I was up north visiting my parents in Foster Twp. Near West Branch last summer. It was getting late so my partner and I decided to walk back to my sister's cottage that sits twelve houses away on Horseshoe Lake. We were talking about nothing in particular just gabbing and joking around. As we cleared a bend in the road I turned my attention from him to the road in front of me. I saw a man coming at me from the edge of the road. He was actually clear in detail close enough to my face that I could make out a beard, blue eyes, and that he was wearing a solid colored flannel.
My arms went instinctively into a defense block to protect my face and upper body. I then felt a very deep chill go through me from one side to the other. My partner then felt it go through him and exit toward the lake. We stood for a moment stunned and he asked "what the heck was that!" I gathered myself and told him what I saw. He did not see the figure because he was looking in the opposite direction, he just felt the entity go through him. We both had a difficult time sleeping that night.
As I thought about it further I came to realize perhaps the man spirit was just trying to get to the lake and we just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Last year I had another strange experience with my sister, we were at a party at my neighbor's house in Detroit. We were chatting and my sister looked down the hallway, I looked in the same direction. We both saw the shadow of a man wearing a wide rimmed hat walk from one room to another passing the hall closet. Later we found out by the couple that lived there that they were having problems with a mischievous spirit. I guess he would whisper the name of the woman who lived there when she was alone in the house.
There have been many other experiences with the paranormal that myself or family members have witnessed throughout the years. The weirdest thing is that I can tell if a house is haunted or not by the mirrors in the home. There's been about five or six homes that while there I would absolutely avoid the mirrors (I have no good explanation for this, I've never seen anything unusual or scary in a mirror.) however each one of those homes I found out later was haunted.
This makes me think do I just have a knack for seeing ghosts? Is there some reason why the past two years have had increasing paranormal activity? I'm boggled.