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Call me a skeptic, but ...

Sorry, Anthony.

I tried; I really did.

I went to your seminar Saturday as you wished, as an open-minded skeptic. Three hours later, I left, still skeptical, I must say.

Anthony Quinata, who has traveled the country as a medium and psychic for the last 14 years, was in town for a book signing, followed by a seminar where he gave readings, re-connecting some participants with souls from the other side.

I'm starting to wonder if I am the paranormal reporter for the paper. Just a few weeks ago I interviewed Freeman Fly. You remember Freeman, the conspiracy theorist who claims President Barack Obama and his family are cloned from Egyptian pharaohs. And that we are soon to be invaded by aliens. It definitely was an other-worldly experience to talk with Mr. Fly.

As for Saturday, to be fair, others who were there did seem to have a positive experience. Maybe Quinata really does communicate with souls from the other side.

All I know, Quinata tried to do a reading concerning loved one(s) who had passed in my family, and his batting average was lower than the Royals' Mike Moustakas.

So, after "seeing" several things that didn't make a connection -- everything from I had a connection to someone who was, or is, in the Marines, to I had a pinata for my birthday one year -- Quinata channeled my biological father.

Now, I've never met the guy, don't know whether he is dead or alive. Hey, I don't need to wonder now, because Quinata started telling me things he was saying. He's passed, you say? Thanks, now I can cross off finding him on my bucket list.

I wasn't upset, or grieving at the news he is "dead" because I long since have considered my biological father one of life's mysteries. I was just surprised how I found out he supposedly has passed to the other side; it was so unexpected. I mean, you go to Thirsty's for a burger and a beer, not to find out dear old dad has kicked the bucket.

I came there Saturday to write a story and left there thinking a chapter in my life might be over, that if I ever did want to find my biological father it wasn't happening -- not on this earth. At least, that would be the case if I were to believe Quinata. Hey, he does have a 50-50 chance of being right.

Of course, I always could get a personal reading from Quinata; I could communicate with my biological father that way. It would cost me only $250.

Sorry, pops. I'll just wait to see you on the other side.

Randy Gonzales is a reporter at The Hays Daily News. rgonzales@dailynews.net