Month: October 2021

Pennhurst Asylum

Trick or Treatment

It’s that time of year: Jack-o’-lanterns, witches, black cats, and haunted houses. I loved Halloween as a child and still enjoy the “holiday.” As an adult, I’ve gone on haunted hayrides and visited scary attractions like Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary’s “Horror Behind the Walls.”             In recent years there has been some controversy over the …

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Little Boy Blue and the Man on the Moon (“When you comin’ home, Dad, I don’t know when…”)

A Polaroid picture of my father, Joseph Aloisious Fitzpatrick, fades inside a cabinet like our memories of him. Almost forty years after his death, he is rarely mentioned or discussed. It’s the stigma, you see, which was and still is attached to mental illness.             My dad was hospitalized and largely institutionalized for almost my …

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