Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Loom, West Virginia

Artistically Yours:  Artists tend to be peace lovers, and, on this headstone, you will find the "peace symbol" to prove it. True to his artistic side, though, someone has surrounded the symbol of peace (☮) with a bit of mystery. Is that a C, which could stand for his first name? Did someone know that the inverted V in the peace sign is a semaphore for N, which could stand for his last name? Does anyone else see the number 9? Central UMC Cemetery. [2013]

Monday, February 19, 2018

Charleston, Illinois

Artistically Yours:  Could she have been an art teacher? Is that the bell that called her pupils to class? (Or, the bell that called her own kids to dinner: in the days when kids still played outside!) What is most remarkable about this couple, though, is how coupled they must have been. They were born in the same year. They were married just as they reached their majority.  Many years later, they died in the same year. You can bet they also finished each others' sentences! Roselawn Cemetery. [2017]

Friday, February 16, 2018

Mancos, Colorado

Artistically Yours:  In the graveyards of the world, far more people let you know their avocations than their vocations. For a living, he probably didn't play that guitar, and she probably didn't paint. But strumming and painting is what made living worthwhile. Where are they now? "Gone beyond the sunset." And, what did they take with them? The arts. Cedar Grove Cemetery. [2013]

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Claremont, California

Artistically Yours:  He was a man of many talents. He dabbled, and perhaps made a living, in the arts: music, painting, and theater. When he signed his last painting, his palette went with him. When he performed his last act, his masks went with him. When he played his last melody, his notes went with him. Oak Park Cemetery. [2015]

Monday, February 12, 2018

South Charleston, West Virginia

Theatrically Yours:  She gave up her mountain mama and the the country roads of West Virginia and took up residence in the Big Apple. When the time came, though, she let those same country roads take her home to the place she belongs: almost heaven, West Virginia. It looks like she had a career in costume design, probably on Broadway, in the days before the Twin Towers came down. Sunset Memorial Park. [2015]

Friday, February 9, 2018

Frederick, Maryland

Theatrically Yours:  If you want the world to know you loved the theater, add the Greek theater masks to your memorial stone. In this case, the icons hover above both of them (like spirits), insinuating that they shared a love for the stage. Note, also, the proportions of the headstone and how it is designed to resemble a stage: with a curtain that has just lifted. Or is it just ready to fall? Mt. Olivet Cemetery. [2014]

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Roswell, New Mexico

Theatrically Yours:  In ancient Greece, theater masks (the mask of tragedy and the mask of comedy) were made of linen, wood, or leather. Today, they are made of granite: at least in cemeteries. It is becoming ever more fashionable to use an icon or two (or three or more) to narrate your own life as you plan for death. Judging from the pattern here, his life was consumed by baseball and hers by theater. Compare the position of the masks on this headstone with their position in the last post. South Park Cemetery. [2016]