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Friday, September 20, 2013
There has always been a lot of debate in both the scientific and the supernatural realm with regard to what actually constitutes a ghost. Some believe that they are souls that haven't, for some reason, crossed over to the other side. Those believing in this theory suspect that there is something that the dead left unfinished in life. Therefore, they can't cross over until they finish whatever their task.
Others believe that someone holds them back, not allowing them to cross over. It could be a loved one who can't let go of them, or it might be an enemy who seeks to block them from paradise.
Some believe that ghosts are nothing more than residual energy left behind at a place where something tragic occurred. They call it a "loop" in time and space that replays the incident over and over again.
Both theories have some credibility. It wouldn't be unnatural for any one to want to complete their purpose in life. It also makes sense that those who die a tragic death might leave behind some residual energy that is locked up in the place where the event occurred.
In the case of naval ship hauntings, the second theory would most likely apply. In most instances, the ships in question had not experienced any paranormal activity prior to the tragic event that jump-started it. Such is the case with the following:
The USS Hornet
Many ships have held the name of the Hornet, but it is the eighth in a long line of colorful and heroic ships by that name, that seems to bear witness to ghost stories. Many sailors lost their life aboard her. Some were, of course, as a result of battle. Others, however, were the result of other types of tragedy.
Accidents aren't uncommon aboard naval carriers, but it does seem odd that the Hornet experienced more than her fair share. Sailors were sucked into air intakes, blown of the deck by aircraft exhaust, and killed due to the carelessness of others. A few were even acts of suicide.
In her 27 years of active service, the Hornet lost 300 people. The majority of these deaths were battle related. However, the ship also holds a horrible title. It is known as the U.S. ship with the highest rate of suicide. So, it certainly seems plausible that such a bloody history might result in a ghost or two.
Over the years, both crewmen and visitors have made claims about the Hornet's ghostly activity. Some of the claims might be dismissed easily by other explanations. Things like objects falling off shelves, toilets flushing on their own, bangs and other sounds could have perfectly feasible explanations.
However, the same can't be said for the number of people who have witnessed full body apparitions. Doors opening and closing by themselves can't be easily explained away. Nor can tools that vanish in the midst of being used be easily explained. Especially when they are never found again.
Many of the same types of events occur aboard the USS Lexington. Although dry-docked in Texas, the ship turned museum seems to hold on to its illustrious military past.
It was nicknamed the "blue ghost" by the Japanese who claimed on more than one occasion to have sunken the ship only to watch it return yet again. The ship certainly had an illustrious military career, but it was also equally bloody with hundreds of sailors losing their lives aboard the carrier.
Tourists and staff alike have reported seeing and, in some cases, talking to sailors dressed in old-fashioned uniforms. Visitors at first assumed the beings were part of the "show" put on by the museum. However, after talking with others, they were surprised to discover that such individuals were aboard the ship.
Others swear to have seen a man dressed in full Japanese World War II regalia aboard the ship, sometimes in the company of another young American sailor. Again, however, no such individuals were hired to "entertain" visitors.
Still others claim to have witnessed a soldier moving through a wall of the ship, in the location where a doorway once existed. They also reported hearing footsteps, bangs, and clanks that sounded as though soldiers were at their work stations.
The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) checked out the Lexington themselves and managed to catch two different cases of vocal electronic voice phenomena. Oddly, both appeared to be female.
After extensive research, TAPS was able to discover that one female sailor had been killed on board the Lexington. Whether or not it was she who attempted to make communication with the group, no one can say.
If these ships are haunted, one must question why. Certainly, it seems feasible that they could have left behind some residual energy because of the bloody past of both ships. On the other hand, it could be that some of the crew continue doing in death what they did in life - - perform their duties on behalf of their country.
Certainly, it isn't a stretch for anyone who believes in ghosts to believe that they might also haunt ships. The real question lies not in the location of the ghosts, but in whether or not you believe in them at all. Those that do, will likely see the hauntings of the Hornet and Lexington as just another link the chain being forged as the ultimate proof.
Spiced Pumpkin Mousse
With the arrival of fall and Thanksgiving around the corner, pumpkin dishes are back on our menus. Say “pumpkin” and most people say “pie”. But pumpkin is not just for pie. Some of my favorite pumpkin recipes include pumpkin breakfast muffins, pumpkin and black bean soup, and the sublime pumpkin mousse.
Having planned pumpkin mousse for dessert for a catered party I set out to pick up some canned pumpkin. I had to go to four grocery stores to find it! Then just this past week the newspaper announced that there was a shortage of canned pumpkin. Hard to imagine. We are so spoiled being able to walk into a market and buy just about anything we need without thinking about it.
I’ve made this pumpkin mousse many times to the delight of family, guests and clients alike. The best thing is it can be made a day ahead (or first thing in the morning) of the party. Being able to get something done and “off your checklist” in advance is always welcome.
Pumpkin mousse is versatile. I’ve piped it into pastry puffs, white chocolate cups, pretty stemmed wine glasses, or just glass dessert dishes. Garnish with a bit of whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon, maybe a ginger or amaretti cookie, and you’ll have a hit on your hands guaranteed.
To get dessert ready quickly at the end of dinner, I place the mousse in a disposable piping bag with a star piping tip in the end, ready to go. When you are ready for dessert, slice off the tip of the plastic bag to expose the tip, twist the top of the bag to squeeze the contents down into the tip and pipe. As I am right-handed, I twist and gently squeeze with my right hand and guide the bag with my left.
Mousse and other soft fillings, either sweet or savory, are easy to store and transport in a disposable piping bag. I often use a star piping tip in the size of #865 – #867. These are larger tips than what you usually find at typical stores. They can be purchased at a restaurant supply, pastry supply, or on the web.
The disposable piping bags are 18” and available in a roll. One box will last a long time. I use them not only for piping mousse, but deviled egg filling and even fancy mashed potatoes. They come in handy and are clean and sanitary compared to the old cloth style.
One more note – to reduce fat you could replace the heavy cream with a vegan product called Healthy Top from the folks at MimicCreme. It comes in a shelf stable box and whips up like cream after chilling. It’s a bit heavier than whipped cream in texture. Tastes great. You may need to order if from their website. I’ll be testing this version soon and will make additional notes.
I’m not a big fan of pumpkin pie but I do love the lightness and flavor of this pumpkin mousse. I’ve made notes along side the recipe to help you. I hope that you will try it. Please let me know how it worked for you.