Anne's Diary
Thursday, November 3, 2005
On the anniversary of my burst aneurysm in October of 2004, many people have asked me what I've learned. I've written about this extensively in many of my earlier diaries, but I thought I'd sum it up here. You might even call this diary "What I Learned from the Sick Year" (to paraphrase of the diet book I am posting, one chapter at a time,...
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Thursday, October 20, 2005
It's been just a little over a year since October 16, 2004, when an aneurysm suddenly burst inside my head and I was rushed to the hospital. Whitley and my son Andrew, who were constantly by my side, were told that I would be fully healed in a year. I am writing this on October 20, 2006, 4 days after my one-year "anniversary."...
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Wednesday, September 28, 2005
The science service Newswise reports that scientists across the nation are enraged at Bush's recent statement that the mainstream scientific theory of evolution should be presented side-by-side with the competing doctrine of intelligent design. In the September 17-23 issue of New Scientist magazine, eminent scientist Richard Dawkins says, "...
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Thursday, September 8, 2005
While scheduling James Kunstler's Dreamland interview, he and Anne began an email correspondence. Excerpts are below: Kunstler: Of course I am familiar with Whitley's books about alien encounters. It is a rather disturbing set of experiences. I hope he is functioning well. I read his journal entry about the implant behind his ear and his "...
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Saturday, August 20, 2005
We just had a classic LA experience: We went to a screening on the Warner Brothers studio lot. This is the kind of experience that makes you feel like a movie biz "insider"? especially if you're not. But here's the most amazing part: It was a UFO documentary. We saw The Phoenix Lights, the wonderful film produced and directed by Dr. Lynne...
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Monday, July 4, 2005
After my stroke in October, I was afraid I had brain damage. But I found out that things aren't always what they seem, that I needed to learn to look a little deeper.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Whitley and I are moving, and while packing and sorting through years of acquired items is sheer hell, it's something everyone should do more often. First, you find so many wonderful memories, such as letters from a son away at camp for the first time (complete with childish illustrations), tucked in the back of a desk drawer, and love letters...
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Thursday, May 19, 2005
It's not often that you get a chance to start life over, especially not after you reach a "certain age." But Whitley and I are doing it, and it's exciting!
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Sunday, April 24, 2005
I've been talking recently to a friend who survived breast cancer. Those of you who visit unknowncountry.com regularly know that I survived a potentially lethal brain hemorrhage in October, and spent about 6 weeks in the I.C.U. of a nearby hospital. My friend and I agree on one thing: no one wants to contract a serious illness, but real gifts come...
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005
I have always been puzzled by Christians who oppose the idea of disabled and severely ill people ending their lives. I feel this way about Terri Schiavo, the brain dead Florida woman whose parents oppose the removal of her feeding tube. One of the wisest things I ever heard about this was said by a woman whose husband had just died of prostate...
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Thursday, March 10, 2005
A lot of people have asked me how I'm doing, since I had a brain hemorrhage on October 16 and almost died. I've felt the wind of mortality blow past me, and once that happens, you're never quite the same again, because you know that death really will come for you one day. I often think of the lines in the Emily Dickinson poem: "Because I could not...
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Wednesday, January 19, 2005
When Whitley wrote "Communion, he put our address in the back of the book and asked readers to send in their own ET experiences. Shortly after it was published, letter carriers began dragging huge, bulging gray bags of mail up to our apartment every day. This amazed me, since, although I believed in my husband's sincerity, I was prepared to...
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Thursday, January 13, 2005
Whenever I mention the title of my book An Invisible Woman to any woman over 40, she instantly says, "Oh, I know how THAT feels!" It happened to me. One day I woke up and I was invisible. Men bumped into me on the street as if I wasn't there. I was twirled around in revolving doors. I started fighting back and eventually had to call my lawyer...
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Saturday, January 1, 2005
When I was a kid, I saw a film called "When Worlds Collide." In it, an astronomer discovers that another planet is on a collision course with Earth, meaning we only have a few months left before the Earth is totally destroyed. Of course, the first problem he has is getting anybody to believe it. It turns out that during the opening stages of the...
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Monday, December 20, 2004
We got lots of wonderful comments about our appearance on Art Bell?s Coast to Coast AM Saturday night, and I?d like to share some of them with you. One listener writes: ?I witnessed a television interview between Diane Sawyer and Roy of Siegfried and Roy. What I remember the MOST was Roy's memories of HIS NDE with his tigers. When he was at the...
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Monday, December 6, 2004
I would like to tell you a story that seems to me to have helped almost everybody I have told it to, and has certainly helped me. I have gone on a long and dangerous journey into an unknown world. I don't remember much about it, except one thing that is extremely clear: I remember a point at which I was given a choice. There was a natural desire...
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Friday, October 8, 2004
We expect all politicians and leaders to have ideals and surprisingly, despite the various dirty tricks some of them gotten up to, most of them do. I define ideals as moral goals?to get better education for kids, more housing for the poor, more jobs for the middle class, etc. But when do ideals become ideology and how do we recognize this when it...
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Monday, July 5, 2004
I recently saw Michael Moore's incendiary documentary film "Fahrenheit 911." There are plenty of comments on the film in the media already, so why should I add mine?-- because I disagree with many of the film's ideas, yet feel it is eminently worth seeing. One of the recent trends that most upsets me is partisanship: the idea that I'm totally...
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Friday, June 4, 2004
In the Coming Global Superstorm, Whitley tells the hard-hitting facts about global warming that were shown in the film, "The Day After Tomorrow," which was based on that book. We have readers who also want to know: What was it like to attend a movie premiere? Along with appearing on a major TV talk show, I guess attending a...
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Tuesday, May 18, 2004
There IS a link between 911 and Iraq, and that link is oil. To al-Qaeda, showing a naked man being taunted by a female soldier is inhumane, but beheading a civilian U.S. worker is not. We may never be able to see the world through the eyes of Middle Eastern fundamentalists (and we may not want to), but if we don't find a way to use less oil (...
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Thursday, May 13, 2004
You're not the only one who wishes you could shed a few pounds; the government wants you to lose weight as well, because the diseases caused by obesity, such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, cost them plenty of money. Now researchers have discovered that a protein in human breast milk called adiponectin may lead to a...
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Thursday, May 6, 2004
I imagine most of us are in the same boat: whether or not we think we should have invaded Iraq in the first place, we can't figure out how we?ll be able to leave. So when I read the headline "How to Get Out of Iraq," I grabbed the latest copy of The New York Review of Books. In it, Peter Galbraith says the problem is that there are actually...
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Monday, April 19, 2004
Most of us feel that the new Homeland Security measures we read about (and experience at the airport) are worth it if they protect us from terrorists. In the April 1st issue of the London Review of Books, Richard Rorty writes that ?within a year or two, suitcase-sized nuclear weapons (crafted in Pakistan or North Korea) may be commercially...
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Sunday, March 21, 2004
Like most of us, I equivocate about our invasion of the Middle East. Some weeks I'm for it, some weeks I'm against it (depending on what I read in the news) but most of the time, I'm just not sure if we should try to impose American-style democracy on Muslim countries. But this week I'm definitely for securing a democratic stronghold in the...
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Friday, February 6, 2004
As I contemplate the newest media scandal of the bared breast at the Superbowl halftime show, I find myself with conflicting emotions. I didn't actually catch a glimpse of it (I was making popcorn in the kitchen at the time), but I did notice that a lot of the halftime show choreography was of the bump-and-grind variety, which didn't seem...
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Thursday, January 15, 2004
We recently returned from several months in Los Angeles, where we lived in a lovely furnished apartment that we found over the internet. The owners had to be in New York for almost exactly the amount of time that we needed to be in LA, so it worked out perfectly. There was only one hitch: we rented it from two lesbians in an all-gay building...
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Friday, December 12, 2003
As I'm starting to plan the annual birthday celebration of Jesus, who is my favorite Jew, I want to stop and reflect upon why the Jews are so often hated and what this says about us.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2003
A small literary magazine has dared to take on a topic that the major media avoids: the truth about global warming. The fall issue of Granta called "The Overheating World" is about what's really happening to our Earth. As you read the following excerpts, think how different things would be if these stories were broadcast on the network news...
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Tuesday, August 12, 2003
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Sunday, July 27, 2003
This alleged photograph of an alien reminds me of the infamous Cottingley Fairy Photographs. I consulted Garth Haslam, of AnomalyInfo.com, and found the following information: In 1917, 16-year-old Elsie Wright and her 10-year-old cousin Frances Griffiths took a series of photographs of fairies. The girls lived in Cottingley, in West Yorkshire...
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