Bedford Virginia Ghost Story near The Blue Ridge Parkway and The Word Man does it Again!


My Artwork

monarchcopyrightMonarch   Original 15″x21″   Acrylic Painting on paper  $652

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Here is a great warm weather painting to brighten up anyone’s day!

 

 

naturalrhythmcopyrightNatural Rhythm  Original  30″x40″ Oil Painting       $2425

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Another Spring Beauty!  I have sold many canvas prints of this work.  The original painting is still available!

 

 

roadblueridgecopyrightRoad To The Blue Ridge    Original Oil Painting has been sold

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Bedford Ghost Story

 

I am still finding great New River Valley ghost stories!  I don’t necessarily believe they are true but they are interesting!  You never know!

The Seven Gates of Hell

This ghost story is about a place in Bedford, Virginia called the Seven Gates of Hell.  A house on a hill has seven black iron gates that lead up to the house.  The story goes back to a legend that began in the 1900’s about an insane family that went on a killing spree of African Americans.

Supposedly in the 1930s more were killed by the Klu Klux Klan.  My source says The Knights on Columbus but I believe that is an error.

Anyway, the grounds are so spooked that people are too afraid to walk up the hill to the house.  The gates are always open on Hall ‘ o Ween.  Spooky stuff!

I found this story on Ghostvillage.com

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

My poet husband is publishing all over the place these days!  The other day he had one poem accepted for publication in Decades Review.  The poem will published a few months from now.  Way to go Word Man!

Clyde has been published in over 200 magazines!  He is in communication with a publisher regarding a book!  I see that day coming!

 

clyde2014My Guy!

Another Roanoke City Ghost Story near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Murphy is stalking me again!


My Artwork

 

poppieslacecopyrightPoppies and Lace   Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting     $2425

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Roanoke City Ghost Story

I keep thinking I am going to move on to other interesting aspects of the New River Valley and The Blue Ridge Parkway and then I find another ghost story to share!  Ghost stories are so much fun and I didn’t know about any of these until this year!

Here is another Roanoke one!

At The Patrick Henry Motel there are a number of ghostly apparitions. The Motel was built in 1925 and there are three ghostly men that supposedly hang around the ball room to keep an eye on things.

On the second floor there is a man with a pipe that sits at one of the tables. Some people say he kicks the tablecloth with his foot.

Many people claim they feel the presence of an elderly woman who died in one of the rooms!

I found this information on the online publication, Haunted Places.

Murphy’s Law

When I was working on my Master’s degree I worked for a professor that had a huge poster of Murphy’s Law.  He said a friend gave it to him.  I read the whole poster and have never forgotten all the things that this mysterious Murphy does to us.

Sometimes I feel like Murphy is stalking me!   My latest example of how, if anything can go wrong, it will, involves my favorite sport.

I have been skating since I was a child and my sister is so accomplished that she teaches ice skating in Sterling, Virginia.

Since there isn’t a skating rink nearby I have been roller blading for many years in Christiansburg.  The rink closed down but a few years later a fantastic one opened near the old one.   The boot on one of my skates finally cracked apart and I had to buy new ones.

I have never liked the new ones so a while ago I ordered a very expensive pair that I knew would be great!

Last Sunday I drove to the rink with my old skates and they were closed.  I figured that they were starting their summer schedule early so I went home and looked online.  I was stunned to see that they were closed permanently!

The next day my new skates showed up!  AAAARGH!

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Dominion   Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting     $2425

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A Beautiful Moment    Original 20″x 16″  Oil Painting     $660

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Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

Since my husband is on a computer eight hours a day he knows more than I know.  We did not grow up with them so we are baffled at times.  Now I am trying to figure out a Yoast plug in that I downloaded.

So far we aren’t cussing the computer but I think we will be soon!  I wish one of us was a computer whiz!  I hate how we have to call on someone that is our son’s age to help.  Such is life!

Another Radford Ghost Story near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Not just any Idiot…


My Artwork

 

windingflowerpathcopyrightWinding Flower Path    Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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The beautiful weather has inspired me to put up this colorful floral that was sold in a gallery in North Carolina

 

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Mushroom Clouds   Original 30″x40″  Oil painting        $2425

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There is nothing like the beautiful light in the mountains!  Not a cloud in the sky is fine, but I prefer skies with clouds!

Another Radford City Ghost Story

I having a lot of fun looking up New River Valley Ghost stories.  I am a very skeptical person but they are great stories whether or not they are are true!

La Rivierie which is located in Radford by The New River is said to be haunted by a Lady that appears in a mirror.  The 10 room mansion was constructed by Mary Draper Ingles grandson but was destroyed in a fire before the couple moved in.  The mansion was rebuilt according to the same specifications.

Some say the woman that haunts the mansion is Mary Draper Ingles.  There is a woman’s image that seems to be burned into the mirror that can be seen from a certain angle.  Another theory is a that the image is of Anne Mclanahan who was a frequent visitor to the mansion.  She was looking for her cat during a thunderstorm.  Supposedly she was standing in front of the mirror when a lightening bolt blast seared her image in the mirror.  The mirror was new and residents noticed the change after her visit.

People say she haunts the mansion and is referred to as The Lady in the Mirror.

I got this story from Strange USA.com

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

My husband and I have had a lot of trouble with vacuum cleaners.  I always look for objects that will break them, but, either I don’t find them all, or the vacuum cleaners just aren’t any good.  This time I am determined to take good care of the one we recently bought and I have the box with everything in it so we can return it for a full refund.   I don’t like to insure household objects, but this time I am making an exception.

I used to have one that required bags but our new one has to be emptied.  I am trying not to do anything stupid so I asked Clyde to empty it and then show me how.  He showed me where the lever was and I then remarked that, of course, any idiot could put it back together.

He said, with eyes wide open, not just any idiot, this idiot!

No problem.  Maybe we can hang on to one this time.

La Riviere”, or Ingles Castle as it is known locally–sits alongside the New River in the City of Radford. The 10 room mansion was constructed by the grandson of Mary Ingles Draper in 1893. Prior, the extravagant mansion had been constructed but had burned down the night before the couple moved in. Blueprints were given to a contractor with the request that he re-build it on the same grounds to the same specifications.

 

Roanoke Theater Ghost Store near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Clyde Kessler’s Latest Poetry Publications in Red Rose


 

My Artwork

 

brautumncopyrightBlue Ridge Autumn  Original Painting has been Sold

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lakesunsetcopyright copyLake Sunset  Original 5″x7″ Oil Painting   $75.00

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pinklightcopyrightPink Light   Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting    $2425.00

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Roanoke Theater Ghost Story

The Grandin Theater in Roanoke was built in 1932 and is one of the first theaters with sound.  It was closed for a while in the ’50s and a homeless family lived there. Two of the children died there and some say that late at night you can hear a baby crying in the stairwell.

Former projectionists have stories about strange occurrences late at night.  One time a small boy was sighted at the top of a staircase and the projectionist followed him because he thought the child hadn’t left the theater after the movie. He saw the child walk straight through the doors of the nearest screening room.

 

I found this story on the online version of Collegiate Times.  The article is called  Ghostly Stories, Haunted Sites, and Sinister Sisters Who Scare.

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

 

Yesterday I printed one of the two poems that Clyde just published in the online magazine, Red Rose.  He is publishing his work all the time now and is included in an anthology.  Here is the other poem that was published.

I hope you like it!  I think his work is great!  It is not easy reading so take your time and think about each word!

Elegy for a Time Freak
Clyde Kessler

I burn sundials on the moon.
Other time freaks are crating the ashes,
naming them all for all their frozen days.

At night, I know my true wish list
is a crater full of rum, a dark
breed of whiskey flowering like stars.

At work, you can trust my lighters
and rolling flints. The noon shadow
on my next bonfire is favoring silver
like a thunder-cloud to brood the Dead Sea.
There are no ratty scrolls here, nor heaven.


Clyde Kessler has been published in Silver Blade, Now and Then, Clapboard House, Rose Red Review, and Cortland Review. He lives in Radford, VA with his wife Kendall and their son Alan.

Radford City Ghost Story near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Clyde Kessler Ghost Poem published in Rose Red!


My Artwork

 

pinkwavecopyrightPink Wave   Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting            $2425.00

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I thought it would be a good idea to put up a Spring painting.  Pink Wave was inspired by the beautiful Cherry blossom trees at the Radford Public Library.

 

bridgewildwoodcopyrightView from Bridge at Wildwood Park   Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting   $2425.00

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Wildwood Park is becoming more beautiful each Spring Day!

 

 

Radford City Ghost Story

 

I had no idea there were so many ghost stories in Southwest Virginia!  Here is another one!

A Former employee of Macados on main street in Radford wrote about a ghost story in 2005.  The restaurant is modern and beautifully decorated on the outside but there is an old basement section with two pantries.  In one section there is a window with glass that is not visible from the outside.  The restaurant was once  The Radford Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Supposedly there is a woman dressed in grey in the downstairs section and employees are told not to talk about her.  Articles fly off the shelf at times and one cook says he did actually see her.  They were face to face and then she faded away!

 

I got this ghost story from ghostvillage.com

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

My husband is really tearing up the publishing turf these days!  He just published two poems in the online magazine Rose Red!  This is the third issue of this publication that he has had work in!  Yea Word Man!

It is an interesting coincidence that one of the poems he published is about ghosts since I have been having a great time researching local ghost stories!

A Mount Juliet Ghost
Clyde Kessler

An old lady drowned in Nashville.
She was almost ghost of the year, blind.
Somebody heard a twanging in the oaks
and said she’s home by the soul’s voice
dreaming a tree that walks through stars.

None of a moonrise’s gold could fetch
her mind in a séance. A photographer
leased her apartment above a salon,
threw his best camera at a cop car,
it struck and killed a deputy by no luck.

You see vengeance spelled with a flood
is still the soul prying itself from hate.
You can build a new house in Mount Juliet.
You can throw parties that marry you off
imprisoned. The old lady walks you home.

Radford University Ghost Story near The Blue Ridge Parkway and I think we read too quickly these days


My Artwork

 

 

 

 

memorialbridgecopyrightMemorial Bridge   Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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newmembridgecopyrightNew Memorial Bridge    Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting      $2425.00

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These two paintings are before and after Radford City paintings.  The New Memorial Bridge is beautiful but I loved the complicated lattice work of the old one.

 Radford University Ghost Story

I am still finding New River Valley Ghost stories!

There is a rumor that a girl hanged herself in an elevator shaft in Tyler Hall at Radford University when it was an all girl college.  The story is that she was with child by a professor and became so despondent that she ended her life. Student/Professor relationships were strictly forbidden in those days.

 

The writer of the story for The Tartan in 1995 said that one night an RA told her he noticed the door was open to the old shaft and he looked in and saw a rope hanging from the top of it. The rope startled him since he was familiar with the tale but just thought it was another rope.  He shut the door but had to shut it three more times that night.

Students on the third floor have reported sounds of a baby crying that seem to be coming from the attic.

 

I got this story from WHIM, RUs online magazine.

 

Too Much Information

I think we are so bombarded with words on the internet that we are reading way too fast and missing very important information.  Since I am a professional artist and I sell online I communicate with a lot of people all the time.

Sometimes I get messages from men that would like a relationship with me that is more than friendship.  I am flattered but I am happily married and I always send that in the message.  Oftentimes after I send that message I get another message with the same request for a relationship.

We need to slow down a little!

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

Before I met Clyde I didn’t know anything about birds beyond a robin, crow, or eagle.  I am still do not know anywhere near what he knows about bird and butterflies but I know a lot more now that when I was single.

Clyde is not much for the beach but I am not happy if I don’t get there once a year.  Many years ago at Rehoboth beach he pointed out an osprey to me flying over the waves.  I had never heard of that eagle before that day.  It is a beautiful bird and here is a painting I made to celebrate the flight of the osprey.

ospreyevecopyrightedOsprey Evening    Original 8″x10″ Oil Painting     $168.00

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Riverview Park Beauty near The Blue Ridge Parkway and It is Difficult at Times


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Riverview at Dusk   Original 16″x20″ Oil painting  $670.00

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Riverview at Dusk is one of many sites that my husband researches for bird and butterflies.  He is oftentimes there very early on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  It is a beautiful Radford City Virginia park on The New River.

Difficult Times

The circumstances of my life are rather difficult at times.  I am not going to be specific because of what a friend once said.  What is the use of complaining?  Someone will always complain louder.

Still, most of my friends do not have the problem I have to contend with everyday and sometimes I envy them.  I do not have the freedom most people my age have and there are times I would like to scream and I do.

My husband and I do the best we can and that is all I am going to say.  Enough venting.  I have a lot of work to do.

 

nearingtheshoalscopyrightNearing The Shoals   Original 12″x13″ Oil Pastel Painting  $342.00

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This is where I would like to be right now.  I am very thankful that we will be at the beach in a few weeks.

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

I wanted to again mention 40th Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally that is coming up soon!  Clyde is on the Board of Directors for The Blue Ridge Discovery Group and arranged for Nancy Lee Adamson to be this year’s speaker.  Don’t miss out on a great time!

The 2014 Rally will be May 9 & 10.

Friday Night Speaker –  Nancy Lee Adamson PhD, Pollinator Conservation Specialist – East Region, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. An Introduction to Native Bees and Other “Beneficial” Arthropods of the Mid-Atlantic – learn about common native bees we can support by protecting and planting pollinator habitat.

Recent Sale

If you are not in the market for an original or print I hope you will visit my Zazzle store for my work on just about anything!  A great way to have my artwork in your home or a great gift!

Yesterday a pack of Sweet Pea postcards went out to a great North Carolina patron!  Here is the link!    NEW RIVER ART

sweetpeacopyrightSweet Pea Morning at Rock Castle Gorge  Original 16″x20″ Oil Painting     $670.00

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