Monthly Archives: August 2013

Margaret Mitchell and Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery

1-Margaret Mitchell's Grave Oakland Cemetery Atlanta GaThe  book, Gone with the Windpublished in 1936 quickly became a best seller. Afterwards the historical novel was made into a movie that starred Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. The author, Margaret Mitchell, born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 8, 1900 died in Atlanta, Georgia on August 16, 1949.  Today I visited her gravesite in Historic Oakland Cemetery, a garden cemetery founded in 1850 located near downtown Atlanta. To learn more you can visit the official state designated trail: Gone with the Wind Trail.

2-Margaret Mitchell's Grave Oakland Cemetery Atlanta Ga The pale pink rose bushes were in full bloom on either side of the headstone for the author of Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell (Marsh) and her husband, John Robert (Marsh).3-Margaret Mitchell's Grave Oakland Cemetery Atlanta GaMy walk then took me down a walkway past a memorial statue for Mary Clover Thurman (1829-1916) of an angel sitting.

7-Oakland Cemetery Atlanta GaAnd, then on the next corner I found a mausoleum with its own unique door and stained glass windows.12-Oakland Cemetery Atlanta Ga13-Oakland Cemetery Atlanta Ga14-Oakland Cemetery Atlanta GaHistoric Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta is definitely a garden cemetery full of flowers in bloom with oak trees and magnolias providing shade for the visitors on hot summer days, just like today .

9-1-Oakland Cemetery Atlanta Ga-the Shade TreesIn one corner near the entrance I found the oldest headstone. The cemetery’s first interment was for James Nissen who died on September 22, 1850. Below is a close up of the marker and “a legend about Dr. Nissen that you will find interesting if you take time to read it.”

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Below is the Neal Memorial sculpture made of white marble dated 1894. The symbols surrounding the figures are a wreath, a palm branch and a cross representing eternity, spiritual victory and faith. The open book represents a completed life. At the base of the sculpture are the words wife and daughter engraved in stone.

21-2-Oakland Cemetery Atlanta GaThese statues and plates are only just a few of the hundreds of unique headstones and memorials for those who have gone before us.  The grounds cover 28 acres which will probably take several hours to tour. Maybe next time I visit I’ll come early in the morning when I can spend more time walking the grounds and take time to go by the Visitor’s Center for a map. Then, I’ll have lunch across the street at the restaurant called Six Feet Under.

I’m grateful they allow cars to drive through this cemetery since it’s so big and I was running late for another appointment. You can park your car and get out to walk around just as long as you pull over far enough for other cars to pass.

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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, August 30, 2013


August 30, 2013 · 12:01 am

The Farm, Sunflowers and Honeybees

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Late evening rain showers always bring fresh morning air to the farm when I visit. The bee hives were not ready  to harvest so the bees continued their busy work gathering the nectar from the late summer flowers. I wonder if they saw the Teddybear Sunflowers in the field next to the rows of corn husks that were drying in the August sun.

The henhouse was quiet with only a few chickens pecking around the ground. Their nests had already been robbed for our morning breakfast.

Life is good and the sun is shining on my back.

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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, August 27, 2013


August 27, 2013 · 12:06 am

Cats, A Photograph Album Book

5-Cat lovers book 2013Do you ever regret  a decision you make? Of course you do and this photograph of a kitten that I should have brought home with me three years ago reminds me of one.  I remember the day Aunt Grace showed her to me when I visited the farm.  It was a shy little thing and wanted to crawl back through an opening underneath the old country shed where it had been hiding with its mother. Then, a week later I learned this cute little calico kitten had already found a new home because I waited too long to make my decision.

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Meet Matt-the-Cat. I remember the day we adopted him when he was just a kitten from the humane society. This is one of my favorite photographs of Matt.

He became our family cat for over ten years and he was the best cat ever.  I’ll always remember him because he had manners. One of his favorite things to do when he was alive was to take a nap in front of the window when the afternoon sun was the warmest.

And, then there was that other cat. He was a tabby that we adopted after Matt was accidentally killed when he was hit by a car one day after he decided to explore the outside world.  But, this other cat was different. He was extremely independent and would not even let me pet him. After my daughter left for college, this other cat, the one she called Flip found himself another home.

Maybe one day another kitten will find its way into my home and that will start a whole new story. In the meantime, I’ll just add more photographs to this album book of all the kittens and cats I’ve met or ever known.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 22, 2013


August 22, 2013 · 1:08 am

Authors, Neil Shulman, MD

I met Neil Shulman, MD in January of 2007 at an event where he was talking about his book, Get Between the Covers, that he co-authored with Eric Spencer. That’s when he autographed my copy of this book. Inside there are success stories and an overview to publishing along with lessons learned.

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Neil Shulman, MD is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Emory University Medical School, Atlanta, Georgia. He has also co-authored the bestseller Doc Hollywood based on his book in 1991 which became a major motion picture starring Michael J. Fox.

There are many other books that he has written over the years and today I found stored inside my copy of his book on writing a signed “Posterbook”  that he wrote along with Michael Reznik, DDS. It has some wonderful illustrations by Mike Swaim. It’s called “Don’t be afraid of the Dentist” and it is a fun fold-out story “of a young boy named Booth, and his big nasty fear, and his poor aching tooth.”

And, you might just want to check out What’s in a Doctor’s bag where Doc Neil becomes a comedian, children’s performer, wearer of bow ties, and just a really funny guy for goofy education spots for kids on public television, with free downloadable material.

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Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 19, 2013


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Books, Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh

The words, Train Hopping, and the picture of a train on the cover of a magazine captured my attention today. It’s the June 2013 issue of  Khabar magazine.  There’s an article inside about a book, Around India in 80 Trains. You can also read it online by clicking on this link archived on page 48.

“For four months, using an IndRail pass, Monisha Rajesh traveled on Indian trains__fast and slow, big and small, luxurious and dilapidated__covering major parts of a country that her parents had left behind when they moved to England.  What was it like for this journalist? Khabar brings excerpts from her debut book.”

1-Khabar-Train HoppingAnd, there is more about this book on this website  and the author’s blog. To take a look inside the book “Around India in 80 Trains” click on Amazonor, I highly recommend that you listen and watch the author, Monisha Rajesh, read an excerpt from her book on this link.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 17, 2013


August 17, 2013 · 12:07 am