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Behind Every Cloud is a Kindred Spirit (BECKS)I lost my grandfather when I was 17. I had a VERY difficult time getting over it. How could I still communicate with him? I loved him so much I didn't think I could live without him. I read everything I could get my hands on to do with the "afterlife" and that started it all...the love of Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal. I have been researching the paranormal for over 37 years!! It is my way of staying in touch with my grandfather. Being a Ghost Hunter is not always as exciting as it seems on TV. Many nights I have sat in the dark and not a thing happened. BUT it is those times you DO get that one voice, that one explainable picture or have an experience that sends chills down your back that makes it sooo worth it all!!! My purpose of this blog is not to make people believe in ghosts but maybe to open their minds just a little bit... I LOVE this crazy thing called Ghost Hunting. It is as much a part of me as breathing. I am just a girl that refuses to accept we can't still contact our loved ones after they die. My grandfather won't let me.



Mary Beth Nelson and Becky Vickers
Sometimes I invite people to share their stories with me and then with YOU.  And this week, Mary Beth Nelson has agreed to share some of her very personal experiences and photos with us.

I met Mary Beth and her husband at the Haunted America Conference in Alton, Ill this year.  She is so sweet, she always comments on my FB post, listens to my show on Tuesday nights Bridging the Paranormal and follows the blog.  A great supporter and I LOVE people like that.  People like Mary Beth just make me want to keep going even when I'm not sure anyone is listening. :)

BUT I especially LOVE IT when someone is welling to share their personal experience with me or ask for my opinion on one of their photos.  Because this sometimes is NOT easy for people to do. People wonder if you think they are crazy or if their pictures are nothing more than a glare from the light.  So LET ME BE CLEAR.........I will NEVER think you are crazy and I will always give you my HONEST opinion about your photos with the intent of NEVER hurting your feelings or for ONE MINUTE make you regret showing or sharing your story with me!!!!! 

Mary Beth brought some of her pictures with her to the conference and showed them to me.  I can honestly tell you....I was VERY intrigued and honestly it was some of the most impressive pictures I think I have ever seen.  She had  a whole album of pictures but was sweet enough to let me take a couple snapshots on my phone of a few of them.  So the pictures you see, remember are off my phone so in reality they are much brighter and clearer.  

Here is what Mary Beth has to say about them (Thank you so much Mary Beth!);

These two pictures have the same looking vortex?! My girlfriend and I took a trip to Salem, MA for a 2002 Halloween party!
She is in the background... sort of. Lol
I caught her off guard because we were walking through the cemetery at Charter Street and I said " hey, just smile" because we both love to take pictures of other people but not ourselves.

The 2nd pic was in the 1990's and my friend tricked me while I was getting my hair dyed.LOL

The one picture of my dad was taken in the 50's before my parents got married. The zig zag lights or whatever almost are like a sign in a weird way. More for my mom than me.
Unfortunately, I was not close to my father.
And ironically enough, the picture of me in my dance costume was taken about the time my parents divorced. I almost feel like these pictures are symbolic.

My friend Liz, was a correctional officer and interacted daily with angry and volatile inmates. She even acknowledged that the stress was always making her angry and depressed. The red/ orange whatever flare reflected what she was experiencing. The most wonderful miracle happened shortly after this pic and that was the fact that she would have a beautiful baby girl. Needless to say, her daughter is now 23 yrs old and was the catalyst for her to get out of corrections.


Thank you so much for letting me share these. The stories, pictures and emotions really have been stored away, so to speak.
Thank you for showing interest. Seriously, your feedback meant and means a lot.
It is validation really!
Mary Beth

It is letters and comments like these that make me SMILE for days!  Mary Beth you were a delight to met and looking forward to seeing you again! :)

Here are just some pictures fun pics from the conference.  I went up and stayed with my good friend from Chicago and we drove to Alton and had the BEST TIME.  Listen....I think some people think that ghost hunters and those interested in the paranormal may be a little weird because we want to go to places no one else wants to go..... Let me tell you......YOU WILL NEVER FIND A NICER GROUP OF PEOPLE!!!  I have met so many people over the years at these kind of conferences and we stay in touch all the time.  The dead may leave us...but I love the way they "bring us together" at the same time. :)

Troy Taylor and his panel of experts.
My friend Michele Pellegrino
Just people at the conference.
Me and the VERY HAUNTED Billy the Idol

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