Does this look anything at all like Thanksgiving or Fall? Well, no -- but I had November in this altered calendar which belongs to the stupendous Claudia Roulier. That was fine except that I didn't receive it until February! We are a tad behind in our group of this RR. Claudia's is my next to last book to work in and actually, it was a joy -- lots of fun, and cool artwork in it so far. Now Claudia has asked us not to cover up the photos that are already in the calendar because they are so neat-o. The calendar was originally called Wierd USA so you can imagine. All the pictures in my November section were about spiders, prison ghosts, and insane asylum graves - that is so like you, Claudia! LOL
So here is how the first spread looks:
The caption reads, "A gated-off dirt road in Leicester, Massachusetts, is all that blocks the outside world from entering the eighth gate to hell. Strange ceremonies and tragic deaths have occurred here." (Anyone from Mass.? Know this gate?)
The second spread concerns the ghosts of prisons like the ones that hang around the Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania.
Caption: "When listing places in America where ghosts are frequently found, prisons are often on the list. The spirits of the men who lived and died in places like this Pennsylvania penitentiary seem to linger."
My page (left above) has a photo of the Joe Smith Cemetary here in Huntsville. It is the cemetary for unclaimed and indigent inmates who die in the Texas Deprtment of Criminal Justice. The inmates used to call this cemetery, Peckerwood Hill referring to the prisoners who were poor when they died in prison and were buried there. My picture is of the earlier gravesites which were marked only with a simple white cross -- no names, numbers -- zip! There is an interesting short article by Jim Willett about the cemetery at the Prison Museum web site.
According to that article, "burials usually occur at 8:30AM Monday through Thursday." I've never been to one. I think I'll check that out. Anyone want to go with me?
Here is a larger scan of my prison cemetery page:
The final gruesome spread for November is all about insane asylum graves. Here is how the spread looks when you first see it:
And here it is with the transparnecy on the left raised to see the original picture underneath:
Caption says, "Perhaps the only thing worse than living in a nineteenth-century insane asylum was dying in one. Graves that those at this site in Connecticutt remind us of those who never made it out alive." (I didn't think any of us were getting out of this alive! LOL)
I added words from "Dispair," a Neil Gaiman character:
Some things are changeless.
People love, and die, they dream,
destroy, despair, go mad. They fulfill their destinies,
live out the course of their lives. . .
Despair, the character in Gaiman's graphic novel, Brief Lives, goes on to say,
Here is a larger version of my insane, grave-like spread (on the right above.) Congratulations, Claudia on a unique and spectacular altered calendar!