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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

Friday, March 18, 2011

DON'T FORGET... to watch Sister Wives and comment on

Hi all,
I will be watching Sister Wives II on TLC at 9 (8 Central) on Sunday, 3/20/11, and will post when the show is over on the West Coast, on, in the TV Open Thread Section.
This is the chance of all viewers to jump in with welcome thoughts and opinions of all kinds. Do you approve of "plural marriage"? Do you think it's yucky? Do you feel largely indifferent to it? Let us know and let's talk about the changing face of marriage, family, and relationship in America today. I am interested in all this, though I want people to know that of course I am not a Mormon nor involved in any branch of the LDS faith per se. I also realize that the LDS members do not practice polygamy and do not approve of it.
But it seems to me that having more than one parent has its worth, for the children. There's always someone to go to if there's a problem; another home to spend time in, and always food to eat (at least in a suburban and middle class home like the Browns', or so it would seem). I find it an interesting sociological exercise and I am curious about the outcome of this sort of upbringing on kids.
One thing that happened with some of the "Kids" who grew up at QH (where more than one parent was available at a point in our history, but not from a "polygamous" standpoint alone-- the women were much more in charge of these things than the men, if anything... was that some came to feel that one person wasn't enough for them, that they would like to raise kids in a community, but found it hard to find one consisting of people their own age. Yet they all remain close, like children raised in a Kibbutz, like brothers and sisters.
It is all very interesting, and I love to hear the comments from all viewers. Please tune in and let me know your thoughts afterwards on Blogcritics. org.

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