Monday, April 6, 2015

Don't Be Afraid @LucyBurdette

photo by Carol Tedesco
 by Miss Gloria from the Lucy Burdette Key West food critic mysteries


I have a new job, did I mention that? Probably not, as I don't remember things exactly the way I used to LOL. Anyway Key West has a beautiful, historical cemetery containing tons of fascinating stories of former islanders, and beautiful carved stones and crypts, too. So I've volunteered to be trained as a cemetery tour guide. 

Photo by Carol Tedesco
My adorable roommate, food critic Hayley Snow, is not a fan of my new activity. Honestly? I think she's terrified that all that death will rub off on me and I'll and end up in one of those tombs instead of being on the outside telling their stories. But as I tell Hayley, we need to remind ourselves about our history, about the interesting people that came before us. We'll want some little old ladies remembering us in the decades to come, won't we?

Anyway, I'm not superstitious. And besides, often the people we should be afraid of are the live ones, not the dead. I should warn you we are bound to find some things in this cemetery that might not belong there. 


You'll be able to read all about that in our July book, FATAL RESERVATIONS. You can pre-order that story right here.






Photo by Carol Tedesco
What do you think about cemeteries? Do you love them or do they freak you out? 


Lucy Burdette is the author of the Key West food critic mysteries. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.



26 comments:

  1. Your new job sounds like fun! I think it would be cool to be a tour guide. I hope you have a great time.

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  2. I like to wander around cemeteries, reading gravestones and trying to imagine some of the stories those people could tell.

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  3. I think they are peaceful. The historic ones are interesting. I like to wonder around and read the headstones.

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  4. Miss Gloria says: thanks for the comments from Jen, Janet, and Jeannie! I love all the stories too--and stories that aren't so obvious that you can piece together if you sit there long enough...

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  5. I'm a genealogist so I love cemeteries! I spend a lot of time in them. They are usually beautiful and peaceful.

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  6. I love old cemeteries, looking at the dates, the inscriptions, and the gorgeous old headstones.

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    1. So much beauty and history there--it's good for us to remember.

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  7. We used to live near a cemetery that was next to a creek and lake. I walked through it all the time because it was the quietest way to get to other destinations. I took a lot of pictures, especially after fresh snow, because it was so pretty and quiet. I enjoyed it a lot. But my daughter told me I should stop taking creepy pictures. I really didn't think they were creepy. And there were some very interesting names and headstones.

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    1. Especially when the snow was softly falling! I miss snow...

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  8. I love to go to them and look at the stones...I grew up doing this, and so have my sons....I think a job doing tours would be fun!

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    1. They do cemetery tours in Key West every once in a while--they have relatives of the people who've been buried there stationed around to tell their stories. Truly fascinating! (that gave me the idea for Miss Gloria...)

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  9. I am intrigued with the story!
    I am interested in cemeteries, but I think they should be approached with respect. I hate to see people trampling around , especially those who make fun of names on tombstones.It's just wrong.
    Do I believe there is more than THIS life and what can readily be seen? Yes, which is yet another reason to tread gently and, well, mind your manners.
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    1. Tread gently and mind your manners is perfect advice!

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  10. Oh, Miss Gloria -- cant wait to see what trouble this gets you and Hayley into. I do love cemeteries -- especially the old ones here in New England with fascinating images an inscriptions. Some of them tell a story.

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    1. thanks Hallie--yes New England is full of beautiful stones...

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  11. Love cemeteries, the older and more historic the better! ☺

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  12. I have always loved very old cemeteries; especially if they have very ornate memorials. A few of my favorite cemeteries---The Burying Point on Charter Street in Salem, MA; Burial Hill in Plymouth, MA and Swan Point in Providence, Rhode Island. So much history in all three and so beautiful. Who can resist a visit to Arlington, that is a prefenct place for reflection.
    And here in the (NYS) Capial District my favorite is Oakwood Cemetery the resting place for Uncle Sam.

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    1. I haven't visited any of those Margaret, but they sound beautiful!

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  13. Cemeteries are interesting places. That said I have to say that German ones are much more amazing. The graves are so well cared for, plantings over them and/or marble surrounding the grave. I have some wonderful photos I took there before digital cameras. Good luck with the new job!

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    1. So interesting that the German graves are better tended. Thanks for the good wishes! MG

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  14. Bugs me to see the water wasted on growing grass in them in desert areas. Otherwise I think the tombstones can be quite interesting.

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  15. I love old cemeteries, I love walking around looking at all of the tombstones. There are a couple spooky old cemeteries in Charleston, SC that I love and I have got some interesting things in pictures that I have taken in them.

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