in their own little world, oblivious to the larger world around them, because they are either talking on a cell phone with an earpiece in their ear or texting. It's become a world of walking cocoons. I'm woefully behind on all this technology...
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010
We have just returned from a trip to speak at the crop circle conference in the UK, where we had some breathtaking adventures. When we entered our first circle, I was amazed to be greeted by TWO people who knew me! The first one was "Kate," a contactee whom I interviewed several months ago. Then I heard "Anne!" and was hailed by Claire,...
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
A successful marriage is a mystery, especially to the people who are living it. Whenever I hear anyone giving out advice about how to succeed in this incredibly hard but wonderfully worthwhile task, I always take it with a grain of salt. At least we don't hear as much of this as we used to, because so many of the pontificating political...
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Psychic medium Marla Frees was one of the people who spoke at the Dreamland Festival this June. During her talk, as she was contacting the dead relatives of some of the people in the audience, I noticed that Whitley, who was sitting next to me, seemed to be in a sort of trance. At first I thought he might have actually fallen asleep from...
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
Whitley and I were recently invited to participate in a conference at that magical spot by the ocean called Esalen. I loved it: We'd driven by it many times when we visited Big Sur, but we had never actually been there, and we were especially honored that they took our specialties--UFO sightings and contactee stories--seriously enough to include...
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Spring is here and the hummingbirds are back at our feeder. In my lifetime, I have been held hostage by hummers and waged a losing war with squirrels.
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
While "Avatar," like the earlier film "The Matrix," will inspire a new generation of paranormal-style films, there are many thousands of astonishingly TRUE untold stories out there, which is why I think that future films about the paranormal should be located squarely in daily life, especially since the daily lives I learn about are so...
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
A few years ago, I wrote about meeting an angel in a Kinko's copy shop. This time around, I was an angel for SOMEBODY ELSE, although I didn't realize it until later. Yesterday, I was feeling a bit chastened. We had recently gone to a special volunteer breakfast at our church and volunteered for almost EVERYTHING, but no one called us back...
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I wasn't raised a Catholic (my parents were atheists) and although I became one as a young adult, and have even taught (non-religious) subjects in a Catholic school, I don't know much about Catholic dogma. I was confirmed by a bored, intellectual monsignor from a wealthy family who was stationed at a church on the edge of Harlem. During our...
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
It all started with a visit from a hummingbird. I was out in the backyard of a friend's house when a hummer flew right up in front of my face. It did a little "hello" dance back and forth, then zoomed away. We feed hummingbirds on our balcony, and this made me wonder if they have some sort of long distance communication system that we...
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