Jon Crispin's Notebook

That Thing Again (with aspirin)

Posted in Jon Crispin, Superstition, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 12/05/2016

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I started taking a low dose aspirin a while ago, and as I was filling up my weekly pill dispenser this morning that thing happened again.

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But this time it happened twice!  The wayward one rolled away and stayed upright and the one in the pill container just landed that way.

Willard Suitcases / Harry M

Willard Suitcases
Harry M 
© 2013 Jon Crispin

Harry M’s case wasn’t technically a suitcase, but it contained some interesting things.

Willard Suitcases
Harry M 
© 2013 Jon Crispin

I’m not sure what the wooden object on the left is, but the Latimer White Petroleum Jelly label is quite nice.  And the Prell shampoo bottle is classic.  The label had fallen off, but it has the “Rinse, Lather, Repeat” admonition that got consumers to use twice as much as they probably needed.

I have been editing and uploading more of the suitcases, and you can see the latest here.  Just click on “The Cases” at the top of the page.  Thanks for following.

Tulips

Posted in Flowers, Plants, Seasons, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 01/05/2016

tulips and grass

The university has planted a ton of tulips in anticipation of a flood of people visiting for commencement.  Most of them are planted in regular beds, but these guys are interspersed with clumps of grass just outside of the recreation center.  Nice.

It’s Growing

Posted in Jon Crispin, Plants, Uncategorized, Water by joncrispin on 28/04/2016

water plant

Here it is from a different angle.  It is growing nicely.  I wonder if it will flower.

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Water Plant

water plant

We had a lovely walk in the woods this morning.  The trees are just starting to show new growth, and I was pleased to see that some of these water plants (identification anyone?) are starting to appear in the  small streams.  This one is right near a spot where Olive likes to lie in the water and rub her back on the moss covered rocks.

yellow? lab.

This is from a few days ago.  It might be time for a bath.

Willard Suitcases / L W M

Willard Suitcases LWM

L. W.’s case was largely empty save for this purple piece of rope and a half-smoked cigar.  It stikes me as a pretty good metaphor for a life interrupted.  You can check out the other photographs on the suitcases site.  Thanks for following, and I wish you all a lovely weekend.

The Clark

Posted in Art, Jon Crispin, museums, painters, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 04/04/2016

Art/Renoir

Cris and I drove to Williamstown yesterday to meet up with Peggy Ross and her husband Peter.  The Clark is always the draw, and every time I go something new grabs me.  These Renoirs are quite nice.

Art

I have always liked this Sargent on the right (“A Street in Venice”).

Naked Women Sculpture

Cris really likes these figures. I can’t remember the artist.

I spent a lot of time sitting in front of the Turner that I mentioned in a previous post.

Willard Suitcases / Charles F

Willard Suitcases Project

I mentioned earlier this week that I was hoping to get Charles F’s photographs uploaded by the end of the week, and here is a sample.  To see the rest of the collection, please go to the Willard Suitcases site.

Willard Suitcases Project

From the little I know about Charles, he came to Willard somewhat later in his life. I have no way of knowing if the portrait in the above photograph is he, or someone near to him, but whenever I think about his life, this image comes to mind.

Willard Suitcases Project

The tassels on his tallit are especially evocative to me.

Willard Suitcases Project

I believe that this is the publisher of some of his books.  I did a search for it but came up empty.  Any help would be welcome.

Willard Suitcases Project

His starched collars were still in quite good condition.

Willard Suitcases Project

I have no way of knowing if he was in the military, but I would guess that this canteen was army surplus.

Willard Suitcases Project

Here is a close up of his naturalization papers, which date to October of 1896.

Willard Suitcases Project

Many of the suitcases in the collection contain scraps of paper with hand-written notes on them.  I find that these can be especially interesting.

Willard Suitcases Project

 One of Charles’ cases had this selection tools (and a razor).

Willard Suitcases Project

  Please check out the rest of my photographs of Charles’ possessions on the suitcases site, and thanks for following.

Crocus

Posted in Flowers, Nature, Plants, Uncategorized, Weather by joncrispin on 31/03/2016

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We are supposed to have snow this weekend along with very cold temperatures.  I didn’t want to lose these guys to the weather before I got the chance to take some pictures.  Nature!

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Green / Big Stick

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Now that the snow is all gone Olive and I have started spending more time in the woods.  It rained most of the day yesterday, so it was pretty wet.  Nice.

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She is a total stick (or should I say log) girl.  This could have been record size for her.  She carried it for about half a mile.

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I have been seeing a lot of green lately, and these fungi are just beautiful.  Can anyone out there tell me what they are?

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