Tales of witchcraft have been the source of entertainment for centuries, but when the tales jump into reality, a new type of wickedness emerges. Such was the case in the Scottish witch trials. The witches of Fife serve as a reminder that the stories we watch for entertainment on television have a dark, and deeply painful past.
What’s even more mysterious than the history itself is the stories these women spun surrounding their supposed confessions. It seems, they are still bewitching us… after all these years.
Promo: Haunted Happenstance
Nellie Bly, known for her book Ten Days in a Madhouse, was born in 1864 just outside of Pittsburgh. She would become a true suffragette and leader in women's voices. Nellie grew up living a typical life of domestic womanhood like many in those days, but she had a voice that needed to be heard. In 1885, she wrote to the Pittsburg Dispatch, going against an article that said the only purpose for women was to clean house and take care of children and that they had no business working outside the home. In her letter, she evoked a woman's God-given abilities to work and do other jobs well, despite what society thought. Her passionate rebuke landed her a job with the Dispatch for $5 a week. But women weren't respected in journalism. Women were allowed to write about food, gardening, household topics, and fashion. But Nellie wanted to be a real journalist.
Small town living in the South is full of history and haunts. These dying southern towns fill the country roads in the southeast, speckling the path from big city to big city. They're the heart of the southern people, where so many reside. The small city of Eufaula, AL, is an excellent example of days long ago, with a picturesque Antebellum landscape. And it's here… in these quaint, quiet settings that you just may have a terrifying ghostly encounter.
"Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."
The popular quote from C.S. Lewis is often used but rarely explored. Reading fairy tales as adults allow us to shift our perspective, opens up our minds to other possibilities, and connects us with our most authentic self.
Perhaps no other story has been retold more than Cinderella. Her rags to riches fable is appealing for its surface moral, but when we dig deeper, the tale has more to say. And depending on the version, her character ranges from independent and strong-willed to even murderous.
During times of uncertainty and stress, many of us seek solace in nature. We’ll go on more walks, take hikes through forests and mountains, or seek out our favorite lake or beach. But there’s something lurking in the shadows there—something mysterious and haunting. What is it about nature that attracts us when we need to escape or need to find peace?
Follow me, deep into the woods.
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The horrors of murder permeate the very ground they touch. Their stories linger in the soil, in the atmosphere, and their whispers often repeated for centuries.
Why is that murder and mystery long-live, while goodness and grace are sweet but too-soon forgotten? Could it be that our innate longing for justice, for balance, outweighs most? Or does the thrill of adrenaline, pulsing through our veins, when we hear the stories give us some unholy joy? Either way, it's stories like Alice Riley’s, the first woman to be executed in Georgia, that haunt us in more ways than one.
Promo: The Haunted Ride
It’s the day of romance. You can almost smell the roses and taste the milk chocolate. But beyond all the modern adornments, Valentine’s Day has a murky and dark past. Full of strange rituals, quirky superstitions, and fascinating lore, this episode will put a new spin on the day of love.
I often ask my friends what their favorite fairy tale is. It gives me an idea of their personality. Because I have a lot of friends who love books, Beauty and the Beast is probably the most popular answer. Who can resist the sweet, intelligent charms of Belle?
At our core, we all want someone who can love us past our looks and our sometimes rough nature. We want someone who sees the Beast within but isn't afraid.
The most tragic events are often the ones that are the most remembered. Such is the case of the 1897 Paris tragedy. The Bazar de la Charité would be the end of many of France's most wealthiest women. Thirty terrifying minutes would change everything.
Death at a charity bazaar makes one remember the phrase, "No good deed goes unpunished." This horrible accident reminds us that tragedy isn't a respecter of persons. We're all fighting to survive.
"I will do something by-and-by. Don't care what, teach, sew, act, write, anything to help the family, and I'll be rich and famous and happy before I die, see if I won't." – These are the words of young Louisa May Alcott, a determined woman who sought to pull her family from poverty in a time when women rarely did such a thing. Much like her literary counterpart, Jo March, Louisa was a rebel with a fundamental cause—to feed her parents and sisters. The Alcott family struggled most of their lives, and if it weren't for Louisa, they likely would have continued to do so.
Born November 29th, 1832, to transcendentalist parents Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott, Louisa worked from an early age to help the family's ongoing financial crisis. She proved to be a force in the literary world with her novel, Little Women, which skyrocketed her fame and cemented her place in classic literature.
Many women and some men have fond memories of the first time they read the book—the cozy feelings they felt when escaping in the loving warmth of the March’s home. I certainly have those memories.
But life for Louisa and her family was much more challenging than the charming novel described.