Review from Shana Nys Dambrot,
Arts Editor of LA Weekly


July 18, 2018 by Carolyn Campbell

Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris — Photo by Carolyn Campbell

Two French Landmarks Get Some Love From U.S. Fans

Shana Nys Dambrot | July 13, 2018 | 10:35am

Americans certainly aren’t the only ones with a bit of a thing for Paris. Benjamin Franklin was born there, and from their gift of the Statue of Liberty, to our gifts of the Lost Generation and Jerry Lewis, to their love of American pop art, and countless moments of literature, art, music and cinema — we seem to love it there as much as anyone (except maybe actual Parisians).

Saint-Germain-des-Près, Paris
Saint-Germain-des-Près, Paris
Photo © Agence Pierre-Antoine Gatier – .P Voisin

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Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map!


April 14, 2018 by Carolyn Campbell

As historic as the Broadway musical title,  Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map!, the printed map is perceived by many as an historic artifact of a bygone era. With the preponderance of digital navigational systems in our cars and GPS apps on our smartphones, the role of the classic mapmaker might seem outdated or unnecessary. I assure you, it is not!

In creating my own map of Père Lachaise Cemetery, I have come to admire the cartographers whose skills are still very much in demand from the National Geographic Society whose maps of scenic trails are invaluable to hikers to major tourist attractions who rely on skilled designers to create maps that oftentimes are deemed works of art. (more…)

Stories in Stone


March 1, 2018 by Carolyn Campbell

Douglas Keister is an author and photographer I have long admired.  We met in person at a book signing recently in Los Angeles (he lives up north in Chico, CA) and he agreed to share an excerpt from one of his many fine books on cemeteries.

“Cemeteries are virtual encyclopedias of symbolism. The symbols on a person’s tomb may help to tell us something about the life of its inhabitant. Dead men may tell no tales, but their tombstones do. Besides informing us of the person’s name and dates of birth and death, a tombstone often tells us a person’s religion, ethnicity, what clubs he was a member of, occupation and what the person’s thoughts were on the afterlife.

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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

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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