Monthly Archives: February 2013

Valentine’s Day Poetry

Love 02-13-2013

Love is like a tree

It starts as a seed

You plant it you nurture it

And let it grow

And soon enough it becomes a gigantic

creation of life

Its branches wrap around you

It can stand through the heaviest thunderstorm

It changes with each season

But it eventually becomes something solid

you can count on

“Love” by Jennifer Gilmartin, Age 15

 Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans – 1993 Edition, Page 31

Note: This poem written by my oldest daughter reminds me of her birthday and Valentine’s Day. I think she’s grateful she was born on the 13th instead of the 14th of February, because I might have named her Valentino. Today she is known by the name Jamarie and if you click on her name, you will see what a lovely person she has become.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, February 13, 2013


Filed under Holidays

Sherman’s Neckties, American Civil War (1861-1865), Georgia

History leaves its mark on the land and in the minds of future generations. One war between the states known as the American Civil War  began in 1861 and will always be remembered by those living in the southern part of the United States because of the burning of Atlanta. And, depending on what document or historical paper you read there are many views on this subject, so I will not try to explain.

A brief overview of the war:

General Sherman: The General in charge of the Union Army during this American Civil war was William Tecumseh Sherman. He is probably best remembered for his military strategy command and policies that he implemented in war against the Confederate States, which included Georgia as one of those states known as a Confederacy whose government set-up during those four years of the war (1861 until 1865) by Southern confederate states declaring their secession from the United States.

Sherman and Georgia: “His fame came on May 5, 1864, when he marched his army of close to 100,000 men into Georgia. Within six weeks, Confederate casualties had doubled, and on September 1, 1864, Sherman occupied Atlanta. His plan was to burn the buildings used for military purposes, but his fires raged out of control, destroying much of the city. With Atlanta burning, Sherman launched his March to the Sea. 60,000 of his most seasoned soldiers cut a swath of destruction through the heart of Georgia. By December 23, 1864, Sherman’s forces occupied Savannah.” Source: Natural Museum of American History

Local history:

Sculpture: In Stone Mountain Village, East of Atlanta, near where I live  is a sculpture called Sherman’s Neckties. It’s  a reminder when Union soldiers tore up railroad tracks and heated them to bend around trees making them useless to the Confederacy.


SHERMAN NECKTIE-BENT copyOne of the homes in the heart of Stone Mountain spared by Sherman still stands. It served as a hospital for his troops on his “March to the Sea” in 1864.

Sycramore History July07 202 copy

 “This historical house built-in 1836 was once the home of Andrew Johnson, the founder of Stone Mountain, Georgia. Later it served as a hotel for tourists coming in to see the famous rock.  The building has also served as a post office and hospital during the Civil War.”: Source: Stone Mountain Village History  (Note: Stone Mountain was known as New Gibraltar before 1847).

Historical House  Circa 1834

About five years ago this historical house was a restaurant known as the “Sycamore Grill.” It was a great place for a Sunday brunch.  But, today it stands vacant with a sign out front just waiting for its turn to become occupied again.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, February 12, 2013


Filed under Atlanta, History

Treasure Island, The Gulf Coast of Florida

Treasure Island May 2012 copy

The Treasure of the Gulf Coast,  Florida in USA

This is the time of the year when everyone is wishing for warm weather. Spring break for most colleges is just around the corner. And, that’s when families think about taking their kids to the beach. When my children were small one of our favorite places to visit during the summer was Treasure Island. Last year after visiting Orlando, I took a detour driving west over to the island on the Gulf Coast of Florida.  When I arrived the first day it was during a rainstorm, but by the next morning the beach was back to normal waiting for my arrival. To discover more about this island, you can find a Treasure Island Florida Map, Nautical Chart and lots more if you click here

PS: I created a New Page. Check it out:…  “Any Questions?”

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, February 7, 2013


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Authors, Shel Silverstein (1930 –1999)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Shel Silverstein began writing and drawing at a young age. He became a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist and a Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter and best known as the author of several popular children’s books.  Awards: Grammy Award, Best Country Song for “A Boy Named Sue,” 1969; Grammy Award, Best Recording for Children for Where the Sidewalk Ends in 1984 (Source:

In my home library shelved in the children’s section, I have 3 books written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein:

Shel Silverstein books-1 copyBook 1: Where The Sidewalk Ends: My copy printed in 1974 was one of the first book of poems that  my daughter learned to read as a child back in the 90’s and it became her favorite book.  Inside on pages 16 to 17 of this book is one of his poems: “Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too.”  It’s a fun read. On Shel Silverstein’s official website you will find a wonderful animated performance of this (click the name of this book) or  ShelSilversteinBooks’s youtube channel.

Book 2: The Giving Tree: Shel Silverstein books-2 copy I recently purchased my copy, printed in 1992 from the original 1964 version, when someone mentioned that this was his favorite Shel Silverstein book when he was a little boy. Now, after having read it I can say, “it’s now my favorite book and I enjoy reading it often.”

Shel Silverstein books-3 copyBook 3: Falling Up: This is the  last book of poetry collection by Shel Silverstein  published in 1996, three years before his death.  Inside the covers you will find over a hundred poems with drawings. One of these poems on page 147 reminds me of the race I played when I was a kid. The title is “The Sack Race” and it goes like this: “Yes, it’s time for the sack race. Yes, I’m ready to go. Yes, it’s my first sack race. How did you know…?” And, if you know children who don’t like to pick up their toys, perhaps if they watch The Toy Eater” (click the name of this book)…it might change their minds.  This poem can be found on page 77 in the book “Falling Up” by Shel Silverstein.

Now that you have learned something about this author by reading this, you might just want to visit the Shel Silverstein’s official website where you can find more information about his other books.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, February 3, 2013


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