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Joie de Vivre

Found & Chosen: Letters

Following up on my previous Found & Chosen post, I found these letters over the course of several days’ walking. I’ve deducted that these were thrown away by contractors renovating an old house, and they must have blown out of a dumpster. I’ve obscured the corresponder’s names.

A todo list
The Back of a todo list

These scraps stirred my imagination, and I toyed with scripting them into an animation – both, literally read, and loosely based upon the content of these papers. I didn’t get anywhere interesting, so I’ll shelve the idea for now. The actual papers went into a time capsule my girlfriend made to archive the pandemic time in our life.

I find the following letters very intriguing!

Water based ink from a fountain pen, inspirational quotes, and a lost tobacco pouch. Love AND Joy.

I learned this about the Hudson River State Hospital.

The Hudson River State Hospital, is a former New York state psychiatric hospital which operated from 1873 until its closure in the early 2000s. The campus is notable for its main building, known as a “Kirkbride,” which has been designated a National Historic Landmark due to its exemplary High Victorian Gothic architecture, the first use of that style for an American institutional building. It is located on US 9 on the Poughkeepsie-Hyde Park town line.
The entire facility was built over the last three decades of the 19th century, at great cost. Once complete, it would be used as intended for much of the first half of the next century. As psychiatry moved away from inpatient treatments, it began to decline in use until its closure at century’s end. Today, it is slowly deteriorating out of public view as it awaits reuse.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River_State_Hospital

There are fantastic photos of the hospital in various states of ruin – I’m not going to link to any sites, but a Google search will show wonderful photos.

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Joie de Vivre

Found & Chosen

As I take my exercise though the pandemic, I often find small, curious, abandoned objects. Some of these, I bring home.

3 lego bricks and a bread tie
Rusty Bottle Cap
Frayed audio cable
Collection of trash - bread ties, lego, audio cable, old CD, a doll's shoe

I hope this finds you well.

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ART

Deja-vu

Something borrowed, something gained,
Something haunted, something stained.

Something borrowed, something gained,
Something haunted, something stained.

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ART

Art on North Avenue

I found some random ART in the road on Saturday afternoon. I call it “AMRINHAMMER.”  I stopped traffic on North Avenue to record this for you:

Baltimore is the city with ART and syringes in the road.

The title of this installation was informed by this:

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Joie de Vivre

Found!

my long lost journal

Around the time I wrote the Sketchy post, something told me to go back to a certain physicians’ meeting room and look for my missing book.

Is it not written, “Listen to your gut?”

I did go back and look, yet again, and still couldn’t find it. This time, I mentioned it to some staff who work in that area. It was indeed still there, under paperwork and miscellaneous debris – the good Dr. Herman found it a yesterday.

I am so attached to this book that I am tempted to pick up where I’ve left off. Alas, the Moleskine has won me over, and I’ll be transcribing the contents of THIS one to the new one, and then delegating this one to home use. Still, there is something immensely satisfying about finding a lost, well loved object.