Thursday, July 9, 2009

ghost riders in the sky

The distance that the dead have gone
Does not at first appear—
Their coming back seems possible
For many an ardent year.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) poet

I have heard, but not believed, the spirits o’the dead
May walk again.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) playwright and poet

An enchanted life has many moments when the heart is overwhelmed with beauty and the imagination is electrified by some haunting quality in the world or by a spirit or voice speaking from deep within a thing, a place, or a person. Enchantment may be.

Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) journalist and critic

There are an infinite number of universes existing side by side and through which our consciousnesses constantly pass. In these universes, all possibilities exist. You are alive in some, long dead in others, and never existed in still others. Many of our "ghosts" could indeed be visions of people going about their business in a parallel universe or another time -- or both.

Paul F. Eno (b. 1953) paranormal investigator and author
quote from in Faces at the Window

Fear is the main source of superstition and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British author, mathematician, & philosopher
Unpopular Essays (1950), "Outline of Intellectual Rubbish"

Behind every man now alive stand 30 ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.

Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) author, inventor, and futurist


notes on photos:
  1. I wonder if this is a ghost train? photo taken at some stop in new york state on a recent train trip from cleveland to new york city. march 2009
  2. a street corner memorial to a teenage girl who was killed near this site, cleveland october 2008
  3. my cousin suz offerings to her mother and my god mother who had recently passed away - the tableau includes, rosemary for remembrance, a beautiful pink urn holding my aunt's remains, and small symbols representing aunt mary's love of gardening, cooking and animals - the four angels represent her daughters. pennslyvania, may 2008
  4. when I was thinking about photos which could embrace this ghostly theme, for some reason my mind immediately thought of this photo of a set of windows inside the cleveland's gray armory - each time I've been in the building I can feel the presence of long gone individuals. ironically (or would it be coincidentally) a friend recently asked what the upcoming theme for tt was and what was I planning to do for it - when I told her about the photos I had chosen from cleveland, including this one from the armory, she assured me that was perfect - a few years ago she took a haunted cleveland tour and the armory was one of the stops! and it turns out this is another haunted cleveland location. I don't have time to get the stories behinde these two locales - but maybe there's something on haunted cleveland website! should blogging bud willow (and the host for this ghostly theme) ever mosey up to cleveland for a visit I think I have the perfect activity!
  5. a desolate and spooky looking scene somewhere in new york state. do you think new york has haunted tours? hmmmm
  6. the east side flats of cleveland was once a vibrant part of town but a few years ago there were a couple incidents where some folks met untimely ends. this section of the city now seems like a ghost town. there was some talk of doing a major renovation of the area and they actually began work on a redevelopment project, but then the economic bottom dropped out so it seems the area will be remaining a ghost town - at least for a while longer.
  7. one evening while walking in nyc we encountered this haunting memorial to honor cyclists and pedestrians who have been killed on the streets of new york, but whose deaths often go unnoticed and unreported. the first ghost bike memorials were created in 2003 in st. louis, since then the movement has grown and there are now these somber tributes to be found all over the world.
I didn't think I'd be able to pull this theme off, and well, I guess I don't know if I did - but I tried. I am a bit behind the eight-ball (the magic eight ball???) this week I have a couple new jobs gearing up (which is a good thing!) which has consumed a lot of time.

I look forward to checking out all the other tt posts - I just hope the ghosts I will meet will be friendly and good - I can be a bit of a scaredy mouse

planning today's title and theme song, I first thought of the song ghost train then I realized the song I was thinking of was mystery train once I realized that ghost riders in the sky jumped into my head - there are a lot of good versions out there, but few do it better than johnny cash


by the way there is a song called ghost train by the counting crows, which incidentally is quite good but it didn't have the quality I was looking for today.

30 comments:

subtorp77 said...

A ghost bike to honour the victims of those who are careless. I like that. and the Arthur C. Clarke quote followed the book "Outnumbering the Dead"( I think ). Awesome post, kimy! Always! Especially like the window shot and that deserted street...they just exude spooky mystery!

J A Harnett-Hargrove said...

The idea of wayside shrines have always filled me with the wonder of a life so very missed. This is an interesting arresting interpretation. Great quotes. Thanks!-Jayne

Baino said...

The telegraph memorials are so heartwrenching. We have too many of them here and the cycle memorial is very touching too. Poignant pics as usual.

Poetikat said...

I have a few of those "Willow" figurines. I think they are so simple and lovely and I really liked that photo.

Kat

Roy said...

Yup, those windows do indeed have a spooky feel to them. And the bicycle memorial is fitting, especially in NYC, where so many have barely made a living as bicycle couriers; it's not a city that is kind to two-wheel transport.

A great take on the theme, Kim. You don't have to worry about not having pulled it off!

willow said...

Your first two photos are especially stunning, Mouse. I have a thing for trains. Loved the Johnny Cash clip.

Marianna said...

Spooky at its...awesomest time lol Great post mouse, loved the nyc pics!

xoxo

Meri said...

What an eclectic selection!

Anonymous said...

Bravo! Job eerily well done! The quotes were thought provoking and fitting. I especially like the one about parallel universes. I like the idea that there can be interplay between the "other" worlds and ours. I was told once that cats are especially tuned into spirits - so I watch my cats watching the air or the wall and wonder.....
your bud,

John Hayes said...

Really compelling images & quotes-- the Mencken quote, especially, & the "spooky" NY scene, the train & the windows. Excellent ghostly post.

California Girl said...

I like the quotes and very much like Johnny Cash's song. As always, you make us think.

The Silver Fox said...

Well done, as always. The "ghost bicycle" was appropriately eerie. I loved the parallel world quote. And I love that song by almost any artist!

Brian Miller said...

great selection of pics. the ghost bike...interesting. as long as it does not ride away by itself sometime.

Candie Bracci said...

Really nice post Mouse!

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I'd like to take a ride on that ghost train. Photo #6 really appeals to me too. It looks like the type of neighborhoods in San Francisco that would have the same types of buildings that have since been transformed into million dollar lofts, condos and artisan bread shops.

mum said...

Nice one, kim. The first shot almost looks like a postcard from the fifties, and the bike is plenty ghostly.

Can't go wrong with Johnny. I didn't know the other group. Good song + I guess it's better to count crows than to eat them.

best as always from Graulhet

Jasmine said...

I love your photo's, theme and commentary. I find the picture with the rosemary in it especially powerful now that I know the story behind it. A lovely way to honour your god mother.

Wings said...

Great post, love the photos! The train is very cool. Almost like an old postcard. And I like the bridge, too, very somber.

mary said...

I'd sya you pulled it off beautifully......scary thought - the ratio.

Steve said...

I always find those ghost bike memorials so interesting and moving. There are a disconcerting number of them...

Kate Hanley said...

Interesting that even though the theme was ghosts the pix and quotes were calming in a way (except for the last photo of course). Can't explain it but great post.

Betsy said...

Amazing, as usual! I've seen those ghost bikes on TV before. The photos are great for the theme!

Sandra Leigh said...

Kimy, that's a magical camera you have. Beautiful post.

Dreamhaven said...

Loved the way you linked the photo's to quotes. No one does Ghost Riders like Johnny Cash

Kris said...

I was in a band that did a version of Ghost Riders.

Shocking version, I'll admit.

Linda Pendleton said...

Great quotes and photos. I love Johnny Cash but I could not help but remeber the early version by Vaughn Monroe. Have you heard it? I think it was a big seller way back.

Dot-Com said...

I love those wodden angels in the third picture!

The Silver Fox said...

My blog's playlist has the Vaughn Monroe version of "Riders..." as well as the Southern rock version by The Outlaws. But I love 'em all! Johnny Cash's... The Ramrods' instrumental version... Gene Autry's... even the version by the Belushi-less Blues Briothers in the second Blues Brother flick, Blues Brothers 2000...!

lettuce said...

"Enchantment may be". Thank goodness.

the ghost bike is very poignant and powerful.

Jaime said...

great quotes and pics!