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Isabella Fiske McFarlin
Works at Vermont Mountains and Rivers Gifts
Attended Vermont College/ADP Program (Union Institute)
Lives in Rochester VT
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I'm related to Anne Frank (Marriage) and QEII (apparent biological relationship)
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SAVE these CHILDREN.... we are trying to save dogs from death in the gas chambers and other killing concentration camps of Texas. But no one is trying to help the children of our own species, if this article is true. Children matter too!
If you’re one of 12,000 kids entering the Texas foster care system, here’s what you can expect: rape, indifference, multiple placements and physical abuse.
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Truly a Piscean thought.
 
Resting is not selfish. It is not unproductive. It is admirable to want to give, to serve, to share. But I encourage you to find something you can do for yourself, to refill your cup.
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Share animals on FB to save lives!!
One of the primary tenets of Quarry Hill is to help animals -- children, animals and then others.  Children are the main focus of QH because they come innocent and open into the world and then often get treated either horribl...
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Barbara Fiske has a page on FACEBOOK
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Please read and help save dogs and cats!!
We are very proud and want to commend Eva Isabel Us and her son, Amir Malik, our family and protectors of animals in the Quarry Hill tradition, for saving a little dog now called Django from being "twelve years a slave" (only...
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Truly Piscean!!
 
Resting is not selfish. It is not unproductive. It is admirable to want to give, to serve, to share. But I encourage you to find something you can do for yourself, to refill your cup.
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Which was one of Barbara's favorites, and I think Irving's too. "I in them and thou in me, That they may become perfectly one..."         ---John 17: 23 I seem to recall a vanished tempera painting that illustrated this quote...
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Greetings new members! Be sure to see our Facebook page (Quarry Hill Creative Center) and our blog www.quarryhillcreativecenter.blogspot.com
We're also mentioned in Wikipedia. 
Nice to meet you! Ladybelle at QH
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Now been here for 70 years!
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@WhiteHouse   See President Obama's talk on this subject.
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Ladybelle Fiske
Introduction
I was raised by Bohemian artists and writers in the 1950s and early 60s. My father, Irving Fiske, was a writer for the Federal Writers Program (he edited and helped write the WPA  Guide to NYC) and a freelance writer (The American Mercury, Coronet, etc.) and a playwright (Hamlet in Modern English). My mother, an artist, is still alive: Barbara Hall Fiske Calhoun, who was a cartoonist for Harvey Comics during WWII and is named in The Great Women Cartoonists by Trina Robbins. She is also a great fine artist, especially in pastel and tempera, and has a spirit unlike anyone else I have ever known.

My brother, William Fiske, born in 1954, unfortunately died in 2008. He was a genius with computers, created several cutting-edge  medical software businesses,had a Masters' in Computer Science from UVM, (he also had a Masters' in History, and was at work on a Ph.D at the time of his death). He published Digitas-- so far as I am aware) the first interactive magazine ever to be put out on DVD; it included the work of avant-garde artists such as Jim Jarmusch and Kim Deitch. He was also a highly accomplished musician and had many other abilities, potential and realized.

I've enjoyed writing all my life and am working on a memoir. My brother and I never went to school (until we went to college later on in life);  we wandered the Eastern coast of the United States to stay out of the hands of truant officers. When I was about fourteen, in 1964,  my parents opened a performance space and gallery, The Gallery Gwen, (74 E. 4th St. near 2nd Ave.)  in New York's East Village, and began to invite people up to our land in Vermont, Quarry Hill.
This old mountain farm swiftly  became a Mecca for Hip people in the Sixties and Seventies. We started our own school, The North Hollow School, which became a model for other "independent reporting schools" in the state. We also ran a program, Free The Kids!-- which defended the right of children to be free from being spanked, beaten, verbally abused, and neglected. I believe that our efforts, along with that of many others who worked on this issue, has made a difference in the way children are seen and treated in the general society today. At least, I hope it has, and I will continue to defend children till my death and if possible, after.
We raised the Quarry Hill kids in accordance with these ideals, to the best of our ability... no one ever treats children perfectly. But at least we tried and still try.
The only immutable rules at QH were "No hitting the kids" and "No dishes in the sink." Today we occasionally leave a dish in the sink, though I doubt we would if my father were around!

Today, a movie is being made about Vermont, which will, I believe,  include a minute or two  about Quarry Hill (Freedom and Unity is the name of the film).  
We are still here, so if anyone ever tells you the  last hippie is gone... tell them to check us out!
We are the intellectual type of hippie, not the drum-beating type, though we don't mind a bit of drum beating in the summer months.

I believe that to have a place that centers on the ideals of creativity, compassion, and the honoring of children, especially the very young, is a place that can not help but create a reverberation that will have an effect on the world. If it doesn't today, some day it will...
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I have lived here almost all my life and am a writer.
Education
  • Vermont College/ADP Program (Union Institute)
  • Castleton State College (some grad credits)
  • Union Institute and University (grad credits)
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Ladybelle Fiske, Belle
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I am a writer and community co-manager (Vermont's oldest). Have worked in education and administrative support, etc.
Employment
  • Vermont Mountains and Rivers Gifts
    I am a writer and co-community manager (Vermont's oldest). Have worked in education and administrative support, etc., present
    Teaching (I was a paraeducator in local schools for several years), editing, Sustaining Community to the best of my ability. Love books and writing. Art-- collage and altered books, pastels. Love kids and enjoy playing with them.
  • Windsor NW Supervisory Union
    Paraeducator, 1999 - 2011
    Helped children with learning difficulties keep up with the class, and one child with extraordinary abilities get the sense of fitting in with other people. The students I taught always seem to be glad to see me and to tell me what they are doing now!
  • Lyman Hall, Inc.
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Rochester VT
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Rochester Vermont - Florida, New York, up and down the East Coast, in wild places by the shores of the sea - Newcastle on Tyne, UK
Breakfast so great people drive distances over mountain for it! Good lunch, vegetarian options etc. Old fashioned marble soda fountain, in use at least since I was a small kid (I was born in 1950). Nice little gift shop with candy , pretty socks, kitchen items etc. If you are in central VT, eat here! Breakfast tilll 11,
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Innovative toys and attractive gifts in a small tourist town. Expensive for local people but attractive.
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