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JNW’s 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN – GRAVEYARDS

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JNW’s Halloween Challenge: Graveyard

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Here’s a short excerpt from my fan-fiction story, “Two Souls: Into the Fire”.

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Ghost was having a nightmare, and sits up in bed, shrieking…

“Graves, everywhere! Graves in the mountains, in the fields, in the woods…graves in the ocean!”

…Then later, Steve questions him about it…

“Yeah, you sat right up and started hollering about graves being everywhere.”

“Oh, that was it. I remember, now. I didn’t know I was talking in my sleep…”

“You weren’t talking, you were yelling really loud.”

Ghost sighed, “Well what I was dreaming was how many graves there are…all around us. We’re sorta surrounded by them…every city, town..there’s a cemetery…big ones, little ones, and sometimes just abandonded ones on the side of the road – no town left at all…just the dead in their graves.”

“Abandoned,” Steve said.

“Yeah, that’s what I said,” said Ghost, “abandonded, abandondead, dead people.” He looked at Steve and grinned. He knew he’d just creeped Steve out.

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This is the grave and marker for the well-known singer, Buddy Holly (Holley), who was from our hometown. It is located in our city cemetery, and is visited by people all over the world, some of who leave mementos of guitar picks on the headstone.

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The USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL, in Pearl Harbor, is another type of graveyard. After the ship was sunk, the bodies of 1,102 crew members were left underwater with the wreckage, which is still there today…a war grave. We visited this somber memorial many years ago.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2016 BS

 

 

19 SOMETHIN’ SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE – DAY # 18

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19 SOMETHIN’ SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE – DAY # 18 19-somethin_sidebar_button

https://mcclendonvilla.wordpress.com/september-19-somethin-challenge/

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Q – Did you like to roller skate? Did you go to a skating rink, or did you skate on the sidewalk/street at home? If you went to the skating rink, did you spend more time skating or socializing?

I loved to roller skate! Early on, I did have some of those clamp onto your shoes kind, with a skate key to tighten them. I’m guessing I just skated around and around the kitchen table, as there was no carpet in that room. Otherwise, we would skate in the middle of the street. We didn’t have sidewalks, at the time, and our driveway was just caliche dirt/rocks.

Later on, in my teens, I had my own roller skates. They were white, lace up, and I bought some gold and white pom-poms to attatch to the top. Every Friday night was skating night. I’d meet my friends at the rink. (our parents had to drive us, as we weren’t old enough to drive yet). It would be from 7 p. m. until probably 11/12 o’clock. Our rink was called Fair Park, because it was located in one of the large buildings located at the fair grounds. Funny, there was another rink in town, called Haney’s. Seems there was a friendly rivalry between the kids who went to one or the other, saying their rink was the best one. Once in awhile we’d go to the other one, just to check it out. Ours was the best, I think. My future husband always went to the other one, and he says it was the best!

Anyway, we had one claim to fame at Fair Park; Buddy Holly and the Crickets had played a live show from there one time. Later on there would be an occasional local band that would play while we were skating there.

Mostly we skated. We socialized too, of course, but we could all skate pretty good, frontwards, backwards, dancing what we called the jitterbug, and whatever else we could think to do out on the rink.

Now, this is a fun memory. Every time we were there, late in the evening, around 10 probably, we’d all take off our skates. I mean, lots of kids. We’d all go out, cross the big road/highway, climb a little hill, and arrive at a bakery. The bakery would be cooking fresh loaves of bread for the next day, and the smell was delicious. It would drift over to the skating rink, signalling it was ready. So, we’d all go over to buy a loaf of bread, each…for a quarter! We’d take it back to the rink to eat, put on our skates again, and do some more skating, until our parents picked us up. It’s strange to think of now, that the bakery people would even let all of us kids in so late, to buy bread, but they did.

Anyway, we did this for years. I guess when we got older and in High School, we had other activities to do, like dating, and football games on Friday nights. But, I’ll always remember the good times we had at the rink.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2016 BS

WRITING 101 – A MAP AS YOUR MUSE

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For day #18 of Writing 101, we were to use a map to tell a story, in whatever way we chose. I thought of all the kinds of maps there were, like road maps, city maps, country maps, weather maps, and many, many more. Then I thought of all the songs I’ve heard of that mention traveling down a highway, or charting your way through life, and there were so many of these I couldn’t choose. I even spent some time listening to a lot of these, which was nice. Then I tried to find an actual paper map. I know we have some, somewhere in this house, but I couldn’t find any at all. I have no idea where we put them, and it’s been so long since we had to use one. I did the google map/street view for awhile. That’s always fun, but I still didn’t know what to write about.

I finally tried to think of some other kind of map, that might not be so obvious. I wanted something different to write about. Then I remembered…we’d gotten a map of the city cemetery, not long ago. I found it, and took a picture of it. Why we had this, was that we went to the cemetery to just look around. I love going to see all the headstones, taking pictures (hoping to get something strange, like an orb or a ghost?). Yes, that would be me, doing that.

This local cemetery is the oldest here in town, and is very large. It is very well maintained, with beautiful grounds, and all kinds of interesting headstones are allowed, along with a few mausoleums, and beautiful statues. It is also a bit of a tourist attraction, being that the rock and roll singer, Buddy Holly, is buried here. It is also said to be very haunted. I’ve never been there at night, though I would like to.

While we were there, we wanted to also look up some of our relatives gravesites there. We didn’t remember where exactly one was located. We walked all over where we thought it was, but couldn’t find it. The others, I’d never seen them before, but knew they were out here somewhere.

So, we stopped by the caretaker’s building to ask. She was very helpful. We gave her the names, and she looked them up on her computer, and printed us out the map of the graveyard. It had each section named, each small roadway marked, and each plot numbered and catalogued. She explained how to get to them, as we looked at the map.

So, off we went down the little named lanes, looking for the ones she’d marked off for us. Now it was easy to find them. We paid our respects to our relatives, then I took pictures. I don’t think I captured anything strange this day, though.

Here’s a picture of the graveyard map, and one of the famous Umlauf Angel statue. It is said that tears have been seen falling from the angel’s eyes on occasion.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

© 2015 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter B

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Today, April 2, 2014…..The letter B

BUDDY HOLLY

I thought it appropriate to write about Buddy Holly for the letter B.

The legendary rock and roll singer, Buddy Holly, is from my home town, Lubbock, Texas.

He was born on September 7, 1936, and died in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa, on February 3, 1959.

There are a lot of things here in town that bear his name…

Buddy Holly Avenue

Crickets Avenue

The Buddy Holly Center and Museum

His statue

His burial site.

Buddy Holly’s grave is located in the City of Lubbock Cemetery. I’ve personally

been to them all. There are visitors from far off places here in the U.S. and other

countries who come to see where Buddy Holly got his start in the music business.

His widow, Maria Elena Holly, comes into town every so often, to discuss business

with the city, concerning all these sites.

The Buddy Holly Center and museum, itself, is very nice, if not large. It has lots of personal items that belonged to, and were used by Buddy Holly…from his childhood, up until his passing.

The statue is across the street from the Center.

His grave stone is not elaborate. It is a flat, granite stone, and carved into it is a guitar. Most people leave guitar picks on the marker, when they visit.

The radio stations play his songs, including, “That’ll Be the Day”, “Peggy Sue”, “Every Day”, and”Rave On”.

Here’s where you can read more about this amazing icon…with a short video.

http://www.biography.com/people/buddy-holly-9342186

 

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed learning more about Buddy Holly.

 

If you’d like, visit my other blog for another entry for the letter B…you can

find it here… http://ghostmmnc.blogspot.comImageImageImage