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Tuesday, March 14

  1. page Happenings edited ... We finished it! And had a meeting inside and I thought it was working. But there was a telling…
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    We finished it! And had a meeting inside and I thought it was working. But there was a telling moment in that meeting. Three young men had come to The Land and asked me if they helped finish the house, could they live in it, sleep in the balcony until they built their own? I said sure! And they worked very hard for the last few weeks of the construction helping to get it done. But in the meeting people were saying that no one should live in it, a good idea I suppose, but many who said this had never helped to build it. The young men came to me while this was going on and said that I had promised they could live in it, and now this was not being permitted. I said "Don't worry. They have nothing to say about it."
    A week later there were two women visiting and they asked me if they could use the sauna. I said to be careful because it was not completely fire proofed, and to make sure that everything was out, to pour water on the wood frame around the stove, etc. They promised they would, but I should have been there. Later that evening I heard from my teepee the shout of "Fire!!" from the top of the hill. I looked up and saw a little flame rising over the crest, but when I reached the top I saw a huge fire, flames 100' into the air. There was nothing to be done. When the plastic roof burned, balls of burning plastic flew up into the air like big fire bombs. It was a sight!
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    very careful. Someone told me that they thought Michael had torched it. There were two other houses belonging to people he was angry at, that had burned down, and he had been seen coming out of one of them a few minutes before. I would like to believe it was him and not my failure that caused the disaster. But it[...] [I]t was probably
    The Palo Alto Fire crew managed to get a truck out to the site. They told us that we were very lucky there was not a breath of wind that night. If there had been any wind, the whole hillside would have been on fire. As it was the fire went straight up and nothing else burnt, though I see on this page that some oak trees died. The next day there was nothing but a pile of ashes, not even a bit of charred wood. It was some fire!
    You know, it was a loss that our community house burnt down. But nothing is permanent, and just a short year or so later everything on The Land was torn down. So I am glad and proud to have finished the community house, and strangely content that it burnt down with nothing left, cremated before the authorities could tear it apart into rubbish. And even though I knew back then that The Land would be taken away from us, as I thought then because of the disasters that would happen, and said as much with a lot of frustration, I want you to know that I miss it terribly. The Land was one of the most beautiful places that I have lived with many of the most wonderfully loving people.
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Friday, March 10

  1. msg Star Hill Memories.... message posted Star Hill Memories.... I had the pleasure of visiting the ranch recently and seeing Wickett, who is as beautifully bewilde…
    Star Hill Memories....
    I had the pleasure of visiting the ranch recently and seeing Wickett, who is as beautifully bewildered as ever, if a lot less broke.

    Much of the tree house is still there, though the cable and the rope aren't.
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Monday, March 6

  1. msg Hi there message posted Hi there Hi there, I do hope that this isn't at all a nuisance/inappropriate. My name is Georgia and I'm…
    Hi there
    Hi there,

    I do hope that this isn't at all a nuisance/inappropriate.
    My name is Georgia and I'm a masters student currently based in the UK. I've just began researching a thesis about the participation of young people in communes in the US in the late 1960s and early 1970s. I stumbled across this site while searching the web for oral testimonies, and was wondering if anyone would be interested in having a casual chat with me about their time on the Land over e-mail.
    Once again, sorry if this is an intrusion. If you're interested please email me at georgialeggett1995@gmail.com.
    All the best to everyone!

    Georgia
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Monday, February 13

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Sunday, February 12

  1. page Happenings edited ... Rain and I did co-counseling! I think we even went to a week-end retreat. I have to say that u…
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    Rain and I did co-counseling! I think we even went to a week-end retreat. I have to say that until I got sober in 1981, nothing was of much benefit. Although maybe it was one of the many seeds that was planted to help it finally happen.
    Beeger
    I also did co-counseling. I liked it because it helped me to come to terms with my past and be able to reach out to others.
    Susie Swanson

    The cook shack fire
    I think this may be covered elsewhere, but many of us formed a circle around the fire and doused it with buckets. Luckily,
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  2. page Susie (Swanson) Abramson edited Coming to the Land and Leaving the Land ... moved in. It It wasn't that ... and forth. …
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    moved in.
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    and forth. Wanting a place where we could live in our school bus and stay put, weWe looked around
    We lived there on the Montebello Ridge for 2 years in that old school bus. We chopped wood and carried water. We wintered through one of the biggest snowfalls in history, with only our pot-bellied stove to keep us warm. Wood really does warm twice. Our daughter, Heather was almost born in the school bus, and it was her first home.
    When Heather was only about 3 months old, Donald Eldridge called the front house and said that no one was supposed to be living on the Ridge and we had to move the bus out of there immediately.
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  3. page Susie (Swanson) Abramson edited Coming to the Land and Leaving the Land ... San Francisco. I was born in L.A. Because of family…
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    San Francisco. I was born in L.A. Because of family troubles, I, along with my older sisterMy friend Elizabeth and brother, had to move to Texas when I was 11 to live with our grandparents. I married my high school sweetheart and worked while he went to U.T. The Viet Nam war broke out and I was part ofinto the resistance. I helped my husband get out of the draft for a medical reason- 4-F,No Name Bar in Sausalito and some of our friends moved to Canada. We burned bras and draft cards. We marched against the war. I read Ram Das and Aldous Huxley and had a spiritual awakening with some close friends and some LSD down at Padre Island.
    When I was 19, I left my marriage and moved back to L.A. The thing was, it had changed so much and I wasn't happy there. One night a friend told me that I should go to San Francisco. The next day we hitched up there and I fell in love, first with the city and then with
    met Sonny. He
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    named Taj. He moved in with me and we watched sunrises and scooted around onI was attracted to his motorcycle and went to partiesidea of living in Berkeley and slept in on weekends.a school bus, a nomadic life. We worked onconverted the school bus forover several months and when it was ready, wefinally moved in to it. I cried that day because I loved my 3rd floor in the big old house and I had to leave my housemates and my cat because she disliked the school bus.
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    and forth. We started looking forWanting a 'home'place where we
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    and stay put. Weput, we looked around
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    twice. Our friends ondaughter, Heather was almost born in the Ridge were Carl (later Daniel) Steinhagen, Kenne Zugman, Bev Raymond, Michelleschool bus, and Steve Majors, Steve Music, Lesley, John Peck, George and Carolyn with their little boy Manny, and later Danny, and Kit. George and Carolyn's baby girlit was born there and our babyher first home.
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    Heather almost was (that's another story). It was Kenne who namedonly about 3 months old, Donald Eldridge called the big black bull Drainofront house and we all hadsaid that no one was supposed to make peace with him, everpresent as he was. We made little money and lived off practically nothing. We recycled what little waste we created and lived literally off the land.
    I remember the day I went into the Big House to get my mail and I heard Winter
    be living on the phone. She was being told that all the Ridge people had to move off the Ridge and that we never had permission to live there inmove the first place. It was a sad day. We loved the Ridge and our lives there, but we always knew that soonerbus out of later it would end.there immediately.
    We moved intodown onto the Land proper and stayed there until Heather outgrewanother 3 months, but with the schoolbus andbaby, I cravedwanted central heating
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    washing machine. The realities and demands of a baby changed my romantic notions about our life style. I remember
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    strong, but suddenly this wasfelt like too much.
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    want to quit the school bus or leave the land. There weren't any available houses in the Front Land. Dohna took
    I had bad dreams that the Land would be sold to a big hotel chain like Hilton or Hyatt and developed into a resort. When the lawsuits settled, I was happy that it was acquired by the Open Space District and held in preserve for hikers and bikers. I sometimes go there to hike the trails where we once lived and I am grateful that I had the time there and that my daughter was a baby there in the school bus in the oak trees upon the ridge among the clouds.
    SUSIE, HEATHER, SARA AT STRUGGLE, '74
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Thursday, February 9

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Wednesday, February 8

  1. page Juanita edited ... juanita {218tiny.jpg} Baden-Baden, Schwarzwald, my retreat ... 1978 The Land LandI was a…
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    1978 The LandLandI was a young yogi and pacifist, who worshiped East/West - Catholic, Cistercian but then was all about the Bhagavad Gita, and I had it memorized. It pleased me through some difficult times. Anyone surviving the 60s was a veteran.
    So many of us were off playing chess. There must have been at least 3 games per day.
    What was there to do? Receive nasty grams from home, toss those, garden, improve water flow, earn money, file for services for some eyeglasses and essential meds. Work Union.
    Find time to love, discover my direction in life.
    And yes being a young, restless, rapid thinker falling deeply in love, always writing it down.
    Now I'm feeling pressured when friends start creating things around me and that I'm going to get kicked to start writing - with whatever is earliest - dig in.

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    Juanita, together 2227 years!
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