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Just Some Fall Esoteric Musings

It is Fall already. I love Fall, but I don't love what comes after -- Winter. Still, I think Fall and Winter are probably the most esoteric times of year (or so we have been led to believe by books and films).

Scary stories rarely take place on a bright, warm, sunny day. They take place on a cloudy, dark day or maybe a dark, cold night, perhaps with a bit of rain and lightening thrown in for effect. But is that the truth? Is that really when most paranormal experiences take place?

In some ways, I doubt that is the truth. So far as UFOs go, I see more in the summer, then again, I am out looking at the sky more.

As far as other paranormal happenings, it may be true. Something about darkness and cold seems to either provoke the paranormal or makes us more open to it. Perhaps that is why there seems to be more paranormal events in cooler places and especially places where it rains a lot, like the UK?

Aside from UFOs, most paranormal events seem to take place in dark castles, dark woods, old cold houses and so on.

There could be certain scientific reasons for that. If, as I think, most ghostly events are replays of real events that happened and not the dead walking the earth, there may be a certain level of cold and/or humidity needed for these holographic recordings in time to replay.

I also think that there is more violence that occurs within wall (homes and such) in the winter than in the summer. I think people feel kind of trapped in the winter. They don't want to go as much because it is cold, but they become a bit crazy from spending so much time indoors. There is something called "cabin fever." I have heard of people being acquitted for murder based on the "cabin fever" defense. It is when people who live far outside a town are snowed in for months at a time and sometimes end up killing a spouse or other family member.

I once had a reliable source tell me that there was a woman somewhere in the mountains of New Mexico acquitted for killing a husband during the winter because she had cabin fever. I have never seen any story like that on the local news, but that doesn't mean it isn't true. Probably best for the news not to advertise that people aren't punished for such crimes or even more people would use the defense of "cabin fever."

The most I have ever been snowed in is around 4 days and I was perfectly fine. However, I am not someone that needs a lot of face-to-face interaction and it was only 4 days. Still, even with that under consideration, I can understand how someone could go crazy being snowed in all winter. Most especially if you had been married the previous Summer and didn't know your spouse so well. Things that drive you insane about a person (that you weren't used to), along with the dark and cold seem a perfect combination for homicide. I don't consider myself murderous, but if I were snowed in for months with some jackass, I can see how I might become that way.

I think that is what Halloween is -- it is like a warning that winter is coming and that it is possible that you might have to face some pretty horrible circumstances before the spring arrives. It is reminding you that you don't have much time to make sure everything is right for winter, when cold and darkness might change your normally sunny outlook.

So make sure you are prepared and Happy Halloween!

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