Do You Believe in Ghosts?

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During the day, I don’t believe in ghosts. At night, I’m a little more open-minded.


No shadow entities

I never believed in ghosts until I had two very credible people relay incidents where they witnessed a ghost.

My wife and I were at a dinner party one night and we were sitting at a table with a few other couples. I overheard a discussion where the word “ghost” popped up and I immediately asked if someone had seen a ghost. The man who had mentioned it appeared reluctant to respond, but then said that he and his wife have a ghost in their house. I said, “Really? What has happened to make you think this?” He seemed a bit annoyed about having to retell his story, probably for the umpteenth time, but then went on to describe what they have experienced.

It had apparently started several years prior with odd occurrences like a single cabinet door in the kitchen being open in the morning, with both he and his wife certain that the door was closed when they went to bed the night before. Then they occasionally heard footsteps dragging along the hallway at night while they lay in bed. Once they were sitting in their living room watching TV, and the albums that were stacked on a shelf below the TV began slowly flipping over, one by one!

Incredulous, I asked them why they never moved out of their supposedly haunted house. The husband said, “Well, it doesn’t happen very often, and whatever it is seems to be benign.”

Yeah, until it decides to grab a steak knife out of the kitchen and start looking for a victim! I told them I would have had a RE/MAX sign put out in front after the first inkling of a ghost!

The next story was from an even more credible source: a couple that we have known for over 30 years and who are our best friends. We went on a trip together to Napa Valley and stayed in a grouping of small cottages nestled in a scenic hillside area of Sonoma. When we met them for breakfast the morning after the first night of our stay, my friend Kurt looked tired, as though he had gotten very little sleep. Kurt is a quiet guy, and at first he didn’t say anything about it. Then his wife offered, “Kurt’s very tired and a little upset. He apparently saw a ghost last night.”

You have to understand, Kurt is a really low key, hard-working, down-to-earth kind of guy. No drama or BS at all, and completely honest and reliable.

So again, reluctantly, Kurt recounted how there was a “presence” standing beside him while he lay in bed attempting to fall asleep the night before. He described it as an older woman, dressed in an old-fashioned white lace dress. When Kurt decided to move from the bed to the living room couch, it followed him, and just continued to stare at him. He was eventually able to fall asleep, and when he awoke in the morning, it was gone.

That day we were scheduled for a guided tour of the area’s wineries. As soon as we were picked up in front of our cottages by the guide, I asked him if he had ever heard any mention of ghosts from people who had stayed in these cottages. He told me, “Oh yeah, I’ve heard that a lot. Yep, that place definitely has ghosts.”

Well, those are my ghost stories. I’ll leave it to you to believe what you wish, but based on these two very credible retellings of experiences with ghosts, I am inclined to believe they exist. And I am as logical a Type A as they come!

I just hope that if you do see a ghost, it’s not your ex-wife who mysteriously disappeared several years ago, never again to have been seen or heard from, and whom you were suspected of killing. If it is, definitely hide the steak knives!

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TIM MCINTYRE retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge for the Notre Dame and University of Chicago-educated MBA, CPA, and Certified Cash Manager.

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