Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hungry Ghosts

A stomp through a small catholic cemetery in Lake Forest, IL inspires a discussion of Stockholm Syndrome and the Tibetan view on hungry ghosts.

(The picture above is of a "preta" or "hungry ghost")

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Healthier Inspiration.

Part 5 of this stomp through Lake Forest cemetery that suggests that maybe we need a new image to inspire man...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

What Do You Desire?

Join Corin White, the Gravestomper, on this 4th installment of a stomp through Lake Forest Cemetery in Illinois. This one asks: are you as strong and in control of your life as you think you are or does something else manage you?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Cynicism Will Kill You!

What happens when cynicism sets in and destroys the wonder in our lives? Take a stomp through Lake Forest Illinois cemetery with Corin White, The Gravestomper and find out...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Answer Really Is Sharing...

A second installment to the Lake Forest, IL Cemetery stomp that explores why people are having so much trouble now. Can't get a job? Struggling with money?....this stomp may help you understand why... Side note: when I talk about the port town North of Lake Forest I meant to say: Waukegan, not Wauconda...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Identity: It'll Hang You Up Every Time!!

A stomp thru an incredible Chicago area cemetery that inspires questions about identity that will motivate you to get off the ouch. Get out there. And get stomping!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Who Says You Can't?

An inspiring stomp through a small Wisconsin graveyard that makes us question what we believe we can and can't do.  This one's got one of the most inspiring stories I've ever seen in a graveyard.

Monday, June 28, 2010

What are YOU missing out On?

What people are saying about the book Adventures of a Gravestomper and its author, Corin White:

Corin is a massive action taker!
--Dave Lakhani, Author of the national bestselling phenomenon, Subliminal Persuasion

“I love your style. You've created an amazing persona and are doing great things, keep up the good work, more people need to go gravestomping!”

--Dave Lakhani, Author of the national bestselling phenomenon, Subliminal Persuasion

I have [read it], within a few hours of its arrival. I'm inspired to get out and visit graveyards more…

--Matt Hucke, Author of Graveyards of Chicago and

Corin. I went to my Grandson Grade 8 graduation last night and I made it. As you know I don't leave my home very often. I keep your book close to me and it has helped me more than you will ever know. Thanks
--Patti Cameron

"Apparently your book rocks! Staff will not send to me until all done reading; they've hijacked my book - I am furious - should have next week - they're so annoying."... --Anna, owner of Erzulies Voodoo, New Orleans

Your book is outstanding! Far beyond what I had thought & so you know - "No angry dirt here, no way sir, no way!" "Motivational, inspirational, and a "must" read for anyone." --Jennifer R Bernard, Photographer

Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed the book and will probably read it at least once more. I appreciate the motivation without all the airy-fairy-touchy-feely.

And, I took a risk today. I sent a CD to a famous local songwriter. Maybe nothing will come of it, maybe she'll end up using it as a coaster, but I had to at least make the effort. So, we'll see.
--Kim Caudell, Traditional Folk Musician

What an absolutely AMAZING blog you have here. I feel completely inspired and in a fashion that is not the usual condescending, speaking to the lowest common denominator, boiled down fashion, that completely disconnects me from the message. Wow! Utterly awed. --Chris Davis

“This book kicks ass!” Ricki Linnenkohl:

“Do you think you will ever come out to Salem Mass?? I Love the Cemeteries out there and would LOVE to stomp thru them with you.”
--Cindy Walker Herring

“You inspire us” --Wayde Kissane

This is my goal & I WILL achieve it! I'm getting older & don't have that much time left to... do ALL the things I want. I have to be selective. That's my beginning anyways! Sort & free up my life! THANK YOU for putting it in terms that spoke to me!!!! --Ann Bruner‏

“I devoured, enjoyed and digested the book! You certainly gave me just what I needed to push forward with an important project! Your amazing, thanks!’ --Gigi Driggers

By the time I was done watching the video about the five dead Thomas children, I was ready to jump up out of my seat and add another 50 things to my already giant (but getting smaller minute-by-minute) to-do list.
--Leigh Clements, owner Shot in the Dark Mysteries

Wisdom and knowledge comes from many sources. One that I recommend is The Gravestomper. so enjoyed his writing, blog and tweets.
--Chris Love

What are YOU waiting for?  Life is too short to hesitate--LIVE YOUR DREAMS!!!!!!

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Independent Booksellers: Rest In Peace?

A gravestomp that explores what it means to be "independent", an entrepreneur or creative. Any independent booksellers who feel this stomp doesn't reflect your experience, who'd like to open up a dialogue and tell us your stories of how your stores have inspired people: please, we'd love to share them. Call us about it: Dorje Publishing at 1-800-682-4950 x2 Indie artists: what are your experiences?

Friday, June 11, 2010

What Prevents Success?

Out on an adventure exploring the roads of Southern Wisconsin, I came across this little roadside cemetery that inspired an exciting Gravestomp!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Don't Give Up!

Join me, Corin White, the Gravestomper, in a little Graveyard stomp that'll remind you why it's so important to never give up on living the life that showcases the best possible you...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

One of the Gravestomper's Secrets: Subliminal Persusasion by Dave Lakhani

Some of you have been asking me how I've accomplished so much with the Gravestomper Project so quickly. In this video I'm gonna let you in on one of my many secrets : Dave Lakhani's Subliminal Persuasion.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Bloody Mary

Join me, the Gravestomper, on an adventure through one of Illinois' most haunted cemeteries, old St. Patrick near Wadsworth, IL.  The site is famous for a haunting legend known by school children all over the country, and this legend, plus some other rumors I've heard about the place have some very interesting lessons to teach about getting out there and living life to the fullest!  My thanks to Richie D  for his story about his experiences with the infant's tombstone.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Get off the Couch, Get out There and Get that Stomping Book!

You’ve seen the Gravestomping videos. You’ve joined me on my stomps through some of the smaller more intimate graveyards in the Chicago area. But what about the big spooky ones? What about the haunting legends? The gothic romance? The enormous statuary that makes Chicago graveyards so infamous? What about the famous Rosehill Mausoleum, where a just few steps into the place sends shivers down your spine? What about the statue of Death in Graceland Cemetery and the creepy old legend about it that every Chicago school kid knows? Or Bachelors Grove, considered one of the most haunted spots in America? And the bizarre museum of punishment at Queen of Heaven cemetery? Or the burial sites of Chicago gangsters at Hillside’s Mount Carmel?

Need more of that Gravestomper motivation you get on this blog? Every line of this book is designed to motivate you to get out there and make your dreams come true. Like the interview with a funeral director in Chapter 10 in which he reveals what being around death for 24 years has taught him about living life to the fullest.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Make a Bold Statement!

Take a break from your worries, your fears and your daily concerns to join me, Corin White, The Gravestomper on a mini adventure.  Let's take a Gravestomp through an obscure North Chicago cemetery called North Shore Garden of Memories that teaches us the power thinking big...I know you'll dig it!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

When You Don't Feel Like Stomping...

So, what do you do when you don't feel like getting out there to stomp? This video stomp is in response to some of the interactions I've had with blog viewers who've talked about how they want to make some changes in their lives but don't know where to begin.

The cemetery on the corner of Main and Washington is called, simply, Lombard cemetery. It was originally called Babcock’s Grove Cemetery and it’s smack in the middle of a neighborhood of houses.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Mystery of The Thomas Graves

When's the last time you set out to discover a mystery?

A friend of mine called me a couple weeks ago to tell me about a small graveyard that she remembered from her days of working at Glacial Park in McHenry County, Illinois.  According to her, The Thomas graveyard was nestled in the middle of this enormous state park and you had to hike to get to it. The prospect was too cool for words, so I put on my hiking boots and set out to find it, which we did. 

This video caused quite a stir among my family and friends who viewed it a couple of weeks ago. They thought the details of the family's lives might unnerve people. I also began to be concerned that people might freak out when they saw this stomp.  You see, the Thomas family moved to the area in the 19th century from New York to do some homesteading.  They took an incredible risk and paid an unbelievably high price for it, as you'll see in the stomp.  To leave the stomp at that just wasn't enough. The mystery of what happened to the Thomas family and the question, "Was the risk worth the price?" are left looming at the end of this video. So many people are afraid to take risks because they fear the consequences.  Many will tell you to follow your bliss and everything will always be smooth sailing, and you will always be protected.  I'm not going to insult your intelligence by saying anything like that because, as we all know, that's not always the case; as this video shows.  But that's not where the lesson of this stomp lies.  The price for never taking risks is to shamble like a zombie through a life half-lived and to keep from making a lasting impact.

Unfortunately, no one knows what happened to the Thomas family after they moved out of the area.  There is no record of where they went.  But I want you to consider this as you watch the video: two descedents of the Thomases have been found.  One in Northern Illinois and one in California.  If the Thomases had not taken the risk to move out here, those descendants would not be here today, nor would they be situated where they are.  I think if you asked those descendants and their loved ones was the risk their ancestors took worth it, they would say, Yes, it most definitely was.

My thanks to Ricki Linnenkohl for directing me to this graveyard and to Kim Caldwell from the Priairie View education department for the background on the Thomas family.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Remembered, Part II

Since the last Gravestomp got such strong reaction, I had to do this follow up stomp in Fort Hill Cemetery. People were very effected by the question, What will you be remembered for? and I can understand why. It dredges up a lot of stuff that we're very attached to: things like identity and how we see ourselves. This stomp pushes the subject further.

Monday, April 5, 2010

What Are You Going to Be Remembered For?

A Gravestomp through Fairfield Cemetery in Ela township, Lake county IL which begs the question, what do you want to be remembered for? My thanks to Sandy Coffell who watches the video blog regularly and who asked me to stomp this particular cemetery. The statue that looks like a little mole is actually a small lamb that has decayed. Sign of an infant's grave.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Curiosity and Action

I found this Graveyard during a moonlit drive last night. The huge church was lit with green light and it looked so eerie in the distance that I followed a hunch that there would be a graveyard attached and drove towards it. My curiosity was rewarded when I pulled up to the church and discovered this cool little 19th century cemetery. It looked so eerie and weird at night that I had to go back and stomp it during the day. The whole thing inspired a discussion of following your curiosity and exploring things that give us a sense of adventure.

The video starts when I'm still on my Harley and the wind is deafening for about 30 seconds. It dies down for the rest of it though.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

You Give it Meaning.

Calvary Cemetery. A haunting legend. The question of what gives your life meaning...