I've never had much interaction with owls,although my mother tells me an owl turned up and stayed on her clothes line the day after her mother,my grandmother died.
My grandmother's name was Lillian (Lilith ?) oddly enough.
I had no contact whatsoever from my grandmother after her death that I was aware of though.
I have had many strange interactions with birds such as crows,lorikeets and kingfishers,but not owls really.
I find Mike a bit of a strange bird himself as far as people go,but I do like the interviews and strange stories he investigates on his blog.
Good luck getting a reply if you leave a comment on his blog though,he seems very selective to who he'll reply to.
You can watch an excerpt of his latest talk at this link -
If you have the ability to see "magic eye" illusions,then you might find this image above quite cool.