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Author: MGH-Windy

Taphophile Corner - sharing the passion

Recently I was asked if I would make a special trip to visit a young lady who had heard me speak on the topic of cemeteries. She was wondering if I would share an afternoon with her and show her some secrets from her own local cemeteries. To be honest it was quite a drive for me. On the flip side, these were cemeteries I don’t get a chance to explore very often. OK, I was sold.

The girl’s mother was concerned that they would have to pick a cemetery that was “good enough” to go to.

I assured them both, just point me into the direction of ANY cemetery and I will find something amazing. Some of the most wonderful finds are hidden in tiny cemeteries.

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Taphophile Corner - candle projects

This blog posting will show you how to incorporate your cemetery photos as well as special words from headstones, into beautiful candles you can use or simply display.

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A white cross with a message inscribed on the front, a soggy teddy bear, artificial spring flowers covered in dirty snow. At an intersection, in a median, along a section of interstate. A death has happened here, and a family wants you to know about it and share in their grief.

Taphophile Corner - roadside memorials

A white cross with a message inscribed on the front, a soggy teddy bear, artificial spring flowers covered in dirty snow. At an intersection, in a median, along a section of interstate. A death has happened here, and a family wants you to know about it and share in their grief.

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30 days have September, April, June and November... most people learned that little saying as kids to keep straight the months of the calendar that have 30 days from those that have 31. But it wasn't also that easy to keep track of the days, there was a time when telling the date was very confusing business. This posting will help explain why we sometimes see stones in colonial cemeteries with double dates.

Taphophile Corner - the Calendar

… “Officially, the date never existed. Neither did the 3′rd or the 4′th. In total 12 days were erased from time in order for London to be on the same day as say, Paris was.”

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So you've spent the year browsing cemeteries... what will you do with all of the photos you took? I have a fun idea to share with you, and I just can't wait to get started!

Taphophile Corner - Christmas cards

“In just a few steps, you too can have a card-ready image that will impress your friends. To capture the image seen here, I waited until the end of the day and strategically placed the setting sun behind the dove in the angel’s hand. The effect is great! I use this technique a lot to add brilliance to an image. The sun at the end of the day adds warmth to photos… this is called “the golden hour” in filming.”

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Taphophile Corner - have some fun!

Want to know a secret?

Even on weekends when the members of MGH don’t have an event scheduled (ok… it sometimes happens!) we still find a way to get together and have some fun. Recently, I was able to get together with Teresa & John and travel down to Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA. Talk about a great day. For a Taphophile —-> this is Disneyland! There is so much to do and see.

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Taphophile Corner - Fraternal Orders

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Show me your cemeteries and I will tell you what kind of people you have.” What a seriously profound quote.

This is where being a taphophile delves into, of all things, cultural anthropology. We seem to thrive on dark cloaks, secret phrases and mysterious rituals – we are drawn to fraternal orders. No matter the year, there are certain truths that will persist through the ages when it comes to people. The things that drive us as a group

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Taphophile Corner - the Cross

Symbolism and the cross: “…It is thought that the shape may have derived from the apparatus that was first used to kindle fires. A most important tool for early humans. Fire was as revered as the sun, and was an extremely important daily ritual for the sustaining of life…”

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Taphophile Corner - the Elements of an Inscription

Most people know what an epitaph is, right? Those final thoughts about a person lovingly etched into the bottom of a stone. But, if I asked you what an epithet was, would you know the answer?

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What have we been up to? What do we have going on? Check out this blog entry and see for yourself!

So much to learn - so much to do!

 

There’s a lot going on at MGH.

New members, new technology, new research, new locations. A Radio Show, a Media Team, not to mention special events and speaking engagements. Sometimes it’s a lot to juggle, but if you’re a member of this team, you understand commitment, and you love what you do – so, it’s all good!

We are more than just a group, we pull together, work together and have fun together.  We are a Paranormal Family.

What a great time to be a Maine Ghost Hunter!

www.BlogTalkRadio.com/MaineGhostHunters  Sundays 8:00-10:00 p.m.

www.Meetup.com/MaineGhostHunters   Come along, learn and play with us!

 

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