Also in the works for this year are several new paranormal investigations, writing projects, lecture and signing events at paranormal conferences and bookstores, and several guitar clinics. This year’s demand has been really high, and we are carefully monitoring the “para-scape” and working hard to finalize what’s in store for 2018!
The newspaper did a nice little write-up about the recent donation of guitars to a school music class in Brownsville. It was such an honor to be a part of this awesome project, and to help advance the appreciation and instruction of music in today’s public school systems. I am also glad that the newspaper took it seriously, as well, devoting much of an entire page to it.
I recently worked with the Heritage Center and the James Burton Foundation in arranging for the donation of 12 new guitars to the school in Brownsville. They had gotten down to just two guitars, which obviously made it difficult for the school to continue offering the classes. Thankfully, the Burton Foundation came through and donated new, high-quality acoustic guitars!
It was an honor being a part of this worthwhile endeavor. Music is the globally-understood language of creation and expression, and it touches our lives and hearts in so many different ways. The FUTURE of American music begins right here, with young people learning to play musical instruments. Play it loud, play it proud, and play it forward!
Many thanks to fans who braved the chilly weather to be a part of my storytelling and book signing events in Sparta, TN, yesterday and last night. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the turnout and everyone’s enthusiasm. As always, your interest and support are greatly appreciated; people like you are why I have been doing these and similar appearances for almost 40 years now. I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s events! We’ve only just begun.
Thanks to the overhype and crass commercialization of the next eclipse–on August 21, 2017–what was once a cool astronomy event has been cheapened into a mere tent circus featuring aggressive profiteers swinging from every rope. (more…)
I am often asked about my views of the paranormal and how I investigate it. Unless we have had the good fortune of meeting and chatting with each other at a signing or lecture event–or a live investigation, the following interview from TNT Paranormal’s Bumps in the Night newsletter is a great place to start. We did the interview last year, and it begins on page 4.
Also, make sure to read the other articles. TNT is a very professional and knowledgeable organization.
It has been a busy yet productive fall, winter, and spring, and new BELL WITCH-related lectures, books, and other items are on this year’s horizon! More on that in the coming weeks. This is, of course, in addition to several other projects I am currently working on.
I will also be talking more about the Bell Witch development I posted recently, regarding an old, 1856 reprinted account of the BELL WITCH that recently surfaced, and its impact on a theory recently popularized by the skeptical community.
Meanwhile, I am leaving you with photos from two BELL WITCH lectures and storytelling sessions I did last fall–one in Sparta, Tennessee, and another at the McCracken County Public Library in Paducah, Kentucky. Enjoy.
At the McCracken County Public Library in Paducah, Kentucky, promoting and discussing the legend of the “Bell Witch” and signing copies of “Ghostly Cries From Dixie” and “The Bell Witch: The Full Account.” It was a fun night, and I really enjoyed hearing everyone’s stories and experiences. I also had a lot fun touring the city the next day.
@ Paducah, Kentucky
Lecture and Signing @ Sparta, TN / October 2016. Actually TWO–a day matinee-type lecture and signing, followed by one in the evening. There is nothing better than the small, intimate setting that a coffee house/bookstore provides. A couple months later, I taught a paranormal investigation class and led an all-night ghost investigation at the same location.
As many already know, From Turkey Creek – A Memoir is a long-term work in progress. It is my childhood memoir of growing up at the most remote, fun, and wacky place in the world: Turkey Creek, in Humphreys County, Tennessee. This is a short, transitional chapter I wrote, which describes the “general stores” that dotted the countryside near Turkey Creek back in the day.
ON COUNTRY STORES
Nearly every dirt road out in the country had a general store. Within an eight-mile radius of Turkey Creek, there was Nolan Sulley Grocery, Thomas Freeland Grocery, George Harris Grocery, Leonard Barnes Grocery, Clyde Rose Grocery, Harold Smith Grocery, Dudley Jones Grocery, and William Covington Grocery. Usually named for their retiree owners, these rural mom-and-pop institutions were the places where good country folk met, talked politics, and engaged in long, serious talks about the lack or overabundance of rain. Women bought what they needed and left; the men stayed and gossiped.