Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mount Auburn Cemetery 's upcoming walk and smartphone app

From ... Celebrate National Public Gardens Day at Mount Auburn Cemetery on May 11 when the Friends of Mount Auburn present a free horticulture walk, a proclamation by Watertown Town Council President Mark Sideris, and the launch of the Mount Auburn smartphone application. The day will raise public awareness of Mount Auburn as a free community resource and public garden to be enjoyed by all. Read all about it here:

Revamp of blog

It has been a long time since I last posted on here, and it's time to get this blog into gear. I've got a plan on how to encourage myself to post frequently. I can't tell you what it is because it would then magically disappear in a puff of smoke. I don't make the rules here. I do have a question for you, reader: What do you want to know about? What would you like to read about or learn about when you visit my blog? I write about cemeteries, give presentations on symbolism and history, and I teach proper gravestone rubbing techniques so that stones are not damaged. I'm the editor of and Epitaphs Magazine Online. As a taphophile, what interests you? E-mail me at Minda

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Just published a new book!

While it's not prosey, it is helpful. It's called the "Cemetery Journal," and it's a great tool for you to use to log your cemetery research in while you make your way through the graveyard.

From the back cover: "If you spend your free time in cemeteries, you’re probably a taphophile (someone with a passion for cemeteries). And if you’re a taphophile, the odds are good that you enjoy researching them. From genealogists to historical researchers, this journal will help you keep track of all your cemetery information, grave by grave and cemetery by cemetery."

Check it out at:

Let me know what you think!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Another new video

This one is a commercial for one of the many presentations I give.

Check this video out -- Cemetery Secrets - Presentations by Minda Powers-Douglas



Monday, August 22, 2011

Authors wanted!

Are you a non-fiction author of a cemetery book? wants to review your book! Contact me to send a review copy. Non-fiction books relating to death or grieving are welcome, as well as poetry within this theme.


Do you love cemeteries? Do you have a video camera?

If you answered "yes" to both these questions, then check out my video announcing the contest with your chance to have your own cemetery show hosted on And, yes, my spokesperson is a puppet (cemetery people have to have a sense of humor).

I can't wait for the entries to start coming in!

Happy cemetery haunting!


New cemetery PSA

I just finished a public service announcement on cemeteries and posted it on YouTube. This is my first use of iMovie in a few years. I didn't forget everything!

The cemetery featured in the video is Chippiannock Cemetery in Rock Island, Illinois. If you haven't visited it in person, you really should.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Happy cemetery haunting!