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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, October 14, 2011

Wedding anniversary, etc.

Rain is falling and falling again and the road near the pond (our only road out right now) is looking as fragile as most of us sometimes feel after the destruction of the hurricane, and the floods.
I think it is really hard for most of us Vermonters to beliieve this has really happened to our state-- so beautiful that many Vermonters truly would rather "hike their way back to Vermont" than go to heaven, as the old doggerel poem states it.

I am hoping we'll be fortunate enough to have another eighty-something years before the next real (truly destructive) flood, but it's hard to say. And now we all know it can happen. We know what it is like. Many roads are still damaged, some still not open, despite the great and courageous efforts of the road crews to open all the roads. It's been good to see "leaf peepers" coming despite the floods-- or maybe because of then-- to support Vermont, a plece all who have been here love. If there is anyone who doesn't love Vermont after having seen it, I don't know of that person.

Today is Brion's and my 27th wedding anniversary, or two million bovine years, as Brion put it. (We once saw a Woody Jackson poster that said October 14th was his anniversary and that he had eleven bovine years-- he draws pictures of Holstein cows-- and so we adopted that notion, and each year our wedding anniversary is so many bovine years. It seems fitting somehow, though not sure exactly how!

I've been writing an article for KidsVT, on Rug Hooking. It will come out at the time of the Hooked in the Mountains show, at the Shelburne Museum, which is put on each year by the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild... of which I was one of the founding members in the 1980s. I am glad to have been able to do this for hooking and hope that some people will be attracted enough to bring their kids to the show.

Peace unto all beings...

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