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  1. about 10 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    ..or take a shower in a parakeet cage…

  2. about 16 hours ago on Heart of the City

    Yes, indeed. Hurricanes have been known to hit Philadelphia.When I was in about the third grade, schools were closed and students sent home mid-morning because of Hurricane Donna. Later, Hurricane Agnes was the spark that led to the revitalization of the cemetery where I now serve as a guide.One of my strangest working days was the day that Hurricane Gloria hit the city. Most of my workmates simply didn’t show up. It was eerie.And, of course, Philly’s favorite locally-sourced rock and roll band—The Hooters—had a hit song—-“Karla with a ‘K’”, which proclaims that;“Hurricanes and Cadillacs. They’ll run you down and won’t look back”.

  3. 4 days ago on Heart of the City

    The Jersey Devil.

  4. 6 days ago on JumpStart

    She almost certainly keeps a mask in her purse, in case she has to do something like perform CPR on someone she doesn’t know.I’m not a medical professional, but I keep a mask in my purse just in case I encounter a place which requires them.

  5. 9 days ago on Wizard of Id

    My husband and I are cemetery guides. We’re in the midst of planning our Halloween tours.

  6. 11 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Many years ago, I was walking Jingles, my sheepadoodle (half English sheepdog, half poodle) in a city park.Jingles was the friendliest creature since Casper the Friendly Ghost. She saw a potential friend in a little girl—maybe 18 months old, and barely able to stand or walk.Despite my protests, Jingles (all 25-30 pounds of her but incredibly strong), manged to knock the little lady over. I was horrified, and did my best to apologise to the little lady’s mother, but she wasn’t having it. She was laughing.The little girl had gotten back up on her feet and was delighted to play with what she saw as a plush toy come to life.Everyone—me, Mom, little girl and Jingles, all had a good time in the park.

  7. 12 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    “We don’t deserve dogs”__Mark Twain

  8. 12 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Lovely image, and very true.

    But nowadays, in addition to the tours, there are concerts, theatrical productions and even yoga classes.Our superintendent is fond of calling this “a happy cemetery”.Another staffer has opinioned that she isn’t certain about an afterlife, but believes that when we (guides) tell their stories, the “residents” are happy.

  9. 12 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    I’m a guide at a pet-friendly cemetery with lots of trees.

  10. 13 days ago on Brewster Rockit

    Cemetery records from the 19th century are usually interesting and sometimes accurate.