Scary Places: The Farnsworth House Inn

Halloween is coming soon, so not blog about what many people love – scary places. I’ve already blogged about the Winchester Mystery House, the Whaley House, and the Robertson County, Tennessee, the home of the Bell Witch. Today, I want to talk about the Farnsworth House Inn in Gettysburg, PA. For some of you, the mere mention of the name Gettysburg conjures up images of a Civil War battle that was brutal and deadly. The Farnsworth House Inn was actually used by Confederate soldiers during the 1863 battle. Sharpshooters holed up in the attic of the inn and shot from … Continue reading

Scary Places: Catacombs of Paris

Once again, it is one of my favorite times of the year – Halloween. Or, at least the lead up to Halloween. Each October, I like to do a special blog series on scary places. Unfortunately, I’ve only been to one (the Whaley House in San Diego), but I have many more on my to-do list (the Winchester House and the Hotel Chelsea). On my quest to find yet more scary places, I realized – what could be scarier than a underground burial chamber that you can walk through? Yes, I am talking about the Catacombs of Paris. I’ve never … Continue reading

Scary Places: USS North Carolina

One of my favorite times of year is quickly approaching – Halloween! A couple of years ago, I did a series on haunted places in America in honor of the holiday and decided to do a few more this year. A few years back, my family and a friend of ours visited the USS North Carolina in its permanent location in Wilmington. The USS North Carolina was launched on June 13, 1940 during World War II. It was the first of the modern battleships and thus nicknamed “Showboat.” By 1942, she was in the Pacific helping protect aircraft carriers during … Continue reading

‘Twas the Night Before Halloween

Here’s something way, way, way off the normal course of offerings from me to you here in the Pets Blog. My attempt at paying homage to a classic holiday poem, “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore –but with a twist. And it stars my three little monkeys: Murphy, Mr. Meow and Tabby. (Along with some seasonally appropriate Halloween cohorts, of course.) I’ll warn you now I’m no poet. Most of the rhyming is a stretch, the meter’s off, and who knows if any of it makes any sense, but this is what taking a nap the day before … Continue reading

Unique Summer Destinations

Forget about the annual trip to the beach and ditch the traditional getaway to the amusement park, if you are looking for a real thrill this summer pack up the family and head to Nashville, Tennessee to explore the Bell Witch Cave. Movie fans might be familiar with the notorious site that has been the subject of ghost stories for two centuries. The cave is tied to the legend of John Bell, a local farmer, who died in 1820 — three years after the family reported a spirit named Kate was terrorizing them. The legend has been the subject of … Continue reading

Officials Say Weather Caused UFO Reports

Do you believe in UFOs? It seems that every so often, we get a report that someone somewhere has spotted one. This past November, several United Airlines employees reported seeing a saucer shaped object hovering over Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The workers reported that the unlit object hovered over a terminal before disappearing into the clouds. A United Airlines supervisor called the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ask if anyone else had seen the object. None of the controllers saw it and nothing appeared on radar. The FAA has written the sighting off as a “weird weather phenomenon” and decided that … Continue reading

Unseen Odds — Shirley Bahlmann

To usher in the “spirit” of the Halloween season, I’m reviewing one of my favorite books by author Shirley Bahlmann. Most widely known as a writer of pioneer stories, Shirley has collected eerie tales of strange happenings and combined them into this compelling and otherworldly book of short stories. Read about the rocking chair that kept its rhythmic motion even though no one sat in it. Or how about the young couple desperately trying to find a doctor to deliver their first baby in a snowstorm, and the kind man who came and took care of them. When the husband … Continue reading