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  • Grave Discoveries: Twilight Cemetery

    Twilight Cemetery is behind the Twilight Church and overlooks I-44 just outside of Phillipsburg, MO. I drive by it several times a week. Want to know where the bodies are buried?

    Check out Find-A-Grave.It was an older cemetery than I had expected. Handshake engravings seemed to dominate.

    I love when the top half of broken stones are leaned against the remaining marker. Arts and creepy all at once.In the use-what-you’ve-got vein, this marker is a big ass rock cairn. Practical if not descriptive.I liked this one a lot.Tiny stone, big plant. Works for me.And these? Just lots and lots of rock markers. I have no idea how they know who was ever buried there. I suppose now it doesn’t really matter.A book-of-life marker. I like the symbolism of starting the next chapter.

    These patina covered stones turn me on.

     

     

    Speaking of graves, did you know that the primary mode of travel for reapers is from consecrated ground to consecrated ground? Cemeteries are like the subway stations of the nether world. Want to learn more?

    Check out Reap & Repent (book one) and Reap & Redeem (book two) available at all ebook retailers.

    The only thing worse than having nothing to live for…is having everything to live for.

    Reap & Repent: The Reapers Book One – Available Now!

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    They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

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    Reap & Redeem: The Reapers Book Two – Available October 6, 2014

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    He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?

    After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

    Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first…

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  • Grave Discoveries: Old Masonic Cemetery aka St. James Cemetery

     

     

    The Old Masonic Cemetery aka St. James Cemetery is located in St. James, Missouri and has a beautiful entrance/exit. This is from the exit side. There are approximately 4,211 interments here. It’s quite massive. The oldest part, near the road and entrance. has some very interesting stones.IMG_7032 (1024x768) There are several stone foundation family plots in St. James Cemetery.  I couldn’t find any reason for this online other than to mark the actual plot boundaries.IMG_7030 (1024x768)

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    IMG_6997 (768x1024)It’s difficult to tell here but I think those are angel wings at the top?IMG_7029 (768x1024) A Mason’s grave.IMG_7028 (768x1024) Again, this stone is interesting but I can’t make out the design anymore. Thoughts?IMG_7027 (768x1024)

    A nautical theme here with the anchor.IMG_7026 (768x1024) IMG_7025 (768x1024) IMG_7024 (1024x768) A hand pointing to Heaven.IMG_7023 (768x1024) IMG_7022 (768x1024) I guess this was the winner of the coveted Death Cup.IMG_7021 (768x1024) IMG_7019 (768x1024) I love the gnarly old trees here in the oldest part of the cemetery.IMG_7018 (768x1024) Hand pointing to the Crown of Heaven. IMG_7016 (768x1024) IMG_7015 (768x1024) I love the patina on this stone and the floral design of the engraving. IMG_7014 (768x1024) These stones were tucked away on a shady edge of the cemetery, nearly overtaken.IMG_7013 (768x1024) IMG_7012 (768x1024) Nice patina and handshake engravings on these stones.IMG_7011 (768x1024) IMG_6998 (768x1024)Dove engraving.IMG_7010 (768x1024) I’ve found at least one Woodmen of the World stone in every graveyard I’ve visited so far in my travels. IMG_7009 (768x1024)  IMG_7007 (1024x768) IMG_7006 (768x1024) IMG_7005 (1024x768)   IMG_6996 (1024x768) IMG_6995 (768x1024) IMG_6994 (768x1024)Want to know where the bodies are buried? Check out FIND A GRAVE and you can see for yourself.

    Speaking of cemeteries. Did you know that reapers travel from consecrated ground to consecrated ground through and invisible network called the consecrated subway? It’s true. Just one of the amazing details of the the Reaper Series.

    Want to know more? There’s still plenty of time to read book one and join in on the fun. Reap & Repent is available now at all ebook retailers. 

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    Reap & Repent blurb

    Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

     


  • Grave Discoveries: Ben Franklin’s Grave and Christ Church Burial Ground

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    One of the highlights of our NYC/Philadelphia trip this summer was getting to visit the very historic Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia.

    It’s a Colonial and Revolutionary-era cemetery with more than 1,300 markers and nearly 4,000 burials on two acres! It’s jam-packed with grave goodness.

    Of course the highlight is Ben Franklin’s grave, which was actually the least architecturally interesting in the entire cemetery to me. It was just a large slab. The pennies were cool. I didn’t know it but the American tradition of leaving pennies on graves actually began with Ben Franklin’s funeral. Folks came from across the country to ‘pay their respects’. Ironic that Abe Lincoln’s face is on the coin now. Guess these visitors didn’t want to leave hundred dollar bills 😀

    IMG_6618 (800x600)I think this is an early example of a Woodmen of the World marker. It was first officially founded in 1883 so I’m not sure but it fits the style.

    IMG_6646 (600x800)These pedestal and table-style markers are really interesting and unusual. This is the first I’ve seen of these in my travels.

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    IMG_6628 (800x600)I like the juxtaposition of the very old history and the modern skyline behind it.

    IIMG_6644 (600x800)These marker/planters are ingenious! Way to multi-task!IMG_6645 (600x800)IMG_6648 (600x800)

    These pyramid style markers seem Masonic to me but I didn’t find any proof of that. They are, however, very unique and this first one is elaborate.

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    IMG_6641 (800x600)Lots of windy little gravel paths meandered through the grounds. You can see they were packed in like sardines.IMG_6651 (800x600) IMG_6653 (800x600)

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    IMG_6654 (800x600)I really dig these old cross markers.

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    IMG_6656 (800x600)Want to know where who lies here? You can download a cool map here. 

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    Well, that’s it for this week. Next week I’ll show you Fox Crossing Cemetery in Pulaski County, Missouri.

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    Speaking of cemeteries. Did you know that reapers travel from consecrated ground to consecrated ground through and invisible network called the consecrated subway? It’s true. Just one of the amazing details of the the Reaper Series.

    Want to know more? There’s still plenty of time to read book one and join in on the fun. Reap & Repent is available now at all ebook retailers. 

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    Reap & Repent blurb

    Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.


  • Grave Discoveries: Old Roach Cemetery

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    Old Roach Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries I’ve run across in my travels. There are so many cool tombstones here I am going to break it into two posts.

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    These two graves are among the oldest.

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    Yeah, that says born 1789. A Christmas baby no less. And that isn’t even the oldest grave. There are several with no visible birth date or death dates left on their surfaces. If you’d like to see the full listing of burials, you can check it out here http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSsr=1&GScid=1705991&

    The oldest birth date I found listed was 1780. SEVENTEEN EIGHTY!

    That boggles my brain.

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    I’m not sure what this particular shape or the one behind it meant if anything, but the marking were long worn away.

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    Lots of handshake symbol stones in this cemetery too.

    I found a few I hadn’t noticed before that can also be found in Old Roach Cemetery. Here is what the symbols mean according to Grave Addiction.

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    A Bible and a hand pointing downward. (The hand of God descending from heaven.)

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    Another handshake stone.

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    A rose/flower stone. (Symbolizes beauty.

    20140508_161704866_iOSA dove stone. (Peace, messenger of God. The most common birds found on gravestones are doves).

    This is only a sampling of the amazing old graves in this cemetery. Come back next Monday for a few more.

    I’ll keep prowling graveyards and bringing you interesting bits from The Reaper Series if you’ll keep visiting.

    In the meantime…

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    Reap & Repent 

    Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

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  • Grave Discoveries: St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans – Part Three

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    This is the final St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 post. I didn’t even make it to the St. Louis Nos. 2 and 3 let alone the other 39 cemeteries in New Orleans. All the more reason for a return trip.

    This post is all about the finer details of some of the graves in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

    There were few remaining statues on top of tombs but theft through the years has eliminated many of them. In fact, only a month prior to my visit, an unlicensed tour guide was spotted desecrating tombs and removing bones. Someone even painted Marie Lavaeu’s tomb pink. Seriously people. Not. cool.

    There are still some fantastic wrought iron, statuary and vault details that I found amazing.

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    Here is a great video of more tombs in the cemetery…complete with catchy NOLA tunage.

     

    There is more great history on St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 from the Save Our Cemeteries site. It’s worth the read.

    Speaking of graves…and reading…have you read Reap & Repent?

    What are you waiting for?

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    Reap & Repent blurb

    Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

     

     


  • Grave Discoveries: St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans – Part Two

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    Last week I showed you a few of the highlights from St. Louis Cemetery, No. 1 in New Orleans. NOLA is my sort of town and this cemetery was a real gem.

    First off, all of the tombs are above ground due to extensive flooding through the years. You can read some great history on that here. Yellow fever was a real problem in south and thousands succumbed to it before officials realized parading dead bodies through town before going to their resting place wasn’t the greatest idea.

    The cemetery was moved back away from the city two or three times before it became what it is today. It takes up one square block but is the resting place of thousands thanks to a ruling that by tradition you can, after one year and one day, put another loved one in the same space. 

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    These tombs are basically condos in the City of the Dead. Stuff one in, seal it over and a year and a day later you can add the next. Mostly the bodies go in pine or cardboard boxes and with the NOLA heat and humidity the bodies decompose to bones and ash pretty quickly. When it’s time to add another, they sweep the bodies to the back and in it goes. I admire the efficiency. I’ve never understood spending thousands of dollars on a metal box and trying to keep your corpse fine.

    You’re dead.

    Go with it.

    Following are some of the more interesting tombs. I don’t know who’s buried in any of these but you can do some sleuthing of your own here if you are so inclined.

    I am, however, fairly certain these are some long lost relatives of my own.

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    Come back next week for one more St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 post. More grave goodness than can fit into two posts.

    Speaking of graves…Have you read Reap & Repent?

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    Reap & Repent blurb

    Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

     

     

     

     


  • Ghosts, Vampires, Voodoo, Tarot Readings, and Mardi Gras Floats – NOLA Had It All!

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    New Orleans is a magical place.

    Sure, it’s the scary sort of magic, but that makes it all the more interesting. If you were ever going to have a tarot/palm reading, New Orleans seems like the place to do it and who better than The World Famous Voodoo Bone Lady?

    All of the readings seemed pretty vague to me, but hey, what do I know. I didn’t accurately predict the Superbowl outcome on National TV.

    Heck, I can’t even predict my own actions.

    One thing I can predict is that if you visit New Orleans, there will be voodoo. Some of it will come 32 ounces at a time on Bourbon Street but real voodoo can be found here at Voodoo Authentica’s Voodoo Shop & Museum where your voodoo isn’t ‘Made in China’.

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    After our trip through the Voodoo Museum, we all decided we needed to balance our spiritual energy and stopped inside the St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. A mass was going on inside so we stayed in the lobby, but we felt properly cleansed all the same.

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    Ironically enough, after we left the church, I made a new friend on Jackson Square.

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    He claimed he wasn’t a demon but an alien. Uh huh. Those horns, claws and beady red eyes say otherwise.

    Another must do activity is Spirit Tours of New Orleans. Dawn and I took a daytime Cemetery and Voodoo tour around the French Quarter and St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. I’ll have a Grave Discoveries post soon featuring St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 because it was amazing. I wish I had time to visit ALL of the NOLA cemeteries. It will just give me a good excuse to return. I’m thinking a Halloween visit would be most excellent.

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    The home of the notorious murderess Madame Lalaurie.

    Another night we went on Spirit Tours Ghost & Vampire Tour of the French Quarter. Dawn and I were the only ones to show up that night and our guide, Judy, gave us the five-star treatment despite a brief downpour.

    Being a huge American Horror Story: Coven fan, this was the highlight for me of that tour… the home of the notorious murderess Madame Lalaurie.

    We also visited several other haunted sites including the Ursuline Convent. The girls brought over from France were actually intended to be virgin brides for the soldiers. They arrived pulling trunks, which resembled caskets, filled with their belongings thus giving rise to to the locals calling them ‘Casket Girls’ and starting rumors they were somehow supernatural.

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    You can learn more from the Southern Area Paranormal Society.

    Another stop we made was to Mardi Gras World where they store the elaborate floats. Nothing too spooky there, but I did discover where exactly at least one Wild Thing is.

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    You can see I made another friend.

    On the bus back to the Marriott after our visit to Mardi Gras World another author on the bus was encouraging people to pull a tarot card from her bag o’ promo for a quick reading. I reached in, fished around blindly and pulled this one from maybe a hundred random selections…

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    Her name is Keri Stevens and her book Stone Kissed looks AH-MAZ-ING.

    Keri started to tell me the card wasn’t a bad card, that it represented change but before she could finish, I blurted out the fact I write Reapers. She took one look at me and said, “I’m done with you.”

    Well played, Keri. Well played.

     


  • Grave Discoveries: Good Spring Cemetery – Memorial Day

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    My novel, Reap & Repent, begins just before Memorial Day weekend so it’s extra fitting that we visit Good Spring Cemetery, which was one of the first cemeteries to inspire The Reaper Series.

    Of course in Reap & Repent it’s called Good Springs Cemetery just so I don’t get sued by someone. One letter makes all the difference. Yes?

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    When I visited yesterday, many of the graves were already bedazzled.

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    Here in the boonies most folks still call it Decoration Day. I’ve never understood the practice really. It’s not like the dead will KNOW you’ve decorated their grave. But the cemetery was festive.

    Here’s the Wiki on Memorial Day:

    Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered.[1] The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May,[2] was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

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    I did find a few interesting headstones at Good Spring. I was actually surprised because from the road it looked like a strictly twentieth century cemetery.

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    This one was especially interesting to me with the shape and engraving on two sides.

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    How about a snippet from Ruth’s visit to Good Spring Cemetery near her home to drop Deacon off for a day of reaping while she ran errands.  

    Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)From Reap & Repent:

    She drove them to Good Springs Cemetery, and he got out. Walking around to the driver’s side, he bent down and leaned in close through her window.

    “I’ll be back before dark. Make sure you are, too. And stay inside the house. Get some more salt while you’re out. A lot. And put it in an unbroken line along all your window sashes and across all of your doorways when you get back. We’ll talk more tonight.”

    He lingered longer than necessary in the window and for a second, she thought he was going to kiss her again. After a moment’s hesitation, he turned and walked through the Good Springs archway. He didn’t even look back as he grabbed hold of the first headstone he came to and swirled and shimmered in a mini tornado until poof, he was gone. Just like that.

    Ruth rolled up her window and locked the doors. All of them. She was not ashamed to admit that she was more than a little scared. As far as she could tell at the moment, there wasn’t anything to actually be scared of in her immediate vicinity.

    It’s the things you can’t see.

    She backed her big-ass car out of the cemetery and headed into town with the radio blasting so that she couldn’t think too much.

    Want to read more? Well lucky you! You can find Reap & Repent here:

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  • Grave Discoveries: Happy Home Cemetery

     

    20140506_131145279_iOSHappy Home Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery  is very near my home. I drive by it several times a week and it was one of the first places that captured my attention for a potential book setting.

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    I love its rural and secluded setting. Click here if you’d like to know who’s buried at Happy Home. The earliest birthdate I could find was 1821.

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    This marker made me wonder what the point of marking a grave at all was if it was only one lone, unpretentious rock that could have just randomly cropped up out of the ground on its own.

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    That led me to this site http://thefuneralsource.org/mar01.html which had a nice history of grave marking.

    Here are some of the more interesting markers from Happy Home:

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    This one belonged to a member of The Woodmen of the World. Which of course led to another Google search.  The Woodmen of the World was primarily an insurance company based in Omaha, Nebraska.

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    As for these two tombstones in the Happy Home Cemetery, this is what I learned:

    “One enduring physical legacy of the organization is distinctive headstones in the shape of a tree stump. This was an early benefit of Woodmen of the World membership, and they are found in cemeteries nationwide. This program was abandoned in the late 1920s as it was too costly.

    Typically the headstones would include a depiction of the WOW relics and symbols of the organization. These include most notably a stump or felled tree (inscribed into a more generic monument in some cases, rather than the more noticeable instances of the entire monument being in the shape of the log or tree-stump); the maul and wedge; an axe; and often a Dove of Peace with an olive branch. As Woodmen “do not lie”, a common inscription was “Here rests a Woodman of the World”.

    Cool, yes?

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    Yucca plants are a popular and sturdy cemetery addition. I figured it was because they were hardy and didn’t need much looking after. A little internet digging found this at http://ethnobiology.org/sword-plants-and-spirits-african-and-american-graveyards

    “Spanish bayonet) and lilies as grave markers in 19th-20th century cemeteries. The phrase “pushing up yucca” has been coined to describe these graveyards, and there was a Gullah belief that spiny plants restricted the movement of the spirits of the dead.” 

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    Peonies are also a popular choice. Here’s what I found out about those thanks to The University of Nebraska-LIncoln.:

    “Peonies, Paeonia lactiflora or Paeonia officinalis, are a favorite plant around Memorial Day. Many people use peony flowers to decorate the graves of their lost loved ones. This is a great flower to use because they typically bloom just prior to Memorial Day. They are wonderful additions to cemeteries because they come in so many colors and combinations of colors. Peony flowers may be single or double, which add a lot of variety to the many graves.”

    People are so clever.

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    This handshake symbol is one I’ve come across a lot. Here is what it means according to Cemeteries & Cemetery Symbols :

    “A handshake symbol on a tombstone usually signifies a welcome into the heavenly world. Sometimes you may see this as a symbol of matrimony on the grave marker of a married couple. If it’s a marriage symbol you may notice that one cuff will look masculine and the other, feminine.”

    I also found this neat site called Grave Addiction with lots more symbol explanations.

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    This one was very plain with only the initials. Unless there is an actual elf buried there.

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    And finally, this resident wasn’t exactly pushing up daisies, but those flowers were damn close.

    I’ll keep prowling graveyards and bringing you interesting bits from The Reaper Series if you’ll keep visiting.

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    Reap & Repent 

    Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

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  • Grave Discoveries: Lake Spring Cemetery

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    Lake Spring Cemetery is one of the first cemeteries I happened upon during the writing of the Reaper Series. This cemetery sits up high on a hill in Dent County overlooking the highway but mostly hidden from view.

    This view (above) was the inspiration for a scene in book three, Reap & Reveal.

    I like the two stone lions guarding the entrance.

    20140427_204600000_iOSThe earliest birthday I could read on one of the stones was 1806. That was pretty amazing to me.

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    There are several very old headstones in the this graveyard. THis stone was broken.

    20140427_205702000_iOSI love this AT REST NORA stone.

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    And finally the best photo. The gate to nowhere. A portal maybe? I wanted to open it just to see what might happen but I didn’t.

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    You’re welcome.

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    Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

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