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A Skeptical Dad Reaches Across the Veil

An email from Tobie Hewitt of Rochester, New York:

I went to The Hand on the Mirror website to post this email to you when I saw that your husband had transitioned to the other side. I am very sorry for your loss and send you healing, peace, light, and love as you traverse this bend in your path. I have decided to send on the letter below in hopes that you find some comfort in further confirmation that “death” is not an ending, just a move to new surroundings.

After hearing your story on CBS Sunday Morning, it was with great interest that I read your excellent book. As you shared your walk through that difficult and edifying journey, I became more and more aware that my story is one you might appreciate. You see, I have spent my entire life as a mystic and a writer.

As a spiritual girl in a physical world, I have dedicated my life to helping others realize that they are spirits, embodied on this earth to learn from the experience and that they do not need to fear the transition known as death. By spreading this awareness, I hope to contribute to a more peaceful and cohesive world.

I write a daily blog ( to share with others ways in which they, too, can live a more “spirited life.” I have written several books on this topic. You might find my autobiographical book, Simple Gifts: Living a Spirited Life, interesting in light of your quest for information and truth about our survival after the transition known as “death.”

When my father, a scientist, passed away, his belief was that death was an end, that there was nothing after the final breath. An hour and a half after he transitioned, he started communicating with me in very concrete and recognizable ways. My mother, who had been in total agreement with my father’s belief that death was the end, sent, after her recent passing, a message through a medium that contained very specific and verifiable information that could not have come from any other source.

My entire life has been surrounded by the reality of the spiritual world. I look forward to sharing my journey with you.



Powdery Wings, and a Civil War Soldier Comes in a Dream

An email from Donna Highfill:

Thank you so much for your courage and honesty displayed in the telling of your story. I’ve recommended your book to several woman 50+ who have whispered their stories to me. I am a consultant with financial companies and have had experiences on and off all my life.

Six years ago, around the age of 50, I received “wings” on my car made of the same white powdery substance you described, with such feathered detail even my atheist aunt (a professor at UConn) said the only way it could have made that print was to be burned into the glass. Even though the powder was light, it took weeks for it to totally go away. My husband scraped it off with our first ice storm. (I accused him of erasing God right off my windshield.)

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A couple of years later, I came home to a drawing made in the dirt all over my large driveway . . . with no footprints in the dirt – it was all circles and triangles — and we have no neighbors. I also had water appear on my front door after walking out of it, and when I took a picture you could see half a face and feathers. Needless to say, your story made me feel “normal.” I keep working and try to stay quiet when a spirit shows up in my bedroom, or I have a dream where a man yells a name three times that I find out three years later was a Civil War leader in a battle where my house sits. Thank you, most of all, for being an intelligent woman willing to share your story.

Quantum Experiment Confirms “Spooky Action at a Distance”

Quantum Experiment Confirms “Spooky Action at a Distance”

The results of this experiment prove to the strongest level so far the existence of quantum entanglement. This theory could offer a scientific underpinning to explain why people experience connections across normal time and space, including perhaps after death.

Tickets for Authors on the Move in Sacramento

Janis Heaphy Durham, author of The Hand on the Mirror, will join more than 40 distinguished California authors from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 12 at this year’s Authors on the Move event.

The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Sacramento, California, to benefit the Sacramento Public Library Foundation.

The 2016 event is called “Pathways:  An American Tapestry” and features Lalita Tademy, author of Citizens Creek, as the keynote speaker. Guests will enjoy a champagne reception, a four-course meal from Jason Poole, the renowned executive chef of the Hyatt Regency, unlimited wine, conversation with three regional authors at each table and a live auction to win one-time experiences with authors. This fund-raiser helps pay for literacy and tutoring programs as well as books and materials for the 28 public libraries in Sacramento.

For information and to buy tickets,

Neuroscientist Builds Device That Allows Brain-To-Brain Communication

This 18-minute Ted Talk by neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis explains his research that led to a brain-controlled exoskeleton used by a paralyzed man to kick the first ball of the 2014 World Cup. Now Nicolelis is testing the limits of how consciousness can be transmitted between brains of monkeys. In amazing ways, this broadens the horizons of what we think is possible in human communication.