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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.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Article first published as <a href=''>TV Open Thread: <i>Sister Wives</i> "Browns Out of Hiding!"</a> on Blogcritics.

 (I have agreed to write a brief comment on Sister Wives, Season 2 (Sunday on TLC, 9/8 Central), each week, and be available to "chat" about it for 20 to 30 minutes after the show ends on the West Coast. Join me and other viewers to discuss the show, varying forms of love, and what you think of polygamy... could you share your husband with another woman? Would you be more willing if you had another husband? What do you think of the show?)

The article from
In the opening episode of Sister Wives, Utah polygamist Kody Brown, 40, and his four wives: Meri, 40; Janelle, 41; Christine, 38; and new bride Robyn, 32 prepare to go to New York City to be on the Today Show and to reveal their plural marriage to the world.
At the same time, the children begin a new phase of life by going to public school, mostly for the first time, and find a welcome there that gives the parents hope. Later, Kody and the kids go “ice blocking,” sliding down grassy hills on blocks of ice.
The family speaks eagerly of the new standards of tolerance and acceptance that public schools now teach; they look forward to a time when plural marriage will be accepted. The Browns hope that when people see how nice and “normal” they really are, they and their lifestyle will be accepted.
Though fearful about coming out of the closet, the family takes the plunge of doing interviews in New York: they discover the excitement and the oddity of sudden fame. On TV, verbal, outgoing Kody suddenly becomes shy and tongue-tied. He likens telling the truth about their polygamy to jumping out of a plane without knowing if the chute will open.

Despite their optimism, danger looms over the family. The police have been investigating them, and Kody may soon be charged with bigamy.
Will Meri, Janelle, Christine, Kody and Robyn find that the monogamous world outside their closed, protected circle is far less tolerant than they had dreamed? What will happen to them if Kody goes to jail? Will the women lose their children? What will happen this season on Sister Wives?
Will Kody be sorry he decided to “stand up and be different?” What do other viewers think?

1 comment:

  1. Dear Readers,
    Are you interested in seeing me "cover" Sister Wives for its 3rd season? Please let me know by posting comments here or at Blogcritics. It begins 9/25/11.
    I may, instead, watch it and occasionally write an article rather than try to cover every single episode. It keeps Brion and me up late on Sunday night when he has to commute 1.5 hours to work the next day, and it is not the kind of polygamy I knew as a young hippie! But I do feel for these women-- I feel for their joys and sorrows and their jealousies and loss of home and longing to have a more central position in their family and in the heart of the man they all love (who seems to me a rather selfish fellow). Let me know what you all think...