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The people whose remains lay under the headstones. I wonder what their souls are doing right now.
Behold my friend, as you pass by,As you are now, so once was I.As I am now, soon you will be,So prepare for death and follow me.Popular 18th century epitaph in New England.Peter
That looks identical to the place in Pennsylvania where my father and brother are buried. I have other friends and relatives who were cremated rather than buried. Knowing that a person's body actually lies within a few feet of you, somehow makes it easier and more real when remembering them there. I intend to be cremated myself, because it seems a little greedy to occupy space after I'm of no use to anyone, but this aspect of remembering someone at a grave site is definite advantage to the living left behind.
Looks to be intended to evoke the old traditional Norwegian West Coast stone churches.
Nice shot. Could almost be Britain or Ireland.MarkG said...The people whose remains lay under the headstones. I wonder what their souls are doing right now.Undoubtedly wondering how we could have so badly screwed up the wonderful country they built and left to us.
Excellent photo that reminds me of similar scenes in Iceland.There's a fair amount of wide-angle distortion (actually barrel distortion) that if removed would really add to the image.
Anybody here follow Olympic downhill??Anyways, Lindsay Vonn won the downhill gold medal at the 2010 Whistler Olympics.Yesterday, the IOC, the Olympics governing body, announced that they will be stripping her of the gold medal.They wanna give the gold medal to Obama because NOBODY has gone down hill faster!!! BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Deep in the countryWhere the churches are smallAnd the graveyards sparsely sewn...Always the impulseTo cede to those settings Surrendering thus peace own.
Why so few bodies buried?Was this once a much smaller church?Sometimes, laws change. And, you can't bury people in towns that grew from small beginnings. I'd bet those markers are very, very old. Pretty church. And, yes. Once a common sight.A town would start growing once a small church was built, I would guess.
Jimmy Breslin once pointed out something interesting. He says the ground underneath shifts. Bodies move horizontally. While the markers stay in place.
Carol_Herman said...Why so few bodies buried?Was this once a much smaller church?The town may be more out west. If the community was there during the Civil War, they may have sent their men to fight the Sioux, rather than the Confederacy.And the townsfolk might have subsequently moved to follow the railroad.
The faith is still kept by believers in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.The church was the community, and was the school, and was the strength of the settlers. Going to settle in a new land and farm it is a total gambling activity.Faith was not optional for our great, great, grandparents.
Just sat down to eat at the Tied House when a kid across the street fell off his bike. Didn't sound like an average scream, so we ran over and comforted this poor chap until his dad arrived and the ambulance. Looked to be a compound fracture of his lower leg. Poor kid.
Nothing is scarier than a kid on a bike.They think they're immortal.You know they're not.
Five inches of rain overnight in the neighborhood.We're at the top of a hill, waterwise, so the water is just staying where it falls rather than coming from somewhere else, once the soil saturates.It's bad news for large bits of corn and bean fields, which don't recover from crop-killing puddles.
What part of OH did you say you lived in?
Many such cemeteries around the Madison area have gravestones inscribed in German. We used to take field trips to one in grade school and we made pencil or charcoal tracings of the inscriptions. This was a challenge to do without stepping on the grave itself which was considered disrespectful.
Have you ever danced on someone's grave?
Have you ever danced on someone's grave?Is the Jefferson Memorial a close enough substitute for a gravesite?
Many of the Norwegian-Lutheran chruches are being eate up by the expanding Devils Lake in North Dakota. So are their cemetaries. The graves of many of the Dakota territory pioneers are under water.
"Have you ever danced on someone's grave?"He's not dead yet, but I look forward to the day.
YOu can be buried with a tombstone after cremation.
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