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Full color companion to my memoir The Incompetent Psychic
Since that trip I’ve calmed down about reincarnation coincidences. Over time I met several people I knew in that Virginia City life during the Silver Rush, where we felt and even recognized the connection. There was James, a beautiful young gay man I met much later on in AA. He was one of my girls when I was the madam of the Bucket of Blood.
Many years in the future a gregarious woman in the local art scene knew she had been an itinerant singer in the mining towns of the Sierras back then. We shared an instant rapport — the kind of friendship that starts when you both say, “I know you. Where do I know you from?” Chances are she sang in my saloon. A man I dated claimed, “You were Mary Malone. You won’t remember me. I was killed in the silver mines as a boy, but I clearly remember walking by and seeing you leaning against the doorway of your establishment. Everybody knew you.” — From Chapter 3
My memoir ended up being about redemption. Turns out there was karma from more than just my behavior in this life to be redeemed from. I have not been a saint many times through the ages, and I came into this life with a stack of karmic invoices long overdue. Re-paying debts for my last life as the madam of a whorehouse in the late 1800s had little to do with prostitution which, in the big picture, is an honorable service profession. My sins were about being a cheat and a thief. In a past life session I discovered I treated the girls well, but swindled the customers whenever I could get away with it.
This recent drawing is from pictures gleaned from Virginia City records that have made it to the internet. A surviving photo of Julia Bulette, a renowned lady of the evening of that time inspired the ghostly face. Julia eventually became a character in Bonanza and even got her own bronze memorial marker which reads,
In Memory of Julia C. Bulette
Angel of miners, friend of firemen
and administrator to the needy
Brutally murdered Jan. 20, 1867
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