What are you most looking forward to in visiting Australia?
This will be my first time in Australia though I have several friends there. I'm looking forward to trying the local cuisine and experiencing the sense of place if only for the small area I'll be able to see.
Spookiest or Scariest thing you've heard about Australia?
I heard you have big spiders and snakes. That's pretty cool. I'm not easily spooked. I guess the scariest thing I have to face is a crowd of people who may not subscribe to my point of view and how much of an effort it will be to be accepted at such an event. And, of course, the LONG plane ride is absolutely what I dread the most.
If Aliens landed and said take me to your leader...who would you take them to?
These cool guys.
What is one infamously spooky place you'd like to visit? What is on the Paranormal bucket list and why?
Scotland. I feel drawn to Edinburgh, Lochs Ness and Morar and the Highlands, Glamis castle. I think some places have an innate sense of spookiness because of a complex atmosphere created by nature and human history. As a geologist, I appreciate Scotland as one of the birthplaces of modern geology. There is no way to not feel affected by the past in such a place. America is so young that we don't have that deep sense of history. I want to experience that. But I'm afraid I'll never want to come back from Europe. Someday I'd also love to spend some time in the forests of British Columbia looking for Sasquatch.
When you're not doing your spooky work, tell us one thing you love doing?
Well, I work full time and do this paranormal stuff on the side along with keeping a family and house in order. I like to stay very busy. But my favorite thing to do when not working on those tasks is to spend time taking care of my pets and plants. In our house, we have a dog, a rabbit, a snake, a fish and a ghost shrimp (which is all my husband will tolerate, though I would have more). I get a sense of peace and satisfaction knowing that I am able to give my animals a happy life. Unlike your kids, they never grow up and become independent of you, so the responsibility to them does not end. I also have an extensive selection of flower species around the house. I like to plant things no one else has and I also try to furnish food and habitat for the local wildlife. I've always been the one marveling at the insects, birds, and other critters I can find right in my own yard. But I also love to visit natural science exhibits like zoos, gardens, and museums. I never tire of watching animals and exploring nature.