Anne's Diary
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
In one of the first diaries I wrote for this website, I talked about how my efforts to put up a birdfeeder and wind chimes (seeming innocent pursuits) were being thwarted by the aggressive local squirrels. I was once kept out of the rocking chair on our front porch in the country once because a mother bird had built a nest in the rafters and her...
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I'm afraid this diary may insult both dog lovers and Irishmen but hey, that's never stopped me yet! Our son was a handsome boy and Whitley and I are, well, a bit challenged in that department, although I'm a lot less so now that I've lost 100 pounds. During one summer, two different people (who didn't know each other) said the exact same...
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Monday, July 27, 2009
We were recently invited to be in a couple of events of the kind we don't usually participate in. One of them was Comic- Con in San Diego, where Whitley signed and talked about his graphic novel The Nye Incidents. The other was a film about life after death being made by independent filmmaker Nick Mendoza called "Quantum Wisdom." As usual, I...
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Monday, June 29, 2009
Many Native American tribes have a deity called "Trickster Coyote," who plays pranks on people in order to bring them enlightenment. From reading so many letters, I can attest that the Visitors often do this to people. Whitley himself has been caught up in this at times. In Whitley's family there is a long tradition of playing practical jokes...
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Monday, June 8, 2009
Humans are basically tool users. That's what separates us from other primates (although chimps use twigs to dig for termites). Neurologists have discovered that that SAME PLACE in the brain lights up when males visualize either tools or attractive females! There's a message here for women: Don't ever get between a guy and his tools (don't...
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Sunday, May 31, 2009
Sometimes what looks like giving really is getting, but it's hard to convince other people of that. It's equally hard to convince YOURSELF.
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Monday, May 18, 2009
Whitley and I just had one of the most profoundly moving experiences of our lives, one which was also a real privilege to be part of. It was also one of the most painful experiences we've ever had. It made me remember that old folk tune "Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier," in which the singer laments, "Here I sit on Buttermilk Hill, Who can blame...
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Monday, May 4, 2009
Whitley is busy rewriting his new novel. He has a deadline and is under a lot of pressure to finish, which doesn't always put him in the best mood. I, as his Muse, am busy shredding the old, discarded manuscript pages. What is it about shredding that feels so good? While the emotions associated with shredding are great, the problem with it...
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
We recently experienced one of the exciting things about living in LA: we were invited to a screening of a major motion picture. I haven't been to many of these, but I've noticed that I always like the film in question more when I see it this way, than I probably would in ordinary circumstances. If studios could arrange some way to make every...
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Saturday, April 4, 2009
I once got angry, because after I mentioned Wicca in passing during a Dreamland interview, someone wrote in and said (accusingly) is Anne Strieber a pagan? I denied it then, but now I'm beginning to think I wouldn't mind if it was TRUE! In the context of some work we are doing on a possible documentary, we recently found ourselves at a Druid...
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Sunday, March 8, 2009
Whitley usually appears on television alone, but occasionally I get to make an appearance as well. One of most enjoyable things Whitley and I ever did together was to participate in a live radio show in front of an audience at the River Rock Casino in Vancouver, Canada recently. But I have a feeling that my first time on live radio may also...
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
If I were to describe my religion, I would say that I'm a Christian with a dash of Wiccan and some Buddhism thrown into the mix, so when we went to Las Vegas on business lately, I thought I'd try to see the town through the "eyes" of each of these philosophies in turn. Whitley and I have never been crazy about that town, since neither...
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Sunday, February 8, 2009
In my family, I act as the "finder:" Whenever anyone loses something, they always come to me to see if I can find it for them. I got so many of these petitions at one point that I finally came up with the decree that if I haven't touched it, don't ask me to find it. I think my biggest coup was finding a baseball that my son had had...
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Saturday, January 3, 2009
So often, when we make New Year's resolutions, we concentrate on giving up our vices, but what we REALLY want is to become someone new. In in my case, this would be someone who loses weight effortlessly and has an exquisite complexion, high cheekbones, tiny ears (mine resemble those of Alfred E. Newman of "Mad" magazine) and a thick,...
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
In a diary I wrote 8 years ago, I described how my Siamese cat Coe (the cat who came to the hospital and took me to the world of the dead) reacted when he saw me rushing around, doing all the everyday chores of life, the kinds of things that seem so important at the moment but which turn out to be so utterly trivial later. These are the types of...
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Saturday, November 29, 2008
John 21:15-18 says: "When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, 'Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?' 'Yes, Lord,' he said, 'you know that I love you.' Jesus said, 'Feed my lambs.' Again Jesus said, 'Simon son of John, do you truly love me?' He answered, 'Yes, Lord, you know that I love you...
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Monday, November 10, 2008
I can't believe it either: we actually elected a black president. I'm ashamed to realize that I underestimated my fellow citizens, but I think it's the same old story: the bigoted minority makes the most noise. Bishop Shelby Spong once said, "Religions are like swimming pools, most of the noise comes from the shallow end." I think politics is...
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Sunday, November 2, 2008
Shortly after I did the subscriber interview with Dawn Brunke, a listener wrote and asked, "Is Anne Strieber a pagan?" I was scratching my head over that one, but then I finally figured it out. Dawn's book talks about animal shapeshifting and since I experienced once of the most amazing examples of this when my dead mother came to me in the guise...
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Sunday, October 26, 2008
We recently did a live Coast to Coast AM radio show again, after a hiatus of many years, when we started broadcasting from a studio in our home, then moved to the internet. We were in a different studio (in California instead of Texas) but other than that, not much had changed, except in one big way. It was the same as always: taking along...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
A cable network approached us about making a reality series about UFO abductees and after talking to the head of the production company, Whitley became convinced that he took this subject seriously, so we said yes. Part of the shooting consisted of interviews with so-called "abductees"--many of whom have implants (just like Whitley has...
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Saturday, August 30, 2008
Talk about revelations! I thought I knew everything about Whitley's UFO experiences, but I've gotten two new pieces of information?one of them brand-new?which put it in a whole new light. One of the pieces isn't really new. I learned it about 4 years ago, when Whitley accompanied me to a psychologist, after I got home from being in the...
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
UPDATE: This is not a political website, but I've decided that Obama has my vote and for a unique reason: His running mate, Joe Biden, had a burst aneurysm like I did, and I know what that does for you. Lately there's been a great controversy about whether "the surge"--which sent 28,000 more troops into Iraq a year ago-- has "worked" or not...
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008
In the play (and later movie) "Prelude to a Kiss," an old man manages to enter the body of a beautiful young bride when he kisses her, to the great consternation of the bridegroom (who somehow KNOWS his new wife is different, and he's right: She's now a grouchy old man in a beautiful young woman's body!) When the old man is finally...
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Tuesday, July 8, 2008
The comedian George Carlin died recently and in a "funny" way, he's been an important part of my life for a long time? kind of "haunting" it with laughter. Carlin was about the power of words--something that writers WANT to believe in, but don't really. Most of the time, people ignore what you write. They may compliment you (or more often...
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Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I know that as a diarist, I'm expected to write about our recent Dreamland Festival, but I'm not sure where to start. One of the problems is that everyone attended "their own" festival, depending on which talks meant the most to them and on whom they met. One thing that worked beautifully, though: we all had LOTS of personal interaction with...
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008
After a group meeting, an acolyte once asked his teacher, "Why do you always say the same thing?" The guru's reply: "Because you haven't heard me yet." I've been thinking about those lines lately, because I've begun to notice so many PORTENTS around me. I've been studying a little Buddhism lately (nothing serious, just reading "Best Buddhist...
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Sunday, May 18, 2008
I had experiences recently with what might be called "the extraordinary ordinary," a term I coined after reading over half a million Communion letters from common, everyday people who'd had what can only be called transformative experiences with some sort of alternative life form. It all started with a visit from the powerful...
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
When you are in the movie business (and have even acted in a movie, as Whitley and I have) it kind of spoils your movie going experience. You no longer enjoy films with the childlike wonder you used to bring to the theater with you. Instead, you see holes in the plot, deficiencies in the acting and even the set decoration, you notice the product...
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Saturday, April 26, 2008
Whitley and I just had a week of amazing adventure: Doing a "cameo" on the set of a major motion picture. It was a classic movie set, with security guards stationed everywhere and people of all races and colors walking around doing "ordinary" things, such as drinking coffee or talking on their cellphones, while dressed in outlandish "Star Trek...
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I was thinking the other day about what a really FUNNY book the Bible is. I've always thought that people take it MUCH too seriously! Because they stick to the flowery King James version, instead of more modern translations, they miss the wonderfully ironic sense of humor that Jesus and the New Testament writers had (The quotations below are from...
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