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Obadiah Theremin, M.D. by WinonaCookie

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Say what you will about Dr. Theremin, but there can be no question that the man was a dedicated clinician. Most psychiatrists rely on pills and talk to treat their patients, but since Obadiah saw the most hopeless of cases, he saw no harm in going that extra mile. Postulating that disturbed thoughts, like hot air, tend to rise only to precipitate misery upon their hosts, the good Dr. Theremin fitted himself with a device of his own invention that funneled the offending thoughts through a mysterious centrifuge and directly into his own cerebral cortex where he could process them thoroughly with his own unimpeachable sanity. Offending byproducts would pass harmlessly, he theorized, out of the handy faucet he implanted in his left ear, or could be simply exhaled with his pipe smoke – simple! In addition, those plagued by tortuous indecision could present their quandary to him at which point one or the other side of his forked beard would curl slightly at the tip, providing the querent with a definitive response. Meanwhile, his patented Mood-O-Meter hummed eerily on his desk, its needle spinning wildly to indicate his patient’s current state.
Okay, it’s true that he was eventually committed himself, the protective goggles he swore by notwithstanding, but among the seriously deranged, he remains a legendary favorite.

This original artwork and story are copyright Ramona Szczerba 2009. Copyright to this material is in no way transferable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – neither image nor story can be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!

When Ramona Szczerba (a.k.a, Winona Cookie) is not being a psychologist in private practice in San Diego,she enjoys creating whimsical children’s illustrations in watercolor, but also loves working with collage and assemblage. Her artwork and short stories have appeared in several publications including The Steampunk Bible and can be seen at Originals available – check for availability.
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  • Bec Schopen
    Bec Schopenabout 5 years ago

    Ramona, when is your book coming out? You really need to put one together!

  • WonderlandGlass
    WonderlandGlassabout 5 years ago

    Ms Cookie, you never cease to amaze, amuse and delight… and such thoughtful content, too, as an excerpt from wikipedia illumines your composition…
    The theremin is unique among musical instruments in that it is played without physical contact. The musician stands in front of the instrument and moves his or her hands in the proximity of two metal antennas. The distance from one antenna determines frequency (pitch), and the distance from the other controls amplitude (volume). Most frequently, the right hand controls the pitch and the left controls the volume, although some performers reverse this arrangement. Some low-cost theremins use a conventional, knob operated volume control and have only the pitch antenna. wikipedia
    a perfect construction, the faucet for volume and cerebral horn for pitch (or emotional low-to-high) and as all good doctors of the mind… no physical contact, which obviously precipitated a spiralling descent of pitch into a low frequency depression and madness. I hope others will appreciate the thoughtfulness and accuracy of your many constructions and realize the symbolism and fact-based nature of your flights of fancy. Cheers and salutations on another wondrous work! Peace

  • WinonaCookie
    WinonaCookieabout 5 years ago

    Wow, Wonderland, I had no idea I packed all that in there! My unconscious must be running things – I just knew he had to be named Theremin! (They’re so creepy sounding – have you ever heard one?)
    Thanks :-).

  • Stephanie Smith
    Stephanie Smithabout 5 years ago

    “Theremin” is just plain fun to say… :)

    Another fabulous collage and story, Ramona!

  • Kinda ties your tongue up in a knot, doesn’t it? ;-) Thanks, Stephanie!

    – WinonaCookie

  • WonderlandGlass
    WonderlandGlassabout 5 years ago

    To reply to your question… I first heard the instrument at a Beach Boys concert way back in the day. It is the source of the eerie slide whistle sounds in ‘Good Vibrations’. Mike Love played the Theremin at that show and people were amazed, much as the air tube effects used by Peter Frampton and Joe Walsh astounded those who first saw that in concert. I found it amazing that , even if unintentional, your work held so many corollaries to the realities of the instrument. I am an ardent admirer of your works and always get a thrill when you pop into my overview listings. Keep ’em coming, Ms Cookie… yours is a bright light in dark times… and I thank you ;-} Peace

  • izzybeth
    izzybethabout 5 years ago

    Hey, my hubby knows a man who says he knows the man who invented the theremin. News according to izzybeth, the man invented the no-touch instrument for his girlfriend, who was a violinist… I think the hubby said she had arthritis or something that hinderd her ability to play . I swear I am not making this up!!!
    I do enjoy your work so.

  • WinonaCookie
    WinonaCookieabout 5 years ago

    What a great story, Izzy! If it’s not true, it should be :-). Thanks so much xoxox

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