The Word on the Street: Don’t be afraid of our Ghost. He’s Holy.
Prayers going up for a happy, safe and unhaunted Halloween.
Today is the traditional Memorial Day, first observed in 1868. The first Indianapolis 500 took place on May 30, 1911. And my dad took his first breath on May 30 in 1932.
In 1968, when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act moving the national Memorial Day observance to the last Monday in May, the long holiday weekend and ”The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” played host to our most celebrated family tradition! Grandma’s fried chicken, croquet, and double the cake and ice cream because my dad’s brother was born on May 31st.
I took this photo after Mom and I decorated Dad’s grave in Croy’s Creek Cemetery that overlooks the Putnam/Clay county line road. My dad’s mom was a member of Croy’s Creek Church and many of my ancestors are buried in the church’s cemetery.
Mom and I also visited Clearview Cemetery to honor my stepdad, a World War II Navy veteran. This sculpture is about the height of a lectern and overlooks State Road 340 (a former alignment of U.S. Highway 40 – “The Road that Built a Nation” – now designated the Historic National Road) just west of Brazil in Clay County.
In memory of “The World’s Greatest Dad,” my stepfather and other national heroes before and after him, I dedicate this post to them and share with you the Word of hope that Jesus taught us to pray:
I tried my best to solve the mystery behind Otter Creek Cemetery in time to post for Memorial Day. The signage indicates that a long time has passed since someone was buried on this Brazil, Indiana, stretch of country road. I climbed the embankment to find no headstones, no visible sign that someone’s loved ones were buried there.
I talked to a woman at the Clay County Historical Society and I Googled … no immediate information about the cemetery, let alone an explanation as to why there are no grave markers on this grassy knoll. Were the graves moved, and if so, when and why? Is it an old family plot and the markers disappeared generations ago? Was it a county cemetery for the poor and downtrodden?
The two American flags indicate that someone out there knows that at least two brave souls were laid to rest there … who were they … in what war did they serve?
I hope the historians and genealogists find answers to my questions and more … because this is definitely one mystery that needs to be solved.
It would be the honorable thing to do!
Sheila T Illustrated finally hit the 100 mark!
After 6 months, I am thrilled to welcome my 100th reader to my blog. (Although I now follow almost twice that.)
Before I proceed with this post, I want to thank each and every one of my readers … you know who you are … for all your comments, advice, tutorials, compliments and validation!
To mark this milestone in the life of my blog, I’d like to give Extra! Extra! recognition today to my 100th reader: Golappan on WordPress at ClickdPic.
Golappan is from India, presently working in Dubai. He has only been blogging since March and already has half the all-time views it took me 6 months to achieve. I don’t know how many followers he has, but I encourage my other 99 WordPress and 5 comment readers to check out his blog – in particular, an excellent slideshow on his grandmother’s village.
I share here his Gravatar and About statement: “I was not at all interested in creating blogs & sharing my thoughts, lazy in such things. But i was inspired & admired by a lovely & cute couple about blogging. I am not a professional photographer, don’t wanna be professional either. Interested in photography, but don’t know a single word about it. But clicked many pics by using a regular cyber shot camera & mobile cameras. Just love clicking through a common man’s eyes on what he likes.”
I drove by this late-1960s Volkswagen van many times before I found the nerve to stop and take photos. The door to the business in the background was open, so like a thief in the shadows I grabbed what I could and ran. Now, I wish I had inquired inside, because the photos are of poor quality and the mystery machine is missing. The bicycle on the front may be a clue.
What would Jesus do? Pray on it.
When I find answers I will clue you all in.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources welcomes photographers to participate in its eighth annual Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest. Subject of image should be in Indiana and “historic,” or anything at least 50 years old.
Boone’s Mill, built by my ancestor, Squire Boone Jr., brother of the famous Kentucky frontiersman, Daniel Boone, is more than 200 years old. It is on the historic Squire Boone Caverns site, just a few miles south of Corydon, Indiana’s first state capitol. I’m not submitting these photos; just wanted to post an example.
I did not know that Squire Boone Jr. had carved the following inscription on one of the mill’s foundation stones until after my visit. :(
“My God my life hath much befriended, I’ll praise Him till my days are ended.”
Squire Boone Jr.’s remains were moved from beneath the original cave entrance to deep within Squire Boone Caverns.
The waterfall room most likely witnessed first by Squire Boone Jr. after escaping Indians through an above ground entrance to the original cave.
The contest deadline is April 6. Preservation Month is observed nationally in May so the selected photos will be displayed in several locations throughout Indiana during May.
Click here for more contest guidelines and a printable form that must accompany each photo. (Each photographer is limited to three entries.)
Another photo op I would like to share with my follower friend Dezra Despain and other Indiana women photogs. guys! Rules are rules.
The Word on the Street: Time to submit your best work in the Celebration of Hoosier Women Artists competition.
Last year I submitted this dragonfly you may have seen as my gravatar; alas, it did not win, place or show! It did win me my first blue ribbon with honor at the Clay County 4-H Fair. This year, I am really excited about my entry. (I will share in a future post.)
Here’s the info from Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman’s website:
To celebrate Women’s History Month in March, Lt. Governor Becky Skillman will again acknowledge the contribution Hoosier women artists make to our state. Female artists from Indiana are invited to submit their original artwork for consideration. Art professors from IUPUI’s Herron School of Art and Design will assist in selecting the 2012 winning art pieces, which will then be on display in the Lt. Governor’s office until the end of the year.
Artists who have submitted their work for review will be notified of their status after March 5, 2012. Winning artwork will be displayed beginning in late March, 2012 (date TBD). Since this is the Lt. Governor’s last year in office, the winning artwork must be picked up in late December, 2012.
Trees, that is.
This post is a heads up to my followers Dezra Despain and Rob Slaven and other Indiana photogs who may be reading my blog and/or this news release for the first time.
The Word on the Street:
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Forestry division seeks submissions for the 2012 “Invasion of the Weird Trees,” its online publication that identifies the weirdest tree for each county.
The DNR updates this publication every four years, so the photo op is now! Search your archives or your favorite Hoosier treescape. Deadline for entries is April 30.
District foresters will narrow the field to the weirdest tree for each county and the publication should be available online in the fall.
Your submissions can be any species and size. The DNR only requires that they be weird.
The tree here is from my archives, but after viewing the pdf below, I think I’ll keep looking.
Past entries have included a species that swallowed a sign, two grown together like conjoined twins, a tree trunk twisted like a snail shell, one that resembles a giant octopus and trees with root systems that appear they might run away.
At the end, the document issues the following WARNING:
We know there are more weird trees out there. We advise you to always take the following precautions:
1. Never go to the woods without a camera
2. Be sure to have plenty of film (or disc space and battery power if shooting digital)
DO NOT BE CAUGHT IN THE WOODS UNPREPARED!
How to submit: Send at least two non-returnable photographs to Sam Carman, DNR Division of Forestry, 402 W. Washington, Rm. W296, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Digital photos should be emailed to scarman@dnr.IN.gov. Along with the photos, be sure to include your name, address, phone number, and the specific location of the tree, including county.
Happy hunting. And when you find the perfect submission, remember, even weird freaks of nature need a hug!