Sunday, September 15, 2013

Northern Ohio Lunatic Asylum & Mill Creek

From "Turney Tech" to Cleveland neighborhood

Here's a cool video created by Jason Mihalko, a psychologist in Massachusetts who has a profound interest in thinking and writing about psychiatric facilities and asylums 

Today on a 5-mile hike down in Valley View and Northfield, Sophie and I walked past the campus of Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare, a regional psychiatric hospital on Sagamore Road. It doesn't look like a very inviting place.

Thoughts turned to Mill Creek and our home, which is one of 220 mostly single-family homes sitting on the 58 or so acres where the Northern Ohio Lunatic Asylum (also known by many other names) stood until 38 years ago.

What was before Mill Creek
Originally built in 1855 on land donated by James A. Garfield, who would later become U.S. president, the compound closed in 1975. By then people in various eras had known it by whatever it was called when they were around, including Newburgh State Hospital, Cleveland Hospital for the Insane and Cleveland State Hospital, possibly among others.

Ask anyone who grew up in this Warner-Turney neighborhood or in nearby Garfield Heights what they called it, and all agree on just one name: Turney Tech (it was located on Turney Road).

Jason's webpage is well worth a visit.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Looking for a quick buck

© Steve Cadwell 2013
He was there 48 hours ago in our neighbor's backyard. I was lucky to get close enough for one decent picture. Didn't stay long, nor does he usually. He and his friends visit for happy hour almost daily throughout the year, munching on their deer salad, which we call perennials.

Although she was terrified and nearly killed a few year's ago by one of this guy's maternal ancestors, Sheba knows he'll be back soon. So she waits.
On the lookout -- Sheba will get a piece of him...
... next time
Steve Cadwell 2013
Deer picture: Canon T3i
Sheba and friend: iPhone 4S

September countdown

Shout it: summer's not over! 

© Steve Cadwell 2013

This morning offered us this scene: purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) and the beautiful flowering daisy-like plant behind it. I don't have an ID on the flowering plant, a gift years ago from a dear, sweet woman who volunteered for the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, but I think it might be heliopsis. If you can tell me what it is, I'd be grateful.

A little earlier we saw this guy (or gal) slowly walking up the frame of the garage door. I don't know why I thought katydid, but that was a hunch and only a hunch.

(It's like Miley Cyrus. I know the name. I've seen pictures. I vaguely knew who she was prior to her getting international attention at this year's VMAs, and she appears to be headed for that phenomenon of being famous for being famous. But, put her in a lineup and I would be lucky to even think of her name let alone be able to identify her.)

Thanks to the power of Facebook, we had an answer within minutes of posting a photo. Katydid indeed, said FB friend and naturalist Stephanie. Another FB friend (and neighbor), Pam, added it's also known as a leaf bug. It reminds me of a stealth bomber the way it's angled, as if aero-engineers might have borrowed the design. Not really an example of biomimicry (like burrs and velcro) but interesting similarities. (Wait, do katydids need to evade radar? Avoiding bats, perhaps? Nah. That's echolocation.)

Finally, early this evening we saw and heard hundreds of European starlings in the trees behind our neighbor's house. Couldn't get any pictures. The birds were loud!

Both pics taken with iPhone 4S

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Labor Day weekend scenes

We've really been on top of our garden game this year, and as a result we've had more chances to relax and enjoy the yard. Sure helps just doing a little bit at a time -- regularly.

Always more to do, more weeds to pull, perennials to prune, tomatoes and basil to harvest. But there's no point to any of it if you can't stand at the edge of the fire pit and gaze at the sage or chill in the lounge chair with the one you love, right?
Sheba on patrol

Siegfried From KAOS with mom