Monsters: Real or??

Yes, monsters are definitely real! Now, I’m not talking about fictional ones like Grendel in the epic poem, Beowulf, or even H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu in The Call of Cthulhu. But then again, who’s to say that they weren’t inspired by real monsters. I am a strong believer that there is a basis for everything, including fictional things. It just all depends on each individual’s perspective.

On occasion while doing paranormal talks or being the guest on radio shows, I’ve been asked what’s the most frightening thing I’ve ever encountered, and my answer has always been this…. I have experienced many things regarding the paranormal from seeing shadow figures, visions in my mind’s eye, being touched by apparitions, hearing unexplained sounds, smelling unexplained odors/fragrances and being able to “feel” things with my empathic ability. But, with all that being said, and I’ve had some pretty freaky experiences, none of that has ever compared to the real monsters that exist out there in the real world.

I’m referring to the ones that we all have seen on the six o’clock news. The vile, heartless individuals that prey on the weak and the innocent. The ones who live double lives and show completely no remorse for their despicable actions. The rapists, the murderers, etc….. The ones who are our neighbors that, while out tending to their flower gardens, smile and wave to us as we drive by.

Many are prominent figures in society. One that comes to mind is Dennis Rader, a.k.a the “BTK Killer”, a serial killer convicted of murdering ten people. He was an active member in his church and a Cub Scout leader. Knowing that alone gives me chills!

Then, there was the charismatic Ted Bundy, another serial killer who kidnapped, raped, and murdered many young ladies during the 1970s. It terrifies me that so many fell victim because of his “good looks and charm”.

And the above are just a couple of the countless murderers throughout history. Other ones are political figures and leaders such as Hitler and Stalin. Not to mention certain religious dignitaries that have been convicted of sex crimes against members of their own churches.

What about the disgusting news reports regarding child care and/or nursing home providers who neglect and/or abuse loved ones…. or even rape them…. the ones they’ve been entrusted to care for.

It’s people like these so-called “human beings”  who are the ones that I’m referring to when I say that monsters are definitely real. Anyone with a heart wouldn’t dare do the horrific acts executed by these blackened souls.

Now, I can go on and on, but I choose not to. I refuse to give these monsters the notoriety that many of them seek, for whatever selfish reasons they may have or had. That’s the reason why I cannot stand to turn on the car radio in the morning to listen to a broadcast on the way to work, or watch the evening news. So much negativity is out there, it’s draining! That’s why I try so hard to constantly spread positive vibes, in hopes to brighten people…. not bring them down.  I’ve actually been criticized for being “too bubbly”. That cracked me up because my cheerful disposition literally ticked someone off. My response? “Oh well!” … lol ….

Anywho…. not ranting here, but just wanted to get that out there. Yes, I do believe in monsters. However, that’s why when I’m asked what’s the most frightening paranormal thing I’ve ever encountered was? I always answer that the most frightening thing I’ve ever encountered was from the living, not the dead. I don’t fear the paranormal, only the human “monsters” that are seen, and often go unnoticed for their crimes in our society.

 

 

 

 

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See What’s New!!!

Happy Friday, everyone! A definite TGIF, indeed! For those of you who are here in the United States, hope you all had a great 4th of July!

Just wanted to share with you a couple of pairs of beautiful dangle drop earrings that I created yesterday. Even though it was a holiday, my creativity never slows down. lol… As I always say….. “A creative mind never rests.”

Anywho…. stay blessed!! ❤

Massive love & light! ~ Sheila

 

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Our Unique Handmade Jewelry!

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!! I know my family and I sure did. The weather was gorgeous with the sun shining high in the sky. Even took the time to go on a nice morning walk to get the blood flowing. It is definitely great to be alive!

Wanted to share with you all some of the latest handmade jewelry designs that my husband, Clay and I have been working on for our online store, CSParkerJewelry. Always with the wearer in mind, we want only the best for our customers as we incorporate gorgeous natural stones and glass beads into each piece of our jewelry. We carefully create each piece, whether it’s a necklace, bracelet, ring, earrings, etc…. wholeheartedly with our very own hands from our home office. Clay and I are always consulting with one another for the best ideas, enjoying every moment as we let our creativity flow.

If you see anything you’d like to order, please let us know. We’d love to hear from you!!

 

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As always, stay blessed, everyone! Much Love & Light! ~ Clay & Sheila Parker

 

 

“I…. Am…. A Man!”

Joseph Carey Merrick, a.k.a. “The Elephant Man”.

On August 5,1862, Joseph Carey Merrick (who was often incorrectly referred to as John Merrick) was born in Leicester, England. His parents were Joseph Rockley Merrick and Mary Jane Merrick. During his early years in life, Joseph Carey began to suffer from extreme facial and body deformities. He appeared to have thick and lumpy skin. His lips became rather enlarged, and a bony lump started to grow on his forehead. One arm and both feet also grew to be enlarged and during his childhood he had fallen, damaging his left hip which caused him permanent lameness.

At the age of only eleven years old, Joseph Carey’s mother passed away. The cause of her death was bronchopneumonia. His father remarried not long after. Wrongly, he and his new wife rejected Joseph, treating him like an outcast. Joseph Carey was forced to leave home, finding shelter at the residence of his uncle, Charles Merrick.

At thirteen years old, Joseph gained employment working at Freeman’s Cigar Factory in Leicester. And then, in December 1879, at seventeen years of age, he joined the Leicester Union Workhouse. A few years later in 1884, Joseph got in contact with Sam Torr who was a showman. Joseph suggested that Sam should put Joseph up as an exhibit because of his unusual deformities.

Torr agreed on the proposition and along with a group of men who managed Joseph, they came up with Joseph’s exhibit’s name of “The Elephant Man”. After touring for some time, Joseph made a trip to London to be put on exhibit in a penny gaff located on Whitechapel Road which was rented by Tom Norman who was also a showman. Norman’s shop was located right across the street from the London Hospital.

Frederick Treves, who was a surgeon from the hospital, visited Norman’s shop. Dr. Treves automatically showed interest in Joseph Carey Merrick. The doctor invited Joseph to the hospital to be examined and photographed. This made Joseph feel uncomfortable, like an animal, and he refused to return to the London Hospital. This angered Dr. Treves and oddly enough, Norman’s shop was closed by local authorities. Upset by it all, Joseph decided to seek another opportunity elsewhere and joined a gentleman by the name of Sam Roper who owned a traveling circus that toured throughout Europe.

As time went on, Joseph was unfortunately robbed in Belgium, abandoned in Brussels, and finally made his way back to the London Hospital. Dr. Treves allowed Joseph to stay the remainder of his life at the hospital, free room and board. With daily visits from Dr. Treves, the two men quickly formed a remarkable friendship. Even the wealthy elite, including Alexandra, Princess of Wales visited Joseph.

And then, on April 11, 1890, Joseph Carey Merrick sadly died at the age of twenty-seven years old of asphyxia which is a condition where the body is seriously deprived of oxygen. It was believed that he was awake, attempting to get up from his bed just prior to his death. He was found stretched across his bed with a dislocated neck. Perhaps the weight of his head was too much for his neck to support. His skeletal remains can be found on display in the Royal London Hospital, which is a large educational facility in London, England.

It’s said that one of Joseph Carey Merrick’s favorite poems was:

“Tis true my form is something odd,                                                                               but blaming me is blaming God.                                                                                Could I create myself anew,                                                                                               I would not fail in pleasing you.

If I could reach from pole to pole                                                                                      or grasp the ocean with a span,                                                                                         I would be measured by the soul.                                                                                 The mind’s the standard of the man.”

 

 

 

“I am not an animal! I am a human being! I … am … a man!” ~ Joseph Carey Merrick, a.k.a. “The Elephant Man”.

 

Here is the artwork that I created in honor of Joseph Carey Merrick simply titled, “The Elephant Man”. Prints, pillows, blankets and even stationary…. available only at Fine Art America!

 

(“The Elephant Man” ~ by Sheila Renee Parker. Prints, tote bags, coffee mugs and so much more available only at https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-elephant-man-sheila-renee-parker.html!)

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Chase Smith, store owner of Lotus CBD

Today I’m welcoming store owner, Chase Smith of Lotus CBD to share with us the benefits of CBD products. Thank you, Chase for stopping by!

 

 

 

Tell us a little about yourself and your company.

Hello, my name is Chase Smith and my wife’s name is Cortney Smith. We own and operate Lotus CBD in Foley, AL. It is the first CBD store in this area of its kind. We like to think of ourselves as a one stop shop for alternative healing. We sell pretty much anything with CBD incl. edibles, gummies, trans-dermal pain patches, bathbombs, vapables, face creams, under eye serums, hydrating lotions, subdermal topicals, Gel caps, dry capsules, CBD water, pet oils, pet edibles and of course, several different CBD oils.

 

 

 

What was the inspiration behind your business, Lotus CBD?

In 2017 my wife had 5 seizures that I had to revive her from, she stopped breathing. She had become debilitated from severe migraines, sleeping 16 hrs a day and developed drop foot. After 4 neurologist, multiple MRI’s and 2 Lumbar punctures we found out she has 12 dime sized lesions in her brain; she received a diagnosis of Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) in early 2018. She was given a prescription for medication that would have cost us $9,000 a month… with insurance!!! After weeks of research we discovered CBD oil and all of its wonderful health benefits; we decided to at the very least give the natural path a try… what could it hurt right??? Well since she has been using our water soluble full spectrum CBD oil, she has not had a single seizure! The debilitating migraines she once had several times a month have stopped all together and we truly believe in the medical benefits of CBD. It’s been almost 2 years since she has had a seizure and I am happy to say she is doing incredibly well given her diagnosis!!!

 

 

 

Why “Lotus” in your company’s name, does the lotus flower itself have any symbolism to you?

Well, as you may know a lotus has to rise through the mirk and mud to reach the surface of the water, then it beautifully blooms. Despite all those obstacles and conditions the flower grows from the mud and rises to the surface clean. The lotus may appear fragile on the surface but it’s flexible and strong; securely anchored under the surface of the water. We liked that metaphoric imagery of this fragile yet strong flower and how it represented many people’s day to day struggles. Be that addiction, pain, anxiety or whatever else; we know with a little help everyone can bloom to their full potential.

 

 

 

What are the benefits of CBD products and are there any known side effects?

So, I may go a little long winded and in depth, but it all starts with the Endocannabinoid System. Scientists discovered this in the last century and it’s a biological system made up of endocannabinoids. They are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and body and in all mammal brains. CBD is one of the primary cannabinoids found in hemp and these cannabinoid receptors play a huge role in physiological processes such as mood, memory and pain.

 

There are two types of cannabinoid receptors – CB1 and CB2 that are located on cells throughout the body. CB1 receptors are primarily located on nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord and central nervous system and are very abundant in the cerebellum, basal ganglia, and hippocampus. These CB1 receptors have been found to play a role in memory processing, motor regulation, pain sensation, mood, and sleep. CB2 receptors are primarily found on cells in the immune system and its associated structures.

 

When these receptors are activated with CBD, they stimulate a response that fights inflammation which can reduce pain and minimize damage to tissues. Cannabinoids help coordinate and regulate how we feel and think by binding with the endocannabinoid system’s CB1 and CB2 receptors. They fit like puzzle pieces, cannabinoids are designed to link together with the cannabinoid receptors. This linking of receptors activates the receiving neuron into action. This then triggers a set of events to pass along the message and carry out a variety of cellular responses needed for homeostasis and healthy functioning.

 

Since the use of CBD oil in the last 30-40 years, there are no known side effects.

 

 

 

What would you say to someone who may be on the fence about trying CBD products?

If you have suffered, tired of hurting, anxious, stressed and on pharmaceuticals for any of those…and looking for relief then why not give this natural, safe alternative a try!? At the most it will be the best decision you ever made and at worst you have tried an alternative route that doesn’t harm you in any way. CBD extracted from HEMP is LEGAL and safe, if you get a product with THC it will NOT get you high.

 

 

 

Are there any kinds of medications that someone may be on that shouldn’t be accompanied with any CBD products? Any precautionary words of advice?

So, there are a few drug interactions but any knowledgeable and reputable store will tell you to watch out for these. Mostly these are statin drugs or any drug using the CYP-450 enzyme to break it down (usually there is a grapefruit or citrus warning on these medications). You can google the medication you take and CYP-450 enzyme and usually you will find a list, this doesn’t mean you can’t use CBD… it just means you need to space out the time between the two.

 

 

 

Tell everyone how they can contact you and the location of your store. What are your hours of operation and please share with us any links you have so people can follow you via social media.

We are on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lotuscbd/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/lotus_foley/)

We are located in Foley, AL at 3872 S. McKenzie Street. Hours of operation are 10-7 Monday through Saturday.

You can also contact us via phone at anytime 404.386.3683

 

 

 

Anything else you would like to inform everyone about in regards to CBD products?

NOT ALL CBD PRODUCTS ARE THE SAME, NOT ALL STORES ARE THE SAME… If you are going to buy something to improve your health PLEASE buy it from a reputable and knowledgeable source. If you ask where the CBD is sourced, what was used to extract the oil and they can’t explain ANY question you pose then just walk away. If you don’t get told about the analytics and they are not readily available, updated every few months… JUST DON’T DO IT!! Not all ailments are solved by one product, the store should know what products work best for which ailments.

 

 

 

Any positive words of wisdom you’d care to share?

We have been in the CBD industry for 3 years now and I have seen the miraculous things this plant can do, we use these products daily, we believe in them and I offer a money back satisfaction guarantee.  If you have heard about CBD and want to give it a try, come to a place you know what you’re getting! We can discuss all your options and see all the products we have for a healthier you!

 

Thanks,

Chase Smith

 

 

 

 

“An Inspiring Young Man!”

Graduated magna cum laude from Foley High School in Foley, Alabama, on Tuesday night, this bright young man has already got his gears in motion for his next big chapter in life! This Fall he will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, Florida, where he will get his degree as an astronautical engineer.

Why am I writing an article about such an amazing individual? Because for the past eighteen years my husband and I have had the wonderful privilege of raising him. Not only has our son, Talon, made his father and I extremely proud parents, he has also inspired us in so many ways with his compassion, devotion and eagerness to learn. He has always been selfless, willing to help and assist others without any hesitations, and is simply just an all around phenomenal guy!

I can’t help but to constantly keep flashing back to the very first moment when we got to hold him in our arms right after we gave birth to him. Looking at his sweet, precious face… seems like it was only yesterday. The years have truly flown by! Talon was a very active Cub Scout from the time he was in kindergarten until he was in the fourth grade, participating in den meetings, camp outs, Pinewood Derbies, and so much more. Then, as he got older, he was in the Beta Club in middle school. Throughout his childhood, my husband and I watched our son play sports. Soccer when he was five and six years old, then football every year after that.

Two years ago he even traveled abroad during the summer. It was a school trip lasting eight days. Along with his classmates and his teacher, they were able to tour historical sites in Paris, Normandy and in London. They visited The Louvre Museum in Paris where they got to see the iconic painting, The Mona Lisa by Di Vinci, amongst other great pieces of art. They also got the opportunity to go up the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and then, Omaha Beach where the Invasion of Normandy took place during World War II. While in Normandy, the class got to visit Mont-Saint-Michel. In Amboise, France, they got to see Leonardo Di Vinci’s tomb. After all that, they traveled to London, England, toured the city and even went to Wiltshire to see Stonehenge. The entire trip was quite impressive. Talon took tons of photos and learned a lot from his European experience! Recently, during spring break, he took a cruise with his friends to Mexico for a last “hoorah” before everyone graduated from high school.

With that being said, all the while, Talon has always maintained high performance grades that eventually awarded him scholarships that will help him later to pay for college. Talon has been very fortunate to receive a gracious local scholarship, and with his outstanding academic background, he has also received the presidential scholarship from Embry-Riddle!

As he goes off to college in the Fall, it will be a hard transition as parents to watch him go because no matter what, he will always be our little boy. But, my husband and I can easily rest assure that he will be fine because we are confident of our young man chasing his dream of being an astronautical engineer and turning it into a much deserved reality!

So, we want to take this moment to shine the spotlight on our son for all of his fantastic achievements!

 

 

 

A major congratulations to you, Talon, and thank you for being the inspiring young man that you are!!! We love you!!!  ~ Mom & Dad 

 

 

 

 

Graduated magna cum laude, Talon Parker…. Class of 2019! Congratulations!!!!

“The Reincarnated Soul”

This next topic is often bit of a controversial one due to different beliefs. It is never my intent to offend anyone with what I write, but I do believe that having an opened mind is key to understanding the unknown.

Now, the subject of reincarnation is one that I find to be extremely interesting. Do I believe in it? Absolutely, 100%! What exactly is reincarnation? It’s when a spirit/ soul is born again. After an individual dies, their spirit/ soul is reincarnated into another living body. A “rebirth”. Many believe that the reason for this is to learn from one lifetime to another, taking with us knowledge that will help us to achieve higher wisdom.

As crazy as it may sound, I actually have memories of some of the past lives that I’ve lived. These memories (as few as they are) are as clear as the ones that I have from this life. I know this sounds absurd, but I have strong connections with the eras from which my recollections come.

For instance, a few years ago I was at a book signing for my novel, The Spirit Within when I was approached by a lovely elderly woman (for which I wrote the article “A Curious Encounter”) who told me that she could “see” things that others couldn’t. Then, she proceeded to tell me that I used to be a white witch. I gently smiled at the beautiful face and replied, “I know” right before she walked away. And I honestly did know what she was talking about, even though to carry on such an intense conversation with her wouldn’t have been prudent at the time. However, I would have loved to have done so because she seemed truly inspiring.

But in regards to which she was referring to, I knew very well. It was late 1600’s, time of the witch trials. I was a single female in my mid- twenties and considered a healer among the community. I don’t remember exactly how it all transpired, but I was eventually wrongfully accused of working with dark magic. My last memory? Hanging in the tree just before I died and looking down at all the ones who sought out my help before the panic of ignorance changed their minds. I also remember my clothing, down to the very minute detail, from my brown dress to my shoes and even my long hair.

Then, there was the life when I was a male soldier in the U.S. Army during World War II. I have such a strong attachment to that time, including the music for which I absolutely love! I died after being shot out in the field. It was pouring down rain, my Army fatigues were soaked and muddied, and I fell face first into a fox hole where I drowned in a deep puddle.

There are a few more memories I have, including when I was a very caring nurse in a hospital at the turn of the 1900’s. These are all pretty intense memories, but they’re definitely mine. If you have any recollections of reincarnation, I’d love to hear about them. Let’s open up and share!

 

 

Here are a few great articles that I found to be rather interesting…. had to share! 😉

Past Lives: 11 Signs Your Soul Has Reincarnated Many Times

Have You Walked This Earth Before? 6 Signs of Reincarnation

10 Signs Your Soul Has Reincarnated – Power of Positivity

 

 

 

 

 

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