Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Time Slips

A time slip is a term used to describe a paranormal phenomenon where an individual or group of people experience a "hiccup" in time that cannot be explained. One of the most famous cases involves the Simpsons and the Gisbys, two English couples traveling to Spain on holiday who stop at a charming, old-fashioned inn for the night, only to discover they cannot locate it on their return trip. The odd things they encountered seem to defy explanation. An ITV's Strange But True episode contains interviews with the couples, along with another alleged case of a time slip in Ireland. A fascinating eleven minutes even if time travel is not your thing. part 1; part 2

Time slips have also been alleged at Bold Street and the Lyceum building in Liverpool.

It's fun to think about. Hell, it's fun to write about. But as I googled time slip, I found something equally amazing. TimeSlips is a creative, storytelling project aimed at cherishing the memories of those suffering from Alzheimer's. Without the pressure to remember things accurately, patients are free to explore wherever their fractured minds take them. It's a way for patients to reconnect with family and friends who may feel distanced by this disease and share their journey and creativity with their community. I could envision this being a community art project similar to Post Secret. A way to blend the lost art of storytelling with the stories of a generation we are close to losing. Inspiring. Truly inspiring.


Charles Gramlich said...

Lana and I experienced an apparent time slip once when we found an abandoned house and a farm area after Katrina. We couldn't find it again the next couple of times we went, but eventually we did find it again. Maybe we just slipped a second time.

Jen FitzGerald said...

Very cool, L.A.! Thanks for sharing.

I admit I also have a fascination with the time slip theory, well writing stories that feature it anyway. My story in the anthology was along those lines. I hope to add two more stories along those lines for a short series.

L.A. Mitchell said...

@Charles-even if it didn't happen, just thinking for a moment that it might had to have been a great experience.

@Jen--that's right! I remember that about your story now. Very cool :)