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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

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Nelson Mandela, Pres. Obama

President Barack Obama's eulogy for Nelson Mandela-- on TV tonight in the US.  It is very moving.

One can see the fire of the 2008 campaigner, full of hope and passion-- and filling Americans with hope and passion-- in Mr. Obama's speech today.  Though I don't remember his ever having spoken much of  that remarkable man-- South African activist, prisoner and president-- it is clear that Nelson Mandela was one of Pres. Obama's heroes.

I will miss Nelson Mandela. He died just after the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's death. I'll always miss JFK  despite everything he did that was purely for appearances.  He was a great man and had he lived, I think  he would have done other great things. Would he have withdrawn from Vietnam?   I don't know. Too bad we never got the chance to find out...

Nelson Mandela, who got to live to 95, really had a fulfilled life (except for his relationship with his wife, Winnie... sad). 

I hope this powerful life will inspire others to live with their entire being, with all their power and all their passion, as Mr. Mandela did.

Om Shanti. (I don't know any South African words for peace or the Clear Light!)

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