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Carol Perkins: The Long Island Medium

Columnist is drawn to the show, not by belief in the spirits, but by the spirt of the Long Island Medium. She writes: "Not one to dwell on spirits or ghost or paranormal behavior, I cant believe I am attracted to this show. I dont watch it because I believe she sees spirits, but I watch it because she has a spirit worth watching. You just have to see it to believe it-or not."
The next earlier Carol Perkins column: Carol Perkins: Christmas is time to reflect

By Carol Perkins

Do any of you have your own personal psychic? I hear this is the newest trend among the rich and famous. At least my tabloid magazines suggest that all the stars visit theirs weekly. I bet the psychics of the rich and famous dont have neon signs.



For some reason, as I was flipping channels late one night, I stopped on The Long Island Medium. A feisty blond housewife who is a little too loud and a lot too hip for her age brings messages from spirits to the living. One night she walked into a bakery with her daughter and right over the cupcakes she asked if anyone in the back had lost a father. A hand went up. From there, she began a reading. How would you like to meet this lady in the aisle of the IGA?

At all readings, she is inundated with spirits, so she says. How could a person have any peace with spirits circling her-spirits to the left, spirits to the right? She actually SEES them sitting in chairs or on bar stools. Your father is sitting right over there in that chair, she said recently to a lady who had moved into a new home but couldnt feel at peace there. When Teresa (the mediums name) pointed to the chair, the daughter didnt blink. I believe I would have done more than blinked!

She holds group sessions, but she also has a private practice. Naturally, some people would not want to be seen in public having a personal spirit contact hovering over them. Who knows what message she might blurt out? After all, she is only speaking the words the spirit gives her. Private would be the way to go, but that would cost more, naturally.

All of these psychics that have jumped out of my TV at one time or another have one thing in common. They all report that the dead are fine and not to worry about them. Would they ever give a message that said, You dont want to know where I am. It is awful here. I am afraid. I am sad. Bad TV.

They also thrive on love messages to a son or daughter or grandpa. Hes telling me to tell you to take care of your mother and that he loves you. What a revelation. I could have that job. Wheres my neon sign?

Like most of these reality shows, I dont watch them because I believe they are real; I watch because I am too tired to read, too wired to sleep, or too drained to start a project. I sometimes want to be swept away by the ridiculous.

Not one to dwell on spirits or ghost or paranormal behavior, I cant believe I am attracted to this show. I dont watch it because I believe she sees spirits, but I watch it because she has a spirit worth watching. You just have to see it to believe it-or not. -CAROL PERKINS


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