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As an undergraduate at Benedictine University, Bielski was able to explore the interplay of belief and experience, focusing her coursework on the relationship between science and religion. Outside the classroom she tagged along with psychology students investigating reported cases of haunting phenomena which took her to such notorious sites as the Country House Restaurant in suburban Clarendon Hills; Chicago's Red Lion Pub; and the Oshkosh Opera House (Wisconsin). Her fascination with the methodology and philosophy of psi research led her to more structured work in the field of parapsychology.
As a graduate student at Northeastern Illinois University, Bielski explored related aspects of American intellectual and cultural history, particularly the spiritualist movement of the 19th century and its transformation into psychical research and parapsychology. As a student affiliate of the Parapsychological Association, an international body dedicated to psi research, Bielski was a frequent contributor to the group's bulletin.
Intrigued by the apparent relationship between folklore and paranormal experience, Bielski eventually turned her interests toward her hometown, penning her acclaimed and widely successful book, Chicago Haunts: Ghostlore of the Windy City. After several printings of the book and the release of a second edition, Bielski now lectures regularly on the subject, having emerged as an expert on Chicago's spiritual netherworld. In 1999, she teamed up with cemetery photographer Matt Hucke to write Graveyards of Chicago: The People, History, Art, and Lore of Cook County Cemeteries.
Bielski is editor of PA News, the quarterly bulletin of the Parapsychology Association. She is currently at work on a children's cookbook inspired by the gothic novels of John Bellairs. She lives in Chicago with her husband, author David Cowan, and their daughter.
Another poorly written attempt from one of the worst Chicago Ghostlore authors around.
A total waste of time and money.
After the mistakes in the first one, do not trust anything. Verify address and location information. The first book was not edited properly or self-published without being edited. Read morePublished on May 9, 2010 by A Customer
It was an interesting book, however, not as captivating as the first.Published on November 3, 2006 by A. Lessick
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion concerning what they read. Amazon.com graciously allows these opinions to be viewed online. Read morePublished on October 8, 2005 by Fineprint
This second book is even worse than the first, after her first book-which she ends with a cheap booze joke that mocks the whole field of Parapsychology-Mrs Bielski is contacted by... Read morePublished on August 20, 2005 by booklover