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PhotoWalk in Granbury, Texas #LangdonReview #VisitGranbury

You’re invited to a PhotoWalk If you like taking pictures, join me for a fun-filled photowalk! As part of my community outreach requirements as the writer-in-residence for the Langdon Review, I’m leading a photowalk through the historic town square of Granbury, Texas. [This post is part of a series of updates as the 2016 Writer-in-Residence for the Langdon Review. ] What is a PhotoWalk? A photowalk is when a group of shutterbugs stroll through a picturesque spot as a group while taking pictures of anything interesting that catches their eye along the way. Granbury’s historic town square is chock full of historic architecture,…

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Of Cats & Men #LangdonReview #VisitGranbury

…and by men, I mean “my husband.” My husband is not particularly fond of cats. So while I’m in Granbury, Texas for my creative residency, Larry will have a chance to bond with Ms. Kalliope – or, at least, that is what I’m hoping for!   [This post is part of a series of daily updates as the 2016 Writer-in-Residence for the Langdon Review. If you missed a day, or this is your first time here, click here to see the other posts.] Clueless about cats My hubby is a smart guy, and a jack-of-all-trades, but when it comes to…

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#LangdonReview #VisitGranbury Come to My Senses – a dream pop debut by Tui Snider

Album inspired by the Langdon Review For today’s update, I wanted to briefly touch on my music. My debut album is called “Come to My Senses” and features 10 original songs that I wrote and performed using mostly guitar, clarinet, flute, and synthesizers. This album was inspired by my writing residency in Granbury, Texas for the Langdon Review. I’m no good at figuring out genres, but listeners tell me it’s: mystical, ethereal, dream pop, folk, folktronica.  What do you think? Take a listen and tell me in a comment below. [This post is part of a series of daily updates as the 2016 Writer-in-Residence for the Langdon Review.…

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#LangdonReview #VisitGranbury Meme, Myself & iPhone by Tui Snider

Meme, Myself & iPhone For today’s update, I wanted to briefly describe Meme, Myself & iPhone, which is a little book inspired by my upcoming writing residency for the Langdon Review. It showcases 12 of my favorite iPhone photos as well as the lyrics to my debut dream pop album, “Come to My Senses.” I also briefly reveal the story behind each song and photo. I’m keeping today’s update short. The graphic below explains my book in more detail. If you have any questions or comments, leave a comment below! [This post is part of a series of daily updates as the 2016 Writer-in-Residence…

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#LangdonReview #VisitGranbury Travel, Texture & Angels – Photo Exhibit

First ever photography exhibit! I’m having a month-long photography show in conjunction with my writing residency for the Langdon Review. Although my photos have been published in various places (including this poetry book) over the years, this is my first-ever, print-them-out-and-hang-them-on-the-wall photography exhibit. Not only am I super excited, but this show really means a lot to me; however, I’ll get into that in another post! [This post is part of a series of daily updates as the 2016 Writer-in-Residence for the Langdon Review. If you missed a day, or this is your first time here, click here to see the…

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#LangdonReview #VisitGranbury Countdown to my Writing Residency in Granbury, Texas!

Daily updates on my blog My husband teases me because when I’m excited about a trip, I often pack my suitcase a week in advance. In a similar vein, I am so darn excited about my upcoming writing residency for the Langdon Review, I decided to post daily updates about it right here on my blog. I thought I was going to wait until I was actually in Granbury, but apparently that’s not how I roll! I will continue posting once a day throughout my residency. What is this residency? The Langdon Review Weekend is an amazing annual literary conference, and I am super…

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#LangdonReview #VisitGranbury You’re Invited to My Mixed Media Show: Online & Off!

Creative Residency The Langdon Review Weekend is an amazing annual literary conference, and I am super thrilled and honored to be their resident writer (and photographer!) this year. My residency starts on August 27th. I’ll be staying in the gorgeous historic town of Granbury, Texas through September 10th with the sole purpose of creating and reaching out to the community, both in person and online. (Click here to read a blog post about last year’s Langdon Review Weekend.) Mixed Media show for Granbury’s Gallery Night The residency kicks off this Saturday, August 27th. Squeee! I’m having a mixed media show that evening from 5 – 8 p.m. at…

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Biting off more than I can chew?

What is IWSG? IWSG stands for “Insecure Writers Support Group.” It’s a monthly check-in for writers of all stripes. Its creator, Alex J. Cavanaugh, describes ISWG like this: “Purpose of IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!” – Alex J. Cavanaugh Stepping out of my DIY comfort zone:   So IWSG peeps, here’s what’s up with me this month. My current insecurity is that I may have bitten…

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Flag Day: 6 Quirky Facts about the US Flag

In Texas, Every Day is Flag Day Even though Flag Day is officially celebrated on June 14th, it often feels like every day is Flag Day here in the state of Texas! The Dallas – Fort Worth region is quite breezy, so it’s easy to express your pride for state and country with proudly waving flags all year long. That said, with Flag Day around the corner, I thought I’d share a few offbeat and overlooked facts about the stars and stripes: 6 Quirky Facts about the American Flag 1. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. Even so,…

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Memorial Day’s Surprising Origins

Memorial Day’s Surprising Origins Did you know that Memorial Day began as a remembrance for Union soldiers who lost their lives in the American Civil War (1861-1865)? After World War I, this federal holiday was changed to honor all men and women who lost their lives in any US military conflict. Before that, Memorial Day was all about the north. Decoration Day Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. The word “decoration” refers to flags and bouquets with which citizens decorated the graves of fallen soldiers.  This name wasn’t changed until after World War II. Why is Memorial Day in…

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Tell me about your “big but,” Simone!

What is IWSG? IWSG stands for “Insecure Writers Support Group.” It’s a monthly check-in for writers of all stripes. Its creator, Alex J. Cavanaugh, describes ISWG like this: “Purpose of IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!” – Alex J. Cavanaugh My big writing fear: My big writing fear is that I won’t be able to keep up with everything. I love all my writing projects, and I do…

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Texas UFO Expo: Aurora Alien Encounter

April 16, 2016: Aurora Alien Encounter! Did You know a UFO crashed in Aurora, TX in 1897? VORTEXAS and the City of Aurora invite you to join us on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 for the first annual AURORA ALIEN ENCOUNTER! This exciting UFO Conference commemorates a strange event which occurred on April 17, 1897 when a UFO crashed and an ALIEN body was recovered and buried in the local cemetery. Even after more than 100 years, this incident still stands out as one of the most extraordinary UFO cases of our time! Come enjoy a conference at Aurora’s local MD Resort…

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A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal *drum roll please!*

What is the April A to Z Blog Challenge? Every April, bloggers from all over the world participate in the April A to Z blog challenge, and you can too! To play along, all you do is make a blog post for each letter of the alphabet during April, then use the blog hop linky to visit as many other bloggers as you can. This will be my 4th year in a row doing the A to Z blog challenge. I keep coming back because it’s so lively and fun! Plus, it’s a great way to find interesting new blogs to read.…

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Para Mysteries: Mortsafes & Caged Graves

FREE Cemetery Symbols Guide: Would you like a FREE guide to historic cemetery symbolism? If so, click the image below: Historic Cemetery Symbol of the Week This week’s Historic Cemetery Symbol post is about mortsafes and Resurrectionists. The topic was inspired by my friend, Teal Gray, when she told me about the mysterious Caged Graves of Catawassa. In fact, Teal and I will be discussing everything in this post during a one-hour radio show, as you can see in the graphic below:    Historic Cemeteries: Who were the Resurrectionists? These days, people often make arrangements to donate their body to science…

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8 Years & 34K Tweets Later – I still love Twitter!

You just never know… (well, eventually you do!) February’s IWSG post about dealing with jealousy was rather long-winded, so I’ll try to keep this one short. The main thing I’d like to share with other writers this month is that: You just never know where things will lead! The magic of Twitter Take Twitter. When I posted my first tweet (as seen above) I had no idea where it would lead. (To find *your* first tweet: click here.) Eight years and some 34,000 tweets later…I have had so many opportunities, both directly and indirectly, come my way simply by tweeting. I’ve…

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Road Trip Photos: Vehicles on a Stick

Quirky road trip themes Every road trip I take seems to have its own unintended theme, such as witty church marquees, strange billboards, or bizarre town names. In fact, my husband and I are on a road trip right now for which the theme seems to be “Random Vehicles on a Stick.” Here’s what we’ve seen so far: Car on a Stick It all started in Louisiana, when I caught sight of this Ford Fairmont lofted high into the sky as we we whizzed down the road. We weren’t at a good place to stop, so I’m not sure what this particular car…

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Photo Essay: Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida

Worth Avenue: Iconic Shopping Street Voted #3 in a list of the Top 10 Iconic Streets in the USA, Worth Avenue is an upscale shopping street in the resort town of Palm Beach, Florida. People watching & pedestrian friendly With names like Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Giorgio Armani, Neiman Marcus, Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue, the businesses lining Worth Avenue read like a veritable who’s who of luxury shopping. But don’t let that scare you off! People watching on Worth Avenue is just as fun as window shopping. On the day we visited, I saw men, women, and even…

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Historic Cemetery Symbols: Monkey Grave at an Upscale Restaurant

2 Graves at an Italian Restaurant? Voted #3 in a list of the Top 10 Iconic Streets in the USA, Worth Avenue is an upscale shopping street in the resort town of Palm Beach, Florida. So why are there two graves on Worth Avenue – one for a monkey and the other for a dog – tucked away in the courtyard of an Italian restaurant? Jazz Age eccentric: Addison Mizner It all starts with Addison Mizner (1872-1933) a quirky architect who settled in South Florida in 1918 after having lived all over the world, including China, New York, Guatemala, Alaska, and…

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Historic Cemetery Symbols: Disgraced Widow’s Revenge

The Tale of Annie & Sidney Saunders For Valentine’s Day, I bring you this tale of a lovelorn widow tormented by malicious gossip, who used her husband’s grave to set the record straight: In the late 1800’s, Sidney Saunders was a wealthy grocer and saloonkeeper in Monroe, Louisiana. Like any successful businessman, Mr. Saunders had detractors. In his case, many townspeople suspected that the bulk of his fortune came from illegal channels, including brothels and gambling. But the gossips really had a field day when Sidney Saunders left on business and returned with Annie E. Livingston on his arm. Although they claimed…

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Road Trip Fun: Quirky Nautical Antique Shop in West Palm Beach Florida

Culpepper & Co in West Palm Beach, Florida People often ask how I find so many quirky, offbeat, and overlooked places to explore on road trips. The answer is pretty simple: I do a lot of research in advance, but I also keep my eyes open. Planned Spontaneity I call it “planned spontaneity.” And yes, that sounds like an oxymoron. But all it really means is that even though I spend hours researching and planning road trips, I’m not rigid about it. Fun Nautical Themed Shop At home I’m “Planny Plannerton,” but once I’m out the door, all bets are…

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