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The Spiritual Meaning of Double Rainbows

A friend sent me a link to a double rainbow on youtube that's gotten over 4 million views.  He wrote on my facebook wall, "you and this guy should hang out."  See, this friend of mine was with me when I saw my first double rainbow.  When it happened, I sort of sounded like this dude in the video, (only I wasn't weeping openly as he seems to be doing about two minutes in...)  
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Lily Dale hits HBO

There's a town in New York that's a popular spot for those trying to talk to dead people.  I visited Lily Dale a few times.  Wrote about the "town that talks to the dead" in my book 
"Stay Tuned".  I even pitched a documentary based on the town to several networks but nobody thought a whole movie about talking to the dead would be of interest.  

I guess somebody changed their minds.  

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Anniversaries are bitter sweet

June used to be my favorite month.  Between weddings, Father's Day, and family birthdays, the Weigels were always celebrating.  But that all changed when my dad Tim Weigel died on Father's day nine years ago.

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Look for signs in nature

I have been seeing a lot of Blue Jays lately.  That's not usually my bird.  Those who have read my first book know that the Cardinal has been my feathered friend for years.  When I'm feeling down, a Cardinal swoops in front of me.  If I'm missing my Dad, I hear a Cardinal outside my window.  So why have these blue beauties been showing up in my life?  I decided to do some research to find out. 
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Kids see things we don't

The other night I was tucking my son into bed.

"Look, Mom!"  He said.

"What?"  I asked.

"The Angel," he said, pointing to the sky.

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Rielle Hunter gives spiritual warriors a bad name

I was driving home from work yesterday and I got an email from someone telling me I had to watch the Oprah interview with Rielle Hunter- John Edward's mistress.  

"She says she's spiritual- but really- she's so full of it!"  The email said.

So I watched the re-run at 11pm last night.  I still feel sick to my stomach.

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Don't take it personally!!

So I recently put in my facebook status, "If I have so many friends, why have only 127 people read my blog in the last few days?"  I was kind of amazed at the message I received from one of them, accusing me of being a "one-sided" friend.

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Could using intuition be the next wave of healthcare?

I've had the pleasure of interviewing best selling author Dr. Judith Orloff several times.  She is a medical professional who also happens to be an intuitive healer.  When she was growing up, her parents didn't encourage her gifts so she would "fit in".  Now, she's "out of the closet" so to speak, and encouraging others to tap in to their "Second Sight".
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Are your kids gifted or intuitive? You are not alone!

Do your kids have imaginary friends?  Maybe they get anxious in crowded places?  Do they walk on their tip-toes?  Maybe they even talk to dead people?  Then you need to be at the Wilmette Theatre tonight for a very important event.
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Are there any "spiritual" meeting groups in Chicago?

An email from a reader:

Dear Jen-

I was raised in Catholic schools and I'm not practicing Catholicism anymore because I feel there is too much judgment.  I spent my childhood around mean nuns and bitter priests that should never have been around kids to begin with.  As a baby boomer, I'm trying to find a group that will be welcoming to my evolving beliefs.  I don't want something that is "Christ" based- or really steeped in any religion at all.  I am just looking for a group that talks about the 'after life' with an open mind.  Any ideas? 

From- A "Recovering Catholic"
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The Healthcare debate- would Jesus be covered?

I recently had a friend tell me he is "De-Friending" any of his friends on facebook if they are FOR this Healthcare Bill.  I'm sure we've all had people we know forward us emails to sway us to their beliefs.  So how do we handle this?  What is the answer?  How can I stay "spiritual" when I want to punch some of these people out?
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Give up control- and "allow"...

I was talking to a friend yesterday who was having a rough day- computer troubles- work concerns- kid birthday parties stress.... basic life stuff.  I too was worried about things.  Mainly trying to get my son up for school.  We haven't been able to get him ready for school lately without having to issue several "time-outs".  (Some people talk about "the terrible two's- but for us, it's been "the terrible three's"!)  And with the time change- I was sure he would be tired and confrontational.  

As I plopped in to bed, I looked up at the ceiling before grabbing one of my 20 woo-woo books from my night stand and said, "What do I need to hear?" 

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Addicted to psychics? Get a grip!

A letter from a reader...

Dear Jen:

I am wondering if you can recommend some psychics for me?  I have been using them for years, and I haven't had much luck with my "usual suspects", as they say.  Could you tell me- out of all the people you've interviewed- who is worth calling or visiting?  I am really looking for some advice in my career and love life.


Lost in Westmont
Bewitching Attractions Draw Visitors To Salem
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Can clearing energy help sell a house?

A letter from a reader-

Dear Jen-

I have had my house on the market for two years, and despite dropping the price WAY below it's worth, removing all clutter, re-painting the rooms per my realtor's request, and changing realtors several times, we are still unable to sell.  One of my friends suggested I contact a medium to "clear the energy" of my house, but I don't even know what that means.  I know you have interviewed a lot of mediums and psychics.  Do you have any recommendations?

Desperate on the Northshore

New California Law Imposes 90-Day Moratorium On Foreclosures
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If you THINK about getting some- you just might!

Did you know that just THINKING about someone you really dig can actually cause them to have a physical reaction?  This isn't my "woo-woo" stuff talking either, there's actual research behind it.
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"Avatar" is spiritual, dammit!

We've all heard the debate- people with too much spare time are trying to find faults with the theme of Avatar.  So I had to check it out for myself and see what all the hype was about.  
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Dear Abby meets "I'm Spiritual Dammit.."

I got a note tonight on facebook from a reader who wanted to know "Where can a good girl find a guy who won't take her for granted?"  I've never been asked about relationships advice- but I do know from interviewing lots of spiritual guru's that when you're LOOKING for love- something is missing inside.

Kate Walsh and Neil Andrea Give Each Other a Big Kiss
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Positive Energy even works at O'Hare

So yesterday- the storm hit.  And of course, I was supposed to fly out of O'Hare as the snow started to fall.

"You should cancel your trip," my mother warned.  "You'll be stuck there all day."

"No I won't," I said.  "I've been thanking the Universe in advance for a perfect travel day since Wednesday."

Midwest Snowstorm Slows Airport Travel
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Dreams from dead people

Every have a dream of someone you loved?  Is it vivid?  Well, according to all the "I see dead people" experts I've interviewed, that's actually a "visitation".

Dad kissing me on my wedding day

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Three things you need to know this holiday season

If you want to be spiritual for the holidays, I have a couple of ground rules...  They're pretty simple and I've already seen several people I know and love break them.  Of course, in my attempt not to judge for the month of December, I am torn whether or not to share... but for now, I will say this is guidance...and not judgment..  (You buying this?  Cuz I'm not sure that I am..)

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More judgments

Trying to go through my day still without judging- and I got all rattled after getting a note from a friend.  She was ripping on a friend of mine and I got this sick feeling in my stomach.  Why do some people have to think they are better than others?

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Can you stop judging others for a month?

I've been asked to take part in vocalo.org's "Month on Faith" by issuing a challenge to my readers and the vocalo listeners.  This challenge doesn't have to be specific to any particular faith- (which is good, because I am a combo platter..) and should make others want to share their experiences.  

Several Florida Churches Forced To Consolidate Due To Budget Constraints
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Psychic predictions from a 3 year old

A few weeks ago, my brother Rafer was getting the feeling that his soon to be born son was coming early.  While the baby's due date was Nov 19th, in early November, my brother had a hunch it wouldn't take that long.  My 3 year old son Britt, however, begged to differ.

Uncle Rafer with his nephew Britt

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The end of the rose experiment

I wanted to update everyone on the status of my roses.  They were going strong for nearly three long weeks- amazing considering that most cut flowers from the grocery store last just a few days.  And as you can see- the "positive energy" has left the building...

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my dead flowers

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Jesus lovers need to be more loving

I was driving the other day behind a car with about four different Jesus themed bumper stickers.  Everything from "Honk if You Love Jesus" to "Jesus Saves."  Since this person obviously holds Christianity close to their heart, I was shocked when I saw them act...well...less than "Jesus-y".
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Positive energy and nice words keep flowers alive

So it's been two weeks since my husband bought me these flowers.  Normally they
would be dead within a week- but I decided to do a little experiment to help them live longer.
Seems to be working!
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How to stop your baby from crying

My brother Rafer and his wife Tiffany are about to have a baby.  Whenever someone you know dives into this adventure, you want to arm them with as much information as possible.  For me- I never would have survived without learning how to calm my baby from crying- and that knowledge came from the dvd "The Happiest Baby on the Block."
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Positive energy and the life of plants

I've long been a believer that words and thoughts have energy.  Did you ever think that you could make plants or flowers last longer by being nice to them?  Sounds a little nutso, but I gave this experiment a shot.
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More haunted sites in Chicago

I know Halloween is over, but that doesn't mean you have to stop ghost hunting.  Did you know there are a couple of bars in Chicago known for their persistent hauntings? The Excalibur and what used to be the Red Lion Pub.

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Al Capone still haunts from the grave

So we're getting closer to Halloween- are you hearing things go bump in the night?  Any ghost sightings?  I've got a ghost story for you about Al Capone.  And considering that I didn't believe in ghosts before I started writing about this stuff- this one will scare the crap out of you.
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More ghost stories for Halloween

My son was talking again in his room at "nothing..." And to my surprise, he was chatting it up with another dead relative.  Just in time for Halloween- here's a ghost story that might not be as startling as "Paranormal Activity"- but it could make your hair stand on end...
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Coincidence? Or something more?

I am on deadline for my second book, and spent the majority of the day holed up in a room writing.  But in the middle of my work day, I had another reminder that there is more going on in this vast Universe than we can ever imagine...so I had to share.

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I am not a Doctor!

Here's a newsflash... I am not a Doctor, and I've never claimed to be one.  Titles I do feel comfortable with?  Mother.  Former Journalist turned Author.  Spiritual Warrior.  I write a blog where I express my "spiritual" opinion, and I give voice to stories that don't get main stream attention...What you do with that information is your choice.  
Doctors For Patient Care Hold "Million Med March" To Capitol Hill
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The Ghost of Michael Jackson on Larry King Live?

There's a lot of talk that Michael Jackson is haunting "Neverland".  But the video that is circulating from an interview on CNN is definitely not ghostly...
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The grief of losing a pet...

It's always hard to put an animal to sleep- even if they are in extreme pain.  Today, it was time to say good-bye to our 15 year old Golden Retriever Brandi.  While she lived a great life, it's as if we lost a member of the family.

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Need parking karma? Start by being spiritual, dammit!

I was reading Theresa Carter's blog The Local Tourist this morning about where people should park in Chicago.  I recently shared some of my own experiences about this very topic in my blog last week.  While it's great to know where all the parking garages are, I feel you can take advantage of the many street spaces available.  You just have to know how to order them.

Mooners were few and far between during the 30th annual mooning of the trains, as the police presence was heightened significantly from last year
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Mediums in the Bible? You bet!

I've gotten a lot of flack from religious folks about the content of my book, Stay Tuned.  What seems to set them off is the fact that I interview several mediums and psychics who claim to be able to talk to dead people in an attempt to talk to my dead dad, the late Tim Weigel. They think that the Bible cautions against this, saying it's "the devil's work."  But I met a Catholic priest who told me otherwise...

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