Happy Valentine’s Day to all Taphophiles


February 14, 2018 by Carolyn Campbell

For cemetery lovers everywhere – a special Valentine’s Day offer from City of Immortals– the full color, fold-out Père Lachaise Cemetery map for only $9.95.

Folded map inside

Folded map front

Jeanne Hébuterne


January 25, 2018 by Carolyn Campbell

Jeanne Hébuterne (April 6, 1898 –January 25,1920) was a French artist, best known as the frequent subject and common-law wife of the artist Amedeo “Modi” Modigliani. Sadly, she took her own life on this day.

Amedeo Modigliani and Jeanne Hébuterne

Hébuterne’s family had brought their daughter to their home after hearing that Modigliani had died, but the distraught Jeanne threw herself out of the fifth-floor apartment window, killing herself and her unborn child.

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Death: The Greatest Teacher


January 23, 2018 by Carolyn Campbell

Death: The Greatest Teacher

Deepest thanks to Lion’s Roar Magazine for permission to share this article. (https://www.lionsroar.com/death-the-greatest-teacher/)

“Laughing in the Face of Stupidity,” painting by Tashi Mannox from the series “Laughing in the Face of Death: To live and die without regrets.”

by Judy Lief| January 12, 2018

The Buddha said the greatest of all teachings is impermanence. Its final expression is death. Buddhist teacher Judy Lief explains why our awareness of death is the secret of life. It’s the ultimate twist.

Whether we fight it, deny it, or accept it, we all have a relationship with death. Some people have few encounters with death as they are growing up, and it becomes personal for them only as they age and funerals begin to outnumber weddings. Others grow up in violent surroundings where sudden death is common, or see a family member die of a fatal illness. Many of us have never seen a person die, while people who work in hospitals and hospices see the realities of death and dying every day. But whether death is something distant for us or we are in the thick of it, it haunts and challenges us.

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Georges Méliès


January 21, 2018 by Carolyn Campbell

Legendary filmmaker Georges Méliès (December 8, 1861–January 21, 1938) said shortly before he passed away on this day, and after he had drawn a champagne bottle with the cork popped and bubbling over and shown it to his friends: “Laugh, my friends. Laugh with me, laugh for me, because I dream your dreams.”
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Jacques-Louis David


December 29, 2017 by Carolyn Campbell

French artist Jacques-Louis David (August 30, 1748–December 29, 1825) died on this day at age 77 in Brussels, Belgium. Considered the preeminent painter of his time and best known for his Neoclassical style, he was awarded the Prix de Rome in 1774; was elected to the Académie Royale in 1784; was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in 1803; promoted to Officier in 1808; and in 1815 he was promoted to Commandant (now Commandeur) de la Légion d’honneur.
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