Friday, July 11, 2014

SUMMER OF LOVE 1967 - FAROUT TRIPPY TIMES

San Francisco's Summer of Love in 1967 was an experience as never before. I know. I was there. Summers in San Francisco are usually foggy and windy with sunny days here and there. That didn't keep the flower children from dancing, often near naked, in streets (see Chapter 14 below) and Golden Gate park for the free concerts. 

Flower power ignites into firepower when a lonely young woman

entangles herself in a treacherous plot and murder during the Summer of Love.

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City of Redemption is an enthralling novel about the turbulent days of the 1960's free sex, drugs, rebellion and murder. Set in San Francisco during the Summer of Love the story's voice gives vivid  color and power to an unforgettable time and place in history.  The strong plot and dialogue of City of Redemption exposes the seldom seen seedy side of the Summer of Love.
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 HOW DID LIZ END UP IN SAN FRANCISCO? 
By chance encounter she met an old man who foretold her future.
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Glasgow

March 1967 – Evening



“BUGGER OFF!” Liz said crossly.

The gnome-like man at the next table chuckled at her response to his offer of a cocktail. Lifting an empty glass in the air, he caught the bartender’s eye then flashed two fingers up with his opposite hand, a gesture not lost on Liz.

Under her eyelashes Liz peeked at the gent’s gnarled hands, which were a deeper shade of red-brown than his weathered face. Between his coloring and pea coat, she reckoned the shabby little fellow was a seafaring man.

He set the glass down on the table and resumed rummaging through a worn leather satchel. He brought out a pen and a black journal. They were placed next to an ink bottle and a scroll. Along with the two empty glasses and newly added items, the table was fast filling up.

Liz slid her eyes away and raised her glass of whiskey to her lips to discover it was empty. 

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San Francisco

From the Haight to Eureka Valley

July 11 1967 – Midday



MIDWAY DOWN THE 33 Ashbury bus, Liz sat forlornly, looking out the window at the dreary San Francisco summer fog. Uncombed hair hung loosely around her face and landed on the shoulders of a wrinkled, white peasant blouse. She wore no make-up. Two teen girls sitting in front of her laughed about the stories they told to get out of school for the day. The girls, like so many young people coming from the suburbs for the day to be part of the action, lied to their parents about their whereabouts. Then they complained about how they hadn’t expected such cold weather in the summer, and wished they’d dressed warmer. Both wore light cotton blouses, long flowing skirts and sandals. Liz realized she didn’t feel the cold. She didn’t really feel much of anything except the growing need to make some money. Her bellbottom jeans, slung low on her hips, were tattered from constant wear. Patting the large leather bag on her lap, she thought of the red-beaded earrings she’d made that morning, hoping somebody would buy them today. When I get some money, I’m getting a new pair of Levi’s and a couple of blouses, she decided.

Next to her sat a middle-aged woman with a boy about six-years-old on her lap, fidgeting and whining, “Are we almost there, Grandma?” The woman answered, “Almost,” in a voice which told Liz she was as fed up with the delay as much as the boy.

Like them Liz’s patience was running thin with the parade of people dressed in tie-dyed tee shirts, jeans, long flowing dresses, and flowered wreaths. Here and there bare chests were painted with blue and red paint or big flowers. They were too stoned to feel the fog’s damp sprinkles. Banging on pots, they danced around wildly, and waved placards reading MAKE LOVE NOT WAR and U.S. OUT OF VIETNAM. Laughing and singing they were oblivious to the blocked traffic. 

The raucous singing drifted through open windows on the bus. Liz recognized the song. It was the band Buffalo Springfield’s popular, “For What It’s Worth.” The words conveyed the unrest of the young people in the United States.

There’s something happening here.

What it is, ain’t exactly clear.

The words were often taken up as a battle cry for the turbulent times.

There’s a man with a gun over there, telling me I got to beware.



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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

ESP - EXTRA SUPER POWERS OF THE MIND

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I am not trying to convert you to believe in a subject you might be opposed to, but rather to share my, over thirty-five years, experiences as a psychic reader and metaphysical teacher and to dispel the mysteries, superstitions and misconceptions surrounding psychic readers and readings. Even if you doubt that people possess psychic abilities or that readings are worthwhile, I am confident your thoughts regarding this subject will change after finishing the book. 
My ESP Quiz at the end of the book will help you to determine what your psychic or ESP abilities are the strongest.  

 Photo courtesy of George Sedlag
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Possessing psychic abilities (also known as ESP––extra sensory perception or in Russia as super sensory perception) is not the exclusive property of a select group of people. ESP occurs often daily and it can be developed to use at will.  
You can develop your abilities by conducting some easy fun experiments, such as using a deck of playing cards and “guessing” or “reading” the cards by color or suit without looking at them until after your prediction.
Types of ESP: Telepathy, the most easily accepted and recognized ability, is nonverbal communication. When one picks up another’s thoughts from across a room or the world, the communication is telepathic. Think of a time when you had a sudden urge to contact a particular person––perhaps the face flashed across your mind––and after contacting your friend he remarked, “I was just thinking of you!” Obviously, both of you were on the same mental waves as you communicated telepathically. Telepathy is a great source of communication when words cannot be expressed.
Psychometry is the ability to receive information about a person or an object through physical touch. For example, when you are shopping for a book and you pick one up, then another, and finally sense which book feels right for you, you are using psychometric ability by shopping through touch.
Psychokinesis is the ability to alter the physical environment through the powers of the mind. Have you ever carried anything that was very heavy, and for that moment, told yourself it was light as a feather and finding the heavy object to suddenly feel lighter to you?
Clairvoyance (clear vision): visions, dreams and images that can be of the past, present, or future without prior knowledge. Test your ability by writing your predictions about the next day’s news or headlines. You can check out your accuracy the following day. What did you mentally think? This is called precognition, which is the ability to predict future events. Clairaudio: (clear hearing) hearing messages or information unknown to you with no prior knowledge, or thinking of them. Clairsentience (clear feeling): sense through the body of changes, events to happen or that which happened without prior knowledge.
To purchase this ebook go to Amazon.com and to learn more about me see june ahern dot com plus links to my ghost walks in San Francisco infamous Barbary Coast and what I "saw" and "heard". History revealed through the psychic eye.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

SOCCER! The Rough Sport More than a Game to the Scots

With World Cup Soccer matches hot in the news, I reminisce the many Sundays playing behind the Beach Chalet in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco while my father played "fitball" (football or soccer) as the Scots say. The game was a big deal in my family although rarely watched or talked in the U.S. back then. My father would get newspapers from home (Scotland) to keep him updated on his favorite team, the Celtics' wins or loses. 
What team you rallied for meant much more than picking a sports team, it was about your religion too. In Scotland the team you were cheered told of your religious connection. Therefore, the feelings were intense at games brawls could easily erupt in the name of God and soccer. 

Being such a huge part of my growing up life I included sentiments about soccer in Scotland in both my novels. The excerpts below are from "The Skye in June."

Learn Scottish words, customs and immigrants' challenges in my novels.

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 " The driver, along with so many others in Glasgow, deeply respected Willie Buchanan, or Mr. B, as he had been known for as far back as anyone could remember. Mr. B had earned a reputation for being a fair man. Years ago he had rallied a group of well-off citizens to provide funds in support of youth soccer teams for the town’s underprivileged children. He had insisted that the money be shared equally between Catholic and Protestant teams––an unusual act, since prejudice between the two religious groups was still very intense in Scotland. Although some people protested, most citizens supported his efforts."

Later: 
"The men began to talk about football. Sandy told Jimmy that in America, football was played differently, and the Americans called Scottish football, soccer. For a Glaswegian man, soccer was a passionate subject. Arguments about the two rival teams, the Protestant Rangers and the Catholic Celtics could easily lead to fist fights. Sandy said there were many football teams in the States and religion wasn’t associated with them. He went on to say American football was reserved for “pansies” that needed gear. “They’re afraid they’ll get hurt, poor, wee lassies,” he added, laughing.
June enjoyed herself looking at all the new scenery passing by and listening to the men talk. She liked seeing her father relaxed. Everything seemed better when he laughed. He told Sandy the story about when Peter’s wife, Janet, gave birth. The doctor, who was also a Ranger’s player, had rushed from his game to deliver the baby without taking time to change from his soccer uniform. When he arrived at Janet’s bedside, she screamed at him to get away from her. She didn’t want any Protestant touching her body, let alone her baby!
With tears of laughter running down his face, Sandy choked out between laughs, “Och, away with you. You’re full of it, man!’
“I am not! I’m telling you the truth,” Jimmy could hardly talk for laughing. “They had to call in a Catholic doctor. But I never did find out if he was a Celtic fan.”
The humming of the car and deep laughter of the men finally lulled June to sleep with her head resting on the front seat. When the car stopped, the girls woke up and rubbed the sleep from their eyes. Outside they saw a parade of cars following a bus."

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GHOST HUNTS: WHERE? ENCOUNTER WHO? PROTECTION & MORE SUGGESTIONS

Interested in exploring ghosts sites?  Latest co-hosting radio show about ghosts, shadow entities and vampire energies, why to protect before you walk into a haunted place, the most unique famous and spooky Defenstration building aka Hugo Hotel ghost building walk through.


I share my experience, education and knowledge to listen go to readings by co-host yerevan's website - http://readingsbyyerevan.com/radio-shows/june-ahern-interview/

My other ghost walks in San Francisco's Barbary Coast - The Haunted Bay Youtube.com part one and two.

Read about my psychic reading consumer's book, The Timeless Counselor: The Best Guide to a Psychic Reading - novels: The Skye in June (a psychic kid where does she fit in?) and City of Redemption (Why did Liz kill Ricky?) at my website.  Also on Amazon.com Kindles.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

DEFENSTRATION BUILDING SO HAUNTED!

Please note: Before my ghost walks I do not research or engage in any conversations where information of the site or history is given. I walk into the situation psychically clear and open.

The latest paranormal investigation I did was one of the most intense ghost bustings I've done since Jamaica in '96. Photos by Matthew Abaya of the room with the view - Top floor facing Sixth Street at the Hugo Hotel (The Defenstration Building). Scariest looking room in the building. #ghosthunt
 
Even I got spook (not easy to do) with a real frightening encounter toward the end of the walk - much more than my previous two part series Walk with a Medium in San Francisco's infamous Barbary Coast (youtube.com). Photos below.

Along with Ying Liu, the producer of the The Haunted Bay, filmmaker and director Matthew Abaya (I Don't Care Productions), my husband and Haunted Bay crew member, Donny, we entered the Hugo Hotel better known as the Defenstration Building at the corner of Sixth and Howard Streets, San Francisco last Thursday. This building is as unique as they come.  

The art was created by artist Brian Goggin in 1997 and in July, 2014 will be demolished, the art work has been given away, sold or in the process of being sold. Read about this most interesting story of creation at link Metaphorm below.

Photos: Metaphorm.org



THE WALK: The ground floor main room is still somewhat intact because artist had been gathering there for arty fun gigs. Some art and quite a few grand pianos are still there. In that room I conducted a protection blessing ritual with oils and incense for this particular event on all of us because the haunting in this location were intense and some, not very nice.

We checked our flashlights, cameras, audio, and put on our facemask (much debris and more reasons upstairs) before proceeding to investigate what spirits awaited us.

For days before I got to the building I psychically saw chaos - people running everywhere. Fire, the  building collapsing. I hadn't seen what else lurked in the belly of the building. In the basement dark shadows entities slithered and dashed here and there. I announced what I saw and Donny also saw them. Creepy.  To the others I explained about these entities - not really spirits of what had been a living physical person but products of low-grade or vampire entities. They seem to follow underground water energy. No one knew if there was any in that location. Ying will do the research and answer it on the upcoming video to be seen on youtube.com. 

The manager of the building came and unlocked the door leading to the four floors upstairs. Each floor is gutted with just frames of what had been rooms - many, rooms. Old bathtubs and toilets strewn around, glass, pulled up carpet. We walked up the four floors, very carefully, one at a time, the boards trembling beneath us.  Spooky.

I saw and heard on the psychic level chaos, crying, screaming & lively spirits plus pigeons flying around us  - all of this in the dark with a bit of comfort from the camera light and flashlights as we moved further into the scene. 

We encountered various spirits of some who lived in the building - a hotel and then a tenement house - from 1910 onward. Some were sad, some frightened, another cheery and one very outspoken! At each floor a spirit or two revealed her and himself. 

After a couple of hours we carefully we made o

ur way up to the roof to collect ourselves. 

The video will be out in a few months. You won't want to miss the ending! Holy Crap, do I really want to keep doing this? My heart was racing and I'm used to ghosts and spirit communication but....

All about ghost hunting Tuesday, July 1st at 9 :15 to 10 a.m. - http://kows107-3.org/ streams live w/ Readings by Yerevan - where to look? how to get started? The different kinds of ghosts, spirits and other enities.  If you can't listen in but want to hear, comment & I'll let you know when the archives are available. 

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tarot Cards: A Deeper Connection Through Paul Foster Case

The Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages by Paul Foster Case is an in-depth study of the tarot cards (Rider-Waite deck) in relationship to messages within the Qabalah or Secret Wisdom of Israel.

I, like many who began studying the tarot cards and perhaps as I, for the purpose of psychic readings, used the small booklet that came with the deck. Later I was gifted a book more detailed of each card (symbols, colors, numerology and astrological influences.) Still nothing gave me the information as did The Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages. I've only been studying the Major Arcana cards from his teachings for about five years and my forty-five year relationship with the tarot has deepened. For instance 'The Fool' card begins our journey. Aleph is the Hebrew equivalent writes Case. "Fiery or Scintillating Intelligence is the mode of consciousness assigned to Aleph. Breath keeps a fire alight in our bodies."

We tarot students know The Fool is the beginning of a journey or a path (project, awareness, goal etc), but to think we breathe in the fiery essence that awakens our scintillating (lively imagination) intelligence gives new meaning or a greater clarity to the symbol of the fool. "The Qabalists called this Limitless Light."

In his introduction Case says "Never has Ageless Wisdom attempted to define this One Reality. ... Yet in every age the report of the wise has been that in the One Something inheres the power to 'know'." If you undertake as a serious student, the study of spiritual and intellect growth in order you live fully your talents, abilities, and uniqueness then this book will surely give power to you thoughts and grow your awareness. I recommend it for all serious minded students of the occult and metaphysical interests as well as for the person who wishes to expand her or his spiritual connection to universal knowledge.

I won't pretend that study through this book is easy (to me anyway) and one would most likely stop at each chapter, which is full of esoteric teachings such as the direction of awakening assigned to each card. The Fool is North-West "...symbolic of the unknown, and of the state just prior to the initiation of a creative process."

If your intention is to deepen your knowledge of the wisdom of alchemical living (the right ingredients to live fully)and to move beyond the psychic reading (future telling) of the tarot, I recommend this book.  So Mote it Be.

My, The Timeless Counselor: The Best Guide to a Successful Reading, is a complete consumer's guide and my first novel, The Skye in June, one of the main characters begins to learn the tarot at four years of age. To review all my books please go to june ahern dot com

Thursday, June 12, 2014

FREE KINDLE TO 6/16/14 GROOVY-MALICIOUS NOIR

City of Redemption Free Kindle Edition until June 16th, 2014 by June Ahern.

A groovy-malicious noir set in 1967's Summer of Love.

"City of Redemption" is a vividly recounted story of lies, betrayal, sex, drugs and murder takes place during an unforgettable time and place in history.

Flower power ignites into firepower when a lonely young woman entangles herself in a treacherous plot and murder during the Summer of Love.

It is 1983 and Liz MacKay waits to be paroled for the murder of former roommate, Ricky Martinez.

Is she guilty? She says yes. Her attorney says Liz has paid her debt!

In 1967, partly to blame for her young son's death and abandoned by her husband, Liz Mackay leaves Scotland in disgrace, hoping for a second chance at love and life. She arrives in San Francisco during the Summer of Love to have a "jolly good time" with the free love among the groovy people. She soon joins a commune. Her new family is a curious mix: Black Panthers trying to change the world, a Vietnam vet seeking inner peace, a flamboyant hairdresser ready for fame and love, a flower child and her callous drug dealing boyfriend who changes girlfriends often.

At first, Liz is happy to have found a welcoming home, but as her new roommates pry into her mysterious past Liz's search for a "jolly good time" brings more grief and a worsening drug addiction. Embroiled in a plot to bring down the Black Panthers, she looks for a way to redeem herself for her part in her son's death. Sharing her fears, she is told, "Keep your mouth shut." In a moment of passion, she seized teh chance to redeem herself for her shameful past. But can she save her friends or will she just watch her commune family break apart? No one expects anything heroic from Liz.

This review is from: City of Redemption (Paperback)
"City of Redemption" is yet another solidly honed story by celebrated author June Ahern who writes with such interest and vigor that the reader feels as if they've traveled back in time with her. She captures the moment and the unique characters of a unique era in compelling storyline and plot. Interested in San Francisco in the 1960s? June Ahern will take you there.
 

This review is from: City of Redemption (Paperback)
I throughout enjoyed reading City Of Redemption. Not only did the story keep my interest but growing up in the Haight/Ashbury district, in the 1960's, myself, the characters could have been my neighbors! Even when I put the book down my mind was still thinking about the story, looking forward to reading more.