Manhattan Medium evening at the Mendelssohn

By Denise Guzzardo

Jenniffer Weigel, an Emmy award winning journalist and author has been a dear friend of mine for many years. In her first book, Stay Tuned: Conversations with Dad on the Other Side, she spoke of me in the first chapter called the Psychic in the Farm house. I was her first experience with a psychic after she graduated from college. Jenniffer’s inquiring mind has led her on a journey of exploring the esoteric atmospheres. She understands what it’s like to be a person like me and respects those who do the work we do without prejudice. She’s not a pushover or gullible by any stretch of the imagination. However; she does seem to have an eye for talent in this field and began a series of spiritual interviews that are showcased at the Willamette Theatre. Last summer she invited me in to speak with her for her audience. I scrunched up my face and said, “Jen what the hell would we talk about for two hours? I’m just not that interesting.” She rolled her eyes and said, “Yes you are dear, would you please come?” I reluctantly agreed. I was shocked at the turnout and two hours flew by within a blink of an eye. That night she mentioned to me that a medium she had a show with a couple of months prior was returning to do the show with her again. She said the audience really loved him and he had made contact with a few of the participants pets, something about an Irish Setter, then everything went kind of blurry for me. As soon as I heard the word pet I was in. His name was Thomas John, the Manhattan Medium.

I arrived at the show, met up with a couple of my girlfriends, and took a seat. Then I had the honor of meeting Caroline Myss who had also attended the show. Jen introduced me to Caroline before the show started and I did everything I could to contain myself. My girlfriend Debora Hogan looked at me and said, “Do you know who that is?” I said, “Only the John, Paul, George and Ringo of the elevated consciousness Caroline Myss.” We both started to laugh and I thought well even if this guy is absolutely no good at all, at least I got to meet her. Nothing could have been further from the truth. He scanned the crowd after his heartfelt interview with Jen and after a couple of readings he said, “There is a woman here, her name is Ruth.” My girlfriend nudged me and whispered, “Put your hand up.” I said, “No, no just wait a minute maybe it’s for someone else.” Even though I felt my mother the minute I walked in along with a number of other loved ones connected to me from the other side. I wasn’t trying to be difficult and it’s possible I got a little stage fright for a moment. Now I know what my clients feel like. He brought her name up again scanning the crowd, “There is a Ruth here.” I waited, then he said, “Come on, she’s here and she wants to speak to her daughter.” Then he said, “Oh I stand corrected, she goes by the name Ruthie.” Up went my hand and yep that was my mother’s real name.

He told me that my mother had recently visited me in a dream, that my father John had been killed in a car accident, and that they had a lot to talk about once she arrived, I said yes. He continued with a visit from my mother’s second husband Richard and called him by name. If that wasn’t mind blowing enough, he said, “They want you to know they are really proud of you for quitting smoking.” Now, anything else he could have Googled I suppose, but the smoking thing? When I quit? I didn’t say a word about it on social media. I wanted it to be private, I didn’t want to be scrutinized or asked constantly how I was doing with the not smoking thing. Right then and there, I was filled with love and pride. He continued on to my son Jordan, he said my son was ready to relocate, I had told my son in a reading last summer that a job opening in Los Angeles would be posted in October and he would get the job. Now Thomas John is telling me to tell Jordan that Gramma and Grampa say that he will be relocating and getting the job of his heart’s desire on the west coast. I couldn’t wait to get on the phone with him on my way home from Evanston to share the news. In case you don’t know, my son relocated January 1 as a result of his promotion to the CNN Los Angeles bureau, leaving CNN Chicago behind. This was another very close-mouthed case. Nothing on social media could be discussed as he was applying and making the transition. When he arrived back home from Paris the day before Thanksgiving, his boss called him to let him know he was hired for the position. Then he saw a large dog, first he said this is a big one, looks like a wolf, I didn’t say anything other than I laughed and mentioned that I had a lot of those on the other side. Then he said no, it’s a German Shepherd. My Sage has been reincarnated back into Apple but Star is still waiting for a home here again. I acknowledged and thanked him graciously. He moved on to a woman behind me and I passed the mic back to her, she was a bit belligerent and I think she fancied herself as a psychic from the comments I was overhearing while I was trying to watch the show. He cut her off and said, “Oh wait, there is a Becky here.” I raised my hand again and said, “Uh, that would be me again.”

My girlfriend Becky was killed in a a car accident when I was 18 a year after my father had been killed. She said she wanted me to know she knew the whole story, that she was well and sends her love.

Now many of you may wonder why, in the profession I’m in, was this was such a wonderful evening for me. Because I do this kind of work all the time. I have to say, in my life it’s like the shoemakers kids that never have any shoes. To be presented with a gift from my loved ones on the other side from someone who didn’t know me from Adam validated everything for me. Thomas John checked his ego at the door a long time ago. I have never met anyone in this profession as authentic and kind as he is. You don’t want to miss this opportunity. Jenniffer Weigel and Thomas John will be at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center on January 28 from 7-9 p.m. Tickets for the event are $25 and available through Mendelssohn’s website

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