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Random thoughts from a mind removed


This is a particularly hard week for me and for others who have experienced the loss of sons and brothers. I know their pain all too well. These last days of August find my mind filled with thoughts trying to poke holes in the veil of grief that separates me from the “society of life”. However my mind has been on religion and grief naturally – considering MY PERSONAL story

I watch the news , I see the uprisings in Egypt – and I watched detached as the television screen minimizes the conflict into sound bites . Sectarian Violence spews forth across the world- sect against sect:

Sectarianism, according to one definition, is bigotry, discrimination, or hatred arising from attaching importance to perceived differences between subdivisions within a group, such as between different denominations of a religion, class, regional or factions of a political movement

source Asharq- Al Awsat

source Asharq- Al Awsat

According to the New York times blog

But the steady drumbeat of sectarian incidents since Mr. Mubarak’s downfall appears to have been eclipsed by the explosion of anti-Christian attacks over the last three days, which the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood has been reticent, at best, to condemn. An English-language statement e-mailed to journalists denouncing the church attacks was sent only 24 hours after widespread attention was drawn to an Arabic statement posted to a Facebook account affiliated with a branch of Mr. Morsi’s party that called the Coptic pope complicit in the deaths of 500 Islamist protesters on Wednesday. The statement on Facebook also suggested that Egyptian Christians had declared “war on Islam.”


It is a pity that all organized religions of the world have to involve people……

alas poor Yorick

alas poor Yorick

Locally a skull was turned in to the Lorain Police Dept

Poor Yorick read the “cutesy” headline- and the article by Brad Dicken went on to quote

““It’s probably very old, like before our great-grandparents were around,” Watkins said. Evans said his office plans to bring in an archaeologist to conduct further tests on the skull to see if more can be learned. “They should be able to give us a better idea of how old it is and what race it is,” he said. It’s unclear whether the specimen is from a Native America burial, as Sauer suspects, or whether it comes from another source. Evans said in the 1930s and 1940s medical students would be given skulls to take home to help them prepare for anatomy examinations, and many of those skulls may have ended up in relatives’ attics.”


My grandchildren’s great grandparent is still around- thank you very much 🙂 However, the thought crossed my mind

“when are the supposedly sacred burial places, the respect for one’s life lived classified as OK to treat as just another artifact”

We dig up graves, burial mounds and tombs – ooh and ah at another time”s grief- because as that person was given to the earth whether centuries ago or just a hundred years ago someone cried, someone grieved tears were shed.

And now the skull that held a thinking brain, which contributed to the history of humanity , the bones that supported flesh and blood – boxed in various way- religions using relics pieces parts of fingers and limbs of Saints for worship? When will we become an artifact?


Locally a little pioneer cemetery Charleston Pioneer Cemetery

was covered over – the population at that time seemingly did not care for even the hundred year rule-

the cemetery should not be developed or used for another purpose for 100 years after the last interment

The cemetery deemed to
“remain forever a burying-ground and under the control of town council”

The little cemetery on 6th was bulldozed and built upon and a road ran through it..

In the Lorain Daily News of 1900

“Want Crossing Through Cemetery”
The acceptance of the new Krantz allotment was refused for the second time by the Board of Public Service…
the privilege to Krantz to cross the corner of the cemetery was denied because the property was given for a cemetery purpose only.

Once again “development” must have won out because a mere 10 years later 1910

”Unearth Coffin while digging a water main -Strange find made by workmen excavating on 7th Street”
“the discovery of a coffin at this point is easily explained. Prior to the 60’s the city cemetery was located in what is now known as the Krantz addition to the city”…. The bones were placed in a box and will be transferred to Elmwood cemetery.

And so Lorain lost for many years the stories of those folk who were once loved and a part of the community. Were they buried deep so possibly they did not remind people of the shame that was the greed of the community and the Ohio Railroad Scheme?



I wonder what future generation may come across your skull or that of one you loved in an attic, holding candles for Hallowe’en, digging up your grave so a development can come through- when will YOU become not the loved one mourned but an artifact or part of a tourist attraction? What secrets of your life or death will they uncover- a taste of history

Excavated skull suggests Jamestown colonists resorted to cannibalism

Remains of 14-year-old girl suggest that starving settlers had to go to extreme lengths to survive harsh winter of 1609


That will be 10 dollars please to view the skull and crossed bones …..

Opened in the late 18th century, the underground cemetery became a tourist attraction on a small scale from the early 19th century, and has been open to the public on a regular basis from 1874. Following an incident of vandalism, they were closed to the public in September 2009 and reopened 19 December of the same year.

For more in-depth answers re cemeteries



And so it seems the root of all our problems are “people” and the human race and lack of thought …..

And maybe that is our lot in death to become a curiosity in some future world – I am left to wonder since the dawn of human kind we have been a “sect” – if that future world will last and if there are tourists from other solar systems visiting the wreck that was once earth will view our remains with

Whatever were they thinking??????

August 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm 2 comments



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