The boy in the hospital room: A story that challenges my skepticism

Before you read this, it should be noted that I am a truly skeptical person, but not skeptical to the point where I do not believe there are numerous possibilities.. Skepticism aside, I was talking to a friend last night when I encountered a very chilling moment. 
 Let me first set the stage. Stay with me ..

St. Catherine's Hospital in Ashland Pennsylvania closed last year, the owners declared bankruptcy, all the workers were then fired and there is an ongoing attempt to sell the building and the property.. The hospital has a great value to the region, and a very big historical significance. Before being named St. Catherine's, it was the Ashland Regional Medical Center...  The location dates back well over 100 years, and it was originally a medical facility for coal miners who were suffering injury and often death due to the dangerous job they were performing. The name then was the State Hospital for Injured Persons of the Anthracite Coal Region at Fountain Springs.  The construction of the building concluded in 1882.. The original building was demolished and a new one took its place in 1967--this is what still exists on the property, though it's obviously inactive, closed, and bankrupt.. When it first was established, the rule existed that the order of patients being accepted would be 1) Miners, railroad workers, and textile workers. In the early 1900s women and children began to receive care.. 

In a setting like this, with a rich history of life and death, it would be without question to contain strange tales of paranormal activity, ghosts walking the hallways, and weird noises and creeks from the building and the walls around it..

I myself was born in this facility, my grandfather died in this facility--so the history of the building hits very close to home.

During the period of time when the hospital was closed since 2012, I had the opportunity to speak to many people who worked there,  and those who were still working there tying up loose ends until the middle of 2013.. those people consisted of nurses, administrative support, and custodial employees. None of them are employed there at this time. After the hospital was shuttered and all of the patients transferred out, there were reports given to me  of some odd things. For one, there were buzzing noises being hard at the nurses station -- no patients were in any rooms, but yet the call buttons were still sounding... Mini blinds were moving without any windows being open... And (this always seems to be a tale told in various locations) there was mysterious woman dressed in all white, appearing ghostly and walking the halls of an old closed down maternity ward on the fifth floor. 

Without going into detail due to a promise made, I can only tell you that I also witnessed some of these things first hand.. that is the only thing I am at liberty to say at this time.

But the most chilling in strange tale I have heard was told to me by more than one person. 

A story was relayed of a young boy in coal mining type clothing wandering the floors of the hospital, often the boy would show up in the room with someone who was seriously ill or undergoing an intensive procedure.. So says the tale told. 

Stories like this, the so-called crouching boy as someone named him, could be chalked up to just old wives tales, superstitious workers, or patients who are highly medicated and literally seeing things that did not exist. A little pain reliever can do that to you.  To be perfectly honest with you, though I heard it from two different people, I myself became extremely skeptical of the crouching boy story and dismissed it entirely.

Until a conversation I had last night, I was willing to say the crouching boy never existed. 

I was speaking to a friend who, back in 2006, was in the hospital for an extremely life-threatening ailment. I had forgotten that he spent time in the hospital recovering, seven years ago seems like an eternity these days..

I jokingly asked him during our conversation "did you see anything strange?" He became serious and said, "yes"..

My friend went on to describe how he saw shadows of people walking around him, whispers in the darkness.. but most important: A young boy in 'weird' clothing, vacantly staring at him from the corner of the room. As matter fact, he said he saw the boy two times. The first time when he was highly medicated on pain medicine, and the second time when he was fully recovered and leaving the hospital. He said he turned and looked in a room holding the bed of someone very sick and saw the same boy staring at that man. According to my friend, the boys stopped showing up in his room when a local priest came and performed a blessing  on him.

The story hit me very hard. It was like a giant 50 pound bag of potatoes falling down onto my stomach.

The profound part of this was that I spoke nothing of this boy or stories of him to my friend. He was not aware that I knew of this boy, and when I told him that I was skeptical of stories of him, my friend told me with 100% honesty that, the boy was there and he did not see him only when he was on pain medicine..

I was creeped out by this at initially... But then made me very sad.. If there are these souls that inhabit this old vacant hospital, what are they doing now? The electricity is cut off, there is no life within the building, and during the nighttime, the building appears as a large shadow with no light emitting from. It's like a black hole on a hill, or a monster breathing darkness and it lurks in inactivity.  If there are troubled souls who roam that hospital, they must be confused as to where all the other life is gone..

It is amazing to me that my friend told me about this boy, and the fact that he was adamant that when he was recovered completely and walking out of the hospital, he saw the boy staring at a man who is about to die.. It would seem to confirm what other staff people told me.


My friend did not say much when I told him that often patients see the children before death.. 
I asked him if he told the priest but he saw the boy. My friend said he did not. But he did ask the priest for an intense blessing..

I suppose it is something that one may keep to himself.. It's between the patient. And the crouching boy in the corner of the hospital room...

The boy in the hospital room: A story that challenges my skepticism

Before you read this, it should be noted that I am a truly skeptical person, but not skeptical to the point where I do not believe there are numerous possibilities.. Skepticism aside, I was talking to a friend last night when I encountered a very chilling moment. 

A time slip Friday: Nelson Mandella is dead. (Again?) And other information you need to know, too

FRIDAY DECEMBER 6 2013


Nelson Mandella, the endless time traveler on earth, is dead. He had a life of struggle and triumph.. His prison time did not stop from from history in 1994 when he became the president of South Africa. His recent battle with ailments left him on his death bed repeatedly, but his strength and ferocity kept him fighting until his last breaths were inhaled yesterday at the age of 95..
Some people think they already witnessed Mandella's funeral. There is paranormal lure that he was dead before--and somehow we were all no that timeline at one time, but he came back. A time slip. Like when a building shows up and you never saw it there before.. I think our minds play lots of tricks on us. What we see is not always what's in front of us. We have a way of zooming so fast that we often neglect to even comprehend the tangible objects that are before us. And maybe Mandella was one of those--he moved so fast in life, and no one will ever be able to do what he did and how he did it.
But was he a time traveler? Did he die before? My advice from my father this morning: Cut the headline off the newspaper of his demise and tack it to the wall. That way when he is alive again there will be proof of his past perish..

Now onto the rest of the story.


MANDELLA:
His impact on pop culture and the world..
Front pages mourn his death..
HIStory: His LA visit..
Mandella was once a 'terrorist' according to the US..
Now life without Nelson..

TIME SLIP: Many people thought Mandella died in prison.. People even remembered news clips of people mourning and a speech from his widow.

Time slips and Nelson Mandella.. it's called the Mandella Effect..

This seems to be an urgently important story from Japan that is getting hardly any play in world media.. There is a bill that will have whistleblowers and journalists in Japan finding themselves in prison for divulging state secrets or even reporting and talking freely about the horrible effects of FUKUSHIMA! It was so bad that a lawmaker shouted "This is the way the reign of terror begins!" during the vote.. Even VARIETY is reporting that the bill can extend and hurt filmmakers who are trying to expose information about the Fukushima meltdown. Why is the entire world just 'ok' with a meltdown of epic proportions.. why is the entire world comfortable with hardcore radiation swinging throughout the Northern Hemisphere. And why, why the hell, doesn't more more (at least in America) report on the beginning of the 'reign of terror' in Japan? I don't know..

New information revealed shows that the fault that caused the 3/11 earthquake was thin and slippery..

CNN asks the hardcore question: Does pot give you man boobs. Good job, CNN.

Smog becoming very dangerous in Shanghai..


Mystery alien-like creature appears to be glowing and swimming in Britol in the UK.. Or could it just be a hoax?

Some strange moans and groans coming from Ground Zero. Science tells us it's wind. Logic does too. But some say it sounds like the screams of the dead from 9/11..


The case for killing granny? Alzheimer's is rising .. so what will the rest of us do about it?

Autumn extremes: big weather changes happened since Thanksgiving..

A dangerous ice storm is hitting from Texas to Kentucky..
Texas at a standstill..
"Ice Friday."

Just when you thought the weather was extreme in the United States, check this out: Wind gusts of 140 MPH and 20 feet waves are battering Britain! It is some of the worst weather in 60 years for many people.. And for those who say these things are a sign of imminent Armageddon, I suppose the only consolation would be that weather as bad as this happened 60 years ago. I guess..?

A great GROUND ZERO WITH CLYDE LEWIS aired last night: The myth that there is a war no Christmas. Take that Bill O'Reilly!


Christmas in Germany: Is the "Krampus Christmas Demon becoming too commercial? ..Krampus is a demon with devil horns who is hell bent on scaring children. St. Nicholas allows him to go house to house in order to scare children straight. And now those who celebrate the old traditions of Krampus are angry that it's becoming too commercial.. Just like Charlie Brown worried about in 1966 during his CHRISTMAS special.

Chinese data predicted a very bad Christmas shopping season..


The best of the worst of Christmas shopping mayhem..

The trial for three young men charged with fatally shooting a western Pennsylvania college student during a drug-related robbery ended abruptly when one juror fainted because of a bloody crime scene photo and another remembered knowing one defendant’s relative

Astronomers discover a planet that should not be there..
The impossible planet is 11 times heavier than Jupiter!
And it is working to defy traditional beliefs as to how planets form..

Space, the new business model: Private company plans first moon landing in 40 years.. (or the first?? Depending on your beliefs )


Should this have been the real 21st century WONDER WOMAN instead of Gal Gadot?

Justin Bieber detained in Australia..
It apparently occurred when Australian Federal Police warned BEEBS for using inappropriate language with a female officer, when she asked him to remove his hat and sunglasses during an inspection..


Ashton goes wrinkle free: Engaged to Mila Kunis?

VANITY FAIR reports: Horror has grabbed the country by the throat, with the low-budget likes of Paranormal Activity and The Purge regularly breaking into the box-office Top 10, while cable’s highest-rated drama, The Walking Dead, leads a crowded TV lineup of witches, vampires, and other ghoulish fare.

New XMEN film set for 2016..

A time slip Friday: Nelson Mandella is dead. (Again?) And other information you need to know, too

FRIDAY DECEMBER 6 2013


Nelson Mandella, the endless time traveler on earth, is dead. He had a life of struggle and triumph.. His prison time did not stop from from history in 1994 when he became the president of South Africa. His recent battle with ailments left him on his death bed repeatedly, but his strength and ferocity kept him fighting until his last breaths were inhaled yesterday at the age of 95..
Some people think they already witnessed Mandella's funeral. There is paranormal lure that he was dead before--and somehow we were all no that timeline at one time, but he came back. A time slip. Like when a building shows up and you never saw it there before.. I think our minds play lots of tricks on us. What we see is not always what's in front of us. We have a way of zooming so fast that we often neglect to even comprehend the tangible objects that are before us. And maybe Mandella was one of those--he moved so fast in life, and no one will ever be able to do what he did and how he did it.
But was he a time traveler? Did he die before? My advice from my father this morning: Cut the headline off the newspaper of his demise and tack it to the wall. That way when he is alive again there will be proof of his past perish..

Now onto the rest of the story.

Epic Ice Storm Possible; Millions Could Lose Power »

A major ice storm will plague Arkansas over the next week, causing major power outages. I look at the possibilities and past ice storms.
Get ready. Get set. It’s winter.. Wait! It’s not winter!
This may be the WORST of winter before it even begins!

Epic Ice Storm Possible; Millions Could Lose Power »

Get ready. Get set. It’s winter.. Wait! It’s not winter!
This may be the WORST of winter before it even begins!

The city of Brotherly hate

A big Merry Freaking Philly Christmas. Only in the city of brotherly love can a massive fight break out at the Christmas Tree lighting. I am starting to think Mayor Nutter better get busy finding someone to play BATMAN, because Philthy is turning into Gotham City from the DARK KNIGHT RISES. The chaos happened in front of the Mayor and other special dignitaries..  Perhaps there was confusion and the onlookers thought they were about to celebrate FESTIVUS, so they participated in a feat of strength. That, or it’s just PHILLY.
A big Merry Freaking Philly Christmas.

I am starting to think Mayor Nutter better get busy finding someone to play BATMAN, because Philthy is turning into Gotham City from the DARK KNIGHT RISES.
The chaos happened in front of the Mayor and other special dignitaries.. 
Perhaps there was confusion and the onlookers thought they were about to celebrate FESTIVUS, so they participated in a feat of strength.

The city of Brotherly hate

A big Merry Freaking Philly Christmas.
Only in the city of brotherly love can a massive fight break out at the Christmas Tree lighting.
I am starting to think Mayor Nutter better get busy finding someone to play BATMAN, because Philthy is turning into Gotham City from the DARK KNIGHT RISES.
The chaos happened in front of the Mayor and other special dignitaries.. 
Perhaps there was confusion and the onlookers thought they were about to celebrate FESTIVUS, so they participated in a feat of strength.
That, or it’s just PHILLY.
A big Merry Freaking Philly Christmas.

Tuesday terrors: It's almost Christmas, American teenagers are dumb, and Darth Vader took a selfie

TUESDAY DECEMBER 3 2013

I just looked at my calender for the first time this month--December 3 but it just seems to have a feel that December is already over. Maybe it's due to the oddly short time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Maybe it's because the rest of 2013 was a steamroller of time, marching through existence like a pale midnight rider.. taking with it the memories of the year and the hopes and dreams that never became reality through the last eleven months..

It's almost Christmas, everyone. And almost 2014. I can hardly wait until the SYFY TWILIGHT ZONE marathon heralds us into a new beginning..

And now for the news..


United States 'deeply concerned' with China's moves in the East China Sea..

This is just so wrong: Thousands of homeless vets have nothing for Christmas..

American teenagers fail miserably in education when compared to the rest of the world..
Teenagers in Shanghai top..

OBAMA 3.0: An opinion piece in the Washington POST calls for the end of presidential term limits..


Beautiful sight! Rare weather event fills the Grand Canyon with fog..

Another massive power outage across the entire nation of Venezuela..

Dangerous cold is coming to much of the United States--temperatures not this low in over 15 years for many..

News from Nepal: 45 sinkholes open up..

Loud mysterious booms force evacuation of school in New Mexico..

Before and after flashes of light in Montreal boom..

Boy being mauled in Romania brings new focus on animal cruelty in the Balkans..

IS your TV set watching you?

Mad Cow Risk Prompts U.K. Inquiry Into Blood Screening
UK: At least one in every two thousand persons is suffering from this syndrome..

Controversial GMO Study By Gilles-Eric Seralini Retracted. That was the study that said GMO could cause cancer in rats .. More on the story here..

Unprecedented event along the West Coast: Video of Humpback whales feasting on record number of anchovies

NO news is GOOD news? CNN is about to make a major change and have LESS news.. Well, the Weather Channel stopped airing weather.. The Central New Network may as well fire all their newscasters.. Call me crazy, but I miss the days of CNN'S HEADLINE NEWS back in the early days when they'd have a live broadcast, every half hour, of the news of the moment. Real news--like NEWS, and not just blips and beeps coming from talking heads. I am tired of politics.. I am tired of the 'right wing and left wing' arguments, arguments that go no where and are tired out from their own weight of hair air. And now CNN will air less news.. I am releasing a big 'sigh.'
I suppose this is only more evidence to show why millions of people go immediately to the INTERNET and Twitter for news--news you cannot find, or ever will, on any news network on the TEE VEE..


I love it! A 'Darth Vader' SELFIE opens up the official STAR WARS EPISODE VII Instagram page..


First look at Daniel Radcliffe in FRANKENSTEIN..

Another FRIDAY THE 13TH movie planned.. and it may be a bad idea..

Tuesday terrors: It's almost Christmas, American teenagers are dumb, and Darth Vader took a selfie

TUESDAY DECEMBER 3 2013

I just looked at my calender for the first time this month--December 3 but it just seems to have a feel that December is already over. Maybe it's due to the oddly short time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Maybe it's because the rest of 2013 was a steamroller of time, marching through existence like a pale midnight rider.. taking with it the memories of the year and the hopes and dreams that never became reality through the last eleven months..

It's almost Christmas, everyone. And almost 2014. I can hardly wait until the SYFY TWILIGHT ZONE marathon heralds us into a new beginning..

And now for the news..

Case of the post-Thanksgiving Mondays

MONDAY DECEMBER 2, 2013
THE 'GRIND' RESUMES.

For lots, it never ended. Today is also Cyber Monday. Which is an annoying term, but at least it prevents stores from using that horrendous word "doorbusters" to describe their sales.
So does HEALTHCARE.GOV work in time for Cyber Monday?

Onto the news..

'Promise me, no more funerals.' 'Just one more': Haunting lines spoken by Paul Walker and co-star in Fast & Furious clip leaked days before he died in fiery car crash in friend's Porsche Carrera

There are constantly rumors online that celebrities are dead.. they are normally always hoaxes. When Paul Walker died on Saturday, many thought it was the continuation of a hoax from Friday saying that he died..

Renewed attention being given to the New Madrid fault

Quake swarm: California..
Earthquake number 17 in North Texas..

"Comfort station" in old coal city Pottsville is a thing of the past.. The economic downtown and a city in distress--as many cities are these days..

More scary Google patent news: Google files patent for robot that writes your Facebook posts, emails and tweets - but will need FULL access to scan your accounts It would study you, be you, and mimic you. When someone posts a message, your robot you would reply just as you would. But what if the other person is a bot, too? What if we are all bots? This is a ride down to the abyss, where your mind will be dead to 'them' and your body will simply be a cavern of organs, blood, and a semi-beating heart.

New research: America is now dead last in education.

Who is watching the watchers?

Monsanto set to battle its negative public image..

Comet Ison: Alive, then dead, then found, now fading.

Roseanne Barr says she will never work in TV again..

Cats are suffering from a new phenomenon where they suffer seizures triggered by everyday sounds.. and it has a name: 'Tom and Jerry' syndrome

Case of the post-Thanksgiving Mondays

MONDAY DECEMBER 2, 2013
THE 'GRIND' RESUMES.

For lots, it never ended. Today is also Cyber Monday. Which is an annoying term, but at least it prevents stores from using that horrendous word "doorbusters" to describe their sales.
So does HEALTHCARE.GOV work in time for Cyber Monday?

Onto the news..

Moon grown and good.

Would you eat a carrot grown no the moon? The question is, at this time, would a carrot even grow on the moon?

NASA is exploring the notion that we will one day, in the distant future perhaps, live on our satellite. And in doing so, they are also set to experiment with the possibility of growing food on it.
And the DAILY MAIL reports that experts think if plants can survive there, humans can too.
It all takes place in 2015. 
The real question humans should ask themselves: Where are we going to start putting all of our garbage? Our cans, our boxes.. our plastic.. and our dreaded Styrofoam?  I think it’s high time, with all these planets KEPLER has been finding, to get a big rocket ship and do daily deliveries of our trash to foreign lands. Perhaps that planet made of glass! Or maybe the one that is 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit! I know, we can send them into the black hole that is glowing with bright light!
Come on humans.. aren’t we tired of ruining our own planet with trinkets and useless trash?! Is it not time to branch out and ruin foreign and distant planets? It’s the human way! Reach out and touch the stars, and secretly throw your old McDonalds bag of rubbish out the window when no one’s looking. 
But in the mean time, we’ll take it slow. First up: GROW FOOD ON THE MOON!
It’s a small step for plants, a giant leap for plant kind.
Good luck with that.

Moon grown and good.

Would you eat a carrot grown no the moon? The question is, at this time, would a carrot even grow on the moon?

Drone deliveries

Who says drones can't be used for the good, too? »

AMAZON is going to deliver your package with drones—not armed, I imagine, unless you consider a piece of junk made in China to be a weapon..
Seriously, Jeff Beezos showed CHARLIE ROSE all of the gadgets and contraptions that will make drone delivery possible tonight on 60 MINUTES.
Goodbye post office. So long UPS. FEDEX is not even a match.
No, not at all.
Not when you have drones…
At least if this happens, innocent Pakistani school kids won’t be killed in ‘collateral damage’ for no reason. 
But what if the people of Pakistan order from Amazon? Drones to the rescue while others bomb?
Oh the future prospects of this are … startling. AND COMING SOON TO A SKY NEAR YOU.

Drone deliveries

Who says drones can't be used for the good, too? »

The December 1 Sunday Morning Sidewalk

SUNDAY MORNING SIDEWALK, DECEMBER 2013

I had a brief conversation with my wife yesterday.. we pondered our existence, and wondered if 'time' is really going as fast as we perceive it. My only argument was that the major earthquakes on this planet over the past decade did speed us up fractions of a millisecond--that was scientifically proven. Maybe that slight alteration in time does something to us over time.. maybe it in fact does make us feel that the passage of time--and in essence our trek around the sun--is changed.
Or..
It's because we have a child, and now a dog, and a rush of life with work and few pleasure. Could it be the plague of parents--the idea that you're watching your child grow too fast and also facing your own eventual 'ending'? It's already December.

And as long as my fate continues to allow me to exist, expect some Christmas related material this month and later as we get close to 2014, there will be an annual year in review offered us by this website for your pleasure or displeasure.

In the mean time, some news is worth offering.



Actor Paul Walker dies--in some form of twisted irony, in a car crash. He was one of the actors in the FAST AND FURIOUS films..

Paul Walker was just 40 and had a career still ahead of him.. Stars are reacting to the death..
Fast and Furious: Walker lived how he died..

The secret code for nuclear launch? It was just this easy: "00000000" So easy even a Reagan could have done it..


The monsters are always due on Maple st: A large number of Americans do not trust each other..

Video shows Comet Ison dying again..

A grim website tracks the number of deaths and injuries on Black Friday..

Sick: 97-year-old woman beaten to death during home invasion..

North Korea continues to hold 85-year-old American hostage.. the US says to let him go..

90 youth football players hit by "nasty" virus in Vegas.. The strange part that baffled medical officials: None of the players who were vomiting or sick (many went to the hospital) had one common symptom..

A Black Hole is found--that emits a brilliant light.. And it should go without question that this black hole without blackness is perplexing scientists..

At least they left her liver? Woman has her baby taken from her fetus by social services..

Chinese now think a second child is too expensive.. See what decades of a violent and horrid one child policy does to the mind of a population?

UK destroying "embarrassing" Colonial papers..

HUNGER GAMES continues to rampage box office..

CATCHING FIRE and FROZEN set to break box office records for Thanksgiving weekend..

AMERICAN MIRROR reveals the life of Norman Rockwell..

Unpublished JD Salinger stories leaked..

Sexual frustration equals a shorter life..

How to stay healthy: STAY ACTIVE ALL DAY..

COLLIDER will be a horror movie..

Must have retro school lunch boxes..

Get it now: UFO investigations manual..

The December 1 Sunday Morning Sidewalk

SUNDAY MORNING SIDEWALK, DECEMBER 2013

I had a brief conversation with my wife yesterday.. we pondered our existence, and wondered if 'time' is really going as fast as we perceive it. My only argument was that the major earthquakes on this planet over the past decade did speed us up fractions of a millisecond--that was scientifically proven. Maybe that slight alteration in time does something to us over time.. maybe it in fact does make us feel that the passage of time--and in essence our trek around the sun--is changed.
Or..
It's because we have a child, and now a dog, and a rush of life with work and few pleasure. Could it be the plague of parents--the idea that you're watching your child grow too fast and also facing your own eventual 'ending'? It's already December.

And as long as my fate continues to allow me to exist, expect some Christmas related material this month and later as we get close to 2014, there will be an annual year in review offered us by this website for your pleasure or displeasure.

In the mean time, some news is worth offering.

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