Chip Coffey and I have been going back and forth this past week regarding a recent blog post I wrote (http://daneladwig.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/chip-coffey-psychics-the-paranormal-and-sensationalism-sales/) , which Chip felt was “harsh and judgmental”. There are a number of issues I had addressed I felt were a bit out of line in Chip’s list of priorities, beginning with the costs involved in attending his events. I am not sure these have been resolved, however Mr. Coffey, a nationally acclaimed celebrity, did take time out of his busy schedule to try to set the record straight and for that I give him kudos.
In our final correspondence to one another, two things became apparent to me; one, I did not know all there was to know about Chip Coffey when I posted my original blog article, and the other is, as a writer I should have known all I possibly could have before placing pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard).
Don’t get me wrong, this is not saying I am changing my initial perspective on the matter, it is merely admitting I could have been better informed and prepared had I dug a little more into the man’s history and I would have had a better grasp of who Chip Coffey was before I began a dialogue with him. The information was at my fingertips – the internet.
Below is the final correspondence Chip and I shared. I agree with Chip, at this point in time, there is no reason to perpetuate this any further. I spoke my mind and Chip responded.
A few people replied, mostly adversely, leading me to the idea I need to tighten the screws on my blog site regarding the allowance of acceptable replies and what is considered censorship. I shall ponder on those ideas for a while.
Thanks Chip, and thanks to those who responded to the blog posts.
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[Chip to Me]
It is not my intention to create an ongoing dialogue between us, but I do feel compelled to comment on a few points that you made in response to my original post.
You state: “The ‘harsh and judgmental’ opinion I have, shared by many throughout society, stems from a blemished point of view of people in your profession who have taken advantage of people for centuries.” As we both know, there are both good and bad practitioners in every profession. Good lawyers, bad lawyers. Good mechanics, bad mechanics. Good bloggers, bad bloggers. Good cops, bad cops. Those who lack skills and ethics tend to sully the good reputations of those who are skilled and ethical. Guilt by association. A few bad apples can spoil the whole bunch. Stereotypes.
You question the fees that I charge for my services. I agree, my fees are not inexpensive. They are, however, very similar to fees charged by others of equal renown and, in some cases, far less expensive than fees charged for readings by other widely known psychics and mediums.
Regarding the costs for admission to my Coffey Talk events and the differences between the two prices that you quoted: the higher price includes not only a *signed* copy of my book, but participation in the investigation/spirit contact portion of my program, as well.
You asked: “Are you donating to show your gratitude to those who escalated you to the status you now enjoy? Your time? Services? Money?” Yes, in fact, I do, quite often, “pay it forward.” I volunteer with hospice and animal rescue organizations. (I have donated a considerable amount of money to save the lives of numerous animals who were either on death row or in need of urgent medical care.) I participate in fund raising events, pro bono, for various charities. I have paid the rent or mortgages of several friends who were running the risk of being homeless. I employ several individuals as sub-contractors to help me with my business and the income that they earn helps to support their families.
I appreciate the generous offer you made for me to appear on your radio show. Perhaps, at some point in the future, I will take you up on that offer.
All the best,
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Thanks for your considerate responses. Of your devotion to “paying it forward” volunteering your time at hospice and animal rescue organizations; it is apparent there is a side of Chip Coffey, few are unacquainted with. Sir, you have an open invitation on View From My Loft radio. Again, thank you for your correspondence.
Best in the future,
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