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Understanding Cemetery Symbols – Interviews, News & Reviews!

Understanding Cemetery Symbols – book release August 19th! After a lifetime of exploring historic graveyards and several years of earnest research, I’m releasing Understanding Cemetery Symbols: A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards on August 19th, 2017. Hooray! 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: Dear Texas Radio Special Authors Marketing with Tui Snider Click the link above to hear my interview on Dear Texas Radio. It was fun! (If you like it, please give it a thumbs up on YouTube.)…

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…

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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…

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…

H is for Hating Yourself #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: H is for Hating Yourself One thing we have ALL got in common: We all have faults! But that’s ok. In fact, sometimes our faults are part of what make us interesting. Case in point: every single movie or TV show you enjoy. If the characters were all flawless, would you even bother watching the story? So quit spending all…

G is for Giving Up vs a Creative Charley Horse

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: Is it Time to Give Up? Or is it a Creative Charley Horse? Have you ever had a Charley Horse? That’s the nickname for a terrible cramp that strikes out of the blue, usually affecting your calf muscles. When you get a Charley Horse, every instinct tells you to keep pointing your toes, even though that’s the wrong thing to…

F is for Friends Feed Creativity: Online & Off

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging other creatives so much, I’m sharing Homemade Creativity Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. By “homemade” I mean that the quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s the one I made for today: F is for Friends Feed Creativity Online & Off! I can be quite the hermit, it’s true! My creative process for writing, music and even photography often finds me wandering off by myself for hours, even days, at a time. And while I enjoy this time alone, when I finally…