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by Host Mason Winfield


CHRIST the TIGER, SUN of GOD

Weíre in the week of the Winter Solstice, the yearís longest night. As we know too well in the Northeast, climatic winter has hardly started, and its true depths lie ahead. Though seemingly the darkest point, Midwinter Day is the figurative birth of the new year after which the hours of daylight start to lengthen again. Itís also the season in which itís hard to avoid the tones and imagery of Christianityís biggest day. Christmas is basically a solstitial event. The Good Book is short on specifics about Jesusí birth. Even the year is under dispute. Most authorities believe Jesus must have been born a few years before AD.
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The SEARCH for the LOST GIANTS
Part 1 (of 3)

Some of you may have heard of the new History Channel program "The Search for the Lost Giants." A Facebook friend gave me a tag while discussing his enthusiasm for the show, and it spurred me into updating my comments on the subject. For the uninitiated, whatís often called ďancient mysteriesĒ is a major component of the contemporary paranormal industry. The way it is, ancient mysteries overlap into other general paranormal areas of interest, including earth energies, occult conspiracy, and even the UFO/ET mythology. (The paranormal is a broad field. Itís also a morph.) Ancient mysteries arenít in themselves supernatural; they are just things and events that are out of the expected place or time. But most paranormal topics arenít supernatural, either; they are merely unaccepted by the mainstream.
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The SEARCH for the LOST GIANTS
Part 2 (of 3)

Some of you may have heard of the new History Channel program The Search for the Lost Giants. A Facebook friend gave me a tag while discussing his enthusiasm for the show, and itís gotten me updating my comments on the subject of Giant Skeleton Reports (GSR from now on). In the earlier article in this series I commented on the historic reports of human giants, the program, and my meeting with its host. Western New York is no slouch when it comes to GSR. In fact, the territory of the historic Seneca nation was actually quite rich in them, as was anything else in the sphere of the Adena and Mississippian trade network. These cultures and those they influenced were marked by a tendency to rework the landscape into massive and often eye-catching earthworks.
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The SEARCH for the LOST GIANTS
Part 3 (of 3)

Ten Questions
Some of you have heard of the new History Channel program "The Search for the Lost Giants." A Facebook friend gave me a tag while discussing his enthusiasm for the show, and itís gotten me updating my comments on the subject. I wrote about the giant skeleton reports in Western New Yorkís past in "Shadows of the Western Door" (1997) and its sequel "Spirits of the Great Hill" (2001). Each book is a paranormal survey devoting two pages to the subject, which to me is a mere curiosity. I gave the matter a quick and lighthearted recap in "The Paranormal Almanac of Western New York" (2012). The reports I dug up vary in quality, clarity and development. I bet there are more to be found for anyone who chooses to specialize.
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The REALM of DREAMS

The subject of dreams overlaps into fields of the psychic and spiritual, but I am no dream-expert. I can only comment based on what I know of the research, the people Iíve interviewed, and the dreams I experience myself. But this question/comment came in recently, and it seemed interesting.

Comment:
I dream in full-spectrum color, with tactile, auditory, speech and taste ability. I see the faces of those I interact with and 95% of them are familiar faces. Sometimes I am not myself in the dream... I know this because I see myself standing among the other people.
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The GHOST of a SOUND
(Queries & Comments)

At Twilight on the Western Door we appreciate questions about potentially psychic and paranormal experiences. Below is a slightly edited e-mail exchange between this column and a resident of Glenwood, N.Y. QUERY: On Friday, January 2, 2015, at around 10 am my friend and I decided to run at Sprague Brook Park. We usually run the hiking trails in the woods, and the runs last around 1 1/2 hours. Anyways, why I'm emailing you is that during my run when I was completely alone (my friend is a faster runner), I heard sleigh bells or chimes. It happened briefly. They rang for about two to three seconds, then stopped. I was in the middle of nowhere, so to speak. I thought it might be a dog at first but I did not see a dog, or anyone for that matter. It is winter so my line of sight is better this time of year. The ringing happened just once and did not continue. I didn't know what to make of it so I kept running after a momentary pause.
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DEJA VU

Most of you know the sensation: The moment seems surreally familiar. You pause and search within your thoughts, scarcely believing your sensations; then the wave sweeps over you: You have been here before.

The experience may be just a flicker, and it may last several breaths, maybe even long enough for you to step out of yourself and wonder about it as you live it. This is deja vu.
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