Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published July 21st 2013
From goulies and ghosties and lang-leggity beasties
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. So said Hamlet to his friend, implying that there are things in the world that cannot be seen, touched, tasted or heard.
Belief in ghosts is a case in point. Belief in spirits, good and bad, is entrenched in the human psyche so atavistically that any consideration of spirits must bear that in mind.
Australian author and clairvoyant Barbara Parks has put together an account of her true experiences with these ghosts and spirits, a distinction she is keen to explain as spirits being souls continuing to progress on their spiritual journey and ghosts, which are deceased persons who have yet to cross to higher realms.
Park's book, In The Presence Of Spirits, is part autobiography, part exploration of her psychic experiences, which she calls 'a true story of ghostly visitations'.
The book is written in a relaxed, informal style, almost a chat between like-minded friends. Parks is a microbiologist and podiatrist in private practice. She is also an active paranormal investigator, public speaker and radio personality.
Whether or not the reader is a sceptic, Parks' passionate conviction is real and intense. This is a book of considerable interest.
Copies are available from the publisher, Llewellyn Worldwide's website at a RRP of US$15.99.