Author Archive for Justin

Famous Exhumations II

Digging Up the Dead: History’s Most Famous Exhumations II A final resting place is supposed to be just that, final. No one anticipates having to unearth remains interred in graveyards. Yet, it happens from time to time for a variety of reasons, most of them complicated, to say the least. As mentioned in the previous […]

Famous Exhumations I

Buried, and Then Buried Again Whether we want to admit it or not, people are fascinated by human remains and what happens to them. This is especially so in the case when it involves famous people final resting places have become only temporary lodging. Here are three examples of bodies that have been exhumed – […]

Medieval Death II

Death in the Middle Ages II What facts about death in the Middle Ages would you expect to find? Last month’s blog, Medieval Look At Death, highlighted some interesting details about danse macabre and ossuaries, as well as other death-related experiences. This blog looks at a few more that we think you’ll agree are fascinating. […]

Santa Rosa June 2017

Welcome to June. It’s a month filled with activities meant to pique your curiosity. June 4 – Astronaut Lullabies at the SRJC Planetarium – A live concert planetarium experience, returning by popular demand. This heart expanding exploration of inner and outer space offers a multi-sensory journey–a poetry of sight and sound–as the a live planetarium show […]

Medieval Look At Death

The Middle Ages and Death Medieval Europe experienced death very differently than we do today. Here are a few surprising death-related facts from the Middle Ages. Living in Cemeteries: Cemeteries were a very different place during the Middle Ages. A cemetery was a site of social activity and where local elections, trials, sermons and theater […]

Funerals for Stars

Hollywood Farewells Remember the feeling you got when you saw your favorite bright and glamorous Hollywood star gazing back at you? Even through the ‘throw back’ static and microscopic television screen, they still seemed like they were right there with you. Whether it was the grandfather of soul, Mr. James Brown, or Hollywood royalty Vivien […]

Being Grateful

Being Grateful Can Improve Your Life Gratitude is an emotion. It fills the heart with a sense of thankfulness that can – according to some research –  increase one’s well-being. It has been said that those who practice gratitude on a consistent basis are spending time and attention on the good news of their days. […]

Household Omens

Folklore About Omens of Death involving Household Objects Folklore abounds with tips and suggestions about how recognize death approaching. The idea, of course, is to be prepared and, where possible, ward off this inevitable final phase of life. Here is a list of folk ways: A dish or glass breaking when no one is near […]

Santa Rosa May 2017

Welcome to the merry month of May. Here’s a list of things to do in Santa Rosa and beyond: May 7 – Laguna de Santa Rosa – Join the fun of this annual trek to the Double-crested Cormorant nesting site on the banks of the Laguna. By May 7 we will likely see everything from […]

Animal Omens of Death

Four Legged and Winged Messengers    For eons, people have been telling stories about death, life’s final passage. Oral stories, myths and legends about the topic exist in every corner of the world. These folkloric elements offer warning, guidelines, and tips that reflect specific cultural beliefs and customs. Animals are among the more common messengers of […]