Modern Memorial Stones Are Like Masterpieces of Artistic Design

There is an old section in the cemetery where my parents and grandparents are buried that has the white stones with simple engravings of names, dates and epitaphs. I think that the earliest stones are from the 1700s. In the newer section the stones are mostly granite that has been engraved and polished. Some of the designs are incredible. You can spot the latest generation of monuments that have been engraved using machines and lasers. There is a company that does Jewish monuments in NJ that does some incredible black monuments with a photo of the deceased etched into the surface of the stone.

I wonder what the old stone carvers from a couple hundred years ago would think of modern memorial stones. We have went from having something, such as “Here Lies John Doe Born May 1730 Died May 1800 RIP” to elaborate designs of tombstones that include pictures and 3D sculptural shapes. Continue reading “Modern Memorial Stones Are Like Masterpieces of Artistic Design”

The Old Tree out by the Road

We had a tree that has been growing in the grassy area between our sidewalk and the road for decades. I planted it with my dad when I was five, and now my wife and I have grandchildren. I never moved other than when I went to college. I bought the place from my parents soon after graduation. That tree has been scraped and bumped by so many big trucks that now go up and down the road that it was in bad shape. I called a tree service in Long Island to see if it could be saved.

The tree was actually still intact and growing well. However, the tree person showed me how it was just starting to establish a thick root that was beginning to lift the sidewalk. I could see it now that I was looking for it. I did not want to have to pay to have the sidewalk fixed, so we decided to take the tree down and plant a smaller tree in its place. Continue reading “The Old Tree out by the Road”