Thank you, God.

That’s what I said to myself when I got within reading distance of the Lansburgh monument in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C. From three sides it is nondescript freestanding sarcophagus with a lid imitating a temple roof. At the corners are stylized WPA federal style columns, merely sketched in. On one short side it …

Henrietta and Susanna Bean

This is a hoary chestnut, though I only came across it for the first time today. It took me about an hour and two sheets of paper to unravel this coded but conventional epitaph of the two wives of Dr. Samuel Bean, both dead too young. Henrietta and Susanna Bean tombstone, Rushes Cemetery, 1915 Hutchison …

Gentleman and scholar

Truman Michelson monument, Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC. Photo: author. TRUMAN MICHELSON, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.,HARVARD Born August 11, 1879-Died July 261938, Sanskrit Scholar and Ethnologist Smiths-onian Institution 1910-1938 HIC IACET CATHARINA VXOR CARISSIMATRVMANI MICHELSON QVAE SEMPERDOMVM FELICEM FECITT.M. MORTVA EST JANVARY 23, 1953 Translation of Latin: Here lies Catharine, the very dear wifeto Truman Michelson, …