Monday, March 22, 2010

Meet Debi Matlack, Author of "cemeteries"

The fifty sixth in a series
featuring a member of
The Graveyard Rabbit Association


What sparked your interest in cemeteries?
I've always enjoyed wandering around cemeteries. They're usually quiet, there are flowers and trees and the stones have a story to tell sometimes. I like to wonder what kind of life the people buried there may have led from the information I get from the inscriptions.

Do you have a favorite cemetery or headstone and why is it your favorite.

I suppose the one closest to me, Crosby Lake Cemetery is my favorite, since I've spent a lot of time there. Bonaventure is loaded with beautiful monuments that I enjoy photographing. As far as headstones, as sad as it sounds, I look for children's stones. They usually have a lamb or a dove on them and it always seems sad but hopeful. I can't explain it.

How does your family feel about your interest in cemeteries?

My husband will go with me sometimes since he has an interest in photography, but he's less interested in the cemetery itself. And other family members have come along from time to time. Maybe we're all a little strange. :-)

Why did you become a GYR?
Because I was thrilled that there was a group of people like myself, that enjoyed the history and beauty of cemeteries. I thought there was just me.

For all the would be rabbits - how about some words of encouragement to become a rabbit.
Do it! There's a world of information gleaned by other GYR's, little glimpses into their local history. It's fascinating.