City Cemetery Survey and Seuss’s Sylvester McMonkey McBean

Although it’s morbid, I love good obituaries, and I love cemeteries. Obits of famous people are well-written and interesting, usually telling a story about the person that I haven’t heard before, and they always leave me feeling some type of emotion. As for cemeteries, I remember exploring two of them in my “neighborhood” when I was young. Standing on someone’s grave and reading a few facts about them was very intimate to me and, again, always left me feeling some type of emotion.

Today, a quarter of a mile from my apartment is a huge acreage of a cemetery, Glenwood, that sits quiet and unassuming off of Washington Ave. Everyone who’s anyone that has lived and died in Houston is buried in Glenwood Cemetery. Some of my favorite tenants: Howard Hughes, the Allens–the founders of Houston, Oveta Culp Hobby, Roy Hofheinz, governors, mayors, military leaders, businessmen… and more: Lots of celestial statues, headstones, and monuments. These are some of my favorites:

I had been wanting to go visit the Houston National Cemetery as well, and today the weather was great, so I decided to go there too. It’s really pretty, the grounds are very well taken care of, the architecture of the chapel is unique and reason enough to visit. I don’t know anyone buried there, but I did feel like going and paying my respects was something that I should do.

I wonder if there are anymore notable cemeteries around Houston?

On my lazy Sunday, I also read some Dr. Seuss because I like poetry, and I like children’s books, and no one mixes that concoction better than the good Doctor. I don’t remember ever reading “The Sneetches” before, and what a special story I’ve been missing. I can’t find the text anywhere on the internet, but there is a decent explanation and links to video of the cartoon here:

Between the Star-Bellied Sneetches, Plain-Bellied Sneetches, and Sylvester McMonkey McBean, who are you?

That Seuss was a man with some wittiness, smarts

Who focused on progress and progressed through time–

He worked throughout decades and grasped all the arts

With drawings and colors and meters and rhymes.

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