I meet a lot of talented
people with both my book signings and my psychic events. I met Anna Brandimarte
several years ago when we were part of the same ghost investigation team. I was
recently at a Spiritual Awakening Expo and discovered that Anna was making her own products.
It was time for an interview.
Marie Gilbert:How did you
get interested in making the scented candles?
Anna Brandimarte: It just came across me one day and ever since then I just
started making candles.
Marie Gilbert: How are your candles different than store bought
Anna Brandimarte: They are like no other ones you buy in a store and the reason
why is because I put my own energy and herbs into them along with the power
inside the candle.
Marie Gilbert: What else do you make besides the candles?
Anna Brandimarte: I also make bath bombs to help with relaxation when taking a
Marie Gilbert: Can clients request a certain scent for you to
Anna Brandimarte: Yes they can. I can make whatever their wish is for the candle
Marie Gilbert: Can clients use your candles as protection from
negative energy? What candles would you suggest for this?
Anna Brandimarte: My candles are very good for protection because I use herbs to
help fight the negative energy. Lavender is a very good protection for
happiness and peace. To keep negativity out of your house, I would suggest
Bloodroot herb to be placed in the doorways and windows of the home. These are
just a few examples of the herbs that I use in candles, but there's so much
more that I haven’t mentioned.
Marie Gilbert: I know that you also do ghost investigations. Can
you tell us how you got started?
Anna Brandimarte: I got started with investigations after I got out of high school.
I found the Paranormal fascinating, plus I
had some weird things happen and I wanted to find answers. After my family
passed away, I was getting signs from them and I decided to become an
Marie Gilbert: Can clients contact you if they suspect their house
Anna Brandimarte: Yes they can contact me. The investigation is free; no charge. I will walk through the entire home, room by room, and tell the
clients what I can pick up.
Marie Gilbert: Can we look forward to new creations from Beyond
Anna Brandimarte: Yes. I am always doing something new that's why it's called “Beyond
Marie Gilbert: How can people contact you for an order?
When Friends ask me to help them with a worthy cause, I always say yes!!! What my fellow author and friend, Leonardo Ramirez, is doing for young readers and their family is worth shouting from the roof. Check it out and I will share updates as they happen. Thank you, Leonardo!
a Book. Feed a
IMMEDIATE RELEASE Author
Leonardo Ramirez to Launch Crowdfunding Campaign to Benefit Young Readers and
Families ‘Buy a
Book, Feed a Family' campaign to launch in 2017 MARCH 15,
2017 - Author Leonardo Ramirez has announced that he will be
launching a brand new crowdfunding campaign that will benefit both young readers
and families. The “Buy a Book, Feed a Family”
campaign will launch on March 20 and will offer backers the ability to support a
cause that will offer multi-faceted benefits. Leonardo’s newest book,
The Orb of
be available via the crowdfunding campaign. The book offers thought-provoking
concepts and memorable characters that tell a deep story about a character whose
father left him at an early age. According to
Leonardo, the book will provide hope and inspiration to children everywhere, and
a portion of money raised will be donated to a Nashville area Food Pantry to
help feed families. Details can be found at
http://leonardoverse.com/buyabookfeedafamily/ where you can sign
up for updates. About
Leonardo Ramirez Leonardo Ramirez is an author, husband, father, and
4th Degree Black Belt
instructor. He lives with his wife Kristen and their daughter Mackenzy in
His first graphic novel,
Dante, is a
supernatural Young Adult story centered on an ancient war between the Dante
Family and the nine circles of hell. Haven of
Dante: The Staff of Moshe takes readers much deeper into the world of the family
line with a prologue that begins with the plight of Dante Alighieri
His follow up is a Children's Steampunk book called
Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot. It follows the adventure of two
children as they are transported to the steam-powered cities of Jupiter, find
their long-lost father, stop an attack from Mars and witness the birth of
Steampunk. Contact E-mail:
Lenny@Leonardoverse.com Website: http://leonardoverse.com
a copy of the press release by clicking here.
To watch the campaign video, click here.
You’re a writer, and you’ve published your first book, but the really hard part
is just beginning. You have to get your little tush out there and sell yourself
and your book. It’s not easy to wear different hats: author; marketing; vendor,
and if you’re an introvert, then the marketing part can be physically and
working on the fourth book of my Roof Oasis Series so I speak from experience.
Yesterday was spent with two writer friends selling their debut novels followed
by a trip to Cherry Hill’s Monster Mania. Did I have fun? You better believe
Fair at Deptford
Mall in Deptford NJ was hosting a Book Expo and I wanted to drop by and support
two of the authors: William Howard and Tom Minder. William is a science fiction
writer like me, and this is the first book of his series called The Eye of Hermes. I did an interview with William Howard about his book and you can check
it out here. The Eye of Hermes is a dystopian tale about two criminals on a prison
asteroid who must join forces against a powerful enemy. You can buy the book on Amazon, or you can come
out and see the author in person on March 25 at the Treehouse Coffee Shop in
Minder’s book is a suspense thriller called The Long Harbor Testament. The
story is about an unholy alliance between a priest, a detective and a mob boss who
join forces to solve a murder. You can purchase the book on Amazon or meet the
author in person on April 8th at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth
last time I was at Monster Mania in Cherry Hill NJ, I have the pleasure to meet
several cast members from “The Walking Dead” I wrote a post about my experience
of meeting, Tyreese, Carl, Beth and Hershel on Biff Bam Pop and you can read
about it here.
wanted to say hello to a few of my friends who were vendors at this big event.
One of the vendors was Dave Nagy of Dave’s Dark Realm and besides wearing his
products, he sells them to film companies and special effects crews.
also met with friends from Jersey Paranormal Investigations. They are having a
big event “Peg Leg’s Paracon on September 16, 2017 that will benefit the Red
Mill in Clinton NJ. The event will be held at 56 Main Street in Clinton. Here
is the Facebook page for the event.
Mania featured well known stars like John Cusack, Louise Fletcher, Nick Castle,
Ashley Bell and a few cast members from Stranger Things. My favorite was Louise aka Nurse Ratched from the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. What a beautiful and classy lady!
On March 14th, come to a
Psychic Dinner at Bahama Breese Island Grille in Cherry Hill. The featured
gifted Psychic Medium will be Judy Dingler. The event begins at 5:30 pm
you open to gaining valuable insight about your past, present or future? Would
you like to hear from a loved one who has crossed over into the spirit world?
Do you want to have an enjoyable dining experience with stimulating
conversation? If so, then come to this fun and enlightening event. The event
will be held in a private dining room where Psychic Medium Judy Dingler will
give messages to the attendees after they have dined. Judy Dingler has been a
Psychic Medium for the past twenty-four years. She is able to help people
connect with their loved ones, guides and teachers during gallery readings.
Judy also shares messages that assist attendees in all the important aspects of
In addition to being a
Psychic Medium, Judy is a meditation facilitator, Reiki teacher and the Founder
of “Gathering Together,” a bi-weekly get-together for spiritual seekers held in
Blackwood, NJ. She also teaches intuitive development classes. Her warm, down-to-earth personality
combined with Judy’s unique blend of knowledge and experience, make her highly
sought after by a wide range of clients.
This even is for women and men,
friends, couples, families and anyone over the age of 18. If you come with
friends, we will seat you together. Dinner is from 5:30 to 7:30 with the
gallery readings starting from 7:30 to 9:00
For more information, and to buy a
ticket, visit this site. Steampunk Granny will be there to help Host Stacy
Joyce with the seating arrangements
Your host for the Psychic Dinners is Stacy Joyce who is a Psychic herself, and the Producer of thePsychic & Healing Expo held every March and September at the Holiday Inn in Cherry Hill, NJ.
waited a while before posting this article because I wanted to see where we are
going as a nation. I should have titled this blog “Birds of a Feather” because
this has to do with how we see ourselves and how others see us by the company
the spontaneous net movement of solvent molecules through a semi-permeable
membrane into a region of higher solute concentration, in the direction that
tends to equalize the solute concentrations on the two sides. ... Osmosis
is a vital process in biological systems, as biological membranes
Birds: Why do birds flock together? Scientists believe
that birds tend to fly and hang out together in flocks because there’s safety
in numbers and flocking together helps birds stay safe from predators.
People behave the same way. People with same tastes and
similar ideologies tend to spend lots of time together. This flocking of people
in designated groups helps insulate them from criticism from other groups. For
example, I am very into ghost investigations. There are many people who don’t
believe in ghosts and I would find myself up for ridicule if I did not have a
safety net of people with the same belief in the theory of an active afterlife.
Sometimes the process of osmosis and flocking is beneficial
for people as it is with married couples and families in general. When people
are first married, they bring along their own individual ideals and dreams. But
over time, those married couples evolve into a new creature; one that shares
The disturbance to osmosis and flocking usually appears
when the offspring of said married couples develop their own ideologies that
are in sharp contrast to their parents. It’s called life and that’s okay. It’s
better to be a civilization of free thinkers than blind followers. The majority
of the time, these young dissenters will point out the antiquated osmosis
(ideologies) that kept their parents insulated from the world around them. The
flock then has the opportunity to change direction and begin to include other
species at their waterhole. Inclusion and acceptance is always good for
Osmosis of Politics
The threat to all ideologies is eminent when a mutation
happens to certain birds nesting at a particular waterhole. This mutative
thinking or bigotry begins to spread because all the birds of let’s say the Cuckoo
species looks upon the other birds as intruders...or worse...less worthy than
The Cuckoos will then begin a slow, manipulative method of destroying all
birds at that waterhole that do not assimilate into the new world order. With
the constant use of conspiracy theories and the constant shaming of those birds
that resist joining the flock, the Cuckoos slowly destroy the ecology of the
Can this happen in real life? Yes! We see it happening
with Trump and his cabinet that consists mostly of people who have shown in the
past that they are intent on destroying anything that protects the environment,
education and the survival of the American middle class. They hate the poor and
dehumanize anyone who thinks or looks differently than them. Maybe Trump isn’t
a person of bigotry, but if the flock he’s getting his advice from is tolerant
of bigotry then Trump by association will be held responsible. Is Trump a
subscriber to the Alt-right ideology? What exactly is Alt-right?
Alt-right: Bannon once described Breitbart News in an
interview with the Investigative Fund as the “platform for the alt-right”.
Alt-right is far-right conservatism that embraces and promotes white
nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny. The
article, which I’ll include here, goes on to say that Breitbart does concede in
that article that neo-Nazis or “1488ers” make up part of the alt-right. Like
I’ve stated above...the Cuckoos are slowly destroying the waterhole forever.
This is the description that I found explaining this group. It is the term given to the hardcore racists who populate
the movement, though in smaller numbers. They believe in the radical and
violent eradication of minority groups from the USA. The first part of the term
is a reference to a 14 word, new Nazi slogan, while the second part of the
number -88- refers to the eighth letter of the alphabet “H” which put together
stands for “Heil Hitler”
Is Trump a follower of Alt-right ideology? If not, then Trump will need
to explain in clear and concise language to the entire nation why he picked
Bannon for his cabinet. And it better make sense to us on why our president is
hanging with haters. If it walks, talks, and flocks like a Cuckoo, then it’s a
flocking Cuckoo! End of discussion!
How do we fight this mindset of entitlement, hate and
bigotry? The other birds (Republicans and Democrats alike) need to stand
together and protest against any signs of hatred coming from this
administration. The Free Press must be diligent in reporting only the truth and
holding themselves to a higher level of journalism. We Americans must hold our
representatives in Congress to the fire and demand that they explain the
policies coming from the White House. And, if these policies are harmful to us
as a nation, then these representatives in Congress are duty bound to protect
all the other birds at the waterhole.
Because in the end...it
will be where Congress places its loyalty that will give proof to what flock
they’d prefer to associate themselves with. Will they stand with...us or the
Cuckoos? The ball is in your court Messieurs Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. Side note: I wish to offer my sincerest apology to the cuckoo bird species for using them as an example for this story.
I love nature and so does my husband,
Dan. After growing up and living in Philly most of our lives, my husband and I
were ready to live alongside the plentiful Jersey flora and fauna. We even
built a beautiful pond in our back yard to encourage the visit of woodland
creatures. Life was good as we added all types of beautiful trees and plants
that attracted humming birds, bees and butterflies.
Then it happened!
My husband’s pride and joy...his GMC
Terrain had been invaded...but Dan found out the hard way that this invasion
had even taken place the day his car began to act up. You can imagine my
husband’s surprise after taking his car to Jim Reid’s Auto Repair Shop. A few
important engine wires had been chewed in half.
After the car was fixed, my husband
was told to put some moth balls around the engine to keep all furry critters
away from the engine and wires. The moth balls had no effect on the critters,
but I began to smell like a dry cleaning service every time I used the car.
After several trips to the Reid Auto
Repair shop to repair more chewed up wires, my husband bought an animal trap.
Dan’s mission was to catch the little bugger and drop him off in a park
far, far away. He put the cage inside the engine, and inside the cage he placed
a few crackers with peanut butter.
Then he waited. The next day, the cage was
empty, but the crackers were gone. There was a note from the squirrel. It was a
menu for its next meal. Jersey squirrels are known for their sense of humor,
but my husband wasn’t laughing.
It took two days of empty traps and
continuous damage to the engine wires before my husband finally caught the
squirrel. It was huge. When caught, the squirrel was wearing a tee shirt that
said, “Make my day!”
My husband took the squirrel for a
long ride. He didn’t want the squirrel to easily find its way home. Killer
Squirrel is now living at a nice park, and hopefully, Killer Squirrel has forgotten
where we live. Just to play it safe, hubby is leaving the trap under the hood
for a few more days.
I didn’t have the heart to tell my
husband that I’ve recently noticed a few chipmunks surveying the car. I better
get that box of moth balls from the garage. We might be very busy with potential squatters.
Thank you for 8 years of
service to the American people, President Obama. I'm wishing you the best of
everything for you and your beautiful family as you start out on your new
I will ask GOD to guide President
Trump in his duties and for GOD's nonjudgmental love for all his children to be
a gentle reminder for President Trump that the American people come before all
corporations, all churches and all banks.
President Trump may you have only love and compassion for every single person in America. May you do all in your power to stop the hatred that is dividing this country by remembering that you are a servant to the American people and that we will rally around you if you do right for all of us.
When no child goes to bed
hungry, when no American is denied medical treatment and when the elderly are
not forgotten or treated as disposables. When we are valued as children of the Universe regardless of
race, sex, sexual identity, nationality or economic status, America will become
a true beacon of Love and Tolerance to the entire world.
Do I believe in GOD? Yes, with my whole heart and
soul. But, do I believe that GOD is this old man living up in the clouds? That
is what I was taught as a child, but as I grew older and witnessed the horrors
that men commit against each other, I’ve become cynical of the teachings of religion.
How I ask, can a Creator that not only made us, but all
life throughout the Universe be okay with us hating another one of his
creatures? Why would a powerful Creator subscribe to one religion using murder
and terrorism to attack others? Why would this Creator subscribe to the
speeches of hate that have been in the news lately?
The answer is simple: The Creator does not endorse
negativity of any type, shape or form. The Creator is the ultimate life force
and as a life force, His mission and
motto is “BE and let BE.”And yet, here
we are ready to kill in his name.
Who is GOD?
GOD is certainly not the myth of religions. God is
pure energy and pure love. His energy is what created the universe and all the
life forms that are evolving on all the planets that are scattered through the
universes and, through the different dimensions.
Early man had no way of understanding the depth or
range of the universe and mankind certainly had no way of understanding that
everything, including themselves, was made up of the Creator’s life-force-energy
and because he didn’t, he made up stories to explain this power. He gave GOD a
name; many names to be exact. Mankind went about building temples of gold where
daily sacrifices were offered to the GOD of many names. When the temples weren’t
enough, Man began a methodical indoctrination of the masses.
It was all about
power and control, but with the threat of an eternity spent in hell, lay people
were coerced into following the laws of the many religions. For the lay people,
the laws were hard to bear upon their shoulders, but for the leaders of
religion, they had found Nirvana: willing slaves that followed their every
instruction. Any dispute was treated as heresy and, the solution was often a
painful public death. All the while, wars continued to be fought in the name of
God, while the poor and the vulnerable were mowed under the wheels of the war
Here we are in the year 2017 and the people of Earth
are no closer to peace and harmony than they were since they crawled out of
that primordial soup of evolution. Do we place the blame at God’s door?
Because, after all, he is all powerful and we were promised by our religious
leaders that if we followed the “True” religion, we would be saved.
Maybe...the problem is with us...maybe we are
looking for God in all the wrong places...maybe science can help us understand
just how powerful God has made each and every one of us.
May the Force Be With You
He is the Force...okay, I’m going Star Wars here a
bit, but it will help you understand where I’m headed. We are made up of atoms,
we are light, and we are truly the dust of stars long gone: We are energy with
no ending. We are GOD’s energy that is vibrating at a lower level than his.
Everything has his energy! Think about this...every planet, every sun, every
moon, every leaf, tree, rock, animal, bird, fish, insect, bacteria and
virus...we are the sum total of GOD.
There are many scientific explanations for energy and
many types of energy, but the one I’ll use is this: energy is the ability to
move forward. Living entities are always moving forward from one life to
another. Our soul’s energy doesn’t die when we shed our bodies. Our souls go on
and on and on. GOD is E=Mc2
We have been reborn over and over since the
beginning of time...for God is time and space. We have lived on every planet
and in every dimension and we are doing this simultaneously at most points in
our existence. There is no set place to hold the energy of life except in the
Soul, which is the mirror of God. We reflect his energy in our soul...and the
soul craves life and knowledge. The soul wants to be like GOD...to be GOD.
Become the Force
Again, I ask for your forgiveness in using a Star
War phrase, but to become close to God, we need to look only within ourselves.
GOD lives in each of us. He doesn’t need temples and there is only one law. “BE
and let BE.”Once we start to look at
other life forms on this Earth as fellow mini gods in training, we will
understand that we are all equal parts of the whole...every person, every
animal, and every plant on every world and every dimension.
If we are to move
forward and evolve as an energy being, we need to take religion out of the
equation. We need to connect with the collective universal mind and follow the
law of the Ultimate Life Force...Do no harm...create not destroy...BE and let