Writing to Cope With Our Emotions:

Someone once told me “The last three months have been an up and down elevator for me mentally and physically. There are days when hopping out of bed in the mornings are rough and it’s difficult to lighten up when someone you love deeply was within an inch or two near death from a car accident. Someone you have shared two years of your life with and worry every second of every day that they are safe and sound. From God’s blessings to all of family and friends, he is still with us.

When there are days I don’t hear from that loved one, it takes an emotional turmoil on me. I begin to process that everything we endured months in our relationship before were my fault to the point which we were suffering many doubts and heartbreaks.

I turned to writing as a form of a coping mechanism to hide the sadness underneath my smile no matter where I go, no matter what I do and no matter how busy I become. We all have the sadness beneath us and some don’t recognize how much we are willing to sacrifice our lives and love we have for others. However, we in turn don’t love or nurture ourselves in a healthy manner. When I look around to see individuals moving or talking, there is that one individual standing in the center of a crowd screaming for help on the inside but letting everything on the outside bother them to no end.

We should never allow anyone define how we should feel, how much we should give up just because we are willing to care and love others no matter the heartache we endure on a journey together or separately.”

Life is one long journey and we must make each memory with our loved ones count because tomorrow is never promised. Writing as a coping mechanism helps us relieve the anguish we encounter every step of the way. Through God’s grace and blessings, he will ensure we stand with our loved ones until we are called to go home with them and rejoice in the spacious sky above the ground with everlasting love, laughter and tears of joy.

As a blogger, the emotions we write with our personal stories activates our creative side starting on the right hemisphere of the brain and the creativity begins to flow. Meaning that we are able to write with passion when we become overemotional over someone who we care about the most.

Revision of “Touring the Bell Witch Cave” Post:

Revision from: Touring the Bell Witch Cave

“As a Tennessean native, it was a great experience to visit the historical yet infamous Bell Witch cave for the first time.
Along with me were my mother and grandfather. The wind blew a slight breeze but the sunshine and brightness made it more interesting as we were arriving in Adams.

Inside the cave, we discovered an empty burial grave that belonged to a young Native American girl who has been deceased for 300 to 400 years. One night several years back, a woman decided to place her remains inside the cave where she can rest in peace. Unfortunately, a trespasser broke inside the cave and stole her remains which have not been found to this day.

As the tourists were standing near the rock formation, I stood underneath the area where John Bell’s sons got stuck and freed from an unknown force. My mom and grandfather turned in many directions looking for me and I waved my arms across as they stared directly at me. They did not see me so I walked towards them and they jumped by surprise.

We went to the cabin tour and the experience was phenomenal to view how structured the house looked from that time period. It was an experience to never forget. “

Fall: A Time to Leave or A Time to Throw A Ball?

“As the year is coming to an end in a few short months, must we ask that fall is a sign telling us to leave all behind or a time to throw a ball with our hands in the air?

Must we say goodbye to our loved ones? Or say hello to a new beginning of our adventures on our own?

Through our journey together, we endured every smooth sailing and pebble crushing emotion up and down a hill in the South.

Tears, laughter and good times we had together will always be located on memory lane. Thank each other by the Grace of God uniting us together and held us oh so gentle yet tightly.

As the sun shines upon us on a cold, fall eve, our voices and spiritual beings unite and we praise God Almighty for bringing us together under circumstances to which we must fight or flee.

Oh must we fight for one another but has the wind in the fall blew us a high mighty kiss to slip away? Or shall we throw a ball with our hands in the air together and unite with delight from the sun’s bright light?”

Bell Witch Cave: Visiting Round #2

My second visit to the Bell Witch cave last Sunday went alright until we went deep into the cave where many visitors from afar crowded among the the rock formation with little space in between.

It was breathtaking to say at the least. I experienced shortness of breath as the tour guide discussed her experience talking with a geologist about the world ending events with rising temperatures, her theory on the Native Americans haunting on the Bell property and John Bell’s sons getting stuck in the cave until something of the unknown freed them.

One thing the tour guide mentioned is that the “witch” had spiritual moments where she would hum and speak about different Biblical hymns and subjects regarding religion.

In regards to who or what the witch was, the media twisted facts about the Bell Witch and Kate Batts. Batts was John Bell’s neighbor who made a bargain with him and he broke his promise to which she sought for in the court of law. From that point forward, the unknown presence despised Mr. Bell to the core and ensured that he would get a  taste of his own medicine.

Betsy was tortured as well until she married Professor Richard Powell and moved to Mississippi until her death in 1888.

For more information, please visit The Bell Witch website or Pat Fitzhugh’s website. Both sites have more clarification concerning about the witch and the town’s historical significance in regards to the Bell family and their descendants.

Ghost Hunt for The Bell Witch: Chapter 4

The group split into two and drove to various locations in Adams to interview locals about the Bell Witch, her existence and unknown information in regards to the taunted Bell family.

Diana, Joseph and John drove to fancy restaurants and the canoe rental in Adams about the historical significance of the Bell family and how the legend carries out to this day. Meanwhile, Anita, Rae and Arnold visit local motels and speak with guests and employees to find out what they witnessed while staying in Adams for a short amount of time.

They arrive at a hotel called “Presence Among These Halls.” The group of three order a meal of steak, shrimp and pasta. As they are awaiting for their food arrival, they begin interviewing guests about their experiences at the hotel and visit to the Bell Witch cave.

Janet, a guest at the hotel shared “I went inside the cave with my husband and it was a daunting experience. There was a narrow path with a wishing well where visitors dropped change in there and soon we see an empty Indian grave. It was small enough for a child to be buried there but the remains vanished for quite some time. The tourist told us about a rock on the wall that had the shape of a witches face. When I walked back to the empty grave in the cave, my husband came looking for me and couldn’t find me. I hollered and told him that I am standing next to him but he didn’t hear nor see me. It was strange and from that point forward, I did not want to go back. Some strange phenomena blocked out the sound of my voice. An unknown presence, that is.”

Meanwhile at the restaurant “Laid Back,” the other students interviewed an elderly lady named Joan who was born and raised in Adams. She brought up to them that she and her kids went to the cave several years back when they were under different owners. As she was purchasing tickets, her kids vanished without a trace. She panicked and thought they hid behind the house where it once stood. “My kids took off without letting me know. I screamed for minutes until they ran with a petrified expression on their faces. The wind blew the grass so hard and the clouds turned dark we left the grounds immediately. The kids wanted me to drive to the cemetery but I told them no and sped away for good riddance. I will no longer partake in that paranormal phenomena and stay away from that area as much as possible.”

How to Create A Yearbook Page Layout on Photoshop:

  1. File–>New–>Blank File–>Photo
  2. Create new layers for typing, photo paste to which sizes have to be reduced to fit the layout and create/colorize background purposes only.
  3. To copy and paste a photo, use the Rectangular Marquees Tool.
  4. If you don’t want your photo overshadowing the background, you can lighten it through clicking on the layer to which you pasted that specific photo and decrease the opacity percentage.

Ghost Hunt for The Bell Witch: Chapter 3

The three women begin their journey through the old Bell School Building in Adams for two hours. As they walked through the halls, the walls and floors are covered with dust and smog. The air conditioner turned on full blast and the chills crawl up their spines.

Anita, Diana and Rae split up to find clues pertaining to the Bell family. Memoirs, diaries and books from the late 1800’s to jump-start who and what the “entity” is. And discover any witness journals who encountered the figure, itself.

Diana walked inside the library to look for journals dating back to the late 19th Century where many locals and visitors reported in Robertson County several years after the entity haunted John Bell’s family. On a desk nearby was a dusty book titled, “A Haunted Secret on Bell Property,” written by the late Professor Richard Powell. Powell was Betsy’s teacher and husband. He recorded many of the events occurred at the house, describing the strange knocks on the door and Betsy being thrown across the room in thin air with no ghost in sight.

Diana reads as the opening statement in the book follows: “On a dreary night in November 1817, it hasn’t dawned upon me yet as to how powerful the entity surrounding the Bell property is. We are unsure what it is and where it came from nor its main purpose to which it has not finished what they started on this Earth. When it departed, the soul began its taunting and torturing among those they despised the most. And it happened to be John Bell, Sr, the family patriarch.” She grabbed the book and took it with her before the security guard dashed across the school halls with his high beam flashlight. Rae and Anita ran down the hall and out the front door leaving Diana inside for an extra five minutes.

Five minutes have passed and all three of the college women reunited in the parking lot and left the premises before the security guard finds them trespassing on private property.

Ghost Hunt for The Bell Witch: Chapter 2

As the men drive to the cave, the women stay at the hotel to interview guests and employees who had the experience visiting the Bell Witch cave in Adams.

John, Joseph and Arnold arrive within 10 minutes and approached an older gentleman who now owns the Bell property. The older man asks, “What do y’all want?” Without hesitation, Joseph said that they would like to purchase a ticket to visit the Bell Witch Cave. “Sorry, can’t do that now,” said the owner. “Sir, we are here for a college assignment. We will not create any problems and will be out of your hair within the next hour.” “Well, you will have to come back within an hour since we are fully booked at the moment. Y’all fellows should have booked an appointment with us online. For today, however, I will make an exception.” The men waited for an hour until a new group of tourists arrive to which they joined together.

Inside the cave was an empty grave where an Indian child was buried. They made a wish at the well when entering the cave to hope they undergo paranormal activity. They will report what they sensed and heard from the echoing chambers among the Bell property.

Entering the cave was a straight narrow path which lead to its expansion where an unmarked grave was located and an empty black hole above the ceiling with shadows appearing out of the blue. Arnold looked above and snapped a photograph to underline what the shapes and colors in the orbs symbolized.

“I found something unusual in this picture,” Arnold said. Joseph and John walked over and asked, “What does it look like?” “That rock straight ahead has the face of a witch and the orb has a young woman bending down and covering her face. We are unsure who it could be. Perhaps Betsy Bell.”

Joseph recorded strange sounds with a voice recorder and on there was a woman’s voice shouting “You have been warned! GET OUT OF HERE NOW BEFORE YOU ARE TRAPPED INSIDE FOREVER!” The tour inside the cave was complete and they interviewed other tourists who have experienced any sensation from visiting the cave. The day has been covered and on their way back to the hotel to record one of their first experiences from the Bell home and cave.

Ghost Hunt for the Bell Witch: Chapter 1

Arnold, John, Joseph, Diana, Anita and Rae are heading for a one week Fall Break vacation in Adams, Tennessee to investigate areas of the region where the infamous Bell Witch tormented the Bell family two hundred years ago.

“Moreover,” is a town located near the Upper Cumberland area in Tennessee where the students attend a small community college. Their professor assigned each group a haunted place to vacate during their one week fall break and write a five-paged paper about their experiences and historical research which can make or break their grades.

As the group of six broom down to Adams, they stop at a local grocery store and purchase their meals for the entire week. Diana had a strange feeling in her gut that they will experience the unknown as soon as they arrive at the hotel.

Two and a half hours later, they arrive at the hotel and settle in two rooms where three of the men gather in one room while three of the women stay together. “I have a feeling that there is a strong presence in this room,” Diana said. “It’s unclear as to who or what the presence is, but the feeling is rather unsettling.” “Oh Diana, it may be the air conditioner blasting throughout the hotel,” Rae said to reassure her. “After all, the temperature is boiling hot outside.”

Before heading off to bed, the men and women gather around to assign their tasks for the next seven days. For example, men visiting the Bell Witch cave on day two while the women stay at the hotel and collect information from the internet. On day three, women will take a trip down to the Old Bell High School while the men stay back at the hotel and write about their experiences at the cave. On the fourth day, all six of the members will drive into town to ask locals about their encounters with the Bell Witch and add it to their paperwork. Day five is heading to the cemetery where the Bell descendants were laid to rest. Day six involves editing their homework. Day seven, they conclude their proof and head back to class. Day eight, they present their project in front of the class. Day nine, their final results conclude if they passed or failed the course.