Monthly Archives: October 2014

Visit to Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery

Graceland Cemetery Chicago October 2014

A few visual delights from Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery (in Uptown).  I wandered over to grab a few shots of the Inez Clarke memorial for a post on ghost stories, and got caught up in all of the beauty (I hear that Rosehill is even more amazing).

The top is Eternal Silence, rumored to show you a view of your death if you can manage to look into its eyes.  Down the left side is an unusual church-window marker;  Kroeschell’s memorial, deliberately created as one half to show the incompleteness of life; and then what t looks more like a plant-care sign than a grave marker, thus catching my fancy

The right is the Schoenhofen Pyramid and then a dead-tree-stump marker.  I’d never seen those until I moved into Chicago; I wondered if they’re a Swedish thing, although a quick Google tells me that they have something to do with the Woodman of the World association.

Finally at the bottom is the Marshall Field’s memorial.  I like how she is face-palming, perhaps embarrassed by the hijinks of Marshall Fields Jr. who was shot to death in a brothel.

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Working On a Story on the Chicago Open House

and looking at a few of my photos from this year! (can you tell I love 1920s’ era pools?)Park Castle Apartments, Chicago Architectural Foundation Open House 2014, featuring the pool Edgewater Beach Hotel OHC 2014

Benefit Vending Machine at an Airport

Benefit Vending Machine at Philadelphia airport

Scottish Elections – No Thanks

I was super lucky to have been in Scotland during their recent independence elections.  While many people commented that it had become quite a vicious argument, I (as an American) was surprised at how pleasant everyone was.  You would never see a display of posters arguing both perspectives hanging out together as I did in Kirkudbright.

A display of Yes and No independence signs in Kirkudbright Scotland

The iconography was also fascinating.  We were mainly in the north so most of the signs and stickers we saw were for Yes, but there was a fair amount of No in Edinburgh and Glasgow.  Since I’m still sorting through my 100+ Yes pictures, here are some of my favorite No options.  (There were several versions of the UK flag/Uncle Sam/Queen sticker below including a Harry Potter one).

Scotland Independence no signs