Author Don Allison joins me again to discuss instances of paranormal activity at Gettysburg Battlefield and the haunted house he currently lives in. Get his books on Amazon.
Author and paranormal researcher Don Allison joins me again to discuss instances of paranormal activity at Gettysburg Battlefield. Get his books on Amazon.
Veteran journalist and historian Don Allison serves up a very personal exploration of the paranormal in "I Met More Ghosts at Gettysburg: A Journalist's Paranormal Journey Continues."Don relies on keen insight honed through decades of newspaper writing and editing as he shares his own encounters with the paranormal. In the down-to-earth style he employs in his award winning and long running newspaper column "On My Mind," he shares what he encountered, and his very human reactions.In layman's terms Don also takes a look at the forces of nature he believes are behind these unexplained occurrences, as well as some of the scientific theories that have been proposed.In short, this skeptic is convinced we have something to gain from studying those fascinating occurrences in this world we currently do not understand."A great read, very entertaining … I think you’ve created an ‘Everyman’s’ explanation of paranormal occurrences,” is how Mark Nesbitt, “Ghosts of Gettysburg” author and paranormal investigator, describes Don’s earlier work “I Met a Ghost at Gettysburg."As Don relates in the preface to "I Met More Ghosts at Gettysburg,""It’s a great enigma, really. Human cultures across time have expressed a belief in ghosts, yet there is no conclusive, generally accepted scientific proof that they exist. And what exactly is a ghost, anyway?"It seems if ghosts do exist, science would have found irrefutable evidence by now. Yet countless people throughout history – up to and including the present day – have experiences they cannot explain, and believe they have encountered what we commonly consider to be a ghost. "At some level most of us are afraid of our own mortality, and paranormal occurrences can be taken as a sign of encouragement, that perhaps death does not end our existence. We can see unexplained communication as evidence that our consciousness can indeed live on after our physical departure. Deep down we may want to believe, and this can alleviate at least some of that fear of taking our final breath."On the other hand, some people are terrorized at the possibility of encountering a spirit. The thought of entering a supposedly haunted building can strike fear into their hearts."To a degree I believe we all fear that which we do not understand. Be it dreams or premonitions that defy the odds of being a coincidence, sights or sounds that our logic says simply cannot be, when we contemplate those things almost all of us experience some level of fear. It can be so much easier, so much safer, do so much for our peace of mind, to simply turn our heads and ignore it, wait for it to go away and forget it ever happened ..."After publishing “I Met a Ghost at Gettysburg” I didn’t really expect to write another book on the paranormal. Instead I thought I was doing what I often do, explore a topic that has aroused my curiosity, write about what I learned and then move on to something new and different."But this time, instead of finding the answers to most of my questions and feeling satisfied with my research, each potential answer to my paranormal queries seems to raise a dozen or more new questions."In short, my experiences since publishing “I Met a Ghost at Gettysburg” have revealed an entirely new world to me, a reality that is truly awe inspiring. It’s a quest I find I can’t abandon, so it continues with this book."My goal here is to encourage people to put aside their fears and open their minds to exploring a world beyond our day-to-day understanding. Ignoring or denying the unexplained doesn’t make it go away. If anything, by doing so we cheat ourselves out of the chance to better appreciate the world around us, and to more fully explore what may well be laws of nature that we do not yet understand. Why not continue to tackle that age-old question, what happens to our personalities, our souls if you will, after we die?"
As a journalist I’ve covered trials for murders and corrupt politicians, uncovered environmental threats and fascinating personal stories, interviewed war heroes from World War I through Iraq, and written a very popular weekly column. And, for more than two decades I have authored books on the Civil War, local regional history, and after all that my life got really interesting.
I’ve gone on to something even more incredible, exploring my personal encounters with the paranormal. I’ve learned a lot about spiritual entities, that they can be interesting, and yes they even can be funny. My encounters with the paranormal came literally out of the blue, and were very difficult for me to accept. I have been a lifelong skeptic, and still retain my skeptical nature, but I now appreciate that there are many things in this world that traditional science cannot explain.
My work in the paranormal has led to national coverage on PBS and The Travel Channel, and appearances as a featured speaker at top paranormal conferences. To say my experiences are fascinating is an understatement. Using instrumental trans communication I’ve spoken with the spirit of a soldier who died at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1863. I’ve had other experiences and conversations with spirits, mostly at Gettysburg – and of course I don’t even have to leave to home experience the paranormal in my spiritually active 1830s house.
My first book on this topic, “I Met a Ghost at Gettysburg: A Journalist’s Journey Into the Paranormal,” was so popular and well accepted, and opened so many new doors to me, that I have a follow-up volume, “I Met More Ghosts at Gettysburg: A Journalist’s Paranormal Journey Continues.” The reception these books have received, and the doors they have opened to me, have been nothing short of amazing to me. I currently am working on a third book on the paranormal.
My goal is to raise awareness of the evidence that is all around us of spirits and unexplained happenings, and urge the acceptance of parapsychology as a science. The paranormal, encounters we often describe as ghosts, should not be frightening. Instead they can be enlightening, fascinating and fun.