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The 1 2 3 Lady revisited

Back in the late summer of 2013, I wrote about a friend's account that her daughter was seeing someone who their family described as the '1 2 3 lady,' a horrible old hag of a woman who come to their 5-year-old daughter's window late at night , tapping to be let in, and whispering "1 .... 2.....3" while she does..

The story generated some interest, and I received some emails from readers saying that they thought this could be a reference to the 'old hag' of paranormal lore.

Someone must have been reading this because I received an email today concerning the 1 2 3 Lady description I offered. They sent me a link to this article which documents some beliefs that Mark Twain had concerning the paranormal, and in this case, witches. The article says, in part, 
Witches also have a counting instinct which forces them to count all that they see. So a witch-riding can be avoided by leaving items in her path - a sieve, she will be forced to count all the holes; a broom, she will count all the straws. Some people scatter mustard seeds or sand throughout the house. The witch is caught before she has time to count each grain.
It was my reader's conclusion that my friend didn't see an old hag, but instead a witch.

But before we get those fires burning again like in Salem, consider a few  things.
Since the article was written, I followed up with my friend. Her daughter was told to specifically tell the 1 2 3 Lady that she would not be permitted into the house. According to my friend, that happened--and the witch, hag, or whatever has not returned since early September.

Either a child's imagination led the entire thing to be made up--fiction in a young person's mind that turns into a scary reality.. Or there was a hag. Or witch. Or lady, tapping silently on that night time window whispering a count of 1, 2, 3..

I reserve judgement now just as I did then. 
Kids' impressions of reality are often different from the realm of adulthood--but sometimes adults stop believing in things they once did as children. There's a borderline where reality meets the paranormal.. and the small thin line is constantly moving.

Was the 1 2 3 Lady real?  We will never know.
But to one child, frightened in her bed at night, it was very real--and subsequently to her parents it became real as well, since they had to deal with the nightmare that ensued from it.

And in the end, while most parents tell their children earnestly, "there are no monsters under your bed," they won't be caught looking under their own..



STRANGER THINGS 2 looks incredible

The newest STRANGER THINGS 2 trailer hit on Friday the 13th .. amazing timing as always with the fine people at Netflix..

The excitement over this program is incredible. Not only are people re-watching and re-binging the first season in preparation, but there is an equal amount of re-watching and analyzing of the newest trailers..

Before discussion.. take a glance:

My initial thought: This is actually the weaker of the teasers and trailers for season 2.. Yes, I am inclined to wonder why Eleven is more androgynous  .. why she has more hair now and no one shaved it. why she is out of the upside down and eating Eggos in the normal world..

So many questions about her. But the trailer didn't pay much attention to her--I think on purpose. Instead we glimpsed into the post-pubescent boys and now new friends of another gender planning something, just as the world is being taken over by giant squid creatures from the upside down.

Not viewed at all? Mike's mom and dad. Barb..

Forgive me…


Yes, indeed.. a hurricane-ish type storm is about to hit Ireland..

Hurricane Ophelia is the 10th consecutive hurricane to form in the Atlantic basin this year. According to University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy, the last time ten consecutive storms became a hurricane was 1893. While a very interesting factoid, the "elephant in the room" is that Ophelia is headed to Ireland. It is rare, but not unprecedented.

There are a few interesting things about this.. First off, there have been really rare occasions that storms of this nature made it as far as Ophelia may..

Actually there have been only a handful in the past years since about, oh, 1851..

From 1851 to 2010, only 10 extratropical storms, typically the tail ends of tropical cyclones, have hit within 200 miles (322 kilometers) of Ireland....Hurricane Debbie was the only tropical hurricane to make landfall in that area, clipping the far northwest of the British Isles in 1961.

But this is 2017--the year that mayhem on …

A dog eat dog afterlife

I read a somewhat moving article on HUFF PARANORMAL about a man who lost his pet dog.. In death, he sought to find the animal’s spirit.. His method was to use a smoke bomb and camera.. The author of the article is sure that he saw the face of his beloved deceased pet on the foggy image..
Before you laugh and mock, there’s two things to note.. First off, science can explain so much. But there’s a cutoff when science stops.. At least at this point. Logic may say that this image is just smoke within smoke.. For for the believer when faith, it’s something more. And science by no means can explain even a morsel of faith., And secondly– perhaps this would be more for pet owners– who didn’t lose an animal and feel the presence of that same beloved pet after death? And even more, I have known a handful of people that claimed per visitation from an afterlife.. In my own circumstance, I fondly remember seeing my dog Newt walk by my door. It was after he died. I had a witness– he saw it but years l…