New Blog Post: Seeking People for a Focus Group
(9/29/14) I'm looking for people interested in sharing their thoughts about my latest project--a book about the graves of silent film actresses. Join me as I delve into cemeteries and Hollywood history ... and freak out over the "NO PHOTOGRAPHY!" rules it seems way too many Los Angeles cemeteries are imposing. Huh? What? Why? ARGH! (Seriously, any insight on this would be greatly appreciated.)
Follow along on my silent film/silent stars' graves blog to learn about old Hollywood and where it spends its eternal rest.
Forever Silent: Sirens
Assistance Sought for Book Project
Assistance is sought for book featuring female silent film stars and their graves.
• Experts on the silent film era (for interviews)
• People who worked in silent films or are related to/knew people who did (for interviews)
• Silent film fans (for interviews)
• Staff members who work at cemeteries where silent film stars are interred (for interviews)
• People with loved ones buried in cemeteries where silent film stars are interred (for interviews)
• Tour guides/volunteers at cemeteries where silent film stars are interred (for interviews)
• Photographers (particularly in California and New York, among others)
If interested, please contact Minda at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Epitaphs Magazine is Back!
(9/21/14) Please note that due to one heck of a summer with numerous family illnesses, etc., the e-magazine has not gone out as regularly as I planned.
(6/25/14) From 2005 to 2008, I published a little magazine called Epitaphs Magazine. It was a great publication, if I do say so myself, but it was a LOT of work. And I was the only person on the staff. Eventually, the print version went under. I just could not sustain it. (But you can still purchase a number of the issues in print or emag format.)
In the magazine's place, I put my efforts into this website and my Facebook group (which now has more than 4,000 members).
I'm ready to give Epitaphs Magazine a try again ... this time as a free enewsletter. But I'm going to need your help.
What made the original magazine great was that it was "for cemetery lovers, by cemetery lovers." People from around the world sent in their articles, photos, poetry and more for inclusion in the magazine.
Here's what I need from you:
• What types of articles interest you?
• Are you interested in contributing?
• As a taphophile, what do you want to learn about?
Submissions will be made on a volunteer basis. You will retain all rights to your work and will receive full credit. You are encouraged to include a link to your website or page as well as your email.
The new Epitaphs Magazine will be a monthly enewsletter, and I hope to launch it this summer.
Send your queries to email@example.com
In the meantime, sign up now to be on the subscription list below!
Cemetery Events All Over
• Hollywood Forever - Summer movies in the cemetery, presented by Cinespia
• Whiskeytown Cemetery (near Red Bluff, Calif.) - Historical tour, July 20-Sept. 7
• Maine Old Cemetery Association - One more meeting to be held this year
- Sept. 27 - St. George
• Spirits Alive at the Eastern Cemetery - Portland
- Thru-Oct. 22 - Historic Tours
- July 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 27, Oct. 25 -
Portland's First Stonecutter: Bartlett Adams
• July 9, 13, 16, 23, 27, 30 - Green-Wood Cemetery, Bronx - Historic Trolley Tour
• July 12 - Green-Wood Cemetery, Bronx - A Night at Niblo's Garden
• July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 - Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester - Second Saturdays Program
• July 13 - Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs - walking tour
• July 18 - Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington National Cemetery Gardens tour
'Can I Clean a Gravestone?'
If you are interested in learning how to clean a gravestone without damaging it, you will definitely want to read Joseph McCabe's article "Cleaning and Preservation of Tombstones, Headstones & Gravestones."
Featured Taphophile: John Jenkins
(6/9/14) John is the creator of the site Gravestones HQ, a resource site for people who have experienced loss and don't know where to start regarding funeral arrangements and the like.
Where are you located?
I'm currently located in Cardiff, Wales, where I live with my wife, Alison, and our daughter, Jess.
What is your background?
My background is in the electrical engineering field. I am an electrician and have been most of my life.
What inspired you to create Gravestones HQ?
My dear grandmother passed away earlier this year, and I realised when I was arranging her gravestone there was not enough resources available for those who were experiencing loss. The bereaved need all the help they can get during this troubling time, and this is why I decided to create the website, where people could get all the information they needed about gravestones.
How do you hope the Gravestones HQ will help other people?
I hope the site will be a resource that people can trust to give them all the information they need, with the answers to all the questions they have about graves, materials, the regulations and all the emotional connections involved with choosing gravestones.
Have you received any feedback from any site visitors yet?
Yes, we often have people asking us further questions about materials for gravestones, which ones work best for different types of memorials and which last longest. Whether they’ve been questions or just general comments, we’ve always been happy to get feedback!
What else would you like people to know about your site?
Know that we have always had the best intentions with our site, and our goal is and has always been to provide as much information as possible for those experiencing loss in their lives.
See more featured taphophiles on my blog!
3 Simple Things You Can Do to Help a Cemetery
Check out my blog post on how you can help a cemetery without donating money or knowing how to reset a gravestone.
Buy 'Cemetery Walk' eBook
Kobo.com has the e-version of my book "Cemetery Walk: A Journey into the Art, History and Society of the Cemetery and Beyond" for only $3.49.
Even if you don't have a Kobo eReader, you can download the app for your computer or devices for free: download the Kobo app.
You can also purchase the digital version of my book "Images of America: Chippiannock Cemetery" at Amazon for only $9.99.
Top 4 Articles Featuring the Oddest Gravestones
(6/26/14 - mpd) Rather than sort out the 10 most unusual gravestones out of millions, I decided to find the top interesting articles about the most unusual graves.
1. 10 Very Unusual Graves - Oddee.com
2. The Strangest Real-Life Graves in the World - io9.com
3. Britain's strangest epitaphs - Mirror.co.uk
4. The Strangest Gravestones in Boot Hill Cemetery (Montana) - FabulousFoods.com
Photo: "Strange Tree of Hundreds of Gravestones" Source: http://oddstuffmagazine.com/a-strange-tree-of-hundreds-of-gravestones.html
Featured Facebook Photos
The current featured Facebook photos are from www.facebook.com/groups/thecemeteryclub/ are by MW Photographie and Robin Harmon. Thank you for sharing your photos with TheCemeteryClub! As always, the original photographers retain all rights to their photos; I'm just sharing the love. (6/26/14)
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Review: Jewelry Keepsakes Photo Engraved Pedant
Jewelry Keepsakes is known for their cremation jewelry, including cremation pendants, rings and bracelets. They are perfect for cherishing cremains of your beloved ones. But did you know they also have picture engraved jewelry? I didn't, either! Until I was given the opportunity to get one of my very own.
First, I selected the pendant of my choice (the round pendant in silver). Then I emailed them a photo of my husband and daughter from my daughter's recent birthday. It was going to be a test of their detail work, since my daughter had had her face painted that day, and she had a pretty design on her face. I didn't know if that would fly with them, but I thought I'd try because I love the photo. It turned out to be no problem.
Within two days, a package appeared at my door. I thought, "There's no way it's here already." But it was! And the pendant turned out beautifully.
Because the pendant is so shiny, the photos I've taken of it don't do it justice. I kept getting a glare, but take my word for it, there is a lot of detail in that image.
I asked for the pendant (which is 1" in diameter) and a 22" premium silver matching chain. The set is lovely. I also had it engraved on the back with my husband and daughter's names with the date of her birthday. (BTW, they are both alive and well!)
The cost for the photo engraved pendant was $39.95 (including photo engraving and lettering), and the premium chain was $18.99 (though you can opt for the matching silver 20" chain that comes included in the pendant's price). Your item will usually ship out to you within 24 hours, which is amazing since these are so personalized.
Note that my pendant is NOT a cremation pendant. Jewelry Keepsakes DOES have cremation photo engraved pendants, but they do cost more ($109.95 each).
The quality of these pendants and the craftsmanship are excellent. I imagine the urn jewelry is just as well-made. I recommend you check out their site if you are interested in cremation jewelry or would like an engraved keepsake of someone in your family, living or deceased.
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The perfect gift that will last forever.
Custom-made granite plaques for any occasion. (When you place your order, tell them TheCemeteryClub.com sent you!) www.ReflectionStone.com