Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Appleton, Alabama

A Symbol of Home ~ The Bird House:  We often conceptualize the soul as a bird. Well before the Christian Era, in fact, the Egyptians symbolized one aspect of the soul by a bird with a human head. And, Plato reminded us that "the soul takes flight to the world that is invisible but there arriving she is sure of bliss and forever dwells in paradise." So, a bird house in a cemetery makes perfect sense. Perhaps this bird house is meant to be a way station on the soul's flight to heaven. Weaver Cemetery. [2017]

Monday, August 21, 2017

Vineland, New Jersey

A Symbol of Home ~ The Bird House: In bereavement art, birds are often used to symbolize the soul. So, a stationary bird house near a grave may suggest that the soul has a place to stay on earth just a little bit longer. What do you make of the names and dates on this headstone? Vineland Cemetery. [2017]

Friday, August 18, 2017

Falmouth, Virginia

Garden Flags as Aides Memoires:  You know he must have spent many hours at home keeping an eye on the birdhouses (probably more than one!) in his back yard. It's good to know those doves on his tombstone will have a place to nest tonight. New Hope United Methodist Church Cemetery. [2017]

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Gouldtown, New Jersey

Garden Flags as Aides Memoires:  An Indian lies buried here: a member of the Lenni Lenapi tribe. That may mean the owl symbolizes tribal wisdom. The Lenni Lenapi were the original inhabitants of the Delaware Valley, but the dreamcatcher has become a symbol of unity shared by all North American Indians. He probably caught many a dream in that dreamcatcher. Hope so, anyway. Gouldtown Memorial Park. [2013]

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Garden Flags as Aides Memoires:  She loved the farm: the cows, the pigs, the sheep, the goats. She loved the violets that bloomed everywhere in the spring, too. Now, she reminds everybody of the things that made a difference in her life. That just might include her husband, too. Is that him standing out in the pasture? Mechanicsburg Cemetery. [2014]

Friday, August 11, 2017

Big Pool, Maryland

Garden Flags as Aides Memoires:  Welcome. Your family wants to make your new home as much like your old home as possible. Remember the vincas that loved to welcome visitors? Remember the rabbits that used to put on quite a show in the spring? Remember the flag that flew in front of the house? Remember the street lights that turned night into day? And never forget the church in whose graveyard you now lie. St. Paul's United Methodist Church Cemetery. [2015]

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Paris, Kentucky

Garden Flags as Aides Memoires:  "Thank heaven for Little Boys" says this garden flag, which actually finds itself in a small garden. The little master would have had such fun growing up riding all those horses, but he could only stick around 121 days. Still, he was a God-send, a gift from heaven, to which he was called back too soon. Paris is in the heart of the Kentucky Blue Grass. Paris Cemetery. [2015]