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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.
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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

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Royal Romance: William and Kate, An Unauthorized Tribute

 (I thought some might enjoy reading the entire article I recently wrote for Blogcritics. org-- anyway, here it is.)

What more can one say about Kate Middleton and Prince William of Wales? What more is there to reveal about what the maker of this video, Inception Media, calls “the most breathtaking romance of the century?”
So much has already been said and shown. Many celebratory DVDs focus on the romance itself, without reminding viewers of the life of the groom: the handsome, privileged, self-aware Prince William, left motherless at a young age.
Inception Media says that William is “fully aware of the role he is to play as the future King of England.” I think he is aware of it. Perhaps choosing Kate Middleton, and the eight years it took him to settle down, has also been a part of his final acceptance of that ancient role. From William the Conqueror to William the Charming, England has seen almost everything. Now it will experience a completely modern young man and his modern bride. (Kate and William, who lived together before marriage, have been the first future King and Queen to do so.) This is a compelling tale.
A Royal Romance (originally entitled Destiny), offers a more fully detailed and thorough exploration of the life of Prince William of Wales than one normally finds in this kind of Royals-watcher video. It is not choppy, doesn’t leave much unsaid about his family, and is touching in its re-telling of the nature of William's relationship with his mother, Princess Diana, before her terrible death in 1997. William’s life story, from babyhood to the pending moment of his nuptials, reappears like a lost dream, found again now that he is a man.
Probably because Miss Middleton has been silent and is now well-guarded during her years of waiting to marry the Prince, it has a bit less to say about Catherine, or Kate, who will marry the Prince on April 29th in Westminster Abbey, London.
We know he proposed to her in Kenya last year and gave her his mother, Princess Diana’s, sapphire and diamond ring; we know she has been quiet while followed and harassed by the media for being Will's girlfriend, but we do not know much about the young woman herself, or her inner thoughts and feelings. However, she seems strong, healthy, and cheerful, especially now that William finally proposed. It seems she will be able to manage the job of being a Princess, and later, a Queen, very nicely.
A Royal Romance will be released April 12, just in time for the wedding. It appears to have been originally meant to focus on the “destiny” of the future King, but was re-vamped to highlight the engagement and wedding of the about-to-be married couple.
The DVD has its flaws. I found the female narrator’s voice, which rises and falls sharply, annoying and rather condescending. Easily this is the worst feature of the video. Still, after a bit, one is drawn into the story. I was also sorry there were no subtitles. I would have liked, at least, to see a version of English for the hearing impaired.
Obviously, A Royal Romance: William and Kate will probably be the most appreciated by passionate fans of the Royal Family and especially who follow the lives of William and Kate. It would make a nice gift for someone deeply devoted to the memory of the People’s Princess, but it’s also worth viewing if you aren’t well acquainted with the events that led up to this vivid and upbeat moment in the life of the English Royal Family.
"This documentary will give viewers an inside look at what is already being considered the romance of the century, and a key factor in the future of the British monarchy," says Andy Reimer, a partner at Inception Media Group. "We have timed this title to arrive at retail a couple of weeks prior to the wedding so viewers can more fully appreciate the significance of the history they are about to witness."

 -- First Published at
    April, 2011 A Sinister Cabal of Superior Writers

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