Of Love and Desperation

Posted on April 12th, 2017
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“Brother Srygley, his own heart bleeding and almost breaking, in strictest confidence submitted a strange suggestion to some of us. The mere suggestion was all sufficient. The sun set, the moon rose, the stars appeared, midnight came. The bereaved, childless mother slept. The stillness of death reigned supreme over the community. Little Mamies grave was […]

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You Can’t Do Battle With a Ghost

Posted on April 6th, 2017
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Whenever there is a special day coming up at Memory Gardens, I try to find time to walk the cemetery, just to satisfy myself that everything is as it should be. If it’s Memorial Day or Veterans’ Day, I want to be certain we haven’t missed putting a flag on someone’s grave, and since we […]

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Be Prepared

Posted on March 30th, 2017
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In case you missed it, we had a bit of rough weather on Monday. Actually, that might be an understatement given that tornadoes were involved with at least a foot of rain and hail.  Oh, and wind.  I forgot to mention the wind . . . but I guess that’s kinda understood when I use […]

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Will You Remember Me?

Posted on March 23rd, 2017
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Memory is an amazing thing; to quote one of my favorite fictional detectives, it’s a blessing . . . and a curse. A blessing because it allows us to relive those moments that mean so much to us when we lose someone we love, and a curse for the very same reason. Acknowledgment of Death […]

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Would You Like Fries With That?

Posted on March 16th, 2017
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Tuesday night we posted a link on our Facebook page to a USA Today article about a funeral home in Memphis, Tennessee and the latest “service” they are offering. The establishment, which is conveniently located in an old bank building, has included in some of their funeral packages the option to have “drive-thru” viewing at […]

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Choose Wisely

Posted on March 9th, 2017
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It’s Wednesday night and I’m sittin’ at church in a classroom full of four and five year olds. The lesson deals with growing inside and out and one of the youngsters states that he’s not gonna get old ‘cause when you get old then you die.  He’s just gonna stay little.  When the teacher, who […]

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We Have Met The Enemy . . .

Posted on March 2nd, 2017
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“We have met the enemy and he is us.” So observed Walt Kelly’s character Pogo in the comic strip by the same name.  In that particular instance, the philosophical possum was referring to the accumulation of garbage that had overrun their swamp in a cartoon Kelly drew for Earth Day in 1971.  Oh, but how […]

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Ask First, Post Later

Posted on February 23rd, 2017
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She walked into our office for one reason and one reason only—to confirm her father’s death. Or perhaps what she really wanted was to confirm that the Facebook post she had seen wasn’t true.  She still had hope it was a mistake . . . until she asked her question and the secretary answered.  And […]

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And Why Would I Want To Do That?

Posted on February 16th, 2017
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Now that I have your attention, please allow me to clarify. My daughter tells me that embalming is not actually a defense against zombies since to kill a zombie (which I believe is already supposed to be dead?) you have to destroy their brain.  I contend that chemical preservation should at least render a brain […]

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A Time to Rant

Posted on February 9th, 2017
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Warning—I am about to step on some toes. And I know that.  I don’t plan on apologizing beforehand because hopefully said stepping will not require such.  There are just certain subjects in this life about which I feel very strongly, so much so that it is difficult for me to remain silent when confronted with […]

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