WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? VOMA VISIONARY TOUR PART III

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I hate to blow my wad on the first photo, but here it is: The Ave Maria Grotto located on the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, AL. Aside from the actual Grotto pictured above, the grounds feature over a hundred sculptures and structures all designed and built by Brother Joseph Zoetl from 1912-1958.

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27 feet high, 27 feet wide and 27 feet deep

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Tiny city

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St. Bernard Abbey Cemetary, the final resting place of all the monks of the Abbey.

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I found this neat, little terrarium growing wildly by a creek behind the cemetary.

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Not much to see in Cullman outside of the grounds of the Abbey. I was especially out of luck being there on a Sunday during church hours.

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Yup… Cullman, AL, everyone.

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So it was a beautiful October day in rural Alabama and I’m cruisin’ down some country roads on my way to Georgia, maybe listening to The Allman Brothers or something, checking out the sky and then BAM!!! This bullshit pops up outta nowhere, a Walmart “Neighborhood Market” – run that through your head a few times and tell me how it sounds. I will keep my curse-words to a minimum, but passing this paradoxical atrocity had me seeing red and almost ruined my whole day. It’s not even in a “neighborhood” – it’s in the middle of nowhere on the cheapest land they could probably find. The Waltons are chomping at the bit for America’s small town pharmacies to give up and then at the first disgruntled yelp from some Susie Q who now has to “drive an hour to nearest drugstore,” who’s there to offer a convenient, corporate solution under the guise “Neigborhood Market?” WALMART.

–William Gaynor

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