Monthly Archives: December 2011

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2011. If it were a … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting

Once the ferry docked, everyone shuffled down the gangplank onto the blindingly white memorial. Despite the bustle, the monument seemed very peaceful. People kept quiet, moved slowly, were relatively polite to each other — but the men didn’t take off … Continue reading

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Cemetery of the Week #44: The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial

The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial No. 1 Arizona Memorial Place Honolulu, Hawaii 96818 Telephone: (808) 422-3300 Established: 1962 Size: 10 acres Number of interments: 1102 of the 1177 men who died on the Arizona. Some were cremated at their posts. Others … Continue reading

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Cemetery of the Week #43: Christ Church Burial Ground

Christ Church Burial Ground Arch Street between 4th & 5th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106 Telephone: (215) 922-1695 Established: 1719 Size: two acres Number of interments: An estimated 6500 Open: In December, on Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., weather … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

When I showed my grandmother Death’s Garden, hot off the presses in 1996, I was nervous about what she would say about a book of essays about cemeteries.  Grandma was a plainspoken woman who survived the Depression as a girl … Continue reading

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