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Introducing my Cemetery Grave Adoptions for 2014

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If you listened to episode 11 of The Big Séance Podcast on Cemetery Grave Adoptions, I promised to keep listeners updated on this year’s adoptions. Well today I took advantage of an absolutely splendid autumn-like day (finally!), and headed on out to a local cemetery that I’ve heard a lot about, but until today had never been. I had flowers ready to go, and I intended on finding two graves to adopt. I spent a little over an hour just taking photos and checking the place out.

Shortly after arriving, I met a Abby, who was very happy to see me. Once Sabrina, her owner, caught up with her, we had a very nice conversation about cemeteries and how much we enjoyed them. After Sabrina gave me some tips on where to find some of the older headstones, and after Abby (a dog, if I wasn’t clear enough) gave me a few last slobbery kisses, she got bored and ran off to find another friend, forcing Sabrina to follow. There were several four-legged friends and their owners enjoying the cemetery today. Just before leaving two hours later, a cute little doggie ran up to me as I was getting into my car. This little doggie looked almost exactly like my dog Meril, only smaller. 

I was really having a hard time making this decision. After such a great experience last year, I really felt pressured to just be drawn to two graves. As I’ve said before, lately I tend to float through the cemetery with more of a photographer’s eye. Other than the ones I kept photographing, I wasn’t really feeling like I was being drawn or pulled toward any specific grave for adoption purposes. Then, like happens so often in my school gig with things like auditions and solos and choosing who gets spotlighted, I kept feeling guilt for passing up all of the other hundreds of graves and monuments. Don’t they all deserve to be adopted? 

I couldn’t narrow it down to one named grave and one nameless (as I suggest in that same recent podcast episode), so what did I do? I decided to go with four of them. I may regret his decision in the busy month of October.  

So here they are. I’ve done no research or genealogy at this point.

 

Schwester (Sister) Maria Georgia (1862) & Schwester (Sister) Maria Germana (1872), Requiescat in Pace

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Sister Maria Germana’s monument is broken off of the base, which is right next to Sister Maria Georgia. One leaning on the other, it makes a beautiful photo, and I can’t help but wonder about the friendship these ladies must have had in life. I took so many photos of their crosses that I just knew I was adopting them this fall. 

 

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H.W. Rühenpohl (1812-1850)

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I’m not entirely sure of the name on this soul, but the base behind the rest of the monument says “W.H. Rühenpohl”. To the best of my ability, the monument in front says “Hier Ruht” with a smaller inscription that I’m not able to make out (probably in German), and then “Rühenpohl”. Someone has tied the base and the top together with wire.

 

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Unmarked

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I’m really hoping this stone marks a grave. I can’t imagine it being anything else. It must just be incredibly old and weathered, or perhaps it is the base of a monument that no longer exists. This stone rests right in front of the crosses of Sisters Maria Georgia and Germana. I decided this was a good thing, because otherwise I’d have a hard time finding it.

 

The Tradition Continues

Today I introduced myself and explained my intentions with this grave adoption tradition. I’ll now return every two weeks (at least), leaving flowers or gifts, visiting with them (should they choose to be present), and praying that their souls are at peace. Hopefully I’ll be able to do some genealogy sometime soon. I’ll be sure to keep you updated. 

 

Want to learn more about this cemetery grave adoption tradition? Again, check out episode 11 of The Big Séance Podcast to hear me discuss last year’s project, my inspiration for starting it, and my 8 tips for starting your own grave adoption tradition!

 

Stay tuned!

 


Space Pioneer: Cosmonauts and astronauts are making a game that talks about UFOs.

You don’t hear about UFOs too much on this blog, but this game being developed by a group of smarties at Space Enigma Studios, is so fascinating to me! It is currently a project on Kickstarter. I’ve included the video preview below, but be sure to check out the project on their Kickstarter page! I’ve also included a press release below the video, which was sent to me by the director of Space Enigma Studios, Maximillian Kovtun. (P.S. I’d love to have his name for a few days.) What do you think? Are any of you video game fans?  

 

 

New files have recently been discovered that are of KGB and GRU (soviet military intelligence agency) origin – the contents of said files talk about extraterrestrial life. These files where [sic] given to cosmonauts who are now developing a video game called Space Pioneer. Space Pioneer will be based on scientific facts, hypotheses and theories – one thing that our game addresses is the possible existence of advanced alien civilizations, and we want to accurately represent that within Space Pioneer.

For most of the 20th century; scientists actively sought to discover signs of other-worldly life. In 1971, the Soviet Union hosted the first international conference on the search for alien life, wherein scientists from various countries agreed on a common strategy for the search of intelligent extraterrestrial life – this strategy was named SETI (Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Numerous radio observatories are still making use of SETI.

On the 15th of August, 1997 – the radio telescope Big Ear, which belongs to the Ohio State University Radio Observatory – received a clear and strong signal from space that most likely was of artificial origin. This signal was so significant that the person who found it – Jerry R. Ehman – wrote, “Wow!” on the signal’s printout. This is the name that was then given to this signal. The mystery that surrounds this signal has yet to be uncovered. Space Enigma Studios and SETI Berkeley have teamed up to try to uncover the mystery that is the Wow signal. If you want to know all the facts on UFO’s, if you want to experience what it would be like to contact other alien civilizations, and if you want to help us uncover the mystery that the Wow Signal holds – then become a supporter of Space Pioneer!

 

For an interview with Maximillian, check out Meet the Developers: Space Pioneer from The Torch: Entertainment Guide. 

 

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