Medium and paranormal author Sydney Sherman at library March 5

Connecticut paranormal author and medium Sydney Sherman will return to her hometown of Milford on Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m., with the program “Understanding your senses: an after life presentation,” at the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Avenue.

Sherman approaches the paranormal with a healthy dose of common sense and encourages rational skepticism, according to an announcement about her upcoming visit.

“A loved one’s passing can bring with it pain and feelings of overwhelming loss and separation,” the library announcement reads. “We remember those special to us with memories and with spoken words, but we are never really sure if our words are heard.”

Learning to differentiate between environmental and spiritual events can be difficult if you do not have a full understanding of how your senses work or what to look for, the author advises.

The presentation is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.

Sherman talked to the Milford Mirror in 2013, before a similar library appearance.

She explained that she was a normal child, the youngest, growing up with her family in Milford in the 1960s. She liked to sing, play piano and crochet. She said she was an everyday child, just like everyone else … until she realized that she wasn’t.

Sherman, which is her pen name, is a medium, psychic and author who says she can see and hear people who have died, or passed on, as she prefers to say.

Sometimes she can only see them or hear them, and the forms they take vary.

“Through my eyes I see healthy, vibrant energy, not decaying corpses or zombies,” she says in her book You Are Not Alone. “Your mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives and even children. All whole, all happy. I’ve never experienced anything different.”

Sherman recalled the first time she realized she was different.

She said she was six years old, a student at Live Oaks School. She was standing with a classmate, and then a “little spirit girl” came up to talk to her. Sherman said “hello” to the newcomer, and her classmate asked who she was talking to.

When Sherman explained she was talking to another child, the classmate told her there was no one there. Sherman went home crying after getting into an argument about the mysterious figure.

That’s when, she said, her grandfather took her aside and told her that like him, she could see and hear things that other people could not.

“He said ‘You see what you see; you hear what you hear. You’re normal’,” Sherman recalled.

Until then, she thought other people saw and heard the same things she did.

Sherman said that what she sees and hears is energy. She points out that according to the Law of Conservation of Energy, energy cannot be created or destroyed.

A graduate of Foran High School in Milford, she will share her views and experiences at the March 5 Milford library event.

The program is funded by the Friends of Milford Library and is open to the public.