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MS 5 | Irish Wristwatch (w/ Exciting Scenes from Ep.6)

Christa & Sage are sorry (#NOTsorry) for expanding the topic BURIALS into three parts. Do you wish we had picked Norway instead? NO! Because Part 3 is amazing and full of cool info and we know you cannot wait till next week! We announce the results of our Ep. 9 topic based on your votes, and talk about religious burials & the Red Lady of Wales.

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We'd like to thank our podcast guest for this minisode. CLOVER! Heck of a job helping us out, sweet cat! We think she's angling for her own podcast. Just call her Podcat.

Sage STILL can't understand why Pangur (pictured here snuggling with Clover in safer days, pre-dog) doesn't like Hawking. How could you not love this dog face!?

Here is the book that Christa's mother-in-law recommended! The American Way of Death

And Christa's mom had SO much to say about the topic, see below ;)

Are you ready??

Phil Nuxhall's "Stories in the Grove" about my favorite cemetery, Spring Grove in Cincinnati. 

"The Place of the Dead" Edited by Bruce Gordon and Peter Marshall. Essays about medieval and early modern European burials and customs, i.e., the Black Death in Flanders and Tuscany; Spirits seeking bodies; geographies of the afterlife in Tudor and early Stuart England; Contesting sacred space in France; a study of attitudes towards the dead body in early modern France.

"The American Resting Place" by Marilyn Yalom. 400 years of history through cemeteries and burial grounds. 

"Cemeteries and Gravemarkers: Voices of American Culture", edited by Richard E. Meyer. Deals with icons and epitaphs, origins and influences (New Orleans crypts), ethnicities - African American, Navajo, Mormon, Zuni, Mexican Americans, and then leads to the business of cemeteries and the creation of park-like settings like Spring Grove. 


This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War" by Drew Gilpin Faust. Excellent! Describes what is termed "a good death," which everyone aspired to at the time. The sheer number of people who died led to the creation of national cemeteries, which did not exist yet. To quote the author: "Americans North and South would be compelled to confront - and resist -the war's assaulton their conceptions of how life should end..." "Americans had to identify - find, invent, create - the means and mechanisms to manage more than half a million dead; their deaths, their bodies, their loss." 

"Digging up the Dead: A History of Notable American Reburials" by Michael Kammen. Really interesting - notables such as Jefferson Davis (may he rot in hell somewhere at sea!), Daniel Boone, Sitting Bull, Frank Lloyd Wright, Abraham Lincoln all had contested burials, and some worried that their bodies would be dug up so they went to extremes to make sure that didn't happen. You'll never be able to dig old Abe up - poor guy was moved several times, and 20 years after his death - and plots to kidnap the body exposed - the sealed coffin was opened to make sure he was there and then buried "encased in lead and a cage of steel, found permanent repose beneath tons of Portland cement." And, by the way, he was embalmed so well that everyone was amazed at how well he looked when the coffin was opened! That poor man! 

And if any of your listeners want to get into grave watching, they will need "Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography" by Douglas Keister. This is a beautiful book full of color photos, but easy to carry with you on your jaunts through cemeteries - it's only 4 inches wide and 9 inches tall. I like it especially because our grandfather Rule's work is featured in it!! (The Burnet Mausoleum in Spring Grove.) (Pictured here.)

I think that's it for now.

Love, Mumsie

Thank you to everyone who voted for our upcoming episode topic. We had a three-way tie between Francis Bacon, Lillian Gish, and Jim Henson. We randomly picked between the three and the winner is LILLIAN GISH! Tune in for episode 9 later to hear all about it ;)

YOUR MISSION (should you choose to accept it) is to record yourself trying to say "Irish wristwatch" 4 times and send us the recording (AHthePodcast@gmail.com) and we'll share a few of our favorites on social media! OR upload it to your own social media and tag us--we're @AHthePodcast!

Remember as you head into your week... YOLO! And don't have any FOMO, go eat some FROYO!

Cheers, Sage & Christa