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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

Monday, January 12, 2015

Vive La France!

I stand with the people in France who were killed and tortured by extremists the other day. I believe in openness to all ways of thinking, except where they hurt other people... especially, but not limited to, children.

The people at the French satirical magazine who were killed were people much like friends of mine, many of whose works appear on Facebook as well as in many other places.  The magazine reminds me of the East Village Other, a satirical and anti-establishment underground  paper (famous, probably most people know of it).

Cartoonists and satirical writers, for that matter,think differently from other people in many ways. I probably wouldn't draw a picture that would get me killed. But, like most of the cartoonists it's been my privilege to know in this life, there is nothing that will stop them from drawing and publishing what matters to them, and I admire that.

We must all stand with the people of France and the world leaders (sadly not John Kerry, who probably should have been there if Pres Obama felt he could not go, but glad Eric Holder was there) and those many, many others who say, "I refuse to be afraid!!"

This has nothing to do with my support in the past for the Muslim people who were being harassed in every possible way, yet had nothing to do with 9/11.  I feel it must be awful to  be aligned in people's minds with those terrorist acts. But I hope that Muslims as well as others will refuse, as they did in Paris yesterday, to allow the Fundamentalists-- of which we have plenty, also, in some Christian churches and other places-- to run their lives.

(Singing Marsaillaise)

-- Ladybelle (Isabella Fiske McFarlin)'
This is my opinion and not that of anyone else at Quarry Hill who does not state their agreement. I can't keep quiet. But no one else is responsible for these words.

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