Monthly Archives: April 2018

A Theory of Cemeteries

The Space of Death: A Study of Funerary Architecture, Decoration, and Urbanism by Michael Ragon My rating: 4 of 5 stars I picked this up because I kept seeing it referenced in the bibliographies of books on cemetery history. The … Continue reading

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Hints at the Mission Graveyards

California Missions and Presidios: The History and Beauty of the Spanish Missions by Randy Leffingwell My rating: 3 of 5 stars I’ve been curious how many of the old Spanish missions still have their original graveyards. This book provided some … Continue reading

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Cemetery Travel in San Francisco

The time has come to gather all the San Francisco cemetery pieces spread across Cemetery Travel into one place. These posts served as research for the Laurel Hill Cemetery speech I gave at the Swedish American Hall last night. If you’re … Continue reading

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Memento Mori evening

Tuesday, April 17, I’ll be participating in the citywide Reimagine End of Life festival across San Francisco from April 16-22. The evening I’m part of is called Memento Mori. Memento Mori is an ancient Roman phrase meaning “Remember Your Mortality.” … Continue reading

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Mississippi Churchyards

Country Churchyards by Eudora Welty My rating: 4 of 5 stars What a charming little book this is! It contains 90 black-and-white photographs, snapped by the grand dame of Southern literature in Mississippi churchyards during in the 1930s and 40s. … Continue reading

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