July 4, 2015

Fourth of July

A friend of mine sent me this inspirational email about what happened to the signers of the declaration of independence: Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men
who signed the Declaration of Independence? Their story. . . Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. 

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.  Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes,
and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. 
Eleven were merchants. Nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. 
But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if
they were captured. 
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and
trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags. Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly.
He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward. Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton , Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton. At the battle o f Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt. Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying.
Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests  and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. 
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. 

The painting above is called "Signing of the Declaration of Independence" and is by John Trumbull. 

July 3, 2015


If you happen to be in Bar Harbor, Maine this summer, I highly recommend stopping at Bar Harbor Tea Company which I had the pleasure buying tea at seven years ago this July. I am having a cup of tea from there this morning called "Cranberry Bog".

Tea conveys exoticism, the Orient, connected with armorous intrigue and scandal, sociable life, and the brew of life.

June 29, 2015

Old Town Cemetery, Sandwich

We had a great second tour of the season of Old Town Cemetery, Sandwich. Six people attended and asked some great questions in regards to how many people are buried there, different types of stones and the importance of the cemetery to the village. The next one is Saturday, July 25th at 5 pm. Hope to see you all there!

June 17, 2015

Ivy & wheat

This gravestone symbol is from Mount Auburn, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Ivy conveys longevity, despondency, dependence, trustfulness, wedded love, fidelity, immortality, tenacity, friendship, death, love, tenacity of memory, ambition, lyric poetry, parasite, intoxicant, ingratitude, attachment, and undying affection.

Wheat conveys prosperity, wisdom, the bounty of the earth and the bread of the Eucharistic.

June 16, 2015


  1. This is a detail of the Fontana Monumentale Delle Tartarughe (1581-1588) by Giacomo della Porta a Taddeo Landini in Rome, Italy. If you are in Rome, visiting this fountain is a must. Let me know if you want me to send you other pictures.
Turtles convey lubricity, material existence, natural evolution as opposed to spiritual, longevity, obscurity, slowness, stagnation, highly concentrated materialism, involution, the marriage of heaven and earth, silence and safety.

June 15, 2015


This picture is from Scituate Harbor, Maine. Boats convey the human body, the womb or cradle rediscovered, a venture, security and resurrection.

Houses convey tradition, one's life, the feminine aspect of the universe, shelter, security and hospitality,

Scituate is one of the most dangerous places for weather. In the summer, they have terrible flooding and in the winter, the have terrible snow.

June 14, 2015


Lobsters convey an unfeeling, grasping monster, bigotry, chaos, lecherty and escape.

We have begun our quest to find the best lobster roll in New England with a visit to T.K.O. Malley's in Scituate, Massachusetts.

We give the restaurant a 5 out of 10 for their regular lobster roll. The price is $15.95 is high for the amount of lobster you get. For that price, you also get a couple shells which could break molars. Let us know if you know of other places we should try for lobster rolls in New England.

According to their website,  T.K.O. Malley’s is “Scituated” overlooking on of New England’s most scenic and historic working harbors. A few advantages to our central location… we are nestled in a “walkable” Scituate Harbor among several specialty shops and galleries. Join us for dinner and drinks then take a stroll through the beautiful harbor. Also watch the fishing fleet bring in their daily catch while you enjoy your dining experience. The working Town Pier is visible from both our indoor dining room and outdoor patio.