Thursday, February 8, 2018

Owls on Coast to Coast AM with George Knapp

Journalist George Knapp
George Knapp will interview me on Coast to Coast AM. This will happen on Sunday February 18 from 10 p.m. to midnight Pacific time. That’s early Monday morning on the east coast, February 19 from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. Eastern time.

This will be an interview to promote the companion owl book, Stories from The Messengers, due out any day now. This is really exciting, I’ve been trying to get on C2C since the publication of the first owl book, a little over two years ago.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Super Natural and Owls


This blog post was initially part of the manuscript for the upcoming book Stories from The Messengers. It got nixed during the editing process and I’m sharing it here:
the golden eye of the owl
Whitley Strieber and Jeffrey Kripal teamed up to write an important book—The Super Natural. The subtitle is, “A new vision of the unexplained.” Together, they argue that much of what we would call paranormal is instead part of our natural world. They address a long list of events, from ancient religious apparitions to modern UFO accounts, and use these experiences to argue their point. 

In their book they touch on the strange life of the early UFO witness Kenneth Arnold. I wrote a whole chapter on this same man in the companion owl book. 

Jeff said of Kenneth Arnold: “… he suggested that these flying objects were in fact ‘groups and masses of living organisms that are as much a part of our atmosphere and space as the life we find in the oceans.’ This is pure Charles Fort, by the way. Was he reading Fort?” (1)

I saw that passage in The Super Natural while hard at work on my own chapter about Kenneth Arnold. Jeff had asked, somewhat rhetorically, if Kenneth Arnold had ever read books by Charles Fort, and I had the answer.

My research had lead me to a 1981 article where Arnold pulls a copy of The Complete Books of Charles Fort off his shelf in his home to make a point. He was fed up with the narrow views of most UFO researchers, and told the journalist, “I was astounded when I read Fort’s books. There were similarities between what I investigated and what Fort had collected.” (2)

So, Arnold had not only read Fort, he could relate to it.

I was giddy with pride, one of my heroes had asked a question that I could answer! I sent that article to Jeff on August 6 2016, and without knowing it at the time, this was Charles Fort’s 142nd birthday! Thank you Wikipedia.

In his book, Jeff wondered if Charles Fort had, “…some private ‘abduction’ experience.” And this is precisely my speculation about Kenneth Arnold in this book, that he might be an abductee. (3)

The Super Natural was published less than two months after The Messengers, and the cover of both books feature the bright yellow eye of an owl. My book has two eyes, their book has only one. On the amazon website there is a place that says, “Customers who bought this item also bought” and it shows the book that was most commonly purchased together. Our books are shown side by side. I cannot put into words how this makes me feel. 

I feel presumptuous comparing my book to theirs. Both Whitley and Jeff have played such important roles in shaping my ideas about these elusive issues. 

There is a similarity in content and tone in these two books. Both are looking at the outlying reports to try to come to terms with the deepest mysteries, and both books were being created at the same time. 

Both Jeff and Whitley came at these ideas from their own unique perspectives, but the implications are framed in a similar way. Someone might try to describe a profound spiritual experience, and someone else might try to describe direct UFO contact. These are conflicting experiences yet they might produce a similar kind of transformation. In my own way, I’ve been trying to address these same ideas.

Jeff wrote about his co-author: “Whitley captures this idea perfectly (and much more clearly) when he writes about his uncanny owl encounters: ‘I was fascinated by this phenomenon, and sensed at the time that it could be seen not simply as a sort of eerie mystery, but much more richly, as language.’” (4)

The owl, both literal and metaphorical, runs like a thread throughout The Super Natural, tying their ideas together. Also worth noting, the owl is the mascot of Rice University, where Jeff is the chair of the religious studies department. 

Whitley wrote this in The Super Natural:
More interestingly to me, people will identify the owl as the totem animal of the visitors. (5)
That single sentence sums up the entirety of both books in The Messengers series.



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Footnotes

     (1) Strieber, Whitley; Kripal, Jeffrey J. (2016-02-02). The Super Natural, (p. 313) full quote from Jeff Kripal about Kenneth Arnold:      “… he suggested that these flying objects were in fact ‘groups and masses of living organisms that are as much a part of our atmosphere and space as the life we find in the oceans.’ This is pure Charles Fort, by the way. Was he reading Fort?” 
     (2) Long., Gregory, 'Kenneth Arnold: UFO Pioneer', MUFON Journal, (ed. Richard Hall) Seguin, Texas. #165, Nov. 1981 - http://www.slideshare.net/mufonnexus/mufon-ufo-journal-1981-11-november      “As Arnold spoke, he revealed an unyielding, critical attitude toward science that ignores, ridicules, or attempts to rationalize away the “damned,” Fort’s term for anomalous data that do not fit established scientific views. This attitude is readily understandable given the treatment he has received at the hands of the press and the skeptics.” 
     (3) The Super Natural (p. 93) full quote from Jeff Kripal:      “I cannot help but wonder if behind (or above) all this super-writing floated some personal sighting in those haunted Hudson Valley skies, or even some private “abduction” experience.” 

     (4) The Super Natural (p. 228). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

     (5) The Super Natural (p. 213)  full quote from Whitley Strieber:
     "Like owls, our visitors are creatures of the night. They are predators, silent, appearing suddenly and stealing people away for unknown reasons. The owl captures the unwary, the rat who dares to cross a wire in the moonlight, the chipmunk scuttling in the last sun, the famished rabbit daring the gray of dawn.
      At our old cabin, as night gathered, the owls would often come, standing in the trees around the house, sometimes capturing prey right before our eyes. After Anne began analyzing our reader mail, it became clear that we were not the only close encounter witnesses who had owls in their lives. I was fascinated by this phenomenon, and sensed at the time that it could be seen not simply as a sort of eerie mystery, but much more richly, as language."
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Monday, January 22, 2018

interview about the new book on Mysterious Universe


Robbie Graham
Robbie Graham takes a break from preparing for his upcoming talk in Arizona to post an interview about owls. We did a rather in depth Q and A last week and now it's posted it on the Mysterious Universe site.  This is a nice overview of the upcoming book, STORIES FROM THE MESSENGERS, due out very soon.

Robbie was in the auditorium and saw me give a presentation in Leeds back in 2014. Afterwards he said something that I 've heard a few times after other talks. He described how people in the audience would visibly flinch at something I would say from the lectern. This tells me that what I am trying to address in this research is real. People are having these experiences and are left baffled.

Below is a short excerpt from the interview with Robbie.
There comes a point in all this where the logical thinker is going to hit a brick wall. The experiences simply aren’t logical, so you end up with a dilemma. I’ve found, for myself, I want to climb over that wall and see what is on the other side, and that means abandoning logic. Or, maybe it's better to say being content with an illogical data set.
  one-click link to the Mysterious Universe interview HERE  
author and book
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

owl and fox meet


simply glorius!

A snowy owl and a red fox were caught on a security camera on January 4, 2018 in the town of Cobourg Ontario. The full video is 3:23 minutes long, and every second it amazing (at least to me).

There is something so playful about this, and that alone makes it worth watching. But one detail stood out to me, this encounter took place in front of the Greek letter Phi. I suspect is nothing more than a stylized bike rack, but the symbol has a second meaning. Phi is also used as a symbol for the golden ratio (or golden section).

Phi also represents the golden number 1.618, and this is used to create the golden rectangle. The name Phi is generally said to acknowledge Phidias, a 5th century B.C. sculptor and mathematician of ancient Greece, who created sculptures for the Parthenon and Olympus.

Believe me when I say I got all fixated on the curving spiral pattern left by the fox as it walked around the owl. As far as I can tell, the fox never made the true golden spiral, but it was still fun to watch.


The Golden Spiral

Any hidden meaning? Well, earlier in the day I thought about a nice guy I met in England named Phi. We chatted for a little while at a UFO conference in Leeds, and he helped explain the UK train website. I saw him two years in a row. I have no idea why he popped int my head, but this was the video I found later that same day.
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

coming soon

the follow up book
After over two years of work, the companion to The Messengers is nearing. Just so you all know, I will announce the publication when it happens—and it'll be happening soon!

As it looks now, it should be around 270 pages. There will be 19 chapters, each with a deeply personal story of owls and UFOs. I am excited and proud of every single chapter.

I am eternally grateful to the brave people who’ve let me tell their stories. They’ve entrusted me with something sacred, their life experiences, and I take this responsibility very seriously. This book is a result of their openness, honesty and faith. Without their sincerity, this book would not have been possible.

 audio reading of Chapter 17

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Love and Saucers now available for viewing

painting by David Huggins
Love and Saucers is new documentary. It's the story of David Huggins, a 72 year-old Hoboken man who claims to have had a lifetime of encounters with otherworldly beings, including an inter-species romance with an extra-terrestrial woman. The story is chronicled with David's eerie paintings.  The video is available for streaming or rental and various sites, all liked HERE.

the artist
I saw a short teaser video for this film back in 2014. It was only a minute or so long, but I was very worried that that the overall project would take advantage of David. My fear was that the film would  be mean.

I sent the Director, Brad Abrahams, an email. In it, I said, "I just saw your short video on David Huggins. I realize you are doing a documentary, and I hope you will respect David and his gentle ways… I have spent many hours in conversation with him, and he is a very sweet man. I implore you not to take advantage of his life experiences and create something sensationalistic.”

He replied the same day: "Believe me, my only intention is to tell David's story as faithfully as I can. I stayed with him for a few days over a year ago, and agree completely that he is both sweet and sincere.”

I am happy to say the director told David's story with great care. Many of the accounts and paintings focus on sex with an alien woman, and this could have been easily exploited. The strangeness is kept in check by David's very calming presence. This movie is highly recommended.

Other stories about David HERE


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Friday, December 29, 2017

Diana Walsh-Pasulka talks about American Cosmic

coming in the spring of 2018
Dr. Diana Walsh-Pasulka has just finished what will likely be a groundbreaking book on the UFO subject. American Cosmic, subtitled UFOs, Religion and Technology. It will be released in the spring of 2018.

Greg Bishop did an amazing interview with Diana on Radio Mysterioso, and this is recommended listening.

  Radio Mysterioso interview linked HERE  

American Cosmic tells the story of her journey from religious scholarship to a seat in the forefront of some of the most groundbreaking research and thought in the subject. The book site is linked HERE. And read the full preface HERE.
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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Audio reading from chapter 17 in STORIES FROM THE MESSENGERS

As it passed me, the owl turned its head and stared directly into my eyes.

This is my voice (the author) reading from the soon to be published book Stories from The Messengers. I am reading chapter seventeen titled, Owls and Gratitude. I took it upon myself to read this aloud because of my voice. I've have a chest cold and my normally squeaky voice is much lower. The chapter is about 42 minutes long.

  audio excerpt from Stories form The Messengers linked HERE  

Just so folks know, I truly want to do an audio version for both books, but there's no foreseeable date for it's availability.

(I found a mistake at about the 27 minute mark, I repeated a sentence—oooops!)

Monday, December 18, 2017

The New York Times has stated we are trying to back-engineer UFO technology

The New York Times has stated that recovered metals from UFOs are being "stored" in special buildings built by Robert Bigelow. Then C.I.A. insider Hal Puthoff implies they are trying to "figure out" what this stuff is. It is written out plainly.

Lemme say this nice and clear:

This is an open admission of
back-engineering technology
from recovered UFOs.
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excerpt from the New York Times, Dec 16 2017
Contracts obtained by The Times show a congressional appropriation of just under $22 million beginning in late 2008 through 2011. The money was used for management of the program, research and assessments of the threat posed by the objects.

The funding went to Mr. Bigelow’s company, Bigelow Aerospace, which hired subcontractors and solicited research for the program.

Under Mr. Bigelow’s direction, the company modified buildings in Las Vegas for the storage of metal alloys and other materials that Mr. Elizondo and program contractors said had been recovered from unidentified aerial phenomena. Researchers also studied people who said they had experienced physical effects from encounters with the objects and examined them for any physiological changes....

“We’re sort of in the position of what would happen if you gave Leonardo da Vinci a garage-door opener,” said Harold E. Puthoff, an engineer who has conducted research on extrasensory perception for the C.I.A. and later worked as a contractor for the program. “First of all, he’d try to figure out what is this plastic stuff. He wouldn’t know anything about the electromagnetic signals involved or its function.”
Full article linked HERE
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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Peter Levenda declares Disclosure

Tom Delonge, Peter Levenda, John Podesta and two unknown men to the right. 
I think this photo was taken during a video shoot for a documentary project.

The text below is from author Peter Levenda. It was posted on Facebook early in the morning on December 17 2017. He is referencing the recent articles in mainstream press about UFOs (see HERE)

I am not as optimistic as Peter is in his statement. I am certain there is a hidden agenda behind these new admissions. I'm feeling cynical about all this, and I ain't gettin' my party hat on for the dawning of a new age—not quite yet.

Peter has worked with Tom Delonge in his recent publishing efforts.

From Peter Levenda:

By now most of you will have learned about the articles that have been appearing in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, USA Today, and elsewhere in the US mainstream press as well as the world’s press that the Pentagon has released film footage of UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) otherwise known as UFOs. This was done exclusively through To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science (TTSAAS), the project started by Tom DeLonge and with which I have been involved – via Sekret Machines – since 2015.

The revelations that the Department of Defense had a project, funded by a black budget, to investigate UFOs during the period 2007-2012 will surely come as a surprise to some critics who believed that all that was over with Project Blue Book’s termination in 1970. It will not come as a shock to many who believed this was happening all along, of course. What is surprising, however, is that this is confirmation of what had only been suspected. We no longer have to speculate about black budgets funding UFO research: it has been confirmed. We no longer have to speculate about top secret film footage of UFOs taken by the military (and in recent years, no less): this, too, has been confirmed. Even further, we no longer have to speculate that elements of the US Government have been aware of this for years.

If you were waiting for Disclosure, guess what: it happened.

Your next question may be: why all the secrecy up to now? The US Senator who jump-started this particular project, Harry Reid, made it clear: it was a question of national security. We’ve known that all along, but until now no one in a position of authority has come out to tell us that so bluntly. (At least, not outside of Hollywood movies.)

But it seems to me the Pentagon project could only go so far in answering all of our many questions about UFOs. I believe what is required now is a more concerted effort by individuals from all branches of learning: in both the “hard” and the “soft” sciences, to be sure, but also in terms of the arts, for the imaginative “thinking outside the box” quality that artists, musicians, and writers bring to the table. (Think of Arthur C. Clarke and Philip K. Dick, for example.) For this effort to succeed, we need participation by everyone: every field of human endeavor, every race, every ethnicity, every religion (agnostics and atheists as well), every gender, every age, every political persuasion. No one has a monopoly on truth; everyone has a piece of the puzzle. We are all blind men with the UFO elephant in the room, and we can only know this particular elephant by pooling all of our impressions, all of our resources.

So, what do we know?

The US government has been studying the Phenomenon in secret for years. It was funded by a black budget. It was a project of which most people in the Pentagon were not aware, it was that secret. And, as Harry Reid stated, it was about science as well as national security. So who do we have working with us in Tom’s project so far? Scientists and national security experts.

We know that – however it happened, whatever machinations behind the scenes took place to make sure it happened – this is government disclosure. It may not be full disclosure, but as we used to say in Latin class: ovum ruptum est. The egg is broken. There’s no going back.

Congratulations! Just think: You were alive to see it happen. It’s a bittersweet achievement, however, when I think of all those who believed but who are no longer around to share the experience with us. I am thinking especially right now of Jim Marrs, who would have loved to have been here for this. This Negra Modelo is for you, Jim! Salud!


Watch this space.
(pun intended)
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Saturday, December 16, 2017

The New York Times ran two separate stories about UFOs

Today the New York Times ran two separate stories about UFOs. The by-lines for both articles lists three writers, Helene Cooper, Leslie Kean and Ralph Blumenthal.

One article details a sighting by a Navy pilot above the Pacific west of San Diego. The other article states that the Pentagon had a program that investigated reports of unidentified flying objectswhich was run by military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo. Elizondo is now part of the To The Stars team fronted by pop star Tom DeLonge.

The former Navy pilot, David Fravor, said he was “pretty weirded out” by this unexplained episode in 2004 while staging off the aircraft carrier Nimitz. This seems to be the same event that was discussed as part of the October 10 announcement by Tom DeLonge and his team of government insiders.

Both articles are very dry and written without any “giggle” factor. Were these articles the result of dogged investigative reporters rolling up their sleeves to uncover a good story? Or, were they orchestrated by elements within the government for some long term purpose?

I do not know, but it’s my sense is that for these stories to be covered in the paper of record, powers within the Pentagon must have given their okay.

Both articles link video footage of something disc shaped filmed from what seems to be a military aircraft. Interesting, but it doesn't show much beyond an oval blob. This is not a smoking gun. Both articles linked below:




And here is a post about the New York Times covering UFOs in an article by Ralph Blumenthal from April of 2017.

All the articles above are recommended reading. Below is a short video clip from Tom DeLonge's media company.


Louis Elizondo referenced in todays New York Times
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

owl image in blood

Blood stain mimics the cover of the book

Peter Schenk
I met Peter Schenk a bit over a month ago at a local retreat center. I was helping my partner Andrea who was performing a Sound Bath during a weekend retreat. Peter was one of the speakers and while talking with Andrea she mentioned my owl research.

He had never heard of any connection between owls and UFOs, and he suddenly remembered he had seen an owl the night he had a missing time event. He told me about that while walking out to his mailbox at night he saw a massive white owl. He said, “It didn’t look artificial but it didn’t seem real.” Later that same night he remembers being taken from his bed, and returned with no memory of what happened.

Peter is working as a psychic intuitive and healer, and he says he can offer insights into other peoples experiences, but cannot figure out what happened in those hours. He was also surprised that he’d completely forgotten that he’d seen that owl, the memory resurfaced when Andrea mentioned my research. Also of note, the owl sighting happened at the mailbox, a source of receiving messages. I mailed Peter a book a few days after we met.

close-up of the blood stain
Yesterday morning I got a photo showing a blood stain on the side of my book The Messengers.

Peter had cut his finger the day the book arrived. He had put a band-aid on the cut, but it was still bleeding enough that he got some blood on the book. It wasn’t until yesterday that he realized the small spot of blood looked curiously like an owl, specifically the owl on the cover of the book.

I am at the point now where this kind of thing should be pretty normal, but this one packed a whammy. I mean, the blood of a psychic healer making a tiny owl on my book?

His website describes Peter as a spiritual visionary who left a successful career as a computer programmer for one of the world’s largest banks to fulfill his mission to heal the world.
the photo sent to me by Peter with his blood on my book
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Just topped two million views


Not sure what this really means, but this blog has just topped two million page views. The first post was almost nine years ago, back in March of 2009.

Below is a listing of the top-ten all time highest viewed posts. Curious that Tiny Dots in a Triangle on My Left Arm is far and away the most viewed post. What it tells me is that a lot fo people are doing a Google search about their own odd scars.

the ten most popular posts on this blog
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Monday, December 4, 2017

two years ago today

Looking back and looking forward

The Messengers was published on this day in 2015. The companion book should be out soon—hopefully around the New Year.

The first book has sold quite well given the small market for UFO related books. I checked this morning and it was noted as number 12 in Amazon sales ranking for UFO books on Kindle. 

You can read Richard Dolan's foreword to the 2015 book HERE.
  Kindle and Amazon sales linked HERE   
That said, please do what you can to support your hometown bookstore. They can easily order it and then call you when it arrives. They usually get free shipping and can sometimes offer a low price. If you give them the number (below), it makes it a little easier to find the book.
ISBN-13: 978-0-9677995-7-5
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

an owl and a line of longitude

Due out soon!
I am working to finalize the follow up book about owls. There is one short segment I pulled out during the editing. I thought it was interesting, but it just messed with the flow of the overall chapter. The story deals with a woman Brenda who slept at her sister's house, and that night is filled with odd events. The next day, she saw a huge owl out the back window. This happened in Michigan not far from where I grew up.

Below is the text that's been nixed from the chapter.
What I am sharing next might seem vague, but it feels somehow important to me. I grew up in Southfield Michigan, not too far from where Brenda saw the owl on the back porch. I measured the distance between her sister’s house and my boyhood home at just a little over 17 miles.

I felt a powerful need to check the longitude of both Brenda's sister’s house and the site of my 1974 missing time event, down at the other end of the block from my old house. These longitudinal numbers are noted in degrees, minutes, and seconds. I found the degrees and minutes of longitude matched, but the seconds were off by about quarter of a mile. If you’re not familiar with map jargon, this basically means that these two sites line up almost perfectly north south.

This map stuff was weird for me. I don’t understand why, but something compelled me to check those positions. This wasn’t just an idle curiosity—I was lost for a full day feverishly checking (and re-checking) these coordinates. That Brenda’s owl experience “lines up” on the map with my missing time event as a boy seems significant, but my obsession to look seems like a deeper clue. Again, I can’t help but see myself connected to these other events.

Here’s another tidbit of map weirdness. The line of longitude (in decimal degrees) for my old cabin in Idaho was -111.111, a tidy six ones in a row. Once you get to that third digit to the right of the decimal point, at that latitude each number measures about 200 feet on the earth.
This segment ties into other map weirdness— Byron North Dakota and events in southern Utah.

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