New Paranormal Thriller!!!!

The Hole in the Sky: Portal Persuasion will soon be published! Within a month, the book that has been brewing in my head for twenty years will finally be released! Based on an actual paranormal location, this fiction thriller will transport you into the terrifying world of Dana, Luke and all the other residents of a small town as Evil gathers its forces in an attempt to invade Heaven through a portal.

Look for the book, available in paperback and e book formats, on SOON!


Pets in the Afterlife

Last month, I lost my little chihuahua, Peanut. He was very old and had some problems so I did not begrudge him leaving me. At least, he will never have to go through another winter with me demanding that he do his business outside. He used to look at me as if to say “Why did you make it so cold out here?” every time I took him out.

But I have so many questions about what happens to our pets when they pass. Staunch Christians say that they do not have a spirit so they can’t go to Heaven. But what if Heaven would not be Heaven without them? Do we get to have them just so we can be happy?

Personally, I feel he did go to Heaven. As I wept after finding his little body, I felt my mother’s spirit surround me suddenly and she showed me that she had Peanut with her in her lap. I started laughing and crying at the same time, realizing that both of them would be supremely happy with that. Mom always had a little dog in her lap and Peanut loved being on a lap. So, to me, Peanut went to Heaven and he’s waiting for me on my mother’s lap. I will get to see him again!

What Near Death Experiences Show Us About the Afterlife

Near death experiences are fascinating to most people.  I have been interested in the topic ever since I learned of my grandfather’s near death experience.  You see, he died twice!

The first time he died, he was pronounced dead by a doctor after an apparent heart attack and he was “dead” for about thirty minutes.  While the people around him began to mourn and prepare for a funeral, my grandfather was off on a grand adventure.  His journey began with the typical tunnel that led to the brightest light of love he had ever seen.  As he emerged from the tunnel, he saw all of his loved ones who had passed before him standing behind a white line and walked quickly up to them to greet them.  Instead of letting him come to them, they pushed him away.  He tried to go across the line again and, once again, they pushed him back.  Now he became frustrated and said,”Let me in!”  At this point, he heard a very big voice say, “It is not your time.  You still have work to do so you must go back.”  He found himself immediately back in his body, angry at having to return to the world of the living.  It did not take long for him to remember that he had been told that he had work to do for the source of the most loving feeling he had ever experienced.

He went to work immediately.  The first thing he did was to tell everyone who would listen about the wonders he had witnessed.  His depiction of Heaven inspired all who heard it and caused all fear of death to vanish in them.  He admitted to eagerly awaiting the time he could die again and stay in Heaven.  As he grew stronger, he resumed his job as a rural post carrier and witnessed to everyone along his route.  He listened to their problems and prayed with them.  He wrote hymns of praise and played his fiddle with them as he sang them.  He truly loved sharing what he knew because he knew it helped people lose their fear of death.  Then, four years later, he died for the second and last time.  When they found him, he was in his fishing boat with the most happy and peaceful smile on his face.  We all knew he was now where he had been hoping to return to all that time.

My grandmother, at age 65, responded by sewing a burial dress and laying it across the living room couch to be shown off to everyone who came to visit her.  She wanted to go the beautiful place my grandfather had described so many times.  As the years passed and she stayed alive, I remember her telling me every time we prepared to leave after visiting, “You know, I probably won’t be here the next time you come.  I’m going home.”  This tradition continued as she grew older and older.  Each time she would hear about someone dying, she would be jealous and say that it was supposed to be her turn.  She died shortly after turning 100!  She finally got her wish.

So, I love stories about Near Death Experiences!  That little peek into what is coming is fascinating to me.  I seek stories about them.  A book that I have read recently is ‘Heaven is for Real’.  This is a story about a three-year-old who nearly died during surgery.  Nobody knew that he had died until he started having strange reactions to things and saying things that are not typical of a three-year-old.  When he saw pictures of Jesus in Sunday School or Vacation Bible School, he would critique the picture.  “His hair is not that long.”  “His eyes don’t look like that.”  He described Jesus as sitting on the right side of God and he described many other things about Heaven that are discussed in the Bible.  He ran up to a dying man in a nursing home that his father was visiting and told him, “Don’t worry…the first thing you see is Jesus.”  I cannot begin to tell all of the wonders that this child described.  You should read the book!

I also love watching the series ‘I Survived- Beyond and Back’.  These are stories told by various people about their near death experiences.  They all sound so much like my grandfather as he gleefully described his experience.  I highly recommend that you watch that show.

Have any of you had a near death experience?  I would love to hear about it.  I nearly drowned when I was 2 because my aunt dropped me into the ocean from an inner tube.  I distinctly remember looking up and seeing the sun and the bottom of the inner tube through the water above me.  Tell me your stories!  I am looking forward to hearing them!

People Interested in Spirit Often Ask Me What Spirit Looks Like

I am often asked what I see when I see Spirit.  There are not words to describe them.  There are not colors here on earth to compare with them.  They are absolutely gorgeous!

The very first time I saw spirits it completely confused me.  I looked over towards my closet and saw….Lights?….that would be the closest earth term I can use.  I am sure it is a form of energy of some kind.  Being a science teacher, I know something about forms of energy.  The form of energy that comes closest to what I see is plasma.  Plasma is the most energetic of all the forms that we know on earth.  An example that everyone can relate to is lightning.  It is intense.

The spirits I see are all different from each other in color and intensity.  It is like a fingerprint.  I recognize certain spirits by their color and intensity.  I have one that comes to me more often than others and it is a green in color ( I believe it is my grandfather).  I wish I could describe this color thing to you better, but green is as close as it comes.  There is no color on earth that I have ever seen that is like this green.  I know my mother’s spirit to be a kind of purplish-pink with small sparkles inside it.  Immediately after my mother died, the green spirit brought her to me so I could recognize her when I saw her.  I have seen royal blue, red and even black spirits (you want to stay away from black spirits).  I even saw a spirit with a small spirit inside of it (a pregnant spirit?).

These lights have definite edges that are constantly changing.  The edges roll.  It is like paint being poured out in slow motion onto a surface or like an ocean wave falling down and foaming up.  The edges are often iridescent and I am in awe of their beauty every time I see them.

There is a young artist who paints scenes of Heaven.  Her name is Akiana and she has been painting these scenes since she was three years old.  She has her own website for her art and you should look her up just to see what she has painted.  The first time I encountered her art was after I had read the book, Heaven is for Real, where a small boy dies and goes to Heaven and then returns with knowledge a three-year-old does not usually have.  He saw Jesus and when they would show him pictures of Jesus in Sunday school after his event, he would correct them and say things like “His hair is not that long” or “His eyes aren’t that color”.  Then one day he saw Akiana’s painting of Jesus and he exclaimed “That’s Him!”

When I went to Akiana’s website, I saw the closest images I have ever seen to what I see when I see Spirit.  I loved her art so much that I wanted to buy the pictures of Spirit, but I could not afford her price.  All I can say is that she has seen what I have seen, and that is a great comfort to me.

And these lights communicate to me somehow.  I do not hear words or anything like that from these lights.  Thoughts just appear in my brain and I understand them somehow.  They have given me bad news and good news in the past.  The full accounts of all of these messages are in my book, Growing Up Weird: Confessions of a Closet Medium.

So, the Spirit I see is not the usual ghost image that most people connect with seeing the departed, though I have seen those also.  I do not know the difference between the types of spirits except to guess that maybe the lights have crossed over and the others are earthbound spirits.

I guess that I will have to wait until I die to ask these questions.  There is so much I do not know.  There is so much to learn!

Growing Up Weird: Confessions of a Closet Medium


Hello Everyone!

Let me introduce myself. My name is Karen and I have recently decided that I should confess a secret I have hidden for years. I have the gifts of Prophecy and Discernment that God has given me to use for His purposes. I grew up very confused because I was never taught about these gifts in the churches I attended. In fact, many of them let it be known that they did not believe that God has current prophets. They believed that those gifts were only for the original church. I am here to say that they are wrong.

It plainly says in the  Bible that He will poor out his gift of prophecy on many in the last days…and I believe we are there. I allowed the opinions of others to keep me silent for many years in an effort to avoid confrontation and keep peace in the Church. Now, I believe that it is time to tell the truth.

My hope is to help others out there who have the gifts and who do not know what to do with them. I am not claiming to be all-knowing about these things. Everything I know has been gleaned by experience. For 45 years, I have stumbled along with the gift, learning along the way about the purposes, pitfalls and dangers involved. I have no control over the gift by choice. After taking control of the gift and using it inappropriately, I asked forgiveness and I asked that God only give me what He wants me to know or do. He has honored that request.

Recently, my grandchildren have begun to exhibit the gifts and I have decided that I must help them learn more about their gifts and what to do with them. I am insistent that they realize that these gifts come from God and they must use them for His Honor and Glory only. The temptations to use them for one’s own purposes are rampant and start early.

To help them understand a little more, I have written a book called Growing Up Weird: Confessions of a Closet Medium. In this book, I have chronicled all the events of my life concerning the gift and explained what I have learned about them. I then realized that there are many more people like myself out there in the world who might also like to read it.

It is my hope that, with this blog, I can connect with others who have had similar experiences. My gift did not end when I published this book. I continue to have manifestations of the gift and God continues to bless me by letting me serve Him. It is here, on this blog, that I will continue to chronicle the mysterious events that go along with this gift.

If you would like to ride along with me or contact me, add your email address to the list at the right. Whenever anything happens, I will post it here. Also, you will be able to buy the book on It is available in ebook format or as a paperback or audiobook.