Exploring cemeteries while traveling is among my favorite things to do, and here are some memorable places for pondering Day of the Dead or All Saints and All Souls days (click on links to view more photos).Continue reading “Calling on souls on their days”
Every six months this blogger reviews what posts people have been reading most during the past year.
San Antonians’ Alamoobsessiveness was ignited by the state’s determination to fence in a designated city park – Alamo Plaza. Related posts dominate this year-end list. A battle lost. Time to move on as the plaza’s fate appears sealed. Hopefully the New Year will bring glad tidings about preserving historic landmarks on the west side of the plaza.
On a more upbeat note, cannot wait for the completion of Margarita Cabrera’s “Arbol de la Vida: Voces de Tierra” on the river near Mission San Francisco de la Espada.
The following list represents the posts you clicked on most, with the numbers in parentheses representing rankings from six months ago:
- Alamo CEO applying armtwisting pressure to secure gated plaza, 2018
- Forging consensus for the Alamo Comprehensive Plan: Don’t fence us out, 2018 (2)
- ‘Tree of Life’ bears bountiful crop of tales from the past, 2018 (4)
- King William Home Tour: Historic houses whisper stories of early residents, 2018
- The Madarasz murder mystery: Might Helen haunt Brackenridge Park?, 2012 (1)
- Please put this song on Tony’s pony, and make it ride away, 2010 (5)
- Street art entices venturing under the overpass, 2018
- Marilyn Lanfear buttons up a collection of family stories, 2018
- Centenarian Santa still burning bright, 2018
- Postcard from Rome, Italy: A numbers game sparked by the baths, 2018
- Postcard from Mexico City: Shimmering with colorful experiences, 2018
- Postcard from Genoa, Italy: Hey, don’t knock the peanuts, 2018
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All tuckered out now. Thinking I might need a post-eve-celebration nap.
Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno, Genoa, Italy
And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere! (my trusty friend)
and gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak’ a right gude-willie waught, (good-will draught)
for auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
“Auld Lang Syne,” Robert Burns, 1788
So many “postcards” are backlogged on my desk that I am dusting off some old seasonal favorites for Halloween and Day of the Dead offerings.
First, a few ghost stories from Brackenridge Park to set the tone for Halloween. Her murderers never caught, surely you have glimpsed Helen Madarasz roaming the park at night seeking justice: “The Madarasz Murder Mystery.” The post even throws in a few bonus ghosts who joined her later, all four who died in the park within a one-year period. Or perhaps you have heard the midnight screams of the glamorous Martha Mansfield, whose billowing crinolines set her ablaze in the park during the filming of a Civil War romance in 1923: “The Curse of Mararasz Park: Another Ghost Wandering in Brackenridge Park?”
When our daughter Kate said I could us this circa 1997 photo of her being kidnapped by the Pumpkin Monster, I do not think she realized it would continue to float up to the surface years later: “The Best Halloween.”
And then move on to some Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico for All Souls Day and All Saints Day:
- Postcard from San Juan Chamula, Chiapas, Mexico: Grooming Graves to Welcome Back the Dead
- Postcard from Romerillo, Chiapas, Mexico: Day of the Dead Mudfest
- Postcard from San Juan Chamula, Chiapas, Mexico: Coke is for Everyone, Dead or Alive
- Postcard from San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico: Dia de los Muertos Part of Urban Fabric
- Postcard from Mexico City: Visiting the dead in Panteon de Dolores
Finally, a few stops by graveyards in Europe: https://postcardsfromsanantonio.com/category/haunting-graveyards/