Kathy Abood

Aloha

Paul Fox was how I got to the Land. I knew John Walters the potter from Ann Arbor and he had met Paul in LA. So he eventually headed up Page Mill Road and built a kiln in the fault, and wrote me postcards about the war resisters, an 800 acre cow pasture with people living under the trees and the second neatest kid he ever met lived there that Tommy and I just had to meet. That would be Zem Zem.
In no time we headed over from Ann Arbor (about 2400 miles) and pulled into the front court yard just before the milk truck showed up and John and about 10 other people piled out. My friend and I had to ditch our drive away truck in San Jose and made plans to hitchhike back in a few days. And we did and Tommy and I slept in the big tipi at the cook shack for a week or so next to Silver's tipi and we hiked all over looking at the growing community.
Then Evvie and Zem came back from LA and Bonzini invited Tom and I to live with him in the backlands. I could not resist the experience! We took the train back together to Ann Arbor Michigan to pack up my life for the big move to California.
That meant getting rid of everything that wouldn't fit in the back of the VW van Mark was driving out in to pick us up. That was the spring of 1972. We brought Dianne, Tommy's yellow tonka trucks and my big white cat Morgan and drove back in 72 hours, just in time for Billy to sing at a huge Long House party.

KATHY, AUG '77
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DEC '74
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FEB '78
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photos by Neil Reichline
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The last time I saw Caprice, she was the Life Lab teacher in Santa Cruz at the private school by the Lighthouse. Gateway, in 1999 I think. George and I live on the Big Island of Hawai'i in Kailua-Kona. We built our retirement home here and promptly retired! Well, not completely, we both make art now. Tommy lives in his new home in Sacramento and sells embroidery equipment for a national distributor and loves mowing the grass in Rancho Cordova. Lily lives in San Francisco and works at Mother Jones as a Major Gift Officer for the Foundation for National Progress (gets the big bucks). The walnuts don't fall far from the tree. Jessica survived the "best worst year" and is almost one year in remission from leukemia. She lives in Kona, too, and now has short curly hair, is still gorgeous and working again on the big Kenichi Pacific expansion in Kona (best Japanese fusion restaurant ever). We sold the house in Santa Cruz.


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May 23rd 2007 update on Jessica:
I created a CaringBridge site to keep you up to date on Jessica Abood. CaringBridge is a nonprofit organization that helps friends and families stay connected. You can visit Jessica 's CaringBridge site at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jessicaabood.

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Kathy -2009