Struggling With Change

Posted on November 9th, 2018
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  What was, used to be, ain’t no more. This Yiddish proverb was one of the central themes of a speech given by the late Nobel Prize winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer (pictured above) over thirty years ago at a university in central Texas. I was lucky enough to be in attendance — but little […]

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John McCain’s Grave

Posted on October 18th, 2018
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Here is a recent photo of John McCain’s grave at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. McCain, who passed August 25 of this year, was laid to rest on September 2 in this idyllic cemetery. Fittingly, his memorial is simple, tasteful and in keeping with the mood of the cemetery itself. The staff at […]

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Buried and Forgotten?

Posted on October 5th, 2018
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Benjamin Franklin once said: show me your cemeteries, and I will tell you what kind of people you have. There certainly is wisdom in that quote: without those before us, we wouldn’t even be here. So Franklin was making the point that remembering and honoring those who preceded us here is an indicator of what kind […]

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Reunited In Death

Posted on September 19th, 2018
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In his unfinished novel, “The Last Tycoon,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that “there are no second acts in American lives.” Scholars from the Fitzgerald Society argue that the author was actually an optimist, that this quote is misunderstood. We here at Martin Oaks Cemetery and Crematory, located at 1230 Kingston Drive, Lewisville, Texas and 8750 […]

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Neil Simon’s Vulnerability

Posted on August 28th, 2018
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For a writer much celebrated for his wit, Neil Simon, who died last weekend at the age of 91 in New York, visited some very dark places. His two memoirs, Rewrites (1996) and The Play Goes On (1999) are suffused with melancholy.  Rewrites ends with the lingering death of a beloved spouse and Play winds […]

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