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Death’s Garden: Coimetrophobia

by David Bingham Here is a word that you may not be familiar with: coimetrophobia, the fear of cemeteries. My Portuguese wife does not share my love of burial grounds. Intimations of mortality cause her acute anxiety. Gravestones, mausoleums, hearses, … Continue reading

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Marking Fred Gwynne’s Unmarked Grave with Flowers

by Sharon Pajka Fred Gwynne was an American actor who passed just shy of his 67th birthday in 1993. If I played a clip, I’m pretty sure that you would recognize his distinctive bass-baritone voice. Most of us know him … Continue reading

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Death’s Garden: Meditation amidst the Tombs

by Alma Sinan “Hey, Morticia! Late for the funeral?” As I approach the cemetery, a group of teenage boys walks toward me. “Goth-Freak!” I’ve heard comments like these hundreds of times. My refusal to adopt the fashions of the 21st century … Continue reading

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Death’s Garden: Crossed Fingers

by Jo Nell Huff “Cemetery! Cross your fingers!” The admonition floats to the surface of my consciousness like the command of an angel as I see the cemetery ahead on the left. The child within me obediently crosses the middle … Continue reading

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Short was My Life, Long is My Rest

“It is a town that was established in 1853 but has been largely destroyed by a series of major fires, the last in 1920. The town nevertheless produced in excess of $20 million in gold. We are told that prospectors, … Continue reading

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