Monthly Archives: August 2016


America’s first vice president, John Adams said this about the job, “My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.” Not exactly high praise. The … Continue reading

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Message in Glass

In this stained glass window in a mausoleum in the Westview Cemetery at Atlanta, Georgia, and angel holds two Christian symbols. The torch in her right hand represents life.  The torch is also seen as an instrument that illuminates the … Continue reading

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STEPHEN ANDREW RYAN FEB. 11, 1858 JUNE 11, 1908 On the gentle slope of a hill in the Westview Cemetery at Atlanta, Georgia, is the monument built for 50-year old Stephen Andrew Ryan, a native of Atlanta. Ryan was a … Continue reading

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Three Boys

FRANCESCO 1914 – 1921 PIETRO P. 1915 – 1918 VINCENZO 1917 – 1917 SALERNO This monument was created for three boys born in 1914, 1915, and 1917 to the Salerno Family. None lived into adulthood. The sculptured likeness of 7-year old … Continue reading

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War in Heaven

Archangel Michael is the only named Archangel that appears in all three sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Often referred to as St. Michael, Michael is actually an Archangel meaning that he is above all other angels in rank. … Continue reading

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Ivan Adams, Stone Carver, Take Two

Michael Shea of Rochester, New York read the gravelyspeaking blogpost about Ivan Adams—the Bloomington stone carver who carved the simple and elegant depiction of the Virgin Mary to mark his own grave. Mr. Shea has shared photos of a statue, … Continue reading

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