|i really hope you can do a book signing in lawrence.... the town's wonderful book store/cafe scene has suffered the past few years do to major corporate book stores coming to the down town area however i can guarantee people would come out for you... lawrence is a very kind town well..... i am off =) i wish more people across the planet were as inspired as you not just confined to these little enclaves and clandestine events peace love light and guidance stay kind dready george--sell a million bazzzillion books|
I was at the local library two weeks ago and they had several boxes of free books left over from the book sale. When I saw the yellowed cover
of "Living on The Earth" and saw the illustrations, I had to take it home!
The illustrations are beautiful, simple and honest. The writing is clear, practical and joyful.
It didn't surprise me that it was published in 1971, a time, perhaps, when deep feelings were being shared to a greater extent and books like
yours without the various fonts and glossy pages could be appreciated. Many times I look through the book here and there just for the feelings
it offers and wonder about the times and places where the writings and drawings were created.
It seems like I am just in time to find the 30th anniversary edition almost published; quite synchronous!
Most times we don't know how far our creations have travelled or the lives they've touched - perhaps because we create for the sake of
creating and not for the results they achieve.
So, just a short note from a new reader in New York who appreciates your thoughts, feelings and creations - 30 years later. I'll be looking for
the new edition.
Have a great day!
|alicia bay laurel
hi! I just heard about your book from my friend, Chantel. She lent it to me for a few days and I read it. The whole thing. And I feel like reading it
is not enough. I want to live it! Ha! Isn't that great that youve written a book thats not just something I read, but something I try out, test out and
work out with my friends.
Im starting an artist co-op! My friends and I are idealistic (some say). Weve never gotten around to finishing the projects that weve started in our
creative spurts, so were leaving the city and running to the desert!
we're working thru questions about how to build a community. The ones posed in your book are some of the issues; there are many. Im very excited to be
able to develop a community that will focus very hard on hearing all voices of all the participants. I look forward to finally living in a way that is
not so much supportive of a fast paced consumer society.
Have you heard of consensus decision making? Were going to do things in our comunity thru consensus.
And we're going to have chickens, and maybe a goat too.
And Im going to sew that quilt Ive been wanting to sew.
Are you interested in all this?
Would you be interested in visiting and sharing? I understand youre on tour (wow! youre a rock band!) and perhaps youll be traveling thru Southern
Utah, or the South West this Summer. Were starting up the first week of June.
Im really excited to be doing this, and your book showed up in my life a few weeks ago like an omen. And so I thought Id write you and tell you a
a bit about it. I thought you might like it. I hope youre well.
Thanks for the guidance,
|When my mother was a teenager, she came
upon your book and was inspired to build a tee pee in the
woods, and live in it with her
friends. Your ideas made her feel a special connection to nature, and a spirituality from it that she wanted to share with me, so she named
me Amy Baylaurel Casey. I always looked for some glimmer of information here and there, wondering what the person I am named after
is like. My heart jumped when I saw your name on the list of support. I searched to find an e-mail address, but I could not find one. It
was very fortunate that I had some help. When I think of my mother in the woods, it reminds me that I need to remember my origin-that I come
from the Earth. And, that we are all from the same family. Thank you for inspiring these ideas in her and I, and for having such a
wonderful name to share with me.
Amy Baylaurel Casey
I would be so honored if you posted my original e-mail! I am very excited about it and can't wait to meet you. I will call or write to let you know where.
I can travel to Maine, VT, or Mass. I love Burlington, St. Johnsbury, and Northhampton. I never in my dreams thought that anything like this was possible. It thrills me that people can connect like this in such a beautiful way. I believe that people have a primal connection to each other like their connection to
nature. I can't help but feel that I am supposed to meet you, and that my fascination with Indian and African art, along with my recent interest in Jung's
collective unconscious all has a purpose I have yet to figure out. I feel an amazing amount of love and energy and strength. Thank you my fairy godmother!
Amy Baylaurel Casey
I don't know if you remember me, but a while back I wrote to you via Amazon.com, asking you about your book. You told me all about how your were
working an a brand new edition of your book, and an official website. Just wanted to let you know that I have seen your site, and could not be more
impressed. It really is a cool site. I also really enjoy the gallery, and have been thinking about ordering some of your art. Keep up the good work.
Baton Rouge, LA
|Hello Alicia, I hope you remember me. I talked to you from Cornucopia. I'm not sure if my boss will want to sell the book, he hasn't told me yet. I was so interested in talking to you, I thought I would write. As soon as I got the fax from you, I realized that I knew the book quite well. My mother also lived in a comune for a while, and being a sixties child herself, she owns the book, and has for many many years. I actually made a dress using the book when I was about 14, and was very proud of my skills without a pattern. I'm now almost 21 years old, I go to UMASS amherst, and I'm a Women's studies major. I'm not entirely sure what I will do with my life, but hopefully something wonderful. I guess I'm writing to you, because I feel that your book is an example of the way that I would like to live my life, and I'm very interested in learning more about you. I would really love to volunteer myself to be a part of your book signing, at whichever book store you end up at around here. Please let me know when you think you'll be around. Risha|
My name is Angela Hope Mikul-Hatch. I'm (Wheeler Ranch alumnae) John and Sue
Mikul's "Baby Girl". I read on Amazon.com that you
are having your book reprinted, and I wanted to thank
you personally (e-personally?). I'm ecstatic that
I'll be able to get a copy of my own (as a matter of
fact I've ordered copies for 3 of my sisters and for
mom to be shipped out as gifts as soon as it's
printed). I've constantly searched for used copies
over the years to no avail. My sister Tigger has a
copy which I've spent hours reading through. The man
she married quoted from "Living on the Earth" when
they first met. She knew he was the one!
Thank you so much for such a wonderful book. Have a
wonderful Holiday season.
| Dear Alicia,
I just recently discovered your book at a auction. I was hoping to find
out more information about you, so I went to Amazon.com, and looked up your
name. I was very happy to learn that you are about to release a updated
version of you book "Living on Earth." I am really looking forward to
ordering a copy when it is released.
I really fell in love with the 60s and everything it was about when I
first read Abbie Hoffman's "Steal this Book." Every since then I have kind
of become a 1960s junkie. Anything from the 60s, I want to read, visit,
meet, taste, or smoke.....I mean....read. Anywho, I have read all of
Abbie's books, as well as Wavy Gravy, Allen Ginsburg, Paul Krassner, Whole
Earth Catalog, and more. I also love reading the "manuals" that was written
during the 60s. Books on hitch-hiking, growing organic food, hippie culture,
underground comics, and more. I guess that I was just born a decade to late.
Darn my eyes!
The point of my little letter was to ask a favor. Like I said earlier,
when ever I learn about a new author, I like to learn all I can about that
author. So, I was wondering if you had a website, or a fan club, or anything
that a person could goto to learn more about you and your writtings.
Thanks in advance,
Baton Rouge, LA
| Greetings Alicia,
Do I have a website for you. Check out <A
HREF="http://www.hippy.com/">Hippy Land Hippie Magazine</A>, it is the
premire hippy web-site on the internet. If anyone can get the word out about
your book and upcoming tour, it's these guys. Also, a good newsgroup is <A
HREF="aol://5863:126/alt.thebird.hippie">alt.thebird.hippie (unread)</A> .
Also, if you want to get ahold of some more hippys, you might try HIGH TIMES
Magazine at www.hightimes.com
Thanks for your great reply, I look forward to seeing your website.
ABL: Was Jeremy right or what? Check out the beautiful review and interview at www.hippy.com. See hippy.com's creator's answer below
Hi! You won't believe this, but I know you!!! I met you at Ilili's place on Maui back in the 80's. You probably don't remember me as we only knew each other briefly (we made an onion pie together that night at Ilili's). I'm attaching two recent photos that might jar your memory.
I just published my new book, Hippies From A to Z . I'm so glad you're updating your book! I'll certainly plug it on the site as I remember how beautiful (and appropriate) it is. And the message is as timely as ever. Peace & Love, Skip Stone
On your way through Missouri check your map and see if
you can cut through the north-eastern corner and visit
Dancing Rabbit. Several of the Fellowship for
Intentional Communities employees live here. It's an
eco-village - check out our website for more info
www.dancingrabbit.org My husband and I just (June)
quit our jobs in Berkeley and moved out here and are
absolutely loving it. We're building a straw bale
house, power everything on solar, etc...
Just down the road from us is Sandhill Farm, an
intentional community that's been around for about 25
years. They run an organic farm, growing sorghum,
soybeans (they sell tempeh to restaurants), horse
radish, mustard, keep bees, etc.
|Dear Ms. Laurel,
Greetings! It's a pleasure to hear from you.
|Living on the Earth was certainly a
classic for the utopian movement of that era and
stands in stark contrast to the unrestrained consumerism and materialism
since. Too bad you didn't have a bookstand in Seattle during the WTO
convention. 10,000 copies would have sold the first day.
Good Luck with the new edition.
Professor of History
University of California Los Angeles
Hi, Alicia? My name is Pam Miller, in another lifetime a little kid named
Pam (or Tigger) from Wheeler's Ranch in California and listed among other
friends and relations in the dedication of Living on the Earth. I have
thought of you as a positive influence on my life and wondered what
you're up to these days. I would like to communicate a little if it
suits you. I found you're e-mail address while browsing in a Who's Where
Like you, I too had my fair share of troubles, but
believe they have made
I met my mate (Jerry) while working in a nursery (horticultural)
|As a child/teen growing up in the late 60s/early 70s, my parents introduced us to your book. My father was a college professor and both my parents were deeply involved in the social and political movements of the time (they still are!) We all loved your book, and I remember the joy of learning so many things from it. I have looked for years in used bookstores for a copy, but hadn't thought about it for a while. Today, Apr. 25, 2000, it suddenly came to me that I should check the internet for information on your book. I can't tell you how excited I was to see that your book is back in print. I am currently working as a full-time volunteer in a non-profit store that sells folk art made by low-income artisans cooperatives throughout the world, and we also carry a selection of books on topics ranging from radical politics to alternative medicine. We are eager to set up an account now with the Random House imprint that is publishing the new addition of your book, and carrying it here as soon as possible. Again, congratulations. I'm sure your book will deeply touch a new generation. Charlie Haddox firstname.lastname@example.org|
|I'm listning to your CD right now, it's
like a beautiful lullabye that you are singng to me, I
love it! It is so soothing . It sounds like
you are a mama to the planet and you are singing this
wonderful symphony of comfort and love . Listening
to it gives me such a great feeling of peace and joy it's
unbeleivable. I listen to it every day. Your
voice is incredibly soothing. It really helps me
mellow out and stay calmer. Thank you for this
wonderful gift, I 'M USING IT MANY HOURS A DAY
EVERY DAY! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL VOICE
AND GENEROUS, COMPASSIONATE LOVING SPIRIT!!. Geri
|Whoa Alicia! Your website is too
cool, and, man, have you "aged" beautifully! I
guess you were 19 the last time I saw you. I
hope your tour goes
beautifully and is richly blessed. When I close my eyes to go to a quiet place, one of my favorite visions is my memory of the house boat in
Sausilito with the skylight open to the stars. I still hope to see you in New Hampshire! Love-Peggy Mikul (aka helen wackerhagen!)
|Letter from Wheeler Ranch alumna Meridith
Look forward to keeping up on your wonderful travel adventure,