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A column by Karen Stollznow

The Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
December 29, 2011

This is another of the “Most Haunted Houses in America,” but this isn’t so much a paranormal story as one about a woman whose life was reputedly ruled and ruined by belief in the paranormal.

(No) Escape from Alcatraz

(No) Escape from Alcatraz

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
December 5, 2011

Yet another claimant to the title of America’s “most haunted” place, Alcatraz certainly reigns as one of the world’s most notorious jails.

“Psychic medium” Ezio de Angelis

“Psychic medium” Ezio de Angelis

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
October 28, 2011

I attended Communicating with Spirit, a live performance by De Angelis, unaided by editing.

Running Hot and Cold: “Psychic Medium” Rebecca Rosen

Running Hot and Cold: “Psychic Medium” Rebecca Rosen

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
September 26, 2011

Like James van Praagh, John Edward, Sylvia Browne, and many others before her, Rebecca Rosen has her own techniques for cold reading, and possibly hot reading.

Days of Our Lives

Days of Our Lives

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
September 7, 2011

I attended "Past Life Recall," a presentation by "certified" past-life regression therapists Greg McHugh and Paula Robbins.

Dark Side of the Sun

Dark Side of the Sun

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
August 2, 2011

Our best protection against skin cancer is sunscreen, but this important defense is often demonized by pseudoscientific sources.

Psychic School

Psychic School

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
June 23, 2011

Teaching Psychics to Become Psychic Detectives

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
June 2, 2011

Fact or Faked? Faked!

Braco the Gazer

Braco the Gazer

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
April 26, 2011

The Silent Evangelist

Hard (Pseudo) Science: The Second Coming of the VIBE Machine

Hard (Pseudo) Science: The Second Coming of the VIBE Machine

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
March 29, 2011

According to anecdotes, the machine has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including pancreatic cancer, intestinal parasites, anxiety...

Paranormal Paramours

Paranormal Paramours

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
March 14, 2011

Things that go bump in the night

Syntax Error

Syntax Error

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
February 2, 2011

Correct language is not so correct...

The Belief with No Name

The Belief with No Name

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
December 21, 2010

Share International comprises an eclectic set of paranormal and pseudoscientific beliefs and practices, and endeavors to appeal to people of all faiths

Hoaxes: For  Better or for Worse

Hoaxes: For Better or for Worse

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
November 19, 2010

Skeptics expose the hoaxes, but should skeptics ever be the hoaxers?

A Close Encounter with Jeff Peckman

A Close Encounter with Jeff Peckman

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
October 20, 2010

If the conspiracy theorists are to be believed, the United States government has been suppressing proof of the existence of UFOs and aliens for many decades...

Frog Boy: Death of an Urban Legend

Frog Boy: Death of an Urban Legend

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
September 20, 2010

Leaping to Conclusions about Cryptid Frogs

Skepticism and the Singularity

Skepticism and the Singularity

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
August 20, 2010

The futurist concept of "the singularity" is far from Aldous Huxley's early futurist ideas of subliminal learning and reproductive technology in Brave New World

The Amaz!ng Meeting

The Amaz!ng Meeting

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
July 23, 2010

Those who self-identify as skeptics know that TAM is an acronym for The Amaz!ng Meeting, hosted by James "The Amaz!ng" Randi

Football Gazing: Sports and Superstitions in South Africa

Football Gazing: Sports and Superstitions in South Africa

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
June 22, 2010

Sometimes a lucky t-shirt isn’t enough to win the game…

Straight Talk about Straight Camp

Straight Talk about Straight Camp

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
May 21, 2010

Can God Cure Homosexuality?

A Psychometry Reading

A Psychometry Reading

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
April 12, 2010

Metaphysical Fairs are places where immortality and the end of the world are compatible…

Skepticism: Going out of Business?

Skepticism: Going out of Business?

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
March 2, 2010

To Be or Not to Be—Is That the Question?

Frank’s Box: The Broken Radio

Frank’s Box: The Broken Radio

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
January 28, 2010

One person’s broken radio is another’s groundbreaking invention that enables human contact with aliens, angels, and the dead.

The Stanley Hotel: An Investigation

The Stanley Hotel: An Investigation

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
December 21, 2009

Located at Rocky Mountain National Park, the Stanley Hotel--the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining...

The ‘Ethics’ of Ghost Hunting?

The ‘Ethics’ of Ghost Hunting?

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
November 16, 2009

If a doctor engages in malpractice, the practitioner is accountable to professional organizations...

New Age Spiritualism: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
October 12, 2009

A friend who owns a bookstore once told me, "Customers drawn to the New Age section seem to buy every book but never find...

When The Beatles Were Bigger Than Jesus Christ

When The Beatles Were Bigger Than Jesus Christ

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
September 10, 2009

In 1966 John Lennon said that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus." This was an observation of secularization to some...

The Haunted (Pseudo) History of Bonaventure Cemetery

The Haunted (Pseudo) History of Bonaventure Cemetery

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
August 3, 2009

Bonaventure Cemetery near Savannah, Georgia is featured in Berendt's novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil...

Psychics Aren’t Psychic Anymore

by Karen Stollznow
The Good Word
June 30, 2009

During an investigation of a "haunted hotel" in California, I made the mistake of referring to a psychic as a "psychic."