Jon Crispin's Notebook

Ausbourne G. + Twitter and Tumblr

Posted in History, Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 11/01/2014

I have been uploading more cases to the willardsuitcases.com site.  This is a photograph from Ausbourne G’s possessions.  He brought a good collection of tools with him to Willard in a nice wooden box. / I am making good progress on getting all the cases online, and will continue to upload more as time allows.

I have set up a Twitter account for those of you who would like updates on a more regular basis.  Check it out at @willardsuitcase (no s).  And I have also set up a Tumblr site which I have linked to this wordpress site.  willardsuitcases.tumblr.com    This is the first post where I have linked to both, so let’s hope it all works.  Any feedback is appreciated.

Wing

Posted in Animals, Birds, Nature by joncrispin on 07/01/2014

There is a group (collective noun?….any help here?) of bobcats that live next to my brother’s house here in South Carolina.  As I was out for my morning walk I saw this wing lying next to the road.  I looked around and it seemed to be all that was left of the bird, which appears to me to have been a seagull. / Even though we are surrounded by nature all the time and so close to it in many ways, it is unusual to be so close to the cycle of predators and prey.  It made me feel connected in a way that doesn’t often happen.

Willard Suitcases / Agnes J

Posted in History, Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 06/01/2014

Earlier today I uploaded Agnes J’s case to the willardsuitcases.com site.  (Go to “The Cases” and click the link on her name.)  She is important for many reasons, not the least of which is that her satchel contained a wealth of correspondence that revealed so much about her life.  Hers was the first case that I shot with so much personal information.

There is a line in the letter below that explains so much about her being sent to Willard.

“But don’t come back to the Y.W. and threaten to kill that girl again–that’s what put you where you are now.”  Chilling and so sad.

She started this letter to President Hover [sic] while she was a patient at Warren State Hospital which is very near to where I grew up.

So please check out her two cases on the suitcases site.  And I’d like to welcome all the new readers to this site.  Something was published somewhere on the net that linked to my project, and I have been getting lots of interesting emails from people in the past few days.  If you want to see all of my wordpress posts about the project, just click here, and welcome.

Beach Again

Posted in Beaches, Nature, Shells, Water by joncrispin on 05/01/2014

We are back on the beach for a bit.  It has been quite cold here in South Carolina until today.  The ocean was really roiled up this afternoon, and the tide was just ebbing from its high point.  There were lots of really beautiful small shells at the tide line.

The biggest of these guys is about an inch across.

I especially like the bottom one here.

Hand Dryer / Sumpter County, SC

Posted in Health, Science, Transportation, Travel by joncrispin on 02/01/2014

Cris and I are back in South Carolina for a quick visit.  On the way we stopped at a rest area on the 95 and as I was drying my hands, the dryer did something I have never seen before.  Must have something to do with germs and ultraviolet light.  I still had to wipe my hands on my trousers though.

%d bloggers like this: