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Wednesday, July 05, 2023

LIVING 'GNOME' Frolicking in Our Garden

An Australian witness describes the living gnome that she observed from her living room window as a teenager. Her parents never believed her, but years later it is still vivid in her memory.

I received the following account:

"I've had a few paranormal experiences throughout my life but the strangest and most unbelievable was what I KNOW I used to see as a teenager. A gnome. It wouldn't have even been as tall as my knee, probably halfway up my shin. It had a red hat and a white beard. He was a typical garden gnome, only he wasn't a statue.

I saw him at least a dozen times through our living room window, frolicking about in the garden and along the windowsill outside. I'd sometimes even see his silhouette through the blinds if they were closed on a sunny day.

My parents, obviously, always brushed it off as silly crap kids say when I told them what I saw. "Oh don't be silly" or "Aww, did you?" They never paid it any attention and why would they? I even remember my father saying something to Mum like, "We don't even have a garden gnome" and she responded that it was just an active imagination. I lived there until I was about 18 or 19 and I don't even think anyone in our street owned garden gnomes at all.

It never even once looked at me, like he didn't know I was watching or perhaps didn't care.

The last time I saw him was about 20 years ago. I'd never spoken about it to anyone but my mother and sister during my adult life, else I'd probably be admitted to a mental health ward. When I asked Mum she still remembers me talking about him when I was little.

Most people reading will probably think what a load, but I promise this is true. Was he real? Or possibly a fabricated memory of some kind? Why would my mind make me "remember" fake stuff?

Has anyone else ever seen one?

This happened in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. K"



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Welcome to Phantoms & Monsters Radio. My guest is paranormal investigator & author Nicole Strickland. We will be discussing her most recent title 'The Afterlife Chronicles: Exploring the Connection Between Life, Death, and Beyond. Join us in the chat.

Nicole Strickland is a well-respected afterlife & paranormal researcher, author, podcaster, and speaker from San Diego, California. She is the founder, director, and case manager of the San Diego Paranormal Research Society (SDPRS). Nicole is the Ghost Research Society's California Coordinator and consultant to other investigative teams. Since 2011, she has co-hosted the “Spirits of the Adobe” tours at the iconic Rancho Buena Vista Adobe. 

Blending her love of history, paranormal studies, and writing, Nicole has written several books, including Field Guide to Southern California Hauntings, The Haunted Queen of the Seas: The Living Legend of the RMS Queen Mary, Spirited Queen Mary: Her Haunted Legend, RMS Queen Mary: Voices from Her Voyages, San Diego’s Most Haunted: The Historical Legacy and Paranormal Marvels of America’s Finest City, Spirits of Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, Max and Kayli: Two Remarkable Felines Forever Imprinted on My Heart and The Afterlife Chronicles: Exploring the Connection Between Life, Death, and Beyond. She is also a writer and contributor to Paranormal Underground Magazine.

Nicole gives presentations about a variety of paranormal topics at conferences, events, and libraries. She has presented at some of the best-known conventions, such as the Oregon Ghost Conference, Port Gamble Ghost Conference, Troy Taylor’s Haunted America Conference, Maritime Ghost Conference of San Diego, Preston Castle Benefit Paracon, Ghost Fest IV aboard the Queen Mary, and Strange Escapes, among others. She is represented non-exclusively by RK Entertainment. 

Nicole has been featured in a myriad of media outlets discussing her work as a paranormal researcher. These include several local San Diego newspapers and magazines and news programs, such as Good Morning San Diego, San Diego Living, KPBS Evening Edition, and Channel 8 Evening Edition. She has been interviewed for nationally televised programs, including My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera, Travel Channel’s Ghost Stories, and Famously Afraid; she has been further interviewed on hundreds of radio shows and podcasts. 

Along with Todd Bates, Nicole co-hosts Haunted Voices Radio, one of the longest-running radio programs featuring many guests from all areas of the supernatural. In 2020, she debuted her radio show, The Afterlife Chronicles, which was selected by Feedspot as one of the top 25 programs on the afterlife. 

Nicole holds a B.A. degree from the University of Arizona and an M.S. from National University. 


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