Julio Mirabelli @j-mirabelli ?

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  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Pringles Can Inventor Buried In Pringles Can   5 years, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Frederic Baur invented the Pringles can in the late 1950s and requested that part of his ashes be buried in the can when he passed away. You never think about the can as you devour your Pringles potato crisps. Industrious potato crisp lovers often find countless uses for their empty containers and use them for everything [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: The Romantic Naturalism of Sweden’s Woodland Cemetery   6 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail The Woodland Cemetery in Sweden was created as part of a competition and was built in an old gravel pit filled with towering pines. The creation of modernist architects Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz at Skogskyrkogarden in Stockholm, Sweden gave birth to a new form of cemetery that has influenced cemetery design throughout the world. [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: The Ill-fated Ford Edsel Lives On as its Designer Passes On   6 years, 5 months ago · View

    Thumbnail “I’m proud of the car. There is not a bad line on the car.” - Roy Brown. Roy Abbott Brown Jr., chief designer of the 1957 Ford Edsel loved the car so much that he drove one well into his 90s. He died on Feb. 24, 2013 at the age of 96. He was born Oct. [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: The Dark Side of Mary Mary Quite Contrary   6 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Mary Mary quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells And pretty maids all in a row.

    There’s a sadistic cruelty to the history of the world, from the times of medieval poverty, torture and disease to inquisitions, genocide and war; the past has been tarnished and plagued with atrocities that could only been [...]
  • Thumbnail Every once in a while you read a book that completely changes the way you view the world. This is one of those books. Until Further Notice: I am Alive , guides you through the twists and turns of a terminal condition. As a critic, writer and illustrator, author Tom Lubbock could describe a work of art [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: The Death of Amusement Parks   6 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail When we think of amusements parks, we conjure up images of daredevil rides, cotton candy, and entertaining side shows. But what happens to an amusement park when the crowds stop going? There is no sendoff, no ceremony, no eulogy. Because of land disputes, cost to repair and refurbish, or just plain lack of interest, these [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: The Tragedy of Daniel Dodge   6 years, 11 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Daniel Dodge, millionaire heir to the Dodge Motor Company fortune and Laurine Dodge on their honeymoon on Manitoulin Island where he was accidentally killed. One of the lesser known millionaires of the thirties was Daniel Dodge, son of John Dodge, co-founder of the American Dodge Motor Company. Danny, as he was known to his family [...]

  • Thumbnail Martha Brockenbrough offers an unusual perspective on the afterlife in her first young adult book, Devine Intervention . Steeped in the heavenly practices of guardian angels and lost souls, Devine Intervention is a satire with a bit of a sacrilegious twist. The book begins with a page from a handbook that is sent, upon death, to select members [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: 72 Years Together: Couple Died Holding Hands   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail This story sounds like the movie The Notebook , because there are so many similarities. One huge difference. The Notebook wasn’t real. This story is. Norma and Gordon Yeager had been married for 72 years. Ninety-year-old Norma and 94-year-old Gordon Yeager met while Norma was still in high school and Gordon was working at the Chevrolet Garage in [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Five People You Meet in Heaven   7 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail “There are no random acts. We are all connected. You can no more separate one life from another, than you can separate a breeze from the wind.” The world is full of stories, but the stories are all one. In his best selling book, “The Five People you Meet in Heaven” , Mitch Albom attempts to show [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: After 70 Years, “Uncle Mike” is Reunited with his Family   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Marcy Hanigan delights in sharing pictures of her mother and uncle. One rare and cherished photo shows Hanigan’s mother, Grace, draping a protective arm over her younger brother Mike. Grace rarely spoke about her little brother. Lt. Mike Zanger was a Marine, a pilot in World War II who died as a prisoner of war [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: When I Die: Lessons from the Death Zone   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail “In six weeks’ time, I will be dead, I will be cremated, but it is an extraordinary experience.” This is how Philip Gould begins his film When I Die: Lessons from the Death Zone , a soul-searching chronicle of thoughts and emotions during his last two weeks of life. He shares his thoughts and insights as he confronts his [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: A Dark Side to the Golden Gate Bridge   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail  San Francisco is the city of peace and love, but don’t mess with their Golden Gate Bridge. They love it, they fantasize about it, newlyweds use it as a photo backdrop, some even tattoo it on their bodies. Joseph Strauss, the chief engineer, spent years battling for his vision of the bridge they said could [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: “The Beginner’s Goodbye”: A Grief Observed   7 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail In The Beginner’s Goodbye, author Anne Tyler celebrates amateurs and novices – beginners still capable of learning. It’s this capacity for change that makes Tyler’s characters so appealing. She is the patron saint of misfits. Embarking on an Anne Tyler novel is like heading off on vacation to a favorite destination: You’re filled with anticipation of pleasure, [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Famed American Painter Thomas Kinkade Dies at 54   7 years, 4 months ago · View


    “I’m a warrior for light … With whatever talent and resources I have, I’m trying to bring light to penetrate the darkness many people feel.” Thomas Kinkade

    Millions of his paintings and prints hang in homes around the world. His idealized vision of the world usually depicted scenes like a churning seascape or a colorful garden [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Earl Scruggs’ Funeral Honored the Legendary Banjo Player   7 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Earl Scruggs’ funeral, held on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the former home of the Grand Ole Opry, remembered the legendary banjo player as a “humble musician” and “the last original architect of the original bluegrass music.” About 2,300 of Scruggs’ loved ones, friends, and fans packed into Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to pay tribute [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Solving the Mystery of Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance   7 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Amelia Earhart was the 16th woman to receive her pilot’s license in the U.S. Thanks to another search for her plane, Amelia Earhart is still making news. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with members of “The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery” (TIGHAR) to discuss the unsolved case of the aviator. The group plans [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: A World without Racism: The Story of Lanier Phillips   7 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Lanier Phillips, a black U.S. serviceman who has credited his 1942 rescue off Newfoundland as transforming his life and igniting a passion for civil rights, died Monday, March 12th, 2012. Phillips, who was 88, passed away at a military retirement home in Gulfport, Miss. He was two days shy of his 89th birthday. Two hundred [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Albrecht Durer, “The Praying Hands”   7 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail One of the most popular religious symbols used on Prayer/Memorial cards is the “Praying Hands” by Albrecht Durer. Born May 21, 1471 in Nuremberg, Germany, Albrecht was the third of eighteen children. Noting his son’s natural artistic talent, when Albrecht turned sixteen, his father arranged for him to apprentice with Michael Wolgemut, a well known [...]

  • J-Mirabelli wrote a new blog post: Doctor who helped craft Death With Dignity Act dies at 83   7 years, 5 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Oregon physician Peter Goodwin used the law he was instrumental in creating to end his own life. Goodwin, 83, was in the late stages of corticobasal ganglionic degeneration, an incurable, Parkinson’s-like disease that causes dementia and the gradual loss of movement. He received the diagnosis in 2006. On March 11, 2012 he used the Death [...]

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