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Thoughts and Writings by Beth Coulter

Cedar Crest College Teach-In Pictures

recreated August 4, 2001

Updated December 13, 2009

This is a short Christmas story I wrote several years ago. It features Tori Amos as a fairy who teaches A meaning of Christmas. I hope it enlightens you as the New Year begins. ICICLE: A Christmas Story


I have a little business seeking ghosts.

Ghost Walks


Who is the Ghost Beacon?

Who am I? A good question if you know little about me. When I started this page, it was to take the place of mass emails to all the people I had made cyber friends with. Then it evolved to a political blog that was a continuation of my college newspaper opinion column. Now that I am out of school with a M.A. in American Studies from Lehigh University, I find that most of the people who visit this page know nothing about me.

So let me fix that problem.

I am a historian specializing in several fields; such as local history in Bucks County, PA; the battle of Gettysburg; and my thesis topic was about how 9/11 was used by the media and the government to garner public support for the rush to war in Iraq. The abstract is posted below.

I am a natural born storyteller. My mother always used to tell me I had been telling stories since I learned to talk. My great good fortune is that this talent translated into writing, which is most evident on this page due to the numerous links to my stories and other writing.

I am also a psychic sensitive, with various psychic abilities. I have combined this psychic sense with scientific paranormal investigations, and have encountered many ghosts, spirits or residual energy. My first attempt to share my experiences can be found here.

Co-Producers of Illusion:

How the media laid the framework for America�s rush to war in Iraq


The events of September 11, 2001 were tragic and life changing for the people of America. This date became a line of demarcation in public thinking as time became divided into pre-9/11 and post-9/11 days. This divide was used to advantage by an administration seemingly intent to invade Iraq and dispose Saddam Hussein. The hypothesis is that in post-9/11 rhetoric with cherry picking of facts and topics, the media created a framework that allowed the Bush administration to march America into an unjust, unnecessary war in the Middle East. This will be accomplished with a focus on several events; coverage of September 11 and the effect on dissent, the fear factor, the patriotic rhetoric, the run-up to war with Iraq, and a case study on the saga of Jessica Lynch, POW. I intend to show that the media succumbed to the powerful corporate American forces and gave a nationalistic slant to all reports. This is not to say this is a new circumstance as media history shows. It is, however, a more forceful propaganda push with tangible evidence of the threat facing Americans, painted as a battle between good and evil.

If you are interested in my thoughts from the past years about other historical and not so historical moments in our lives, check out my column in the Crestiad (link at bottom of page). It�s called �Just blowin� my mind�. Check out the rest of it while you are there. It is an excellent college newspaper.

I have written a poem that I started during the rain storm on the Friday after the 9/11/01 attack, and finished it Sept 21. It's a little long, but I think it says a lot, so when you have 5 minutes, take a look at 911 (Silver Skins and Paper Flags)

Old Miss: A Story About September 11, 2001


My trip to Florida was amazing and I have pictures here of some of the highlights, not to mention a review of my dolphin swim in the Crestiad (issue 8, early Feb,05; see link below). You can check out dolphin swims here Dolphins Cove .

Peace Essays Part 1

Peace Essays Part 2

On the Eve of War ~~ March 19,2003 A Poem

This is a short Christmas story I wrote several years ago. It features Tori Amos as a fairy who teaches A meaning of Christmas. I hope it enlightens you as the New Year begins. ICICLE: A Christmas Story

I also have Upside Down still available. It's about 40 pages long and in a printable format if you so wish. Feel free to let me know what you think.

read my poem that was my pop culture final; Feminism and the Beatles

My 2001 Philly concert review and the report concerning RAINNFest is now here

I wrote this poem many years ago, but it is what I consider to be one of my best.

I wrote my Philosophy Final on the topic of child abuse and it's long lasting effects. It is something I am very proud of and enjoy sharing. So when you have some time read this

The following three links have to do with Tori Amos, singer and songwriter. She has been an inspiration to me and I'd like to share that with you.

The Reasons Tori Means So Much To Me

When Tori Cries

Only Virgins Get Backstage

You can find my a little of my poetry here at


Rachel Siani went to the same community college I attended. Her body was found thrown from the Turnpike Bridge over the Delaware River. This is her story.

Death of a Toriphile

Life Enhancing Links

The Crestiad - Cedar Crest College Newspaper
A Dent in the Tori Amos Net Universe--The ultimate Tori Amos Page
Democracy Means You
Really Deep Thoughts Right Now Archives
Move On. Org for Peace
RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network)