Guest Brenda Ganske - Horrifying History Podcast
The mere thought of cannibalism may invoke sheer curiosity in some and pure disgust in others, or a little bit of both. Both archaeological and genetic evidence prove that cannibalism has been practiced for hundreds of thousands of years - as far back as 600,000 years.
Cannibalism is essentially the consuming of human flesh by other humans. In Spanish, it translates to Caribales or Canibales for the Carib peoples - a West Indies tribe notorious for the act.
In times of needed survival, eating another human's flesh may not be nearly as feared but more of a mandatory necessity. Then, there are those stories of lore that point to people engaging in this horrific phenomenon for other horrific reasons.
Insert Brenda Ganske of her Horrifying History podcast, where she elaborates on the often untold and hidden accounts of people chowing down on human meat. Yes, you will hear some hair-raising tales about cannibalism, including stories from the Donner Party, one relating to Moby Dick and many others. Yes, I am not kidding.
We have one requirement before listening: make sure you've eaten!
You can listen to the episode at https://wltkdb.com/ondemandaudio or via the many audio listening platforms.
RMS Queen Mary Historical Significance and Paranormal Phenomena - Episode I
On this episode of the Afterlife Chronicles Radio Show, I go solo and talk all about the RMS Queen Mary, a legendary ocean liner that's been moored in Long Beach, California since 1967. Discussion topics of this episode, include: 1) the City of Long Beach's full operational control of the ship - the first time since 1978; 2) historical significance and 3) resident energies and paranormal encounters. Being that this is a new series, there will be many more episodes with more discussion on historical events, resident energies and paranormal phenomena.
You can listen to the episode at https://wltkdb.com/on-demand-video, https://afterlifechronicles.podbean.com/ or on the Afterlife Chronicle's YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxTQhxNbXH_-MhklMy79_Ew
For those that know me, they are hugely aware of my love affair with the Queen Mary. In the year 2000, I was first introduced to the ship in the back seat of my friend's car as we were heading to a 3-day cruise on Carnival. When my eyes first met the ship, I said to myself, "I will be back someday." That day eventually came in 2005. When I first embarked on the vessel - on A Deck to be exact, I felt an immediate soul connection to the ship. I felt like I had been there before even though it was my first time. Many people, including myself, have said that I may have a past-life connection to the Queen Mary.
Since 2005, I have been actively researching the ship's renowned history and paranormal phenomena. It has somehow earned me a seat as one of the people most knowledgeable of her history, resident spirits and paranormal events. History and the paranormal are best friends with a dear kinship; in regards to the "Mary," both of these intertwine beautifully.
I have had some incredible paranormal encounters in various areas of the liner. I have been lucky to participate in numerous paranormal case studies aboard her decks. Blending my love of history, writing and paranormal research, I wrote three books about the ship, which are all available aboard in her gift stores as well as via online retailers. They are, Haunted Queen of the Seas: The Living Legend of the RMS Queen Mary, Spirited Queen Mary: Her Haunted Legend and RMS Queen Mary: Voices from Her Voyages.
I have presented about the Queen Mary at paranormal conferences, business events and libraries. Additionally, it has been an honor to discuss the iconic ocean liner on radio shows and television programs.
Long Live the Queen!
Let's Breathe Together"
"Let's Breathe Together."
Note: This was written shortly after George Floyd's passing.
As I digest the events surrounding our country – our world – right now, I can’t help but pick up a few things; things that are rather obvious if we each stop, look inward and pay attention.
It isn’t coincidence that a relentless virus is penetrating our globe right now amidst the onslaught of protests over an innocent person’s horrific demise. Let’s stop and each examine the various parallels between the two. I don’t need to sit here and type them out; I think they are fairly visible to those who are willing to see.
Regardless of where we come from, we each breathe the same air; our bodies are made of the same organs and systems; we are exposed to the same viruses; we each experience the emotions that come with anger, grief and loss; we can each stand for what we believe in…the list goes on.
The unfathomable passing of George Floyd – our fellow American, our fellow brother, our fellow son, our fellow father, our fellow friend -has ripped off the scar to a wound that’s been ever-pervasive in our society since the dawning of man. That wound, now fresh and exposed once again, is bleeding with an inescapable urgency and thirst for the greater good among all. In order to penetrate the nucleus and enact the principles we’re begging for, each one of us has to find the answer within. Only from that point, can we extend it outward toward our communities, towns, cities, nations, universes and galaxies beyond. It. Starts. Within. Each. Of. Us.
What exactly is this? It’s the embedded love, innocence and pure goodness that we’re each born with. Many have grasped onto these attributes and have never let go. Sadly, for some, they lose sight of them as they become buried beneath the torments plaguing our world. However, if one searches hard enough, he or she will find the light emanating beneath the rubble. When this occurs, healing and change will take place. The light never turns its back on anyone. It’s a patient friend and ally – to us all. But we have to seek to find it.
“Isms” aren’t innate; they are taught. Until we recognize this, they will continue to be spread and engrained into the mind of society. Every single time the word “race” or “racism” is said, it’s powering the “ism” that continues to divide fellow man. Every single time we use the words, “white, black, purple or red” to describe someone, we are continuing to segregate instead of equalize.
George’s life matters – yes, I say that in present tense for a reason.
Sadly, history has taught us to divide and conquer. Until we all gather together to re-write the scripts of the past, we will sadly continue down the same path of ignorance. Over and over. But we must do this with positivity and responsibility; it must be done with dignity and grace, not with revolting disgust.
Let’s honor George’s life and legacy by finally quenching society’s thirst for equity, respect, empathy and understanding. In order to love and respect our fellow human beings, we must first learn to love and respect ourselves.
Let’s give needed oxygen to brotherhood. Let’s turn “I can’t breathe,” into “I can breathe. We can breathe, together.”
George, as your undying legacy infuses among us all, your soul rests in eternal light, love and peace.