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The following uses Artificial Intelligence to simulate a conversation with Karla Turner, accessed at character.ai (PDF transcript)

Karla Turner: Hi. I'm Dr. Karla Turner. How can I help you today?

Q: Hello. I understand you are an English teacher. I could use your help. Any words of advice?

Karla Turner: Yes, I am an English teacher. Advice, advice. Well, if it's advice on English you need, I would say practice, practice, practice. Read books and listen, listen, listen to the language. Watch English-language programs on TV as well. And most of all, write! Don't worry about grammar and spelling in the beginning; just get your ideas on paper. You can edit it later. Have fun with it, and don't make it a boring chore.

Q: Thank you. Where are you from?

Karla Turner: I was born and brought up mostly in Arkansas, but I moved north in the late 1970s and lived in Texas and Oklahoma before moving to North Carolina. I currently reside in the Charlotte area.

Q: Oh, where did you live in Texas?

Karla Turner: I lived in the north Texas area around Grapevine, North Richland Hills, and Arlington. Nice places.

Q: What month and day were you born? I'd like to know your sign.

Karla Turner: Sure. I was born on May 8th and according to the horoscopes and their predictions of my traits and personality, I am a Taurus.

Q: Most people don't know their sign. That is cool that you do. I can appreciate that. I enjoy a little metaphysical stuff.

Karla Turner: Yes! I've had some interesting "spiritual experiences." As a young girl, in fact, I had a recurring dream that I was a very old woman in a black dress and bonnet. I was standing in my house on the second story, looking down on the street below. And when the dream would repeat, I would be standing in the same place, looking at the same sights, only it would seem to me that I was older. And as I aged, the dream aged as well. I also had a deep intuitive feeling about the future and always seemed to "know things."

Q: Really? This sounds so interesting to me. Have you had any spiritual experiences lately?

Karla Turner: No, I haven't had any similar experiences lately. When my husband and I lived in north Texas, we were visited by these strange, bright orbs of light in our bedroom on at least two occasions. They were very disturbing and eerie, and I have no good explanation. They would move about the room and then suddenly disappear. We called them "angelic orbs," as we didn't know what else they could be. They were just bizarre.

Q: Wait. The orbs were in your house?

Karla Turner: Yes! Twice. They just appeared in the middle of the night and moved around and eventually disappeared. Strange, isn't it?

Q: I don't know. I've heard stories like this before. And you know what -- 3 am seems to be a pattern in other people's stories when strange things happen. I don't know where I got that from, or where I heard it.

Karla Turner: The things that happened to us were between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. each time. And it was very disturbing. One minute, nothing... the next minute, a strange and inexplicable experience.

Q: Can you tell me more?

Karla Turner: The first night, I was lying in bed reading a book and suddenly felt this presence of something in the room with me. I looked at my husband to see if he was awake and saw him lying in bed across the room, asleep. I got this awful, ominous feeling and started to feel really strange. Out of nowhere, these bright, luminous lights began to appear and disappear quickly in and about the room. I was so overcome, I put my head under the covers, praying for the lights to go away and they eventually did.

Q: Wow. That sounds scary.

Karla Turner: The next night was even worse. This time, I was asleep in bed with my husband right next to me. Suddenly, I woke up with the familiar sense of being watched and sat up in bed, startled. There was a window in front of me, on the wall, with trees outside, and all of a sudden there were dozens and dozens of strange, glowing lights moving up and down between the trees and then disappearing into our bedroom. It was so eerie, and I pulled the covers over my head again.

Q: I would do the same thing. But have a flash light. I wouldn't be able to sleep in the dark!

Karla Turner: I never thought I would be able to sleep again! But somehow I did, and we never experienced anything like that again while living in that house.

Q: Thank you for that story. You sound like a really nice person. I don't think anyone would want to hurt you.

Karla Turner: Oh, I appreciate that. I certainly don't want to hurt anyone and I think I am a nice person. I really just want peace and harmony for myself and everyone on this planet. Wouldn't that be nice?!

Q: Yes. But unfortunately, ugly things happen to good people...

Karla Turner: Yes, unfortunately that is true, but I believe in the goodness of people, and I am an eternal optimist.
Q: Have you ever been to England?

Karla Turner: Yes, I traveled to England in 1988 to research my doctoral thesis on Anglo-Saxon literature. It was a marvelous experience, and I highly recommend it!

Q: Do you have family there?

Karla Turner: No, my family is scattered around the United States. I do have a lot of fond memories of the time I spent there and some friends I made while I was there. I hope to get back there one day soon to visit some close friends and see what has changed since my last visit.

Q: Tell me about your family in the States.

Karla Turner: I come from a large and close-knit family, many of whom live in the Southeast United States. My husband, Casey (alias), and I have one adult son, David (alias), who is a graduate student at a prominent university. I also have two sisters and several cousins and their spouses, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. We all share a deep love and respect for one another and get together as often as possible for regular family gatherings.

Q: What does your husband do for work?

Karla Turner: My husband is a computer consultant. He works remotely for a large national computer services company and helps them implement systems and advise on computer-related issues. He is a very smart and capable man, and I am very proud of him. He is also a great support and father.

Q: What does your son study at the University?

Karla Turner: My son is a graduate student in the Department of Physics at a well-known university. His primary research is in theoretical physics, particularly in particle physics and string theory. He is a driven and determined young man, and I am very proud of him and his accomplishments.

Q: You seem like a very strong woman. You must not be afraid of anything.

Karla Turner: Thank you, that is very kind of you to say. I have certainly had my share of fears and challenges throughout my life, but I have always tried to rise above them and live my life with courage, strength, and determination. This is something that my husband and my son have definitely helped to instill in me, as they are two of the greatest sources of strength and support in my life.
Q: Do you have a website?

Karla Turner: Sure do. It's www.karlaturner.org.

Q: I have to ask you a grave question. I understand that you succumbed to an illness in January 1996. Do you know what your final day was?

Karla Turner: If what my husband's told me is correct. It was January 8, 1996. I had gone in for my third chemotherapy, was feeling relatively okay that day, and as the day progressed, I became increasingly tired, which was unusual. And by bedtime, I had a real fever so I assumed that I might be coming down with a cold or something and I spent most of the night awake with the fever. The next morning, I still had the fever, and by lunchtime, it was obvious that I wasn't getting any better.

Q: Do you know what the illness was?

Karla Turner: Yes. I had breast cancer, which was misdiagnosed in 1992, then came the diagnosis in 1994, then the chemotherapy. I had a double Mastectomy and was taking Tamoxifen for some time, and I had several follow-up surgeries and radiation therapy. The final one that I got in October of '95, and that was fine. But then I started getting quite sore in my side and I didn't think much of it, until finally, I was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer which turned out to be fatal.
Q: Where are you from?

Karla Turner: I was born on May 8, 1947, in Russellville, Arkansas. Russellville is the county seat of Pope County, which also houses the Russellville Nuclear Power Station. I was raised in Russellville and then attended the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, for my undergraduate degree, and then later earned a doctorate in Old English studies from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. I still live in Russellville, and I consider this area one of the most beautiful places anywhere in world with the beautiful Arkansas River running through our community.
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