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Lori Keeling is my mom. She doesn’t have the same last name as I do because she remarried in October 2006. She grew up as a Latter-Day Saint in San Jose, California to Bill and Lucy who had seven children in total. She was exactly in the middle and has four brothers and two sisters. She now lives in Corning, California and has two kids, both of which are currently going to USU and UVU. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing, worked as a home health nurse for more than 20 years and is now a nurse for the Tehama County School District. She enjoys horseback riding, reading, and going to the movies with her kids.
She had just gotten home from work when I called her to collect her ghost stories about our property. Usually this is not how she shares her ghost stories. She usually only shares these stories when friends are over, after my brother and I have told all of our ghost stories. This usually happens after a scary movie or after we talk about my dad who passed away, because we think he ‘hangs out’ in our home still.
So Michael and I had had an argument. And we were laying in bed...and all of a sudden--and it was late it was like midnight--there was a crashing sound in your room. So we go in there and your jewelry tray had fallen off the shelf. And it tipped--
A-The top shelf.
L-It was on the very top shelf. And it was three tiers--your jewelry tray was three tiers high. And it landed straight up and down like it had totally just been picked up and dropped straight down. Nothing even fell off of it.
A-No I didn’t even wake up.
L-You didn’t wake up. It totally crashed. I heard it. Michael heard it. And you didn’t even wake up. It was a loud crash. And yet it was--weird. Nothing was really hurt on it.
She told this story with more conviction and belief than she did with the story about seeing Grandma. She corrected herself a quite a few times, but talked rather slow. It seemed as if she was deep in thought. Unlike seeing grandma, this one to her was not funny but rather very puzzling and odd. It seems as though she believes this one more than she did the others.
Dr. Lynne McNeill
Semester and year
G7: Unexplainable Phenomena
Utterback, Amber, "Falling" (2018). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 419.