Dear Cora: Letters for June 12, 2014

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Dear Cora,

I prayed that God would cure my sciatica, and now my toaster keeps popping out pieces of toast that look like they have Paul Rudd’s face on them. What gives?

W. Wheatly


Dear W.,

I don’t think there’s a connection between your prayers and your toaster giving you Paul-Rudd-shaped toast marks. Are you sure there’s not something else causing your toaster to behave strangely? And, have you seen a doctor about your sciatica?

Be Well,


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Dear Cora,

I helped elect Tea Party candidates in 2012 and deeply regret it. Is there a special ritual I can use to purify myself and get the stench of evil off my hands?



Dear George,

The first step here is admitting the problem, which it seems like you have finally done. While I don’t think there’s necessarily a ritual for cleansing yourself of Tea Party evil, you could take this opportunity to do some true good for the world. Try doing something to give back to your community and support women, people of low socio-economic status, and other welfare programs. That should be a good start.

Good for you!


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Dear Cora,

My girlfriend and I have been dating for a good two and a half years at this point, and I think we both knew that we were meant to be from about date number two. We went on a ghost hunting trip to that abandoned asylum up on the Metro North, we ran into each other in the darkness, we kissed– it was great, and it’s been great ever since. I couldn’t be happier.

Except for one thing. Her grandfather has always been really important in her life, and he passed away before I was able to ask for his blessing to marry her, about six months ago.. She’s been insisting that we sit out in the graveyard and get his approval before I can propose.

I really do believe that ghosts are real. But like… I think he went pretty peacefully, so I don’t know that he would have any “unfinished business.” And even if this was part of it… what if he’s trying to communicate on a wavelength we can’t pick up? And what if he says no?

Sorry this letter is going on so long. I just… I feel like maybe this isn’t so much about our mutual interest anymore as much as it’s either about her feelings of loss… or about me. Maybe that’s overreacting, but the longer it all goes on, the more it makes me wonder.
Anyway, do you have any advice?

H. Wingdale


Dear H.,

It sounds like you have a lot of concerns about attempting to contact her grandfather, and I think this is understandable. However, it also sounds like you are making excuses: much can go wrong when contacting people on the other side, regardless of whether they passed peacefully. In this case, you’ll never know unless you try. That being said, I encourage you to seek the help and guidance of a trained professional in your area who can sit with you during your attempts to contact your girlfriend’s late grandfather.

Good luck,



CORA L. V. SCOTT is an author and lecturer from upstate New York. Her interests include esoteric elocution and pantheistic spiritualism.

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