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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

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

What would you like to see on this Blog? Let us know!

I'd love to know what the rather wide readership of Quarry Hill's blog (which is all over the world-- fascinatingly, read in India and Russia as well as many other physically distant places, that may, however, be philosophically close to our own way of thinking. I was the head of an anti-child-abuse program for nine years, Free The Kids! -- a program of the Green Mountain Educational and Cultural Trust, QH's nonprofit entity. I think, as do all of us who choose to live here, that children should never be spanked or slapped, beaten, called names, or "put down" (called names or made to feel badly). We all lose our patience at times, but children, we think, are open, sensitive and easily impressed with positive or negative information. We also think that they come into the world clear, clean, and aware in ways that adults have forgotten or lost. Over the years since my parents (and I, with others) came up with these ideas, they have largely been verified by scientific studies -- one after the other, ideas propounded by Irving and Barbara many years ago have been proved true. Would you, readers, like to know more about this? About our way of life in the Sixties till now? About the political and philosophical basis of Quarry Hill thought? Write in and let me know what you'd like to know. Yes: even "What is the capital of North Dakota?" Thanks! Ladybelle

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