Jon Crispin's Notebook

More Pearl

Posted in Animals, Dogs, Family, Friends by joncrispin on 24/12/2012

A bit of “karma congestion” lately.  So as a default I feel like doing a Pearl post.  We never let her up on the furniture until about a year ago, but now she seems to have claimed the center section of this sofa.  It is really nice to have the wood stove going with her asleep next to you.

Cris was putting some wrapped presents under the tree yesterday, and Pearl went right to this “Mega P’nut” dog treat.  She got an early gift.

Peter is home from DC and he and I took her for a walk today.  I know I have posted a similar photo, but for some reason this still gets to me.  She wants to carry her leash everywhere.

This past year has been monumental in many ways, and next year could be equally interesting.  My very best wishes to all of you who follow this blog.  I’ll get back to some serious stuff soon, but in the meantime, ’tis the season to be thinking about friends and family and have lots of love in your hearts.

Cheers, Jon

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  1. David said, on 24/12/2012 at 7:03 pm


  2. Kay Grady said, on 24/12/2012 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you…just thank you for the suitcases, and your caring heart, and artful eye..

    My parents were employees at Willard, and at Sampson State school from 1960 – 1972. I was born in 1952. You do the math. I spent more Christmas’ there than in my home…with love & joy, They (my parents) made sure everyone on their “ward” had gifts at Christmastide… and “family” ..ours..

    My sister graduated from the WSH School of Nursing in 1962, and worked there until it closed. My grandmother retired from Willard, as an LPN. Willard wasn’t a warehouse, it was a community.

    I live in Webster, NY, and you surely know the pain I am feeling today.

    Once upon a time, we had institutions where the insane were kept and cared for. Society is paying a HUGE price for the underfunded “integration” of those individuals who in my recent past, had the opportunity to live in an environment that was less stressful for them, and safer for you and me.

    When I look at the suitcases, I see PEOPLE! Some of them, I may have known…some of them wrongly institutionalized for medical conditions…Epilepsy, for example. Some of them NEEDED to be there, for lack of modern medications. Some of them may have been driven there by “modern” medications. We all have seen the horrific effects of MODERN under-tested, rushed to the common market for the profit by big Pharma drugs…

    My Christmas wish for us all is that we evolve, as citizens of society and look for meaningful ways to care for one another.

    Seeking joy,

    • joncrispin said, on 24/12/2012 at 11:34 pm

      Kay, I don’t know what to say except thank you for being interested in the project and sharing your thoughts. It means so much to me to hear from you and to be connected by the suitcases. I am so glad to know about your parents and their relationship with the patients. / And my heart goes out to you about what happened this morning in Webster. It is almost surreal when awful things like this happen so close to us. All best to you and again thanks for being in touch.

  3. Photobooth Journal said, on 25/12/2012 at 3:51 am

    What isn’t serious about the life of a beloved one? On the subject of dog presents, I made my first youtube video (ever) of my pooch asking for his Xmas present today. He normally does a lot more talking to get what he wants but he had stage fright, poor love. I am glad that Pearl has claimed her rightful place on the sofa. Merry Christmas. I am looking forward to more of your blog next year. Kind regards, Katherine

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