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November 20, 2014

Interesting things in the news.




Put away your Plaster of Paris, Hydrocal, or whatever you use in the field and get some of this mud. 

5,000 years That ain't too shabby. 



This is cool. 







This is the one that gets me. I'm sure, eventually, someone will be able to. Question is: should they?

Stories about cloning the woolly mammoth pop up once a year or so, just when I'm starting to relax. What gets me isn't bringing back a woolly mammoth, it's the other animals that went extinct, animals scientist know little about, they will want to try and bring back next.

Can you even imagine going to the zoo and seeing a T-Rex? 

Who knows, there could be a little furry bundle of joy, at some private facility in a land far, far away as we speak. But, messing with mother nature, I think, is a dangerous game. 


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November 19, 2014

"Search For The Lost Giants" on History





An interesting new show has hit the History Channel ~ "Search For The Lost Giants." 

How many times in the Bigfoot Community have we heard or taken part in discussions about the mysterious lost giant skeletons? If you've been around for more than a couple months you've at least read about this intriguing mystery. 

Is the Smithsonian really gobbling up all these giant skeletons to hide some strange twist in Darwin's theory of evolution? Or are the newspaper articles about the unearthing of these skeletons just a big ole oops. 

Nothing to see - move along. I doubt that, but what is going on? 

But, this show has me curious about something. Many things actually, but I will focus on what I see, as the melding of two mysteries into one. 

First the Native American Stories in reference to these Giant Skeletons. Jim and Bill Vieira tell us that Native Americans described these giants as Cannibalistic warriors. 

Secondly these "Giants" have two rows of teeth. 

Two rows of teeth !? As if, being a Cannibalistic giant, isn't bad enough. 

Can you even imagine a 7-8 foot person with an attitude coming at you. Then add in two rows of teeth? That's the stuff of nightmares right there. 

I know over the last couple years, in our own community, some are putting forth the theory, that Bigfoot has two rows of teeth. There are some Native American stories about Bigfoot being a tribe of big humans that were brutal warriors. There are some stories where the Native Americans created a sort of peace treaty to keep the warring at bay. All things I've heard in reference to Bigfoot and now Giants. 

So, my question is this - are we seeing some cross over of mysteries? I will be honest, I don't really consider a 7 foot person to be a legendary "Giant." But, then, I also don't know what the average height of a person was back during the time these giants would have been on the earth (if the legends are true). 

It would appear they have been given the okey doke to excavate (with an Archaeologist) a suspected burial chamber in Goshen Massachusetts, and within the first couple shows, they have already discovered a tooth with human like characteristics. 

So, Giant hunters 1 - Bigfoot Researchers 0. We better step up our game folks. The "Giant Hunters" are winning. 

This tooth, of course, was turned over to our favorite DNA expert Todd Disotell. Personally, I love how Todd just lays it down every single time. I've never met him in person but I have the sneaking suspicion if you're the kind of person who has trouble dealing with hard cold facts, Todd, may be more than your system can handle. But, Todd has agreed to run DNA analysis on this incisor. 

This should be interesting. 

A quick aside: Todd has apparently abandoned his Mohawk.. Why Todd? Why? 

Regardless, so far it's a good show. It airs on Tuesday nights. If you have missed the episodes to date, and you have "OnDemand," you can access the earlier episodes. Check it out !!


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November 18, 2014

Wedding, Field Researchers, Scientists and ~ Oh my. :)

Life has a strange way of making, "plans," for us.
Both my blog, and I, have been pretty quiet since June of this year.

I know many of you wondered why, Melissa, has been keeping her unique brand of humor and honesty to herself ?? 




I know, it's been painful for you all but; 

Wayne and I finally decided to get married!!! 

6 years is a long time to live with someone - but when you enjoy spending time with that person and you share many of the same interests - it goes by much quicker than you would think.

Much has been made about the fact that Wayne and I were still not married after 4 years so I can only imagine what those same people were saying after we reached 5 and then approached 6 years. 

But, let's face it. I am, Melissa Hovey, do you think I care what others say about me or how they think our life should be going? Nope, not a bit. But I have enjoyed hearing what the Facebook psychiatrists have had to say. Wayne and I appreciate a good dose of humor now and again. 

The dirty, despicable, gut wrenching truth that will turn this community upside down is: 

Wayne, and I, were having too much fun getting into the woods and doing what we enjoy most. Looking for the elusive animal known as Bigfoot. We've also been working a private piece of land which has yielded some cool game cam pics and audio.  

We both knew a, wedding, would take us out of the field for quite some time. Why? Because weddings (like field research) cost lots of money and take a lot of time to plan.    

But as of October 18th Wayne and I are now married and we couldn't be happier. Thank you to all who offered congratulations and well wishes. It was a wonderful day and night filled with family, friends, food and fireworks. 

Now that I have started paying more attention to the larger community, 

I see nothing has changed.

So I didn't miss much. This year I have had to back away from the community a number of times so I could take care of things more important in life and every time I have said, "maybe something interesting will happen?" 

Never has. 

I have been just as disappointed as the newbies who want to read something cool or new - or just something interesting. Backing away from the community and looking from the outside gives one a unique perspective into what is really going on and how the online Bigfoot Community looks to the average person.... I gotta tell ya - it's not a good thing. 

You all should try it, if you never have. 

The blowhards still blow, the pseudo-scientists still think they know more than the scientists and everyone, the paranormal crowd still pushes their wares and the newbies are still sitting back and wondering, "what the hell?" 

Why do I say that? Because for all the, "talk," there should be something of value. Why is there nothing of value? Because those, field researchers, who have information refuse to talk (for good reason) publicly. 

More and more of the field researchers with years of experience are backing away from this online Bigfoot community. 

Let me fill you in on something about, "Science." 

Science is about discovery. Science doesn't care how that discovery happens, they only care when it does. You could be standing on a boulder, on one foot, rubbing your belly and singing, "it's a small world," when you snatched the hair off a Bigfoot's head or you lost your balance and scratched the Bigfoot with your finger nails and obtained biological evidence. I am willing to bet if you came out of the field with this evidence of blood, hair or tissue - something rock solid - a "Scientist," wouldn't care about that boulder you were standing on initially, or whether your singing was in tune, or your work experience, educational background or how many internet radio shows you've dissed people on, blogs, or whatever, but they would care about what that hair, blood, or tissue really is. 

Imagine that. 

Sure, they will listen to your story but a good scientist wants that discovery of an unknown primate as much as you do. Science is all about discovery that is what scientists do. Listen to what they are asking of us, not what the pseudo-Facebook-scientists are telling you to do. Scientific discoveries don't happen over night either they take years and years and years and - you get it. 

It's not HOW it happens - it's whether it HAS happened. 

So, listen to what the scientific community is telling us, 

And lets just do what their asking. They don't want us to stop looking - just to refine our methods of evidence collection. Technology is catching up - and we should be prepared so that what we are gathering as, "evidence," can be tested and run through the rigors of the scientific process. I'm not a scientist - but I am tired of hearing the skeptics hide behind science. That's an easy win for any skeptic when it comes to putting down someone who actively researches this mystery. Why? Because nothing we've done has been proven and stamped as a, "scientific discovery." 

But, I digress. 

The other night I had a very interesting conversation with someone who has spent years and years around this community and has been a friend to most. I wasn't surprised by what this person said but it did set me back in my chair a bit when he/she said, 

"I just don't care about Bigfoot anymore." 

Honestly, I am hearing that more and more. I asked this person, "Why do you feel that way," and the response was deja vu, "I'm just tired of all the hostility." 

Yeah there is enough of that to go around in this community. 

What's sad though is;

The majority of the hostility, comes from the people who spend little to no time at all in the field, or they do get into the field, but don't discuss their field work. They would rather spend their days tearing down other field researchers and telling everyone how much more they know than everyone else. When in reality, they know nothing more than the people they rip apart over personal issues. It's really unbelievable. 

Especially when you factor in, just a couple years ago, these same people were telling everyone how there are no, "experts," in this field of research. It's really quite funny to listen to them go on and on about how much the field researchers don't know but, by god, you better listen to them.

Do as I say, not as I do, has become very popular.  

These angry individuals would have nothing to talk about if it weren't for the work being done by others and; no one would even know their names, if it weren't for the hard work of others. The irony is astounding when you really think about it. 

And people call me a Narcissist. I know, but at least they spelled it right.

Don't worry peeps, Wayne, had me tested and the results were negative. :)

All I know is this;

To those of you who get into the field - keep getting out there. Keep researching and keep working to try and solve this. Don't let the hostility get to you. Don't let the negative attitude of someone else ruin something you enjoy doing. If you want to discuss science - talk to a scientist. You will find one or two in this community with scientific credentials - online - and I promise you they don't have a group Facebook or fan page. 

Talk to others who are field researchers, who can offer you positive feed back and CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. If you want to be trashed and put down - I am sure you can get that in your daily life - why are you getting online to be called horrible names and put down? Talking to other field researchers should be fun and if not educational - at least we should get something from the time we spend online talking and maybe something we might be able to use in the field or at least try. 

Facebook has not been good for this community - at all. Other than giving us access to one another - what has the positive side been? There is more hostility today than when the old BFF was running full speed. 

Okay, calm down - you knew eventually - someone would say it out loud. 

My concern is simply this: good field researchers will leave this field all together because of the childish nature of others who really couldn't give two shakes about the animal or the actual work being done. It's already happening, but if it were to become a tidal wave, then we are throwing witnesses to the wolves. How fair is that to them? And, yes, we do need witnesses. Anyone who says different doesn't understand the research at all. 

Something has to change. 

Maybe field researchers need to go back to closed website forums just so we can discuss ideas without being throttled - because someone else is having a bad day or life. I don't know what the answer is but something needs to change.

I know this will anger the truly self-entitled but I'm just gonna say it because it's true, 

If we are not physically in an area actively researching the area, or we weren't involved in the activity being discussed, we can't possibly know all there is to know about what's really going on. 

We can guess. But unless we are the researcher working that property - all we can truly go on is speculation based on what we're being told. No field researcher, worth their salt, is ever going to get online and tell the world everything about the activity their researching. Why? Because it's called "research." Field researchers get online to discuss and try to come up with ideas. We're not telling the world everything - because we are still researching - we don't have all the answers. We say it all the time, but it's more fun for the skeptics to ignore the fact that researchers happily admit we don't have all the answers.    

Now, am I saying it's bad to disagree with someone? 

No. 

Even the most experienced field researchers will tell you they disagree with most of what they read, hear or see. But - it's the way it's being done. 

We have to bring back, "constructive criticism," to this community. If you don't know what that is, I would encourage a browse of a dictionary. Look it up. You will see just how little we have of that within this community. 

Anyone with a keyboard and hours to waste can get online and call anyone filthy names. It doesn't take talent or even knowledge of the topic. It just takes inner hostility that needs to be released. Why we as a community would encourage these people is beyond me.

We should be encouraging those who want to add something to this field work. Not those with a bad attitude and are in dire need of therapy - the true narcissists. 

A new year is fast approaching. We can either make this a year where we move forward, or we can stay in the rut we're all in now. And unless someone can provide something of substance - then we (as a community) are in a rut. Argue that all you want. That is the cold hard truth and the sooner we deal with it and come up with a way to move forward the better off we will all be - or we can continue with the status quo which has gotten us nowhere and that rut will only get bigger. 

I know what I plan to do and it has nothing to do with encouraging bad behavior. 

Let's face it, haters are gonna hate, and as a wise person once told me, "it doesn't matter how many times you explain something, you will get the same question over and over and asked a different way every time because they think they will trip you up. It doesn't matter what you say, people will always believe, what they want." 

It's true. Oh my - is it true. :) 




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June 19, 2014

Book Review: Patty A Sasquatch Story, Written by Michael Mayes with Illustrations by Robert Swain.

Cover of "Patty a Sasquatch Story
Written by Michael Mayes
Illustrations by Robert Swain

































I don’t write book reviews often; in fact I think I have done two. The book I am reviewing in this article is so special I had to bring it to the attention of everyone.

Patty A Sasquatch Story

A children’s book written by Michael Mayes and Illustrated by Robert Swain.

While I say this is a children’s book, this is the kind of book a parent can read with their child, and learn some pretty interesting information themselves. This I will talk about in a bit.

Patty A Sasquatch Story is the “ugly duckling” story – updated with a Bigfoot theme. Pretty smart and something I haven’t seen done before. What’s even more interesting is how Michael has woven information about a specific historical account, to not just tell a story, but to teach children a little about the Patterson/Gimlin film.

In the back of the book is a section called, “The Sasquatch Insider” which is a kind of reference guide to words, names and other things, Bigfoot related that are discussed within the book itself. This portion of the book is worth the time all by itself.

I thought this book was wonderful. Not only did Michael find a new and interesting way to tell one of the sweetest stories, but he found a way of doing it, while teaching children some very interesting information.  I did have a little trouble reading some pages, dark print on dark pages, but that is a minor issue when you take in the totality of the book and the positive information and lesson it teaches children.

Robert Swain did a fantastic job on the illustrations – which are worthy of purchasing – I hope he sells prints.

To be honest, we need more books like this with stories that teach children about this topic, without scaring the bejezzus out of them.


So kudos to Michael and Robert!! It is my sincere hope this is the first in a long line of books geared toward children with a positive message about the topic of Bigfoot. 

If you are interested in purchasing this book here are few links: 




Back cover of: Patty A Sasquatch Story


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May 29, 2014

In Memory of Philip Spencer

Memorial by Charlie Raymond 
Yesterday we all learned of the passing of Philip Spencer. Philip was a great friend to many in this community, including myself. Let me tell you about the Philip I knew.

The first time I ever spoke with Philip, by phone, he called me up one day and said,

"Mel, I want to send you something. I want your honest opinion and I don't want you to hold back."



That set me back on my heels. I already had a deep respect for Philip and I already knew he and I had different opinions on issues in this community. But, he sent me the file and I looked at it and gave him my opinion.  His response?

"That's what I thought too."

That's how it was with Philip. You could disagree with him, or offer an opposing opinion, and he never took it personally. I've had some of my best discussions with Philip and I learned a lot from him. He told me stories out of Kentucky about more than just Bigfoot - that stood my hair on end. He was an endless source of stories and he loved to share them and his knowledge. Charlie Raymond; spoke of how, Philip, worked with him and taught him so much.

Well, that's just the kind of man Philip was.

The American Bigfoot Society was proud to have Philip as a member for many years. He offered years of field experience and an opposing view, at times, which gave many much to think about. He also discussed photography with the group. Which as we all know - how to take a good photo or film is pretty darn important. Philip went out of his way to share his knowledge, because he wanted to help anyone that needed it.

I will miss Philip a great deal. He didn't have to be my friend, or a friend to anyone else. He wanted to. 

And I am so very grateful for the years I had knowing this fine man who was a great friend, loved by many, and a devoted Researcher.  

My most heart felt condolences go out to Philips sons, his entire family, and the friends who loved him so very much.    


I asked a couple people who knew Philip also if they wanted to add words to this article.

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Pudd his dog was his best buddy. Philip researched Bigfoot and other mysterious creatures in Anderson County Kentucky for over 20 years.

Philip was a captivating story-teller, charismatic personality and people fell in love with him instantly.

He Loved to watch MMA, eating Honey Crisp Apples, being out in nature, photography, and of course bigfooting. He also provided most of the witnesses and locations for the TV episode "Hillbilly Beast". Philip also promoted the adoption of dogs and cats. 

Philip has been an invaluable liaison, teacher and good friend of mine. I owe much of my knowledge to this wise, dear friend.  I'm really going to miss chatting with him about the latest Bigfoot research, the history of bigfoot activity in Kentucky and life in general.

- Charlie Raymond: The Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization.

Please check out the wonderful video Charlie made in memory of Philip: 


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He was a great friend. 

The Kentucky connection was what started our friendship. 

We shared research info and would consult with each other. He called me at least once a week to discuss recent events and we talked constantly through private messages. He was a big fan of my artwork and encouraged me constantly. He encouraged me to write an article for his blog about some paranormal events that took place with some of my relatives in KY, and was wanting me to write a book.   

Kentucky ran through his veins. He was a true southerner. He thought Kentucky & Kentuckians deserved more credit than it was given, and always cringed when the usual stereotypical comments were made.

You would not be able to find a truer friend anywhere on this earth.

- Adrianne Brashear Arney

April 4, 2014

The credibility roller coaster has re-opened ~ under the same management.

In large part I have been away from the community for a little over a month now. I returned home this past Sunday and took some "down time".

But, from what I am hearing, not much has changed.

Let me say this, and it is my sincere hope that people do what I ask. Go get a dictionary and look up the words; Investigate, Investigator and Research.

Yes. I have heard all about the latest "researcher credibility" drama. And, as usual, it comes from the same people. 

NO ONE in this community has "credibility". 

Why anyone in this community thinks they have the right or the ability to assign "credibility" is beyond me and frankly - that high opinion of yourself used to get you ran right out of this.

Investigating a claim - whether some think the claim is a hoax or not - is by its very definition - INVESTIGATION. If those who are throwing poo at Dr. Meldrum are not willing to get their boots dirty and go investigate the many claims of Todd Standing then by all means please stay home and let those who are willing to do the heavy lifting - do what they do. But, sitting behind a keyboard and proclaiming Dr. Meldrum's credibility is shot for doing the very thing we all should be doing - is just spiteful.

Question I have is - what have those throwing the poo ever done to make themselves worthy of judging the credibility of others??????

Do I think Todd Standing is legit? Do I think his claims are legit?

I don't know. I have never been to his research location, I have never spoken with him - I have never investigated his claims. I have my suspicions - but they are suspicions backed up by nothing that equals proof of hoaxing.

*aside here* the word "Hoaxer" is thrown around now simply because one researcher doesn't like another - so the sting of that word is practically gone now.*

Inside this community there are those who enjoy watching the work of others and deciding "credibility". Most of these people haven't spent more than a couple hours near a tree - let alone conducted a full investigation of a property or picked up a phone to talk to a witness. I know many would like to think we can assign credibility but here is the kicker ---

True credibility will and has always been assigned by those - outside this community.

I am not in this to prove to other "Bigfooters" or "Skeptics" that this animal is out there. The end to this mystery won't come from this community agreeing that an investigator has the ultimate proof - that will come from science and the world. I'm sorry if that hurts the feelings of some, but it is the truth.

Besides, if you think the ultimate goal of this research is to convince some of those who are going after Dr. Meldrum now - I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you. Their agenda is clear and it has nothing to do with Bigfoot.

I understand that for some investigating claims is a tough pill to swallow. But, if we are going to call ourselves investigators THAT is the job.

Even with this recent info - I would STILL go to Dr. Meldrum for advice LONG before I would go to those who attack Dr. Meldrum now. His ability to set aside his own ideas and go in with his eyes wide open and willing to find the truth (regardless of what it might be) makes him the kind of person who will always be respected by those who truly care about the progress of this research.

Besides, let's be honest here, it was said after the "Snow walker video" that Meldrum's credibility was shot. How many years ago was that??

Get in the woods people - investigate the mystery.

You won't find Bigfoot trying to decide who's credible and who's not. But that seems to be all some care about.


HAVE A FANTASTIC FRIDAY !!!!!

January 28, 2014

Be Good to Each Other


I know lately many probably think I have lost my mind, posting things like, "Have a great day everyone!!" and all that ~ on my Facebook page;

But..... If I may take a second of your time.

Life is short, so very short and so very precious. I think sometimes we forget that in our, get where we need to be ~ make things happen, kind of lives.

Be good to each other; I forget this. I get so caught up in things ~ I forget that life isn't about the battles I wage ~ it's about those things you do that make another person’s life better. No one, at the end of life ever says, "I wish I had cussed out so and so. We are more likely to say, "I wish I had NOT cussed out so and so." Who wants to leave this life angry? Certainly not me.

Be good to each other; seems like such a simple concept but in practice can be very difficult. Trust me I know. I have had more than my share of untruths being said about me. In fact one person has been telling some whoppers about me now for at least 5 years.... One would think this person would eventually give up. Do I fire back? No. Why not? Because I feel sorry for this person. No really I do. I feel bad for anyone who can only be hateful. How unhappy must that life be? It's not a life I would want to live.

I can read the angry comments about me, and simply move on, because I know the truth - I lived it.

Be good to each other; Live your life like it's your last day on earth. Do all the things you want to do, and be happier, than even you think, you're allowed. We only have one life (unless the Dalai Lama is right).

If you are on my Facebook page, or reading this article; know that every single second of every day I am wishing every one of you the best day you can possibly have. Filled with love, happiness and laughter. If you are having difficulties in your life, please know I am thinking of you.

I am sure many of you are scratching your heads right now and wondering, "What happened to Melissa?"

Nothing.

This is who I am. The side of Melissa you probably didn't even know existed. Yes, I disagree with people in this community ~ but my disagreements do not equal hate. To show you are a caring person in this community seems to be a crime or shows weakness. I disagree with that.

So, have a GREAT DAY everyone. And know there is at least one person in the world that is rooting for you!!!