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Month: June 2015

Cemetery Symbols: What does Wheat Signify on Headstones?

WHAT DOES WHEAT SIGNIFY ON A GRAVE? You don’t have to visit many historic cemeteries for the statistics of life expectancy then-and-now to hit home. It’s one thing, for instance, to read that infant mortality in the United States of America was 90% higher 100 years ago than it is now. It’s quite another experience, however, to walk through a historic cemetery in a town that was hit by disease and see a section full of grave markers for children under 6-years-old. For that reason, I am always happy to spot depictions of wheat on a headstone. Wheat, you see,…

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Cemetery Symbols: Quirky Calculator Headstone

What does a larger-than-life T1-30 calculator symbolize in a graveyard? CALCULATOR GRAVE MARKER: That really is a larger-than-life replica of a Texas Instruments T1-30 calculator at the top of this post. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you! So, what exactly does this unique cemetery headstone represent? Is it symbolic of a human adding and subtracting all their good deeds from their bad? Or, perhaps, did an eccentric mathematician bury his or her favorite calculator there upon its demise? I didn’t get close enough to photograph the calculator display because, sadly, I was actually attending a funeral when I…

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Mineral Wells: Did I Hear Ghosts in Elmwood Cemetery?

Two Paranormal Investigations in Mineral Wells, Texas As I mentioned in yesterday’s post about Haunted Hill House, my husband and I spent last weekend with with our dear friend and talented psychic, Teal Gray, over in Mineral Wells, Texas for a writing research trip. Part of that research included participating in two different paranormal investigations. The first investigation took place at Phil Kurchoff’s Haunted Hill House. You can read all about by following the link I shared above. The second investigation was at the Crazy Water Hotel. This historic venue is not open to the public and difficult to gain entrance…

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Ghost Hunting in Mineral Wells, Texas: Haunted Hill House & So Much More!

FREE Cemetery Symbols Guide: Would you like a FREE guide to historic cemetery symbolism? If so, click the image below: Writing Research Trip & Ghost Hunting Even though I wrote a chapter on Mineral Wells in my first book, Unexpected Texas, I keep learning interesting things about this historic Texas town. (So much so that I’ve got another book underway – but that’s another story for another day!) Meanwhile, there’s so much on my Mineral Wells to-do list that I recently took a writing research trip there. My husband, Larry, and my pal, Teal Gray, came along for the ride. We had…

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Do You Celebrate Juneteenth?

What the Heck is Juneteenth? In this era of cell phones and social networking, it’s easy to forget that news did not always travel so quickly. Case in point: even though Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22nd, 1862, slaves in Texas did not learn of their freedom until nearly two and a half years later! Juneteenth is the annual celebration of the day the state of Texas finally got wind of this tremendous news! Here’s the story in a nut shell: Union General Gordon Granger, backed by federal troops, took possession of Texas on June 18th, 1865.…

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Catch Me on the Radio: Close to Death with Selena Roane

Radio Host: Selena Roane Tonight I’m going to be a guest on a really interesting paranormal radio show! The program is called Close to Death and it’s hosted by the fabulous Selena Roane. I met Selena at the 2014 Granbury Paranormal Expo, where she gave an excellent presentation on her journey as an empath and all the ups, downs, and confusion it has caused in her life. She also played one of the best EVP’s I have heard for the audience. (None of that indecipherable staticky stuff that people pass off as electronic voice phenomenon so often. This EVP was…

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Friday photo: The Moon in June

This week’s pick: I took this moon photo at a star gazing party in Fort Worth a couple years ago. It still amazes me to be able to get such a decent shot through a telescope with a mere iPhone. What would Galileo say? About Friday Photos Since I’m such a shutterbug, I’ve decided to share a picture (or maybe a few pictures!) on my blog each Friday. If you like what you see, feel free to follow me on Instagram. Unless you seem spammy or scammy, I will definitely follow you back! Here’s my account: @TuiSnider on Instagram. Want…

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Para Mysteries Radio with Teal Gray: Hypnosis: the Good, the Bad, & the Controversial!

Para Mysteries Radio: What in the World? It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means tonight I co-host Para Mysteries Radio with the talented and lovely Teal Gray! Teal shares my love for all things quirky, offbeat, and overlooked. We call our first Thursday shows “What in the World?” because we focus on all the wacky goodness that we come across both online and off. Call in your questions & comments during the show by dialing: 1-618-421-4522 Listen Live and/or Chat with us During the Show: I hope you’ll tune into our show tonight. You can listen by visiting this link…

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IWSG – Have you ever taken bad writing advice?

Writing Advice: Take it or toss it! “Never take advice, including this.” I love that quote from the author Katherine Anne Porter because it is so dang true! We all need advice, but sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s good from what’s bad. Have you ever taken the wrong advice regarding your writing? I know I have! Most of the bad writing advice I get falls into 1 of 3 categories: 1. “You know what you should write?” I bet I’m not the only one out there who is constantly being told (usually by non-writers) what they “really should be writing.” This…

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Historic Cemetery Symbols: Roses

What does a rosebud signify on a headstone? ROSE: Not only do roses represent earthly passion (just think how many are given at Valentine’s Day) but they also stand for heavenly perfection. When carved on a headstone, roses nearly always have 3 leaves. A quick look at my backyard rose bush confirmed that this is not botanically accurate! Symbolically, however, this trio of leaves represents the holy trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Rosebuds most often appear on the graves of children and teens as a way of expressing that they were not able to achieve their full potential. A…

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Quirky Texas: Grand Saline’s Salt Palace & Salt Festival

Salt Palace in Grand Saline The following is an adapted excerpt from my award winning travel guide, Unexpected Texas:  While the French equivalent of “window shopping” translates as “window licking” this is something that literally occurs every day at the Salt Palace in Grand Saline, Texas. The unusual building, which houses a visitor center and museum for the town and the nearby Morton Salt Company mine, is built entirely out of salt crystal bricks held together by a salt/mortar mixture. This strange combination proves tempting to many visitors who satisfy their curiosity by taking a tiny taste of its walls. A…

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