Thursday, August 27, 2009

New Article Available in the GYR Online Journal

Denise Olson equates our GYR blogs to a digital scrapbook and gives us some inspiration to carry on with our work in her Tech T.I.P. column.


In case you haven't noticed at the Graveyard Rabbit of Moultrie Creek, I spend a lot of time in our local national cemetery.  There are many reasons for this.  One is the fact that it's just a few steps away from my office.  Another might have something to do with my military background.  Most of all, it's because there's all kinds of fascinating history to be found there.  It's history began when Florida became a United States territory and continues through the Vietnam war.  There are all kinds of heroes buried here and more than a few interesting "characters."  And, while most of the grave markers are the basic military-issue design, there are several very unique monuments to the people buried here.


To read the entire article, visit the Graveyard Rabbits Online Journal.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Reminder: GYR Carnival Submissions Due 8/25

Don’t forget, submissions for the September 2009 edition of the GYR Carnival are due on August 25th.

The September 2009 edition of the GYR Carnival is a carousel edition.  Submissions can be on the topic of your choosing, but must still be related to cemeteries in some way.

Submissions for this edition are due August 25th. Please submit your article using the blog carnival submission form.  Be sure to include a short description of your post in the “remarks” section of the submission form.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

New Article In The GYRabbit Online Journal


PALLBEARERS

by footnoteMaven

A garland fresh and fair

Of lilies there was made

In sign of her virginity

And on her coffin laid

Six maidens all in white

Did bear her to the ground

~ Unknown ~

Often the use of a word becomes so commonplace we take it for granted never questioning its origins. Such is the word “pallbearer.”

Today the accepted definition of pallbearer is someone who helps carry the casket of a deceased person from a religious service, memorial service, or viewing to a cemetery or mausoleum, or to and from the hearse.


The History Hare takes a look at Pallbearers
You'll find the rest of this article in
the Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

New Article Available in the GYR Online Journal

Stephanie Lincecum has written a great article about transcribing tombstones for her Graveyard Guru column.


The last time we were together, surveying a cemetery as a whole was the topic. Now we move on to transcribing a tombstone. Merriam-Webster says the definition of the word transcribe is “to make a written copy of, write down, record.” That is exactly what we want to do, in as much detail as possible.


To read the entire article, visit the Graveyard Rabbits Online Journal.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Call for Submissions – GYR Carnival September 2009 Edition

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The September 2009 edition of the GYR Carnival is a carousel edition.  Submissions can be on the topic of your choosing, but must still be related to cemeteries in some way.

Submissions for this edition are due August 25th. Please submit your article using the blog carnival submission form.  Be sure to include a short description of your post in the “remarks” section of the submission form.

Hope to see you there!!

Upcoming Topics

  • October 2009 – Funeral Cards
  • November 2009 – Write Your Own Epitaph
  • December 2009 – In the News
  • January 2010 – The Final Resting Place (idea submitted by Colleen McHugh)
  • February 2010 – Cemetery Critters (idea submitted by Diane Wright)
  • March 2010 – Forgotten Cemeteries (idea submitted by Tina Micheal Ruse)
  • April 2010 – Anonymous Graves (idea submitted by Henk van Kampen)

Graveyard Rabbits Carnival – August 2009

Welcome to the August 2009 edition of Graveyard Rabbits carnival.  The topic for this edition is “favorite photo.” 

Choose your favorite cemetery-related photo and bring it to the carnival. Post the photo to your blog, along with a short description of the photo, where it was taken, and why it’s your favorite.

We have 19 authors that shared with us their favorite cemetery photo.


Diane Wright presents William Wright, Kerrville, Texas-- Carnival for August posted at The Grave Yard Rabbit Travels Wright, saying, "My personal favorite."

Randy Seaver presents The Tanzer Cenotaphs at Greenwood Memorial Park posted at South San Diego County Graveyard Rabbit, saying, "Of all of the gravesites I've seen around South San Diego County, I think that the Tanzer Cenotaphs are my favorite. They are certainly the most beautiful!"

Dorene Paul presents Favorite Cemetery Photo posted at Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay, saying, "My favorite cemetery-related photo is that thoughtful lady who is found in the St. Mary's Cemetery of Sandusky, Ohio."

Stuart Schneider presents Northampton, Mass Mausoleum Mound Behind Monuments posted at Cemetery, saying, "This cemetery has some very early graves and most stones are very legible. The light of the moon makes the monuments seem to glow."

Midge Frazel presents John Crandall posted at Granite in My Blood, saying, "New England gravestones are seldom as clear and lovely as seen in this photo of the gravestone of eighteen year old John Crandall. It was carved by the famous John Stevens, I of Newport, RI. But, why isn't he buried in Rhode Island?"

Gale Wall presents GYR Carnival: Favorite Photo posted at Digital Cemetery Walk, saying, "It's easy to take many favorite photos in the historic Linwood Cemetery."

Amanda presents Old Marcellus Village Cemetery posted at A Tale of Two Ancestors, saying, "The inactive Old Marcellus Village Cemetery has many interesting photo opportunities."

Ruth Stephens presents Association of Graveyard Rabbits Carnival: Favorite Photo posted at The Graveyard Rabbit of Cowtown.

Linda Hughes Hiser presents CGR Favorite Photo--Phillip William and Sarah Harner posted at Flipside, saying, "After a long day of cemetery searching, my brothers take a snooze on top of our ancestors."

Brian Zalewski presents August GYR Carnival: Favorite Photo posted at Graveyard Rabbit of Southeastern Wisconsin.

Tina Micheal Ruse presents August GYR Carnival:Favorite Photo posted at Campo Santo-holy ground.

Denise Olson presents Sarah Catherine Fairbanks posted at The Graveyard Rabbit of Moultrie Creek, saying, "Older cemeteries are often galleries containing impressive works of art. My favorite photo shows that not all cemetery art is presented on a grand scale. The design and craftsmanship displayed on Sarah and Ward's monuments show once again that treasures often come in small packages."

Kathy Wait Myers presents Memorial Day in Elmwood posted at Kathy's Daily Leaf, saying, "My favorite cemetery photo... my Mom watering Gramma's flowers in a rainstorm."

Joe Dallmann (Deez) presents GYR Carnival Favorite Photo posted at Cemetery Explorers.

Greta Koehl presents My Favorite Photo: An Excursion to Mattituck Presbyterian Church Cemetery posted at The Graveyard Rabbit Afield, saying, "The photo I have submitted does not contain a tombstone or graveyard art, but I believe it illustrates the peaceful enjoyment to be had during a trek to a graveyard on a cold winter's day."

Stephanie Lincecum presents Favorite Southern Graves posted at Southern Graves, saying, "While I feature a favorite cemetery photo with special family ties, I couldn't leave you with just one. So I hope you'll enjoy my Southern Graves slideshow..."

Janet Iles presents Graveyard Rabbit of Grey County, Ontario: My favorite cemetery photo? How can I choose? posted at Graveyard Rabbit of Grey County, Ontario, saying, "It is hard to pick a favorite but the poem and illustrations on the stone caught my eye."

Frances Ellsworth presents Tombstone memory posted at Branching Out Through The Years.

Julie Cahill Tarr presents Robert Joseph Durst Dauber (1970-1973) posted at Cemeteries of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, saying, “An interesting observation upon examining the photograph more closely.”


That concludes this edition. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.  Be sure to join us for the next edition.