• Who Am I?

    Top 10 Marissa Facts

    While I am well aware that no one will ever read this, I still like the idea of having a little corner of the internet that is mine. A place to post my thoughts, ideas, memories, stories, and content I enjoy. Different from social media platforms, this one I can set up to reflect who I am. Or maybe this website is just a great place for me to listen to myself talk. Please feel free to use the links above and get ready for some random goodness. After all, random is always the word of the day around here. So who am I? I think it would be better…

  • Ghost Stories

    Young & Lost: Another QM Adventure #2

    Having a conversation with someone is a blessing we all can appreciate. Someone to listen to us. Someone to understand us. Or hope they will anyway. However, if you are a spirit on the Queen Mary, you may wonder what has happened to you or why you are “ignored” when no one hears you trying to communicate. Or you could be like me and carry around an audio recorder every time you board the ship and be willing to listen. If you read my previous blog about my adventures in the Queen Mary cargo hold, then you will remember how Diane and I would communicate with some of the spirits…

  • Ghost Stories

    Cargo Holds & EVPs: A Queen Mary Adventure #1

    Many years ago, my friend Diane and I would head off to the Queen Mary once a week. This was before I ran my own business & my days off at the costume house were Wednesdays & Thursdays. Diane was in the process of hunting for a new job so we took advantage of the time we had to visit the Queen Mary during the week when it was less busy. Less busy means a better shot at ghost hunting in private with less distractions. Well, Diane and I had been going for months so we became friendly with the security guards and tour guides. This came in handy when…

  • Story Time

    Blake Edwards…one hell of a driver.

    I believe it was around the year 1999 or 2000, a friend of mine from university, Alan, was planning on moving to LA. He asked me to come along with him for the road trip. I am always down for a road trip so I, of course, said yes. Side note: I later moved to LA but that was in 2002. After an adventure-filled trip, we finally arrived in LA. Alan was going to be rooming with a friend of his, David, I believe was his name. The other roommate was named Amy. Turns out, Amy was Blake Edwards’ and Julie Andrews’ adopted daughter. Amy was welcoming and sweet. For…

  • Inspired

    Black Tourmaline Spray

    Spray the drama away with Black Tourmaline! I had a pretty good response to a recent post I did on Instagram telling people about my spray recipe. So I thought I would share it here. There are many different versions of smudging spray. I have 3 different versions. This one is my newest mixture so I thought it would be fun to share the knowledge. My mixture includes: Moon water (basically just water that sat under the full moon. This is good for empowering and charged energy.) A small amount of Florida Water (cleanses the aura) A drop of sage oil (removes negativity) Bits of Black Tourmaline (grounding/remove negativity) Clear…

  • Ghost Stories,  Story Time

    So…Aliens…Story Time #3

    If you read my intro on the main page, you know that I would rather discuss deep & unusual topics than participate in small talk. Yes, aliens are one of those topics. Now, my mother is a witness to this story and yes, it really happened. And no, I was not abducted. But I did see something I cannot explain. Apparently others did too. I was in my teens and we took a road trip across the country from the Midwest to the West Coast. We were driving through the empty desert in Arizona when this event happened. It was nighttime so I was in the backseat staring out at…

  • Ghost Stories

    The Queen Mary: a haunted history lesson

    The Queen Mary is by far my favorite haunt. I would say that 80% of the paranormal experiences I have encountered took place on this glorious ship. I have seen, felt, smelled, heard, and sensed all sorts of activity there. The best EVP I have ever captured also took place aboard. I will need to write several blogs regarding this ship to cover all the information and experiences. Yes, there is that much to tell. So this is blog is #1 of many that will be dedicated to the Queen. Let me attempt to sum up a bit of history about the Queen Mary in one post. It plays an…

  • Ghost Stories

    The Whaley House. Old Town San Diego – Ghost Story #2

    The Whaley House in Old Downtown San Diego is a hot spot of paranormal activity. Regis Philbin had gone to The Whaley House for a story and he even walked away with a paranormal experience which lead him to also claim it is the most haunted house in America. Regis was quoted as saying, “You know a lot of people pooh-pooh it because they can’t see it. But there was something going on in that house.” I would have to agree. After doing my research to learn about the various ghosts and sightings there, I went in the middle of the week, a Wednesday, right when they opened their doors…

  • Ghost Stories

    Where it all began…Ghost Story #1

    I think before I get into more recent stories of my paranormal adventures, I should tell you about where it began. First of all, as a kid, I always loved spooky stories, ghosts, and things of that nature. One time, our church youth group took us to a cemetery, at night, to have scavenger hunts, play hide and seek, etc. It still seems strange to me that you’d take a group of kids to a dark cemetery to play but hey, whatever. I enjoyed myself that night and I believe that is one reason I do not find cemeteries scary. As for the paranormal events taking place…that did not happen…

  • Inspired

    A Pen Pal Sounds Delightful…

    Currently, we are all dealing with COVID-19. My goodness, how crazy the world has become! 2020 gets 1 star from me. Do not recommend! However, it got me to thinking. Pen Pals used to be a thing. I thought since we are mostly stuck at home, why not look into this? Writing to strangers can be fun too since you literally know nothing about them so every letter would be a new onion peel of the person you are conversing with. The art of pen pals is lost. We are all so into email, websites, social media, and our own lives that no one reaches out to others via old…

  • Story Time

    Homelessness – Story Time #2

    Homelessness. Not a word I EVER thought would be relevant in my life. Other than giving food or money to the occasional homeless person I would come across. Its hard to comprehend the full affects of it until it happens to you. I grew up in the Midwest without a care in the world. Wonderful childhood aside from a few things here and there but over all, good! Never wanted for anything. Never did drugs, only drank socially in my early 20’s (but who didn’t?), received a college education, etc. Life was good. In 2002, I had the bright idea to move to LA. I lived there for 18 years…

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