Thursday, May 26, 2011

Recent Visits from the Real Men in Black

The Men in Black were elevated to superstar status in 1997 in the hit movie of the same name. Although the Hollywood blockbuster was fiction, the real Men in Black have consistently attempted to silence the witnesses of UFO and paranormal phenomena since the 1950s. This partial excerpt from Redfern's The Real Men in Black which releases in June discusses a recent case and experience with this ominous force.

Chapter 11: MIB in the New Millennium (2000s)

Raven Meindel, a cryptozoologist, writer, radio host, and Wiccan priestess who resides in Michigan and, in 2010, was featured on the History Channel’s Monster Quest series pursuing bloodthirsty werewolves, says, “I’ve been interested in paranormal things and UFOs for years, but when I got involved in doing it more seriously, with research and writing, and in a career-like manner, that’s when really strange things started to happen, including a Men in Black experience in April 2008.”

Meindel’s experience was preceded by a decidedly unusual occurrence in the family home: A week before she had her Men in Black confrontation, her husband, Adam, felt a rush of wind go past him inside the apartment, while the pair was standing there, talking. Meindel is sure that the air-conditioning was not on, and no windows were open. It felt, said Adam, just like someone had brushed by, walking briskly past him. Whatever the cause of the odd event, it was an uncanny precursor to the mayhem that was soon to follow, as Meindel makes graphically clear: “On April 16, about 5:30 p.m., two men, dressed all in black, came out of the apartment across from where we were living at the time. The odd thing about this is that no one was living in that apartment then. They walked away and got into a black Lincoln. And when they walked past, I was outside playing with a Frisbee with a neighborhood kid. The Frisbee was called an Alien Flyer, which had an alien face on it, which I thought was a very odd synchronicity.”

Feeling somewhat unsettled by the off-putting presence of the pair, Meindel tried her best to lighten the situation. Her efforts were to no avail, however. Indeed, no one, I am sure, needs to be told that the Men in Black are hardly known for their fine sense of humor or jollity: “We smiled at the guys, and made a joke about something, but they were like totally stone-cold, chiseled, hard features, no emotion, nothing. One of them looked like he was in his late 20s or early 30s, and the other one was probably late 40s, early 50s. They were all in black and they were both carrying briefcases.”

At first, says Meindel, she wondered if the two men were Mormons, or perhaps representatives of some other religious group. As there was nothing to indicate that, however, Meindel attempted to move closer to see the license plate of the pair’s car as they got inside their black vehicle. Meindel developed a deep suspicion that the pair knew exactly what she was doing, and “they backed out real quick and took off. You could tell it was a deliberate maneuver.”

It was in the immediate wake of this chilling MIB experience that a reign of paranormal terror descended upon the Meindel family: The telephone would ring, but—surprise, surprise—no one was there. On the night of April 19, only three days after her encounter with the MIB, and while trying valiantly to fall asleep (which was hardly easy, given the nature of the odd activity in the family home), Meindel developed an overwhelming feeling that she should not be undertaking any type of UFO research whatsoever. In her own words, “It was like a terrifying feeling that came on from nowhere. I even felt kind of shaken by it. And I actually said, out loud: ‘Okay, I won’t do it.’”

Despite her reluctance to dig further into the complexities of the UFO jigsaw, the Men in Black were far from finished toying with, and terrifying, Meindel and her family. Two days later, while Meindel was out walking her dog, something even stranger and scarier happened: a black, luxury-type car, maybe a Cadillac, appeared on the scene and seemed to be shadowing her. She says of this new development: “There was an older man driving and a younger man in the passenger seat. I got a strange sensation. I felt something very strange. They pulled up right next to me. It was like the older man was deliberately stopping to let me know they were stopping for me, because of me—maybe only a foot from me, right at the edge of the sidewalk.”

Meindel’s fear levels rose dramatically when one of the men took off his seatbelt and appeared ready to get out of the car. At that point, Meindel had an idea: She pulled out her cell phone, so that the pair would clearly understand she was calling someone, and began to walk away from them and towards a nearby clubhouse. “I looked over my shoulder, and finally they did leave, but they were very deliberate in their movements. There’s no doubt in my mind they were trying to scare me.”

The scare tactics were working, and they showed no signs of stopping either. A couple of weeks later, Meindel recalls, her husband, Adam, distinctly heard, on several occasions, whispered voices throughout the apartment. Most disturbing of all was the occasion when, to their horror, the family found what appeared to be very strange handprints on the bathroom mirror: “One was huge, where the fingers had kind of drawn down the mirror,” Meindel says. She adds something even more sinister: “My daughter, when she came out of the shower that day, had bruises on her arm that looked exactly like the fingerprints on the mirror.”

Meindel explained to me that she faithfully recorded all of this undeniably disturbing anomalous activity—that plagued the family for months—in the pages of a journal that she had the keen foresight and presence of mind to purchase. Shortly after 2 a.m. on February 11, 2009, Meindel penned the following passage that clearly illustrates the level of high strangeness that had descended upon them:

Night Terror—I’m still very shaken from something that just happened. I’m terribly upset and can’t get back to sleep. 1:21 was the last time I looked at the clock before having fallen asleep. The next thing I know I was awake again, and was staring at my bedroom curtain. All of a sudden, this harsh tingling feeling started in my legs and worked its way up my torso and into my head until my whole body was being crushed; lots of pressure and a loud noise was humming in my ear. I was trying hard to scream: ‘Adam!’ But, I couldn’t. I remember looking back toward the curtain and saying to whoever, or whatever, was there: ‘I hate you, you son of a bitch! I hate you!’ Then I came out of it, or woke up. I lay there wondering if I had the start of a stroke or an aneurism. I looked at the clock again and it read 1.42 a.m. I’m still woozy and foggy and cannot completely focus my eyes. They feel dry and irritated. I’m really scared and I know I won’t sleep anymore tonight.

Did something foul and unspeakable come calling in the early hours of that terrifying morning? And was it linked with the sinister presence of the two Men in Black? Looking back on what occurred, Meindel believes that is precisely the nature of what occurred: “I have the feeling that when you investigate these things—UFOs—they become aware of it, and of you. And why I think that is because when we moved to our new house, where we live now, I thought it would be all over. I thought it would leave us alone, because we weren’t at the old apartment where it had all happened. But on day two of being here, Adam and I saw this strange red ball of light come right down over us—in the sky, I mean—while we were outside. It felt like someone, or something, was saying, I’m watching you.”

Today, Meindel reflects with trepidation upon the horrifying series of experiences that began with the Men in Black and that took a hold of her life for a significant period: “Since this all happened, I have stayed away from the UFO thing. I do still dabble in it a bit, but I’m not really researching it deeply anymore. It scared me from going into it any deeper. I got the message, and I’m not going to mess with the UFO thing anymore.”

Meindel concludes, in a fashion to which surely the many unfortunate witnesses of the Men in Black can relate, “The fear is still with me.”

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Weird News of the Week

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

In Search of the Real Men in Black by Nick Redfern

In the 1997 blockbuster movie, Men in Black and in its 2002 sequel, that starred Hollywood crowd-pullers Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, the dark-suited characters of the film’s title are firmly portrayed as the secret-agents of a covert arm of the U.S. Government. Their role: to hide from the general public the sinister truth about a huge and intricate alien presence on the Earth.

That it took an entertaining Hollywood production to bring the legend of the MIB to the eyes and ears of the majority of the general public, is a matter that has led many to assume the Men in Black are simply the entertaining creations of Tinsel Town-based screenwriters and nothing else. Not so.

The reality of the situation is that although MIB-style characters – such as the menacing, black-clothed, Fedora-wearing aliens in the 1999 movie Dark City, the enigmatic “Observers” in Fringe, and even Governor Jesse Ventura’s rendition of a Man in Black in The X-Files – have dominated the realm of on-screen science-fiction and popular-culture for a long time, their actual origins can be found not in the domain of fantasy, but in the world of cold, terrible fact.

It was back in the early 1950s that a Connecticut-based UFO researcher and author, named Albert Bender, claimed to have received a stark and disturbing visit from a trio of ominous, black-garbed men whose far less than thinly-veiled threats led Bender to quit UFO research, never to return. In the years and decades that have passed since Bender’s bone-chilling encounter, the Men in Black have been ever-present players on the UFO scene, intimidating and threatening those who may be getting a bit too close for comfort to the truth behind the UFO puzzle.

But who are the MIB? Well, that, of course, is the big question! The quite natural assumption of many is that – as in the Men in Black movies – they are the secret agents of some covert arm of government, the military, or the intelligence community that is working to keep the lid on the sensational truth behind the UFO phenomenon. And, there is evidence that at least some MIB do indeed originate in such official domains. Other Men in Black, however, seem far, far stranger than anything that might surface out of the depths of the Pentagon or the CIA.

In many reports, the Men in Black are described as being painfully thin, white as a chain-rattling ghost, and curiously unaware of our most basic customs. The implication: the MIB are actually somewhat human-looking aliens who hide their subtle, physical differences behind a camouflage of Homburg-style hats, large, wrap-around sunglasses, and long trench-coats with turned-up, high collars.

And if you think that theory is controversial, hold on to your hat (Fedora, Homburg, or otherwise): there are those researchers of, and witnesses to, MIB encounters who have concluded the shadowy entities in question have paranormal and supernatural origins. Others muse upon the thought-provoking idea that the Men in Black are actually time-travelers from a far-flung future, demons from a literal, fiery Hell, or the denizens of strange, parallel dimensions.

Regardless of who – or what – the Real Men in Black really are, however, there’s no doubting one important fact: they are as real as they are menacing and near-deadly. And, if you find yourself attracted to the UFO enigma, and all its attendant controversies and mysteries, be aware of the possibility that the sinister Men in Black may one day be paying you a visit, too. And they won’t be Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, or the guys from Fringe. Instead, they just might be your absolute worst nightmare…

Nick Redfern works full-time as an author, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. He writes regularly for UFO Magazine, Fate, Fortean Times, and Paranormal Magazine. His previous books include The NASA Conspiracies, Contactees, and Memoirs of a Monster Hunter, all published by New Page Books. Nick has appeared on numerous television shows, including the BBC’s Out of this World; History Channel’s Monster Quest and UFO Hunters; National Geographic Channel’s Paranatural; and SyFy Channel’s Proof Positive. He lives in Arlington, Texas and can be found online here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Call for Submissions: Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: Lost Civilizations & Secrets of the Past

Our first all-original anthology Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: UFOs & Aliens just came back from the printer and should be in stores very shortly. We've been getting a lot of interest in people wanting to take part in this series since we first announced its creation and up until now it has been by invite only. We've decide to open submissions for a limited time for a chance to be published in the third volume Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: Lost Civilizations & Secrets of the Past.

We are looking for essays that strive to address and expand on enduring mysteries such as:
* Lost History, Societies, and Cities
* Devices and achievements that seem impossible for the time period
* Differing aspects of the Ancient Astronaut Theory

These are just a couple ideas to get your brains firing as we’re open to hearing any ideas that fits under the umbrella theme. We’d like to get pieces on well know aspects as well as lesser known mysteries that have compelling evidence or new theories. We are trying to not have too much crossover on topics, but we don’t mind opposing views as long as they are well argued and supported.

Submission Guidelines for Essays Only:
(For general manuscript submission guidelines
please see our site)

Submissions will be accepted from both published and unpublished writers. Essays must be material that hasn't been published elsewhere and should be between 3,500 and 6,000 words long. Essays should be submitted in a single .doc or .rtf file with the body text at 12pts in Times New Roman. If you have any images available to go along with the essays that would be helpful, but they should be submitted as 300 dpi jpg or tiff image files and referenced in the body of the essay where applicable.

We require first English publication rights and the essay can not be published anywhere else until a year after publication of the anthology. To submit your essay please e-mail it to with the subject line: Exposed Essay. Please include your e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number with your submission, along with a short bio about yourself.

Essays should be submitted no later than July 10th, 2011. Any essay chosen will receive a flat payment for their work along with a signed agreement after the article has been accepted for the anthology along with 2 copies of the published collection, and a choice of any 3 titles in print. Please also note there may be some back and forth on the essays with regard to revisions before they are accepted.

Permissions: Remember that the point of the anthology is for readers to have your original commentary on the subject—don’t borrow someone else’s words simply to enliven your text! However, if you find it necessary to use third-party content to augment/support your argument, make sure you have permission to do so before you submit. For further information on permissions, copyright, and fair use, please see the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., section 4.67, “Obtaining Permissions.”

Documentation: Of course, you should always state the sources of any direct quotes and of any obscure facts or opinions that are not easily checked. Working sources into the text is preferred, followed by endnotes. If you choose to use endnotes, however, please do not use the linking function in Word to create them.

BREAKING NEWS Re: Roswell from Don Schmitt

The long rumored crash of a craft of unknown origin outside of Roswell, New Mexico in July of 1947 has just been solved. The US government was wrong. The US Army Air Corps was wrong. The US Air Force was wrong. And more amazing, over 500 witnesses directly or indirectly involved were wrong!

The latest "theory of the month" has been proposed by the author of a new book about Area 51 and a single addendum about Roswell which for some reason is getting lots of attention. I refuse to mention the title or the author as to provide any additional publicity for another classic example of lazy journalism at its worst and investigative malpractice at its finest.

I recall when the Air Force was planning on the Pentagon release of their "fifth" official explanation for the Roswell Incident. It was reported to us that the new "theory" was that what actually crashed was a Russian flying wing with a .....get this......crew of monkeys in silver jump suits. The story would continue that the fiery crash would burn off all their hair and leave all the witnesses bewildered as to what they truly were. We immediately sent off a FAX to Washington just asking one question: "Which monkey was flying?" End of story. And the same applies here.

The mere suggestion that the Soviets captured a Horton Brothers "flying wing" at the fall of Berlin in 1945 (mind you, none were operational at that time and they were mainly constructed of wood), manned it with 13 year-old mutants as to appear "alien", flew all the way from Russia, intended to crash in New Mexico, the heart of the most militarily sensitive territory in the world, to "scare us." To say totally absurd would be an under statement.

We have presented in our bestselling book Witness to Roswell, and previous books since 1991, hundreds of eyewitnesses who were actually there. Witnesses who right up to their deathbeds swore that what crashed, what they held in their hands, the bodies they loaded into ambulance trucks, were not from this world. These are all ignored by the US national media because it can't be therefore it isn't. Anything but UFOs is alright with these so-called guardians and keepers of the truth. Except, when it applies to Roswell - the truth be damned no matter how ridiculous the alternative "theory."

We chose to present the facts as presented to us by the truth bearers - the participants. In recent weeks, we have all observed dozens of versions of what took place during the raid which killed Osama Bin Laden. Have any of us noticed that none of these accounts come from the actual participants? For the same reason in the past twenty years we have focused on the people who were there....not what some journalist or government official wants us to believe.

Eyewitnesses send people to prison and serve as the staple for our judicial system for a reason. I can solve every crime ever committed by just sitting at my computer and throwing out my "theories." It's up to us as objective, free thinking, rational individuals to examine the evidence and decide which carries the greatest weight. Over 500 witnesses can't all be wrong and would certainly win hands-down in any courtroom throughout America.

And so I have just one question for the author of this new "magic bullet" solution to Roswell after we obviously have wasted all the time and effort all these years - Which of the 13 year-olds was flying?

I just thought I would ask.

Don Schmitt is the co-author of Witness to Roswell, Revised and Updated Edition. He is also the co-author of two best-selling books on Roswell, one of which became the TV movie Roswell. He has appeared frequently on many TV programs including Oprah, CBS 48 Hours and the Today Show as well as many radio shows. He resides in Hubertus, Wisconsin.

Positive News of the Week

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Everyone can be Unsinkable in Life and Soar Higher than Ever by Sonia Ricotti

So finally after 2 long years, I am so thrilled to see the final product of my latest new book Unsinkable: How to Bounce Back Quickly When Life Knocks You Down.

It was a very personal journey for me. I have been knocked down very hard in life (which I share in the book) and I managed to bounce back quickly and higher than I ever thought possible. So I decided take my personal experiences and others’ experiences as well (including some top transformational experts like Bob Proctor, Marci Shimoff, and Janet Attwood) and put a book together with powerful lessons and strategies on how to recover quickly and soar higher than ever!

The truth is, life is life. Things happen. We all face painful, life-shattering events at some point in our lives. Whether you are in debt, have health issues, lost your job, or are going through a divorce, no matter what the situation, you can get through it with grace and ease and soar higher than ever. Of course, how we deal with (and react to) these challenges will determine how quickly we bounce back. Being prepared and having the right tools, strategies, and support system in place is important.

If you’re going through some life challenges at this very moment, here are some quick tips from the book to help you right now:

Create a Circle of Light. Surround yourself by the “right” people. Surround yourself with people who will elevate you, who have your best interests at heart, and who will come from a place of compassion and unconditional love when they advise you. The last thing you need is to be judged, informed “I told you so,” or lectured by someone who will add fuel to the fire and destabilize you in your delicate state.

Surrender to What Is. Stop resisting to what is happening in your life. If you are complaining, angry, frustrated, or wishing that things were different or were like they “used to be,” you are resisting what is. Accept your situation exactly the way it is and stop judging it. Why? Because it IS the way it is. All those negative feelings are not going to change your situation. Accept it as a fact. That’s it. So for example, if you’re $10,000 in debt, don’t add drama to the situation and make it mean all kinds of negative things. It just is the way it is. You are $10,000 in debt. It isn’t good, it isn’t bad, it just “is.” Once you are able to do that, you are releasing all the negative energy around it and surrendering to the situation. This act alone will assist you to move forward, gain mental clarity, find solutions, and help you attract positive wonderful things and situations into your life.

Let Go of What Was. Turn the page and move forward. I mean really move forward. Don’t dog-ear the page and then turn it, but move forward without looking back. The past is his­tory. Holding on to the negative events of the past and wish­ing things were different (or dwelling on what happened) isnot going to change the past. It’s time to let go. It’s time to embrace all the new and wonderful things about to come into your life.

Recreate Your Reality. Often when we are feeling unhappy, stressed, angry, or frustrated, we believe it is because of our problems we are experiencing or the situation we find ourselves in. This isn’t true. In reality, it is our “thoughts” about our problems or situation that are causing our negative feelings to emerge (not the event itself). Look for the silver-lining in your situation, shift your thoughts about what is happening, and realize that how you are feeling is directly related to how you are interpreting your situation. Your thoughts are what’s causing you to feel how you feel.

And finally, remember, “this too shall pass.” Everything happens for a reason—so hang in there. Great and wonderful things are waiting for you around the corner.

Sonia Ricotti is the #1 bestselling author of The Law of Attraction Plain and Simple and is a world-renowned motivational speaker. Her latest book Unsinkable: How to Bounce Back Quickly When Life Knocks You Down can be found in bookstores everywhere and online. To find out more about this topic and get some more great Unsinkable tips, visit the book site. You’ll see she is giving away a free Unsinkable Video Series, plus some amazing other free stuff that will help you bounce back right now.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Weird News of the Week

Mysterious ball of light moves 'straight out to sea' over Tybee Island

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Findng Faith with Unsinkable

We are very excited that Unsinkable: How to Bounce Back Quickly When Life Knocks You Down is now available. The book discusses 20 Lessons that will transform your way of thinking and allow you to experience inner peace and happiness - no matter what your circumstances. Below we've shared Lesson #9 from Chapter 2 of the book - we hope that you find a little Faith.
Just trust that everything is unfolding the way it is supposed to. Don't resist.
Surrender to what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.

—Sonia Ricotti

Lesson #8. Have Faith in What Will Be

Faith is an interesting word. When I researched it in various dictionaries, I found that it has many meanings and definitions. I have also found that it means different things to different people . To some, faith is a religious term; to others it represents hope and belief in a thing, but regardless of what the word means to you, faith can offer comfort when you are faced with challenging experiences.

I found my favorite definition of the word in the English World Dictionary:

Faith: A strong or unshakeable belief in something, especially without proof or evidence.

An “unshakeable belief”—those words really ring true to me; believing in something beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Faith is what I had when everything in my life felt as though it was falling apart. Without it, I’m not sure how I would have gotten through everything. Believing in something bigger than myself, believing that everything was happening for a reason, believing that everything was going to be okay, believing that something incredible was going to come out of it is what helped me move from the deep darkness toward the light.

I have interviewed many people who have transcended their challenging ordeals, and I noticed that they all talked about how they had faith and believed in a higher power. For many, it was God; for others, it was Buddha; for still others it was “Source” or “the Universe.” It doesn’t matter what you call it or what you believe in, having faith that all will be well, that all is unfolding perfectly and as it is supposed to is a powerful place to come from.

Think of a time in the past when something major happened in your life when you thought it was the worst thing that could possibly have happened. Then, a month, a year, or two years later you realized it was the best thing that ever happened to you.

It may not be clear right now why things are happening the way they are. But having faith and trust that it is all unfolding as it is supposed to can have a calming effect when you are in the midst of a chaotic storm. Have faith that it is all unfolding for a higher purpose. Be patient. The purpose will reveal itself with time—if you allow it to.

My good friend Janet Bray Attwood, New York Times best-selling author of The Passion Test, has a great personal story that reflects and demonstrates the importance of letting go and trusting the universe. Here is her story.

Janet Bray Attwood—The Gift Is Always There

Letting go and trusting in the universe is probably the all-time greatest challenge anyone can face. Walking in the dark with total blind faith, not knowing where the next safe footing will be, afraid that the unknown will unveil more than we can handle, is never easy. Especially when life seems to be offering up one intense challenge after another.

One of my first experiences of consciously letting go and handing it all over to the universe was in 1980. I was in a job recruiting disk-drive engineers in Silicon Valley, and was failing miserably. Luckily for me, one day after work when I was meditating in the local meditation center, I opened my eyes and noticed a poster on the bulletin board advertising a success seminar to be held in San Francisco the following weekend. I had been praying for a sign as to what my gifts were, and the moment I glanced at the poster on the wall, I knew that somehow my prayers had been answered.

My intuition couldn’t have been more on! Not only did I take the seminar, but I also realized while there that what I wanted to do more than anything was to be a great transformational leader. I eventually persuaded the seminar leader of that program, Debra Poneman, to hire me and teach me how to be a trainer of her program, “Yes to Success.”

It turned out that Debra was going on her U.S. speaking tour at about the same time I was to arrive in Los Angeles, where her company was located. Debra said I could stay in her apartment and study her success tapes while she was on tour, and when she returned, I could start my illustrious career, uplifting and speaking to hundreds, maybe even thousands of people all over the world.

I was in seventh heaven!

Two weeks later, after Debra and I finalized our plans, I happily said goodbye to all of my friends at the recruiting firm, packed my bags, filled my vintage red Toyota up with gas and headed down to Los Angeles, radio blaring, singing at the top of my lungs, ecstatic that I was on the way to starting my dream career.

Two miles into my journey my little red Toyota started sputtering and spurting. Steam started rising up over the front of my car from inside the hood, and as I was pulling over to the side of the freeway to see what was going on, my trusty little red car took one big breath, let out the most God-awful sound, and died right there on the freeway.

I was stunned and horrified by what had just happened, and plump little tears started to form in my eyes. After the initial shock of saying farewell to my beloved Toyota, I paid the man who came to tow my car away an additional $50 to drop me off at the train station. After paying him, buying my train ticket to Los Angeles, and then taking a ridiculously long taxi ride to Debra’s apartment in Santa Monica from the train station, to my horror, shame, dismay, and anxiety, I arrived at Debra’s door with $13 to my name.

Frozen with fear that Debra wouldn’t hire me if she knew I was completely broke, I pretended that everything was A-okay and said nothing while we were together. Instead I acted like a woman in control and kept a rather frozen imitation of a sunny smile on my face until Debra finally waved goodbye to me.

Now what am I going to do?! I asked myself. Totally freaked out by the fact that I hardly had enough money to last me more than a day, I went to Debra’s refrigerator and scooped myself a huge serving of her chocolate ice cream. After eating almost the whole half gallon, I lay down on her couch and fell into a chocolate-drunken sleep.

When I awoke, I summoned up all the courage I could muster and decided there was only one option when things got this bad.

I grabbed the keys to Debra’s blue Chevy, which she had said I could borrow for emergencies (this definitely spelled E-M-E-R-G-E-N-C-Y), and with my heart pounding and my knees shaking I sped down the Pacific Coast Highway excited at what I was about to do, knowing that it was going to seal my fate, for better or worse!

Ten minutes later I arrived at my destination. I pulled Debra’s car into the parking lot of the great Saint Paramahansa Yogananda’s Self-Realization Fellowship Center. I had visited this place many times before, and it always gave me the same incredible feeling of peace. Once again, I immediately felt a deep sense of calm take over me. I walked past all of the beautiful buildings to the majestic and serene gardens that graced this special place, and reached into my purse and nervously pulled out every one of my treasured one-dollar bills. One by one I carefully stuffed each dollar bill into one of the little tin donation boxes that were strategically placed in and around the gardens.

When I had donated all that I had, I sat down on a nearby wooden bench and had a very intimate talk with God, pouring out my heart and telling him all that was going on with me and where I could use a little of his support.

After a little while, I walked back to Debra’s blue Chevy and headed back down the highway to her apartment. Once in the car a huge flash of reality immediately set in.

“What the hell did you just do?!! Are you craaaazy?” I asked myself out loud.

Gripping the steering wheel as if trying to gain some sense of control, I sped faster down the highway, continuing to talk to myself out loud.

“Perfect! Good one! Brilliant!! The car is almost out of gas, you have no food in the ’fridge, and you decide to be a spiritual mood-maker with your last 13 dollars?! Way to go! Oh yeah, you’re gonna make one helluva transformational leader! Augh!!!”

Depressed and dejected, I pulled up to Debra’s apartment. The minute I walked in the front door the phone rang. In my most tortured voice, holding back my tears, I managed to squeak out a very weak “Hullo?”

“Janet, is that you?”

“Uh huh, who’s this?” I asked, wishing whomever it was would somehow vanish.

“It’s me, Francis.”

Francis was my ex-husband’s father, whom I loved and hadn’t heard from in more than a year.

“Hi Francis, it’s so nice to hear from you! How are you? Wow, how did you find me?” I asked, and immediately I started to feel a wave of relief come over me. Francis always had that effect on me. After we chatted on the phone for some time, Francis persuaded me to meet him for lunch at a nearby restaurant. “My treat,” he said.

At the restaurant, Francis was very animated and talking 100 miles a minute. He had just started selling what he considered the best natural weight-loss program on the market. As he was telling me all these amazing things about the product, he put four bottles of it on the table and said, “I think this is something you could really make a lot of money on in your spare time. Are you in?”

“The opportunity sounds great,” I said. ”How about when I have a little more extra cash, I’ll order some from you?”

Without missing a beat, Francis continued, “I just happen to have $500 worth of the stuff in the trunk of my car I brought just for you! You can have these bottles on the table and the $500.00 worth as well. Pay me back after you sell it and make some money for both of us.”

Francis immediately handed me his four bottles, and at the exact moment, a very overweight waitress walked up to our table, looked straight at the bottles, and asked, “What’s that?”

Trying my best to remember what Francis had just shared about the weight-loss product, I started telling her in my most authoritative voice all it could do.

“Does this stuff really work?” she asked, looking first at Francis and then at me.

“I just dropped 50 pounds from this product,” Francis beamed. “Best of all,” he said, “I never felt hungry.”

“I’m just starting it today,” I added.

“Well, I hope it does the same for me!” the waitress said, smiling as she scanned Francis’s lean physique. She then whipped out five of the most beautiful $20 bills from under her apron and slapped them on the table. “How much do I owe you?” she asked, grabbing the four bottles.

“It comes to $101.97 with the tax, but considering you’re our first customer of the day, we’ll let you have the four bottles for $100” Francis said.

“Hope it works!” the waitress said.

“That’s yours,” Francis said, indicating the waitress’s 20s. “Good job! Yup, you’re going to do just fine with this!”

Stunned and overjoyed that I now had $100 in my pocket, I walked out to Francis’s car and loaded up Debra’s Chevy with rest of the product he had brought with him. As Francis pulled out of the parking lot I remembered the $13 I had just donated earlier in the day. A big smile came over my face as I realized once again how magical the universe is.

This experience was a profound reminder for me, and one I’ve remembered often in the 26 since these events took place. Donating my last $13 helped me to remember that we are always taken care of. The support may come in strange and mysterious ways, but when we stay open to what is appearing now, the gift is always there.

I love Janet’s story because it is a reminder that sometimes we don’t know how things are going to turn around. There are times when we can’t predict or even fathom a possible scenario in our minds of how it will happen, but it doesn’t matter. It will. Somehow, it will.

It isn’t always easy to have faith when everything around you is falling apart, but trust, simply trust that all is unfolding with exact precision. Let go of the resistance, surrender to what is, and believe with every fiber in your body that it is all unfolding for the betterment of your highest good. And of course, be open to what shows up in front of you. It may not make sense to you at all right now; that’s okay. It will. With time.

Sonia Ricotti is a world-renowned motivational speaker delivering keynote talks, seminars, and workshops around the world. She is the best-selling author of The Law of Attraction Plain and Simple and the president and founder of Lead Out Loud Inc. – a company that offers inspirational products, videos, and events. She is interviewed regularly on national TV, radio, and print media. She is also a humanitarian, having participated in, and led several humanitarian trips around the world. Sonia holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Creation of a Series by Michael Pye

This June will mark the first occasion when my name will appear on the front cover of one of our books. Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: UFOs & Aliens is a collection of original essays from some of the best-known and brightest writers covering the phenomenon category nowadays including the likes of Stanton T. Friedman, Erich von Daniken, Nick Pope, and our very own Nick Redfern and Marie D. Jones.

My name somehow ended up along side theirs. That is a strange thing for me as I’m used to getting acknowledged from time-to-time inside the books, but have never spent any real time on a front cover. I’ve become used to being that guy behind the scenes the man behind the curtain, so to speak, who works with an author on developing a new idea and pushing those ideas in a certain direction. The "yeoman's work" is then left to the authors and, eventually, our line and copy editors.

So realizing that much of the heavy lifting and corralling of the collections would be left to me was a bit daunting, to say the least. Add to that the fact that there is already another Michael Pye whose name regularly appears on the covers of books. He is a thriller writer best known for Taking Lives, which was turned into a ho-hum Angelina Jolie movie.

I’d been batting around the idea of an anthology series for a few months before presenting the idea to the review board at New Page, as I knew we were looking to add a new series to our line. At first my thought was to get someone well known to be the editor for each collection. The idea of my taking the helm was quickly brought up, which intially surprised me. From there on out, however, everyone just assumed I’d be doing them. I quickly tapped fellow editor Kirsten Dalley, "the development queen," of New Page to help work out the kinks in the final essays leaving me to locate candidates/potential contributors, and then convince and cajole the writers to get their essays in on time. This was no easy feat in some cases, but the outcome was well worth all the sweat, late nights, and cramping of the fingers from typing all those “is it ready?” e-mails.

Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: UFOs & Aliens came together wonderfully and showcases a diverse sampling of ideas regarding, and empirical and anecdotal evidence for, visitors to Earth. Whether you are an avid reader of UFO books or a reader new to this category the collection should definitely educate and entertain. Most of all it will cause you to question even your most entrenched beliefs regarding aliens, as well as what your government is—or is not—telling you.

In August the second collection Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: Ghosts, Spirits & Hauntings will be released.

The third collection Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: Lost Civilizations & Secrets of the Past will follow at the end of the year.

Michael Pye has been an acquisitions editor for New Page Books since 2003. He currently holds the titles of Senior Acquisitions Editor and Director of Product Development. He developed a healthy appetite for the unexplained by watching far too many episodes of In Search Of hosted by Leonard Nimoy after school instead of doing his homework, which turned him into a reader of books on the strange and unexplained. He earned a BA in English from Southern Connecticut State University.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Positive News of the Week

HP makes $25 million pledge to Packard Children's Hospital

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British Tourist Catches Falling Baby

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500-year-old book surfaces in small Utah town

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Exposed, Uncovered and Declassified

We are very excited to have announced the addition of a new series of books to our New Page Books line-up.

In these books you'll encounter some of the world's best-known experts on a topic and watch how they all take a different approach to explaining the mystery behind a phenomenon.

Our first release in this series will be publishing in June and features many of your favorite authors that have published books with us prior. Look for Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: UFOs & Aliens in stores June 15th.

We just added a few new contributors including Erich von Daniken, Marie Jones, and Larry Flaxman.

Other names on the project include Stanton T. Friedman, Nick Pope, Thomas J. Carey, Donald R. Schmitt, Kathleen Marden, Nick Redfern, John White, Jim Moroney, Gordon Chism and Micah Hanks.
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