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Quarry Hill Creative Center in Rochester, VT, founded 1946 by Barbara and Irving Fiske, is Vermont's oldest alternative community and at one time was probably also its largest. In the 60s -80s, as many as 90 people lived here.
It was and is visited each year, often in summer (but in every season, really) by visitors from all over the world.
We welcome interesting and creative people who are peaceful, bring no weapons, don't believe in hitting children or killing animals, and enjoy the beauty of Vermont and of themselves.

Most of us do not adhere to any particular dogma or religion, though many do find Eastern philosophy closest to our own thought (some of us are also members of the Quakers/Society of Friends).
We value the individual, particularly people who are energetic and have a sense of humor.
Visitors are welcome-- and prospective residents, too. There are some places for rent, others for sale. If interested, get in touch!
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"The symbol is the enemy of the reality, and the reality is ever one's true guide, true friend, true companion, and true self." Irving Fiske, 1908-1990

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Celebrating Don Calhoun, Ph.D.

Today we scattered Don's ashes, and Joya read a beautifully written account of her closeness with Don and Barbara. A number of others reminisced about Don as well.
We buried Don's ashes beneath a magnolia tree to the west of the room he shared with Barbara. We will miss him. This,except for the minerals his ashes will give the soil, I suppose completes his journey on earth. Or "completes his journey on earth."
Two Japanese death poems:
The joy of dewdrops
in the grass as they
Turn back to vapor.
-- Koraku (Japanese Haiku poet)
died 1837
I read this one aloud… with many undercurrents going on…

A bright and pleasant
Autumn day
To make death's journey.
--Fukyu (Haiku poet)
d. 1771
Today was a lovely autumn day, though Don actually died May 5, 2009.
( Love that poet's name!)

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