Monthly Archives: November 2012

Christmas Parade and More, Stone Mountain Village, Georgia

The annual parade and arrival of  Santa took place today on Main Street in the Village of Stone Mountain, Georgia.  I arrived early in hopes of finding some early Christmas presents. Here’s what I found:

Tracie Lee Hawkins is a painter and fiber artist.  She creates fine art inspired by nature and historical events using oil, watercolor, acrylic paints, and textiles. The first thing I saw when I entered Center Town Gallery was this painting that she allowed me to photograph.  What bold colors! You can contact Tracie through her website.

Drawing taped on the store window.

 After I finishing reading  it I saw a girl standing next to the window.

I turned to her and said, “Did you see this?  I think this is great.”

She replied, “Yes, I’m the one who made it.”

“What’s your name,” I asked. ~”Meadow” ~”Oh, what a lovely name. I like it.”~

An Old Zenith Radio, Teddy Bear, Child’s Wagon, and A Book.

Traveling Trunks

A Party Dress

Santa Arrives

Things have changed since I was a kid, He now has his own red cart pulled by a red truck.

All I Want For Christmas Is This Doll

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, November 23, 2012


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Photography, The Gate

“The Gate”

Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, November 22, 2012


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Holidays, An American Thanksgiving

A Norman Rockwell painting from the cover of The Literay Digest, November 22, 1919.

The history behind Thanksgiving: “In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.”_Source:

Why wait until Thanksgiving day. I’m hungry. Let’s eat, now!”__M.Gilmartin

Written by Mary Gilmartin, November 19, 2012

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Samara, the film, Atlanta, Georgia

“Sand Mandala” – Still from the film

Samsara, the film, is playing in Samsara Theaters in the United States, Canada, UK  & Ireland, Germany and Other Countries. The word, Samsara, is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life.

Thank you, Conor Cullen, for your posting and three word review on this film after you saw it in Dublin back in September. After watching the trailer, I marked my calendar and saw it Saturday at the Cinefest in downtown Atlanta.

About the film: Samara is well-worth seeing and experiencing. It is visually stunning and spectacularly filmed with visions of life around the world that’s enlightening.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, November 17, 2012

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Books,The Complete Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz (1950-1954)

The Complete Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz, comic strips printed in two volumes placed on a shelf at the checkout counter of my local library now has a new home. I like it when I find a donated book of interest and buy it because it helps support our library system. Now I have another set of books to add to my collection.

The forward is written by Walter Cronkite with the introduction by Garrison Keillor. I like the characters in Schulz’s comic strips for that period: Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy.

Just bringing these books home today prompted me to find my old Snoopy doghouse. It still had the pennies I dropped in it decades ago.

Charles Monroe Schulz ,(1922-2000), nicknamed Sparky, the creator of Peanuts was one of the most successful American comic strips in the twentieth century, read daily by millions of people around the world. Over the 50 years period of “Peanuts” publication, Schulz drew more than 18,000 strips.

2- Peanuts 1950-1954

“You’re the only person I know who can use up a whole day in five minutes”__

 “Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz (1954)”

(click on the comic strip for a clear view)

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, November 15, 2012


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