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It was just a day after Thanksgiving and Christmas lights were sprouting all over the place. These lights weren’t on, but the lucky angle of the sun made it look as though they were.

Brenham, Texas
photographed 11.24.2017

Shadow Line

Well, who could resist these spring-like shadows on a rough stucco wall? Not me, obviously.

Brenham, Texas
photographed 11.24.2017

Cyril and Methodius (and their church)

In addition to their cemetery, the brother saints Cyril and Methodius have a church.

I can’t even tell you how much I like to find a church with an unlocked door…

near Buckholts, Texas
photographed 11.25.2017

Cyril and Methodius, the cemetery saints

A long time ago, I discovered a great atlas called The Roads of Texas that was published by Texas A&M University. It had large-scale maps of the entire state, and I used it until it literally fell apart. I’ve got a new version now, and use it often to scope out road trips*. In addition to having ALL the roads in the state, it details the sorts of things I like to look at.

And that’s how I found the Saints Cyril and Methodius Cemetery.

(In case you were wondering, the saints were brothers, born in Greece in 826 [or 827] and 815; in 1980, they were declared as co-patron saints of Europe. They are highly regarded by Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians.)

And I – and now you, maybe – would never known any of this except that I saw the cemetery in the atlas.

near Buckholts, Texas
photographed 11.25.2017

*I know – I’m old school like that with my paper maps.


Most of the markers in the cemetery were modest white crosses, but along the back someone had made a large memorial to their departed family member.

Many years ago, I was a calligrapher, a hobby I slid into from a career as an architectural drafter. (In some ways, lettering is lettering.)  And although it’s been a while since I picked up my pens, I still notice lettering. And the “Vivo Cristo Rey” painted on this memorial was my very favorite thing in the cemetery.

Shafter, Texas
photographed 11.4.2017

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