Thursday, December 22, 2016

December 2016 "Rants & Raves"

Christmas is this weekend!  I don’t think I have been this excited about Christmas in years.  I give that credit to Jaselyn’s three-year-old spirit running around here.  We have all had an exciting month of going to church with her, and of course the Elf on the Shelf!  (Although she was NOT happy when she caught the elf eating the Christmas cookies she had made.) The countdown for Santa to arrive is officially on and she is very excited!



A really big THANK YOU to all of you that take the time out of your day to keep us in your thoughts.  This time of year I get emails from everyone that just make all of my efforts worthwhile.  I love hearing your stories and seeing photos of your families and the recipes you send.  Totally awesome!  I also want to give a special thanks and shout out to Patty and Nikki.  (Ironically, both of these ladies are in New Jersey.)  Thank you for all that you do and for just being YOU!

Usually this is the time of year that I post my predictions for the upcoming year.  Overall, I don’t believe 2016 has been a “Bad” year, but it hasn’t been an “Easy” year in general.  I am looking for 2017 to be easier with more of a natural flow to it.  This year I have done things differently by making those predictions a little more personable by the zodiac signs.  You will find those videos on YouTube.  (Under the Channel’s playlist of 2017 predictions.)

Moving forward with 2017, your free monthly horoscopes will remain in place and you can look for an extended version in January.  NO rate increase in 2017, and new services will be offered.  There is also a directline and a live calendar, where you can reach me most anytime.  As always, for this time of year, the Holiday Specials are on my homepage under the Christmas Tree.  (12-month email report has around a 2-day wait on them.)

I am seeking those that would like to give me permanent feedback that would include your first name and the state you are in.  This will replace the achieved feedback of many years on the site. (It is slowing the website down.)  I am pleased to say that most of the changes are now in place.

Feel free to join me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

This is just my time to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 

Until next time…





Thursday, December 1, 2016

Jackie's horoscopes for December 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November 2016 "Rants & Raves"

I have had so much going on this month, that I feel like I have missed the entire month of November!

November 22nd, the first day of Sagittarius, Jaselyn turned three!  She is so cute and super sweet.  (Prejudiced I know!)  She had a cute little princess party for her birthday.  This was quickly followed by Thanksgiving.  We had some friends join us this year and really had a great time!

The month ended for me with the final step on my business.  (This has taken months!)  The end result has left me as being the only licensed psychic in my County.  Although I have always had my business license since 2006, it was classified differently as a home business even though the classification stated psychic and tarot card reader.  The first of the year, I had to change the company name, and this created changes with the business as well.

All across the country we have this “Fortune Teller Ordinance”.  The one in my County was adopted in 1940, and I am the first to go through with the entire process.  Although it took a lot of money, meetings and a lot of steps to follow, it is a “Do able” process. I am discouraged to find that many have inquired about it but chosen not to go through with it. I can say that every County Official I met with was more then willing to help me through this.  (I also wondered if this was adopted in my Great Grandmother’s era, as 1940 would have been when she worked as a psychic out of Richmond.)




In case your wondering….I DO support the ordinance.  The industry is 80% shady, unfortunate but true, and I remain and advocate against Psychic Scams.

The change in my business was due to Identity Theft, and this I would wish upon no one!  This has been a year of in and out of attorney’s offices and courtrooms, and it’s not over yet. It appears that some of this may be wrapped up in December while some will carry forward into the New Year.

This also prompted change in the business due to a “Chronic complainer” in the County. (It does make you wonder why an individual feels they know more about me or my business then the County does.)  Is this the same person responsible for my Identity Theft?  There have been numerous investigations at many levels so I am sure it will all come out eventually.

The end result, all of my websites are changing back to NORMAL!  Thank you all for your patience on this and to my surprise many of you had not even noticed until I pointed it out to you.

Overall, this has not been a “Bad” year, but rather a year of cleaning up messes created by someone else, and a really good learning experience.   On the financial end of things, it has hit hard, in addition I have to get ready to repay a lot of these fees in the month of January.  A GoFundMe has been set up in an effort to help me keep things under control.

Also new to the website, I have only had a few of you request or inquire, but I am now set up to process American Express and Discover!  Don’t forget, the best times to reach me are between 1pm to 1am EST.

Your December horoscopes are up!  And for those of you that did not know you get your “Freebie” from me every week, in the form of YouTube videos. 

Join me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are now getting ready for Christmas!

Until Next Time…



Sunday, October 30, 2016

October 2016 "Rants & Raves"

It has been yet another busy month of working on projects and getting things done.  I did take a little time to have some fun with my daughter and granddaughter this month.  We spent a couple of days in Williamsburg, Virginia and had a blast.  Although it is fall, I am grateful that we had perfect weather to take Jaselyn out on the Jamestown Ferry and let her see the James River.




This was our last official “Outing” as we settle into the month of November for Jaselyn’s birthday party and Thanksgiving.

I know many of you are sticking with me with the issues on my website.  I am pleased to announce that all changes will now be made no later then the month of December!!!!  This has been a long wait, with a delay that I will be able to explain in the next upcoming weeks.  Thank you so much for your patience and if you are having problems or find that something is not working correctly please contact me at once. Jackie@ms-swami.com

I have heard from many of you that have stated that the navigation has changed and there is some confusion on what line to call.  The cheapest line to call is the 804number.  I know this has confused many, but trust me when I say “There is always a reason for my madness” and I will discuss this at a later date!

Please remember the best times to reach me are between the hours of 1pm to 1am Eastern.  Appointments are not necessary.

I will be sending out my fall newsletter in the next couple of weeks.  If you wish to join the mailing list you may subscribe.

Thank you to those that have given me your feedback on my book “Twist of Events”, I have actually decided to make a couple of changes to it that I will work on this winter.

In regards to the paranormal, CVAPI has had a lot of fun on investigations the last few weeks with Alex Mac and Fletcher from XL-102, Jackson from Q94, and Kat Simmons from Mix 98.1

Don’t forget that your free monthly horoscopes for November will publish later tomorrow evening!

HAVE A HAPPY & SAFE HALLOWEEN!

Until next time…





Thursday, September 29, 2016

September 2016 "Rants & Raves"

September is an amazing month of closing out summer and the beginning of fall.  I think it is funny how we go from the beach and the pool to pumpkin spice everything!  In addition to taking a few days off this month, it was also my daughter’s birthday.  Although I am looking forward to the leaves change, it does sadden me to close the pool as it is the official sign of cold weather to come.



As we enter fall, it is that time of year when we get geared up on our paranormal investigations.  We did complete one in August (the website will be updated soon), and returned to that location this month. 

On this investigation we returned with XL-102’s Alex Mac and a special guest of Kat Simmons from Mix 98.1.  We are currently helping XL-102 put together a video for their website, and will have them join us on another investigation as well.

I am often presented with the question of do I think paranormal activity increases this time of year.  Honestly, I don’t.  I believe that people are more inside this time of year and maybe start noticing things that they had not before.  The same as I don’t find it to be true that activity only occurs at night, when in fact much occurs during the day.  The only reason we investigate at night is due to the sensitivity of the night vision cameras will tend to pick up more.

This has been an extremely busy month for me.  In addition to the beach, we had friends visit from New Jersey, some local friends visit and an investigation.  I’m not sure how, but I have also kept my normal working schedule as well.

The best times to reach me are between the hours of 1pm and 1am, and weekends it will vary.  However, there is a live calendar on my website that will let you know if I am available. 

Upcoming I will be in Williamsburg, Virginia October 16th & 17th.  I have 30 minute and one hour sessions open, so email me for details. 

For those that I have talked to or you have messaged me about Reiki, now is a good time to get started!  If you know me well, you know it remains a big part of my life and I enjoy it tremendously.

We have officially cleared Mercury Retrograde and for some of you it packed a powerful punch.  The next Retro is December 20th to January 9th.

Unfortunately, in speaking to some of you, it does appear that I will soon be updating my list of “Common Scams”, please take the time to read this so you do NOT become a victim!

Don’t forget, your horoscopes for October will post tomorrow!  Join me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

Until next time…





Monday, August 29, 2016

August 2016 "Rants & Raves"

It is hard to believe that we are approaching the final days of summer.  (My favorite season!)  Before you know it, there will be pumpkin spice everything, which isn’t a bad thing!



I noticed over the weekend how much Jaselyn has grown over the summer.  I based this on her talking as well as her interaction in the pool time is going by quick!

Thank you to those that are sticking with me as my website undergoes some changes.  If all goes well, it should all fall into place in the month of November.

My summer newsletter went out today (a little later then I thought), and if you would like a copy, you may Subscribe here.

We will begin to enter Mercury Retrograde tomorrow night.  This will run from August 31st through September 23rd.  This one is packing a high-energy that may provoke a lot of restless in energy in most.

The 800# is back in place, however there is a rate increase on that line only.  Your best option is to contact me using the phone number provided below it.  As always, the best time to reach me is between 1pm to 1am, as this allows me to cover the varying time zones.

I am planning to take a couple of days off near Labor Day for some family fun!  I will check my messages often.

I have spoke with a lot of you that have returned to college as well as some of you that are getting your children ready to go back to school.  I know the stay at home moms are happy! 

Central Virginia Paranormal Investigations has completed a residential investigation.  I hope to have that info up on the website later in the month of September.

We are approaching the end of the month, so don’t forget that your free monthly horoscopes will go up on Thursday. 

Join me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

I hope you all have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!

Until next time…


Friday, July 29, 2016

July 2016 "Rants & Raves"

I hope you are all enjoying the summer months.  I know many of you are struggling with the heat.  Just remember there will be snow on the ground in a matter of a few short weeks!  I will take the heat over the snow anytime!

Between the rain at the beginning of the season and the heat index, Jaselyn’s garden has struggled this year, but appears to finally be on track.  I also took the time this month to reconnect with some family members that I have not seen in years.  We have had a couple of wonderful visits.



My apologies to the locals as I did not have time to schedule a meeting for Central Virginia Psychic Development & ParanormalResearch as I had planned.  In all honesty, I am unsure if will be able to set this up in the month of August, but I will do what I can.  I had a few days that I was not feeling well, however I am all caught up now.

For those of you that are interested, my next newsletter will go out soon.  If you would like one delivered to your email, please take the time to Subscribe.

Twist of Events, is currently on sale on Kindle.  This is a thriller (not horror), that involves the paranormal.  I am enjoying the feedback from those of you that read it.  It does indeed help me with the sequel that is well underway.

Also, I am getting a lot of compliments on my Sagittarius shirt that my daughter made for me.  So I have put a link to her business on my website.

With all of the political buzz going around, I have many of you asking who is the next Presidential elect.  I’m going to refer you back to my blog post for 2016 Predictions that posted in December of 2015.

I want to take the time to remind you all to enjoy your summer.  Fall will be here before you know it!

If you are trying to reach me the best hours remain between 1pm and 1am Eastern Time.  There is also a live calendar on my website that will show you if I am available.  It is updated often.  An appointment is not necessary, but is preferred.

Don’t forget, your free monthly horoscopes will post on Monday August 1st.

Join me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Until next time…



Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June 2016 "Rants & Raves"

Hello summer!  Can you believe that we have passed the midway mark of the year?  Summer is my favorite season of the year and would love to see this time of year slow down just a little bit so I can enjoy it.  (This whole year is flying by.)  I have really enjoyed Jaselyn in the pool, with her garden and all of her outdoor toys.

The month of June has bought in my celebration of my 10 year anniversary on my website.  It actually launched 10-years ago yesterday as a 3-page website.  It has been wonderful to hear from so many of my clients that I have had for 10 years and some even longer!  I’m also very touched at how many of you that are on my social media that referenced watching my daughter grow up over the years.  (I think 10 years ago MySpace was the big thing.)  She gave me a Bonsai tree, which is something I have wanted; now I need to keep it alive!



I know you all have been wonderful in working with me on the changes to my website.  There will be more changes that will not be completed until later this fall.  Thank you for your patience!

I need to apologize to my local group Central VA PsychicDevelopment & Paranormal Research, as once again, I have run out of month!  I will see what I can schedule in the month of July.

I do have exciting news for the month of June.  My daughter is engaged!  And yes, he has my seal of approval and I am very happy for them! Her ring is GORGEOUS! The house comes first and the wedding will be next summer.  He also has a little girl the same age of Jaselyn and I fully believe they will all make a nice family!

Do not forget that your July horoscopes will post on my website on the 1st.  The month of July has 5 full weekends in it, so enjoy!

The best time to reach me is between 1pm and 1am.  Join me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.

HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND!


Until next time…

Sunday, May 29, 2016

May 2016 "Rants & Raves"

I hope you are enjoying a long weekend for Memorial Day!  Let this also be a reminder that it is more then just about family cookouts!



It does appear that our weather is going to take us straight into summer.  (The first day of summer is Monday June 20th.)  I have managed to take a couple of afternoons off to work in the yard, and get Jaselyn’s play area set up for her.

I really want to thank everyone for your patience as my websites are still undergoing construction.  In the event you cannot reach me please feel free to email me directly at

I will also get a link up to my daughter’s business “Designing Diva”, (She really has something for everyone and for anything you can imagine.)  She is also offering a discount to existing paranormal teams.

I am expanding my monthly subscription on the weekly reports and currently will take 2 to 3 more for this.  They are no longer available via text, but are delivering to your email every Sunday.  (They tend to be a bit long for text messaging.)

I am also in process of updating my email list.  Please be sure to keep your email up to date with me.  There is also a subscription, on the website that is now available for horoscopes, blogs, newsletters, etc.

In the past, I have mentioned posting more to my blog about Reiki, (and eventually I will.)  I have added a video on the Reiki Course for those seeking general knowledge or are interested in learning it.

This has been another month that has blown by quickly.  It is hard to believe that we are getting ready to hit the half way mark for 2016!

For the locals, I did run out of time in scheduling something for Central VA Psychic Development & Paranormal Research, however I am in process of setting up something for the month of June.

If you are trying to reach me, I remind you to check my live calendar for my availability.  Although, it is new to me also, I am trying to update it throughout the day.

Don't forget your horoscopes for the month of June will post soon!

I am celebrating TEN YEARS on my website this summer, and I thank each and every one of you for that!

Join me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

HAVE A HAPPY & SAFE MEMORIAL DAY!

Until next time…













Saturday, April 30, 2016

April 2016 "Rants & Raves"

The last day of April…this year is flying by!  Today is the beginning of Mercury Retrograde, running through May 25th.  As you know, this is the moon phases where you can expect the unexpected.  This one appears to be strong in the financial sector, with a lot of scattered energy in the personal sector.  This is also a time frame of renewals of past acquaintances. 

My websites are still under a major overhaul.  Do not be surprised if you come across some links that are not working or you find them “Under Construction.”  (And I finally have new photos for it, YAY!)  Every month, I hear stories of those that have either fallen victim to scams, or been approached by them.  This has inspired me to post several of those “Common Scams” here.

It has been a productive month for me in working on my “To Do List”.  I did take the time last weekend for a Meetup at the Dooley Mansion at Maymont Park, and thank you to those that attended.  Tomorrow (Sunday May 1st) there is a picnic at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.  This is not sponsored or hosted by me, but by Hollywood Cemetery.  This is an annual event for them with food trucks, so if you’re local please join them.

I have dedicated a lot of my time this month to taking care of some odds and ends.  I am hoping this will allow me to settle in for some writing this summer!  (Including getting Jaselyn’s garden started.) 

For those that are trying to reach me, please remember that you can email me anytime at Jackie@ms-swami.com.  My availability for calls is posted on my calendar an updated throughout the day.

I do want to give a big shout out to my daughter, and a congratulations on her new business!  I am VERY proud of her!  She is specializing in personalizing various items for home d├ęcor as well as t-shirts, hoodies, etc.  If you are looking for customized tees this is perfect for small businesses and individuals because there is no minimum order.  You can check out some of the things that she offers here.



The first day of summer will be here before you know it.  So remember to take the time to embrace and just enjoy spring!

Your horoscopes for the month of May, will publish later this evening, so stop by and enjoy!

Follow me on Twitter or join me on Facebook.

Until next time…



Tuesday, March 29, 2016

March 2016 "Rants & Raves"

Hello spring!  It won’t be long now before we start complaining about the heat.  This is one of my favorite times in the year where everything comes into bloom.  I now have everything we need for Jaselyn’s garden and will need to make some time on a pretty day, to get it underway.  This was one of her favorite projects last year.



March has been a busy month for me. I have many new endeavors going on behind the scenes and they are still underway.  I thank you all for your patience in some of the changes on my websites.  I am listening to you and I now realize that some of the things are confusing to you.  This will be addressed in the month of April.

In the month of April, all of my websites are going to undergo a major overhaul.  (For the better!)  With this there is a slight possibility that the website may go down completely as it is under construction.  In the event that this does happen, you may still reach my by email at Jackie@ms-swami.com.

For those of you trying to reach me or looking for an appointment.  Please note that there is a live calendar of my availability that is updated several times a day.

I am still hearing from those that have fallen victim to common scams or are questioning what someone has presented to them.  I will designate an area on my website specifically for this topic.

I am also going to clarify Reiki for you on the website as well.  (I am constantly getting questions on this.)  I am finding that a lot of massage places are now offering Reiki, and I think it is wonderful.  However, Reiki has NOTHING to do with massage!  Reiki does NOT have to be hands on.  If it is hands on, it is the placement of the hands on your chakras (energy fields), not massage.  Part of becoming a Reiki Master is to know how to do this with no hands, or hands off, and learning to do this distantly.

I believe the confusion is that over the years it has also been known as the “Healing Touch.”  When in fact, it does not require hands on.  The “Healing” part is because it is sent into the body for the greater good, healing what is amiss.  In short, it is an “Energy Healing” and nothing more.  Anyway, more on this subject later.

Another subject that I am often asked about is my belief on the “Laws of attraction.”  And yes, I do believe in it!  (“Where thoughts go, energy flows!”)  I am a firm believer that when you keep your thoughts positive, you draw positive things to you and vice versa.  (Meaning if you are negative you can draw that to you as well.)  I know some of you are into making “Manifestation boards” and I support those too!  (These are actual visual boards of the things that you would like to come into your life.)  I believe it is NEVER a bad time to focus on your dreams or your goals!

This year I am resuming my monthly meetings with Central VAPsychic Development & Paranormal Research.  Our first meeting was this month.  It was great to see some new faces!  It is a great opportunity to get together with some like-minded people on varying topics.  Our next get together is a day at the park on Sunday April 24th at Maymont Park for a tour of the Dooley Mansion.  I am hoping the weather will be wonderful enough for us to enjoy the gardens and petting zoo after the tour.  The month of May there will be a meeting on paranormal equipment.  So if you are local, please feel free to join us!

For those of you that have read or currently reading mybook, I thank you!  You have no idea how much I have enjoyed your input!  This helps me tremendously with the sequel.  I love, love, love hearing your feedback on the characters!

Don’t forget that your free monthly horoscopes will post on Friday of this week.  Upcoming in April, I will have some random YouTube clips go up.

Please join me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.  (For those of you using Twitter….get the  PERISCOPE the app!  You will see A LOT of me there in the month of April.)

Until next time…



Monday, February 29, 2016

February 2016 "Rants & Raves"

Amazing how I have been meaning to write my blog for the last few days and just finding time to get to it.  Although we gained an extra day this year in February, it does appear that the month has flown by!

I hope you all had a great Valentine’s day and are now getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day.



I apologize to those that subscribe to my blog and the monthly horoscopes.  I generally email these out, however I simply ran out of time.

For those that have purchased my book, THANK YOU!  I am REALLY enjoying hearing your feedback.  (That certainly does help me with the sequel!) 

Also a big THANK YOU, in working with me on the transitions to my website this month.  This is the first month that I have weeded out the 800# for psychic readings.  This process is going well!  Please remember that paypal will remain an option for you and is backed by MasterCard.

For those that are using the Call Now option, there is a live calendar on that page.  It updates several times a day.  If you need a specific time, please let me know.  It will also give you an idea of when I am available and when I am not.

We are officially on the countdown until spring!  However, if you are in the Virginia area, do not be surprised to see snow on and off throughout the month.  Hang in there it is almost over!

This coming Saturday March 5th, we have a meeting for new members of like minded people for Central Virginia Psychic Development& Paranormal Research in Chester, VA at 2pm.  If you are available please feel free to join us as it is open to the public.

I did want to mention that I am hearing a lot about psychic scams circulating from my clients.  Please do not fall victim to spells, curse removals, aura cleansings etc.  Feel free to email me any time if you care to discuss this further at Jackie@ms-swami.com

In March you can expect a solar eclipse on March 8th, the Super Moon will follow this.  Though we have some upcoming Super Moons, this one will be the strongest.  The best word to describe it would be “Intense”.

Don’t forget, your free monthly horoscopes will publish tonight on my website.

Join me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.

Until next time…













Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January 2016 "Rants & Raves"

Happy New Year!  It is hard to believe that we are coming up on the end of the first month of 2016.  I am expecting that this will be a great year, a lot of changes, but a great year.

If you are on the East Coast, I am certain that you are over the snow!  However, I have to say I am looking for another blast in a couple of weeks.  (And hopefully not ice!)

We have cleared Mercury Retrograde!  (Ended on the 25th)  Although it may take a few days to clear the effects from it completely.

For those that follow my blog, you have heard a lot about my book.  It has finally been released!  You will find a preview of Chapter One here, as well as it is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.



Though it features a bride on the cover, it is NOT a paranormal romance.  (An example of a paranormal romance would be a vampire that falls in love with someone.)  Twist of Events is a fiction thriller that has to do with a group of ghost hunters.  It is all about those ghost hunters and the location.  (With a few unexpected twists along the way, hence the title.)  There is no “horror” to the book, but does include some paranormal activity.

For those that have read it, or currently reading it, I thank you so much!  Please remember that those Amazon reviews are crucial in this starting out.  I am also willing to hear from you as the sequel is underway. Also, if you are aware of someone that does book reviews, please feel free to email me at Jackie@ms-swami.com.

However, between now and the sequel, there will be another publication.  I am currently working with my daughter on a Planner, a daily organizer, that will be available sooner then I expected.  More on this soon!  (But I can say, you will be able to start it any month of the year!)

This year is my 10th year in business!  With that a lot of changes are occurring.  Some on the backside of things and some you will begin to see on my websites.  In the next week or so, you will see some different changes in those of you that call in.  The 800# I use, I am eliminating.  As some of you know, I had a lot of technical difficulties with this service in 2015.  (Also a lot of expense.)  Therefore a new option will be put in place.

Also I am expanding my merchant services with Mastercard and Visa.  For those that are fond of PayPal I am keeping that in place as well.  I have been with them for 10 years, they are backed by Mastercard and I have received great service from them. 

In addition, I a lot of you prefer appointments.  There will be a system in place, allowing you to pay 24-hours prior to your appointment will show you my availability and will do the time conversions for you.  So a lot of subtle changes, that will hopefully be improvements.

In regards to YouTube, I will still continue to upload videos.  I am not certain if this will be weekly or monthly, but I am continuing to use that YouTube channel.

Your free monthly horoscopes will continue to post on my website the first of each month.  That will not change.  Currently there is an extended version up for the month of January.

Remember the best times to reach me are between the hours of 1pm to 1am.  As always, join me on Facebook, and I send out random specials on Twitter.

REMINDER:  Valentine’s Day – February 14th!

Until next time…



Thursday, January 7, 2016

Sneek Peak....TWIST OF EVENTS (Available the week of 1-18-2016)

  

AVAILABLE AT AMAZON WEEK OF 1-18-2016


Chapter 1


Nina Cooper scurried around trying to get ready for a long weekend and her big day.   She has waited years to finally become Nina Wheeler, and now it was really going to happen!

Just a few short days ago, she picked out her wedding dress. A cascading white gown to compliment her olive Native American skin tone and long flowing black hair.  This day she wanted to look her best for Kyle.  Although she has had a failed marriage before, Kyle has been the love of her life from day one.  She never believed in love at first sight, however she knew that Kyle would be the one she could spend the rest of her life with, after only a few weeks of dating. She has waited for years for that proposal and now the day was in sight.

As she was packing she couldn’t help but smile thinking of the perfect relationship that they shared.  Ironically, they had so many mutual friends in common and the relationship just had a natural flow to it from the beginning. 

Nina had accepted a position as office manager for a local printing company.  She could not help but remember the day that Kyle Wheeler walked in the door to pick up his business cards.  Kyle owns one of the largest trucking companies in town, she noticed how strikingly handsome he was.  Tall, wavy dark hair and the most gorgeous smile she had ever seen on a man.  Instead of being all business he was playful and fun.  That first meeting and impression of him would be with her for a lifetime.

In all of the years that Jasmine and Jaden had been her best friends she never realized that they knew Kyle from college.  She found this out when she met the girls one afternoon for happy hour and in walks Kyle.  She had always known that Jasmine and Jaden were huge paranormal enthusiasts and had started a paranormal group in college.   She had no idea that Kyle was a member of that group.  How perfect!


*****


Jasmine Tinsley thought that she should spend her day packing for her long weekend getaway and the wedding of her friends Kyle and Nina.  Of course she would put this off until the last minute!  Right now, she was enjoying shopping the sales.  Unlike her twin sister Jaden, who was the planner, and well organized, down to the outfits she would pack with matching accessories.  Jasmine could not help but be excited.  Not only were two of her closest friends about to be married, but also they would all spend the weekend at a wonderful plantation.  All of the original members of their college group The Ghost Enthusiasts. 

Jasmine and Jaden Tinsley were identical twins.  However, they were not hard to tell them apart.  Both same in height, but Jasmine having the long blonde hair, and Jaden had always kept her hair short.  It was their personalities that set them apart.  Jasmine was the outspoken, adventurous one; While Jaden was more quiet and reserved. 

Together they had grown up in a haunted farmhouse that was built in the early 1800’s, complete with their family cemetery in the yard.  They lived in a remote area with no cable or Internet, and a great deal of their time was spent reading.  Both carried a passion for thrillers and horror.  How well she could remember how she and Jaden had attended their first Halloween party in high school and how much fun they had. 

It was to know one’s surprise that they both took up an interest in the paranormal when they attended college together.  It was Jaden’s idea to form a college group for others with the same interest and so the The Ghost Enthusiasts group was founded by both of them.  Jasmine was all about the equipment and the adventure.  Jasmine had always carried that sixth sense, or the third eye.  A “Sensitive and intuitive” would best describe her.  Jaden in being more reserved was also the cautious one of the group.  She also possessed a strong background in photography, and loved history, and her organizational skills for the group were uncanny.  Together their group was a huge success.

She was willing to bet that Jaden was already packed and ready to go.  Jaden was always more punctual on deadlines as she worked as an editor for the local paper.  Jasmine was a well-known author and worked from home, so she tried to prevent stressing over deadlines.  Together, they offset one another nicely.


*****


Doug Silva was outside in his yard enjoying his day off.  Working a stressful job as a factory supervisor, his days off were few and far between.  On his days off he tried to keep an equal balance in his hobbies of hunting, fishing and football of course.  He felt truly blessed that his wife, Lucille, shared those same hobbies with him.

As a member of The Ghost Enthusiasts, he was thrilled to see another member get married.  Kyle marrying Nina, what a perfect couple!  He was also excited about spending the weekend together with all of his close friends.  With work, sometimes life just gets in the way and occasionally he felt that he was out of the loop.  It was Lucille that kept him up to date on everything. 

Lucille was also a workaholic working as the local Veterinarian.   She and Doug had met later in life and had no children outside of their two labs.  She was blessed to have found Doug.  She could not imagine her life without him.  Lucille was more than happy; everything she ever wanted in life, had materialized.  She often described her life as just being in a “Good spot”!

Her only concern was keeping Doug healthy for a long life together.  Doug was a big man and what she described as her “Teddy Bear”.  Lucille, with her long eighties style hair had not aged a bit.  She credited that to living a happy and healthy life.

Although she supported Doug in watching his paranormal shows and knew he still carried that passion.  She was more reserved when it came to the paranormal as she had never had a personal experience.  Though she had not mentioned anything to Doug, she certainly hoped that this plantation house was not haunted.  As she headed out from work that evening, her thoughts transferred onto her pet sitter for the weekend and what to pack.


*****


Madison Davenport left the gym feeling energized and a little overwhelmed of getting a family of four packed for a long weekend.  One would think that being a professional body builder and running marathons in her spare time, that the simple task of packing would be a piece of cake.  However, getting her husband Clifford and her two sons Jason and Wayne on the same page to do anything was always a challenge.

Madison and Clifford had attended high school together with Jasmine and Jaden.  Both were members of The Ghost Enthusiasts and she saw Jasmine and Jaden often.  Madison herself had recently taken up the interest to pursue her paranormal investigating.  She had just mentioned this to Clifford the other day.

Clifford supported her career and often joined her to workout together.  Surprisingly, he even ran his first marathon this year.  However, with working at the local packaging plant, it allowed for very little time for his paranormal interest.  Her oldest son Jason had put college on hold for a career as a diesel mechanic.  She noticed that recently he had mentioned more than once of starting his own paranormal team.  She had to admit that it put a smile on her face. 

Wayne, being the younger of the two, seemed to like the more scientific approach to the paranormal.  Wayne is a real cutie, blonde with his freckles, while Jason had turned out tall, lanky and handsome, like his dad.  Wayne was also an avid gamer.   His plans included attending college to pursue a degree in either science or computers.  Either way, she was certainly proud of both of her boys. 

She always thought that if Jason were to form a paranormal team, it would heighten Wayne’s interest and get him out of the house more.  She had recently noticed on the social networks that Jasmine and Jaden were still investigating from time to time.  She really needed to make time to join in on that fun again.

She thought it was more than wonderful that Kyle had found Nina.  A wedding and a weekend together with all of her friends is just what she needed.  This would indeed, be the perfect time to bring up the paranormal and see what everyone is doing these days.  She felt that Jason and Wayne could both learn a great deal at the same time.  Now, to just get everyone packed and out the door at the same time…


*****


Rusty Allen poured himself another screwdriver as he was about to head into work.  He hated to admit it, but it was generally the way he started his day.  Years of working as the bar manager at the local tavern had certainly taken its toll.  He would never admit to having a drinking problem.  He drinks, with no problem.  He always likes to joke that it was the reason he was bald.  Nonetheless he did not have a bad life.  If it was not for his job, he may have never met his wife Dana.

Dana was of average height and an average build with a captivating personality.  She had frequented the Tavern with her ghost hunting friends.  She was special, not like the average women you find in a bar.  She held a high paying job manufacturing computer components and carried herself very well.  She loves life, her family and friends.  She still carries a high interest in the paranormal and loves reading articles online.  She has published many articles herself.  He felt that Dana was a blessing to enter his life.

Rusty had some paranormal experiences himself, growing up as a child, though he did not like to talk about it.  One night at closing, Dana had stayed to share with him some of her own paranormal experiences.  It was a deep conversation and he loved the passion in her as she spoke of her hobby.  It was that week that he had asked her out on their first official date.

Together as a couple they worked out nicely.  All of Dana’s college friends had become his friends as well.  It was nice to see Kyle and Nina take that leap of faith, though they have been a couple for years.  Rusty and Dana had waited many years before finally tying the knot.

Tomorrow everyone would meet at the Tavern to board a charter bus and head out to this plantation house for the weekend.  Everyone would be together and play a role in making this wedding happen!  Secretly he worried as to if this would become some great ghost adventure.  So far, no one had made any mention of it.  He couldn’t help but hope that it wouldn’t, and that primarily it was all about the wedding.


*****


Joel Lucas was wrapping up his day at work, trying to remember what he needed to pick up for their weekend trip on his way home.  To be on the safe side, he thought he might give his wife Cassey a call.  On days like today he was looking forward to a long getaway.  Being a factory worker at the local tobacco plant had its rewards but they didn’t come without a certain amount of stress. 

It seems nowadays he spent a great amount of time looking forward to retirement.  The college days seemed so far away to him now.  He remembered when he first entered college and found The Ghost Enthusiasts.  Though a skeptic, and always business minded, he was welcomed with open arms.  Being from out of state, he felt right at home.  Who would have imagined that years later they would all still be together as friends?  Well then again, he thought the same thing when he was voted “Most likely to succeed” in high school.

Instead of calling Cassey he decided he would stop by and see her at work.  Cassey worked part time as a waitress at the Tavern.  She certainly didn’t need to work, but it helped to support her craft addiction.  Warm, bubbly and always smiling, she made really good tips and loved seeing her friends, so it worked out well.

Cassey shared his passion for football.  She also supported his interest in the paranormal even though she was scared to death of the thought of ghosts or something occurring.  Generally when he watched paranormal shows, he noticed that she would busy herself with her crafts or something around the house.

He had to admit that he was glad that they shared the same friends.  Cassey and Nina had become very close over the years.  He and Kyle were close and they all enjoyed hanging out together.  It seemed just like yesterday that he had married Cassey.  Overall, this was going to be an amazing weekend of good times.


*****


Tommy Foster sat at his desk glancing over the books with a big smile on his face.  It had been his lifelong dream to open a restaurant.  Not only had he achieved it, but also now he owned a 5-star restaurant catering to the cities elite.  He had to chuckle when he thought of how everyone commented that he and his wife Diane were such a mismatched couple.   Diane was a real beauty while he still wore his mafia style ponytail. The only common interest that they had was her culinary upbringing and the fact that she was a chef.  Now, she was the head chef at their restaurant.
                       
Years later he now owns a successful restaurant, has two sons, a wonderful marriage and is now considering buying them a second home as a family getaway.  Life is good!  Diane seemed really excited when he ran the idea of a second home by her.  The first thing she said was, “Maybe it will be haunted”.  That thought shock Tommy to the core.  He did not share his wife’s paranormal passion that she had found in college.

Diane has always been high-strung, high energy with a real excitement for life.  For her to find a paranormal group in college was no surprise to anyone.  These days she is just starting to dabble in investigating again.  With the restaurant doing well and three cookbooks on the New York Times best sellers list, she felt it was time. 

Their younger son Ronnie was still in school and was a lot like his mother.  Though a little on the geeky side and an honor roll student.  He too, is high strung and loves the thrill of the paranormal.  Their older son, Brad was in the military.  He always enjoyed his mother’s ghost stories.  However, since his recent tour of Iraq he recently stated that the paranormal has taken on new meaning for him.  He now believes in it more than he did before.

At least with those three having a paranormal interest, it should make for some interesting conversations this weekend.  This weekend.  That jarred him back from his daydream.  He wondered what time do they meet at the Tavern for this trip.  Another thought, had Diane planned that they were cooking for everyone all weekend?  He better check with her and see just what the plan was.


*****


Jerry Coats was on the Interstate and heading home.  As a successful insurance agent he had just closed the deal on one of his biggest accounts yet.  He could not decide what was better, his success, being wealthy, his new home, or his hot new wife Eliza?  It didn’t matter; he loved it all and had no problems bragging about anything in his life. 

Though they had only been married a couple of years Eliza had turned out to be the perfect wife.  She loves her job as dental hygienists and supports her husband in his passion for travel and the finer things in life. She uses every bit of her paycheck towards saving for their retirement. He is most certain that Eliza has every detail planned out for the weekend.

Though he is excited to see Kyle and Nina get married, he had to admit, he kind of dreads the paranormal conversations over the weekend.  Eliza loves them and can’t seem to get enough ghost stories.  However Jerry feels it was wonderful being with the group  from college and admits he is glad they are all still friends.  His feelings for the paranormal have changed.  He just feels it is time to grow up and move on to something else.  However, all of his friends and their spouses from The Ghost Enthusiasts did not appear to see things the same way.

Even before acquiring his wealth while back in college, he had always been known as the “loud mouth” and “know it all” of the group.  That had not changed.  He loved jumping in with his two cents to create a good debate.  He also loved nagging them or picking on them if they talked about restarting the group or investigating something local.  He had no problem telling them that it was kid’s stuff and not for the adults they are now.  Just like in college, no one listened to him.

Even though Eliza was still kind of new to everyone she got along with everyone really well.  She had become very fond of Jasmine and Jaden.  He knew that she spoke to Jasmine, almost daily, so he was certain she had all the details for the weekend.  He thought, “Oh well, let the ghost stories begin.”


*****


Patrice Ellis finds herself in the office feeling tired and run down.  How in the world will she get through this weekend when all she wants to do is sleep?  Years of owning the Tavern after her late husband’s death were finally starting to take its toll.  Though she is happy for Nina and Kyle, she would just like some time off to herself.  Her current husband Terrence, has no idea how worn down she really is.

Terrence has been good for her.  He owns a local building supply company and knows how much energy it takes to be a business owner.  However, his company closes on weekends and at 5pm during the week.  It appears more and more that all of her time is spent at the Tavern.   She is okay with that.  She can generally get a lot done in her office after 2am.

She has never felt alone after closing hours.  She has always felt that the Tavern was haunted though she didn’t dare mention it.  For one, she has employees like Rusty that appear to be a little skittish regarding the paranormal.  Terrance is scared to death of anything unexplainable.  He had become close friends with all of her friends but will never understand why she had joined The Ghost Enthusiasts in college.  Cassey on the other hand, seemed to have a high interest.

There had been more than one occasion that a little something had happened and she noticed Cassey appeared to realize it at the same time.  Perhaps this weekend would give her an opportunity to feel Cassey out to see if she had experiences there as well?  Of course, that would have to be kept private from Terrance, because if he so much as thought there was a ghost there, he would never return, part owner or not.


*****


Patsy Snow comes out of the courtroom victorious.  As a well-known criminal defense attorney, she still really felt that she only had a 50/50 chance of winning this particular case.  She begins to wonder how many of The Ghost Enthusiasts are meeting at the Tavern for happy hour to discuss the wedding and the weekend.  On that note, she decides to give her husband Melvin a call.  Of course he was unavailable.  With working at one of the largest security companies in town he was always busy.

Melvin was the member of The Ghost Enthusiasts in college.  She remembers that being a topic of conversation on their first date.  Both shared a passion for adventure.  They generally spent their down time bungee jumping, hang gliding, hiking and of course discussing the paranormal.

Melvin had bought up a good point this morning.  He had asked if there were any plans to investigate the plantation house that we would be staying at this weekend.  Sounded like a good idea to her, since they would all be together.  She also wondered if anyone knew the history to the place?

Maybe she should stop by the Tavern and see if anyone knows the plan before heading home?  If not, she would give Jasmine or Jaden a call, certainly one of them would know.



*****


Felix Frost was beginning to look forward to a long weekend break.  As a foreman of a large commercial construction company, he had a week from hell where nothing was going right on their current job.  He certainly could not say that this had been a productive week.  He had to give a lot of credit to his wife Kathleen, for keeping his spirits up.

Kathleen owned the local theatre, passed down to her from her family, and was also  really big into the arts.  His complete opposite.  She was always so positive and upbeat, with a real zest for life no matter what obstacles she encountered.  The last few days all she could talk about was the wedding and the weekend trip.  She was thrilled to see Nina and Kyle finally marry!

Of course Kathleen and Kyle had been great friends over the years.  They had met in college with The Ghost Enthusiasts.  Kathleen’s interest in the paranormal reflected into a lot of her plays.  He wasn’t complaining because those were the ones that seem to have the highest ticket sales.

Though he was generally the life of the party, maybe even a little arrogant at times, he was a huge skeptic regarding the paranormal.  He really felt that most of that nonsense could be explained.  However, he always enjoyed ruffling their feathers and causing really good debates.  He imagined this weekend would certainly be full of ghost stories.  He enjoyed the fact that they had all become really close friends throughout the years.

He also made a mental note to himself to pack tissues.  Kathleen always gets emotional at weddings. 





*****

Albert Dunn sat around watching his clock waiting for happy hour.  Sad to think his life had come to this at the age of 68.  The truth is since retiring as an attorney and the loss of his wife, he really just considered himself as “functioning” nowadays. 

He still enjoyed getting out and seeing his young friends at the Tavern.  He loved cracking jokes at all of their ghost stories.  They were certainly a lively group.  As an attorney he had pretty much helped them all over the years in one way or another.  Now, Patsy had come along and was doing a wonderful job.  Though not much assistance to them as she was criminal defense attorney and none of them were criminals.  He still referred them out to those that he knew, gave advice when needed, and performed wedding ceremonies. 

He couldn’t help but wonder why in the world Nina and Kyle had decided to marry now.  They had been a happy couple for years.  He kind of thought of the saying  “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it”.  Anyway, he was very proud that they had asked him to officiate their wedding.

Honestly, he was a little skeptical about the whole weekend trip.  On the other hand, it was not like he had anything else to do.  Besides he would never turn down Nina and Kyle, as he considered them to be close friends and they were just good people.  Who knows, a weekend away with the young folks may be just what he needed.  However he still longed for his belated wife to pack for him.




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