Ghost Frontier

The last time I thought of ghosts and other spectral matters, the ground was frozen and the air frigid. Many things have thawed in the summer heat,  including my once-upon-a-time persona as a “paranormal investigator.” I’m putting on that hat again — at least, for a few minutes – or, more appropriately, I’m pulling on […]

Ghosts and Other Matters

  My first book, Paranormal Obsession: America’s Fascination with Ghosts & Hauntings, Spooks & Spirits, is a cultural studies discussion regarding America’s fascination with the paranormal. For those who have read the book, I credit my cousin, Diana Logan, for being the one who introduced me to the concept of “ghost hunting.”  A haircut one […]

Plumbers and Ghosts Do A Girl Good

A paranormal reality TV show changed my life. This is a bold statement coming from a girl who never watches TV, who gets her news from NPR, and who, at the time, was living in the Middle East as an ambassador’s wife. Life transformation occurs in magical, unexpected ways. Mine happened at the intersection of […]

Muslim Girl Ghost Hunter

Ghost hunting gave my American identity back to me, in a way. For the first time in almost two decades, this Muslim girl started interacting with down home folks, with (gasp!) Republicans and even (double-gasp!) Tea Partyers. Ghost Hunters, the SyFy show, unveiled more than ghosts – it allowed me to rediscover the America within myself.