Friday, April 20, 2018

Rosswell, New Mexico

A Time to Be Born, and a Time to Die:  Chaves County has a DWI prevention program, and it includes an admonition from the Grim Reaper himself:  Every 15 minutes (symbolized by a clock) there is a tragedy or death related to drinking, drinking and driving, or drugs. DWI should never determine anyone's time to die. "Is your life working risking?" South Park Cemetery. [2016]


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Toms River, New Jersey

A Time to Be Born, and a Time to Die:  "To well loved to be forgotten." Presumably that means love is timeless. So why is there a clock on the memorial? Time of death? Indicator of his livelihood? "Self Winding Clock Company" is inscribed at the center: a clue to help us solve the puzzle, perhaps. Riverside Cemetery. [2015]


Monday, April 16, 2018

Abbottstown, Pennsylvania

A Time to Be Born, and a Time to Die:  "This memory is as dear today as the hour he passed away. We did our best - God only knows - to save his life. We could not do." Does the clock show the hour he passed away? Mummert's Church Cemetery. [2017]

Friday, April 13, 2018

Norfolk, Virginia

Mistakes Were Made:  No, they weren't. The Misses just changed her mind and decided he had to do it her way. When he died, only the years of birth and death were put on the headstone. Someone, maybe the Misses or maybe the kids, decided that wasn't enough, so months and days were added. Forest Lawn Cemetery. [2014]


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Geneva, Alabama

Mistakes Were Made:  Just ask "Floyd," whose names appears (a) not to be "Floy E." or (b) not to have been "Floy E." Take a look: He may still be alive. He would be 109 years young when this photograph was taken. [2017]


Monday, April 9, 2018

Cortland, New York

Mistakes Were Made:  Just ask Mr. Jorgenson Jorgensen. Even though both spellings mean "son of," the correct Danish and Norwegian version is Jorgensen (actually Jørgensen). Changing the last syllable to "son" almost deprives you of your heritage! Both names mean "son of George." Cortland Rural Cemetery. [2017]


Friday, April 6, 2018

Wilmington, Delaware

'The Twelve' and Their Namesakes ~ All Saints:  Be inclusive! That's the mantra of the decade. Why not honor all saints? Why not include both genders (maybe eventually all genders)? The woman is St. Therese of Lisieux. Can you identify the men? There is a clue in the inscription: "Go into the whole world and teach all nations." Think: all nations. All Saints Cemetery. [2014]

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