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I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We ate
turkey, then ate turkey, and finally ate turkey some more. The
day after, I had a turkey sandwich for breakfast, a full turkey
meal plate - including stuffing - for lunch, so for dinner, we
went to Riverport Barbecue here in Jefferson for a much-needed
change in menu. The next day we started the turkey regime once
again... man, I love Thanksgiving.
I do have a lot to be thankful for; my family, my wife, the
bassets, our friends, and of course, The Grove. Speaking of our
friends, I wanted to be sure and mention that the amount of
email that I get every day has increased exponentially - from
the websites that I maintain, my writing, my speaking, and even
because of The Grove, I get a ton of emails every day. Because
of that, I know that I miss answering a few here and there, and
if that's the case with something that you sent me, I sincerely
apologize. In the last month, folks have sent some great photos
captured here at The Grove and around town, and even some EVP
files, along with some regular emails. I read them all, and I
greatly appreciate them, but if you didn't get a response I
apologize - some days are just overwhelming. I love hearing from
you, though, so keep those emails coming!
Finally, I have something incredible to mention. I don't want to
get all "Hints from Heloise" on you folks, but this is just too
good to keep to myself. A few years ago Tami & I were at the
Renaissance Festival "Scarborough Faire" in Waxahachie, TX, and
while we were sitting down to watch the Living Chess Match, Tami
put her hand right in the middle of a bed of fire ants. The pain
was incredible, so we rushed her to the paramedic tent, where
they proceeded to rub a salve on her hand that killed the pain
immediately. It was so effective that we asked what it was, and
the paramedic said that it was a simple paste made up of water
and Adolph's Meat Tenderizer. Since then, Tami's used it a few
times on insect bites, but I've never had the chance to try it
out myself. A few days ago, though, I was outside and I felt
something land on my head. Thinking that it was a leaf, I
reached back to brush it out, and something stung my finger; I
think that it must have been a wasp. Whatever it was, my finger
felt like someone had rammed an icepick into it. I was hollering
and doing the pain dance, when Tami told me to go mix up the
Adolph's salve and rub on it. I ran inside and did just that,
and I'm here to tell you, the piercing pain stopped INSTANTLY! I
still had a dull ache there the rest of the day, but the searing
pain was long gone. I'm not a doctor, and I certainly don't want
to be dispensing medical advice, but I now have a bottle of
Adolph's in my first aid kit for any kind of bug bite that comes
It's finally Candlelight season here in Jefferson, and the town
is beautiful. On the Friday after Thanksgiving we had the
lighting of the Enchanted Forest, which kicks off the holiday
season. If you've been reading the GroveZine, you probably know
that The Grove is one of the tour homes this year, and we've
been working night and day to get it ready. It's hard to believe
that in the next two weeks there will be a few thousand people
through the house. As Kelley Bundy would say, "The mind
wobbles!" Come see us - all the info is at
Aside from getting ready for the Candlelight Tour, I've also
been busy with a couple of contributions to a book that is
coming out in December: "Ghostly Tales From America's Jails". It
focuses on haunted jails around the country, many of which can
be visited as museums or even B&Bs. My chapters are about
Alcatraz (love that place!) and Huntsville State Penitentiary.
The book looks great, and I loved reading the other stories on
my advance copy. I'll keep you posted about it.
Finally, for the GroveZine fans in the Nevada area, I'll be
speaking at the Las Vegas Paranormal Conference next October 7th
& 8th at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino. We're still working
out the details, but if you live in the area, plan on attending
- I'd love to see you!
On Saturday Nov 25th we did the last tour until after the
Candlelight Tour of Homes, and for some reason, the den (the
"new" room) seemed to be very active. Two different people
reported little things happening to them while I was talking
about how the Stilleys added the room on between the house and
the kitchen in 1870. One gentleman said that someone was tapping
him on the back, as if trying to get his attention. He kept
looking back at his friend and asking something like, "What do
you want?" His friend had no idea what was going on until later.
But on that same tour, when the group first walked into the den,
a lady asked one of the guys on the tour if he'd tapped her on
the shoulder - she felt it as soon as she walked into the room,
and was looking around for someone to attribute it to. The only
guy near her swears that it wasn't him. He told us, "I don't go
around touching ladies that I don't know - I don't want to get
hit!". I don't know why there was so much activity; maybe the
house knows that we won't be giving our regular tour for a few
weeks, and just wanted to get in a few last-minute shots at our
In a very similar vein, a couple that visited The Grove earlier
in the month told us that while the group was in the dining room
and I was telling the story of the Young family, someone was
tugging on the back of both their shirts. They kept turning
around to see who might be behind them, but no one was there...
and it was happening to them as a couple.
Finally, as you may know, not all the ghostly activity in
Jefferson happens at The Grove (although a lot of it does!). The
Jefferson Hotel is famous for its spirits, and one of our
visitors in the past month got a very interesting recording.
After the tour, Joel George played a tape for me that he
captured in the Jefferson Hotel upstairs hallway. There were
several interesting things on the tape, but probably the thing
that caught my interest the most were footsteps in the hall.
What made the steps interesting were the following two reasons:
1) There were only a few other people in the hotel that evening;
since it was during the week, only a few rooms were rented. Joel
had seen the other guests, and they weren't likely to be out
romping during the night - in fact, a couple of elderly ladies
were on the second floor, and not much more.
2) The steps that Joel caught on his cassette recorder sounded
like boot-steps on a hardwood floor. If you've stayed at the
Jefferson Hotel, you know that it has thick carpeting. I could
walk down the hall in my snake-skin boots and not make a single
sound. What Joel recorded were steps on hardwood... it was
It was an interesting month not only at The Grove, but also at
the Jefferson Hotel, and even at another place or two in town
that people have told me about in private. With all the
interesting supernatural things happening around us, I'm still
most thankful this month for all the blessings in my life, and I
count among them all the wonderful folks who take time out of
their busy schedule to read the GroveZine every month. Thanks so
As I write this, we only have a few days until the Candlelight
Tour of Homes begins. I'll have a full report next month, and I
hope to see several of you that live in East Texas area during
Candlelight - I'll be manning the front porch of The Grove.
Meanwhile, I hope that you all had a blessed Thanksgiving, and
that you have a wonderful, joyous holiday season!
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