To Ginny S. the Happiness Lady!


Thanks for writing to me. The article I wrote about you and some kids who are very creative who went at the time to a school in Stowe was “Killed,” never came out. But I really enjoyed speaking with you that day at Curtis Pond. It is one of the most wonderful places on earth and I believe the little house of happiness you made there will flourish again.

Have you thought about making Eco friendly jewelry – yours is so lovely?

I hope we meet again!

Ladybelle (Isabella ) Fiske McFarlin

Rochester VT

Neil Colligan’s Brief Film about the Celebration of Barbara Fiske Calhoun’s Life


See it on YouTube, under Neil Colligan.
WONDERFUL!!We want to ask Neil to make a longer one with more dialogue.

Come to Barb’s Celebration of LIfe at 1 PM on Oct. 4 at Quarry Hill!

Come to Barb’s Celebration of LIfe at 1 PM on Oct. 4 at Quarry Hill!

To my dear friend Alan Stirt, great artist who used to learn the beginnings of his craft by playing around with my brother with wood and a knife, carving pipes… and later became a renowned wood artist, a Bowlmaker whose work is in the White House as well as many other places!

I hope you can come to Barbara Hall Fiske Calhoun, my mother’s, Celebration of LIfe on Oct. 4 at 1 PM at Quarry Hill. I’d love to see you again and speak of our many adventures together. I miss you!

Please come if you can.  I miss everyone. Art, Seth, Rita, Enid, Hinda, Steve,  Barbara, Ken Jacobs, Flo Jacobs, Nisi, Aza, Henry, and everyone.

We had fun at Harpur College (now Binghamton Univerity) and in our wandering in the autumn air… I hope you’ll come to Barb’s Celebration of LIfe Oct 4 at QH.  We miss you. I surely do…

We are part of one another, and I’ll always feel that way.



Dear Friend! Coe and visit

Deeper Levels of Stigma


This is a very good point. I find it fascinating in a sad way that somehow, Robin Williams appears to have felt that it was something he could not cope with (Parkinson’s, I mean) but Michael J Fox has managed to do The Good Wife and other projects for years. Of course, they had completely different styles. I have no idea what it’s like to have Parkisnon’s and can’t judge this at all. I”m just sorry that Robin W. felt he had to depart this odd world…



The Moon Seen In Water:Quarry Hill Creative Center's Blog!

Our great friend Mark Newgarten, who designed some of the covers of some of the middle-late editions of the Top-Drawer Rubber Stamp Co.’s catalogues, has turned his energy and attention to one of the best places it can go. He’s drawing books for kids — and games that go with them, online. These wonderful, playful and beautifully drawn books remind me of TinTin, but with a delightful flair of their own that I know all the kids I’ve loved and helped raise (and there have been a lot) would delight in!

Try them! Here’s the website….

COMING OUT SOON, if not yet!

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