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Ghost Story: “Presence”

Ghost Story Based on Real Events

Presence: A Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mystery Short Story by G G Collins

“If you receive a sign it will be something quite unusual.”


Available at Amazon

Sometimes it doesn’t pay to brush your teeth. Not when you’re Rachel Blackstone, the Reluctant Medium. She can’t explain why a simple clock on her bathroom shelf flew across the room. The death of a friend weighs more heavily. Her friend Chloe, into all things New Age, once told her about a transition blessing for the dead. Although Rachel wants to do it, she is gun-shy about attempting another ritual after the disaster she created the first time. Chloe convinces her it will be okay and offers a Hopi prayer. But when another unexplained event occurs, Rachel is afraid they may have unwittingly invited another evil entity into their lives. Were they foolhardy to attempt communication with the afterlife or will the new spirit reach out in a way Rachel understands?

Only $0.99 on Amazon.

Kindle Short Reads, 30 minutes (12-21 pages), Literature & Fiction, Ghosts



🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Believe it or not.

Rachel and Chloe have done it again!

This is a wonderful tribute to those we love who have passed. To others, try it and you will most likely have a memory that will always stay with you.

Thanks Tonya for blessing Rachel’s life. Thanks GG for sharing your blessing.

Reviewed by Mojo. Thank you!


Colorado Springs Area Fine Arts & Crafts Fair, June 2015 dee

Woodland Park Fine Arts & Crafts Fair 6/5-9/25

Medicine Bags by M J Trantham

Medicine Bags by M J Trantham

Medicine Bags by M J Trantham

Beginning June 5, 2015, the Woodland Park Fine Arts & Crafts Fair returns. Here, the artists are also the sellers. You can buy their creations, meet the artist and ask questions about their creative process. This year, M J Trantham will be selling her beautiful hand-made medicine bags. Trantham also plans to have crystals and fact sheets for sale. Drop by and say hello. Trantham will be happy to tell you what inspires her to make medicine bags. I can tell you, they are special, whether you fill them with crystals or a special small gift. Some of her latest creations are made for men and children.

Trantham's crocheted medicine bags.

Trantham’s crocheted medicine bags.

In her own words, “I like to decorate them with ribbon, buttons, pins, and charms.  The type of bag and decoration depends on who the bag is made for.  I have a friend who is very interested in angels.  I made her a bag with stones to attract angel communication.  A family member travels a lot in an RV.  I made them a bag for safe travel.”

If you missed Trantham’s interview in these pages, please check it out at the following link:

Woodland Park Fine Arts & Crafts Fair June 5 - Sept 25, 2015

Woodland Park Fine Arts & Crafts Fair
June 5 – Sept 25, 2015

You can find the Woodland Park Fine Arts & Crafts Fair at N Park Street & W Henrietta Ave (Next to the Farmers Market). For more information call 719-687-3731. It’s free to the public and family friendly. The Fair runs through September 25, 2015. Friday’s, 7am – 1pm.

For more information on the hand-made Medicine Bags or to place an order, please contact  M J Trantham at:

Crystals & Stones From People Who Care

Hypnotic Gems is Real Jewel

Tiger's Eye Crystals: Gold, Red, Blue. From Hypnotic Gems. Aren't they nice?

Tiger’s Eye Crystals: Gold, Red, Blue. From Hypnotic Gems. Aren’t they nice? Copyright G G Collins


In an era when the words “customer service” strike fear into our hearts and cause us to feel defeated before we’ve even complained, rises a business whose owner really does know the definition of customer service. This business is Hypnotic Gems.

When I opened a box containing crystals a couple of weeks ago, I was dismayed to find one Tiger’s Eye broken into pieces. The shipper was a third-party and sadly didn’t pack the box as carefully as needed. When I checked in with their Web site, I found that I could only return the order rather than get the broken stone replaced. All I felt I could do was complain–but explained it was the packing not the lovely stones that had disappointed me.

David, of Hypnotic Gems, read my complaint and immediately contacted me. He not only replaced the broken crystal–at his expense–but tucked in a couple of surprises as well. I’m delighted to find this service-oriented business.

If you’re looking for crystals or stones, check out Hypnotic Gems. They offer gorgeous, generously sized stones–and they understand the meaning of customer service.

— G G Collins

Link to Hypnotic Gems storefront:

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Review: The Camino by Shirley MacLaine

The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit

by G G Collins (Copyright 2013)

Book Camino Journey MacLaine 2***** The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit is a book I’ve come back to at least four times. MacLaine’s book inspired my own interest in walking “the way” when I first read it in 1999. She made her spiritual journey at 60 (and there are many middle-age and better women walking the Camino de Santiago every year). While it isn’t a day-by-day log—you can get this in other books—it is a series of vignettes, told only as MacLaine can. You get the essence of the Camino with her impressions and experiences along the way. And as a public person, these can sometimes be quite difficult encounters.

English: camino de santiago

The goal:  St. James Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela  (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)

This time I’m re-reading her dreams for her take on Lemuria. The first time I skipped the dreams because I was interested in the Camino. Her book Out On a Limb changed the way I look at a lot of things, and opened up possibilities I hadn’t imagined before. The Camino also showed me a challenge to be attempted and introduced me to lands unseen. I’d put this in my “absolutely love” book category. Buen Camino!

— G G Collins

Day-by-day accounts of the Camino experience:

Book Camino Chronical AlcornCamino Chronicle: Walking to Santiago by Susan Alcorn (woman’s view)

Buen Camino: Hiking the Camino de Santiago by Jim & Eleanor Clem (man’s viewpoint)

Walk in a Relaxed Manner: Life Lessons From the Camino by Joyce Rupp (nun’s viewpoint)


For more info on the pilgrimage:

Book Camino Maps BierleyCamino de Santiago Maps by John Brierley (must have for the walk)

Pilgrim Guides to Spain, Camino Frances by the Confraternity of Saint James (must have for the walk) Info: in London


The Way Starring Martin Sheen

The Way Starring Martin Sheen

Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son  by Martin Sheen & Emilio Estevez

The Way, movie DVD starring Martin Sheen, film by Emilio Estevez

Off the Road by Jack Hitt (inspired the movie The Way)


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