Multimedia slide show: Resting in peace Around Town, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jun 27, 2007 at 9:32 pm
One feels an instant calm upon entering through the open, curving, wrought-iron gates at Alta Mesa Memorial Park. Perhaps it's the sound of the distant sprinkler -- or the cawing of the crows -- coupled with the dim engine hum of the mowers or the click-click of the groundskeepers' edgers. Multimedia slide show by Norbert von der Groeben/Palo Alto Weekly.
Posted by Midtown Guy, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Oct 22, 2007 at 9:37 pm
Back in New England, where I grew up, there is a cemetery around every corner, and thus a feeling of:
"Ever at my back I hear
Time's winged chariot drawing near."
Out here (except for Colma!) cemeteries are few and far between, and seemingly out of character with the California illusion of perpetual youth. Cemeteries are more than businesses: a place of contemplation, a sobering reminder, a giant hieroglyphic whose personal meaning must be delivered by osmosis. Just across the street, Palo Alto's finest study human anatomy, the meaning of life as seen through the classics, and sing, dance, and throw frisbees, unawares.......