Fact/or Fiction #1

Good Luck!

Welcome to the first round of the “Fact or Fiction” series. For this first one, I thought it’d be fun to just do some fact/fiction stories from my own experiences. I won’t tell you how many truths/lies there are, I’ll leave it up to you to try and determine. The answers will be at the end.

Have fun!
Feel free to sound off in the comments and let me know how you did!

-Featured image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

1. I’m a ghost?

When my son was around 3, he came in to the bathroom while I was brushing my teeth. He looked startled for a moment, then pointed straight at me and said, “Ghost, ghost.” in a somewhat urgent but matter of fact voice.

I just chuckled and said, “Oh no, baby, I’m not a ghost.”

He shook his head in slight frustration, then tilted his body to point behind me, and repeated, “Ghost.” very firmly.

I then proceeded to quickly pick him up and run out of the bathroom. 😛

There was no possibility of it being a shadow because that bathroom was so bright that shadows didn’t even exist in there, and it wasn’t a reflection since the mirror was in front of where I was standing.

I don’t know what he was looking at, but it certainly made me nervous every time I had to use that bathroom.

Image by SuperHerftigGeneral from Pixabay

I've got a roommate, apparently.

2. Lost and found

I was living in my old apartment at the time, and something felt off from the get go, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Just one of those strange, “feels like someone’s watching me” suspicions.

Well, to make matters worse, it felt like this “thing” was messing with me. If I put my coffee cup down on the kitchen counter, poof! I’ll see it on top of the microwave. If I’m sure I put the leftover steak in the fridge, poof! It’s still on the kitchen counter.

At first, I honestly thought it was my own forgetfulness. Didn’t know I was that bad, but apparently I was.

The final straw came when I couldn’t find my keys. Keys. You don’t mess with someone’s keys.

I looked EVERYWHERE. Literally, everywhere. The living room? Check. The bathroom? Check. The bedroom? Check. My purse? Check. Then, I checked everywhere all over again.

Finally exasperated, I just said out loud, “Okay, whoever the frick is messing with me, just give me back my fricking keys.” (I probably did not use the word “frick”.)

I turn around, and poof. My keys are right there on the living room table.

Key on a tree stump, with light shining down on it.

Image by Joshua Woroniecki from Pixabay

How'd my keys get here?

3. Imaginary Friends are people too (or maybe not)

I used to help take care of a sweet, precocious young boy. He was about 6 or 7 at the time, and he struck up a conversation with me about his imaginary friend.

I was mildly amused, being a young teenager, so didn’t believe him but just wanted to humor him. He kept talking about him, and I asked him what he looked like.

He said, “He looks like a bat. Can’t you see him? He’s right over there.” and he pointed to an empty spot on the wall.

As soon as he pointed to his “imaginary friend”, BOTH my dogs ran up to the wall, barking, growling, jumping and scratching at the wall, trying to get “it”.

There. Was. Nothing. There.

I thought maybe it was a bug, maybe a shadow, SOMETHING. But there was nothing! Except this child could see it. And so could my dogs. (And the fact that this imaginary friend looked like a bat is pretty scary in itself.)

Image by Briam Cute from Pixabay

Nice friend you've got there...

4. In a hurry

One morning, I was in a rush to get to work since I was running a little bit late. I got in my car and tried to get my seatbelt on. I say “tried” because my seatbelt just wouldn’t work. I’d never had issues with it before, but that morning, it just wouldn’t dislodge. I was a stickler for wearing a seatbelt since it was ingrained in me as a little kid.

So after struggling for a good few seconds, getting more and more frustrated by the moment, especially after already being late, I finally got it on.

I drove off, relieved that I finally got it on and could continue on to work. As I approached my common light that I turn right at, noticed that I had a green light so I could just turn without having to stop.

Well, as I was almost at the intersection I see this car ZOOMING by me. They had run a red light. A full on, straight up, red light. Not yellow. Not orange. Definitely not green. RED.

Then I thought to myself, “Thank goodness I had trouble getting my seatbelt on. If I didn’t, that car would have smashed into me.”

And that realization really sunk in. That was the one and only time I had trouble getting my seatbelt on in that car.


Photo by Antonio J. Sanchez from FreeImages

Lifesaver. In more ways than one.

5. Sleeping with the enemy

When I was around 20, I had some experiences with lucid dreams, out of body experiences, sleep paralysis, etc. I still get them from time to time, but nothing as severe as before.

Well, this one particular time, I had just woken up in the middle of the night, and couldn’t move. Typical of a sleep paralysis episode. Usually I can snap myself out of it within seconds. But this time I was stuck, and couldn’t move anything except my eyelids.

I was going to stay calm and steady my heartbeat to keep myself from panicking, until I saw a dark outline of a shape right above me.

I was terrified.

You can’t move. You can’t speak. All you can do is look.

It was sort of transparent but had a kind of misty, gray fog inside of it, swirling around.

The only thing I could think to do was to pray. And sure enough, just thinking the name “Jesus Christ” made this apparition disappear.

From then on, anytime I experienced any sort of night terror, sleep paralysis, etc., I just pray, and the situation disappears.

Hand reaching out to the Heavens.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

The power of prayer.

How do you think you did? Got all your answers?

Click the titles below to find out!

TRUE – This really did happen to me. My son sort of still remembers it, but as they get older it seems like they forget a lot of things and then stop “seeing” altogether.

FALSE – This is not a true story (for me – even though I’m sure it happens to a lot of people). Although I have had a lot of stuff just seemingly popping out of nowhere, that I thought I had “lost” ages ago. 😛

TRUE – This one really freaks me out. I did not ask him any further questions on his “friend” because, frankly, I was too afraid to know.

TRUE – I often find myself reflecting back to this time and realizing that if it weren’t for that dang (blessed) seatbelt, I wouldn’t be sitting here right now.

TRUE & FALSE – This story has elements of truth and lies to it. I have never had an encounter with a wispy/see through figure (to my knowledge…), but I have had night terrors/sleep paralysis that do dissipate as soon as I pray.


Fact or Fiction Series

Fact/or Fiction #2 - Crazy coincidences
Fact/or Fiction #1 - Good Luck!

How To Think Critically

Learning to apply critical thinking skills.

What does "critical" mean?

Here are some definitions from Merriam:


a : inclined to criticize severely and unfavorably

b : consisting of or involving criticism

c : exercising or involving careful judgment or judicious evaluation

d : including variant readings and scholarly emendations

. . .


a : of, relating to, or being a turning point or specially important juncture

b : indispensable, vital

c : being in or approaching a state of crisis

d : crucial, decisive

. . .

Looking around in the world, I feel it prudent to mention that the one thing we desperately could use more of is this very "critical" skill. (See what I did there?)

Being critical and having a healthy dose of criticism does not have to be a negative thing. It is essential and necessary in order to grow in one's opinion and making their own sound judgment with what is going on in not only their own life, but of life in general.

But how do we develop it?

The best way I've found is simple:

Be inquisitive.

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Children seem to have an innate sense of wonder and curiosity about them. And why shouldn't they? They are new to the world (supposedly... here are some fascinating testimonies about children who claim to have lived before) and have a natural inclination to ask questions and figure out what things are and how and why they work.

Then, as they get older, most of them lose this eagerness to learn (or, perhaps, their excitement to learn is diminished through being forced to learn...although that is a different subject for a different day...) and they submit to following through with what they are being taught/told.

School is important, don't get me wrong. Although I have suspected that the information a child gets through school can actually hamper their inherent conscious awareness. And our instinct and tendency to be open-minded and cognizant of what's really going on is the most important aspect of our life. (Other than Love, of course.)


Think this physical world is all that matters and is the only thing "real" going on? Stick around this website and maybe I can convince you otherwise.

Going back to being inquisitive - here's what you do (in my own words):


This website is first and foremost a site where I address and research different subjects and material I come across that interest me and that I feel others should be aware of. And while researching, I try and question all different angles. The "whys" and "what ifs" are important thoughts to consider with any subject matter, especially when there are conflicting information and data.

The other main reason for this site is to present this research and information in a forthright and honest manner.

How many times have you googled something and the first websites that pop up are articles that are intent on pushing their belief and opinions on you? Their sayings might go a little something like this:

"This is the official truth, which has been stated by reputable company "so-and-so"; and then there are conspiracy theories - outlandish claims that have no verifiable sources."

Random reporter who was most likely paid to make that statement.

You see? How easy it was for even me to make an example within that example?

This wording is specifically designed to steer the reader into automatically dismissing any other sources of findings as possibilities and instead becoming conditioned to believing the account written for that very purpose. Watching the news is a huge way that the population can be coerced (read: manipulated) into unconsciously forming thought patterns that actually belong to another. Although the saying in this video:

"Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control 'exactly what people think.' This is extremely dangerous to our democracy." is not wrong, the fact that all these news stations, which are local, are all owned by a single company (Sinclair), raises red flags in itself and makes you wonder what else a single company with a reach as far as theirs can accomplish.

According to webfx.com, these 6 companies own MOST of the media:

1. National Amusement
2. Disney
3. Time Warner
4. Comcast (Sinclair)
5. News Corp
6. Sony

Thinking for one's self seems to be a dying art these days. It's easier to listen to reports of others who are "well-known", "respected", "experts in their fields" to tell us like it is and give us the facts. ...Well, maybe that used to be the case, but "what if" these well known, respected experts don't necessarily have our best interest in mind?

Then what?

Well, then common sense dictates that, yes, while this individual may have impressive credentials, what other information can be gathered about this person and their history/lifestyle? How do other "experts" in the same field feel about this person and their knowledge? Are the "facts" provable? What does the whole picture look like in regards to the accounts that we have been provided with? Why are we settling with believing the first (and most often, highly enforced) commentary we're exposed to? Is it because we still believe that whatever is reported is true? I mean, most of us are conditioned from a very young age to not question (for example) our parents, teachers, religious leaders, authority figures, etc.

And there-in lies our problem. There is a difference between questioning someone out of pure rebellion and spite, versus out of a legitimate desire for truth and understanding. Now, with that being said, some perhaps feel that it is simply easier to fall in line and believe what they're being told - rather than think for themself and stand for their belief. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention that this is exactly what certain establishments count on. As a matter of fact, I'm sure the mere mention of questioning authority in this article is going to annoy some of those in a higher hierarchy.

But this isn't about them.

It's about YOU and making sound decisions and fair judgments and coming to your own educated decisions. (Well, in hindsight, it's about 'them', too. If anyone can use a good self-reflection and realization that they're potentially manipulating or taking advantage of people, then it would definitely be those with the power and authority to make a significant change.)

Sadly, I would surmise that those already taking advantage of others know exactly what they're doing and consciously choose to continue to do so. One of the most egregious cases I've found can be found here: Company raises price on infant seizure disorder medicine by almost 100,000 percent! - yes, you read that right.)

Luckily, you have the power to make a difference and make your own conscious decisions by opening your heart and mind and doing the right thing. Think with awareness, question the whos, wheres, whens, whys, whats, hows, put the pieces together in an intelligent, cohesive, clear manner, don't jump to conclusions, and observe what's going on. Then, share your finding with others if you feel compelled to. Many don't understand some of the things going on in our world, but the only way we can bring it to light is by addressing it instead of turning a blind eye to it.

Remember, with every story, news article, video, rumor, testimony, etc. there's the official narrative (likely the only one you've heard), the other side (or sides) of the story, and then there's the Truth.

In Closing

One more key takeaway from this article, thinking critically does not mean to become paranoid. It might be easy to fall into the trap of just giving up and not trusting anything. Trust me, I've fallen into this mindset. Becoming paranoid and/or delusional benefits no one.

But if we remember that we're all in this together, we can persevere and prosper even stronger than before. Most of us are going to get lost at times or stray off the path, and this is completely fine. But as long as we're trying our best and growing in Love and Truth, we are on the right track. And this website is designed to form a community where we can walk this path together and help each other when we stumble.

Featured Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

-Original Image by Michel Müller from Pixabay - Image has been altered.

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