Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Gravestone Wanderings

Originally uploaded by midgefrazel
As one reader pointed out, you can't wander through any graveyard without questioning, wondering and musing. This is why many people walk through the cemetery to enjoy the peace and solitude that the dead offer to us. If you aren't careful, you might actually be able to hear yourself think and hear your own heartbeat. It's not for everyone.

I spent a good amount of time yesterday, working with the books I own on gravestone research and even more time performing Web searches on the composition of gravestones.

An educator friend (who is gone but not forgotten) had a wonderful sense of humor and a very unique method of organization. As he was teaching 4th graders, he had to be sharp and quick. He put up a blank bulletin board in his classroom, with a border, and some cut-out letters at the top that read, "Famous Rock Groups".

He left it this way for a week. The students asked him a lot of questions about it. He smiled and said nothing. Then, he began the required science unit.

Can you guess what it was?

[Tombstone Tuesday: Grave of little Sarah Gallup, died in 1805 and is buried at the Gallup Hill Cemetery in CT. Grave composition: Sandstone]

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