Last week I wrote a story about a
presentation at the Washburn Public
Library called Wisconsin Ghosts and
the Afterlife by Terry Fisk, a
paranormal investigator. While I was
working on the story, I visited
Fiskís website and saw that his
company was sponsoring the
Unexplained Conference in Eau Claire
the next weekend.
I love a good ghost story as much as
anyone and, with Halloween coming
up, it seemed like a good adventure
to attend the conference. I called
my sister, who lives in Iowa, and
suggested we meet there and have a
Sisterís Halloween Adventure.
Both my sister and I are familiar
with spirits, having grown up in a
house that featured a resident
ghost. Our family has favorite
stories about this spectre, like the
time he tapped me on the back in the
middle of the night, and the many
times my mother would awaken in the
night and see him staring at her
from the foot of her bed.
When my sister mentioned to her
partner that she was going to attend
the conference with me, he said,
ďOh, maybe you can find out about
the ghost who likes to watch us
So my sister and I got a room at the
Plaza Hotel and eagerly joined the
crowd for an eveningís
The first presenter had written
several books about werewolves. Her
talk included stories she has
collected from people who say they
have had encounters with werewolves.
She showed sketches of these
creatures and pictures of the places
where the sightings occurred.
However, there were no actual photos
Hereís the thing. I would think that
in this age, with people carrying
cell phones everywhere, and
hand-held digital devices, someone
would have the opportunity to snap a
photo of a werewolf, or even post a
YouTube of their encounter with one.
As my sister pointed out, ďAnyone
can draw a picture of a werewolf and
they all look alike. Thatís because
everyone knows what a werewolf is
supposed to look like.Ē Good point.
It was a fun presentation, but Iím
not convinced about the validity of
actual living werewolves.
The next presentor talked about
re-incarnation. The speakerís
evidence stemmed from studies done
with small children who tell stories
of their past lives. Some children
can describe where they lived, who
their parents were, etc. Researchers
have recorded these stories, gone to
the locations described by the
child, and found physical evidence
to conclude what the child says is
true. The theory is that when we are
children, we still remember these
past lives. As we get older and more
conditioned, we begin to lose those
Here was physical evidence
suggesting that re-incarnation is
possible. Did the presentor prove
that re-incarnation exists? Not
really, but he gave a fairly
The other presentations were about
various hauntings, Big Foot
sightings, UFOs, and other
unexplained occurrences. Are there
big foot creatures in the
Chequamegon Forest? There are
multiple stories of sightings.
Again, no photos other than vague
shadows or something hairy from a
distance. One photo depicting a
close-up view of a Big Foot on
someoneís critter-camera looked like
a neighbor in a gorilla suit.
The next day we went to a Healing
and Psychic Fair. There were
presentors on past life experiences,
spiritual healing and accessing
different dimensions of reality.
Vendors featured everything from
aromatherapy and healing crystals to
dowsing and quantum jumping.
Where any of them able to provide
absolute proof of the validity of
their craft? No.
But, hereís the interesting
question. Can I, or anyone else,
provide absolute proof that there is
no validity to these occurrences?
We are left with a conundrum of
polarities. No one can prove they
exist and no one can prove they do
not. There are heated debates on
each side. Religious beliefs come
into play. It all boils down to what
you choose to believe. If one of
these therapies helps someone feel
better or live a better life, is
that a bad thing? I donít think so.
We know the mind is a powerful
thing. We also know that we donít
know everything about the universe
we live in, how it works, and all of
the different elements that live in
it with us.
There is one thing I know for
certain after having this
experience. Going on a road trip,
spending time with my sister and
having fun is something I can prove
beyond a shadow of a doubt. I donít
need pictures, or scientific
evidence. We had a went shopping,
experienced new things, and got to
spend some quality time together
reminiscing about our own paranormal
childhood. We met some interesting
people, had some laughs, and maybe
even expanded our concept of reality
A weekend well spent.