Monthly Archives: November 2013

Photography, The Old Abandoned Church

Here’s what’s left of the steeple and the frame of an abandoned church that is probably over a hundred years old.  I remember seeing it proudly standing tall even though it had become weathered and old due to its age about five years ago. But, alas this past week when taking a drive back into the mountains of Western North Carolina looking for a farm where you could buy a live Christmas tree, its collapse surprised and saddened me.   2010A copyright

Since this building will probably disappear from view before I return to this area again, I decided to stop and capture some last  photographs of it before it completely falls to the ground.

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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, November 29,2013


November 29, 2013 · 11:46 pm

Thanksgiving 2013

The American holiday called Thanksgiving is a great time to celebrate and be thankful for all the blessings we have received during the year.

Recently I found a magazine from 1995 that my Mother used to love to read and it is certainly filled with some wonderful memorable stories.   The little girl featured in the painting published on the front cover of this  issue of “Reminisce magazine reminds me of myself when I was that age. I remember being mesmerized by what beautiful quilts Grandmothers made just from sewing fabric together. And, this wonderful painting called “A Stitch in Time” done by a talented artist by the name of Tom Sierak also reminds me of this time of the year when the weather gets cold outside during the Month of November and a time when Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in the Unites States. I am looking forward to spending some time indoors with family and friends enjoying eating turkey and having pumpkin pie for dessert in a couple of days.

Happy Thanksgiving. May your lives be filled with happiness and surrounded by family and friends.
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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:

Written by Mary Gilmartin, November 25, 2013


November 25, 2013 · 10:30 pm

Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

It’s possible that one of Robert Louis Stevenson’s most popular books was the one that published in 1883, called “Treasure Island” because it captivates the imagination of the reader.

And, what better cover for a book could you find than the one I found below illustrated by Frances Brundage?

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Another Robert Louis Stevenson book that I have always liked is the following; perhaps, simply because I like the first lines to Chapter 1:


I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early

in  the month of June, the year of grace 1751,

when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father’s house.

This historical fiction adventure novel by the Scottish author, Robert Louis Stevenson written as a boys’ novel and first published in the magazine Young Folks from May to July 1886. A sequel, Catriona, published in 1893 is also an adventure story about David Balour, an orphan, who is cheated out of his inheritance by his uncle and schemes to have him kidnapped and sold into slavery. The story is full of adventure with a shipwreck and a dangerous journey across Scotland with justice finally being achieved.

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My copy of this book comes from a publisher series from The Home Library that is not dated. And, according to some information I found, it seems my book is probably from 1898, since most volumes are not dated.” (In 1890 a traveling salesman started the publishing series of ‘the world’s best books’ which became known as A.L. Burt Company, Inc. 1902-1937.)

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, November 20, 2013


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 From “Trees” by Mary Gilmartin

What a great place to take a walk,

Underneath all the trees where I live.

Through the woods I gallop looking up at their branches,

Watching their leaves reach for the sky,

While the sun warms the ground.

From “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer

 I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

From “Birches” by Robert Frost

     Earth’s the right place for love:
I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.
I’d like to go by climbing a birch tree,
And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk
Toward heaven…

From “When Autumn Came” by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
translated by Naomi Lazard

Give some tree the gift of green again.
Let one bird sing.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, November 10, 2013


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November Walk Around The Lake

My walk along the trail around the lake this weekend made me realize that we have reached the peak color for the 2013 leaf season.  However the evergreens will keep their colors while the other trees with leaves of yellow, red and gold will eventually fall to the ground. Fall is a great time of the year to be outdoors!





Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, November 3, 2013


November 3, 2013 · 9:12 pm