Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Old Postcard Wednesday--Garden and Forest - Christian Science Sanatorium, San Francisco, Calif.

1 : an establishment that provides therapy combined with a regimen (as of diet and exercise) for treatment or rehabilitation
2 a : an institution for rest and recuperation (as of convalescents) b : an establishment for the treatment of the chronically ill
(source: Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary)

An institution for the treatment of chronic disorders and a place for recuperation under medical supervision.
Origin: Mod. L. Neuter of sanatorius, curative, fr. Sano, to cure, heal

Compare: sanitarium. (source: Online Medical Dictionary)
an institution for the preservation or recovery of health, especially for convalescence; health resort.
Also, sanatorium. 
1850–55;  < Latin sānit ( ās ) health ( see sanity) + -ārium -ary

health services
Another spelling of sanatorium (source: encarta.msn)

But, when not used interchangeably with sanatorium, the definition for sanitarium is.....
A psychiatric hospital (also called a mental hospital or asylum) is a hospital specializing in the treatment of persons with mental illness. Psychiatric wards differ only in that they are a unit of a larger hospital. (source:

I initially selected this postcard with its serene scene at the edge of the California Pacific coast with Japan across the ocean in mind. Sometimes OPW posts gather their own momentum as I work through numerous research windows preparing them. That was the case with this one, as the mood moved from serenity to insanity nearly as quickly as have current events. 

As introduction to the remaining portion of this week's OPW post let me say that I have never been a fan of Metallica. I don't think I ever listened to one of their songs from beginning to end until this one below (liked it), and that was only after reading the lyrics to the song and finding them eerily fitting. As a bizarre definition of our times, then, here are the lyrics first, followed by the song.

Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
- from Master of Puppets by Metallica (1986)

(Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett)

Welcome to where time stands still
no one leaves and no one will
Moon is full, never seems to change
just labeled mentally deranged
Dream the same thing every night
I see our freedom in my sight
No locked doors, No windows barred
No things to make my brain seem scarred

Sleep my friend and you will see
that dream is my reality
They keep me locked up in this cage
can't they see it's why my brain says Rage

Sanitarium, leave me be
Sanitarium, just leave me alone

Build my fear of what's out there
and cannot breathe the open air
Whisper things into my brain
assuring me that I'm insane
They think our heads are in their hands
but violent use brings violent plans
Keep him tied, it makes him well
he's getting better, can't you tell?

No more can they keep us in
Listen, damn it, we will win
They see it right, they see it well
but they think this saves us from our hell

Sanitarium, leave me be
Sanitarium, just leave me alone
Sanitarium, just leave me alone

Fear of living on
natives getting restless now
Mutiny in the air
got some death to do
Mirror stares back hard
Kill, it's such a friendly word
seems the only way
for reaching out again  

{Note: I included deeper information about
the Christian Science Sanitorium
at Arden Wood 
in 2008.}

#1 print of waves:
CREATED/PUBLISHED:  [between 1900 and 1940] 
CREATOR: Uehara, Konen, 1878-1940, artist.
Format: Nishikie.
Forms part of: Japanese prints and drawings (Library of Congress). 

#2 print of high waves:
CREATED/PUBLISHED:  [between 1900 and 1920] 
CREATOR: Uehara, Konen, 1878-1940, artist.
Format: full color woodblock print.
Forms part of: Japanese prints and drawings (Library of Congress).



Don't Feed The Pixies said...

ok so firstly - Metallica.

Their self-titled album (black cover, barely visible coiled snake) is one of the finest examples of a Heavy Metal album - "Enter Sandman" is fantastic

Secondly - i think the mix of the serenity and the noise speaks volumes here. There was a scientist on TV at the weekend who said that the disaster in Japan was the price we pay for living on a violent planet, but it was the very fact that we live on a violent planet that allows life to be here at all.

That doesn't make what happened any less horrific but i think that your postcard this week and choice of music are entirely apt - reminding us (or me at least) of the beauty and the horror in the world. I think we need to remember both

Lydia said...

Pixies~ Whew! I thought this post was too over-the-top since there were no comments at all (until yours). I am more than content with this one fabulous comment from you because...1)as usual, you gave me great info about a musical group, and 2)you got my intent here, even stilled my own confusion as to how this post came out of me, and 3)always are a wonderful friend. Thank you.

mythopolis said...

Sorry not to comment before...I like Metallica, but, I went to see them once in New Mx, they were leading in for Guns 'n Roses, I had to stand for the entire concert on concrete in bad sandals...I could hardly walk home, and later had to get a shot of cortisone in my feet to be able to walk normally again!!! (The Japanese art cards are fab!)

Lydia said...

mythopolis~ You never need to apologize for not commenting, my friend. I am trying to envision what the venue was that you had to stand on concrete through Metallica and then Guns 'n Roses. It sounds hellish, as do the repercussions you suffered for awhile. Could have been worse and done permanent damage, I guess.
I love those cards, too. Beauties.



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