10/Fifty-Two, Losing my Religion

“Losing My Religion” the title of a 1991 R.E.M  song is what came to mind when I looked at this photograph on my computer monitor for the first time. I wasn’t quite sure why, since I am not a religious person. Although the photo was shot through the stained glass window of a chapel in a cemetery,  for me it is not about religion, but more  about symbolism or belief. However, in 1991, I did love that song. When I started to read the lyrics, I realized the song is not  about religion, either. When I looked into the meaning of the song, it is actually about a “crush”,  a romantic obsession. The line “losing my religion” refers to “an expression from the southern region of the United States that means losing one’s temper or civility, or “being at the end of one’s rope.”” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Losing_My_Religion

“But that was just a dream
  That was just a dream”

 

Losing my Religion

300/365 – The “Plus Sign”

I think it was in 2000. My husband, two kids and I were visiting a friend, his son and daughter near San Francisco California. It was a beautiful day and our friend Steve suggested we go out for a walk. His children became very animated and suggested we walk up to the “Plus Sign”. I did not question it, but I was intrigued by the “Plus Sign”. What could it be? We walked up a hill for awhile and at the top, there was a cross. Steve’s kids had always called it the “Plus Sign”. Ever since, it stuck with me; a cross on a hill is now a “Plus Sign”.  Some Montrealers might be insulted that I call Mont-Royal a hill. Here we fondly call it “The Mountain” but really folks, it’s a rather small one.

So here, I present to you Montreal’s “Plus Sign” that sits on top of Mont-Royal.

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