Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

NAOMI WEST: Rats and Ghosts

The coolest thing happened to me this past weeked: the renter in my old house saw the ghost of one of my rats. She wasn't even sure what it was exactly, except that she saw it and then suddenly it wasn't there. Then she put it together. You can read about it here:


And I apologize for ripping off the Weird Weekend title but it was a wonderfully weird weekend for me. Honestly, it was difficult for me to post this on my blog: belief in ghosts for (American) Christians of my tradition is pretty taboo.

Belief that God would send me a personal sign sounds silly to those that don't believe in a personal God. So...I posted this risking both ridicule and disapproval. (You wouldn't know anything about that, would you?? ;o)


Tilmeeth said...

There are more things in heaven and earth Horatio... ok, Naomi ;)

My sister has regularly seen her long dead German Shepherd and more recently her Collie/Lab cross who died in January, whom she had for 17 years and was very, very attached to. Perhaps there is something to the egregore phenomena that may explain our ghostly visitation?

And being a very non-conformist disciple of Jesus (hence my peculiar interests) I think I can see where you are coming from :) The Lord surely does move in mysterious ways...

Richie said...

For an all-loving and all-powerful God, I would think it heresy to limit God on what He would/could do, and how He would/could show that love.

Naomi said...

That's awesome, Tilmeeth. I wish I myself could see things like that (good things only, of course). I guess, though, when somebody with no vested interest sees it, like my friend Regan, it's more of a confirmation.

God is certainly more mysterious than some doctrines allow for. :)