|Alexandra Holzer is a member of the SCBWI Organization, Poetry.com, Firstwriters.com and IMDBpro.com. Her father is the original ghost hunter, published Author Professor Hans Holzer, Ph.D of 163 plus titles in the genres of parapsychology, the supernatural, religion and healing. Most famous for "Amityville Horror: The Possession", "Ghosts", "America's Haunted Houses" and most recently "The Journey of the Magi" and "Murder in Amityville: Fact or Fiction". While raising four incredible children, she wrote children's short stories, poetry, sci-fi/fantasy novels, screenplays and supernatural horror thrillers. Alexandra's complete bio is available here. Alexandra's new book 'Lady Ambrosia' has Field Nominated for the Printz Award for Young Adult Literature by the American Library Association.
by Alexandra Holzer
HAUNTED HEARTS-Mortal and Immortal
Posted: 12:27 February 2, 2008
Your heart does not work alone. Your brain tracks the conditions around you-climate, stress, and level of physical activity-and adjusts your cardiovascular system to meet those needs.
This month that is often celebrated and related to as a month of love, has it's work cut out for it. I take you back on a bit of a loving history ride as we begin to see how this month all came about and for how many cultures ending up today as a mass commercialized marketable holiday greeting card, candy, flowers you name it production.
If we take a look and read up on what the heart actually is, unless your a doctor or not one to become queasy often...it's pretty gross. The human heart is a muscle designed to remain strong and reliable for a hundred years or longer. We are told that by reducing our risk factors for cardiovascular disease, we may help your heart stay healthy longer. But, I also feel that it is our minds and way of life, that can also extend life beyond for this interesting and vital organ of love and vitality.
Okay, here is the not so glamorous part: The heart weighs between 7 and 15 ounces and is a little larger than the size of your fist. I'd like to believe that the more we love, the bigger our heart grows like the Grinch! By the end of a long life, a person's heart may have beat more than 3.5 billion times.
A heartbeat is a two-part pumping action that takes about a second. As blood collects in the upper chambers (the right and left atria), the heart's natural pacemaker (the SA node) sends out an electrical signal that causes the atria to contract. The second part of the pumping phase begins when the ventricles are full of blood. The electrical signals from the SA node travel along a pathway of cells to the ventricles, causing them to contract.
Diastole, Systole, I-stole-your-mate-astole and on it goes in love.
In the 1960s it was a big time for ghosts. In my father's first book titled 'The Ghost Hunter', he has a chapter entitled, 'Fifth Avenue Ghost' in which he got the call on from the famous Eileen Garrett in New York City. Hans, Ethel Johnson-Meyers (his transmedium) and the rest of the group raced across town with their tape recorders and camera's. A bit ancient sounding today for all you experts with those lovely gadgets. I told you I was taking you back in time this month. They were able to identify the ghost as a man from the civil war who was angered over his death by his girlfriends other bow. Yikes! Love is love in any dimension I suppose. Hans and Ethel put the ghost to rest as they explained to him where he was and that he needed to move on towards the light. Can the heart and the way we live as human beings transfer over to the other side thus bringing us back, from time to time guiding and peeking in to see what's the latest and greatest?
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