I was so happy to find your website, and to see that "Living on the Earth" is living still, in a somewhat refreshed but mercifully familiar incarnation. I promptly ordered it, and the t-shirt, and was delighted to receive them within a couple of weeks. Thank you! I am almost exactly your age, born October 5th, 1950, and bought my first copy of your lovely gift to hippiedom when it first came out, at the "Whole Earth Provision Company" in Austin, Texas. I had just dropped out of college to "go back to the land", and it probably saved my life, and definitely my sanity! That copy was used so much that it plumb wore out, so after a few years I bought another, and it was a constant companion, too. I'm on my third now, not counting the brand new, 30th anniversary edition.
By the time I wore out the first copy, and got the second one, I was a midwife, with a miraculous little son of my own, Joel Benjamin. We colored the pictures together. I also had "Being of the Sun" (still have it) , "Home Comfort" (still have that, too), and "Earth Mass" (haven't seen it for years, but it has to be here somewhere!) I made several of your recipes from "Living On the Earth", including the dill pickles, the peanut butter (I did get that peanut butter recipe from your book, didn't I?), and, especially, the apple butter. I won a ribbon in the Williamson County Fair, in Georgetown, Texas, 1973, for that apple butter, and that was my very first county fair, first entry into a cooking contest, and first apple butter! So, thank you again! If you'll tell me where to send it, I'd like to give you the ribbon. It was third prize, out of a field of about a zillion. I'm babbling now, so I'll cut to the chase. Why don't you come to Austin? Maybe in October, when it's not so hot? There's a bookstore called "Bookpeople" that I know would be delighted to host a speaking engagement and booksigning for you. Austin's still got a huge hippy culture, a ton of vegetarians and organic farmers, homebirthers, gentle people and artists and musicians galore. You'd have 'em all lined up to see you. What do you say? Please? I can't think of a nicer way to spend my 50th birthday than by getting to meet the sister of the spirit who gave me so much, when we were both so young. Speaking of "young", it just blows me away that you wrote "Living on the Earth" when you were only 20 years old !
You're truly amazing, Alicia!
Namaste:) Love always, Cathey
YOU'RE PROBABLY IN A SWIRL OF FACES AND PLACES BY NOW, BUT THIS IS THE STEVE
FROM THE HARMONY FESTIVAL WHO TALKED TO YOU FOR PROBABLY A TOO LONG TIME.
YOU'LL SEE HERE BETTER WHY I'M SO INTO YOUR LITERALLY LITERAL TRIP,BOTH IN A
PERSONAL WAY AND A HISTORICAL WAY. BOTH IN REFRESHING OLDTIMERS IN MAKING
CHANGES IN ONE'S AND IN OTHER'S LIVES, AND IN REACHING NEW PEOPLE , WHETHER
YOUNG OR OLD. AND MORE PERSONALLY, THAT YOU ARE RISKING SECURITY AND EGO
TO BE YOUR MOST ULTIMATELY CREATIVE SELF, WHILE ALSO DOING GOOD FOR THE WORLD
AND MAKING A LIVING!
SO IN WRITING MY THOUGHTS IN SUPPORT OF THIS, IT SEEMS I'VE ENDED UP WITH A
BOOK REVIEW OR EVEN AN ARTICLE. HOWEVER, THOUGH I THINK THE CONCEPTS ARE
GOOD, I DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO POLISH IT PROFESSIONALLY, NOR MUCH TIME
TO SHOP IT AROUND. LET ME KNOW THOUGH IF YOU THINK IT WORTHWHILE AND DO NOT
HAVE SOMEONE WHO CAN DO THIS FOR YOU, THEN I WOULD SEE WHAT I COULD DO. IF
NOTHING ELSE, IT MAY GIVE YOU INSIGHT INTO WHAT L.O.T.E. MEANT TO PEOPLE THEN
AND WHAT IT MIGHT MEAN TO PEOPLE NOW. MY FEELING IS THAT YOU COULD BE IN A
TOUCHY PUBLICITY SITUATIION, BECAUST NOT MANY PEOPLE MAY BE INTERESTED IN
HOMESTEADING NOW, BUT MANY PEOPLE MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THE HISTORY OF IT
OR IN THE ENJOYMENT OF LIFE ASPECT OF IT . (BEFORE I HEARD OF YOUR
REAPPEARANCE, I RE-ACQUIRED 'LIVING ON THE EARTH' FOR THESE LAST TWO
NOTE, THIS POINTS TO AN IDEA FOR YOUR '2000' BOOK-THAT IT INCLUDE SOME
'RECIPES' AS WELL AS PHILOSOPHY-CUSTOMIZED OF COURSE TO WHAT YOU FIND PEOPLE
WANTING, AS YOU TRAVEL. I MYSELF WOULD VOTE FOR THE ARTS OF LIVING,
ESPECIALLY THE DEEPER ONES, AS IN 'BEING OF THE SUN' FOR EXAMPLE! (TO ME IT
IS AN AMAZING COLLECTION OF PRACTICAL PHILOSOPHY THAT JUST HAS NOT FOUND THE
RIGHT TIME AND PLACE YET ) )
|You have probably heard this many times
before, and hopefully will hear
it many times again. I was 5 when I bought your first book, I bought it
at a garage sale and as it may surprise you I still have it, and it is
in very good shape, I read it several times as a child for the mere fun
of being able to read. I read it as an adult many times for the mere fun
of learning to use it as a guide and handbook for practical living. I
have taught my children to love the earth and others, based greatly on
the influence I absorbed from reading it over the years. I have been
wanting to catch an appearance but it seems you are making no Florida
stops. It's as if you have avoided the lower corner of the nation hehe.
My question is this, I would be willing to send the copy to you if you
could sign it and return it. It would mean a great deal to me, and it is
something that I want to hand down to my kids. If this would be possible
I would be most appreciative.
Please let me know if it would not be too much trouble. I would dearly
like to meet you in person but I am a home dad and travel is not in the
budget for a few years. Many thanks and I wish you many more years of
happy healthful peace.
Sorry to take so long to get to praising your Sebastopol visit to
Copperfields. You have created a wonderful one-woman show: Alicia Bay
Laurel doing Alicia Bay Laurel. How do you become 18 years old again
like that? The sweet innocence, the light, lively voice, that could
only belong to someone still wide-eyed and eager to see and do
everything! Alicia, I never knew you were such an great actress. Not
to mention comedian!!!!! I can't remember when I've laughed so hard!
In following the journal of your trek, I am a little distressed that
your great performance is being wasted on such small crowds. Wasted is
the wrong word (unless one considers the other meaning of it), since the
appreciation is great. But you know what I mean. So many folks are
missing the opportunity to see a top notch performance by a totally
talented lady, and all for free! Hopefully, before long, word will
precede you, instead of following in your wake, and this thing will
snowball. I can see, in fifty years or so, some young actress doing a
one woman show recreated from foggy memories about your national tour in
|I hope you have more fun than humanly
possible on the tour, I could imagine just going
along to take pictures or do a video chronology. Just for memories. I
think after reading a few other posts, I am going to get a new copy for
my children to color and then I can pass the both of them down.
I look forward to an appearance sometime then.
Be well and smile, even when others aren't; remember, it makes 'em
wonder why you are smiling. hehe.
|Hey - I loved your pictures and stories
of the Klamath River and the Hamazons!
Are you a Mini-Hamazon? A Mighty Mini-Hamazon. This book is going to be
outrageous. Just checking in - letting you know I'm following your spore....
heard your interview with Russell, it was great. I'm a
fifty year old "hippie" trying to involve youth
in the business world. My wife Chris, my son Jason
and I own One Whole Earth co., a small producer and
marketer of birdfeeders & cedar garden products, our
site is www.naturalyards.com We are also on the board of
Youthfocus a non-profit which is trying to get a homeless
teen shelter and in the long term, a group home that
would also be a sort of youth development center where
mentoring and crafting are done.
We are looking for people and eco-investors whose interest is to replenish the old growth and the sponge on the forest. The natural yards site is hoped to become a network of mentors and young people assembling and distributing our products and the products of other eco business. We hope to provide a beautiful choice of natural, non-chemical yard maintainance, and native plants.
We hope to prove that people can have a good income in wildcrafting, tourism, and very light touch, non-soil compacting wood harvesting, without clear cutting, or anything like it. We are working with the Healthy Forest/Healthy Communities in Portland (links on our site), and Mark Stella at the Rouge Institute for Economy and Ecology on this project. We are offering a very good opportunity for people who want to earn money while doing good things for people and Mother Earth. I hope you will link with our site and spread the word as you travel. I deliver to stores from Canada to S. Calif. I hope to connect with you sometime. Thanks for your efforts for a better world
Wayne Burns 800-669-0838
|July 10, 2000
My name is Jason Jensen. I met you briefly at the entrance of the Oregon
Country Fair. You borrowed my guitar to play inspiring renditions of
"Blackbird", "Ripple" and "Hang out and Breathe". Thank you for that lovely
experience. I have ordered a couple copies of your book and a CD.
I see that you are visiting Lost Valley Education Center soon. I spent
about 4 months of my life there learning about permaculture, community
living, and hanging out and breathing. I hope that you have a blissful tour
in support of your wonderful creations.
|Letter to the producers of C-Span
|From Pam Hanna
I hadn't kept up with
your trip since July - just made up for that & went
|Is it OK if I post your letter, Pam?
love - post anything you want to from what i say - i'm
just running my
|Hi Alicia -
I just got my gift copy of the new Living on the Earth in the mail!
Thank you!! A true collectors item. I also checked out your website -
wow... that's a mighty ambitious tour scheduele!! Especially to someone
like me who can barely manage to get to Kahului once a month and over to
see my family every two years! I hope the tour is going really well,
and that we can see you when you get back to Maui. Naturally you are
welcome to come out and stay in Tama's newly rennovated retreat house -
now complete with wood fired hot tub!
We have a website too! Al put it together for me to e-publish my novel,
and did a beautiful job. When you have a chance (maybe next year!) have
May you conti ue to have a safe and successful journey, and we'll see
you in December!
Aloha Nui! - Sufi
|From Tomas in the Most Digest:
read Alicia this morning I realized that by moving away
My mother and I were at the Fremont flea market this past weekend when I discovered you and your CD by following the music. It is wonderful, and thank you for signing it. My first impression of you was of a talented, humble, kind, and gentle soul. After touring your website, I am so much more impressed and I am now convinced of that first impression. I am interested in a copy of your anniversary edition. Can I buy one by credit card over the net, or have you ever used www.paypal.com?
I hope you have a safe and rewarding journey on your tour.
|I can't even remember how I described
what Living on
the Earth meant to me (when you were here) except that I recall describing
it as a diary already written out for me. A book of dreams and deeply held
beliefs, it was a companion for thirty years before I actually passed on
that original copy. Since I tend to travel lightly, I can't think of
another belonging that I cherished for so long. Not even my own journals
made it that far. It has been an icon in my life; a seed to carry until I
could replant the dreams after so many years of preparing and fertilizing
the ground of my Self.
Thanks for all you've done. I hope you are having a marvelous time on the
Lovingly, Allison Jucha, Santa Cruz
|Dear, dear Alicia,
I have been enjoying your journey on your on-line journal. It is so
wonderful! Thank you!! I am so excited about your upcoming visit to Phoenix!!
I cannot wait!! I am so glad that you have revised Living On The Earth. Like
many others, it was such an inspiration when I was much younger and continues
to be a part of my life. And, now, you are back and breathing new life into
this beautiful book that I love!!
You ( and your travel companion) are always welcome in my home when visiting
Phoenix. I am an artist and kindred spirit and can offer you a peaceful, safe
place to stay along your journey. For more infomation regarding that you can
e-mail me. I will definately be there in November when you come to town.
Enjoy your beautiful self and I wish for you a magical adventure.
Peace and Love,
Tracy Dove- Coppen