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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, November 1, 2014

Ancestors and the circle of Time

I had an ancestor who was a friend of John C. Calhoun, a racist leader of the Old South, and his two daughters, of whom one became the ancestor of my now friend Kathy Grace and her brother whom I haven't yet met, and the other who became the mother of the mother (raised by AW Venable and his wife, Isabella Alston Brown) of my mother. Kathy is an admirer of the father of my daughter Joya Lonsdale, Ellias Lonsdale, a sort of guru and astrologer in Hawai'i... she came here year before last just in time to meet my mother, Barbara (or Isabelle, really) Hall Fiske Calhoun, who died in April, 2014. How odd the universe is!  Kathy and I are now good friends... but in no way share the racist views of our forefather! (She did get on well with my rebel against the rebels Barbara though!)

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