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Zen (#46892144)
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Bio Photo My daughter and I are avid cemetery photographers. I live in So Cal in the Inland Empire and also visit the LA area regularly. She is currently posted in Germany.

Hollywood Forever is one of our favorite places. Especially on Dia de Los Muertos. Day of the Dead is special there. If you are nearby you really must go and experience it. You will not regret it. Visit and see what goes on. It is a great celebration of those that have gone before us and if you only do this holiday once, do it at Hollywood Forever. You will not be sorry. If you go there for a shoot, be sure to check out the Asian area tucked around the corner by the chapel. Great memorials and there are usually some peacocks, that live there, pokin around. Great photo ops.

As a photographer, I do my own retouching and am very adept. If you have a photo on this site that needs work, contact me and I'll let you know if I can improve your images. Free of charge! Sometimes the only pictures we have of someone are the ones that get put on a memorial. It is important to have them look as good as they possibly can.

It can be as simple as adjusting the lighting, balancing the color, eliminating something that shouldn't be there (like that thing in the background that is now sticking out of their head!). Maybe it is just re-cropping and straightening the image. I can do amazing things with photos so just drop me a note here or via email and I'll take a look at what you have.

Update November '09
My daughter made it through boot camp and her MOS 68W (combat medic) and received the order to report to Baumholder Germany. For the time being she is in Germany and I can relax a little bit. I also know her time will come to ship out. Everyone gets their turn in the sandbox.

If there is a God.... then Randy Gillespie was a gift from God. I hope you will visit his memorial. With that, please place a tribute to Randy Gillespie. A modern day hero. Hard to come by these days but there he is ... ... ...
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RE: Obituaries
That'll be great, my distant cousins are buried there somewhere, but don't know where since they died in Yucca Valley, CA.
Added by Dstmnstr on Aug 09, 2015 5:35 AM
Do you live in Yucca Valley, CA or in San Bernardino County, CA? Because one of my distant cousins and her family died in Yucca Valley, CA and I was wondering if you lookup obituaries too?
Added by Dstmnstr on Aug 08, 2015 8:54 PM
Kathy Galpin Biggs
RE: Thomas Aiken
Fixed ... thank you for the heads up ... got the numbers mixed up 1894 vs. 1984 ... yikes :)
Added by Kathy Galpin Biggs on Dec 15, 2013 6:56 PM
I just added you as my new friend :)

Take care,
Added by GDS on Dec 04, 2012 12:52 AM
RE: :o)
Hi Zen,

I sent you an email explaining things. Please don't let the dates fool you. My memorial is not a duplicate.
Added by GDS on Dec 04, 2012 12:27 AM
RE: Heads Up
Hi Zen,

Actually, the other memorial is a duplicate of the one I created and submitted for approval. If Find A Grave doesn't want to obey their own rules then why should I? I don't know how much more honest I can be but that member copied my bio and their memorial gets approved while my original bio is denied? Please forgive me but there's something very wrong there.
Added by GDS on Dec 03, 2012 11:18 PM
Oklahoma Grave Walkers
Thank you so much***Cathy
Added by Oklahoma Grave Walkers on Nov 30, 2012 9:09 AM
Hi Zen!
Maybe so. One can upload memorials, and Find A Grave people who definitely decides what is going to be famous. It was ever thus. What not to do is upload a memorial, if it exists as "famous".
Added by Errete on Nov 05, 2012 3:07 AM
RE: Emanuel Steward
Hello Zen,
I said to you, the same thing who once told me an important contributor Find A Grave, when I warned him that a memorial was doubled.
Certainly, before writing the memorial of Mr. Edwards, I checked to see if there was another, and none appeared. Then I do it. But I asked my memorial to be considered a "famous". The other partner, didn't the same.
Now, my memorial was erased and my photos posted on the other morial, it isn't famous yet .
I dont know how it is. Every day I see that a memorial is doubled and nobody says anything. Find A Grave's People have to choose which deem best to convert as "famous". There are partners who do not write the biographies: just copy and paste from Wikipedia or from newspapers.
I hope you understand that my intention is not to bother. I am a serious researcher and it gives me pleasure do it. Nothing is what I seek. Nobody pays me to work making Find A Grave memorials, and I like it yet.

Added by Errete on Nov 01, 2012 5:15 AM
RE: Emanuel Steward
There is no "first come first served" on famous memorials as there is on others. Often multiple pages are submitted and they are picked from or combined. Nobody of us decides it, only Find A Grave, and none was selected as "famous" yet. I hope you understand my explanation, please.

Thank you,

Added by Errete on Oct 30, 2012 5:24 AM
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