Monthly Archives: March 2013

Easter Greetings 2013

Easter is Sunday, March 31st.

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 Easter Eggs

by Mary Gilmartin

“When I was a little girl my mother boiled a pot of eggs for Easter

And then, she would let me dye them with tablets of colors.

Soon my basket was soon filled with

  green, blue, orange,, yellow and  purple eggs.

But, of all the colors, the one I liked best was the color RED.

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Did you know that Irving Berlin, an American composer, wrote the lyrics to a song considered one of the most popular Easter songs of all time? And, Bing Crosby sings it on this video here.

Easter Parade

In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,

You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.

I’ll be all in clover and when they look you over,

I’ll be the proudest fellow in the Easter parade.

On the avenue, fifth avenue, the photographers will snap us,

And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure.

Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet,

And of the girl I’m taking to the Easter parade.”

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, March 24, 2013


Filed under Holidays

Authors, Jacqueline Bouvier

The book,”One Special Summer,” written and illustrated by Jacqueline and Lee Bouvier, a 1974 edition, I found today hiding behind some books in the oversized section of my home library.  So, I decided to sit down and read over it. And, then I started thinking about Jacqueline Bouvier who  later became known as “Jackie Kennedy” and why she wrote and illustrated this book with her sister.jacqueline-bouvier-1947On the back flap of the book, it reads: “We did this book in a state of joy and laughter, which was our mood throughout the trip,” writes Lee Bouvier Radziwill in her introduction to this book. “We split the fun: Jackie did the drawings, the poetry and the parts on Rome and Spain. I described most of our adventures__on the ‘Queen Elizabeth’, in London, Paris, Venice and Florence._I hope some of the fun is still there for you to enjoy.”

The writing ends with: “It’s all over now, September 15, 1951″…but, it wasn’t all over: it was only the beginning. We were to take other extraordinary trips together in the future. One of the most outstanding was Jackie’s trip to Rome, India and Pakistan in 1961 as the wife of the President of the United States__and I went with her.”…(L.B.R.)

Jackie KennedyI believe Jackie Kennedy was the most stylish first lady of our country, the United States of America, during her lifetime. Her fashionable dress and the outfits she wore certainly influenced many American women, “including my mother.” Both women somehow knew that simplicity was the most elegant. I remember my mother always left the house properly dressed from head to toe when I was a little girl. And, that included her gloves and wearing nylon stockings with high heel shoes.

In 1951, Jackie met John F. Kennedy and a year later they got married. He became the President of the United States in 1960, but was killed three years later in 1963.kennedy funeral

And, then five years later Jackie married the Greek, Aristoteles Onassis, who died in 1975.

I believe Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis found her passion with writers in her later life. She passed away in her sleep in 1994 at the age of 64.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, March 18, 2013

Sources Wikipedia and Chic Vintage Brides: all Images from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis


Filed under Authors

The Carving History, Stone Mountain, Georgia

The Confederate Memorial Carving on the face of Stone Mountain in Georgia depicts three Southern heroes of the Civil War.

They are Confederate Presidents:

Jefferson Davis

General Robert E. Lee

Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.

  • 1909: The idea for this memorial carving began over a hundred years ago.
  • 1915 : Gutzon Borglum‘s vision of the carving featured 7 central figures, the 3 men of the completed carving and 4 others.
  • 1923: The work is delayed.
  • 1925: Borglum’s contract is cancelled and his work is blasted from the face of the mountain by 1928.
  • 1935: Augustus Lukeman took over, but died with his work not completed.
  • *1963: The project resumes with Walker Hancock selected to complete the carving .
  • 1969: The final plans for the completion of the carving and the memorial area is announced.
  • 1970: The giant carving is finally dedicated with the finishing touches and scaffolding coming down in 1972.
  • 1977:  Two bronze statues designed by Hancock, named Sacrifice & Valor, were installed by the reflection pool underneath the face of the carving on Stone Mountain.
Source: Stone Mountain Memorial Assoc. Historical and Environmental Education Center, Confederate Hall, brochure & history

*Special Note:

In 1963, based upon recommendations by the Advisory Committee, the Stone Mountain Memorial Association chose Walker Kirkland Hancock of Gloucester, Massachusetts to complete the carving. Work resumed in 1964, and a new technique utilizing thermo-jet torches was used to carve away the granite. Chief carver Roy Faulkner, a marine veteran with a talent for using the new thermo-jet torch, was able to remove tons of stone in one day. For over eight years Park guests could see and hear the workmen and their jet torches”.


Images taken inside Stone Mountain Park’s Memorial Hall  where you will find a museum and an “exhibit” telling the history  of the carving.

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Below is a recent photo that I took of what the carving on the face of Stone Mountain looks like today.


Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, March 16, 2013


Filed under Atlanta, History

The Piano and Perseverance

I learned how to play the piano when I was ten years old on a Baldwin piano.  Recently I found a plaque reminding me of the lesson I learned from this experience and the meaning of the word, perseverance.

That thing that makes you stick with a job till it’s done. Your own built-in taskmaster. When a child learns to play the piano, he is also learning perseverance. To take the mystery out of notes and rhythms, and turn it into music, takes determination. Persistence. A healthy stubbornness is accomplishment. Can your child attain this quality? Of course. Musically, the means to this end is through a little stick-to-it-iveness. Continued effort.  After a while this effort will turn to habit.  A good habit that will benefit any endeavor: music, school work…almost anything you can think of.
*Courtesy of Baldwin Piano & Organ Company

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The “Baldwin Piano” became the choice instrument for many homes as well as many famous artists that included Dave Brubeck and Leonard Bernstein. In 2001 Gibson Guitar Corporation purchased the company.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, March 15, 2013


Filed under Writing

Alpine Village, Helen, Georgia

My travels into the North Georgia mountains on Friday took me farther north to an alpine village in Helenafter my first stop to visit Gibbs Gardens that I featured on my earlier posting.

The Alpine look of Helen to the faces of all the buildings with painted scenes of Bavaria and cobblestone streets is an interesting place to visit. It’s where festivals and special events happen in a Bavarian atmosphere.

The streets were empty and shops were closing when we arrived late in the afternoon.

I plan to come back in October when they host the longest Oktoberfest in the South.

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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, March 10, 2013


Filed under Travel