Wayne M. Hilburn’s 100-percent pornless 104 Things To Do With a Banana (http:wayne.hilburn.tripod.combananas.html) includes recipes for banana bread (everyone seems to think theirs is the best), banana cutlets, chutney, cream-of-banana soup and a hundred more. Also included: banana history, nutritional information, posters, stickers . . . everything.
Some memorial parks sell real estate intended to provide quote permanent unquote memorials. But when I visit remains, I don‘t feel closer to the people, just closer to their remains. I respond much more to personal objects. Any old banana bread (no nuts, no frosting) conjures memories of my mother; an old Captain Spaulding--style pith helmet invokes a strong sense of my deceased brother and his mysterious relationship to Groucho Marx. (It’s a long story.) Some of us might be well served by the World Wide Cemetery (www.cemetery.org), ”a place where Internet users, their families and friends can erect permanent monuments to our dead.“ Monuments here are organized alphabetically and by geographic location, date of interment and cause of death. Laid out beneath Edvard Munch‘s The Scream, the WWC’s Suicide Memorial (www.interlog.com~cemeteryMemorialssuicide.html) seems especially useful. ”Old stigmas surrounding suicide can make it extremely difficult for survivors to deal with their grief and can cause them to feel terribly isolated,“ says the sign. ”It is our hope that the World Wide Cemetery‘s Suicide Memorial might help people who have been through a similar experience to get in contact with each other and thereby reduce their feelings of isolation.“