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Win Tickets to the 2017 Aurora Alien Encounter #Texas #UFO #con

April 22, 2017: Aurora Alien Encounter UFO Conference Did You know a UFO crashed in Aurora, TX in 1897?  The City of Aurora and Vortexas invite you to come and celebrate the 120th anniversary of this bizarre event  on Saturday, April 22th, 2017 for the second annual AURORA ALIEN ENCOUNTER!   What is the Aurora Alien Encounter? This exciting UFO Conference commemorates a strange event which occurred on April 17, 1897 when a UFO crashed in Aurora, a small town north of Fort Worth, Texas.  After the crash, an alien body was recovered and buried in the local cemetery! I’ve written about…

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What Does a Sunrise or Sunset Symbolize on Headstones?

This week’s cemetery symbols topic: Just like several other cemetery symbols posts on my site, this one was inspired by graves I saw in Aurora, Texas. Today I’ll be answering the question: “What does a sunrise or sunset symbolize on a headstone?” Is it a Sunrise or a Sunset? When you see a sun on a headstone, the first thing you might wonder is, “Is this a sunrise? Or is this a sunset?” The answer is yes! And by ‘yes’ I”m not just being a wiseacre. What I mean is that this is a dual symbol. It actually represents both a sunrise…

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#IWSG How My Travel Book Took Me on an Unexpected Journey!

My travel book is taking me on a journey of its own! I’m so dang excited: Three years ago, nearly to the day, I published my very first book. Unexpected Texas came out on March 2nd, 2014. Up until then, aside from a few small exceptions, I had only had my work published in magazines. So this was a great big step into the unknown! Friendships, opportunities… Long story short: my book hit #1 for Dallas – Fort Worth Travel on Amazon two days after its release and has pretty much camped out on that list ever since. It’s done quite…

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#IWSG Bullet Journal – Evernote combo?

Writing research road trip… I’m posting this month’s IWSG post a day early because my hubby and I are taking off on a month-long road trip tomorrow morning! (So, I may be a bit slow to make the IWSG rounds, but I will do my best, bad motel WIFI willing!) As I’ve mentioned here before, Larry’s dad moved in with us last summer. We love having him here, but it all came about rather suddenly. Long story short, he has dementia and could no longer live on his own. So, we’re sending him up to stay with family on Long…

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Historic Graveyards: What Does a Cube Symbolize on a Headstone?

Cubes are not merely decorative It’s easy to overlook the meaning behind simple shapes on historic headstones, and even to assume they are merely decorative. Sometimes, of course, that is the case. After all, a cube is not all that complex or particularly exciting to look at. Even so, when featured at a gravesite, there is often a symbolic meaning behind it. I recently came across this particular cube while exploring the historic graveyard up in Aurora, Texas and decided this week’s cemetery symbols post would answer the question, “What does a cube symbolize on a headstone?” What does a…

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The Quirky Grave of Anthony Bascilli in Thurber, Texas

Anthony Bascilli was a quirky guy! One of the most mysterious burial sites in historic Thurber Cemetery is the grave of Anthony Bascilli (1855 – 1932.)  Even in life, Anthony Bascilli had his quirks. According to Jeff Walker at the Texas Tabernacle blog, this Hungarian immigrant sometimes amused himself by getting drunk and tossing off half-sticks of dynamite while strolling the back roads of Thurber, Texas. Bascilli worked in Thurber’s coal mines, so I suppose access to dynamite was easy. And you’ve got to get your jollies somehow, right?   Anthony Bascilli’s elaborate burial plans What really sets Anthony Bascilli apart from other…

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St. Anthony of Egypt – Patron Saint of Gravediggers

St. Anthony’s feast day is January 17 For this week’s cemetery post, I decided to write about Saint Anthony of Egypt. Why? Because not only is his feast day January 17th, but he just so happens to be the patron saint of gravediggers. I figure that also makes him the patron saint of those of us who enjoy exploring historic graveyards! Non-Catholics celebrate feast days, too I’m not Catholic, but plenty of non-Catholics celebrate feast days. Case in point: St. Patrick’s Day. No one bats an eye if you’re a protestant, Jewish, or even an atheist who decides to drink green beer…

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Amazing Postage Stamp Mural in Eastland, Texas

  East/west…whatever! The following is an adapted excerpt from Unexpected Texas, my quirky travel guide to offbeat and overlooked day trips near Dallas and Fort Worth: Despite being named “Eastland” this quirky little town is actually located in west Texas. (Meanwhile, the city of West, Texas is located in the southern portion of our state. Go figure!) Anyway, in the 1920’s Eastland was a lively boomtown thanks to the oil industry. These days, it’s a sleepy little city with a population hovering near 4,000. And unless you’re from this neck of the woods, you’re probably not aware of Eastland’s two most…

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Historic Texas Graveyard: Thurber Cemetery 

This week’s feature: Thurber Cemetery The following is an adapted excerpt from Unexpected Texas, my quirky travel guide to offbeat and overlooked day trips near Dallas and Fort Worth: This week’s featured graveyard is Thurber Cemetery. Part of what makes it such an interesting place to explore is the unique history of the area, so here’s a brief overview:   More than a Smokestack These days, Thurber’s 128-foot brick smokestack is the only thing most people notice as they whiz through this ghost town on their way to Abilene. It’s all that remains of the power plant which, in 1895,…

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#IWSG Meeting Donna Latham, Playwright & Kindred Spirit

A pleasant side effect to writing Back in November, the IWSG writing question of the month was “What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?” I didn’t see the question until after I’d written my post, but it really got me thinking… So here’s my answer: *drum roll, please* After much thought, I’d have to say my favorite thing about writing is the wonderful friendships it has brought me – first through Twitter, and later through this blog and the various books I’ve published. While making friends was not my main goal for writing, it has come as a very…

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Free Goal Setting Guide for Writers & Artists #ROW80

Looking back on 2016 Like so many of us, I’m looking back on 2016 and making plans for 2017. I even had trouble falling asleep last night because all the things I’d meant to do but didn’t kept prancing through my brain. Not sure why they chose last night to gang up on me. I guess it’s a January thing. Of course, it’s not like I was going to leap out of bed at 2 a.m. and get them all done! This morning, I made a list of goals that fell by the wayside last year. Some of them clearly fell through…

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Sculpture of the 1897 UFO Crash in Aurora, Texas

Space alien buried in Aurora, Texas cemetery? Yesterday, I blogged about a very strange incident: the 1897 UFO crash in Aurora, Texas.  According to a newspaper article published by the Dallas News in April of 1897, a cigar-shaped object crashed in a farmer’s field, an alien body was found in the debris, and this little humanoid was buried in the local cemetery. (For a detailed account of this incident, along with a photo of the space alien’s headstone, visit: New Headstone for Aurora, Texas UFO Crash Space Alien Grave.)  New Aurora, Texas UFO Sculpture So today, I want to share…

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New Headstone for Aurora, Texas UFO Crash Space Alien Grave

50 Years before The Roswell Incident The following is an adapted excerpt from Unexpected Texas, my quirky travel guide to offbeat and overlooked day trips near Dallas and Fort Worth: You’ve probably heard of the alleged spaceship crash from 1947 that took place in the desert of New Mexico. Known as “The Roswell Incident” this is arguably the most famous case in UFO history. Yet here in Texas, there exists an alleged spaceship crash – complete with an alien body – which took place 50 years earlier! So imagine how excited I was to find out that I live a…

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New Year? New Reads! Blog Hop Your Way through these 99 Cent Book Deals!

Did Santa give you a gift card? Whoo hoo! The party is on, y’all! A whole bunch of authors, including me, have put their books on sale for 99 cents so you can celebrate the new year with some new reads! So, if Santa tucked a gift card in your stocking, take a moment to check out the books I’m offering, then hop your way through the links at the bottom of this post to see what other authors have for you today! Psst! If you’re on Twitter, help spread the word using the hashtag #NewBooks4Me. My 4 books are 99 cents through January…

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Cover Reveal: Abducted Life by Patricia Josephine

Abducted Life by Patricia Josephine Whoo hoo! My pal, Patricia, has a brand new book coming out! I had the pleasure of beta-reading Abducted Life and I’ve gotta say: It’s a real page turner that will keep you guessing until the end! So, without further ado, let’s reveal that cover as advertised. Check it out below: About the book: Abducted Life by Patricia Josephine: Savannah Janowitz’s perfect life was destroyed the night she and her boyfriend vanished without a trace. When she reappears a year later––alone––she’s a shell of her former self. Robbed of her popularity and her boyfriend, she has no…

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Understanding Cemetery Symbols: Book & YouTube Series Trailer by Tui Snider

Book Trailer & YouTube Series Trailer Yee haw! I finally made a video for Messages from the Dead: Understanding Historic Cemetery Symbols. The video is actually a two-for-one deal. It’s a Book Trailer *and* a YouTube Series Preview all in one. About the book: If you are a genealogist, taphophile, history buff or paranormal researcher, you might enjoy my upcoming book, Messages from the Dead: Understanding Historic Cemetery Symbols. Basically, it’s a field guide explaining the meaning behind historic cemetery symbols. About the YouTube Series: Each episode of my YouTube series will focus on the meaning behind one historic cemetery symbol or interesting graveyard…

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#Review Log Cabin Guest Haus in Cisco, Texas

Weekend getaway in West Texas Last weekend, my husband, father-in-law, and I had a weekend getaway at the Log Cabin Guest Haus in Cisco, Texas. [Please note: While our lodging was provided free of charge and this post may contain affiliate links, the opinions expressed here are wholly my own.] Historic cabin purchased on eBay! This historic log cabin dates back to the 1840’s but it was not built here in Texas. BnB hosts, John and Mary Kay Williamson, purchased the building on eBay, yes, eBay! I had no idea you could buy a house on that site, but there…

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Review: RENT 20th Anniversary Tour @ATTPAC @RentOnTour #Rent20

Opening Night Ovation for RENT: Feels like a Party! Opening night for RENT 20th Anniversary Tour in Dallas ended with a cheering crowd and a standing ovation. This much-lauded and multi-award-winning show with book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson plays through October 2nd at the AT&T Performing Arts Center as part of its 2016 – 2017 Broadway Series. It was obvious by the crowd’s cheers and anticipatory applause throughout the show that a good portion of the opening night crowd had not only seen RENT before, but they were very familiar with it. It felt like a party!   RENT’s Storyline: Making…

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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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5th Annual Granbury Paranormal Expo: Like a Comic Con with Ghosts! #VisitGranbury

  Free Paranormal Expo on October 1, 2016 After four years as a springtime event, the Granbury Paranormal Expo has shifted to a spookier time of year: October! This year’s expo takes place on October 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a street festival in the middle of Granbury’s historic downtown square. This free festival features: ghost hunters, psychics, horror, sci-fi, cosplay, fantasy, and much more!   Like a Comic Con with Ghost Hunters “We are considering it to be a ‘Comic Con’ with ghost hunters,” said Brandy Herr, co-founder of the Granbury Paranormal Expo. “We wanted to bring…

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