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MARTHA SEZ: The ghosts of November

November 30, 2018
By MARTHA ALLEN - Columnist , Lake Placid News

Well, here we are just setting out on our annual winter odyssey, and I can't say that I care for it. What perils await us ahead? One shudders to think.

The other day, around 4:30 p.m., a friend of mine looked out the window and remarked happily, "Look how bright it is! Is it my imagination, or are the days already beginning to get longer?"

Unfortunately, I reminded her, the Winter Solstice, shortest day of the year, was still about a month away. It just looked brighter than usual outside because what little glow still lingered in the atmosphere, as well as the light from street lamps, houses and stores, was reflected and intensified by the snow that was covering pretty much everything in sight. She looked dubious. I guess I can't blame her for wanting to speed up the process.

Have you ever noticed how many really scary and even loathsome things come out at night?

Most vermin prefer darkness. Rats and mice and earwigs. I'm actually not sure that earwigs are technically considered vermin, but clothes moths are. While most moths are programed to fly toward the light, clothes moths avoid it, preferring to hide and lay their eggs in dark drawers and closets.

Imagine our prehistoric ancestors, huddled around a campfire, gazing uneasily into the embers, knowing that sabertooth tigers and vengeful spirits and heaven knows what all lurked just beyond the safety of their little circle of light.

The other night I sat in the dark watching a scary television show, billed as a documentary, about some people who have been living in a haunted house, in Georgia, I think, for upwards of 14 years. Their reasoning is, it won't do them any good to move because the ghosts or perhaps demons - there were mixed opinions on this from psychics, parapsychologists, clergy and relatives - would most likely just follow them anyway, presumably having formed some sort of bond with the family members. These people have their pride. They don't want to feel they can be run out of their home willy nilly by a bunch of paranormal bullies.

If they are homeowners, it might be difficult to sell the house. A buyer from out of state would be their best bet.

The word "evil" was thrown around a good bit by the narrator of the documentary, and there were plenty of those high-pitched sound effects typically featured in such shows to alert the audience that something creepy is going on.

I personally think that if the family is determined to stick it out, the least they could do is invest in some decent light fixtures. You seldom hear about apparitions manifesting in rooms with good fluorescent lighting. There were all of these moody-looking nooks and crannies in the children's bedrooms, which looked as if they were lighted with candles or flashlights.

Various experts with state-of-the-art scientific spook detectors were taking electromagnetic energy readings, while graphs resembling the electronic devices for tracking the vital signs of hospital patients revealed that most electromagnetic activity occurred just around midnight.

What does electromagnetism have to do with it? I missed that part. Why midnight and not noon? It's all about light.

When you stop to think about how many people have been alive on earth, you realize it stands to reason that every year there are more ghosts than ever before. Soon we will be absolutely awash with all of the electromagnetic energy they generate. Still, we'll be OK as long as we fortify ourselves against light deprivation.

Seasonal affective disorder is real, throwing people into hibernation mode. You can tell it's happening to you when you just can't seem to get enough sleep or enough to eat. Exercise loses its luster. What's all of this talk about working up a sweat? I'll just throw on another blanket.

We should try to remember the good things about November as it morphs into December. Scorpios, for example. Have you ever noticed how many North Country natives are born under this sign? I know four sisters all born under the sign of Scorpio.

You may think it is still a little early, but I'm putting up my Christmas tree now and festooning everything with lights. Like most Adirondacks, I don't intend to take them down until Easter. We don't want to take any chances.

Better get some of those anti-SAD lights and maybe take up skiing if you haven't already. Have a good week.



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