Jon Crispin's Notebook

NAMI Waco Talk

Posted in Jon Crispin, Mental Health, mental illness, Uncategorized, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 18/05/2017

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I had the chance to walk around Waco a bit this morning before I started working on tonight’s talk.

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There was a public ceremony today in the park across from my hotel memorializing fallen police officers.  I am always drawn to a crowd (which were behind me when I took this photo).

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I learned that Dr Pepper was invented in Waco, and the amazing Cynthia Cunningham from NAMI Waco gave me a bag with some gifts, including these two bottles of Dr Pepper (made with real cane sugar!).  I am drinking one now and it is wonderful.

 My talk tonight went pretty well; I was nervous at first, but seemed to do ok.  I’d give myself a B, but I am still learning.  Lots of folks came up to me afterwards and were so nice and complimentary.  If you are looking to do a bit of good in this world, send NAMI Waco some money through their site, or if you live in an area with a local NAMI group, think about volunteering.  They are doing amazing and important work.  /  I also met some great folks from the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.  Coby Chase was familiar with the suitcases project and drove up from Austin where he works lobbying the state on mental health issues. He mentioned their site okaytosay.org which is really interesting and inspiring.  So much of the work NAMI, Meadows, and like minded organizations do is related to reducing the stigma of mental illness.  I am so grateful to Cynthia for connecting the suitcases to her work, and for giving me the chance to meet so many wonderful people who work so hard to improve the lives of families who struggle with mental health issues .

That’s it for tonight.  Back home tomorrow.  Thanks, as usual, for following.

Willard Suitcases / Chapin House / NAMI Waco

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I took this photo in the early 1980s at the very beginning of my connection with Willard.  It is still one of my favorites from the “Silent Voices” project.

Here are a few shots from my recent uploads to the suitcases site.

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I’m not exactly sure what the white fabric object is in Kenneth Q’s case, but it is interesting.  The orange toothbursh is kind of nice.

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Elizabeth C’s dress is so beautiful.

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The cotton fabric is soft and wonderful.

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There are 3 different places on the above photograph where I had to obscure Amelia’s surname, and it still makes me sad every time I have to do so.  The Office of Mental Health pr guy told me a few years ago that it was necessary due to the stigma of mental illness.  It is precisely that attitude that prolongs that stigma; the Willard patients deserve to be recognized as being more than just patients at a New York State asylum.

On Wednesday, I fly to Texas to present the suitcases project at a dinner sponsored by NAMI Waco.  Here is a link to the event.  If you are in the area, it would be great to see you and make a connection.

Thanks for following.

Tom

Posted in Friends, Jon Crispin, People, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 08/05/2017

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I am sitting in a local coffee shop working on email and while looking out the window to see how much time I have left on my parking meter, I noticed my pal Tom Schack making a radical 5 point turn in the middle of Amity Street.  I grabbed my camera and took a quick photo before he went into the bank.  That is the Outer Stylie van in the background.

Have a great week, everyone.

Olive

Posted in Animals, Dogs, Jon Crispin, Labrador Retrievers, Labradors, pets, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 03/05/2017

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My day got a bit mixed up and I am editing and uploading suitcases tonight.  It is a good time to take a break and post this lovely photograph of Olive.  She is about to turn 3.  What a great dog.

Willard Suitcases / John R

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John R had quite a collection of interesting objects in his cases.  He certainly was interested in the wild west.

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The green shirt has a classic western look and the tie with the scantily clad woman is pretty cool.  One wonders if he ever wore it, and if so, where.  The object in the middle of the photo is a jock strap.  I remember them from gym class when I was a kid, but you don’t see them around much anymore.

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Back in the day, men sometimes wore garters with their socks.  This color gray is beautiful.

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I am thinking that these leather straps went with some sort of jodhpur trousers, but I suppose they could have also been worn around the wrists.  Anyone out there have an idea about this?

Click here to see all of John’s cases.  Don’t forget to click on the “view all” tab, as there are more than 25 images in the gallery.  I am really proud of this one.

Robert LeRoy Crispin, Born 19 April 1917

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That’s my father in the middle.  He was born in Central City, Colorado one hundred years ago today.  He died on 14 August 2007. / I think I might have posted this photograph some time ago, but it is an image that is on the wall in my studio and I am really drawn to it.  The original is a 4″x5″ contact print and it is beautiful.

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Apparently, the photographer was someone called Noyes and I assume he was using the standard Navy issue camera which was most likely a Graflex.  His pals were “Kinch” Kincheloe and Chuck Louin (not sure of the surname, it is hard to tell from the writing).

The date here is interesting as the Japanese surrendered on the 2nd.  My dad was on a ship next to the USS Missouri on that day.  Two days later he was in Yokohama Harbor, and shortly after that he and his pals were the first Americans on the island of Hokkaido.  The Navy had taught his to speak, read, and write fluent Japanese in about 18 months.  He was pretty good at languages.

Thinking of you today Dad.

DCA / Zoo

Posted in Animals, institutionalization, Jon Crispin, Nature, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 18/04/2017

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Catching an early flight out of DCA.  I like airports in the morning. /  I went to the zoo yesterday.

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I have mixed feelings about zoos. The one in DC is pretty great though.  I look at this zebra and feel bad that he or she is not out running around the Savannah enjoying what would be a normal life.

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But then I go over to see the lions and I realize that at least the zebra isn’t constantly worrying about getting chased down and et by one of these guys.

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The prairie dogs were not out and about, but it was nice to see this little sculpture near their exhibit.

I’ll upload more suitcases soon.

D.C.

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It is always a treat to be in D.C.  The weather was perfect for baseball yesterday.  Peter and I copped a couple of $5.00 seats (section 401, row M, seats 1 and 2).  As far away from home plate as you can get, but for us, the best view in the house.

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I have posted a Sulgrave Manor photo before, but I am always drawn to this particular  entry.  I really like this part of Connecticut Avenue.  It was a lovely evening for a walk.  So much is in bloom and the temperature is perfect.

Wishing all you Massachusetts residents a relaxing Patriots’ Day tomorrow.  And to everyone, a happy and productive week.

Big Stick / Water / Crocus

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Now that the winter is (maybe…probably) over, it is nice to be able to walk in the woods without snow shoes.

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Olive always has a funny look on her face when she is carrying a big stick.  Once she has ventured into the woods and made the difficult decision as to her preference, she is all business.

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This time of the year is great for her as she gets the opportunity to spend a lot of time romping in the streams that surround our neighborhood.  By August, this waterfall is usually just a trickle.

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These little guys are starting to pop up through the pine needles.  Nice.

Willard Suitcases / Delmar H

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Delmar had several leather cases which were distinguished by some lovely travel labels.

Willard Suitcases / Delmar H.
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The Hotel Stella d’Italia & Aquila Nera in Bologna doesn’t seem to exist anymore.  One of the few online links I could find was here.

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This was another one of his beautiful cases.

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Sadly, this hotel doesn’t appear to be around anymore either.  Here is a link to a postcard that is for sale.

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And I can’t begin to guess the relevance of Voltaire to the Republica Argentina.

Check out the latest uploads at the suitcases site, and thanks for following.

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