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Posted:4/8/2012 4:31:20 AM
Just wanted you to know that your review led me to get the book on my kindle.  Will let you know more about my thoughts after I have done some reading.

Posted:8/22/2011 2:31:15 AM
My mother passed away a few weeks ago at 99 years young, after living with my wife and I for nearly six years. The last few months of her life were extremely stressful for both of us, and in those months we had hospice come in to help us care for her, up until the time of her death. During that time there were several strange incidents that I recall happening, that were almost unnerving to us. One was the fact that for the last six weeks of my mother life it seems she was seeing ghost. On various occasions while she was still able to talk, she ask if we had seem my grandfather, her father, as he had come and sit on her bed, or in her lazy boy chair that she had in the room. Of course, we had seen no one, but she insisted that she had seen him there, as big as life, even describing what he was wearing when he was there. At first we just took it that she had come to a point where she was "loosing her mind," but when we talked to the hospice nurses about these occurrences, we was amazed to find out that this is a fairly common occurrence among those who are on their “death bed.” One of the nurses even went so far as to say, "It is like they have loved ones who it seems come to them in order to lessen their fright of death, and welcome them into the new world they will be entering." On another series of occasions she said that my grandmother had been there, and had held her hand when she was going through a particularly hard time. What I found unusual about that was an experience I had when I walked into her room, when I could have sworn I detected the smell of my grandmother's favorite perfume before my mother even told me that she had been there, which to me seemed uncanny.I say all of this because when you used the term "liminal object," that would appear to me to be what the smell of my grandmothers perfume was for me. Although we had not believed with our rational mind that it was anything more than my mothers imagination when she first started seeing these family members, and even as we listened on occasion when she carried on a conversation with them as if they really were in her presence, we believed it to be hallucinations, and not some other form of phenomenon. Of course, that was before we learned that these kind of incidents seemed to occur with others who were on their “death beds,” on what would appear to be, a fairly regular basis.So it is with those that claim to have seen a ghost, or UFOs or some other unusual phenomenon, many write them off as hallucinations, or some other, for lack of a better term, “mental defect.” Yet, there is little doubt that there are more dimensions here on earth than we perceive. Over the years, and through many experiences in my lifetime, I have come to realize that there are many things that are not as we first perceive them to be. In fact, as we grow older, many of use come to realize that there are a lot more things that we don’t understand than those that we do, and while we use our minds thinking in a logical manner, there are many things that have no logical explanation.I personally do believe in UFOs, because I have seen them on more than one occasion, but what they really were, I can’t say. Some were no doubt experimental aircraft being tested by our government or some other government, but some defy all logical explanation. Are we alone in the universe, or are we just one of many intelligent life forms in the universe? Are there those that live just a few paces from us in another dimension, and we have no understanding of their existence? These are questions that seemingly have no logical explanation, but from time to time there does appear to be a rip in the fabric of time and space, or some other phenomenon that is unexplainable, that just for a moment, allows us to view beyond what we know and call reality.

Posted:6/13/2011 10:15:02 PM
wow, fires in the computers, thats kind of freaky in and of itself, well I hope you have better luck the next time. 

Posted:6/13/2011 2:02:12 AM
Good luck, and let us know what you find out.

Posted:8/1/2010 9:27:39 PM
 

Posted:2/4/2010 7:28:54 AM
When you mentioned the magazines you did from the 50's and 60's, I knew you was spot on with what you were saying.  I have had a n intriguing interest in UFOs sine I seen my first in 1957 at the age of 5.  On that morning we had gotten up early because we were butching a hof that day, and back then, a butcher came out with a pick-up truck equipped with a winch to host the hog, and skin it.  The butcher happened to be my Uncle, and he and my father were out in a corner of the barn lot getting things ready.  At the same time, My Aunt, who had come with my uncle to visit and help my mother process the hog, were standing there, as was I.  The time of year was in the spring, so I will say April or may, and the sky was as clear as bell, and deep blue.  My Aunt was the first to notice the odditty in the sky, and quickly pointed it out to us, and my Mother yelled out to my Dad about what we were seeing.  Of course, we all looked skyward.  The object was almost directly over head, but a bit to the north.  I was a silver object that reflected the morning sun, which was what first caught my Aunt's attention.  As we watched it, it looked as if it was almost flipping over itself, but it was pretty high in the air, so that could have been an optical illusion.  Then after a few seconds, it took off at a head-turning burst of speed.  I will never forget what my Aunt said that morning, "I don't know what that was, but it sure wasn't like any thing I have ever seen before.  My uncle and dad, had by then joined us in the front yard, and my Uncle quipped up and said, "We I am sure it wasn't a plane, but we don't have any planes that could fly half that fast."Though it had spurred my interest, I never thought a lot about it till my day brought home a magazine a few years later, (early 60s) that had an article about UFOs in it.  I am not sure which magazine it was, because there were several of them in the day, Saga, Argosy, True, Male, Man's Life, Man's World; well you get the idea.  At any rate, many of those magazines all carried stories at various times about UFOs, and also about the men in black, who drove black Lincoln Continentals, which is a story for another day.  At any rate in those years, 1962-1970, there were several in-depth stories about UFOs. In fact, I remember reading the book "Flying Saucers: Serious Business" while I was still in High School, and I grafuated in 1970.  So I can say without a doubt, that the interest in UFOs was "serious business" clear back in the 50's and 60's, because people were seeing them, taking pictures of them, and talking about them. As for Roswell, I can't actually remember when I first knew about it, because I feel like I have known about it all my life, but I am sure that it was sometime in the early/mid 60s.  Long before the stories of the 80's, when by then I had already been in the military for over 10 years, and seen more than one incident that could not be explained.Good article.  Thanks for the memories.