Anne's Diary
Saturday, June 2, 2007
A recent altercation at our local Farmer's Market got me to thinking about how segregated the world has become. While everybody on National Public Radio celebrates the "Rainbow Coalition," and George Bush tries to get the Iraqi Sunnis and Shiites to kiss and make up, I notice that I am friends with fewer black people than I used to be. I...
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Wednesday, May 16, 2007
When we were visiting our good friend in Texas, saying goodbye, Whitley overheard some of her caretakers saying, "We can't let Whitley speak at the funeral." He assumed they were afraid he would mention one of the last the "taboo topics" in our society? UFOs and close encounters?so we decided not to go. This got me to thinking about the...
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Wednesday, May 2, 2007
When we think of the Virginia Tech killings, we immediately have the urge to try to figure out what could have caused a lonely, beleaguered student like Cho to commit such violent acts. We want to place the blame somewhere--such as our weak gun control laws, on violent video games and movies. One thing that science has learned during the past...
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Saturday, April 28, 2007
In an earlier diary, I wrote, "The goddaughter of our dying friend is kind of a stray cat." That reminded me of how Coe (our Siamese cat) visited me in the hospital (despite the fact that he was dead at the time). Whitley recently found himself wondering about the afterlife and he had a dream about Coe, so that cat has become a sort of...
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Friday, April 20, 2007
Everyone who reads this diary knows that I've been nagging them to get a colonoscopy. We recently flew to Texas to make a last visit a friend who is dying from colon cancer. It was a sad trip, of course, and I tried to figure out what my role was supposed to be in this situation--what was my piece in this particular jigsaw? I assumed it was...
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Wednesday, April 11, 2007
In the past, I have written about what it's like to experience some glamorous events: the opening of a major feature film, sitting in the Green Room while your husband is on national TV, being in the audience while your husband is one of the guests during the filming of a TV pilot and what it's like to be in a porn film without taking off your...
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Monday, April 2, 2007
Five years ago, three years before I almost died, I wrote a diary titled Is There Life After Death? That's a relevant question to ask at Easter, when Christians celebrate the resurrection of their shaman. It was brought home to me in a big way this year because someone I was close to recently died?and another close friend may be about to. As...
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Wednesday, March 14, 2007
As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Peter Pace is the highest ranking military man in the US. He recently made the statement, "I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts." This made me realize that most of the gay men I know have served in the military, so...
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Saturday, March 3, 2007
After reading that fluorescent light bulbs have now been mandated in Australia, and hearing on the radio that they are now being used exclusively in US government buildings (despite the current resident's reluctance to acknowledge global warming), we felt had to make the switch.
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Sunday, February 18, 2007
I think I should start with a disclaimer: no one under 21 should read this. An alternate title for this diary might be: "How to star in a porno film and still keep your clothes on." About 6 months ago, I wrote a diary about a trip back to New York City, in which I mentioned meeting some porn stars who appeared in a friend's book and HBO...
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Tuesday, February 6, 2007
I have just finished a Dreamland interview with the extraordinary Maureen Caudill, who told me about discovering so many new incredible synchronicities in her life after her studies at the Monroe Institute. Jesus often exasperated his listeners and disciples by speaking in parables, when what they wanted was the PLAIN FACTS. Matthew 13 says...
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Friday, January 26, 2007
Two close friends of mine are about to go to a talk by a well- known UFO researcher, and I am filled with trepidation about them. I've warned them not to tell this person that they know Whitley and me, because he has lashed out at us personally many times in the past. He is a major proponent of the "evil alien" theory.
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Monday, January 15, 2007
Many years ago, a psychologist contacted us who was an expert on near death experiences. From countless interviews with people who felt that they had died and returned, he had discovered that while many of them met deceased friends and relatives, others met the dark-eyed beings that Whitley calls the Visitors. He wanted to send out a...
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Monday, January 8, 2007
I've lived through some exciting times in the past few years that I've shared with you: What it's like to go to the premiere of a major motion picture and the premiere of a small one, and what it's like to sit backstage while your husband is on a late night network talk show. Now I'm going to tell you what it's like to be in the audience...
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Tuesday, January 2, 2007
I recently wrote a diary about Christmas, so I thought I'd write one about New Years as well, because I saw an inspiring example of courage on television. We went to Texas to spend New Years eve with a couple who are old friends. We've spent many New Years eves with them. We basically have dinner, drink some champagne, and try to stay awake...
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Tuesday, December 26, 2006
This year, Christmas was on Monday, which I think is the most counter-intuitive day of the week for such a festive holiday. You can't figure out what you're supposed to be doing the rest of the week or when stores, schools and post offices will be closed or open, etc. My Christmas was even more confusing than usual, because while we had...
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Tuesday, December 19, 2006
I've written diaries about my impressions upon seeing Fahrenheit 911 and about (not) seeing The DaVinci Code. I recently saw Mel Gibson's controversial film Apocalypto, and I wanted to share my thoughts about that as well. I saw something so obvious in it, that I couldn't believe that no critic mentioned it, something that DOESN'T have to...
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Wednesday, November 22, 2006
While I've written about the Green Man twice in my diaries, and even become a sort of ambassador for him, I've only met him metaphorically. Now I've heard from some one who met him in the flesh (or maybe the correct term is, "in the leaves.")
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Christmas is coming, a time when we begin to think about the presents we'd like to get and the ones we plan to give. Giving, if it is done in the right way, can be a major chance for spiritual growth. I recently received a message about this that I want to share with you.
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Monday, October 16, 2006
A year ago I wrote a diary that has comforted many bereaved people, called My Adventures With the Green Man. Since it has now been exactly TWO years since an aneurysm suddenly burst inside my brain, almost killing me, I thought it was time to write an update. My brave, loyal husband and my wonderful son and daughter- in-law showed what they...
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Thursday, October 5, 2006
No, I'm not referring to the War in Iraq, although frankly that invasion seems pretty silly at this point. I'm referring to the War on Drugs, yet another US war that cannot be won. In the October 2006 issue of the UK magazine Prospect, Johann Hari reports that while US troops destroy poppies in Afghanistan, the world is short of the pain...
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Sunday, September 17, 2006
Two years ago, I wrote a diary about what it's like to go to the premiere of the movie based on a book you wrote--an experience that was as amazing and unreal to me as it would be for you. That was four months before my aneurysm burst and I almost died. We attended the premiere with Art and Ramona Bell, who died 6 months later. I decided to write...
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Saturday, September 9, 2006
Meeting so many of Whitley's fans at the book signings for The Grays in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles was a thrill. Many of you wore green and I know you did it in support of me and I thank you so much. The Green Man gets around--in Seattle we visited one of Whitley's relatives who has just lost her husband. It was a late marriage, after...
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Friday, September 1, 2006
Lately I've been thinking about the conundrum that is revealed by the carnage we see nightly on the TV screen, how two rival factions of the same religion can be fighting each other--factions with a division that the rest of find baffling, especially in a religion that is actually one of the world's most all-inclusive, since the Koran...
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Monday, August 28, 2006
One of my all-time heroes is Episcopalian bishop John Shelby Spong. I get his newsletter every Wednesday and was amazed to see that, in his recent one, the position he takes about the existence of God parallels the stance that Whitley and I have decided we must take with regard to the reality of the visitors, a point of view that is reflected...
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Thursday, August 17, 2006
Whitley has written about how he feels about his new novel The Grays. People Magazine calls it "a great read." It is based not only on Whitley?s own experiences, but also on the experiences of so many other witnesses whose stories we have heard over the years. But for me it's more than any of those things: it's a love story. It's the love...
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Monday, August 14, 2006
As someone who has recently faced death, I've learned that fear is triggered by the unknown. I've been thinking lately about fear and about what it really is, and why we feel it. So often what we fear turns out later to be insignificant. In the creative world I live in, fear is constantly with you: panic when you think that people won't like...
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Wednesday, August 2, 2006
I have recently made some new friends and I have been analyzing the process of that strange thing called "friendship." When I was a child, like most people, I had close friends whom I never see anymore. In fact, I have no idea what happened to most of them. Then I had a middle period in my life when I was very lonely and it seemed like I didn'...
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Monday, July 17, 2006
I recently wrote a diary about the ghosts and time travelers who seem to be haunting my apartment building. We recently had the delightful experience of seeing a show at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles performed by magician Brandon Scott, who has been on Dreamland with Starfire Tor, talking about time travel. Subscribers can still listen...
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Friday, July 14, 2006
Last night I watched a TV interview with UK author Jeanette Winterson, who grew up impoverished, but went on to attend a prestigious university and become a famous novelist. She talked about the time she left home for the first time. She told her mother she was leaving because she was seeking happiness. Her mother, who didn't approve, replied...
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