Quotable...

"If you are walking in Charleston, you're walking on someone's grave."--Sue Bennett, Charleston tour guide

Monday, November 23, 2015

Beautiful but Epic Epitaphs
Click here to see 12 graves you may not have noticed before
It is Proposal Time!!!
Click here to view Lindsey's proposed research project

Sophie's 10 Best Epitaphs

Olivia's Second Presbyterian Post

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Lives Summarized in Stone

Here is Olivia's Prezi about epitaphs

The Last Words-Epitaphs: By Sarah Zschunke

From the Unitarian Church in Charleston, to Bethel United Methodist Church, to Holy Cross Cemetery, then Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens, and finally back to the famous Magnolia, these special epitaphs varied throughout.

Avery's Epic Epitaph




For my Epic Epitaph project I visited Bethel United Methodist ChurchSt Patrick Catholic Church, and St. Luke Episcopal Cathedral.

Diana's Epic Epitaphs

Rebecca's Epic Epitaphs

Click RIGHT HERE to see Rebecca's prezi presentation about Epic Epitaphs

Kaitlin's Epitaph Presentation

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Eli's Epitaph Findings

Ty's Epic Epitaphs

Patrick's Blog

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Evan's Charlestonian

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Sophie's Charlestonian Research Post

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SAMMI'S EPIC EPIGRAPHS

Haley's Epic Epitaphs

Click here to see my top 10 epic epitaphs!

Addison's Epic Epitaphs

Ty's Charlestonian

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My Charlestonian Proposal

Click here to view Avery's Charlestonian Proposal.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Addison's Charlestonian Proposal

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Annie's Epic Epitaphs

Annie's Charlestonian Proposal

Click here to see Annie's Charlestonian research proposal!

Madison's Epic Epitaphs

Exceptionally Epic Epitaphs

Our mission for this weeks FYE class was to find exceptionally epic epitaphs in Charleston graveyards. View my Prezi to check them out!

My Charlestonian Proposal

Click here to see MJ's Charlestonian.

Churchyard Visit in the Dark

Click here to see MJ's night time visit at the churchyard.

Kool Kreations With Kizoa!

Kizoa is a really neat, fun, and easy-to-use slideshow program. It is free- just go to the website and do the steps to set up your account.

Kizoa has a vast library of special effects, animations and music that can turn a so-so slideshow into something fun and engaging. Check out this Kizoa slideshow I did not long ago about Charleston's beautiful and historic Magnolia Cemetery, about which (plug alert!) I have written two books.



Magnolia Birds - Kizoa Online Movie Maker


The College of Charleston's First Year Experience is really top notch. Its purpose is to better acclimate freshmen to life in college with all of its many challenges and opportunities. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Click here to see Rebecca's blog post about her Charlestonians

Apple iMovie Editing Video Tutorial

I produced this video specifically for the Mac students who may use Apple's iMovie to create a final project in our "Beyond the Grave" First Year Experience course at the College of Charleston.

I am hopeful that this may benefit these students in the future as well when they may have other chances to produce amazing videos. The tutorial runs 10:50. 


Ironically, I edited this iMovie tutorial in Windows Movie Maker. I don't have a Mac computer. The video was shot at South Carolina State University where I am an instructor in the emerging Communications Program. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

After Hours

Click here to read about the trip to Bethel United Methodist Church!

A Confederate Ghost Walk

Click here to read Haley's experience at the Ghost Walk!

Addison's Flashlight Cemetery Tour

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Visiting the graves in the Dark

Click here to view Kaitlin's post about our night visit to Bethel United Methodist

Patrick's Blog

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Evan's Blog

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Casually Visiting Graveyards Past Dark, Typical Beyond the Grave
Click here to visit Lindsey's Night Time Experience

Flashlight class trip

click here to see Ty's flashlight trip blog.

Caution: Don't Try This Alone

Click here to read Zoie's blog post on a night time graveyard tour!

Nighttime Cemetery Visit

Click here to view Avery's blog post about the nighttime cemetery visit.

"Flashlight" Graveyard Tour Change of Venue a Hit

I'm one for two with Presbyterian churches this semester!

First Scots downtown was wonderful, inviting me to speak recently about my Magnolia Cemetery books, and having first class attendees, food and audio-visual equipment for my presentation.

But 2nd Presbyterian Church , also downtown on Meeting Street, earned second (last place really) place status with me after not allowing my students and I to visit on the night of Nov. 16- this after weeks of speaking with an administrator there and having her approval. I won't give the details but it left a bad, bitter taste...

Plan B, though, worked out nicely. Bethel United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Calhoun and Pitt streets next to CofC's Addlestone Libary, has a lovely small graveyard. Dating all the way back to 1797 at this location, Bethel UMC has a very rich and interesting history. 

So the students and I visited there. The objectives were to see and photograph "epic" epitaphs for an upcoming assignment and also for the students to scout the old Charlestonian gravesite that each will write about in a research project due at the end of the term.

Some photos I took during our Nov. 16 visit:












Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Nighttime Visit...

Click here to see Annie's post about the Bethel United Methodist Church visit!

Eli's trip to Magnolia after dark

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Addison's Ghost Walk Post

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The Unitarian Church in Charleston

Click here to look at Madison's visit.

Evan's Ghost Walk

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The Blog Of Patrick Finkelstein

Come hither to be enlightened.

Avery's Ghost Walk Post

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Ty's Ghost Walk

click here to read about my ghost walk.

Sophie Meserve's Ghost Walk Post

Click here to see my blog post on the ghost walk at Magnolia Cemetery!

The Circle of Life

Click here to view Annie's alternate assignment visit to the Circular Congregational Church!
Click here to see Samantha Sinrich's alternative post about my visit to the Second Presbyterian Church on Meeting St. in downtown Charleston!


The Circular Congressional Church

Click Here to see Kaitlin's post about her visit to the Circular Congressional Church

No Spooks on Friday the Thirteenth

Click here to check out Zoie's view on Magnolia Cemetery's 24th Annual Confederate Ghost Walk!

Life After Death

Click here to see Anna's alternative assignment about her trip to the Unitarian Church in Charleston, South Carolina






Sunday, November 15, 2015

In Perpetual Care


Graveyard Recommendation

If it is a beautiful day, this is the place to be.
For the alternative assignment to the Magnolia Ghost walk, I decided to check out The Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston. Located at 342 Meeting Street, this beautiful church and graveyard is right in downtown Charleston.

I like this picture because it shows how big the church is in comparison to the graveyard.
Not only is this church the 4th oldest standing original church in Charleston, it also has a rich history. The church started being built in 1809 and was finished in 1811. Since then there have been people buried there from almost every war including The Revolutionary War.

Talk Takeaways: Dr. George Dickinson Goes "Beyond the Grave" with FYE Students

"My family didn't all die in a plane crash," quipped esteemed College of Charleston sociology professor Dr. George Dickinson as he opened his talk to my "Beyond the Grave" First Year Experience course students on Nov. 2 in our Robert Scott Small classroom.

No, it wasn't a personal tragedy that launched the Texas native decades ago on his career academic expertise: death, dying and bereavement, which is part of the name of the book he co-authored in 1993 that has since been updated and expanded a pretty amazing 14 times!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

Haley's Top Ten Places

Click here to see my Top Ten Places to Experience!

Madison's prezi

Click here to look at 10 things on my bucket list!

Evan's Prezi

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Patrick's Prezi

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Eli's Top 10 Movies

Diana's Top 10 Dream Destinations

The Keys to my Happiness- Sarah Zschunke

These are the top 10 things/people/places that I enjoy most in this world and would have trouble living without.
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Annie Arneman's 10 Places

Olivia Gartner's Top Ten Favorite Places in the World Prezi Presentation!




Sammi's top 10 things that make her happy!

Click here to see the 10 things that make me the happiest!

Sophie's Top Ten Reasons Why New England is Special

Click here to see Sophie's blog post about New England.