After my previous post, about Japanese moss balls — ‘orbs’ of green algae like matter — I click on over to Coast to Coast’s site and what do I see? Jimmy Church and friends capturing green orbs in the night sky! Take a look.
Reports of orbs in the sky; orange, green, among them, are certainly mysterious. And so is this New York Times article about green orbs. But, not of the UFO kind. This is of the plant kind. Nothing at all to do with UFOs, or anything in the fringe.
The green orbs in this case are what I know as ‘Japanese moss balls’ but they go by many names. I have one; when I first read about them and saw images of them online I had to get one. I bought mine at PetSmart.
These round mossy balls live in water. After reading the article, about how the balls rise up and create bubbles according to light, I realized I might be keeping my green orb in too small a container.
Moss balls, lake balls, Cladophora balls, marimo: Whatever you call them, they’re strange — and they’re beautiful.
These mysterious green orbs occupy cool lakes in the Northern Hemisphere in places like Scotland, Iceland and Ukraine. In Japan, they are a protected species and official national treasure. ~ [New York Times]
Was over at my Mothman Flutterings blog on blogspot. to post the Lon Strickler of Phantoms and Monsters needs support. (See previous post.) First, I had to switch from Firefox to Safari, because Mothman Flutterings doesn’t show up in Firefox. Thanks to Google/Blogger/Blogspot madness. Then, in Safari, it took awhile — kept switching me back to the Orange Orb blog on blogspot. Finally, Mothman Flutterings popped up, showing that all of my posts were in ‘draft’ mode. When I clicked on a post, it put me back to Orange Orb.
Anyway, support Lon if you can.
Tina Sena, sister paranormal pundit, has just posted this on her Facebook page. Tina very nicely gave me permission to re-post her post here on the Orb.
Tina Sena is curious about the myth that “people of color” don’t have alien, UFO and other weird experiences. Or, that they do have as many but don’t report their experiences. Being a woman of color herself, she is curious about this. I remember this came up once when I was studying folklore. The late Dr. Edwin Coleman, who was African American, told me that in his experience, people of color didn’t report their experiences for fear of being further marginalized. Not being a person of color myself, I can’t speak to this, all I can do is support Tina in her project.
So, there is this unspoken belief that People of Color do not really experience the paranormal. Or, that The Peoples of the Colors do not report as often as our Pale brethren. In my downtime, I have become a sort of collector/chronicler of ‘Urban myths & Monsters’ and I am looking for a lot more stories/experiences. I am searching for patterns and consistencies. So here is where you come in: submit your story. I will have a Blog/Site going up once I have enough content. I promise there will be a SUBMIT tab. For now, feel free to DM me. I will keep you anonymous if that’s what you wish. What I am looking for is a detailed account of your experience. As best as you can remember. Time of day, weather, your state of mind, were there witnesses, location…
I am looking for Urban experiences so ANYONE can submit. I am just trying to compile the experiences of Urban Dwellers and POC in one place.
To my friends in the Stream: if you have any stories that you could not use for whatever reason, that you think I could add, please HOLLA!
And finally, spread the word.
Thank you and G’day!
Of course it does. Oh such an outcry! Such outrage! Hypocrites. Anyway, here’s the link to the story of Satanists in Arkansas and their statue.
Drawing of ‘non-human creature’ seen by Emma Woods. Drawing by Emma Woods.
When I was a young child, I saw a small non-human creature in my bedroom. Another child also saw him, and she still remembers it as an adult. It is a fragmentary memory, and at first I could not remember his face. However, years later I suddenly remembered his face, and I drew this sketch of him. I am aware that he is an archetypal “alien”, and I know the mythology behind it. However, this is what I remember. I don’t know what he was, and I think it is possible that entities might present themselves in various forms, perhaps according to the culture of the time. So, perhaps this is how I saw him, and he might appear differently to others, and to those in other cultures. [Emma Woods]
Emma Woods graciously gave me permission to post her drawing of an entity she saw as a child, along with her post.
I like that Emma shared her memories; I also like the fact she writes “I know the mythology behind it” meaning the appearance of the entity. Some might say these images are too convenient; not actual memories but influenced so heavily by the popular culture icon of “the gray” that we don’t remember accurately. Could be. I appreciate her honesty in noting this. I also like that she calls it a “non-human creature” and not an alien. As with my experiences, I don’t know if what I saw and experienced were aliens, as in ET, or, something else. Decidedly non-human though.
I have a painting I did years ago (the painting is buried in the studio for now) of the ‘invisible aliens’ I saw as a child. These beings were small, no taller than I, skinny, and almost like stick figures. That’s the sense I had, though I never saw them, not solidly. They were transsparent, barely there. But, there indeed! Their heads were oval or triangular shape. The painting was done before the publication of Communion. As with Emma’s comments about her experience, I don’t know if these beings were ET, something else, and or if they appeared differently — or were interpreted differently — depending on culture and so on.
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I’ve been on blogger for years. My Orange Orb blog has been on blogspot.com forever. If I move everything to here, well, I fear I’ll lose everything over there. Don’t know what to do. I do like Word Press. Just don’t know, yet.