Monthly Archives: June 2012

Reluctant Medium Virtual “Treasure Hunt” Tour Week One

St. Francis CathedralCopyright G G Collins

St. Francis Cathedral
Copyright G G Collins

Today we begin our Reluctant Medium “treasure hunt” tour. The clues will remain safely tucked into the eBook, but we’ll visit the places where Rachel Blackstone found the clues. And you’ll have a chance to practice your psychic skills at the end.

Rachel is our Reluctant Medium. Her first career is as a journalist and now she seems to have a part-time job as a medium, much to her disdain. We pick up where Rachel found the first verse of clues to find her brother.

It seemed a normal day, even though Rachel had already been visited by the evil spirit. She ran into the Santa Fe New Mexican, the city’s daily paper, to drop off her story sources for review. Before Rachel could leave the newspaper office, the receptionist stopped her, giving her an envelope with the first clue to where her brother was.

The New Mexican’s office is found on Marcy Street near the downtown Santa Fe library in an unremarkable building. However, in its 158-year history it has occupied several locations including in the Plaza and on Palace Avenue.

Let’s walk a block and make a left onto Palace Avenue. The Palace Avenue site was later inhabited by the Manhattan Project during top-secret development of the atomic bomb in Los Alamos during WWII. Mail came to a P.O. Box rather than to the covert headquarters. It’s now the home of The Rainbow Man, since 1945, where the shopper can buy jewelry, folk art, masks and pottery. I dare you not to buy anything.

Another clue was waiting for her at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis Assisi

or commonly known as the St. Francis Cathedral. The cathedral dominates the downtown Plaza area. It’s one of the first stops made by visitors to the City Different. It’s on Cathedral Place, within our sight as we stand on the sidewalk under the portal (porch). Cross the street. Okay, everyone run up the steps!

The cathedral was built around an adobe chapel. When the new structure was

Interior of St. Francis Cathedral
Copyright G G Collins

complete, the small church, called La Parroquia, was dismantled and torn out except for a small chapel now on the north side of the church. The Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy (you’ll hear the Lamy name everywhere) had the cathedral built, not in the adobe style, but in Romanesque Revival. The yellow limestone was quarried near the current town of Lamy (told you, it’s everywhere). A statue of Lamy keeps vigil in front of the church.

The lovely rose window over the entrance was imported from France. Sadly, due to a lack of funds, the towers were not finished. The church was designed with two 160-foot steeples. But when construction stopped, it left one tower a single row of bricks shorter than the other, making one wonder if the money ran out abruptly. Can’t you just visualize (of course we can, we’re mediums, albeit reluctant) someone blowing a whistle, the bricklayers throwing down their trowels and climbing down?

Candles at St Francis Cathedral, Santa Fe, NMCopyright G G Collins

Candles at St Francis Cathedral, Santa Fe, NM
Copyright G G Collins

The interior of the cathedral contains elegant Corinthian columns and round arches. It is a humbling structure and quite spiritual to sit in. Take a few minutes to look upon the grandeur that is the St. Francis Cathedral. The Baptismal font was added about a decade ago and is made of Brazilian granite.

Candles are available just inside the church. You may light one for a loved one before we go. 

For more information on the St. Francis Cathedral, check out:  http://www.cbsfa.org/home0.aspx

— G G Collins

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Here’s your chance to try out your psychic skills—or Google skills?

There are many ghost stories in Santa Fe. A few blocks from the St. Francis Cathedral, along the Santa Fe River, is a story that endures. I’m told there are more than 40 variations on this ghastly tale and it is a favorite throughout the southwest.

Many years ago, the poor would park their wagons along the Santa Fe River (more of a trickle most of the time). According to the story, a woman from one of those wagons met and fell in love with a Conquistador. After having two children with him, she found he had been unfaithful (isn’t that just always the way?). In her sorrow, she took her children, and drowned them in the river. There are two versions of the ending: either she rejoiced that they were gone, then fell and suffered a fatal injury, or she hung herself in regret.

There are reports from people walking in the river park that they heard a woman calling for her babies, but saw no one. She has been seen at the nearby PERA Building. Workers have reported she is a dark shape and messes with the lights in the building. This ghost is known as the Weeping Woman.

Using your psychic abilities, the name of the Weeping Woman was:

(a)    La Plazuela

(b)    La Llorona

(c)    Las Golondrinas

For the answer, check back next Sunday. And, we’ll travel to another stop on Rachel’s journey to save her brother.

Hasta luego.

Two Days Until Reluctant Medium Virtual “Treasure Hunt”

Please join us for the Reluctant Medium “Treasure Hunt” Virtual Tour in Santa Fe, beginning July 1, 2012. Each of the locations where reporter Rachel Blackstone found clues will be toured (but no clues revealed).
 
Bring your psychic skills to answer the ghost story questions. Check it out.
 

See you Sunday. G G Collins

Reenact the Treasure Hunt

Rachel Blackstone “Played” Treasure Hunt to Save Her Brother

Begins July 1, 2012! 

St. Francis Cathedral with the Sangre de Cristos.
Copyright G G Collins

In the coming weeks we will explore the places where Rachel found the clues to her brother’s whereabouts. Check back soon for the first location. We will NOT reveal the clues, so there is no spoiler effect. All are in or around Santa Fe.

 

 

Welcome to the Reluctant Medium at Large In Santa Fe

 

Reluctant Medium: Paranormal Mystery

All Rachel Blackstone wanted was to talk with her dead father. Using a Native American ceremony given to her by a shaman, she summoned him. Instead, a soul intent on revenge slipped through. Now the Santa Fe reporter must follow the evil spirit, uncover its purpose and send it back. The shape-shifter has horrific powers and threatens the people she loves. There’s more on her plate. She’s seeing dead people, which frankly gives her the creeps. Some are helpful. Others try to lead her away from the truth. One spirit, a lone wolf seems to have an uncertain allegiance. What she, and friend Chloe, uncover is an earthly scam involving both the quick and the dead–and may even involve her brother, the mayor. To save him, she must play a dangerous game of treasure hunt which leads to a powerful climax of earth, wind and fire. Rachel must discover her own powers or die trying.
 

Forthcoming:  Lemurian Medium

 
 

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