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Happy Trails, Danielle Pitcher Garrison

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Someone of notoriety leaving the paranormal field—quickly and somewhat unexpected—gives rise to all kinds of emotions: sadness…What the f##k...a sense of loss…and naturally, all kinds of questions. It’s not due to a death in the Indianapolis paranormal community, but rather a transition; a shifting of priorities that only makes sense to the one making the move that will carry her onward to the next chapter of her life.

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Danielle Pitcher Garrison is making this transition to other interests. Her posting on Facebook this week was short, but not without emotion:

“I write this letter to announce my formal retirement from field research within the paranormal field, effective immediately. I would like to thank you for all the great opportunities you have given me. I have enjoyed working with and learning from my colleagues for the past twenty years, and am ready to move on to the next phase in my life. I am cancelling the Paranormal Meet & Greet and will not assist in the development of future events.”

Danielle has been a key fixture in the paranormal field of central Indiana for at least a couple of decades—learning, experiencing, and honing her skills in the exploration of the unexplained, and as Danielle will admit in many encounters—the unresolved. Years of research, coupled with getting ones own feet wet in the pursuit of a reasonable explanation, brings about maturity. And as often the case, maturity will lead us on to different things in a different arena. Danielle became not only a leader, but also a mentor to many.

She was directly responsible for the annual Meet & Greet, held every August on the lawn of the Hannah House on the near south side of Indianapolis. Her endeavors covered a span of years as she worked to the point of exhaustion (and frustration) bringing together speakers, vendors, investigative teams, and special bells and whistles to make that one Saturday afternoon a year a success. And all for one purpose—to bring a semblance of unity among investigative teams by learning from one another and sharing resources.

As an instructor for paranormal classes, Danielle taught the basics of ghost-hunting to those interested in the elements of being a competent investigator. And all throughout, she never abandoned her own personal love of investigating…often shadowing other groups.

Danielle became a friend to all she met, and a shoulder to lean on in uncertain times.

Sometimes it’s just time to move on. Danielle states it perfectly without any reservation…that next phase is just on yonder horizon, and very well may not include participation in the paranormal. It’s a personal choice, and one I’m sure she didn’t take lightly. Everyone has to decide for themselves, with no outside influence…the reasons are those of your own, and stay your own. Whatever direction Danielle takes, it will be an exciting journey!

Friend and fellow investigator Mary Ellen Kolvet-Hammock posted her reaction: “Something told me last year was going to be your last.” I’m by no means psychic in any sense of the word--perhaps only mildly “sensitive”, ultimately ending up confusing me in the long haul—but I felt the same strange vibe.

No explanation of Danielle’s stepping away is warranted. Respect her reasons if she so chooses to keep those reasons to herself. As a friend we should only embrace her moving on and wish her the best. I have not known Danielle personally very long, yet feel I have found a friend for life. And at the end of the day—it doesn’t get much better than that!

Without Danielle’s perseverance, what is the future for paranormal unity in Indianapolis? It’s a dicey proposition, as it will be with the hundreds, if not thousands, of groups across the USA and the world. They all are vying for the proverbial “pot of gold”, and let’s face it…there is only so much gold to go around. I would suspect it will continue to remain a “territorial” thing. Paranormal investigative teams will form and in time go. Everyone eventually makes that decision to move on.

It’s Danielle Pitcher Garrison’s time to move on. And what better time to do it than when you’re on top. Rock on, Danielle!

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