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Understanding Cemetery Symbols: Birth of the Garden Cemetery #cemetery #history #GraveHour

Understanding Cemetery Symbols by Tui Snider [The following is an adapted excerpt from my book, Understanding Cemetery Symbols. I hope you enjoy it! Also, full disclosure: that’s an Amazon affiliate link. If you buy my book after clicking it, I make a few pennies at no additional cost to you.] Bodies spilling into the streets -yikes! From the time of the Pilgrims through the 1700’s, American city dwellers were buried in churchyards. Unfortunately, as our cities grew in population, these urban burial grounds became overcrowded. This was especially troublesome during epidemics, when city graveyards were hastily filled with new bodies. From…

Understanding Cemetery Symbols: Alpha and Omega #cemetery #history #GraveHour

Understanding Cemetery Symbols by Tui Snider [The following is an adapted excerpt from my book, Understanding Cemetery Symbols. I hope you enjoy it! Also, full disclosure: that’s an Amazon affiliate link. If you buy my book after clicking it, I make a few pennies at no additional cost to you.] What do Alpha and Omega look like? Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, and Omega is the last. Since Alpha looks like an A and the Greek letter Zeta looks like a Z, people often assume that Zeta is the last letter in their alphabet. Well, surprise! It’s…

Full list of April A to Z posts for “Understanding Cemetery Symbols” #cemetery #history #GraveHour

April A to Z: “Understanding Cemetery Symbols” by Tui Snider   Master List of my 2018 April A to Z blog posts: I’m taking part in the annual April A to Z Blog Challenge for the sixth year in a row! This time, I’m sharing adapted excerpts from my latest book, Understanding Cemetery Symbols. I hope you enjoy it! Each day, I’ll add a link for that day’s featured post to the list below. [Also, full disclosure: that’s an Amazon affiliate link. If you buy my book after clicking it, I make a few pennies at no additional cost to you.] A…

Historic Cemeteries: Who is the AMBER Alert named after? #cemetery #history #GraveHour

The tragic tale of Amber Hagerman Have you ever wondered why news bulletins for missing children are called “Amber Alerts”? It’s a sad-but-true tale: In 1996, a little girl named Amber Hagerman disappeared while out riding bikes with her brother in Arlington, Texas. Even though her kidnapping was immediately reported to the police, the case had a tragic end. Amber’s dead body was discovered four days after her abduction, lying in a creek bed. Her neck had been slit. AMBER Alerts named after a kidnapped little girl Since evidence suggests Amber’s abductor kept her alive for at least two days, her relatives and concerned citizens brainstormed…

Author Interview with David Kravetz (my kindred quirky traveler!) about his brand new book

Author Interview: David Kravetz’s “Unique Town Names”  Today I’m bringing you an interview with first-time author, but longtime writer, photographer and quirky traveler, David Kravetz. Does his name sound familiar? Readers of this blog may recall his wonderful guest post “All About Jackalopes.” [Disclosure: Some of these links may be affiliate links, which means I earn a few pennies at no additional expense to you if you click on them and make a purchase.]   David Kravetz: Kindred Quirky Traveler I met David Kravetz several years ago on Twitter, and I immediately realized he is a kindred spirit. We both love exploring offbeat…

T-Shirt Giveaway: Vote for a Chance to Win Your Favorite Design!

You asked for T-Shirts: Readers of my books, especially those who enjoy Understanding Cemetery Symbols, keep asking me to create T-shirts using photos I take in historic graveyards. And while it’s fun creating mock up designs in Canva.com, it’s intimidating. I’ve had no idea how to actually manufacture the T shirts – until now! [Disclosure: I’m receiving free T-shirts for including a link to CreateAShirt in this post!] Enter CreateAShirt.com The other day I got an email from CreateAShirt.com. They offered to print out some shirts for me in exchange for linking to their site, as I just did in the previous sentence. Pretty…

Guest Post: How Does a Pantser Reach the End? by Patricia Josephine

Check out my friend’s new book: Mistakes of the Past I’m always excited when my friends release books. Case in point: Patricia Josephine. She recently published a YA science fiction romance called Mistakes of the Past. Whoo hoo! Go, Patty!  Who is Patricia Josephine? Like me, Patricia is intrigued by haunted places, UFO sightings, the paranormal, and other eerie fodder. She writes Young Adult stories that often feature paranormal beings struggling with human issues.  We met on Twitter! Patricia and I met through a weekly writing chat on Twitter. The chat is called #StoryDam and if you wonder why I…

Top Tips for Mindful Shopping – Online & Off!

[Disclosure: While the the following blog post is my honest opinion, it also contains some affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no additional cost to you. ] Small Business Saturday Today is Small Business Saturday, and that’s great. However, if we really want local businesses to thrive, we need to maintain this shopping attitude all year long! Here are some quick tips for easy ways to support small businesses and use your dollars to make the world a little better – not just during the holiday season, but all year long:…

True Ghost Story: My West Texas Doppelgänger? #evp #paranormal

Not only is the following account a true tale from a recent paranormal investigation, but it is an excerpt from an anthology of true ghost stories called Scared Senseless. I’ve included brief audio files of the EVPs mentioned, so you can hear them for yourself. Enjoy! Top Notch Ghost Hunters When Becky Vickers invited me to investigate the Old Park Hotel (OPH) in September 2017, I leapt at the chance. Not only is Becky friendly and fun, but she is an accomplished ghost hunter with a weekly radio show called “Bridging the Paranormal.” She and her team, BECKS Ghost Hunters,…

REVIEW: Fun Home is Heart-wrenching, Poetic & Funny @attpac #FunHome

Fun Home: Opening Night Ovation in Dallas Fun Home, which won five Tony Awards (including Best Musical) is an engaging and unusual coming-of-age tale. The show is now playing in Dallas, Texas where it opened to a cheering crowd and standing ovation last night. Fun Home: A Cartoonist’s Life Story Fun Home is an original musical play based on the best-selling graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic  written and drawn by cartoonist, Alison Bechdel. The story is revealed through the eyes of Alison Bechdel during three pivotal stages in her life: as a 10-year-old girl, a college freshman, and…

REVIEW: Finding Neverland Reveals the Real Peter Pan @attpac #FNLtour

Opening night for Finding Neverland  in Dallas ended with a cheering crowd and a standing ovation. This whimsical musical runs through July 23 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in the downtown Dallas Arts District. These days, most of us know “adulting” is hard work and if you don’t believe it, we have the memes to prove it. After a long day on the job, we grown ups even have TV shows about time lords, zombies, and queens who give birth to dragons to make us forget our cares. In 1903, however, the fantasy genre…

Understanding Cemetery Symbols – Interviews, News & Reviews!

Understanding Cemetery Symbols – Interviews, News & Reviews! After a lifetime of exploring historic graveyards and several years of earnest research, I released Understanding Cemetery Symbols: A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards on August 19th, 2017. Hooray! It went to #1 in at least two categories on Amazon straight off the bat! Wheee! Interviews, Reviews & News for Understanding Cemetery Symbols: As interviews happen and reviews roll in for my new book,Understanding Cemetery Symbols , I’ll share them on this page. Here’s what’s happened, so far: Coming soon: Interview with radio host, Jim Harold I don’t know the air-date yet, but I was recently interviewed by Jim…

REVIEW: Get Thee to a Ticket Vendor for Something Rotten! #SomethingRotten @attpac

I saw Something Rotten! last night and it was wonderful! Pardon the silly play on words, but if that ain’t your thing, read no further. However, if you’re looking for a fun night out, then read on: Opening night for Something Rotten!  in Dallas ended with a cheering crowd and a standing ovation. This much-lauded original comedy musical with book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, and score by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick plays through June 25 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in the downtown Dallas Arts District. The plot for Something Rotten! is…

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…

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…