Monday, May 11, 2015

Cemetery Gates 2 - Spirituality

Cemetery Gates has been doing well. I am ready to announce the next issues theme: spirits. I am not talking about techno-spiritualism: machines that go beep and bloop, garbled messages you think mean something or trying to make a profit off of people's vulnerability. I will be discussing spirituality, the afterlife, making connections to the ones we love after they are gone. 

Would you like to submit? If you have ever gotten a message/sign/something tangible from a dearly departed loved one please share your story. I am looking for short & sweet: 50 - 100 words. If I use your story you will get a copy once the zine is completed. Submissions are due via email by June 15 2015. Email me at: missmuffcake[a] with submissions or any questions. Thank you!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Some Recent Cemetery Shots

I like the sentiment, the off balance of the stone and the hand pointing heavenwards. If you walk/drive up past Millionaire's row and keep driving till stones become scattered you will find some interesting older stones. Mountain View - Oakland, CA.

The door to this  mausoleum looked like a mandala or a relaxing coloring page. The spirals around the focal point remind me of phases of the moon. Mountain View - Oakland, CA

 Interesting stone for The King's Daughters Home - a hospital for those that could not be cured. I have not found any info as to who is buried here or if it is a mass grave. Interesting story in stone though.

Ghirardelli - Millionaire's Row in Mountain View. There is some classic iconography going on here. First the winged hourglass - pretty self explanatory: passing time. The inverted torch means the life carries onto the next world. By the way Ghirardelli makes the best accidentally vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips right?

A simple small stone that says Brian. Sometimes I am attracted to the simple stones because I find beauty in simplicity and clean lines. The Elk Grove - Cosumnes Cemetery District, Elk Grove. 

This cemetery has a lot of Freemasonry symbols as well as being down the street from Loving Hut (vegan tip). Here is a  Order of the Eastern Star symbol. This is a female division of the Freemasons. The Elk Grove - Cosumnes Cemetery District