Category Archives: Symbolism

Portals

A portal is an opening or entryway. They come in many forms—a door, a window, even your eyes and your mouth are considered portals. Many superstitions about death concern portals, many of which come from the Victorian Age, some of … Continue reading

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Bones

As I walked through the Hartsdale Canine Cemetery at Hartsdale, New York, I noticed so many similarities between the gravestones of humans and animals. Of course, the gravestones for the dogs and cats are chosen by those humans that loved … Continue reading

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Our furry family members

  When I write about our furry family members, I am not referring to those males in the family with hair on their backs, but instead, our little four-legged family members—our dogs and cats. As it turns out, with the … Continue reading

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It is just a “fair view”

The biggest cemetery in Red Bank, New Jersey, is named Fair View which strikes me as funny. The name chosen is damning by faint praise—the view isn’t bad, it isn’t great, it is just “fair”. But what’s in a name? … Continue reading

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Ouroboros Orphis

On the massive bronze doors of the Bertram Work Neo-Classical Mausoleum in the Glendale Cemetery, at Akron, Ohio, are several repeating images, one of which is the Ouroboros. The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a snake eating its tail. … Continue reading

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Stylized Tulips

Corneliea Dau Of John & Mary Dixon died April Ye 10 1788 aged 2 Year 6 Months & 23 Days Tulips have long been a symbol found in the graveyard, including on the gravestone of two and a half year … Continue reading

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Tip Toe through the Tulips

LIDIAN Wife of Ralph Waldo Emerson Daughter of Charles & Lucy (Cotton) Jackson. Born September 20th 1802, close by Plymouth Rock as she loved to remember. Died November 13th 1892 in Concord. In 1968, in a quivering falsetto, singer musician … Continue reading

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