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Friday, October 30, 2015

The Sideline Hobbies & Interests

The bliss of having multiple hobbies is what keeps a person (somewhat) sane. I'll spare you my tangent on the necessity of having various hobbies and interests- you have a mother to do that, and I would hate to take her job. :D

I have some peculiar hobbies/interests for a "little black girl" as many say, but who cares! The things make me happy and I enjoy learning new techniques  and discovering new outlets that many people avoid nowadays. I am done b*tching and moaning. 

I think my love of history is pretty oblivious. Photography is more of an interest- nothing that I have delved too deeply in. I just use my iPhone to photograph sites to be uploaded to Instagram and Flickr. I do not have a dark room or Nikon camera, too expensive. Instagram helps me to pick an effect that works for the picture- BOOMBAM and done

History as a whole is a fascinating topic to me, but there are certain eras and events that make my ears perk up:
  • World War II
    • European Theater
    • The Holocaust
  • Criminology
    • The History of Forensic Science
      • Medical Science 
      • Serial Killers
  • Ancients
    • The Romans, the Greeks, the Egyptians and so forth
  • Colonization
    • The Americas
      • Early American history
  • European history
And, who does not love a good cadaver? Paranormal history and stories really peek my interest. I am hoping to go on a ghost hunt within the year or next year with a friend or a group of friends. 

The Charleston area has numerous ghost stories and legends; some are even paired with tours. A few years back I managed to take a tour of the Old City Jail in the downtown area. LOVED IT! While on the tour my friend took a picture of the stairwell leading up the prisoner housing area and captured a silhouette of a woman. The tour guide and group were astonished and excited that someone managed to capture a photo of something. Anyway, the tour guide suggested that she may have captured of a still of Lavinia Fisher. 

Lavinia Fisher is believed to the be the first, recorded, female serial killer in the United States. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher ran a traveler's rest stop, in the Charleston area, that they used to murder and rob travelers. 

Here's some additional information on the Fishers: Legends of America and Murderpedia

My other interests include reading, at the moment I am in the process of obtaining a 'Little Free Library' that will be installed in my yard and used by my neighbors. I enjoy writing and drawing. 

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Favorite Sites (So Far)

  • Appleby's Methodist Church, St.George, SC
  • Bethany Cemetery, Charleston, SC
  • Old Charleston Coal Tipper, Charleston, SC
  • Old Sheldon Church, Yemassee, SC
  • Old Stone House, Winnsboro, SC
  • Prince Frederick Chapel, Georgetown, SC

Anxiously Awaiting to Visit

  • Blackstock Abandoned Cemetery, Fort Mill,SC
  • Milledgeville, GA
  • Patapsco Valley State Park, Elliot City, MD
  • Stumphouse Tunnel Rd, Wallahalla, SC
  • Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston, WV
  • Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, KY
  • West Virginia Penitentiary, Moundsville, WV