4/29/13

"The Good Nurse" by Charles Graeber

The Book's Cover, from the Amazon link below


http://www.amazon.com/Good-Nurse-Medicine-Madness-Murder/dp/0446505293/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1367243645&sr=1-1&keywords=the+good+nurse


CBS Morning Show featured an interview of the author and a former nurse friend/informant that helped get evidence against this serial killer. What caught my eye and ear was their lead-in:

60 Minutes did something they'd never done in their existence--interview a serial killer.

The interview busted the myth that this man was "an angel of mercy" who helped put the very sick out of their misery. Some of his victims were recovering from routine surgery or chronic conditions, not those with something fatal. If you look at the serial killer's interview, you can see a hint of humanity smothered by evil.

 
Let convicted serial killer, Charles Cullen's, story be a cautionary tale. If you open yourself to evil, take offense at everything, and assume a vengeful victim mentality, you leave yourself open to the Devil taking over. Satan is a sly whisperer who perverts reality to serve his purposes of killing, stealing and destroying. Don't fall victim. Fight evil with good. Love one another.

Your thoughts? Feel free to comment below.

Have a blessed day.


4/27/13

"Our guardian angel is us." --quote from John Geiger, The Third Man Factor, on ABC April 26 & 27, 2013

I paused the tv Saturday morning while watching GMA and called to my scientist husband. "You have to come see this. They've caught a picture of a ghost...or something," I trailed off as I looked at the odd shape onscreen.

He came over quickly to see for himself.

The segment was about John Geiger and his book, The Third Man Factor.  

http://gma.yahoo.com/video/guardian-angels-exist-061302899.html
 
It debates the question of guardian angel and comes up with the theory that that small, comforting, quiet presence is...US!
The atheists and agnostics are going to love his conclusion. Believers, not so much.

Believers who've been in that situation know that the wise counsel is not us. Yes, we have likely experienced a zen moment during troubled times where we can quiet ourselves to hear our inner guidance.

My theory: The disappearing helper, savior that people meet during those life and death moments is either a) the Holy Spirit taking a more physical form so that His presence can't be missed or b) our guardian angel.

Have you ever experienced this phenomena? Who/what do you believe is the calm comforting presence? Your thoughts below. 
See the video for yourself.



4/14/13

Do you have a Miracle or "divine intervention incident" that you would share with me for a book?

My dear readers,
Water Fountain Offering, now available in several sizes at my new Etsy Shop
https://www.etsy.com/listing/129309160/water-fountain-offering-a-8x10-photo
 

I hope this day is finding you well and full of the hope of spring.

In the midst of my Friends of Christ School of Spirituality Class, my Meditation Study participation, and my new church, I've been led back to writing. For those who don't know me, I have several unpublished, children's fiction books under my belt (see donnareeve.com). Then I get a paid nonfiction interview article handed to me last year and I realized that my love of research and writing out the conclusion/info learned could be packaged with my desire to write in larger, more in-depth to create a book-length nonfiction project.

I'm pitching a few projects to an agent next week. And I need YOUR help. A friend's Facebook post on a "divine intervention incident" nudged me to ask you now rather than later if you would be willing to share your stories of "Small Miracles", Divine Intervention, or coincidences that were too good to be true.

If I can collect others' stories to add to my own, WE can show how God is still speaking and working through us to perform small miracles on a regular basis. Then I can discuss the addition of an anthology to my research book. Pls comment below or email me (donna@starryskiesmedia.com) if you'd be willing to share details (in brief or at length--written or verbally) for this project. Thank you in advance. :)
Donna

4/3/13

"I see demons."

http://news.yahoo.com/strange-sleep-disorder-makes-people-see-demons-152946861.html

"Strange sleep disorder makes people see demons" reads the headline. Catching, but true?

I think the sleep paralysis is a good start for exploring the sinister things that sometimes happens in that awake/asleep state, but it's only the beginning. I've experienced what I hope is the whole gamut of nocturnal happenings. Some are pleasant, if you know what I mean ;) Some are horrific. Some are rather deadly.

Remember Nightmare on Elm Street? Those types of things (minus some of the gore) have happened in my sleep, waaaay too often to want to remember.

While an innocent person asleep is a tempting victim for evil, unless you have other things happening during your waking hours, it's good to chalk any suffocation/paralysis feelings during sleep up to "Sleep paralysis". However, if your waking hours are tormenting you, you might have a demon or other evil entitiy attacking you.

Use scripture to defend yourself if you're spiritual. 1 John 4:4 is my favorite spiritual phrase:  "He that is in you [Jesus Christ] is greater than he that is in the world [devil].

For you skeptics, consider Shakespeare:

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
- Hamlet (1.5.166-7), Hamlet to Horatio
 
your philosophy ] i.e., philosophy (or learning) in general.
The emphasis here should be on "dreamt of", as Hamlet is pointing out how little even the most educated people can explain.
 
What do you think about this story? Comment below.
Sweet dreams!

4/2/13

Releasing as the path to Resurection

This past Easter weekend I spent 5 hours on Saturday going through a firebox full of old diaries. All my teen years (into my early twenties) memories, thoughts and passions were recorded there in longhand and in pencil.

I'd kept that box for 3 decades, moving it when I moved, reading it when I forgot who I was. See, unknown to me at the time, I had a seizure disorder since birth that exploded after a car accident at 16. I lost all my long term and short term memory, except for about 20 minute's worth. I kept the box so that I wouldn't forget who I was again, or if I did, I could study my "cheat sheet" notes.

The problem with my method was those journals, while covering many years, were a snapshot in time. I was no longer that girl. Whenever my memory failed, it was like taking a computer back to default. All the progress I'd made disappeared and I was left to start over.

This weekend, I was able to see the threads of me in the writings:  the connection to nature, animals & moon phases/astrology; the dreams that gave me insight into situations and people, and were often predictive of future events for myself and others; the fear of being "wiped clean" of sense of self and having to start anew, again; the disconnect from society and community, especially when people start conversations with "Who are you?" or "What do you do?" When you don't have an answer, people are dismissive.

I've decided to acknowledge my fill-in-the-blank past and take what lessons I can from it to move forward. Even though I've always thought that holding on to this past (my dark little secret) was necessary, I realized that I must leave the shore for lands unknown. With me, I'll carry the quirky pieces of myself that resurface, whether memory fails me or not.

I've decided to learn all I can from my struggles with identity and recurring memory struggles. I'm going back to my early, post-trauma roots: writing. I'm going to write the book on the struggle with identity for people with memory loss. God willing, I can help someone else find the lessons earlier and live a well-rounded life with more ease. Please send me good thoughts as I write the first draft over the next couple of months.

As a preview of one kind of memory issue I'll be discussing, see this quote from http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/12/amnesia-and-the-self-that-remains-when-memory-is-lost/266662/  :

"...retrograde amnesia. This is the kind of amnesia that is most often dredged up as a plot element in bad comedies and cheap mystery stories; so-and-so gets hit on the head and then can't remember who he is anymore, wanders around aimlessly, finding himself in zany predicaments, until he gets hit on the head again and his memory remarkably returns. This almost never occurs in real life. Although retrograde amnesia is real, it's usually the result of a tumor, stroke, or other organic brain trauma. It isn't restored by a knock on the head. Because they can still form new memories, patients with retrograde amnesia are acutely aware that they have a cognitive deficit, are painfully knowledgeable about what they are losing."

If you want to experience my life in some way, watch Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates.

Do you have any amnesia or memory struggles? Feel free to discuss in the comments below.