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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

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela: From a letter to my Daughter and Son in Law

Joya Lonsdale, my daughter, who grew up at Quarry Hill, worked in South Africa to help prevent the spread of AIDS/HIV.  Tonight, I thought of her and her husband  upon hearing the news that South African former President Nelson Mandela, a great Bodhisattva, had died. 
Dearest Joya and "Rupert Moonjumper, Jr."
So Nelson Mandela has died. As was said of Lincoln, Obama said, "... he belongs to the ages."
I think he was one of the bravest and most amazing humans who ever lived. I was fortunate to live at the same time as many great people-- among the greatest, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. What a time to have lived-- in the same world with them and JFK and Robert Kennedy and Malcolm X (he became peaceful after he visited Mecca, Allen always says) and many , many great women...
I imagine you, Joya, probaby have the image of what it is like in S. Africa tonight; though I understand that most S. Africans are asleep and will not learn this news till tomorrow morning. There were news images of black and white marchers already singing and marching the streets of that long-downtrodden country together.

What a loss to that nation and this world, but maybe he will be an inspiration, as Dr. King was, to white and black to join together...


All love.
Love, Joy, Peace and Compassion

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