Death and Eternity 2012

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Mount Carmel Mausoleum - Hillside, IL

Whitney Houston is dead at the age of 48. When I heard that news yesterday it was with a sense of regret that her life had ended so soon. I always wanted her to have another chance at doing what she did with unparalleled beauty and that was sing “I Will Always Love You.

But life always has a way of reminding you of its brevity. I suppose the Creator decided that we humans would never focus on the important things in this life if we had eternity to fritter away without coming to terms with that all important question.

My late sister Victoria Ortiz was a big fan of Whitney’s cousin Dione Warwick. But Whitney’s range was amazing and her phrasing was as well. I will miss her, as I do my sister.

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It is times like these when you decide that you need to consider your own demise. It was this in mind that I travelled first to Hillside, IL where we visited a magnificent cemetery called Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery. I have to give it to the Catholics they really knew how to go out in style. The mausoleums there are simply stunning and oh so plentiful.

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Then it was into the city where we visited another very famous resting place, Graceland. There is another one we will visit next week called RoseHill. What is impressive in each are the monuments to the folks who lived long ago and were wealthy. Sincerely, some of these mausoleums are large enough to hold a small family gathering.

If you look carefully at some of the mausoleums in Mount Carmel you will note that they have stained glass rear windows! Graceland is like Mount Carmel a place where the rich and famous are buried. And just as riding your bike past a beautiful estate is uplifting it is like that in a cemetery for the well-heeled.

The one odd thing is that the cemeteries in Chicago no longer allow bicycles to be ridden through them. Cars, yes. Bikes, no. Why? Guess I’ll have to wait until it is my turn to die to find out?

We stopped for a very late luncheon at the Wicker Park Native Foods Cafe before heading home. On the way over to the cafe I spotted the Music Box Theater marquee and decided to try and capture it. And even later after luncheon we stopped in Little Italy for coffee at the local Starbucks.

Technical Note

I finished writing up a primer on how best to use Aperture 3.2.2 to post process images made with the Nikon 1 V1 following the Firmware 1.11 update. If you have one of these fine cameras please feel free to use the primer to help create your own AUTO ENHANCE adjustment using Aperture.