quaw quaw mah pe quaw

Filed under: dead,strange land — WmX @ 12:35
headstone Washington DC

Any Algonquian language speakers that can provide a rough translation of this name? Grave is in the Congressional Cemetery. How did this individual end up in SE D.C.?


funerary practice

Filed under: culture,dead,parts,signs — WmX @ 12:35


Much custom involved with how to treat the dead. I can’t read hiragana. Found out months later the sign reads:
“If you trash garbage here, you are sentenced to five years’ penal servitude or
pay a fine of ten million yen under the law.
Moushi Hanashiro Family”

Arlington Cemetery

There are no signs in Arlington dictating behavior. We were dressed down by grave police for our behavior. The self appointed monitor accused us of being disrespectful. On the contrary, this is how we honor our dead.


in praise of the dead

Filed under: dead,fauna,trees — WmX @ 08:33
snag in Cook forest

Standing dead trees are an important resource for the living.

But a dead tree, contrary to popular perception, has a plus side. Called a snag, it plays host to a variety of insects, fungi, spiders, and other small native creatures of the woodland; a variety of mammals, including flying and gray squirrels, raccoons, and others; and, surprisingly, about eight-five species of birds in North America. In a forest, at least, maturity and deadwood are relative terms.–Robert Halma, “The Lehigh Valley: A Natural and Environmental History”

Excellent article on dead trees, see: “Praise the Dead: The Ecological Values of Dead Trees” by George Wuerthner


tooth and claw

Filed under: dead,fauna — WmX @ 10:48
Turdus migratorius

winter didn’t end soon enough for this American Robin


Bass fishing in the afterlife?

Filed under: culture,dead — WmX @ 09:45

casket display

Big box stores have not gotten into the long box business. Around 7000+ people die everyday in the US, is that not enough of a market to interest the kings of retail?
Selling caskets would be a downer, depressing the sale of premium outdoor gas grills?

Micropterus salmoides

What message to send off with the loved one?
When this purchase comes it is not an easy day. Bypass this store, green burial is an option.


country litter

Filed under: dead,fauna — WmX @ 00:41
no sure of the story here beyond dead

not sure of the story here beyond dead


Empty rooms

Filed under: change,dead,signs — WmX @ 15:03

offices of the Hook
also the name of a John Mayall album



Filed under: change,dead,friends — WmX @ 10:41

hook hallway
last edition of the Hook

Spencer and McNair
Goodle days. The long goodbye.

out of chaos, a product that you could hold in your hand

recognized by peers

where will they resurface, what will they write?

Enduring thanks to journalists Lisa Provence, Courteney Stuart, Dave McNair and Hawes Spencer


Valentine’s Day

Filed under: change,dead,friends — WmX @ 00:10

PLB photo by Chip Mitchell
Hearts full of love and sadness.


didelphis virginiana

Filed under: dead,fauna — WmX @ 08:37

The possum shed

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