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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

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Spring, no snow, and the purpose of humanity

Finally, a rainy day in April in Vermont. There has been almost no rain and the fire warnings have been very high. The floods of last year have torn out the old trees by the river and they are everywhere, and dust has been everywhere too, providing an odd contrast to the beautiful rising of the light-green grass of springtime, the opening leaves (still tiny-- I love them that way) and the movement of the willows as they open towards earth.

I'm glad to see the rain, the peace and quiet. Something about it makes me keep falling asleep on this doz-y day. We could really use one downpour after another to replenish the water table…
Spring! I can hardly believe it is really here, even though winter wasn't as hard as it could have been and there was little snow. Perhaps just as well, not for the ski industry, but surely for the banks of the rivers and those who have been hoping for no more serious floods for 75 more years.

Peaceful lovely spring. I never enjoy it enough, even though as I get older, the sense comes to me more and more that we (humans) are here to enjoy the beauty of the earth. Someone has to do it. Someone has to be aware of the glory. Didn't Alan Watts say something about that being our job?

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