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How to Identify Different US Military Headstones in Historic Cemeteries

Different Types of US Military Headstones Since many of us visit cemeteries over Memorial Day Weekend to honor those who gave their lives serving our country, I’m sharing an excerpt from my upcoming book Understanding Cemetery Symbols about how to identify different types of US military headstones. You may also wish to learn: Memorial Day’s Surprising Origins. (Will you be setting your alarm for 3 p.m. on Memorial Day? I will!) Also, if you would like a FREE copy of my book, Understanding Cemetery Symbols, then consider joining my Launch Team. Details are here: Want to Join My Launch Team? Yesterday…

Want to join my Launch Team?

Understanding Cemetery Symbols – book release this summer! After a lifetime of exploring historic graveyards and several years of earnest research, I’m finally releasing my cemetery symbols book. Hooray! The book is called Understanding Cemetery Symbols: A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards. As you can see from the image below, it has two companion workbooks to go along with it. I don’t have the exact release date, but I’m aiming for mid-August. I am so excited! I could use some help! You know the saying “it takes a village to raise a child”? It’s the same with releasing a book! Despite my…

Ghost Hunters: I need your advice!

Understanding Cemetery Symbols has companion workbooks! After a lifetime of exploring historic graveyards and several years of earnest research, I’m finally releasing my cemetery symbols book this summer. Hooray! As you can see from the image above, in addition to Understanding Cemetery Symbols: A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards, I’m releasing two different workbooks.   Paranormal Researchers: I need your input! This is where you come in. Let me know in the comments section at the bottom of this post what you think about the following plan for Ghost Hunters Journal: A Workbook for Paranormal Investigators. What the Ghosthunters Journal is: Ghost Hunters…

Cemetery Lovers: I need your advice!

Understanding Cemetery Symbols has companion workbooks! After a lifetime of exploring historic graveyards and several years of earnest research, I’m finally releasing my cemetery symbols book this summer. Hooray! As you can see from the image above, in addition to Understanding Cemetery Symbols: A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards, I’m releasing two different workbooks.   Graveyard Fans: I need your input! This is where you come in. Let me know in the comments section at the bottom of this post what you think about the following plan for Graveyard Journal: A Workbook for Exploring Historic Cemeteries. What the Graveyard Journal is: Graveyard…

Readers: I need your advice, pretty please!

Understanding Cemetery Symbols – book release this summer! After a lifetime of exploring historic graveyards and several years of earnest research, I’m finally releasing my cemetery symbols book. Hooray! The title has changed along the way, but it’s now called Understanding Cemetery Symbols: A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards. I don’t have the exact release date, but barring any unforeseen circumstances it will be released this summer. Wowza! Readers: I need your input! In addition to Understanding Cemetery Symbols, I’m in the process of creating two companion workbooks. One is called Graveyard Journal: A Workbook for Historic Cemeteries, and the other is…

Create Quick & Easy Book Trailers with this Free iPhone App! #Ripl

Afraid to make a book trailer? Does the thought of making a book trailer intimidate you? Well, don’t despair! I recently discovered an iPhone app that lets you create book trailers in a snap. Oddly enough, I have a bout of insomnia to thank for this discovery. A couple nights ago, I couldn’t turn my brain off, so I decided to look through my phone and delete all the apps that I don’t use. Use a free app called Ripl Along the way, I found an app called Ripl. I downloaded it ages ago and promptly forgot all about it. (Do you…

U is for Unlimited #AtoZChallenge

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creativity Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: U is for Unlimited “You can’t use up creativity. the more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou Do you ever hold back during a project because you’re worried you’ll use up all your creativity? I’ve caught myself thinking like this from time to time. I chose this quote from Maya Angelou because she never backed away from living a…

T is for Today’s the Only Day #AtoZChallenge

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creativity Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: T is for Today’s the Only Day “The future starts today, not tomorrow.” – Anonymous Today’s the only day you’ve ever got to do anything! So be careful with it. Yes, of course, there are obligations and boring details and responsibilities you must attend to. But the biggest responsibility you have each and every day is creating your future! What about you?…

S is for Silly Dreams #AtoZChallenge

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creativity Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: S is for Silly Dreams “If anyone tells you your dreams are silly, remember there’s a millionaire walking around out there who invented the pool noodle!” – Anonymous Are there people in your life who think you are ridiculous for chasing your creative dreams? Perhaps they enjoy telling you stories about people who lost everything, or people who failed. Or maybe they simply roll…

R is for Realize Your Value #AtoZChallenge

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creativity Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: R is for Realize Your Value “If you’re starving for something, there are probably a lot of other people who need it too.” – Miranda July I love this quote from Miranda July. I snagged it from an interview of hers I read recently and it really struck home with me because this is something I struggle with all the time! Sure,…

Q is for Quit Waiting #AtoZChallenge

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creativity Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: Q is for Quit Waiting “If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” – Lemony Snicket My husband often calls me Planny Plannerton because I love to be prepared. Yes, I’m the type of person who actually enjoys researching, practicing, plotting and planning and even just thinking about the fun stuff we can do. As…

P is for Plot Twists in Your Own Life #AtoZChallenge

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creativity Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: P is for Plot Twists in Your Own Life I’ve had quite a few plot twists in my own life lately, have you? Plot twists aren’t always bad things, they’re just surprising bumps in the road. For someone like me, who likes to plan out her creative projects, these unexpected challenges can be frustrating. There’s a silver lining, though, because these plot twists…

O is for Observation #AtoZChallenge

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creativity Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: O is for Observation I’m always delighted when artists make clever observations through their creative projects. In fact, I’d say this is one of the hallmarks of good art, whether it’s a song, poem, story, movie, photograph, painting, sculpture, joke, et cetera. As a viewer, I love the epiphany that comes from keen observation. It’s such a lovely surprise! This doesn’t have…

N is for Nap Power #AtoZChallenge

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creativity Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: N is for Nap Power I used to push myself to the breaking point, trying to get by with as little sleep as possible. These days, however, I now honor my body’s need for a solid 8 or 9 hours of sleep each night. I wish I could say the reason for this change is that I wisely realized the importance of…

M is for Mirror Image

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creativity Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: M is for Mirror Image Today’s message is one I should tattoo on my inner eyelids! It’s not a daily thing, but every now and then, I compare myself to another creative person, find myself terribly lacking, and fall into a funk. Why can’t I achieve what they have? Why can’t I be better at what I do? Why haven’t I gotten this…

L is Let Go of Perfectionism #AtoZChallenge

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creative Encouragement Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: L is for Let Go of Perfectionism Perfectionism is a sneaky being with claws. It seeps into your creative projects with the best of intentions. I only want you to do your best, it whispers, I’m only here to help you improve. However, perfectionism is more than just doing your best. Perfectionism is an excess. Perfectionism keeps you from moving…

K is for Killjoys – How to Protect Your Creativity #AtoZChallenge

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creative Encouragement Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: Protect Yourself from Creative Killjoys Some people get so frustrated with their own creativity that seeing you enjoy your creative projects pisses them off. I call these people Creative Killjoys. The world is full of them, alas, and they come in several flavors. One type of Creative Killjoy will regale you with facts and figures about how few artists “make…

J is for Just Keep Going #AtoZChallenge

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creative Encouragement Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: J is for Just Keep Going “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius I like this quote because it’s so simple and obvious and yet, if you slow down and roll it around in your mind it can stir up a lot of feelings. For instance, in my case it…

I is for Ideas Are Like Beach Rocks

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creative Encouragement Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: Ideas are like Beach Rocks “Ideas are like rocks on a beach: They’re everywhere, but they don’t stack themselves!”- Tui Snider Have you ever met someone who treated their ideas as if they were the final product? I’m talking about folks who cling to an idea as tightly as Gollum held onto “The Precious.” Hey, I’ve done it myself! Sometimes…