I must say that, to date, my favorite book is Ghosts Among Us by James VanPraagh.  Why?  Because following my personal experience of a Dream Visit from my father who died when I was eight, I needed information, badly.  I’m grateful to be able to say that I found James VanPraagh.  Upon reading his book Ghosts Among Us, I finally, after all these years, experienced a total sense of peace regarding my father’s death.  I finally understood that our loved ones never really leave us at all; but that when they pass, they simply shed the human body because they no longer are in need of it; the same way that we who reside in the north shed our winter coat when spring arrives because we are no longer in-need of it.

Because I am a firm believer that there is good and godliness in the world, by the same token there is evil that exists.  There are authors of books who themselves chose to become involved with evil.  In my opinion, their books are likely to have been written with a hidden agenda.  Personally, I do not purchase books that explain rituals.  I particularly avoid books that explain ‘dark rituals’ and/or ‘rituals used in Satanism’.  Why?  I simply don’t want to clutter my mind with anything that I consider to be ‘negative’.

Everything we read creates an imprint on our minds, like it or not.  I urge you to research each author that interests you by “Googling” their name and you will learn all you need to know about them. Thus, I would (and I always do) use caution in selecting educational books on the subject of the paranormal.

*Ghosts Among Usby James VanPraagh

~ Powers of the Sixth Senseby Jock Brocas

~ The Haunting of Americaby William J Birnes & Joel Martin

~ When Ghosts Speakby Mary Ann Winkowski

~ Spiritedby Rebecca Rosen

~ Historic Haunted Americaby Michael Norman & Beth Scott

~ The Practical Psychic Self-Defense Handbookby Robert Bruce

~ The Encyclopedia of Ghosts & Hauntingsby Theresa Cheung

~ The Practical Psychic,  by Noreen Renier

~ Another of my favorite authors is Sylvia Browne.

NOTE:  One of my favorite book stores is: The Edward R. Hamilton Bookseller Company, PO Box 15, Falls Village CT 06031-0015.  Their prices are really quite phenomenal.  If interested, I recommend ordering their free catalog!  There are also countless half-price book stores all around the country.

Warm regards,

JC Fredlund, Intuitive & Paranormal Researcher


Copyright 2015 by JC Fredlund (JC Eberhart, Past Pen Name); ©JC Fredlund and JC Fredlund’s Artistry Blog, 1974 – 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to JC Fredlund and blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

To view some interesting stories of people’s experiences with the paranormal here and in the UK, go to:  “”>The Haunted Hovel

Candle in the Night

Candle in the Night (Photo Credit: JC “Jeanie” Cooke-Fredlund)


I always find this question amusing.  Why?  Because on several occasions during my life I have known information that I had no way of knowing.  (I do have witnesses who can attest to this fact.)  These experiences only occur with regard to people with whom I am in a close relationship and who I care about.

I’d gotten out of bed early one morning and could not, no matter how hard I tried, shake the feeling that there was something terribly wrong with my fiance’. I could not get him off of my mind. My feelings of worry, concern and alarm increased as time went on.  (We lived almost 100 miles apart at the time.) Throughout the day I repeatedly dismissed my feelings of worry and alarm, telling myself, “This is crazy!  I have absolutely no reason to be worried about him!”  But hard as I tried, my feelings of worry and alarm only continued to increase until I also found myself unable to shake an awful vision of him being in distress.

By noon that day, I no longer felt able to wrestle with these emotions, so I telephoned his mother and asked, “Is Garth okay?”  His mother began rambling on about how he was still at the hospital but was going to be fine and would be back at her home soon.  I responded to this information with, “Oh my God!  What happened?”  His mother replied, “What do you mean what happened?  Didn’t you just talk to him?”  I replied that “No, I haven’t.”  Sounding confused, she asked, “Well then HOW DID YOU KNOW?”  Again, I asked her to tell me what happened and she did.

It seems that that morning he had been out on one of the river barges.  (He’d beenworking as a deck hand at the time.)  He’d taken ahold of the edge of the barge when the tug-boat pulling the barge sped up, and the line tightened on his hand.  He’d nearly lost a finger, and would have lost it had he not been wearing gloves at the time.  Fortunately, he jerked his hand out of the glove and the line grabbed only the glove tightly.  He’d been taken to a hospital emergency room.  Obviously, my secret was out!  I hadn’t intended my secret to be out as there is a very negative stigma placed upon people who have a gift such as mine.

In my case, this kind of experience has happened to me numerous times during my life.  When it does occur, it usually involves someone I care deeply about (thus, I believe, there is a close  “connection” between myself and the other person.)  After performing many years of research, I’ve come to understand that what I possess is known as Clear-Knowing, or Clair-cognizance.

A comical experience that occurred as a result of my family and my close friends knowing about my gift involved the telephone.  One day my girl friend was at my home.  She and I were having coffee when I heard a couple of soft-sounding clicks coming from my telephone.  (My phone had this weird habit of making these quiet sounds just before it was about to ring.)

Of course, all of a sudden, the phone rang.  I answered it and when I hung-up I asked my girl friend, “Aren’t you going to say anything about my prediction that it was going to ring?”  She responded, “No, it didn’t surprise me cuz I know you often know things.”  I laughed and laughed and told her about the clicking sound.  We shared a good laugh over that one.

I have also experienced what is known as Clear-Seeing, or Clairvoyance.  I have experienced this in a waking state and in dreams.  Allow me to explain.  On one occasion when my son was still a teen-ager, he got into some trouble with alcohol use.  I wrote a letter to his probation officer warning that my son needed to go to treatment or something terrible was going to happen in the form of someone either getting badly hurt or killed.  (My son was driving a car already.)

Much to my utter dismay, my son’s probation officer did not heed my warning.  (I’ve kept the letter I wrote to him back then.) Desperate to get my son some help, I went to his school (he’d been kicked-out of a school dance for smelling of alcohol); together with his school counselor, we performed an intervention on my son.

My attempts to help my son see his problem with alcohol failed.  Not two months later, my son was driving home from a bar around 1:30 a.m. when he hit a man who was walking down the middle of the road several yards ahead of my son.  The man he hit won’t ever walk again.

I have had many such experiences; and as you can see, some good, some, bad.



Clair-cognizance – “Clear Knowing”. The ability to know something without receiving ANY information through any existing source or other psychic senses.  A psychic or medium  “feels” the information is right or wrong without having any logical way of knowing.

Clair-audience – “Clear Hearing”, is the ability to hear voices, thoughts and noises from spirits.  Many mediums hear sounds in their heads, while others feel as though they’re  hearing someone speak  into their ear.

Clairvoyance –  “Clear Seeing”  is the ability to see anything that is not physically present.  Things that are seen are things such as spirits or ghostly apparitions, or memories from the spirit’s life here on earth.  These images can be seen in either a still form, (like a photograph) or in a form like a clip from a movie. A medium or psychic might say that these visions occur in their “mind’s eye” in visions or in dreams.  Some even see full apparitions as though it were standing right in front of them.

Clairalience –  Clear Smelling.  This might mean that the psychic or medium can sense a strong scent of perfume someone used to wear when they were living, or tobacco smoke, or the stench of a fire from a room that  burned in an arson attack many years ago.

Clairsentience –  “Clear Sensing”, or feeling various sensations caused by the presence of a spirit;  it could be the feeling that a spirit may be close by, or the sensation of a spirit touching them or it could be feeling pressure on their chest if the person had died in an auto accident where he was crushed.

Clairgustance – “Clear Tasting”.   The psychic or medium experiences the taste of a poison for example, if the victim who passed was poisoned-to- death.


Copyright  2015 by JC Fredlund (JC Eberhart, Past Pen Name); ©JC Fredlund and JC Fredlund’s Artistry Blog, 1974 – 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to JC Fredlund and blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

P.S. A medium who I trust and have visited (because he told me things that he had absolutely NO way of knowing,) is at: I would also highly recommend:

Orb Over Movie Screen

Orb Over Movie Screen (Photo Credit: JC “Jeanie” Cooke-Fredlund, Author and Photographer)


Mr. Paul W. McGill (Square-Peg Think-Tank) said…

“I believe you are so close to the truth of ghost and haunting phenomenon! If you were a hyperosmic, and what is known as a sensitive in folklore, as I am, you would realize that all true hauntings have a distinct scent and that scent is what triggers an ancient mechanism which causes us to react the way we do! I am not alone in my perception and others have noticed this as well. (Psychics, ghost hunters, etc.)The difference is they have not spent years of their lives investigating the multiple scientific disciplines necessary to explain the rest of the story and they fail to realize that the scents are not phantom odors they are very real. Yet, even when they drop below our recognition threshold we still have a psycho-physiological reaction to them that triggers the whole haunting cascade. In addition, they are unable to understand that there is no connection between a spirit and a ghost, and that the ghost is caused by our ability to detect that which remains in the environment. Once we detect the trigger, which is caused by conspecific biological contamination the ghost becomes everything that we assign to it due to our personal beliefs and cultural conditioning. I would be very interested in discussing this with you at length, and getting your thoughts on the matter.”


Orbs at The Mounds Dinner Theatre (Photo Credit: JC "Jeanie" Cooke-Fredlund, Author and Photographer)

(Photo Credit: JC “Jeanie” Cooke-Fredlund, Author and Photographer)

It has always been fascinating to me – the knee-jerk manner in which people dismiss that which they either fear or do not understand. It is my belief that we humans deny ourselves countless intriguing and educational experiences when we do so.  Personally, I was raised a Christian and in the church to which I belonged, we were forbidden to look into such bad things.  Today, it is difficult for me to believe that I spent most of my life believing some of those intimidating messages we were given as children.

I really like Mr. McGill’s definition of what the entities that usually come to humans in the form of a sort of mist or light, be that a black or white mist. The entities themselves are made-up of pure energy – just like we humans!  Once we understand that everything on earth is made-up of molecular energy, a previously mysterious “mist” or “unexplainable “light” seems far less threatening.

The molecular energy of which spirits are made-up, helps to understand that when ghost-hunting or in a haunted location and electrical equipment or appliances fail to operate correctly or at all, it is due to a spirit draining the energy for itself.  When I went ghost-hunting at the Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul, Minnesota, I didn’t know that the caves behind the bar area are considered the most haunted.  I quickly figured it out on my own though, when I opened the door and began to step-down into the caves that somebody unseen needed energy because my camera went completely dead!

I’d intended (and looked very forward to) taking pictures in those caves.  My camera had never failed me at any other time.  The moment I stepped up out of the caves, my camera resumed working normally.  (I’d tried it many times while in the caves, but to no avail.)

~JC Fredlund, Intuitive & Paranormal Researcher and Author


Copyright  2014 by JC Fredlund (JC Eberhart, Past Pen Name); ©JC Fredlund and JC Fredlund’s Artistry Blog, 1974 – 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to JC Fredlund and blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


Our Haunted House
Our family in the livingroom
Turned and walked away
Our daughter on the stairs

(Photo Credits: JC “Jeanie” Cooke-Fredlund, Author and Photographer)


I became especially interested in the-things-that-go-bump-in-the-night, upon discovering that my ex-husband, our two children and myself had been living in a haunted house for five years.  That was during the mid-to-late 1970s.  The house to which I refer is located in Mankato, Minnesota at 619 North Fourth Street.  (This house is now a private residence again.) Our two children, then nine and four years old, had both come to me (on separate occasions) and told me they were having scary experiences in our house at night.

 Our son (aged nine) told me that there was a bogeyman in his closet that looked like a dark shadow.  He said that he would see this shadow moving about outside the front of his closet.  Our daughter, (aged four) told me that during the night someone she couldn’t see had picked her up in their arms in a tiny room off the bathroom, and behind our master bedroom door.

Needless to say, I didn’t take my children seriously.  I told my son to keep his closet door closed, and told my daughter to stay in her bed at night.  I clearly was not very understanding and not at all sympathetic.  Then I shot the above photo of my little girl one day while she was playing house and walking around my bedroom (the master bedroom) in a pair of my high heels. I’d immediately snapped the second photo – the one of our daughter having turned and walking away. As you can see, there is nothing at all unusual about the second shot!)

I hadn’t paid any attention to the bright yellow light swirling about our daughter.   Not back then. (If you look very closely, you will notice that the yellow light appears to be coming out from behind our door – right where my daughter had told me some of these occurrences were happening.  It then seems to SURROUND HER.  (YES!  I DID have this photo debunked!)

Years later upon researching the paranormal, I became suspicious that the house may, in fact, have been haunted after all. (I couldn’t deny the fact that the house has changed residents numerous times since we sold it. No one remains in the house for more than five years!)

The more I researched topics such as hauntings, the paranormal, spirits, orbs, etc., the more I learned about them.  My children are both adults now with children of their own, and to this day, they both insist that those happenings they’d told me about as children, really did happen!  ( Interestingly, my daughter went back there a few years ago and returned to tell me that the tiny room off the bathroom has been walled-off, and that she was told by a neighbor we knew that no one has remained living in the house for more than five years.)