Submitted by Dee Nash, August Blogger of the Month

 Photo #1, Rose HIll Mausoleum (1 of 1)The Rose Hill Mausoleum is a monument to the dead and also Art Deco design.

While driving by the fashionable Nichols Hills district in Oklahoma City the other day, we went past Rosehill Cemetery and the Rose Hill Mausoleum.

My husband, Bill asked me, “Have you been in there yet? It’s one of the hidden gems of Oklahoma.”

Photo #2, Hall of the dead One hallway of the dead at Rose Hill Mausoleum.

Bill became familiar with Rose Hill Mausoleum when he read Out of the Shadows, the Life of John. J. Harden, by Bob Burke and Kenny Arthur Franks (Oklahoma Heritage Association, 1998). Harden was one of the first real estate developers in Oklahoma having arrived here just after statehood. Harden developed home subdivisions, including my personal favorite Edgemere Park. He also developed the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club located in Nichols Hills, plus the Farmer’s Market in 1928. Both buildings still stand today.

 Photo #3, Oklahoma City Farmer's Market

Oklahoma City Farmer’s Market. Caption: Oklahoma City Farmer’s Market, photo by Patrick W. Moore and shared through Wikimedia Commons.

Harden was a witness and participant of much of Oklahoma’s early history, and one of his companies paved many roads throughout the city and state. If you’d like to read more about Harden and his company exploits, check out the found in collections blog by the Oklahoma History Center. He also constructed numerous developments and buildings in surrounding states. A photo of Harden and his daughter at the Hotel Harden in 1928 in New Mexico is on Hobbs History blog. There’s also other photos of the hotel and a great story excerpted from the book on Harden’s life.

Harden also concerned himself with cemeteries and mausoleums. Why? I haven’t a clue, but I’m glad because the Rose Hill Mausoleum, is a thing of true beauty especially if you’re interested in Art Deco architecture.

 Photo #4, Brass doors of Rose Hill Mausoleum with hours (1 of 1)Rose Hill Mausoleum is open to the public. The hours are stated right on the brass doors. It’s definitely worth a visit.

Since we had time, I asked Bill to take me on a tour. My husband is a paving contractor and a building nut, hence his appreciation for Harden. When I say building, I mean any type of construction from our own log home to historic architecture. Oklahoma is a young state having only achieved statehood in 1907. We don’t have older architecture like Buffalo or Pittsburgh, but we do have gems from the Victorian period onward in nearly every small Oklahoma town dotting the prairie.

 Photo #5, Ceiling and main room of mausoleumUpon entering the main room of the mausoleum, you see a beautiful stained glass window and the vaulted, stenciled ceiling.

The Rose Hill Mausoleum was completed in 1919. Buried within its hallowed halls and in the cemetery beyond is a who’s who of Oklahoma historical figures. It seems disrespectful to name names so I won’t, but if you ever visit, you’ll see the families who built or were remembered in our best companies, neighborhoods, streets, lakes and buildings—including the former Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombed in 1995.

 Photo #6, Ceiling detail (1 of 1)

This blue ceiling with details of crosses and other stylized decoration is off the main corridor. I have to think that this shade of blue was chosen because it is similar to haint blue chosen by southerners for their dining rooms and porches. Haint blue also known as the color of the dead.

The exterior of the building finished in 1919 doesn’t give a clue to the beauty contained within. It is stark and somber as befits a final resting place, but inside there are painted ceilings, statuary and stained glass windows hinting at life after death.

 Photo #7, Jesus as the good shepherd (1 of 1)Most of the windows have religious themes from Christian and other religious traditions. This one is of Jesus as the Good Shepherd.

Most of the windows depict religious themes, but in some of the side alcoves, there are Elysian fields and other pastoral works. I was especially interested in the oil lamps above some of the vaults which were a nod to both the biblical reference and the beliefs of other cultures, including Egyptian.

Photo #8, oil lamp Oil lamps, which feature prominently in Mt. 25:1-13, the parable of the ten virgins, are part of the mausoleum’s art depicting symbols of eternal life.

The angels lighting the building’s interior are so Art Deco delicious, I felt like I was transported to the 1920s.

 Photo #9, Angel lightsAngels light either side of the main hallway.

If you get a chance, take a tour of this peaceful Oklahoma monument. It made me reflect on things too numerous to mention here. Also, take a drive through the cemetery. There are two more mausoleums—they don’t come close to the symmetry and grace of the original—and stone angels watching over some of the famous graves.

Photo #10, Stained glass window with reflectionStained glass windows, especially in older Catholic and Orthodox churches often tell biblical stories, or have religious symbolism. Here an angle holds the Book of Life. You can actually see it better in its reflection on the marble wall.

Dee Nash1Along with being the Oklahoma Women Bloggers blogger of the month for August, Dee Nash is an award-winning professional writer, speaker and garden coach. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Dee lives with her husband, children, two dogs and one cat. Find her at Red Dirt Ramblings, The 20-30 Something Garden Guide or Dee Nash.


Sunday Potluck, August 17

August 17, 2014

Welcome to the Sunday potluck, the place to share your posts!
Please add your links below and check back in as more are added to check out the posts of your fellow bloggers!

As Snoop Dogg says, “It ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none!”

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Today’s recipe submitted by Cassie @ True Agape

Skinny Lo Mein

This is a great healthy alternative to Chinese take out! The wonderful thing about this recipe is you can switch out the meat and vegetables with any that you prefer or to change it up!


Skinny Chicken Lo Mein8oz Barilla Protein spaghetti noodle, broken in half
1 cup boiling water
1 chicken bullion cube
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Olive oil
1lb chicken, cubed
2 large carrots, thinly sliced
2 cups broccoli, cut into small pieces
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced1) Cook spaghetti as directed on package
2) Put about a tablespoon of oil in pan. Let it heat up. Then, add chicken. Stir frequently until no longer pink.
3) Boil water. Add bullion cube, soy sauce and brown sugar.
4) Add water mixture to pan of chicken. Bring to a simmer.
5) Put about a tablespoon of oil in a second pan. Let it heat up. Then, add the carrots. Cook for about three minutes. Add broccoli and cook until desired tenderness. Add onion and garlic. Next, add chicken mixture to veggie mixture. Let simmer.
6) Serve chicken and veggies over spaghetti noodles. Enjoy!
For another main dish idea visit member blogger, Jordan Skaggs, for her recipe for Homemade Chorizo Tacos with Mango & Red Onion
Now it’s time for you to show us your favorite main dishes.  Join the virtual pot luck!

Cassie squareCassie Celestain is a wife, mom, runner and a marriage and family blogger at TrueAgape. She believes respect, trust, understanding and willingness creates happy marriages and families. She strives to keep those things the main focus in her daily life and wants to challenge others to do the same. You can get her updates at FacebookPinterest or Twitter.


Wordless Wednesday, August 13

August 13, 2014

Disney Fun from Amanda Brooke @ Mommy Is Coo Coo Blueberry Picking in Broken Arrow courtesy of Nicky Omohundro, Little Family Adventure

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Local Flavor: Heroes & Hamburgers

August 12, 2014

Submitted by Mari Farthing, OKWB Admin We had a free morning and the kids were itching to go somewhere… anywhere! We’ve done all the normal hot spots and needed something new. A visit to a local comic book store (which I recommend—friendly, funny staff and a big selection!) gave me the idea to head to […]

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Rose Rosette Virus and My Changing Garden

August 11, 2014

Submitted by Dee Nash, August Blogger of the Month My English Cottage garden in spring is full of roses blooming for all their worth. When I designed and planted my ornamental garden over twenty years ago, I was smitten with roses and English cottage garden style. I started my first blog, Red Dirt Ramblings in […]

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August 10, Sunday Potluck

August 10, 2014

Welcome to the potluck! Sit a spell and share the love. Post your link and be sure to check out the others!

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Progressive Potluck: Appetizer Round

August 8, 2014

Submitted by Mari Farthing, OKWB Admin Welcome to the first course of our first Progressive Potluck dinner! Here’s how it works: we post a recipe or two here that reflects the course of the week, and we also post a few links to our bloggers who have posts who fit the course. And we open […]

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The Too Short Days of Summer

August 4, 2014

Submitted by Dee Nash, blogger of the month for August 2014 For me, August is a sad month in many ways. It’s full of shopping for shoes and uniforms and school supplies when it should still be about swimming and chasing fireflies. When I was little, we didn’t report back to school until the first […]

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August 3, Sunday Potluck

August 3, 2014

Do you have something to share today? Link up your posts from the week here!  

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