Category Archives: General

In honor of Veterans’ Day

Veterans Day

I’ve got a special appreciation for veterans, considering that so many of my family members served and came home safely (although we’re still waiting for one more to come home).

So, since November 11th is Veterans’ Day, BTG will spend the coming week showcasing some of the more interesting veteran stories discovered.

Hope you enjoy them.

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Odds and Ends: Tombstone soap


Here’s something to help ease the pain of those infamous, Day After Halloween clean ups.

Yes, believe it or not, there are companies out there that make and sell tombstone soap. You can get various shapes, sizes, and scents, including candy corn, bay rum, and even carrot cake.

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Hear ye, hear ye!


Let the dragons roar out the news! We’ve hit the magical 1,000 email subscriber mark! Obviously, we must celebrate this momentous occasion so keep your eyes peeled for some great posts this week.

P.S. Winter is coming.  :)

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Don’t miss out on the other interesting photos…

Don’t forget to follow BTG on Facebook. Since there’s no real story behind the photos, aside from location, they’ll just be going up there and not here.



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Damages category coming soon


After going through my (many) photos, I was a bit taken aback at the number of vandalism-damaged headstones that are out there.

And it’s not just here in the U.S. It’s all over.

No matter where you go in the world, walk into any cemetery and I will bet you a decent cup of coffee (or tea, if that’s your thing) you will see the results of vandalism.

Really, what is it about cemeteries that drives people to deface, tip, or break the headstones?  Jealousy that we mere mortals can no longer afford such luxurious memorials to our time here on earth? Or just a severe aversion to learning dates because you hated history class in high school?

Here’s what I do know. I’ve got a lot of photos of unique carvings showing one kind of damage or other that I’m going to start posting under the “Damages” in the Tag cloud. It’ll be a great example of showing everyone a bit of the tremendous artwork that’s still out there, even if it is partially destroyed. Plus, it’ll be a great tie-in to some of my restoration posts.

Start looking for these photos within a couple of weeks. As for the one here in this post, this headstone used to have an eagle on it until someone decided to break it off cuz, he (and yes, most vandals are a he) maybe thought it would look cool in the backyard.

Want to know more? Here’s a link to my earlier post on it.

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Those strange symbols in the graveyard

18th century death's head

18th century death’s head

Skulls with wings, knights’ heads, ladders, drapes, books, anvils, chess boards, and flowers.

Ever wonder what some of these strange carvings mean on that half-buried headstone? Well, wonder no more. I’ve done a little housecleaning on the BTG site, and organized all my articles into a tag cloud.

Guess what? Now that everything’s spiffed up, I realize I’ve written a number of articles about some terrific symbols and what they mean. So the next time you get an urge to see some of the funkier stuff out there, pull up a chair, come on over to the site, click on the Symbols tag on the right side of the screen, and enjoy some great explanations and photos.


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Beyond the Ghosts… finally joins Facebook


It took long enough, but now that I’ve decided to start posting again, it makes sense for BTG to finally have its own Facebook page.

Not only will these blog posts show up over there, but having the page allows me to put up alerts for events happening within the preservation community within the next few days like restoration events, tours, and talks.

So come one, come all, and like Beyond the Ghosts… on Facebook!


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