Wednesday, December 19, 2012

NO CHRISTMAS FOR ME!

I grew up without Christmas...

My dad is a non-denominational Christian minister and a writer so did his own research as to why no one can know the real birthday of Jesus, and how the origins of the holiday are pagan (if only he knew my beliefs now, as a cultural anthropologist, are open to most everything at a spiritual level, and closed to religiosity/dogma of any kind), and so we went on vacation for 2 weeks every holiday season instead of having a tree.

As an adult, I see no reason why celebrating any holiday is a bad thing, necessarily, or their traditions, from a cultural and family POV.

However, my "Christmas" this year was to give some cash to my one son for doing a great job in college, and getting a phone card for my daughter's cell phone bill, and going with my eldest son to dinner and a movie. Am giving a copy of my two books to my boyfriend's family, and my boyfriend and myself AGREED ahead that we would NOT give anything to each other.

The holiday is so commercialized, and wasteful of money. Better to give $$$ to charity, or help a family in need.

Nope, no gifts under the tree.
No Christmas for us this year to speak of. It will just be another day.

I rather like it that way. So much easier.
I am happy that there is no Christmas for me!

Friday, December 14, 2012

DIVORCE: THE END IS MERELY THE BEGINNING

Divorce, I have done it more than once.

I don't wish to ever do it again, and wouldn't have this last time, but after 4 yrs of not living with my last husband it became evident that getting together was not ever going to happen again soon, if ever.

Giving in is not giving up, but giving up is easier.

I gave up. I'm sorry, but it is what it is.

So here I am, with my divorce almost two weeks ago. And you know how I feel?

I feel GREAT! It was just another day. Nothing changed except a judge put his autograph on a piece of paper. Nothing had changed from how things were the day before, and nothing would change the day after. A week later I feel the same way.

I have a new life, and new healing has occurred, and I am happy! What more could I ask for?

So, it's true... the end of one thing is merely the beginning of the next.

Kind of like how 12/12/12 came and went, and how the so-called "end of the world" (the Mayan prophecy--NOT!) on 12/21/12 will come and go.

I thought that looking forward to the Zombie Apocalypse on 12/22/12 would be fun, but I suspect that day will just come and go too.

In the meantime, good things are happening, little things, little changes day by day, that are bringing my love and I together. And my love is NOT my recent ex-husband.

I love new beginnings!!! :)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

COOL AND HEAT YOUR HOME WITH EARTHTUBES

There are many ways to heat and cool your house naturally, cheap/inexpensively, and easy, and earth tubes (I will call them "earthtubes" from now on) are one of the best ways I have used, ever, to accomplish this!

Most people work at a job to pay their expensive electric bill each month in order to alter the temperature in their homes, and others do their own labor directly such as cutting firewood for their wood stove during winter. Earthtubes are an excellent way to bring pre-warmed (tempered) air to fireplaces and woodstoves, so as to eliminate ice-cold drafts, which normally draw from around windows and doors to feed the fire.

However, earthtubes do an even better job of cooling your home in summer since they can, without any electricity whatsoever, bring the temperature inside the house down by 10 or even 20+ degrees, depending on the design of the home and how many earthtubes you have. If it is 99 degrees Fahrenheit outside, then it can be as cool as 79 degrees F inside. In my straw bale house I built in the 1990's in Nebraska, the inside temperature was closer to 70 degrees due to the R-50 insulation value in the walls from the bales.

How do they work, you might be wondering? They are basically 100-foot long PVC pipes with an entry and an exit that brings fresh air into the house. This works passively, so air rises out an open window in the house--this allows hot air out, and the vacuum effect draws cooler air in through the tubes. The tubes are buried far beneath the surface of the ground, so moisture from the air condenses out and exits the tube, leaving the dryer cooler air to enter the home. This process of convection and air exchange is what cools down the temperature inside each of the rooms.

Existing houses can be retrofitted to have earthtubes added on later, but most homes are built after the tubes are placed in the earth (much like plumbing is done) prior to construction. There are tricks and tips and full design instructions that I have in my book "Passive Solar Energy House Projects: A How-To Guide" (available here for $15).

I sold my straw bale house back in 1999 and the owners were already enthusiastic about the passive solar design (which is the best way to passively HEAT a house, besides to combine it with secondary choices: underground design, earth-sheltered construction, or a living roof... adding earthtubes for tempered air to feed a fuel-consuming heating apparatus/appliance/wood stove/fireplace is the tertiary choice for heating aids), but they were really SOLD on how well the earthtubes COOLED the house during the hot and humid mid-summer heat and have raved about it ever since!

Below are some links to my other blog pages for more information:
House Design Blunders: http://sunstarangel.blogspot.com/2012/07/house-design-blunders.html
Three Ways to Make a Fireplace More Efficient: http://sunstarangel.blogspot.com/2012/10/three-ways-to-make-fireplace-more.html
What is a Passive Solar House?: http://sunstarangel.blogspot.com/2012/07/what-is-passive-solar-house.html

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

THREE WAYS TO MAKE A FIREPLACE MORE EFFICIENT

Aaahhhh! There's nothing like sitting by a warm fireplace on a cool crisp evening, all wrapped up in a fuzzy blanket with some hot cocoa or cider in your mug! Winds howling outside can just stay there; however, part of remaining snuggly warm has to do with eliminating that nasty draft from around the doors and windows due to the fire eating the oxygen in the room and sending it up the chimney.

Fireplaces are usually considered 90-95% inefficient. Suffice it to say, they are one of the worst ways to heat a home; however, sometimes the lure of watching the fire is too much to abstain from. How then, do we make burning wood for heat more efficient?

There are three ways to improve the heating capabilities of fireplaces: design, placement, and fresh air delivery. Additionally, there are a few other options to taking an existant fireplace and making it slightly more efficient that I will mention, but first, let's start with the fireplace itself...

#1 - DESIGN:

Build a better fireplace! Although a masonry stove fireplace is the most efficient due to having a second burn chamber (these are massive, labor intensive to build, and are typically found only in Europe), they can be quite expensive, so to keep in accordance with standard sizes and cost, I recommend a Count Rumford fireplace!

The Count Rumford design is different than a standard fireplace because the design of the firebox and opening is different. This allows the fire to throw more heat into the room via three ways:

1. The firebox is shallower than a standard fireplace, placing the fire closer to the front (nearer to the room).

2. The opening at the top of the fireplace is slightly higher than a standard fireplace, allowing the smoke to crackle and burn off some of the impurities in the smoke, which gives off extra heat.

3. The back of the firebox is angled at the top to reflect more heat into the room.

#2 - PLACEMENT:

Put the fireplace inside, not outside of the house!

Most fireplaces are built backwards from what they should be, with the brick chimney on the outside of the house. Bricks provide thermal mass, which warms up and gives off heat... but in a traditional fireplace all that heat from the brick is being lost to the outside! Why would we want to warm up the forest, or our neighbors, when the idea is to warm up ourselves inside our house?

A properly built fireplace will have the chimney not only on an interior wall, but it will have the thermal mass (whether it is brick, stone, etc.) exposed so the heat can transfer to the surrounding room(s), which in turn reduces heating bills, and keeps the home more comfortable.

#3 - FRESH AIR DELIVERY:

Bring in fresh air to feed the fire!

Fires consume oxygen to burn, which means it is sucking air to feed it from within the room. The heated air then goes where? Straight up the chimney to the outside! This is one reason why fireplaces are so inefficient; so much hot air is lost to the outside while it is pulling cold air in from the outside.

Instead of letting a fire suck air from around the windows, or a slightly-opened window, underneath doorways, and so on, bring tempered (gently warmed) air in through an earthtube.

An earthtube is a 100-foot long PVC pipe that runs 6 feet deep underground that has an intake and outlet for air. Cold winter air enters the intake, travels through the earthtube and is warmed by the earth's stable temperature underground, and exits the tube near the entrance of the fireplace (usually on the floor near the fireplace opening).

The result is pre-tempered air that feeds the fire instead of pulling cold drafts from around the room, thus making the fireplace more efficient!

The good news is that earthtubes also--and primarily--are used for cooling the house in summer, provided there is at least one earthtube in place per room of the house, but one single earthtube is all that is needed to feed a warm fire, and keep the room(s) in your house more cozy!

MORE TIPS:

There are a few more ways to make a fireplace more efficient, which include adding a fireplace back to reflect heat back into the room, use a damper, put fireplace doors on (to stop excess drafts from exiting up the chimney), and using a blower to force the heat into and around the room.

Another way to make a fireplace more efficient is to put in a woodstove insert. Woodstove-fireplace inserts are more efficient than standard fireplaces and can be fueled by electricity, propane/natural gas, wood, pellets, or coal. They can even have a front door with a window so you can watch the fire as in a traditional fireplace.

Some people choose to eliminate fireplaces and chimneys altogether and install an efficient woodstove in it's place (instead of a woodstove insert). This way the entire firebox is in the room (as opposed to in the wall) and they radiate heat into the room far more readily; additionally, EPA certified wood stoves are 50% more efficient than old style woodstoves.

Earthtubes can also feed tempered air to woodstoves and help with heating efficiency. If you want to learn more about how to make earthtubes please see my article called COOL AND HEAT YOUR HOME WITH EARTHTUBES online at sunstarangel.blotspot.com

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

MANIFESTING THE 2012 OMEN

Charlotte sat straight up in bed with a gasp, still blinking hard from sleep. Her eyes tried to focus on any object in the dark room almost as hard as her mind worked on wrapping itself around the dream that woke her.

The key, she KNEW, was all in belief. Not as much as what she believed, but in the seemingly magical power of belief itself.

She suddenly grasped that the key to the future was somehow all tied up in her faith--or lack thereof--as to how that future would manifest itself. Her thoughts quickly settled on the famous and upcoming December 12, 2012 "sign" as well as the winter solstice in a mere 9 or so weeks.

Charlotte still didn't quite understand how her mind, her subconscious, the quantum world, and space-time itself could work together like this amazing machine it was, in order to bring the elements of fate into reality.

But was it fate? How much was choice? She thought hard about the matter of things from the past. What were the lessons?

Fate cannot be changed, she realized... yet she still wondered about whether doing a 180 degree turn-around once given a premonition would help alleviate what once seemed like a certain future?

What if we choose a different future, she pondered?

Charlotte remembered the premonition she had of three prophetic signs she KNEW would happen once she decided to go on a trip to Sedona, Arizona, many years before. She prepared for these things to occur, and occur they did. But what if she had turned it around, and decided not to go at all? Would these three happenings even occurred at all? Or would they have manifested anyway in a different location? Or would she have subverted their manifestation altogether?

The test had not been tried. She had, the previous year, been faced with a premonition and not listened, and it happened anyway. She did not turn it around as she felt she could have.

Charlotte's test was still before her. Everything about it mattered, she knew. Everything about her belief in what was coming would mark how the 2012 omen would manifest.

Thoughts turned to her old beliefs of fore yonder, when she had built her faith in Biblical numerology, and how it manifested the meaning of the 666. Not 666 traditionally bound up in religious dogma, but how this energy carried through into her life. How the illusion of the world around her brought it into being at some other level.

This 666 was the date that became the turning point in Charlotte's life, but only because BELIEF had made it so! She knew this to be true. Somehow this belief stuff had become personal.

She had been taught as a child that it was the number of the mark of the beast. The number, not of some anti-Christ person, but of mankind itself. The number stood for the evil sins of humankind outside of some concept of what "God" or all-things-good stood for. She remembered as a teenager she had a tangible FEAR of what might happen on the date 06/06/06.

In fact, it was the beginning of the worst years of Charlotte's life.

Somehow, her belief way back then, growing up in a Christian household, had carried over into her adult life, even though her religious beliefs had changed and altered over time. Her fears manifested a reality where all hell broke loose on 06/06/06.

Charlotte could hardly breathe. She understood the implications. Her life started to fall apart on that day, due to the evils of a single male human being who stood for the epitome of all things ungodly. It flowed over into the feminine, and symbols of lions and birds. It was a day of reckoning.

The visions she had before, became. They manifested without her conscious effort.

What would 12/21/12 entail? Traditionally, the date was not unsimilar to the Y2K (Year 2000) belief system. The world was up in arms about that date, and computers that could not being able to turn over due to a short-sighted programming error. Vast amounts of money, training, and fix-it efforts were made all over the country to solve the issue so that computers would not shut down, including the ones that ran the country's electric power grid.

Many people had expected havoc to reach the masses on midnight of December 31st, 1999, bringing in the Y2K second of despair.

Yet a prophet she knew had told Charlotte that Y2K would be a mere bump in the road, and that the real change in the country would come from how the elections were run. Indeed, Y2K simply vanished into history as "just another day" while the Presidential elections were rigged in Florida, and the older generation screamed with fists in the air, while the younger generation felt to merely go with the flow.

Because of this, the twin towers falling due to terrorism on September 11th, 2001 became the new date for unexpected havoc in America. Years later the country would become aware of secret inner workings and otherwise-impossible happenings surrounding the event. Conspiracy was afoot.

9 meant "judgment" and 11 was a "lack" or "disorder and judgement" according to those who believe in patterns found within the Bible. For her, however, 11 had always been a positive number, as well as any repeating number (11:11, 2:22, 3:33, etc.). To her, seeing the 11's meant everything was in perfect order, and was ready for the next thing to occur. Perhaps it meant that everything was going to happen as it was meant to happen, whether positive or negative, and that the process was already happening live. Was it stoppable?

Charlotte knew that the United States and the American Dream would not last forever. Everything had become run by corporations, and she had long been waiting for the day when war would come, and the country would fall apart... yet so far it had not happened in her lifetime. Nor did she want it to. Even nearby countries such as Canada were affected--as unintended consequences--by the 9/11 events. It had affected immigration, and other areas of peoples' lives around the glove.

So what was going to happen soon on 12/12/12 or even 12/21/12?

Charlotte's personal numbers including 1's, 2's, 3's, and 7's. It was all tied up in her life. She had seen the repeating 11's since childhood. Well before the more positive and supposed New Age 11:11 gateway had been "opened." She always felt that the movement was mostly due to peoples' imagination since it had already been part of her reality, outside of their attempts to work it up and raise energy where it had already been raised without effort.

Also, she had seen the 12's (divine government) and 21's (exceeding sinfulness of sin, although to her it had a positive meaning). 3's meant "completion" and 7's meant more "complete completion." 17 meant "victory." So many numbers with so many meanings.

She had already passed her 40th year, which Biblically meant her days of trial and testing were over, and the beginning of the rest of her life was in effect. Her future was supposed to be bright!

Would an awakening occur on December 12th? Would the "end of the world" really happen on December 21st? Images of fate and personal choice suddenly dropped into her lap again as possibilities and consequences that her beliefs in these things would bring about.

Earthquake? Famine? World War III? Citizens being arrested and detained without trial or arraignment due to the Patriot Act? Prison camps on U.S. soil? Nuclear disaster? Mega-tsunamis? Impossible physical pole flips of the earth, or just a magnetic flip?

Or would 12/21/12 just be another day, with a fictitious Zombie Apocalypse joke running amok the following morning, as an affront to when the "end of the world" believers?

It begged the question... would Charlotte, herself, be standing amongst the believers FOR or AGAINST the solstice Mayan prophecies fears? Even the Mayans' descendants did not teach or believe the ethnocentric American BS that was being falsely taught by unsuspecting and gullible believers in this day and age.

So what *would* happen, she questioned?

Was her time up? Would her book be published in time? Would her personal world end? Or would it just be her own world, like if she were arrested and imprisoned and detained indefinitely for some hidden or unknown worry from some belief system she had abandoned years before? Her mind went wild with possibilities.

Or would the number 5 (grace) that was encompassing her life now proceed into her future and bring about the rest of her life in a positive way?

Belief was key, she understood.

Belief was key for everyone, she knew. The dream that awoke her had told her so.

Would everyone else's beliefs strike up a future that was out of her hands? Or would each person's belief system indicate what their own reality would wind up manifesting, independent of the other, or in some kind of shared reality within different groups and a variety of outcomes?

Was Schrodinger's cat in the box going to be alive or dead?

For her, she only knew that the 12's and 21's of December would somehow affect her life. It was foreordained, she figured because it was tied into her personal numbers. Would one be positive, and the other negative? Would they both be positive, or both negative?

What had *really* happened on 11/11/11 as many flowed through that day? To some amazing things happened, while to others it was merely another day of no significance. Nothing negative had been forewarned, to her knowledge. But this upcoming winter solstice was another matter, indeed.

Charlotte realized she needed to define her beliefs regarding the matter, and ELIMINATE ALL FEAR regarding these dates, lest they manifest before her eyes. Was it already too late? Had her prior belief system set into motion a reality that would bring itself into fruition despite her choices now?

Is it too late to dissolve a former belief and create a new one?

It is never too late, she realized. It is never too late. Was this merely hopeful, or was she in denial?

12/12 and 12/21 would just be another day in the passage of time. Nothing significant would happen.

Or would it?

Belief is everything... and everyone's subconscious quantum "vote" counts toward the end of the world, or whether the end of one thing is the beginning of another, or whether it is "just another day."

Belief is everything...

So you decide.



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Thursday, October 11, 2012

HOW GOD WORKS

Christof Kors picked up his oversized coffee mug and sipped it. He enjoyed the sun shining on him as he peered out at his garden through the dining room window. Mmmmm... the dab of sugar, and milky creamer made his coffee that much more silky and delicious. "All good things come to everyone, no matter who they are," he muttered loudly enough for his dog, Jackson, to hear. But he felt disappointment at the same time. He was not a man of Godly faith, but felt that there could be some kind of satisfaction--as others who are more religious feel--if only he could believe.

Sipping his coffee in silence, and staring blankly at flowers in bloom, he thought deeply for some time on the meaning of life, and the things he wanted and needed, and what that means in the big picture. In the littler picture, he knew he wanted a bicycle.

It was at that very moment that a lightbulb went on in his head, and he looked upwards, threw his hands up at the ceiling, and shouted, "Hallelujah!" Perhaps there was yet hope for a faithless-man-of-faith such as he...

"Jackson, I got it! I know how God works..." His voice was strong. Jackson's ears perked up and his black face turned towards Christof with sweet dark-brown eyes that showed nothing but adoration for his human.

"If everyone is praying and asking for stuff, I figure, what does it hurt to elbow my way to the front of the line and start asking too? Does God really have time to stop and check my credentials? It would seem, by how much and many times I have been blessed in my life, he doesn't fret one minute on a background check before he starts handing out the gifts!"

Suddenly, he felt that good things were to come to even a religious-less man such as Christof Kors! Yay!

It was as if he heard Jackson's response in his head... most people would think of 'good things' being gifts from God, such as love, the gift of friendship, or even wealth and health. Christof wondered if Jackson's thoughts were his own; but being a man of obvious elegant taste and humor, he continued his rant aloud, as if it mattered to the dog.

"Oh my gosh... um no. No dear, no... THAT is not how God works, see? Let me explain by showing you an example!"

He jumped up from his chair. "Let's go for a walk, dear boy!"

Jackson wagged his long black tail as the leash was attached to his collar, eagerly following Christof out the front door and down the street.

Christof took Jackson several blocks away before stopping at the nearby park. He scanned the horizon for anything that would prove his point on how God works. Not just how God works for everyone, mind you, but especially for the pseudo-Christians he knew when he was but a boy growing up in Any-Midwest-Town in the Bible Belt state. Especially the ones who were church-going Christians by Sunday, and lived like sinners the rest of the week. My kind of people, thought he.

Christof was looking for a bicycle.

He would have been inclined to kneel down and pray for God to give him this new bicycle, but his epiphane prohibited him from doing so. He knew how God works, by God!

In a matter of moments, three boys rounded the corner all on their bicycles. Christof watched as their wheels left the sidewalk, rolled across the grass past him, and were dumped by a tree as the boys ran to the nearby playground.

Christof walked with Jackson to the three bikes underneath the oak tree. "A blessing indeed!"

None of the boys noticed Christof sitting upon the blue bicycle, riding away, with Jackson running alongside him.

Upon returning home Christof pulled the bike into the mud room and parked it by the coat rack against the wall. He unleashed Jackson, and they both returned to the giant mug of half-gone and now-cold coffee.

Christof took a sip, and sighed loudly and contentedly when he saw Jackson looking at him wide-eyed, almost expectantly. What was Jackson thinking? Suddenly Christof noticed feelings of guilt creeping into his soul... but Christof knew better... he knew how God really works! "What have I done you ask, dear boy? I've stolen a child's bike, and was even offered three whole choices! I chose the blue, over the red or yellow one, of course!" Without hesitation, he then bowed his head, and prayed aloud. "Please forgive me, God. I will return the bike at once, but if you want me to keep it please make it obvious." With that, he took Jackson and the bike back to the park, but the boys and the other two bicycles were already gone. He knew he would probably never see those boys again. "See, I told you, my dear boy!" Christof returned home. He realized that the bike was now his, indeed. He also knew that God had surely forgiven him for his misdeed, because he had asked. Jackson's big brown eyes peered up as his human as if to say, "So how does God work exactly?" "Jackson, my dear, here's how God works... I wanted a bike, so I set out to ask God for one. All prepped for prayer, I realized, that is not how God works! I Would never get a bicycle that way; so, I went out and stole one... and then asked God for forgiveness!" Christof chuckled as he took another sip of coffee. He admired his beautiful flowers in his garden outside of the dining room window. "You see, dear one, it is not possible to receive the Lord's forgiveness if you don't make some sin!"

Thursday, October 4, 2012

TESTING A LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP

The morning started with a kiss between Alexandra and Aaron. It was their typical virtual kiss while on video with each other on their laptop computers. Most days this was their routine, only seeing each other in person once or twice a month or so. They seemed content about their long distance relationship… until one day…

“Why won’t you come see me?” Alexandra asked.

“You know I am not able to cross the border due to all the Homeland Security rules now,” Aaron replied.

Alexandra was deeply saddened by this; she wanted him to share her life with her, her friends, her family, and to travel to places together. Aaron noted her great disappointment, and feared she would give up on him… after all, it had been a year since they started dating, and she had done 100% of the travel to come see him in order for their relationship to work. He figured it was only a matter of time before she gave up entirely.

The stupidity of the American government made him angry. Why did they extort him like that? Why did he ever try to cross to see Alexandra? Suddenly he became irate at the whole thing. “I don’t really care if I ever step foot in the U.S. again! I should have never tried to come down to see you. This would have never happened if I had just stayed here instead of coming to see you.”

Alexandra was taken aback. He had never blamed her before for something that was completely out of her control. She chose to say goodbye and hang up on their video session and let him cool off. But it just got worse.

For two days he stayed distant, and sent messages only to say things like how much happier he was to be single, and that he didn’t have to deal with girlfriend ‘stuff.’ Aaron said bluntly on phone text: “My friend thinks that, romantically, you are a waste of my time, and I am starting to think the same thing.” Alexandra wondered if he would even let her come see him, as they had planned for, the following weekend. She moped and fretted and felt a mess emotionally.

Alexandra wondered why Aaron or his friend would think that she was a “waste of time” when it did not even make any sense? They had a good relationship, she thought. She felt confused and lost, yet she knew right away that Aaron was hurting and lashing out. She told her friend, “I think Aaron was projecting his own fears onto me… that he was afraid I would think I am ‘wasting my time’ with him since he can’t come visit me, and so is trying to make me the bad guy so it will be easier to break up with me before I have a chance to break up with him. The man somehow has no idea that although I’m saddened that he can’t come, I’m also otherwise content with our relationship and circumstances. I’m willing to continue to go to him indefinitely. I love him deeply.” On the afternoon of the second day Alexandra texted Aaron on her phone and told him that very thing, calling him on the carpet for his rude behavior.

She had hit the nail on the head. Aaron responded favorably, and later started up a conversation as if nothing had happened between them. “There’s a comforter on sale that you might want to get, since you said you need a new one—at a really great price!” She was amazed by the turnaround.

He sounded normal, she thought, but she was afraid to read too much into it. “Will you take me to that store when I come?” She cringed, hoping that he wouldn’t disallow her to visit him after he had tried to make it so easy—even pushing—for her to leave. She noted that he never did break up with her, and only made insinuations.

“Absolutely, but it will cost you!”

“Uh oh, what will it cost me?” she recognized his sarcastic style and hoped he would say what she thought he would say next…

“At least one kiss.” Aaron meant it.

Alexandra beamed, and said simply, “I will allow it.”

Later, they got back on their video chat and she asked why he had acted like that (even though she knew), and he said, “I was testing you. If you were going to leave, I wanted you to feel free to do so.”

“Did you want me to leave?”

“No honey.”

“Did you want to leave?”

“No sweetie, I didn’t.” Aaron smiled and felt happy that she didn’t abandon him.

“Don’t ever scare me like that again… that was miserable for me!” she demanded.

“Yes dear…” Aaron submitted.

Both of them settled back down into their normal routine of sharing, on video, how their day went, and how happy they were to be together, even though it was still a long distance relationship. They lied down in their independent beds and faced each other on their laptops, as if no space or time separated them at all.

Before they knew it, it was late at night. Just as they started to fall asleep, their evening ended with a kiss…


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Sunday, September 30, 2012

DIGITAL BOYFRIEND

I have a digital boyfriend.
His face and neck are a circuit board
Laser beams shoot from his bionic eyes
His voice is electronic
And calibrates my trance-like state
Like music playing from Shpongleland…

Touching this digital boyfriend takes skill
Of typing on the keyboard at 70wpm
With emails being so plentiful some never get returned
Awaiting text replies at the speed of satellite
And sexting leaves the body wanting for more than letters on a screen…

Some FB (Facebook) notifications are lost in the ether
And the FB group we met in has been replaced by PMs (private messages)
Such messages are held in the electron cloud
Until released like LED reign
From the cyberspace universe
To our electronic-dependent souls…

I believe in my digital boyfriend
For his words are the texts that ring true to my heart
And his voice bears the blessings that only cell phone airwaves can provide
His smile is as beautiful as the best skype video in existence can provide
And we fall asleep together there…

There is hope on the horizon of the digital landscape
For, one day, as his bionic eyes bore into mine
His laser beams will carry the information
That will overwhelm my senses
And overpower my brain with reality
That the electronic atmosphere of our beingness will be replaced
By a real life experience that requires no screens or buttons or speakers
All in the perfect time…

Until then, in this day and age, we just have to love technology…
And what would we do without it?
Because, God, how I love my digital boyfriend!


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

CORRECTIVE PAIN

WARNING: This is a BDSM story (I know it's mild, and not in full BDSM style or end, and that it defeats the purpose of what BDSM does or stands for, so eat it if you care to, and spit it out if you don't. I don't give a hoot... it's my blog so, meh!). If you are offended by sexual content or BDSM-related topics please leave this page now.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Have been reading up on BDSM lately for some research into the human psyche concerning sexual and social dominance and decided to write a random blog. I figured this one needed a twist, based on my own experiences of going from lower energy to higher energy in my life. Sometimes we need a mix of both for balance. Sometimes the old habits are more easily replaced with the less-forced path, if only we do nothing more than allow it. Sometimes (most times) it is just that simple.





CORRECTIVE PAIN

Michaela didn't like being corrected... in fact, it downright embarrassed her and made her feel stupid; so what was this strange impulse within her that she was turned on when scorned by her lover?

The words he used were incredibly important... but,

It wasn't just his words, it was his tone.

It wasn't just his tone, but his overruling energy.

It wasn't just that, but his authority.

It was his power.

It was his power over her.

It was the pain of loss... loss of ego.

The sting of being brought into line.

The breaking down of mental walls.

The verbal spanking...

Followed by the smack on the rump for good measure. Perhaps more than several smacks, on occasion.

It was the trust she had in him to love her, despite the pain.

It was the ability to properly deliver the pain, in just the right way, at just the right time, at just the right level. Only someone like Roderick would know those sensitive details. He had studied her, and tested her, and brought her to this point carefully, and slowly.

Roderick's deliverance of his punishment was sublime. His attitude reflected that of his position over his minion... but she was no true minion, for he realized she reflected the beauty he saw in the world, like a small soft feather gently floating in the breeze, or a sweet-smelling blue flower, which is rare and outshines any orchid.

Her submission to him was divine, breaking all the rules of everyday women, who were as common as housewives were to to military men. Nothing more sacred or precious existed except when she listened to him, and let him lead without question. He liked being trusted, and adored by her. He liked the authority she allowed him to take, while she laid back and accepted his rule.

Very rarely anymore did she abuse her position, get defensive and rebellious, or become argumentative and bratty, or to try to top him from the bottom she had dedicated herself to. She normally lived in her head, and so she drew into her body, awakening the root chakra of her soul, and chose to radiate out from the seat of her being. Her place was one of service, but not today... she had lived outside of her principles and offended him by her behavior.

He looked at her naked body, empty of all things manmade, including the earrings she normally wore. She went from a curled up position into one of sitting up next to him, as he approached her.

Her eyes were wide and attending. She knew she was still in trouble even though he was smiling. She wondered what he was up to?

Roderick loved Michaela, so much that he had fancied to training her to his standards. Even his spiritual outlook could be carried by the likes of Michaela, so multi-faceted was she. But today he was sexually hungry for her... and he wanted to take charge over her insolence, for she had been bad.

Something came over him... the sheer beauty of her soul, resplendent before his mere presence! But he was not going to miss a lick... this was going to make it all so much sweeter! He sat down next to her.

"Bend over." Calm and bluntly, he put it, raising his arm into the air, and flattening out his hand to strike her bare bottom.

Michaela whinced when she saw him raise his hand. She knew he meant to lean over his lap. Her breathing shallowed, and drew in and out at a quickened pace. She waited, expectantly, knowing the slap to her bare arse was coming by his still-raised hand.

But it didn't.

Roderick just let her think it was coming. He let her breathe fast and expect the punishment. Then he put his hand slowly down and caressed her round bare buttocks.

"I'm not going to spank you," he said calmly and lovingly. "You are forgiven."

"I am?" she blinked, confused by the change.

"You are." Roderick was serious, and had a gentleness in his eyes. Even his smile seemed to radiate a genuine caring for her.

She thought he was being weak, but for some reason his grace towards her touched her deeply. She raised up, crawled into his arms and began to weep, but not just for the loss of the spankings she felt she deserved to receive, but because some part of her soul felt at peace. The peace felt smooth and soft, like a bear skin rug that glides across her nude skin. She realized that feeling was mimicked by his hand... despite her curling up into him, his hand found her buttock again and was rubbing it with a sense of nurturing.

Michaela suddenly had a desperate feeling like something was wrong. Why was he being so loving to her? She felt that things had been going too well lately, which is why she decided to create a disturbance... well, at least subconsciously. She felt things were just too "good" and that it surely couldn't last. Perhaps she had given it some help so she could feel the excitement of the moment, and the reality of what life *really* FEELS like, full of issues and conflict, the kind that creates an emotional rush, and warm freshly-reddened butt cheeks so that she knows she's alive. The alternate perception took her to new emotional heights in what she felt was true reality. Why was he denying her this atonement?

She didn't feel that she deserved to be treated well, or with any respect. Her actions had not called for it, and her words had been lies. She ached for physical pain that could meet up and surpass the inner turmoil she felt, to alleviate it. Yet Michaela was only finding that the goodness of Roderick's actions, rather than the authoritarian figure she needed right then, was too much.

She didn't understand her pain, and why she was wanting to be corrected so badly. She wanted corrective pain. She suddenly realized that she was creating her--inner--pain regardless of what was happening on the outside. Was she addicted to conflict? Was her self-esteem so poor? Why did she find pleasure in pain, and being corrected in ways that eased her soul but were taboo to the rest of society?

Roderick sensed she was unhappy. He positioned her to slightly to the side and slapped her bottom with one solid smack that stung even his hand.

She looked up at him in wonderment.

"Michaela Andrea, you will accept my choice to love you and forgive you... or else the punishment is going to be so bad that you will regret it for the next 5 weeks!"

Michaela's heart jumped for a moment, and she softened and fell back into his chest and arms.

She then felt at ease; happy and content.

Roderick knew exactly what Michaela had needed. He always did, and he wasn't about to let her forget it. He knew she would obey him this time.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

SPINELESS

Today I was called spineless...

Many project onto others their own fears
of being this or that...
in this case, being a wimp, or weak,
not standing up for one's principles...

Today, though, it was true.
I was spineless, but not for what I was thought to be spineless for.

I talked big, and put my foot down, and chose "no" to a situation,
then suddenly appeared to give in and say "yes" anyway.

Spineless; that was one of several words I heard about my behavior.

In reality, my excuse is much worse.

Worse than merely changing my mind,
and not communicating effectively,
that I had weighed out a reason in my head,
to be able to do part of it,
rather than all of it,
and then doing that,
when I had previously said I wouldn't do any of it.

In reality I am spineless for a different reason,
because I knew you wouldn't approve of me doing it at all...

So I acted it out and found initial reasons to not do it,
when in fact, I wanted to, and was afraid to say so.

I found a loophole,
and justified it when I shouldn't have.
I found a reason to change it for my own purposes.

Yet it is not any less true,
I am spineless; you are correct...
just not for the reason you originally thought.

I was not spineless because I changed my mind and didn't explain it...

I was not spineless because I did what I said I wouldn't do.

I was spineless because I was afraid of telling you the truth.

I feared your judgment against me,
your energy that bulldozes me at times,
without a chance to make excuses I shouldn't make anyway,
filled with authority,
that I respect highly...

You are entirely correct; I was spineless.

And now I know something more about myself.

And I know something more about you too...

I know how you see me,

But now I know why...

When it comes to you, I am indeed spineless.
No wonder you saw it all this time,
and waited until the perfect moment to tell me.

But the sign we saw was of "judgment of grace"...

Today, I was judged as spineless.
But I was forgiven.
And quickly...

It was forgotten, by you most of all,
but not by me right away...
I had to wallow in it for a while, and consider it, and write about it before I could get it out of my system.

I have, at times, been my own worst judge, and critic, and enemy.
I don't want that. I gave that up, so why pick it up now?

Grace is given, and accepted, so that is all.

I will work on not being spineless with you anymore...

I just hope the bitch in me has a flexible enough spine...! ;)

AUTUMN CALLS

Autumn shawls, as Mabon calls, and night falls... into the deep

Signs are how, all nature bows, as children now... are fast asleep

Morrow's sun, time is not won, shortened run... in spring will reap

Red, yellow, leaves all mellow, cause fellow... to therefore weep

Soft rains fall, hot cocoa calls, bundled all... we choose to keep

Autumn meddles, Mabon settles, Night tea nettles... and now we sleep

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

KARMIC BUTTS AND BOOBS

“Watch it girls!” old lady Fran told the two teenage girls, “that’s going to come back and bite you on your biscuits!”

Both of the girls, best friends since they were 7 years old, just looked at each other and grinned. Tara gave that knowing look to Yvette as if to say the old lady had gone cuckoo. “Thanks Fran.” Yvette murmured under her breath as she took a step away.

“You think I’m kidding, don’t you!” Fran took a step toward them, shaking her cane at the girls as if it were an extension of her finger. “Haven’t you heard of steatopygia?”

“What’s that?” Tara questioned, suddenly curious to know. Yvette looked at Tara.

Fran made it sound mysterious. “I got it, simply because I made fun of big bums, like I heard you girls do toward that lady that passed by here a few minutes ago. It’s a real problem, and embarrassing in public, especially when you first develop it.”

She paused and licked her lips to create anticipation. Both girls stood there, watching, waiting to hear what old lady Fran would say next. “Let me explain. When I was your age, I used to laugh at women who had big buttocks, and especially if they had huge breasts. Then, I got stung by the karmic bug! When I hit puberty I wound up having the biggest butt of all—that is what steatopygia does... it makes your bottom grow to an enormous size! To make it worse, the good Lord punished me further by giving me puny boobs, so small that I had a hard time nursing my two children when they were babies!”

Tara and Yvette glanced at each other in their usual manner, but this time with a serious look on their faces. They simultaneously looked back at Fran, waiting for her to continue…

“The worst part is that I hated my big butt, and also my small breasts. I hated my body. I hated who I was.”

Fran groaned as she sat down in her chair on the front porch. “I hated myself so much that I didn’t take care of myself, ate all wrong, and gained so much weight that the problem got worse. And my boobs never did grow with the rest of me. Then one day something miraculous happened!”

Both girls spoke in unison. “What happened?”

“I nearly died. I despised myself and was so depressed while driving one day that I didn’t even pay attention to what I was doing. I got into an automobile accident and actually wanted to die when I saw that truck coming for me. But it was then that I realized that I didn’t actually want to die at all, I wanted to live, but I wanted to have a different ‘ME’. So I decided that the only thing about me that I could really change was my attitude. I forgave myself for the narrow-minded prejudice, fears, hatefulness, and biases I had carried in my mind and heart towards others—stemming from myself, which I was projecting onto others--and I learned to accept others the way they were, all shapes and sizes and personalities, including their flaws. Especially their flaws! Their weaknesses suddenly showed me their greatest strengths! Suddenly the Venus figurines from the paleolithic age became beautiful to me! I began applying these same principles to myself, and began accepting myself equally as well. In short, I learned to love myself… once I did this I actually started truly LOVING others at a much deeper level than just ‘not being prejudiced’ against them anymore. I accepted my tiny breasts and giant buns. It was then that the real and lasting changes took place… I cared about my body, ate better, lost weight, and not only was healthier and looked better, but I felt better! It had a cumulative effect.”

Yvette asked, “So loving others and loving yourself was the answer?”

“Yes,” Fran said as she tapped her cane once, “but although it started out that way, it was really the opposite order that made the biggest difference… loving myself first so that I could properly love others was the key.” Fran smiled her usual big grin. . “Then one day I met my husband, who is a butt-man… kind of like how some men are boob-men, or others like feet, while others like faces or thighs or something else. My unexpected gift was that I had a man who was crazy about my ample bum, and boy does that make a difference too! Sometimes the universe brings us what we need, whether that be lessons, or blessings!”

“Wow,” Tara said. “Thanks for telling us your story. It has really affected me. I guess there is karma for bodacious butts and boobies that exists out there!”

“It exists right here,” Fran pointed at her heart, and then reached out and touched each of the girls on their foreheads. “And right here.”

The girls said their goodbyes and Fran sat on her porch the rest of the afternoon, talking with the occasional passerby on her busy street, always having a story to tell, but only that one time did she speak of her experience with karmic butts and boobs.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

THE SIMPLE THINGS ABOUT YOU

It is the simple things with you that bring joy to my soul…

Hearing you breathe gently while you sleep,
Seeing your eyes twinkle and sparkle as you smile,
Listening to you sing to me,
Singing along with you,
Receiving a text from you and knowing it will say something nice before I read it,
Watching you carry my bags because you don’t want me to strain my injured back,
Feeling your hand in mine as we walk in the park,
Touching your heart with true compliments I tell you about yourself,
Spooning,
Engaging in philosophical conversations,
Tons of little mouse kisses,
Having you pick on me,
Picking on you back,
The scratchiness of your unshaven face,
“Worshipping” your lips,
Giving you a back rub when you need it most,
Giving you a back rub when you don’t need it,
Feeling your soft fine hair in my hands when I give you a haircut,
Dancing with you,
Traveling to the “writer’s retreat” to “work” in front of our lake view,
Floating-and-spinning in the hot tub,
Skinny dipping and sunbathing,
Passionate and intimate lovemaking,
Falling asleep on skype together,
Walking the “mean streets of _____” and feeling safe with you,
Road trips,
Make-up sex,
Taking walks at the same time “together” despite the miles separating us,
Hearing songs on the radio that you’ve sung to me,
My head lying on your shoulder with your arm around me,
Cooking for you,
Watching you enjoy whatever I feed you,
Seeing you do work you enjoy,
Hearing you keep me accountable,
Holding you after I have not seen you for two weeks,
Hearing “I love you sweetie!”,
Knowing I can count on you… and especially,
Believing in us, our love, our relationship…

For all these things, I am joyful, and thankful!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

BREAKING UP, BREAKING DOWN, & BUILDING UP

“Are you breaking up with me?” she asked.

“Yes, I guess I am,” he responded. “I don’t know what I want to do. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. I just don’t think we have much in common. I’m a Rooster and you’re a puppy Dog.”

She felt miffed. “I never could relate to Chinese astrology. It never made sense to me so I’m not sure I buy that explanation… besides, we have a lot in common! People see what they want to see. If you read something you just automatically agree with it? What about our compatibility report that shows we are a near-perfect match based on our western astrological signs?” She picked off a dried leaf from the bottom section of a nearby palm tree and started picking at it.

“I don’t know. I just don’t think we should get married. I also don’t want you to miss out on opportunities with your job working with Jim and all the plans you guys have.” He looked down over the boardwalk safety railing into the water flowing underneath, staring blankly.

“Again,” she insisted, “I think you are putting too much importance on what other people say, or what you read or are told. Can’t you make up your own mind?”

“I’m just a pea-brained male,” he responded with a smirk, realizing their old private joke was probably not quite appropriate this particular time.

She sighed, but not because of what decision he was having trouble with, but because he was actually breaking up with her when he was still unsure what was best to do. She could barely believe her ears. It was a shock, yet she had feared this might happen since she felt him pull away months prior to this moment. “Are you writing me off for good?”

He glanced up at her. “I definitely want to stay friends…” He noticed two palm trees nearby swaying in the warm Florida breeze.

She choked on her words, “I would like that. I don’t know what to say. I still love you. It’s not my style to scream or cry and beg and ask you to stay if you don’t want to stay. It is what it is. If you don’t want to be with me, then I’m not going to ask you to stay. I don’t want to be with someone who is not interested in being with me. But I do still love you, even right now, through this.”

His ears hurt hearing this, because he fully expected her to fight with him, and for it to be easy to break it off. This was not easy. “I’m not sure I’m made the best decision here…” His voice trailed off as he, too, picked dried leaves from nearby plants and worked them between his fingers.

The two stood silently, leaning on the boardwalk railing, picking at dried palm leaves. Neither of them looked at each other, they just stood there tearing dead foliage apart simultaneously, as if some kinesthetic energy were working through them to break down their lives, which had grown together and intertwined in love and friendship, only to now be dying and shredded before their eyes.

She broke the silence with a cracked voice that matched look of the dried leaves. “My dedication to you, and my love for you have not changed. Nor will it. I am letting you go because you want it, not because I want it. I will continue to love you, even if you don’t love me.”

His eyes welled up with tears. She always knew how to make him cry with her words. “I love you too. I just don’t see us together long term, so I figured we should just break up now and get it over with.”

She came forward and faced him, asking, “If that’s what you want. Thank you for being honest with me. Can I hug you goodbye?”

“Yes,” he said, opening his arms to her.

The two embraced one last time, and she began to weep in his arms. “I feel like I’ve done something wrong, but I don’t know what it is. I’m sorry… I’m just so sorry.”

He cried with her, holding her tight. “You haven’t done anything wrong at all. It’s not you.”

She sobbed and told him she missed him already, and said her goodbyes, even though she knew they would stay friends. How could they not? They got along so well. “I’m just so sorry…” she just couldn’t muster any more words, for the tears were overwhelming, and the emotions overpowering. She held onto him tightly. She tried to look up at him but he just pulled her back close to his bosom, keeping her tears landing on his shoulder.

He couldn’t bear to see her cry. “I am not sure I made the best decision here. I’m really thinking that this was too drastic and not necessary.”

She did not try to change his mind. She also did not respond in any way that would support or deny his words. She just felt that this was the most positive way any two people could break up… in each other’s arms, crying in mutual feelings of loss and love, with friendship as the foundation between them. She had been through wonderful relationships that ended badly, and horrible relationships that ended okay, but this was the most horrible and simultaneously beautiful thing she had ever experienced in a relationship break-up. The connection she felt with him at that very moment was utterly intense, and strangely, it was also immensely peaceful.

He was a mess, emotionally.

The two finally let go of their embrace and collected themselves. Slowly their tears dried, and they decided to walk off the boardwalk and back into civilization. People walked along the beach, and the sun was setting.

She thought it felt weird to be among people again. She turned and looked at him, “You know, it’s strange… I walked onto the boardwalk back there and was in a relationship, and I walked off the boardwalk as a single person.”

He did not know what to say. He was fully realizing what he had done. He reiterated, “I’m just not sure I made the right decision at all here…” He didn’t know how else to say he wanted to change his mind.

She had a flash of insight so spoke it aloud to him. “I think you needed to do this, for your own peace of mind. I think it’s important that you stick with your decision for a while and make sure whether or not you made the right decision. If you change your mind, I am here. But I want you to be sure. This is not fair to me otherwise.”

He cringed. He already knew he had made a mistake. He kept his mouth shut, but he knew had let go of something precious. Their relationship meant more to him than he had realized... he had thrown it away like a piece of trash when he should have saved it out, and held it, and caressed it, and taken care of it, and called it his own. His wishy-washiness suddenly seemed frivolous, his indecision a mistake.

They walked back to his house and sat together the rest of the evening, as friends instead of lovers… as two people who cared for one another but were no longer intimate.

Later on they sat on the couch and watched a movie. He put his arm around her shoulders, and she let him.

It was then that she noticed tears coming from his swollen eyes again. She didn’t quite understand it, but she knew everything was going to be okay. “I feel strangely at peace.”

“I don’t,” he answered whether she wanted to know or not. “I’m a train wreck.” He wanted her to know.

A while later he rested his head on her lap. She allowed it.

Her time to go back to her own home was not due for a while, so she lied down to take a nap. He followed her and snuggled up behind her. She sighed deeply with content. She loved his touch… it was one of his best qualities.

They fell asleep, and as they slept they embraced.

When they awoke, he kissed her gently, and began making love to her.

She asked, “Are we still broken up?”

He held her gently, and reassured her. “No. Let’s be together. I made a mistake. You are very special to me and I love you too much to let you go.”

“I will allow it.” She said with a huge smile. “How do you feel about us now?”

“I feel good,” he said, “I feel really good.”

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

MAKING CUSTOM BIGFOOT SIGHTING MAPS

"Where can I get a bigfoot sightings map of my area?" is the question often proposed to me; or I hear, "Can a map be made of a particular region in the U.S.?" My answer, in the past, was to direct them to making their own map the same way I did... do your own investigations, interview alleged witnesses, write up sightings reports and articles, plot points on the map of sightings that you feel are authentic and not hoaxes (weeding out the latter is ever-important to not muddy up the data if you are looking for patterns), and viola! you have a custom sightings map! Easy cheesy, right?

The problem is that this method is very time consuming and not everyone has the money or patience to devote to such an endeavor! It took me years just to get enough plotted spots on the map to get an idea of what was happening around our city of El Paso, TX (yes, we had a plethora of sightings in the desert southwest, much to my own surprise!). That little map can be viewed here: http://www.sunstar-solutions.com/BFgeological.htm

Who knew that I would wind up expanding my research into southern NM, just north of there, since it appeared that these giant hairy beings were following the north-south running mountain ranges, and waterways!

Still, making a custom sasquatch/bigfoot sightings map in your area may not take all of this leg work and expansive effort. It can be done utilizing data (in databases) that is already out there on the Internet (that other researchers/investigators have done), which is already published, free, and available to anyone to use.

As an example, my nephew, Derek Eby, was in college last year, and used the type of database I mentioned above in a GIS map making program to create a bigfoot sightings and footprints map of the Pacific Northwest--the states of Washingon, Oregon, and California, in particular. He got an "A" grade in school for making the map. We've since made a few more changes to make the map better, including adding in the full text that I wrote for informational purposes. That map is now available to the public for a suggested (fixed) donation at my website in hard copy or digital format.

He chose these three states because, first of all, we live in Washington, and this state has, by far, the most documented sightings (over 500, whereas only a few states have about 200, and most have far less, according to the BFRO (Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization)). Skamania county in WA (included in the map at the central bottom part of the state) is included, and is near Mt. St. Helens; and the mountain range that parallels the subducting tectonic plate boundary along the Pacific ocean, which extends down into OR and WA, and were included in the map.

One of the great things about mapping sighting locations is finding correlations such as how potassium, water, granite, and other features (that might show rock types (geology), terrain (topography), cities vs. mountains, forests vs. deserts, etc.) where sightings occur most often. Maps show trends, and patterns, and help Sasquatch investigators know where to go, or more importantly, where not to go--and waste time--searching for something that may not be found there.

Researchers, or just curious individuals with access to map-making software programs like ArcGIS/ESRI, may be interested in taking the BRFO's database information and turning it into maps for their own purposes as well. How is this done? I will tell you how my nephew did it, and then I will tell you another alternative method, as well as one more option for those who don't want to do it themselves but still want a custom made map.

HOW DEREK EBY MADE HIS FIRST BIGFOOT MAP:

First, Derek googled the kml/kmz files from the BFRO and reformatted them to plot points on his GIS mapping program. He had to add in terrain features, city names, colors, and make the data look good on the map, which required some tweaking. In the end he had a decent looking map, complete with footprint and individual sighting locations across three states. Rarely will someone want to choose this method as the "reformatting" part of the database is usually only known by people who already understand how GIS programs work and how to alter datasets for this kind of use. It can be quite involved.

HOW TO MAKE AN ADD-ON FOR BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS ON GOOGLE EARTH:

It is important to note that the original BRFO database information that Derek used in the map above was originally intended for Google Earth. Google Earth is a free program available through google.com (just "google" it!).

Go to google.com and search for these words: "BFRO KML bigfoot sightings". The kml/kmz file will come up and you can download it and use in Google Earth. The database already has the plot location points imbedded into the data, so it should populate on the Google Earth mapping program automatically once you have it installed.

It's the same data we have, but realize this will allow you to see the map add-on on the program, but is not necessarily something that can easily be put into a physical map that you can hang on the wall in your home or building.

CUSTOM MAPS FOR SPECIAL ORDER:

You may want the map in poster form if neither of the above options are your "cup of tea" (since many people don't want to go through this hassle of actually making the maps). People often feel their time is too valuable, or they are not computer savvy enough, or they just don't feel like messing with it, yet there is still a serious interest in having a custom map for their area, or region, concerning bigfoot sightings and footprint locations.

Derek and I spoke at length about options for people. We decided we can start making custom maps available for people who would like to order them, for a $100 donation. I will receive no income/cut from any initial map-making endeavor--it is merely for compensating him for creating the custom map for you. Both time and expertise of the cartographer goes into making sure placement and size, text, and other info on the data is correct before publishing the map, and that it suits the person ordering it. The good thing is that you can usually receive the map, complete in PDF and/or JPG form (your choice), within a couple of weeks.

This is probably the best option for those who cannot, or will not, utilize the other two options above for making a custom bigfoot map on their own. If you feel you want to have one of these maps made please email me at sunstarangel@msn.com with "CUSTOM BIGFOOT MAP" in the subject title, and please include the details of what kind of map you are wanting (what cities or states, etc.). I'm sure we can accommodate you!

I hope this article has helped a few people learn how they can make maps of their own, outside of just going into the field and collecting data and plotting maps the old fashioned way.

There are now two Sasquatch/Bigfoot sightings maps available:

1) The PNW (Pacific Northwest) states of Washington, Oregon, and California
2) Central states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri

GO HERE TO GET YOUR BIGFOOT MAP--> http://www.sunstar-solutions.com/BFmap.htm

See my Bigfoot Map Facebook Page! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sasquatch-Bigfoot-Sightings-Map/448769308487222

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

END OF THE LINE

There comes a time when you realize that a chapter is coming to a close, and you've reached the end of the line for a particular "scene" in your life.

Someone leaves, or dies, or you let go of something...

Always, the end of the line is but a new beginning...

Someone arrives, or is born, or you attach yourself to something new...

Always, the new beginning will have--one day--its own end...

I am here. Now. Divorce looming.

Friendship to that person replacing romanticism.

Moving forward in love... agape, phileo...

Eros dedicated to another.

No end of the line is like another, each scene drumming to a different beat.

Each relationship different, lasting shorter or longer...

I am happy that what I have is so beautiful and warm, especially after years of cold darkness, where everything faded to black.

Today, I am a different person; I have grown, healed, lost weight, and I smile often.

Today my end of the line has come, and I am still at peace, and happy.

Today my end of the line is but a new beginning...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

MAKE YOUR OWN RAIN USING A SOLAR WATER DISTILLER

What is a solar water distiller?

A solar distiller is basically a simple, waterproof, oblong “box” with a piece of glass on top that the sun shines through, which utilizes the sun’s energy to distill the water. The distilled water is then rendered safe for drinking and cooking, with absolutely no contaminants that are found in regular (potable) water.

How does it work?

Solar stills are JUST LIKE MAKING RAIN. In nature, the sun (solar energy) shines and heats the water in lakes, rivers, and the ocean, and causes the water to evaporate into the air as water vapor. Then it cools down and condenses in the sky as clouds and it finally falls as rain. You can catch this water in a container to use for plants or other purposes.

Similarly, a solar still, also called a distiller, makes ultra-pure water the same way rain is made. The sun’s energy shines and heats the water inside the still causing the water to evaporate and condense on the cooler glass above (the glass acts like a cloud). The water then drains down into a water catching trough and out to a glass jug/container.

This works passively, with no moving parts. You just need the still, a source of water (even raw sewage is okay), and the sun! The output will be pure H2O!

How good is the water?

The water that is made in these stills is a better quality than store-bought purified water because it is ultra-pure. It is some of the cleanest, most pure water you can get on the planet. And because the water is slowly evaporated, instead of rapidly boiled, the water picks up a lot of oxygen and carbon dioxide from the air which makes it taste sweeter by raising the pH to above neutral. Contaminants such as salts, heavy metals, bacteria (e.g. coliform), micro-organisms (e.g. E-coli, giardia, chryptosporidium), sediments, sand, rust, chlorine, fluoride, arsenic, etc. are all completely removed (the are left behind in the basin and/or killed.

What kind of applications are these stills good for?

For the homeowner, RVers/campers, people in rural areas, solar enthusiasts, and more. Grant projects, such as those implemented by the El Paso Solar Energy Association (EPSEA) helped to install over 100 stills in west Texas and southern New Mexico, and Mexico, in rural border colonias (poor neighborhoods) that are challenged with water problems.

The stills are appropriate technology for these areas because they are site-specific, use no electricity to run, have a quick payback period, require no running water to work, get rid of all contaminants including E-coli, have a life expectancy of 20+ years, and are easy to use and maintain. They are especially great for people with health problems, or those who live in remote areas where clean water is hard to get. Many folks place river water, or sea water, or other contaminated water into these stills in order to purify it.

How can I learn more?

The great thing about solar stills is that you can “make your own rain” at any time on any sunny day. Stills can be bought commercially at places like Solaqua.com or you can build the still yourself (Solaqua also has a kit for the hard-to-find items for around $200). The solar still construction plans from EPSEA can be bought through them as well.

Commercial or industrial-sized solar water distillers can also be purchased at suns-river.com or floonics.com

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Monday, July 16, 2012

HOUSE DESIGN BLUNDERS

How does using certain construction materials save you money on heating and cooling costs in your home? What are some of the classic blunders that people make with layout or design?

Considering design materials for homes to save companies (or the owner-builder) money or contribute to greater profits (or money saved in-pocket!), think INDIGENOUSLY. If there is an abundance of a particular type of material in your area, then it will be easily accessible and cheap. If one lives in a rocky area, build a rock house. If one lives in the forest, build a log house. I once lived in the plains area (Nebraska) among great acreages of farmland, so we built a plastered straw-bale house. Our walls had an R-factor of about 50. There are of course many other types of alternative building methods for construction. Adobe, rammed earth, cob, and cordwood are but a few of them.

Saving money on heating and cooling costs runs right in there with layout/design. This goes back to the passive solar design of houses where the house actually becomes the solar collector. The thing to remember is that EVERY HOUSE IS A SOLAR HOUSE. South windows are what one needs for an efficient passive solar house here in the northern hemisphere. North windows are almost a total loss as they gain zero sunlight and they lose a great amount of heat. Also having the glaring sun beating in a west window on an already hot summer evening just overworks the air conditioner and runs up the utility bill. East windows tend to be a bit nicer to have because they are the first to gain those welcomed sun rays while drinking the morning coffee at the kitchen table.

The keys to an energy efficient passive solar home are these: thermal mass, window area and placement, and proper overhangs.

THERMAL MASS: Thermal mass is the heat sink for storing and maintaining temperatures in the home--these *conduct* heat/cold rather than insulate. The ideal thickness for mass materials is 4-5 inches. Thermal mass is made up of the combination of WALLS (plaster, brick, adobe, rammed earth, stone, masonry fireplace or other mass products are far superior to gypsum board), FLOORS (brick, tile, etc. are far superior than carpeting or linoleum, which actually insulate and isolate the thermal mass from the interior of the rooms instead of conducting it), and FURNISHINGS (which are minimal unless they have a lot of thermal mass in them).

WINDOW AREA AND PLACEMENT: There is a specific glass-to-mass ratio that makes for an efficient design. The amount of glass on the south wall should equal 7% of the homes total square footage. (Example: 2,000 Sq. Ft.= 140 Sq. Ft. of glass). This 7% amount of glass should not be exceeded or overheating will occur. Note that this 7% applies to a conventional home with wall to wall carpeting. If more glass area is desired, additional thermal mass must be added to compensate. The 7% is NET Sq. Ft.; the total window area less the trim. Multiplying the entire window by .8 will get the net glass area. (Example: A 3’x5’ window is 15 Sq. Ft.- 15x.8=12 Sq. Ft.)

East and north glass should not exceed 4% of the total Sq. Ft. West glass should not exceed 2% of total Sq. Ft. Each design starts with the 7% of south glazing (NET). To increase beyond this we must add thermal mass usually starting with the floor and then the walls. An additional 1 sq. ft. of south glass may be added for every: 5.5 sq. ft. of sunlit thermal mass floor (the max. amount of sunlit floor is 1 .5x the south window area) 40 sq. ft. of floor that’s not in direct sunshine 8.3 sq. ft. of thermal mass wall. The recommended maximum amount of glass on the south side for direct gain is 12-15%.

PROPER OVERHANGS: Keeping the sun out in the summertime is as important as letting it all in in the wintertime. Overhangs at the proper length will allow this to work at all times of the year. Although there is a formula that exists if you google it, but some excellent tools for calculating overhangs (among other solar tools) can be found here: http://susdesign.com/tools.php The idea is to keep the sun out of the windows when the sun is at it’s highest (summer solstice) and to let it all in when it’s at its lowest (winter solstice).

Usually it is considered best to put the living areas on the warmer south half of the house, and the bedrooms and storage areas on the cooler north half (people generally sleep better in a cool room than a hot one). The kitchen usually generates its own heat from all the major appliances so it is best suited for the northeast corner (the coldest corner of the house) with the dining room next to it on the southeast corner (remember the early morning coffee I mentioned earlier?).

Enjoy the heating and cooling savings of up to 60% with your passive solar design!

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Vanishing Bigfoot and Anecdotal Accounts: Implications and Challenges for Researchers

Table of Contents

The Two Big Questions
BIGFOOT EYEWITNESS TESTIMONIES

Early American Legends (BFRO – Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization)

Typical Reports With Interesting Features

A Quickly Vanishing Bigfoot

Atypical Reports With Alarming Implications
Horizon City Monster
Bigfoot Dematerializing?
The Trap
Bigfoot’s Invisible Wall
Field Tests from 1975 to Current
DISCUSSION
Hydrogen Sulfide, Geology, and Bigfoot

Bigfoot Transparency – Actual or Illusion?

Looking Outside of What is Expected

The Electromagnetic Spectrum and Geomagnetics

The Challenge

Bigfoot Intelligence – Where are the Bodies?

Conclusions

Bio

References and Notes

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The Two Big Questions

There exists two severely important questions – which we hope to address in detail here – that continue to plague investigators, Cryptozoologists, and other researchers who are attempting to explain and find the final evidence that will prove, once and for all, the existence of Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Skunk Apes, Yeti, Yowies, Almas, Kaptars, Mapinguari, and their kind world over. For the Bigfoot researcher who goes into the field (specifically here in the U.S.), and has learned the habits and idiosyncrasies of Bigfoot, collected eye-witness testimonies, hair, feces, and other field samples, made numerous footprint casts, and even spotted Bigfoot themselves, there is little or no doubt left of their obvious existence; but to the skeptic who ridicules the “evidence” and does not do any serious field work or research which would support or falsify that work scientifically, the same two questions are thrown into the face of those who seriously want to expose an irrefutable answer concerning the elusive Bigfoot: Where are the bodies or bones? And… Why do they seem to vanish into thin air before they can be caught? It is my intent to not only discuss some of the reasons why, but also to propose a challenge, along with providing a test that researchers can do in the field when Bigfoot makes his “disappearance.”

Even though there are historical, folkloric, and oral traditional tales existent throughout the nations of the earth, we are still faced with the fact that, to date, not a single one of these giant hairy creatures has been caught alive to be observed, studied, and documented by the experts, and no remains have been found for examination in the laboratory. Truly, these curiosities nag those of us who remain as questioning Bigfoot researchers, but more from the desire within to know and understand, than because of anything the skeptics (and/or "armchair scientists") would say. Hoaxers and outright liars only compound the problems we face. In order to begin finding the answers we must understand the questions, and the creatures that incite them within our minds. We must look at the evidence with an open mind and take ALL the evidence into account, and not just the parts that are acceptable to our own belief systems. To understand where the bodies of Bigfoot and his kind go during or after death, and how they seem to amazingly evaporate from any hold we could possibly put on them while alive may be the key to finding them.

There is evidence, according to worldwide eyewitness testimonies that this creature, although with the appearance of a half-human, half-ape-like face, might be completely different than either humans or apes in not only environment, but also physiology, diet, thinking abilities, and other talents. It is very possible that the reason the best hunters have yet to tow in a Bigfoot body is because Bigfoot are acutely more aware, and more keen, than we previously thought. Perhaps we underestimate these gentle giants immensely. For answers to these problems we will look not only to testimonies for clues, but also to evidence in the field that might help explain some of the strange camouflaging and apparent invisibility/transparency abilities that these musky-smelling hominoids appear to be utilizing.

Please notice, as you read further, that these accounts are varied but all have a few things in common…. Either bad smells associated/not associated with Bigfoot camouflage, unexplainable disappearances, or and outright vanishing in front of the witness(es) by different means. Please also note that the majority of sightings are typically in forested or mountainous areas, near waterways of some kind, and usually on or near fault line areas and/or volcanic/granitic areas. We will go into why this is so, later on. Also realize that even though I recognize that a good majority of “vanishing Bigfoot” just simply run off into the trees, it is the more unusual accounts of them unexplainably vanishing that I am addressing here. Because any good Bigfoot data starts with those who see them, we begin with eyewitness testimonies. But for the record, up front, I am not yet convinced of Bigfoot being a UFO-occupant placed here on earth (some indications could show mimicry however, but that is another subject for another paper).

BIGFOOT EYEWITNESS TESTIMONIES

Early American Legends (BFRO – Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization)

Quote: "This story, I found out later, was based on the Blackwood one... but I suspect Blackwood based his on the Northern U.S./Canadian legends of the Wendigo. The story goes like this: there were these two guys that went canoeing, and they came to a place where they had to portage (carry their canoes overland). They walked through the woods until night fell, and they set up camp. Well, one of the guys woke up in the middle of the night to answer the call of nature, and he saw that the side of the tent was bowed inward, as if someone was leaning on it. But, his buddy was sleeping right next to him. He reached up to touch the tent wall, and it was ice cold. He was so scared, he just lay there until morning, not sleeping. When day came, the thing outside the tent was gone. So, the two guys packed up their gear, and got their canoe, and headed off again. They walked all day, and when the sun was setting, they came upon an old Indian man, holding a human skull and shaking beads in it. He said to him: "You can't stay here, this is Wendigo territory. Get through it as quickly as you can." Of course, being Stupid White Guys ;) they laughed at him, and kept walking. Well, the sun went down, and all of a sudden, somewhere behind them in the woods, they heard this horrible scream. It could only have been the old Indian. They looked at each other, kinda freaked out, and they started walking a little quicker. And then, behind them, they heard this huge, crashing noise like a runaway bulldozer coming through the woods. They looked around, and there was nothing there, but the trees were splintering and crashing down in the path of something horrible and invisible. Well, they dropped their canoe and all their gear and they just ran like hell, and kept running until they dropped from sheer exhaustion. And the thing behind them came howling up -- and stopped and crashed around for a while in frustration, but it couldn't get them because they had reached the far edge of its territory". (1)

Typical Reports With Interesting Features

Data from “Chronological List of Bigfoot Sightings (1818-1980)" - paraphrased

c. 1930 at Kwaltwa Kitasu Bay, Swindle Is., BC by Tom Brown. Bigfoot seen in shallows at night; screamed when shot at, but no body to be found next day.

1950’s by two men camping at Pine Barrens, NJ. Two separate sightings of Bigfoot at night, one from only a few yards; 'overpowering foul odor' noticed

Spring 1957 two hunters at Big Cypress Swamp, FL. As they slept in hammocks, a Bigfoot stood and watched them. They awoke and saw it was tall and dark with glowing eyes. After about 2 minutes it walked away.

In 1964 at Point Isabel, Clermont County, OH, Mr. & Mrs. Lew Lister were sitting in parked car. They saw Bigfoot, which changed shape, and then vanished.

July 1965 Jack Taylor at Nr Butedale, BC. Man fishing saw two Bigfoot creatures on shore and another in the water swimming strongly.

Summer 1966 Nr Anclote River, Elfers, FL. Bigfoot seen by Ralph “Bud” Chambers. It was standing in trees and had a 'rancid, putrid odor'.

Summer 1966 in Nr Richland, WA, Greg Pointer, Roger True, Tom Thompson, Carl & Jim Franklin, John McKnight, Alvin Anderson, Selby Green, Roger Howard, Bob McDonald, Ron Blackburn all witness an 8-ft, whitish-gray Bigfoot; was repeatedly shot at with no effect.

Oct 1966 in Albuquerque, NM, Clifford McGuire & family. Over a period of several weeks a 5-ft Bigfoot that cried like a baby roamed round their property, and the radio would stop when it was near.

Sept 1967 . Carol Davis from Nr Bellingham, WA saw Bigfoot wading out of the sea.

1970 two fisherman in Lake nr Priest Lake, ID saw Bigfoot swimming across a lake.

1972 a rancher from Nr North Fork of Logy Creek, WA. A foul-smelling Bigfoot approached camp fire and stood for several minutes before shuffling away; dogs paralyzed with fear.

May 29, 1973 Anthony Dorsey Nr Sykesville, MD made first sighting of Bigfoot with luminous eyes. This was after a UFO was seen to drop an object into a nearby reservoir. Other people reported seeing an 8-ft black-haired Bigfoot.

August 24, 1973 a man from Herminie, PA saw a 7-ft Bigfoot 30 ft away in his garden, it smelled like 'rotten eggs.' He went to get a gun but it had gone when he returned.

Early Oct, 1973 Nr Galveston, IN. Jeff Martin or Jim Mays (one name is probably a pseudonym, as the initials are the same) saw Bigfoot on 2 occasions, also lights or UFOs in the same area.

Feb 6, 1974 in Uniontown, PA a woman & son-in-law Bigfoot disappeared when shot at; others seen close by, plus a UFO.

On June 19, 1980 Ray Quay in Russells Point, OH. Part-time police officer saw 'big and hairy' creature near barn, smelling like 'limburger cheese on a hot muffler'. (2) A Quickly Vanishing Bigfoot

Quote: “Submitted by witness on Wednesday, May 22, 2002.

DATE: late Nov. 1990-92

SEASON: Fall

STATE: Texas

COUNTY: Red River

NEAREST TOWN: Manchester, Texas

OBSERVED: I was deer hunting 10-12 years ago in late Nov. I was on a deer lease in Red River County. I was sitting on a stool and observed deer scrapes on trees along a creek bed. I was watching for these deer to approach. After I had been sitting there for an hour or so I turned my head and noticed what looked like an 8 or 9-foot tall stump that wasn't there earlier. It was approximately 120-130 yards away. I raised my deer rifle and looked through the scope at it. Through my 6X scope, I was able to see it as close up as if it were 30 feet away from me. It was looking right at me. It was a large ape-like creature. I kept it in my sight for 15-20 minutes. It never moved. I then heard a snap off to my left. I turned my head to observe where this noise came from. I didn't see anything. When I turned back to the creature, it was gone! It had been standing in grass that was knee-high to me, about a foot and a half to 2 feet tall. I feel that it couldn't have moved away in the short period of time my attention was drawn away. I feel that it dropped down in the grass to avoid detection. I feel that the snapping noise was made by another creature to divert my attention from the other one. At this time, I got up and left everything but my rifle and backed out of the area. I had this thing dead to rights in my scope but couldn't shoot because I did not feel threatened.”

Source: http://www.texasbigfoot.com/RedRiver1.html

Atypical Reports With Alarming Implications

Horizon City Monster

A report of a possible Bigfoot camouflage effect is based on the Horizon City Monster account by Ms. Montanez who lives in the desert east of El Paso, TX. She first spotted the Bigfoot hunched over a dead coyote by the edge of the highway out in the desert. As she drove closer the creature stood up, walked up a mesquite mound and jogged down the other side. She said his head was originally taller than the mound, and yet he kept appearing to go down and down and down (step-wise), into the ground! Although Montanez could not see the Bigfoot actually entering the ground (due to the small mound being in the way), she insisted that there had to have been a cave it entered. She left and returned the following day to find the coyote gone, any footprints swiped by the winds, and no apparent cave entrance! She then concluded that the Bigfoot must've had a trap door hidden under the dirt which he entered, although she could not find it. Realize that Ms. Montanez was attempting to rationalize what she saw to explain an unexplainable "disappearance" of Bigfoot. The biggest question is not necessarily did he go into the ground but how did he make her THINK he went into the ground if he did not? Or better yet, where did he actually go? (3)

Bigfoot Dematerializing?

Quote: “After returning [p. 31] from a long hike, the group was stunned when a nine-to-ten foot Sasquatch stepped out in front of them a short distance away. Then, in the twinkling of an eye, the Bigfoot completely disappeared in front of the witnesses! The witnesses insisted that it literally dematerialized! Mrs. Jeffrey reported that she was so awed at what she saw, that when they returned home, she did not leave the house for two weeks. The woman was in such a total state of shock that she did not return to the area for some time.” (4)

The Trap

This account is from Larry Kelm whom I personally spoke with during a BFRO (Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization) field trip in Ruidoso, NM.

Quote: “In the fall of 1980 I ran a small business as a construction contractor in Eugene, Oregon. During the slow times and in-between jobs I would don my backpack and hiking boots and disappear into the mountains for weeks at a time enjoying the peaceful solitude of long hikes. At that time I was single and didn’t answer to anyone so I was free to do what I wanted when I wanted. On the trip in question I decided to hike the old Mollala Indian trail that followed the ridge tops from Saddle Blanket Mountain to Oakridge, one of the Native American’s favorite summer camps and trading centers. It was a beautiful August day, two days into the hike (I expected to be gone about two weeks), when literally out of the blue the most terrifying thing that ever happened to me in my life occurred. It would change my perspective of reality forever.

“I was walking along the trail enjoying the strong breeze and bright sunshine when, in the middle of a step, everything around me started to turn gray and blurry. The only way I can describe it was as if suddenly I was looking through someone else’s prescription sunglasses. I finished the step and started another. Every inch I moved forward the darkness increased and the gray blurring turned into a jumble of shapes that made no sense. I then seemed to pass a barrier and everything started to return back into focus when my foot reached the ground on the second step everything around me had changed. Day had turned into night and there was no wind. All the Douglas Fir and pine trees had been replaced with thick jungle-like growth. The cool thin mountain air was replaced with humid thick air. There were no stars in the sky, but there was a diffused light that let me see everything clearly, however I couldn’t tell what the light source was.

“As often happens when the human body receives a massive dose of adrenaline the entire incident appeared like it was in slow motion and even though I was only there for a second or two I had time to observe my surroundings. The silence was broken by [a] continuous high pitched keening sound, and I was nearly overwhelmed with a sense of fear and danger. My momentum caused me to take one more step before stopping in my tracks.

“It was at this point, I heard a whispered "Gotcha" over my right shoulder. I couldn’t tell if I heard it with my ears or inside my head. The word wasn’t directed at me but something said the word quietly to itself. I was so terrified I actually felt my heart stop for a moment. That whispered word is what saved me. I opened my mouth and gasped in a huge gush of thick air and recoiled backward in the same footsteps I had entered wherever I was. As I threw myself backward, I looked over my right shoulder. A dark colored hairy right hand and arm was reaching for my throat over my shoulder. The hand had pale ivory spade-shaped fingernails. The nails looked clean and almost had a manicured look to them. The thumb was placed lower (towards the wrist) on the hand than a human’s is. Both hand and arm were thin and powerful looking and both were covered with thick coarse black hair.

“I got a good look at it because the thumbnail grazed my neck (it did not break the skin) as I moved backwards. As I continued backwards, the hand clutched where my neck had been a split second before and it seemed to fade off into the distance as I returned through the Portal.

“I took two more steps backwards and everything reversed itself from what had just happened. The world around me became lighter, the fir and pines gradually came back into view and by the third step I was back on Saddle Blanket Mountain.

“I continued to move backwards in terror, and as I did, I observed that where I had just come from was a shimmering oval patch of air about the size of a large door. The woods behind it looked like it was under water. By the fifth backward step the shimmering area seemed to just evaporate and everything was back to normal. By then my lungs had nearly burst from the volume of air I had inhaled during the huge gasp I had just taken. My body felt like it was on fire from the adrenaline surge. I spun around and ran back down the trail as fast as my legs could carry me, and didn’t stop until I reached my truck. I was nearly two days getting to that place and about three hours getting back.

“On my way home I was absolutely horrified at the thought of what would happen if I were to drive my truck into something like that. It had been a trap pure and simple. Whatever it was that tried to kill me somehow kept the Portal hidden from me on the way in, and I didn’t actually see it until I was back out again. I had terrible nightmares for years, and still haven’t come to grips with what happened. My fingers are trembling and the hair is standing up on the nape of my neck as I write this.” (5)

Bigfoot’s Invisible Wall

There is one important account I’d like to share about a southern New Mexico man I interviewed on July 7, 2004, which corroborates Larry Kelm’s experience about Bigfoot and portals. When we went camping that weekend I noticed immediately that the area was rich in granodiorite rock (a plutonic rock which is a granite-diorite mix – you will see why this is important later on), and that it is located on the rainshadow (desert) side of a mountain, adjacent to the Ruidoso, NM area where a “hot spot” of Bigfoot activity is currently being investigated by numerous Bigfoot researchers, (including the BFRO). I directly went to the campground host where we were camping at and asked him point blank, “How many Bigfoot sightings have you heard of around here?.” I asked, not IF, but “how many” on purpose, because everything in me told me that there was no way a Bigfoot sighting wouldn’t have occurred in that area, and linguistics (wording) of the questions to a stranger can make or break the answer that’s given on such a touchy subject. I figured I’d hear him tell me of some incident that some campers had seen or heard of once, but instead the campground host himself told me of his own sighting he had. This is what he told me…

In summer of either 2000 or 2001 John Bohannon witnessed a creature he called Bigfoot on a small ridge next to a hill located just west of the Three Rivers Campground, and lies north of Alamogordo, NM (west of Ruidoso on the west side of the mountain). During daylight hours John was traveling east on the dirt road in his truck when he glanced over to his right and noticed a tall hairy ape-like creature walking in the same direction as he was driving. It was taller than the cholla cacti nearby (estimated by John to be at least 8' tall) and it looked toward John as it kept walking. It's arms hung longer than it's knees, and had short brown hair with a reddish tinge all over it's body. The only long hair was underneath it's forearms, and the shortest hair was at it's lower back/buttocks area. With knees slightly bent, but otherwise standing upright, the long-striding creature kept walking eastwardly, still staring at John, for approximately 100' until it seemed to vanish into thin air. A juniper tree was near where the Bigfoot creature disappeared but the creature did not appear to walk behind it. Because of this strange aspect John thought it must've walked into an invisible wall of some kind, but was unsure of just what happened (portal or some sort of camouflage?). John's best description of the Bigfoot’s face was that of a "Neanderthal" being neither quite ape, nor quite human, but like a combination of both (6).

Field Tests from 1975 to Current

Selections from Jon-Erik Beckjord,BA,MBA,The Bigfoot Investigation Project

Quote: “We moved to Bellingham, WA. on Nov 1975 and settled in on the Lummi Indian Res. [Reservation] where dozens of sightings were happening…… We traversed the entire res over and over, checking into the most remote and never-visited rainforest in the center…… We made another sighting near Ft. Lewis where the Bigfoot disappeared in front of us. It really did. Range- ten feet….. We found at that site deep tracks (we heard them being made) that run at 6 ft strides down to barbed wire fence --- and no, zero, none, tracks in the sea of mud (200 ft) on the other side. Where did it go? Wings? Helicopter? Blimp? We heard nothing…… On the res, in snow, we found tracks that started from under a snowed-over bush, that meandered 200 ft, crossed a road, and slowly morphed into human boots, ending at a house. Nobody home. One very large humanoid hand print was in the snow as well….. Back again near Tacoma, (Puyallup) we found 210 barefoot tracks starting from another snowed-over bush that also meandered in an open field. They then 'ended" or quit, in snow, with NO trees, no rocks and no dry land to jump to. Did it fly?????? Or what?……. We found hunters who had shot at BFs directly, with NO EFFECT……. We played baby scream tapes and a grey fox-being-thing came out and looked at us askance and shortly after we experienced tremendous internal fear as the sun set, and we zoomed out at 70 mph., sweating and scared. The message, a form of telepathy, was GET OUT OF HERE!……. On a side trip north, by Lake Stevens, we went out with witnesses and one woman alone answering the call of nature, said there was something invisible next to her. We found 16 inch tracks in dirt and snow all around the area…… On other trips, we were paralyzed when BF came close to us. And released when they left…….. We had smells come to us that changed into three types, one after another. Projected at us. We interviewed two kidnapees. One experienced telepathy, from him to them, and later, he found they answered his questions into his head, without he having to speak in words.” (7)

DISCUSSION

Hydrogen Sulfide, Geology, and Bigfoot

From this tiny handful (out of hundreds and hundreds in the U.S. and Canada alone) of Bigfoot sightings we have seen witnesses being subjected to numerous phenomena; however, we will be covering a few aspects on the putrid smells next to see how it might (or not) fit in with Bigfoot invisibility (just bear with me here). Within the Bigfoot research community the reason for the horrible stench is generally thought of as an outward sign of irritation, threat, or fear, very similar to what a gorilla will do in stressful situations. The smell that waifs off of a Bigfoot and far into the countryside is often described as “extremely strong,” “very potent,” “permeating the nostrils” (sometimes into the next day(s) long after the smell in the air is gone), with people claiming “it smelled like a mix between skunk and wet dog,” “like rotting flesh,” or “rotting garbage,” “extremely terrible body odor,” “urine and feces,” or even “sulfur,” or “rotten eggs.” Many have posed the question as to what it is (physiologically speaking) that causes such a strong odor to emanate from the huge body of Bigfoot, even though the accompanying smell only incorporates up to 30% to 50% of the typical sighting reports that come in to researcher’s hands (8). This sulfur, or rotten-egg-like odor, is often found in nature, otherwise known as hydrogen sulfide (H2S) (9).

Hydrogen sulfide, or H2S, is an acidic gas with some interesting properties, and some fascinating implications… at least when it comes to Bigfoot. In large concentrations, this gas is toxic to aerobic life. Before we get into any hypothesis about hydrogen sulfide and any so-called disappearance of Bigfoot we’d like to fill you in on a little bit of what H2S is all about. When hydrogen sulfide comes into contact with the skin or lungs, it is absorbed into the body (10). H2S can be found in the atmosphere, near hot springs, oil deposits, combustion of fossil fuels, volcanic eruptions, and caves, along with any forest which has organic (plant or animal) decomposing substances, as well as being found near fault line areas (radio signals also build up at fault lines) and earthquake zones (11). In green sulfur bacteria, the electron donor is H2S or S (sulfur) (12). Plants, animals, and microorganisms regularly transmute the first 20 elements of the periodic table at the sub-atomic level using enzymes and hormones, with hydrogen or oxygen as the primary catalyst (13). Well water that contains high sulfur content has that well known rotten-egg smell as well (14). H2S is found all over the earth, including in the human body. People who lack an adequate amount of certain enzymes may excrete more H2S from their sweat glands, bowels, and skin (15). Within any given ecosystem we have a potential for H2S to appear. H2S is extremely abundant in karst (limestone) caves sometimes producing snottites (16).

As a recap, and to accentuate my next point, please realize that H2S is not only commonly found near areas of geothermal activity, volcanism, active plate tectonics, and fault lines, but also exposed or subsurface granitic plutons (areas with granite rock), mines (open pit quarries or shafts), water wells, underground streams, underground caverns or caves (karst caves or igneous rock caves, sandstone, and gypsum caves as well), forested and mountainous locations, etc. but according to my research, and that of others, it has been evident that BIGFOOT IS OFTEN FOUND IN THESE SAME AREAS (17)! Why? One reason may be what they have in common; hence many have been looking at the H2S connection. But is H2S really the answer we seek? How might it fit in with Bigfoot invisibility?

Some have proposed that feces getting caught in the hair, or a sudden onset of diarrhea or gas (although to our knowledge, no evidence of diarrhea left behind has been found yet, nor have any cases come forward, to my knowledge, indicating noises of excessive flatulence) because of startling Bigfoot into a colon spasm – indicating a nervous disorder or a highly sensitive nervous system, not unlike Irritable Bowel Syndrome in humans – might be the source of the H2S smell (18). It is likely to assume a natural musky or unkempt smell, as with many animals, but it is more likely that the smell given off by Bigfoot is purposefully induced. A diet high in hydrogen sulfide-producing foods, or being highly adapted to living in areas which produces higher amounts of H2S, causing higher bodily absorption, may be only part of the cause (and worth studying in-depth), including any possible glandular issues (apes have such glands) where H2S secretions are produced when stressed, but there are some indications that the odor may be used for more than just a warning to those who are within close proximity (19).

One idea that is circulating among some researchers is that Bigfoot may actually be (using H2S?) causing mental paralysis, or temporary “hypnosis” within the minds of the animals or people nearby, in order to escape more readily into the cover of the night or forest (20). Could H2S be the reason, rather than a psychic ability? Of course, one would think, why use a smell in order to run away when Bigfoot’s gigantic size and strength alone could overpower even the largest, strongest man in 10 states? Perhaps, like pacifist gorillas, the tendency to bluff, rather than attack, may be the answer. This tells us a lot about his nature, although when considering that Bigfoot might be causing a temporary state of “suspended animation” or some form of “hypnosis” or “altered consciousness” via mental confusion in those who inhale the H2S (along with any other non-odorous gaseous mixes that may coincide), it could prove to be a great way to “camouflage” ones self. This would serve to make a quick escape and avoid further detection, or any possible trap by predators or hunters or anyone/anything else that might bring harm.

Of course, yet another hypothesis exists that Bigfoot is psychic and can perform mind control over humans, much like the legends about Native American (or other) Shamans who affect the mind of the observer to trick them into believing they have seen them shape-shift into an animal; however, until Bigfoot is able to demonstrate this under controlled conditions then people will hardly consider it as proof, even though hundreds of witnesses claim it is true (21).

As for the induction of altered states in passersby via H2S, who under its influence may not realize the passage of time, or that their mental awareness has slowed, it is interesting to note that H2S-induced hibernation has been achieved in a non-hibernating mammal (mice), transforming the mouse from a warm-blooded creature to a cold-blooded state of near suspended animation with no heartbeat, respiration or other signs of life. In effect, the mice purposefully exposed to H2S were operating at about 10% their normal rate. Better yet, after 6 hours of exposure the mice were normal once returned to normal air (22). If Bigfoot were using H2S to induce sleep in his victims, or himself, I think there would be evidences of such, but so far none has surfaced (no sleeping bodies of people or Bigfoot during encounters).

A twist on the “hypnosis” idea involves the positive ions that are given off as the H2S is emitted (23). The rotten smell associated with so many sightings is likely not that of the fear Bigfoot may be feeling (although it can be overwhelming for those nearby), but rather that of a chemical reaction, which would omit a sulfuric smell along with the discharge of positive hydrogen ions. Most people are aware of their opposite, negative ions, those “healthy” ions which are given off in nature and especially during thunderstorms where one gets that “good feeling” and “higher energy” or a “sense of well being” (24). Positive ions given off by Bigfoot, however, could give the feeling of “ill health,” or a “bad feeling,” would seem to drain your (bodily-electrical) energy and even make you dizzy, disoriented, or even sick (25).

Here’s the clincher, and one that many have overlooked. Understand that H2S is highly lethal – many times more deadly than cyanide gas, if taken in under high concentrations (26). The question must be asked is why, if H2S is so lethal, and can make a bystander so overpowered, does it not asphyxiate the Bigfoot himself? Could the answer be that he is already so highly adapted to H2S in environment, possibly his diet, and the biological absorption and emission of the gas that it just simply isn’t a noticeable problem for him, and likely an advantage instead? Realize that H2S itself kills the olfactory nerves. If Bigfoot takes in and gives off these high amounts of H2S then it is likely his sense of smell is diminished, if not completely gone (either in youth by exposure, or by generational adaptation, or both), so it could very well prove to be a mutually beneficial quality since putting off such a putrid stench greatly affects potentially dangerous animals or humans who are nearby, without even realizing he, himself, reeks in the process. Additionally, with a substantial drop in olfactory ability his other senses might likely compensate for the loss by an increase in visual and auditory (making him a keen hunter or observer), kinesthetic (feeling his world, perhaps even a greater sensitivity to electromagnetic or other earth energies), and may be even abilities in his psyche which are mutually advantageous. Taste, however, is most often linked to the ability to smell (at least in humans) so mere hunger, texture, and the sight of food may play a higher role than taste, in this kind of case. Perhaps Bigfoot’s unique physiological adaptations have made him a king in his own domain.

Appearances can be deceiving though, as some would say. There are those who would claim that the H2S factor is not what it seems, and that Bigfoot actually puts off an energy force field of some type that affects those who walk into it (or whom it envelops) towards uncomfortable and even debilitating feelings. Interestingly enough, the symptoms include a huge sense of fear or danger, accompanied by dizziness, weakness, feeling ill, nausea, and the like (personal account related verbally, one of many out there). It seems that whether this is an actual energy field produced by Bigfoot, or a psychic type of phenomenon, or even from the smell of H2S or positive ions, the end effect is real and overwhelming to those who have experienced it.

Bigfoot Transparency – Actual or Illusion?

Besides all of these potential forms of camouflage, defense mechanisms, or apparent transparency, there are ideas circulating among researchers that take on an interest much closer to physics and quantum mechanics than does chemistry, biology, or H2S-promoting habitats. One such idea put out there, by a co-researcher, Pearl Jo Prihoda, is what she calls (a combo-name) Photosynthetic - Piezoelectric Induced Transparency (PPIT), where Bigfoot actually is able to become invisible to the naked eye (27). Not saying that PPIT is directly responsible for the disappearing act of Bigfoot, but she concludes that it is very similar to electromagnetically induced transparency, except with speculation that this may be a natural occurring event, with the right external forces, therefore being a possible explanation for a biological process for Bigfoot transparency. Considering fault lines, volcanism, and other electromagnetic phenomena being abundant in certain areas (28), not to mention that Bigfoot is known to act very strange during thunderstorms and the electromagnetic activity associated with it (verbal account by Bigfoot witness), this Bigfoot transparency might well be a geologically related and coinciding event rather than by “magic” or something supernatural. Realize, even though PPIT-like transparency is based on the premise for an entity to “appear to disappear” (illusion) rather than to “actually disappear”, either form can still be scientifically deduced.

Other interpretations and ideas include waves in physics, where they combine with other waves (harmonics) to allow a process for passage through matter. Light exists as a photon and as a wave. As a photon it interacts with other matter, but as wave it passes through matter. Some atoms (i.e. matter), such as iron and copper, can be easily magnetized. Other atoms, such as carbon and oxygen, are more difficult to magnetize. Light, on the other hand, can be magnetized as a wave, but not as a photon particle.

Quote: "A team of 20 physicists from four institutions has literally made something from nothing, creating particles of matter from ordinary light for the first time." Source: University of Rochester News, September 17, 1997, http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=747

Of course, with statements like these we realize that the laws of thermodynamics prohibit “something” actually being made from “nothing,” however we do realize that what they are saying is that the energy given off from photons (light) is used to form mass in the laboratory setting (29). It’s merely a reversal of what we are used to seeing in our visible world, but certainly not any less possible from a scientific standpoint. It is this reversal of energy to matter, and also going from matter to energy that is the point here in the very plausible explanation of how Bigfoot might be “disappearing.” In reality he may be just transmuting via PPIT-like occurrences, or something similar; but this type of research is still fairly new and highly speculative concerning any biological entity, so we will leave it there to sit in your subconscious for now.

We have to admit that Bigfoot ACTUALLY disappearing, rather than just GIVING THE ILLUSION of disappearing seems like a leap in faith, or even “reaching” for answers, but we must keep in mind that as science continues to advance, things that used to be considered “impossible,” or “magic,” or even as “witchcraft” are now being explained and understood via molecular biology, quantum physics, and a host of other scientific disciplines. And IF Bigfoot is able to induce some form of invisibility via a biological process (yet unknown to mankind) due to his unique physiology and environment, we have to ask the question on whether it is a natural inborn ability (an adaptation based on some very specific selective pressures), or some form of ancient wisdom rediscovered (or passed on), or something else entirely? Either way, we are reminded by hundreds upon hundreds of reliable eye-witness testimonies that Bigfoot not only somehow continually escapes being caught, but that they often do appear to just “disappear,” sometimes when people are looking straight at them! Footprints, likewise, often stop in their tracks, even within snow and soft dirt. If Bigfoot is not literally “vanishing” (leaving) then could they be inducing transparency and then jumping/leaping from that point on (tracks then would start again further away), or brushing/covering their tracks (in some cases) to give the illusion of disappearing? When tracks like this end in an empty field and the trackway does not pick up again, anywhere, then I tend to lean towards explanations linked to Bigfoot’s unique physiology, chemistry, and choice of environmental localities (high in H2S, volcanic, etc.) that might be imposing a unified cause/selective pressure for induced transparency, or some other kind of unexpected, or as yet undiscovered explanation. No one claims to know the answers yet, but we can claim to be broad-minded enough to look for them!

Looking Outside of What is Expected

With this information on environmental factors under our belts, it brings us directly back to volcanic and fault line areas, and more, such as hot springs, oil deposits, and caves, swamps, sinkholes, along with any forest which has decomposing organic substances. Not only are we reminding the reader that Bigfoot is typically associated with these areas and organic materials/smells but there is yet another hypothesis out there concerning Bigfoot that we feel could easily be ignored, but also, to be fair to others in the fringe sciences, should not. This is the possible paranormal (some prefer to call it “extranormal”) aspect of Bigfoot (30).

Now before you run for the hills because the word “paranormal” just rang in your head, the biggest question regarding any possibility of a paranormal aspect of Bigfoot is, WHAT IS PARANORMAL? The direct meaning is “outside of normal,” but then what is “normal”? Normal is the average between extremes. Normal is what is expected in society; so in this case paranormal could mean OUTSIDE OF WHAT IS EXPECTED. Also realize that expectation by itself is a phenomenon of the human psyche, and a rather interesting one at that because it involves the training of our minds to accept repeated information; hence, how we are TAUGHT to believe, or what we consider as comfortable, or “right,” and with anything outside of that comfort-zone hitting us as “wrong.” Expectation can help us to rationalize any possible future outcome and test it to see if what occurs is what we expected to happen. If so, we are elated, and our expectations confirmed, but if not… well consequently, expectation can also backfire by the same means, causing a young female lover to be greatly disappointed in her boyfriend who falls short of her expectations, or people to fall away from religion (or Bigfoot research) if the answers they seek do not get answered according to their expectations. The list could go on and on. So what I say to the reader here is, “Consider new possibilities.” I am also saying that perhaps our expectations of Bigfoot haven’t been met because we have been expecting something that is not meant to happen (i.e. a fresh and intact Bigfoot carcass), or we have been asking the wrong questions, or are listening in the wrong frequency, or just simply looking in the wrong places. Let us look outside of what is expected! Let us put aside what we have been trained to believe. Let us, just for a moment, look outside of the normal, to the paranormal, and see what we may find.

Bigfoot and his kind are already (based on the explanation above) in the paranormal category (according to some), but those in scientific fields, who hold an open mind, are realizing more and more that many things “paranormal,” or “supernatural,” are quickly being able to be explained scientifically, from things like black triangle crafts (UFO’s) appearing to defy the Doppler law (in fact it is “reverse Doppler”) and aircraft that travel at Mach 6 without creating the sonic boom (atmospheric compression), and other previously unknown, and supposedly “unbelievable” phenomena (31). We must keep in mind that a mere couple hundred years ago things like holograms, mini-computers and worldwide electronic and/or wireless communications, exploration of space, weather-monitoring satellites, infrared vision night scopes, and other technological advances would have seemed like “magic”, so it may be that phenomena which seem to defy science or elude us today (since technology is really in its infancy) will all be rectified via science in our near (or far) future. This goes for transparency of biological entities, teleportation (like “beaming up” in the TV series Star Trek), portals, time travel, and the like. UFO sightings and encounters are long known (at least in certain circles) to be associated with these H2S, volcanic/granitic and fault line areas, one example being the abundant UFO activity down near the active Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico City, Mexico, most often exposed via television and other media by Investigator Jaime Maussan. (32)

Remember that in many Bigfoot sightings (above) there are reports of these creatures simply "disappearing” or “dematerializing,” as in the Horizon City Monster account where the witness, Ms. Montanez stated that the Bigfoot walked straight down into the ground. Did he actually go down into the ground (no visible cave entrance or trap doors were found) or did he simply give the appearance of such? Better yet, did he truly disappear, or was it just illusion? Were magnetic fields involved in some way? Chemical actions/reactions based on a unique physiology? A psychic ability? A portal? Remember the account from Three Rivers, NM where John Bohannon saw a Bigfoot walking on a short ridge parallel to his truck who then “walked into an invisible wall” and all at once disappeared. Also note that in both this account, and the Larry Kelm reporting of walking into a Bigfoot portal and back out again that strong H2S smells were not present (although moist jungle smells were). Although this could falsify the claimed H2S effects of “hypnosis” or such, it does not fully explain why these type of cases of alleged Bigfoot transparency are still occurring.

I have read, experienced, and learned a lot on Bigfoot possibilities both in the field and by interviewing witnesses, etc., as to whether they are real, or all hoaxes (this notion is just simply ignorance, in my opinion), or “something else” entirely. One intriguing culturally-related view out there is that Bigfoot is part of the earth spirit group, or fae (faerie realm), an inter-dimensional being, or spirit-like being, who deals with the earth energies of destruction and death, as well as regeneration (hence, the symbology of them showing up in volcanic and plutonic or rift zones where igneous/magmatic activity is prevalent, as well as fault line zones (indicative of sudden change or alteration of the earth)) (33). Many Native American groups have long held this type of view, as have those of Celtic/Druidic origins. The belief is that to get involved with this type of creature is to cross into a territory where one does not belong, and that it is best left alone. Another view is that seeing one of these creatures will bring tragedy, loss, or sudden change in ones life. If a creature is seen, then it is considered a gift, or an omen, but again, not one to be messed with. Others have claimed to have had personal conversations and long-term friendships with Bigfoot and their kind, as well as other earth spirits such as faeries, sprites, brownies, and the like. The inter-dimensional view is one that includes such things as portals (doorways in/out of other unseen realms), psychic phenomena, and even abductions into those realms, some of which one may go into and never return. It is considered both literal (physical) as well as spiritual (nonphysical), incorporating both realms into one reality, although alternating. How many reports are there of people who go missing and are never found?

Time travel of entities is also another possibility if one is inclined to research in that direction (34). Another option could be windows or “time gaps” where a rip in the space-time continuum (reminiscent of sci-fi movies) is allowing certain people to see something from the past or future temporarily meshing with our present reality and then returning. John Bohannon not only saw the Bigfoot on the ridge but the Bigfoot also looked straight at him, indicating a two-way “vision” so to speak. In effect, if footprints or physical evidence are left behind in cases like these then there is obviously more than just some kind of “vision” happening here, and instead a direct 3-D reality. If time portals exist then how are they occurring? Is there someone (Bigfoot? Other?) in charge of opening or closing them at will? Are they indeed TIME portals, or yet another option… the involvement of the electromagnetic spectrum? (35)

The Electromagnetic Spectrum and Geomagnetics

To learn more about the electromagnetic/light spectrum aspects of Bigfoot transparency we can look to other “things” which are known to disappear via the light spectrum. Many of you may remember the 11 unidentified flying objects (invisible to the naked eye) that were tracked on May 11, 2004 via Mexico’s military infrared (IR) equipment, caught on camera, and played back to the millions of watchers around the world via television (36). Note that it is speculated that Bigfoot, mostly nocturnal in activity, can see in IR, since deer and other animals in the wild have looked straight at hidden cameras that use IR technology (37). There are also other examples of alleged invisibility: UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena – a.k.a. UFOs) or AOP (Anomalistic Observational Phenomena, which can include Bigfoot) have been documented by Dr. Bruce Cornet with photographs of UAP diving into the earth or passing through trees in the Pine Bush, NY area (38). Cornet has also photographed a C-5 military aircraft disappearing and reappearing in an apparent unscheduled test while landing (39).

Quote from Dr. Cornet: “If the geomagnetic anomalies are caused by magnetic iron deposits within granitic intrusions, then an association between most AOP activity on the map and granitic intrusions is implied. Why would there be such an association? There are several possible reasons:

“1) AOP lights are really Earth lights, and there is some unusual and as yet unexplained phenomenon occurring between the atmosphere and iron-rich deposits in the ground.

“2) If the AOP represent intelligently controlled craft using an unknown or poorly understood source of energy, the use of iron-bearing (mildly magnetic) granitic intrusions for underground dwellings might be due to structurally- and electromagnetically- desired qualities of that rock as wall material for underground chambers. One could argue that surrounding fissile black shales of the Ordovician Snake Hill Formation make notoriously poor wall material due to their poor tensile strength in planes of cleavage. Therefore, the preferred type of rock in the valley for excavation would be the granitic masses.

“3) Entrances to underground dwellings are intentionally located where geomagnetic anomalies occur at the surface as a means of camouflage. If the brightening of a plasma envelope around an AOP has something to do with opening a portal to an underground chamber, there may be residual effects that can be detected magnetically. The association of entrances with natural geomagnetic patterns could be for both physical and psychological camouflage, given the propensity of humans to accept "rational" or acceptable explanations over an explanation which would challenge dogma and beliefs.” (40)

Yet another view… Like Bigfoot “disappearing,” UFO’s also have been spotted on radar, then dropped down under the ocean’s surface only to be tracked by sonar, then coming above water again tracked by radar once again, suddenly transferring their frequency to ultraviolet (UV) and/or infrared (IR) and hence, disappearing (verbal accounts given in person). They’ve also been seen “diving into the sides of mountains” (even mountains made of granite) on numerous occasions and not crashing, as well as flying into clouds and not coming out the other side despite the cloud shrinking and fading away with there being no sign of a craft of any kind afterwards (verbal accounts given in person). Where are they going? The answer on these accounts may lie in the visible and invisible parts of the light spectrum. Ultraviolet (UV) and Infrared (IR) are two of the areas of the spectrum which UFO craft are well known to enter into (41). Because our eyes cannot see in these areas of the light spectrum they would appear to “disappear” when moving into that part of the spectrum, even though they are still there! This is a type of camouflage, or transparency/invisibility/vanishing ability, but is easily explainable through science and having the proper equipment. Perhaps, in the field of Bigfoot research, more cameras with these types of “sight” are needed. If we have the right “eyes to see” then what disappeared will be seen, provided the vanishing of Bigfoot is an illusion and not an actual disintegration from our dimension.

The same UV/IR rules apply when it comes to radio waves, which are also part of the light spectrum, including extremely low frequency (ELF) and very low frequency (VLF). For anyone who has heard of “natural radio” (sounds picked up in ELF/VLF called “whistlers,” and other popping and clicking noises, etc. (42)) then you might also be familiar with the research into Bigfoot likely giving off similarly low frequencies in ELF/VLF ranges to affect those nearby, called infrasound (43). These are energies that you can physically FEEL in your body and, if given off with certain intent, often sparks deep fear within people. Elephants and other animals also use these low frequencies to speak to each other across long distances and to each other via pounding the ground with their feet (44). Consequently Bigfoot also has ground-pounding behaviors, especially when giving warnings to someone they don’t want in the area (45). It may also serve as a function of warning – as with elephants – to warn others of their kind about impending disaster, such as a volcanic eruption, earthquake, tsunami, or some other “underworld” (below-the-surface) activity. This aspect, being part of the light spectrum causes us to question just how much of the spectrum (on the UV or IR or in ELF/VLF) that Bigfoot may also be utilizing. Bigfoot’s often red-glowing eyes (seemingly with or without a light source to reflect against it, which concerning the “without” applies a completely different set of rules) may be indicative of infrared night-vision and why he most often roams at night compared to the daytime (46). A diet high in taurine may also contribute to night vision, as well as other factors (47).

The Challenge

Perhaps, as with UFO’s, there’s a lot more to Bigfoot in way of the light spectrum, and transparency, than ever previously imagined. Why hasn’t this information been deeply researched by most Bigfoot Investigators before now? Realize that most Cryptozoologists and/or Bigfoot researchers typically refuse to admit any connection with Bigfoot and UFO activity, let alone what they might have in common, but then they don’t ask their Bigfoot eye-witnesses if any strange lights or unidentifiable flying crafts, orbs, or the like, have been seen in the area either! How can all of the evidences be absorbed into a report if not all of the right questions are asked of the witness(es)? Witnesses may not even make the connection in their minds until the questions are asked of them, just as many Bigfoot researchers don’t make the connection. But the fact is that numerous ex-Bigfoot hunters or eyewitnesses have approached me, and others I know, in private to tell us of strange lights, orbs, or other unidentifiable craft which hovered among the trees, around lakes, etc., all occurring in direct Bigfoot country where many “giant ape-men” sightings occur continually.

What current Bigfoot Field Investigators can do to rectify this situation is to:

First – Ask the right questions to witnesses, and not rule out any other strange or unexpected activity in the area of Bigfoot sightings, unless, of course, a personal bias against the paranormal precludes unbiased scientific research to discover the true nature of something being thoroughly investigated. The scientific method demands such questions to be asked, and ethically processed, for the purpose of falsification. In essence, we would like to see MORE being done in Bigfoot research to find out the plausibility of the questions and the authenticity of any proclaimed answers regarding the famous two questions which this article addresses (visual disappearances, and lack of bodies, the latter of which we will be getting to shortly).

Second – A simple test at any fresh sighting location can be implemented to determine if induced transparency (actual or illusionary) is the explanation for Bigfoot disappearances… If Bigfoot is still there, but not apparent, his footprints should be visible after he “disappears.” If the footprints disappear also (leaving/following the spot where he visibly disappeared), that is information that could falsify any PPIT-like hypothesis. It would indicate that Bigfoot materially disappeared, and is not just illusionary. If it turns out that Bigfoot is actually disappearing/dematerializing then we must start looking to people in physics (e.g. college professors who deal in the theoretical, or research physicists who are working on this type of vanishing) such as Dr. Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics at The City College of New York who was interviewed on the UFO television show by Peter Jennings recently. Although Dr. Kaku’s comments were directly about UFO’s and their occupants, the advice he gives is applicable to the situation of Bigfoot “walking into invisible walls” if it does turn out that their footprints disappear where they are witnessed to vanish. After all, who says there is a limit to where such “invisible walls,” or portals/wormholes can come or go? If not just in outer space, then why not on earth, which is also at a calculable point (address) in space? Think about that.

Dr. Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics (The City College of New York) said: “Some people slam the door on the question of other civilizations visiting the Earth because distances are so vast. I say, Not so fast! The fundamental mistake people make when thinking about extraterrestrial intelligence is to assume that they’re just like us but a few hundred years more advanced. I say, Open your mind. Open your consciousness to the possibility that they are a million years more advanced. Einstein said you cannot go faster than the speed of light. However, he left a loophole open. You know in school we learned that a straight line is the shortest distance between two points. But actually that’s not true. You see, if you fold a sheet of paper and punch a hole through it, you begin to realize that a wormhole is the shortest distance between two points. Only those civilizations millions of years ahead of ours, capable of harnessing the power of billions of star systems have the ability to open gateways to space and time, to travel perhaps through portholes, to go these enormous distances in a blink of the eye. You simply cannot dismiss the possibility that some of these UFO sightings are actually sightings from some object created by an advanced civilization, a civilization far out in space, a civilization perhaps millions of years ahead of us. You simply cannot count out the possibility. When you look at this handful, handful of cases that cannot be easily dismissed, this is worthy, this is worthy of scientific investigation. Maybe there is nothing there. However, on the off chance there is something there, that would literally change the course of human history. So I say, let this investigation begin.” ABC News, Peter Jennings Special: UFOs - Seeing is Believing (25 February 2005).

Understand that UFO’s (where the UFO witnesses far outnumber Bigfoot sightings worldwide, although both Bigfoot, and other strange and large animals/beings are seen in association with UFO’s) and Bigfoot may or may not be related in any way except in the use of naturally occurring energies within and surrounding a certain environment. Magnetic and gravity anomalies within granitic plutons may be a part of this, if not for the magnetic properties themselves (for movement to other places via PPIT-like transparency), then perhaps for simple migration purposes, etc. (48). Some have proposed that Bigfoot creatures have been spotted on spacecraft and therefore are some form of a Chewbacca-like “spaceman”, but proof like that is hard in coming unless you are simply a “believer” of such (beliefs do not make facts, but should be based on the facts).

Bigfoot Intelligence – Where are the Bodies?

One last subject we’d like to bring up briefly (which also touches on the question of “Where are the bodies of Bigfoot?”), that we feel pertains to this subject is the obvious intelligence of Bigfoot, at least in some manner, especially regarding all of this talk about camouflage techniques so unique that many witnesses consider it to be actual invisibility. If Bigfoot can keep eluding mankind so effectively, and can possibly disappear or transmute via induced transparency in some fashion then we’d also suspect that he KNOWS what he is doing, and why.

Despite the grunts and howls that most people hear them emitting there are many reports worldwide of Bigfoot whistling, being an amazingly accurate animal and bird mimic, and even some accounts where Bigfoot mumbled copycat reflections of something a nearby human was saying out loud (Note that we have received this information directly via other Bigfoot researchers and witnesses and not from any written source). They may not be able to speak if their hyoid bone (in the neck) is located too high, such as in chimps and gorillas, and/or if Broca’s area of the brain is not developed – the part in humans dealing with speech capabilities. Plus, if in fact if the Bigfoot have a far more developed sixth sense (are psychic) then audible speech may not be a necessary/needed function, lest we assume too much of their “obvious lack of intelligence” as some would proclaim. A friend of my family had a daughter who was crippled and could not talk or walk and they considered her retarded for years before they realized she taught herself to read, was quite intelligent, and when given a computer could type out whatever she wanted to say! Similarly, we don’t understand the noises dolphins make and yet they are considered some of the smartest animals on earth and do have their own way of communicating, it’s just that we don’t understand or speak their “language” (49). So do Bigfoot and their kind have speech? Most are unsure yet, but we can at least ask ourselves… Are they intelligent in some fashion? I most definitely think so, especially if “intelligence” is based on even simple things like how to elude humans and not ever be caught!

The question on whether Bigfoot can talk or not may not be indicative of overall intelligence. As an example, please consider the well documented and investigated (by Professor Boris Porshnev and his successors Dimitri Bayanov and Igor Bourtsev plus Anthropologists M.A. Kolodievea & M. M. Gerasiomva) story of Zana – of the Almas in Russia – being caught in the 1880’s and mated with by human villagers (successfully creating offspring whose descendants continue on today) showed no speciation to humans even though her appearance was very ape-like, brutish, and robust, not to mention hairy over her entire body (50). She never did learn to speak and only grunted and made noises. Nonetheless, Zana eventually lived amongst the villagers “as one of them” until her death and burial. Zana, living in the wild before being caught and caged, may run parallel to human children who are raised in the wild and then later discovered, showing an inability to learn speech no matter how much training and teaching they received (51).

There is some speculation on whether Zana was a “living Neanderthal” but now that anthropologists know Neanderthal was a distinct species from modern humans there is some doubt being posed on that interpretation (52). Unlike the typical “caveman” connotation that people believe, we do know that Neanderthal was quite smart though (cranial capacities exceeding our own) having made tools (Mousterian) from bone, stone, antler, etc. and even producing and controlling fire, probably having the ability of speech, not to mention burial of their dead with accompanying flowers, very possibly indicating a belief in the afterlife, or of self-aware spirituality in some form (53). This advent of burial of their dead could have easily accompanied Zana and her type, or even Bigfoot, becoming a very quick and reliable answer to the question of why skeletons of Bigfoot never seem to be found, not to mention that even bodies above ground decay much faster (and get scavenged and picked apart) in acidic-soiled, forested environments, and where water, and hence moisture and bacteria, are plentiful (54). This interpretation of why we don’t find Bigfoot bodies/bones does not even include possibilities such as dematerialization during or after death (especially if they “come from somewhere else” and disintegrate back to their own realm/dimension/time/place if they die), or if other Bigfoot retrieve the bodies and take them back through portals, etc.

So how might Bigfoot compare to humans in intelligence? Interestingly, chimps, like the famous Washoe (knew 240+ signs), can also use sign language; however, the famous Bonobo (similar to a chimp) named Kanzi was taught to point to symbols (250 in number) on keyboards and also had a “vocabulary.” Even so, by 1991 six-year old Kanzi knew 90 lexigrams, and understood 200 spoken words and 650 sentences. Almost in contrast we can observe Koko, the worldwide-known gorilla, who has been taught to use American Sign Language (ASL), creates sentences and abstract thoughts/words on her own via these hand gestures, asked for and named her own cat “Smoky,” and currently uses over a 1,000 word vocabulary in all, plus she understands over 2,000 spoken words. Koko also scores between 85 and 95 on the Stanford-Binet IQ test, on a human scale a score of 100 is “normal” (55). Bigfoot has not, to our knowledge (although there is historical evidence in paintings, sculptures, literature, etc. that they were once at least partially integrated into society in the middle ages before being “wiped out,” etc. (56)), been subject to training or schooling to learn the human language(s). Bigfoot is obviously much closer to gorillas than chimpanzees in their looks and physiology, and likely even closer to humans than to gorillas based on their often human-ape facial features so commonly reported, erect bipedalism, opposable thumb, and more. Plus remember the common accounts that Bigfoot has a natural and well developed sixth sense as well, one that possibly exceeds most humans’, giving them quite an advantage over us (57).

Even though we have spoken mostly of Bigfoot here in this article, it by no means excludes the Canadian Sasquatch, the Russian/Asian Almas, or the Himalayan Yeti, nor the Australian Yowie, the Amazon Mapinguari or any other species/subspecies of hominoids found worldwide. As far as smarts go though, we look to the Australian Yowie, simply for the case of nothing more than this being the one and ONLY large erect biped which is a PLACENTAL MAMMAL of it’s kind (besides humans) on the entire face of Australia (assuming that evolutionary convergence (which is unlikely for non-placental mammals did not produce Yowies). Due to mammalian isolation and diversion we find placental mammals on every continent except Australia, and likewise typically only find marsupial (pouched, i.e. kangaroos) and monotreme (egg-laying, i.e. platypus) mammals on the Australian continent and not originating from anywhere else (58). The only placental mammals found in Australia are rodents and the dingo (a form of dog) both brought in artificially (they did not originate there), and bats which were thought to have flown in. What does this have to do with Bigfoot – or in this case Yowie – intelligence?

Of all the places around the world where variations of Bigfoot or Sasquatch are seen, it is the presence of Yowies in Australia that makes the message hit home far harder than anything else. More physical evidence needs to be documented for Yowies in Australia because it is well known by paleoanthropologists that only modern humans have inhabited the Australian continent. So where did Yowie come from? Are they genetic "throw-backs" from society that were cast out and living as nomads, fearful that their culture/people should ever encountered "regular people" again? Would this explain why they avoid people, camouflage themselves so well, and use covert and tactical maneuvers (i.e. nighttime travel, walking different routes so as not to create a trail -- this is used by militia who never make themselves "predictable," so they are not caught). If Yowies, and Bigfoot, etc. are indeed some extreme variation, or devolved (a misnomer) type of human then finding graves of these beings may or may not help us. If the split-off of Yowies, in particular, occurred in the early times of modern humans coming to Australia then has there been enough time for these changes to occur, even with genetic throw-backs and extreme variances occurring? Pretend for a moment that someone found some fossils (imagination) of Yowie in Australia, or what we thought could be related to Yowie. It is not known by examining the fossilized bones alone if these beings were hairy or covered only in skin, as we are today. It is said that no bones are ever found by anyone for Bigfoot or their kind, but, if they bury their dead then perhaps, from the past, these fossils ARE the evidence we are seeking, and just no recent bones have been uncovered, or fossilized, …yet! Remember that fossilization takes place only under certain circumstances of rapid burial, an anoxic condition (lack of oxygen), and where the soil properties are such that decomposition either does not take place or takes place very slowly. Due to hominoids typically living in areas that DO NOT PROMOTE fossilization, but decomposition instead, it makes it hard to find preserved bones! This is not a cop-out, but a FACT.

If hominoids are flesh and blood (F&B), and leave physical evidences such as footprints, hair, and rare fossilized bones, or bury their bodies, then the paranormal or inter-dimensional Bigfoot/Yowie seems to have a hard time fitting in, unless WHILE THEY ARE HERE they are 3-D and just as physically vulnerable as we are. People have shot at hominoids and they sometimes seem impervious to gunshots, other times they bleed, and there are a few cases of them being killed, but where are the bodies?. Perhaps, on the other side of a portal (if this be the case) they are just as physical? These are the kinds of answers we should be looking to answer. If no further or conclusive evidence of Yowies (past or present) can ever be located, verified, properly documented, and shared accordingly with other researchers and professionals and laymen alike, then how can we ever draw the line between a being that evolved there (unlikely), was brought in (by modern humans), and/or cast away from society, or is simply there due to some kind of psychic manifesting phenomena, otherworldly influences and/or inter-dimensional travel?

The question rings in our ears…. How did such a large placental mammal arrive in Australia (note that Bigfoot is also, amazingly, spotted on the island of Puerto Rico, most often in the mountain/tropical rainforest of El Yunque, along with UFO and chupacabra activity (61), also a site of igneous rock, fault lines, and lies next to the deepest submarine trench in the Atlantic ocean – which has the most negative gravity anomaly on earth (62))? Was he (Yowie) a separate species that has such similar traits to other hominoids around the world due to convergence (63)? Perhaps he was a more recent migratory species? Did he arrive through portals, or transparency-related phenomena? Something else? Perhaps, like humans, they have enough smarts to accomplish that kind of feat, even if it was by island hopping (swimming or making a floating “boat”?) after the continents divided. If it was by crossing a supposed land bridge then why have no other mammals done it too? Perhaps Yowies, unlike the rodents and dingoes, were not “brought in” but “came in” on their own. Since they are found near water so often it is not hard to conclude that they, unlike other species of the monkey or gorilla/ape family, do not fear walking through, or swimming in, or crossing bodies of water in some fashion (64). Remember that in Florida the well-known (and especially stinky) Skunk Ape must cross bodies of water, rivers, channels, sink holes in karst areas, and walk through entire swamps since that is the environment in which they live (65). This knowledge of Bigfoot not fearing, swimming, and crossing large bodies of water, is alone a subject worth investigation; however, we’ll leave that for another time and conclude this article with terrestrial Bigfoot in mind, his obvious intelligence, and alleged transparency abilities.

Conclusions

Even though we see evidences of Bigfoot, and their kind, very possibly having enough intelligence to accomplish some intriguing feats, the question remains on how Bigfoot disappears while still yet alive, and often in the presence of witnesses? I think that his unique physiology, chemistry, environment, and perhaps past knowledge (learned or discovered) all aid in his amazing ability to transmute or induce transparency/invisibility, even if only in the mind of the observer. So whether it’s connected with (or not) UFO’s nearby, PPIT-like transparency, H2S, granite-laden and geomagnetic areas, fault lines (which I consider to be like Bigfoot superhighways), decomposition of organic substances, caves, sinkholes, anaerobic bacteria producing sulfur, waterways, IR, UV, or ELF/VLF, etc. which help induce apparent invisibility for retreat or mobility, we are still curiously considering, and questioning, and attempting to find answers to the two major issues at hand.

Why hasn’t a single Bigfoot skeleton or body yet been found? Possible answers now include: burial and/or faster rates of decomposition based on habitat, or portal movement, or disintegration, with potential evidences from the past being the fossil record.

And…

How in the world do they disappear like that!?! Possible answers now include: induced transparency and/or the appearance of such, going through time or locality-exchange portals, H2S “hypnosis” (only possible in some cases), and IR/UV/ELF/VLF (electromagnetic spectrum) camouflage.

These hypotheses are part of science, not “magic,” and perhaps may even explain some of the seemingly paranormal accounts of Bigfoot sightings worldwide… at least in part. Until a heavy load of field documentation is properly done around the globe, and compared, then all is still speculation. In essence, my own view of paranormal is just “outside of what is expected” so we now must look in new places for answers to old questions, because obviously the places we’ve been looking in up to now have all been – at least partially – wrong, or most Bigfoot researchers would be a lot further along by now!

I hope that I have brought to light some new information that can be used by others, preferably by serious Bigfoot Investigators, Cryptozoologists, Zoologists, Anthropologists, Biologists, Physicists, Chemists, and other Scientists, to help uncover this mystery and promote a final answer to these pending questions concerning our great Big-footed friends.

By Sharon Cornet © 2005-2012

NOTE: I would like to add that under no circumstances am I in favor of harming one of these great hairy beings to aid our understanding of their behaviors. Considering the implications of what and who they are as a species/subspecies (i.e. possible burial of their dead and/or a belief in an afterlife, their obvious pacifism, or their intelligence and fantastic ability to do things that defy us continually) we just simply cannot advocate the bringing of Bigfoot onto the lab table via a fatal flesh wound. Past records and accounts have shown that aggressive behavior, or territorial trespassing against Bigfoot has led to dangerous situations. I do not agree with provoking Bigfoot; I take a NO KILL stance.

Bio:

I, Sharon Cornet (was "Eby"), am a mother of three children, with a genetic background of Anglo-Saxon-Celtic/Native American (1/5 Cherokee/Choctaw). I was, in the mid-2000's, the West Regional Leader for the Texas Bigfoot Research Center (TBRC) and also have done independent research on Bigfoot, UFO’s (also was a Saber “Dream Team” Member with Derrel Sims), alleged alien abductions, the paranormal, esoteric, and human spirituality. I have studied our earth (geology) and human origins (physical anthropology), and for several months in 2005 I volunteered at SaveTheChimps.org (Alamogordo, NM, owned by Anthropologist Jane Goodall) before they moved the chimps to an island in Florida. My BA degree is in social science and cultural anthropology. Have owned my own solar energy business; implement contract work in Administration, Community Development projects and web development, and presently reside in the Pacific Northwest area of Bothell (near Seattle) and continues bigfoot/paranormal research when I am not writing on my book(s). Sharon writes and speaks publicly on all topics ranging from her personal experiences, abductions and UFO’s, Bigfoot, Earth Lights (Marfa Lights), solar energy and alternative home design, spirituality (not religiosity), shamanism, and more. In 2012 my nephew Derek Eby, and I, made a Sasquatch/Bigfoot Sightings Map based on the BFRO database available at www.sunstar-solutions.com/BFmap.htm

Disclaimer: The evidences and hypotheses proposed in this article are from the research of its author and do not reflect on the views held by the TBRC, BFRO, Saber Enterprises, or their members. I reserve all rights to my personal research and its implications. If it is falsified, or not able to be, then we are that much closer to the truth! (updated 7/16/12)

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1. June 18, 2000, Andy Rennard, Bigfoot Field Researchers Organisation, Pre-Columbian and Early American Legends of Bigfoot-like Beings: http://www.bfro.net/legends/penutian2.htm

2. The Bigfoot Casebook, Janet & Colin Bord, 1982, New York: Granada Publishing, Data from “Chronological List of Bigfoot Sightings (1818-1980)": http://www.rfthomas.clara.net/cb/1961.html

3. Eby, Sharon; Unified Worlds; Desert Apes, West (Texas) Regional Bigfoot Sightings, Horizon City Bigfoot Sighting, Aug, 2003: http://www.unifiedworlds.com/desertapes.htm#Horizon%20Montanez

Texas Bigfoot Research Center, El Paso County TX Report, August 23, 2003: http://www.texasbigfoot.com/ElPaso1.html

4. The Psychic Sasquatch and Their UFO Connection, by Kewaunee Lapseritis, M.S.; Excerpt from The Psychic Sasquatch: http://www.unlimited-resources.com/bigfoot.html

5. Unified Worlds; Larry Kelm’s Bigfoot Sightings, December 30, 2004: http://www.unifiedworlds.com/BFlarrykelm.htm

6. Eby, Sharon; Unified Worlds; Desert Apes, West (Texas) Regional Bigfoot Sightings, Three Rivers Bigfoot Sighting, July 7, 2004: http://www.unifiedworlds.com/desertapes.htm#threerivers

7. Jon-Erik Beckjord,BA,MBA,The Bigfoot Investigation Project, RESULTS OF OUR TESTING OF BIGFOOT THEORY - BY USE OF FIELD WORK: http://www.beckjord.com/bigfoot/researchresults.html

8. The Royal Forum; Sasquatch and Hydrogen Sulfide, Astonishing Possibilities, May 5, 2005: http://www.royalforum.com/article.php?id=62

9. Absolute Astronomy, Reference, Hydrogen Sulfide: http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/encyclopedia/h/hy/hydrogen_sulfide.htm

10. Wikipedia; All words on hydrogen sulfide: http://www.allwords.org/hy/hydrogen-sulfide.html

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13. Balanced Lives Unlimited; The New Health Paradigm; Electric Nutrition, ElectricLife, 1999: http://www.balancedlives.net/What_is_Electric_Nutrition.htm

14. Total and Fecal Coliform Bacteria: https://www.securewebexchange.com/watertestinglabs.com/infosheets.html

15. Hydrogen Sulfide; June 2001, Fact Sheet, Environmental Health Programs; Office of Environmental Health Assessments: www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/oehas/hydrogen%20sulfide.doc

16. Investigations into the biology of Cueva de Villa Luz, near Tapijulapa, Tabasco, Mexico

Biological Team: Diana E. Northup, Penelope J. Boston, Michael N. Spilde, Kathleen H. Lavoie, Carlos A. Blanco Montero, Rebecca Kimball: http://www.i-pi.com/~diana/slime/vallaluz/

17. Eby, Sharon; Unified Worlds; Bigfoot-Geology Connection, Are Bigfoot Sightings Warnings of Geological Changes?: www.unifiedworlds.com/BFgeological.htm The Australian Yowie Research Center; Aboriginal Traditions Myths and Legend, March 16, 2003: http://www.theaustralianyowieresearchcenter.com/aboriginal_legends.html

Prihoda, Pearl Jo, OSAReal, Rock Mappings: http://hometown.aol.com/osareal/page3.html

THE KAPRE OF THE PHILIPPINES: http://www.n2.net/prey/bigfoot/creatures/kapre.htm

18. Australian Yowie Research; What is a Yowie?: http://www.yowiehunters.com/whatisayowie.php

19. Do Gorillas Have Enemies?: http://www.berggorilla.de/english/faq/dvers/fragen/feinde.html

Africa Dream Safaris, 2003; Gorilla Tracking Guidelines: http://www.africadreamsafaris.com/african-safari/gorilla/gorilla_guidelines.html

University of Michigan, Museum of Zoology; Animal Diversity Web; Gorilla gorilla beringei (mountain gorilla): http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Gorilla_gorilla_beringei.html

20. BFRO; Report #1068 (Class A), Submitted by witness J. J. on Tuesday, January 02, 2001; Two fisherman have daytime sighting above Huntington Lake: http://www.bfro.net/GDB/show_report.asp?id=1068

21. Bigfoot Powers: http://cryptozoo.monstrous.com/bigfoot_powers.htm

The Psychic Sasquatch and Their UFO Connection, by Kewaunee Lapseritis, M.S.; The Psychic Sasquatch: http://www.unlimited-resources.com/bigfoot.html

22. Mice put into "suspended animation" in U.S.; Medical Science News, Published: Friday, 22-Apr-2005: http://www.news-medical.net/?id=9427

23. Elanra; Fresh Air, The Worlds Life Support System: http://www.elanra.com/ions1.htm

24. Negative Ions; More Scientific Research: http://www.negativeiongenerators.com/negativeionsresearch.html

25. Paranormal and Ghost Society; Equipment Page: http://www.paranormalghostsociety.org/equipment.htm

26. The Explosives and Weapons Forum; Goiterjoe; July 3rd, 2001: http://www.roguesci.org/theforum/archive/index.php/t-1540

27. Bigfoot Transparency; PPIT, Photosynthetic Piezoelectric Induced Transparency (via H2S Hydrogen Sulfide), May 21, 2005: http://hometown.aol.com/osareal/page9.html

28. External source of electromagnetism, fault lines and or earthquakes:

http://www.crustal.usgs.gov/projects/namad/state_listing.html

29. Laws of Thermodynamics: http://www.physlink.com/Education/AskExperts/ae280.cfm

30. Jon-Erik Beckjord, Bigfoot Investigations Project; “Extranormal”: http://www.beckjord.com/bigfoot/

31. Bruce Cornet, Ph.D.; A Busy Night: http://bcornet.homestead.com/files/weirdsound.htm

Bruce Cornet, Ph.D. Reversed Doppler, Raw WAV Files: http://bcornet.homestead.com/files/Reversedop/reversedoppler.htm

Bruce Cornet, Ph.D.; FT over Richmond, Virginia; New Video Data Gives First Indication of a Stealth Body Form: http://bcornet.homestead.com/files/LynchFT/FT-VA.htm

32. Mexican Skies Full Of UFOs By Brit Elders: http://www.ufoarea.com/events_mexico.html

UFO’s Northwest; Mt. St. Helens, Washington, Pilot Takes Several Photos, UFOS Over Mt. St. Helens, February 22, 2005: http://www.ufosnw.com/sthelens022205.htm

33. Creatures Fantastic; Spirits of the Forest: http://www.ctvtravel.ca/shows/?mode=1&id=286

34. The Montauk Project; Written by Sean Rubinstein & Jonathan Kostecky: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Academy/7971/article2.html

Knocking On The Door Of Time, An Interview With Author Tim Swartz, By Sean Casteel: http://www.seancasteel.com/Knocking_On_The_Door_Of_Time.htm

35. Electromagnetic Spectrum Chart: http://geography.uoregon.edu/shinker/geog101/lectures/lec01/lec01_figs/electromagnetic-spectrum-fig2-6.gif

36. Rense; EXCLUSIVE, Mexican DoD Acknowledges UFOs In Mexico, Santiago Yturria: http://www.rense.com/general52/deff.htm

37. Bigfoot Forums – Infrared Camera Traps (see Paul1968UK at Nov 11 2002, 02:09 AM, and Arkansan at Nov 11 2002, 09:49 AM): http://www.bigfootforums.com/index.php?showtopic=2346&view=old

38. Dr. Cornet’s evidence of UAP diving into the earth or passing through trees: http://www.geocities.com/bcornet2001/PLATE_3.htm http://www.geocities.com/bcornet2001/PLATE_4.htm

39. Dr. Cornet photos of C-5 military aircraft disappearing and reappearing in an apparent unscheduled test while landing:

http://bcornet.homestead.com/files/mystryC5/main.htm

40. Dr. Cornet; The Phil and Lynn Martin Story, Dozens of AOP Converge on Hill and Disappear into Ground, 1999: http://bcornet.homestead.com/files/martinstory.htm

41. NASA UFOS - The Evidence, 1990s Space Shuttle Video Images of UFOs: http://groups.msn.com/nasaufos/_homepage.msnw?pgmarket=en-us

Invisible tiny UFO caught on chemical-imaging camera, Staff Reporter, Feb. 13, 2005: http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/1600.asp

WEIRDNETDAILY; Infrared picks up invisible UFOs; Mexico releases video of 11 objects surrounding military plane, Posted: May 12, 2004: http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=38456

42. Welcome to the Realm of Natural VLF Radio Phenomena; "The (very beautiful) Music of the Magnetosphere and Space Weather", Stephen P. McGreevy, N6NKS, Last modified 30 December 2001: http://www.auroralchorus.com/natradio.htm

43. BBC News, England; Thursday, 26 September, 2002, 08:25 GMT 09:25 UK, 'Silent' concert causes mood swings: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2278330.stm

44. ELEPHANT COMMUNICATION, 2002 Katherine Millett and Thomson Safaris, Inc.: http://www.thomsonsafaris.com/newsletter/nl35_elephant.htm

45. Texas Bigfoot Research Center; Dona Ana County NM Report, 2001: http://texasbigfoot.com/LasCruces1.html

From the Files of the Gulf Coast BigFoot Research Organization (G.C.B.R.O.), 2003: http://www.gcbro.com/MIshiaw0001.html

46. BFRO Report 945: Creature with red glowing eyes seen: www.bfro.net/GDB/show_report.asp?id=945

GCBRO; Bigfoot Sightings: www.gcbro.com/OHaug001.html

Bigfoot Research Organization: www.bigfootresearch.org/Bigfoot_Indiana.htm

Eby, Sharon; Unified Worlds, Eye Shine: http://unifiedworlds.com/eyeshine.htm

47. Taurine Drops or Capsules: http://www.eyesight.nu/taurine_info.html (thanks to Diane)

48. SOURCES OF GRAVITY AND MAGNETIC ANOMALIES: http://www.johnmartin.com/earthquakes/eqsafs/safs_915.htm

Preliminary Precambrian basement map of Colorado; A geologic interpretation of an aeromagnetic anomaly map By P.K. Sims, Viki Bankey, and C.A. Finn, Magnetic Patterns: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2001/ofr-01-0364/colo_of_text.html

AEROMAGNETIC MAP OF THE COLORADO FRONT RANGE; http://www.geoperegrino.com/colorado_front_range_aeromag.html

Eby, Sharon; Unified Worlds; Desert Apes Migration Pattern: http://unifiedworlds.com/BFmigration.htm

49. Encyclopedia About Dolphins by Atlantida Cancun; COMMUNICATION AND ECHOLOCATION, Sound production: http://www.atlantidacancun.com/communications.asp

50. Almasti and Kaptars of Russia and Mongolia: http://members.axion.net/~a1b00267/ultranet/almasti.htm

World's Top Experts Conclude Sasquatch Exists, The Royal Forum Investigates: http://www.royalforum.com/article.php?id=46 (scroll to ¾ of the way down)

51. Feral Children: http://freaks.monstrous.com/feral_children.htm

52. Physical Anthropology Update; Philip L. Stein & Bruce M. Rowe; Number 6 Fall 1997: http://www.mhhe.com/socscience/anthropology/news/afall97.htm

53. Philip L Stein & Bruce M Rowe, Physical Anthropology The Core, 2nd Edition, 1998

The Japan Times, May 18, 1998, By HELEN PHILLIPS, Nature News Service; Nerve canal size suggests Neanderthals could talk: http://www.trussel.com/prehist/news66.htm

54. Bigfoot/Sasquatch Sightings in Texas: Correlations to Annual Rainfall Totals, Waterways, Human; Population Densities and Black Bear Habitat Zones, by Daryl G. Colyer: http://texasbigfoot.com/habitat.html

Pye, Lloyd, Intervention, Maps: http://lloydpye.com/flash/15-maps.swf

55. Washoe, Kanzi, and Koko (chimp/bonobo/gorilla) communication:

Philip L Stein & Bruce M Rowe, Physical Anthropology The Core, 2nd Edition, 1998

56. Prihoda, Pearl Jo; OSAReal, Forgive us, for we know not, what we have done: http://hometown.aol.com/prihodapearl/index.html

57. Bigfoot Types: http://cryptozoo.monstrous.com/bigfoot_types.htm

A long, long look at a Bigfoot! By Vance Orchard: http://www.bigfootencounters.com/articles/longlook.htm

58. Aussie-Info; Australian Fauna: http://www.aussie-info.com/identity/fauna/

Cartage; Themes > Science > Class Mammalia > Mammalian Classification: http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes/Sciences/Zoology/ClassMammalia/MammalianClassification/MammalianClassification.htm

59. Meganthropus: http://www.wikisearch.net/en/wikipedia/m/me/meganthropus.html OUTDATED! SEE ARTICLE BELOW...

60. Australian UFO/Unexplained Phenomena Researcher Rex Gilroy; NEW ZEALAND MYSTERY MAN-APES: http://homepage.powerup.com.au/~tkbnetw/Rex_Gilroy_8.htm

Homins: http://z1.adserver.com/w/cp.x;rid=1271;tid=5;ev=1;dt=3;ac=60;c=408;

61. Bigfoot & UFO picture; Rense: http://www.rense.com/splashscreens/copyrighted_bigftL.jpg

M A C R O S C O P E; PARANORMAL MANIMALS IN LATIN AMERICA, by Scott Corrales: http://www.strangemag.com/paranormalanim.html

El Yunque: Nights On Hell Mountain, By: Scott Corrales: http://www.ufoarea.com/puerto_hell_night.html

62. The Puerto Rico Trench: Implications for Plate Tectonics and Earthquake and Tsunami Hazards, Uri ten Brink, Chief Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/03trench/trench/trench.html

NASA; Gravity by GRACE: http://www.csr.utexas.edu/grace/publications/litho/

Plate Tectonics: http://www.burdon.demon.co.uk/g12.htm

63. Wild and Hairy Men; The Greatest of the Great Apes? By David McBean: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~mhallett/Great%20Ape.htm

64. Homo erectus soloensis: http://www.wikisearch.net/en/wikipedia/h/ho/homo_erectus_soloensis.html

The Bigfoot Casebook, Janet & Colin Bord, 1982, New York: Granada Publishing, Data from “Chronological List of Bigfoot Sightings (1818-1980)" (July 1965 Jack Taylor at Nr Butedale, BC; and Sept 1967 . Carol Davis from Nr Bellingham, WA; and 1970 two fisherman in Lake nr Priest Lake, ID): http://www.rfthomas.clara.net/cb/1961.html

The Bongo Gorilla Group Website; The Group; The Island: http://www.gorillas.nl/group.html

65. May. 07, 2005; Man keeps Florida Skunk Ape legend alive, CARA BUCKLEY, Associated Press: http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/local/11590336.htm

IT'S BIG, IT'S HAIRY, IT'S SKUNK APE; Dateline: OCHOPEE, By Tom Bayles THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: http://www.bigfootencounters.com/articles/ochopee2.htm