While growing up in northern Virginia, Sharon Day spent her time exploring the land of her family home and doing a little amateur archaeology. She would find relics buried under the soil, some from the Civil War. Her family home was 250 years old and had been used as a field hospital for both the North and South.
When she touched these relics, she would see and feel things, she said, evidence of a connection between this world and that of the supernatural. But it wasn't until she moved out West that she began to realize that not everyone has the same experience when they encounter something that has a history of its own.
"I thought it was normal to be able to see things when you touched an object, flashes of its history," Day said.
These experiences led her to believe that she had a special ability, an ability that not a lot of other people possess. She calls it parapsychology and her experience in Virginia made her want to expand upon it.
"I wanted to learn why some objects were easier to read than others," she said. "I grew up in a haunted Civil War house and it didn't become clear until later that what was happening to me wasn't happening to others."
Day, an Ahwatukee Foothills resident, works from home as a medical transcriptionist. She started to seriously pursue her interest in the subject eight years ago. She has since written three books - one fiction and two non-fiction, maintains a blog called "Ghost Hunting Theories," and regularly goes out with a crew to inspect ghost towns and other haunted areas.
"I am always looking for new ways to study the paranormal," she said.
She knows there are skeptics and probably always will be.
But she won't let that stop her from learning more about her unique ability and satisfying her interest in what goes on after death.
"For some people, they won't believe until they can put their hands on a ghost and shake them," she said. "The experience for me is a personal one. I touch, feel and have a sense that something else is going on outside of the regular observations."
Her most recent ghost hunts were to Noftsger Hill Inn in Globe and a Gila County abandoned jail.
You can read more about Day's experiences and see photos and video from some of her ghost hunts on her blog, http://autumnforestghosthunter.blogspot.com.
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