Having a sense of humor is a must. So there.

A view at last

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February 20, 2015 · 05:30

Gone but not forgotten


A carving of two hands clasped, one female, one male, signifies the loss of a spouse. Take a closer look at the details on the cuffs in order to tell which of the hands is masculine and which is feminine.

This style seems to have appeared most frequently in Victorian times.

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Pushing up some daisies


I’m willing to bet there are a large number of BTG readers out there who are THOROUGHLY sick of winter’s cold weather, ice, snow, dripping clothes, and even drippier noses.

I’m also willing to bet there are a significant number of you who are seriously wondering whether you’ll ever see green grass again. So in the spirit of all that’s good about flowers and cemeteries pushing up daisies in the spring, here’s a little something that will hopefully speed the arrival of warmer weather to where you live.

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To be continued…

To be continued

Argh! I can’t believe I completely forgot to publish this on Saturday as a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Found this headstone in Cambria, CA (just south of Hearst Castle) years ago and just loved how it commemorated 56 long and happy years together – a marriage that started shortly after the Pearl Harbor bombing.

Check out the wedding date right about the, “To be Continued…” sign.

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Sharing Saturday: Home Among the Headstones

The East Coast has any number of wonderfully carved headstones as this post from blogger, Home Among the Headstones proves.  Check it out.

The Old Center Cemetery in Suffield, CT.

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Stories in Stone – New York

Doug Keister’s one of the best cemetery reference writers/photographers I’ve ever come across. Check out this fun video of interesting carvings and symbols from some of the famous cemeteries in New York; Greenwood, Woodlawn, Kensico, Sleepy Hollow, and Hartsdale Pet Cemetery.

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Sunbursts and a willow branch

Sunbursts and willow

Here’s a headstone memorializing the life of Matthew Cully (died 1813) that has a number of lovely sunburst carvings in addition to what appears to be a bent willow tree branch on the top. This headstone’s located in Milford, New York, in one of the most well-kept cemeteries I’ve ever had the pleasure to visit.

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