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From   Ted
( Saturday January 05th, 2019, 08:59 PM ) 
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Happy New Year

From   Leah Korican
( Sunday October 14th, 2018, 10:59 PM ) 
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Wow, never saw that photo Jewel posted before. I'm in the middle. I'm pretty sure the other kids are Melina, Miriam, and Michelle F.

From   Ted Pilger
( Sunday October 14th, 2018, 01:32 PM ) 
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Thanks to Google map, here's a 2018 view of where SUNNYRIDGE USED TO BE.

The barren area is where it all happened.

From   Jewel
( Wednesday September 19th, 2018, 07:58 AM ) 
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Awesome, thanks for catching that!

From   Ted
( Tuesday September 18th, 2018, 04:09 PM ) 
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Thanks, Jewel.
Also, michelle Frankfort by your right hand in the picture.

From   Jewel
( Tuesday September 18th, 2018, 01:17 PM ) 
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Here's a pic I don't think any of you have seen. I'm the far left, Alice is the far right. Mike, Alice's boyfriend by me, and Betty, wife of Peter, with her brood. Love these people.

From   Beany Kunis
( Monday July 30th, 2018, 04:34 PM ) 
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I apologize for not proofing what I wrote about Jane's passing.
She died on Sunday July 15, 2018 and was buried in New Jersey next to her father, as was her wish.
She was well loved by all who knew her.

From   Beany Kunis
( Monday July 30th, 2018, 01:04 PM ) 
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Mama Jane Deer, mother of three of my five kids died after a painful, sustained battle with cancer and complications. Meira, Kalindi, Joe and Allegra provided an ongoing vigil mostly in the hospital along with Rhodes her spouse of many years.
There were two shivas one in Berkeley at Joe and Lindsay's home and one in Seattle at Maeira's. She was well loved those who knew her, her life was dedicated to the service of the sick and indigent people of the metro area.
The good she did in her life can never be calculated. She will be missed.

From   Ted Pilger
( Wednesday May 30th, 2018, 07:49 AM ) 
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OK, this year Sunnyridge would have been 50 years old.
Founded in 1968.
Thanks, Elizabeth, for the reminder.

From   Stan Zeidel
( Tuesday April 24th, 2018, 02:23 PM ) 
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Summer 1968 – 69

Not sure if we were there before or after Woodstock

1st stop………… “The Mirage Garage” in Takilma

In Cave Junction the common sign in most store windows…” We do not solicit Hippy patronage”

Cave Junction residents were selling their homes and property for fear that the hippies were coming.

And come they did, mostly from Berkeley and the Haight,

Since it was right over the CA / OR border, it served as a safe haven refuge for some folks that had warrants in CA.

Many of them bought land and distributed parcels to their old friends who in turn put up make shift shelters for their survival,

And then invited some of their freinds up to live and be land owners.

Hey Joe” you can have from this tree down to the creek and back up to this fence”

After a most interesting night at the Mirage Garage we found our way to Sunnyridge.

Located on an abandoned mining claim that was worked by about 5,000 Chinese in the late 19th century.

In total, it was a fantastic experience. I found my place by volunteering to chop wood.

I also joined several others in a van and journeyed out to the Corvallis Valley where we all got the [shi.]s while cherry picking.

We returned to the commune with a vanload of wooden boxes full of sweet cherries.

I remember some of the leadership. There was a dude that was a cartoonist for the Village Voice

There was also a family man there with his wife and kids, He was either a dentist or a doctor in a previous life.

He was a Brooklyn fellow that went to Brooklyn Tech High School.

He had a lot of integrity, I remember at one of our open meetings someone suggested going down to the government

office and picking up some food stamps. He voiced opposition to that easy street idea,

and preferred to remain self sufficient, no dependence on the government. Most agreed with that sentiment.

Signing off……………….Thanking all for the sweetest of memories.


Stan Z

From   Ted
( Saturday April 07th, 2018, 08:21 AM ) 
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Suggested web page: http://www.tedpilger.com/sunnyridge/profiles/profile-alice.php

Alice Mager passed away April 6, 2018.

You can leave messages on her profile page (Sunnyridge address book)

From   Ted
( Sunday March 25th, 2018, 02:14 PM ) 
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Check out the new music added to this page (upper right) (unavailable on iPhone).

From   Ted & Ellen Sue
( Monday January 01st, 2018, 06:50 PM ) 
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Happy 2018

From   michelle silver
( Thursday November 23rd, 2017, 09:22 AM ) 
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gigantic smile on my face

looked at the pictures

filled with love

From   ted
( Saturday July 15th, 2017, 07:47 AM ) 

Here's the truck

From   Denise Willey
( Thursday July 13th, 2017, 08:26 PM ) 
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Sorry, can't get picture to post. Will post it on the FB page...

From   Denise Willey
( Thursday July 13th, 2017, 08:20 PM ) 
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This is the original truck my mom and I arrived in when we came to Sunnyridge. Though a little worse for wear it sits under an Oak tree on my mom's land in Mt. Shasta still. My mom traded our old Rambler for this truck and built a redwood camper on the back and we left Berkeley for adventures elsewhere...Sunnyridge was definitely one of them!!!

From   Ted
( Monday May 22nd, 2017, 04:05 PM ) 

I added a new "history page" to this website. Click "HISTORY IN PICTURES"..."HISTORY"..."WOODSTOCK 69"

From   Jewel Star
( Wednesday May 10th, 2017, 03:05 PM ) 
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Found my two posts & pics in Archive 50! Until next time . . .

From   Jewel Star
( Wednesday May 10th, 2017, 02:42 PM ) 
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Hi Alice! I was wondering if you check in on this page. I do from time to time to see if there are any updates from those I knew at Sunnyridge. I'm the one who forgot to put on my top in time before your folks showed up and took the pic that is on the sliding bar above. I was squatting next to Phip and next to Peter. So fun to see your pics. I posted some in a past comment, but I'm not seeing the old posts anywhere. I'll keep looking. Would love to know how your life went after you took off with Mike. You would have known me as Julie, I know go by Jewel Star. Are you living back east now? Here is a pic of the guy I left Sunnyridge for. We were the only two single girls there at the time.

From   Ted Pilger
( Sunday April 02nd, 2017, 07:38 AM ) 
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Suggested web page: http://www.oregongold.net/tag/cave-junction/


It is is generally acknowledged that even into the early 1960’s, although nothing remained of Browntown proper, there were extensive remnants of old mining cabins and mining relics scattered throughout the surrounding area. In 1967, a “hippie” commune known as Sunny Ridge was established on an old mining claim on Blind Sam Gulch, which is somewhat near Browntown. At one time, nearly 100 people were said to have lived on the commune (enough so that about half of the native population of the Illinois Valley claims to have been born at Sunny Ridge – a few of them probably were) until they were evicted from the claim by BLM in the late 1970’s or so. It is generally believed that during that decade, many of the original mining structures and relics in the vicinity were recycled by the residents of Sunny Ridge in an effort to put “junk” to some sort of practical use for their social experiment.

From   Ted
( Sunday March 26th, 2017, 01:05 PM ) 

Hi Alice. Not much going on here these days. Facebook is easier and old hippies have other concerns.

From   Alice Mager
( Friday March 24th, 2017, 01:43 PM ) 
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anyone home?

From   Ted Pilger
( Wednesday December 14th, 2016, 04:44 PM ) 
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Suggested web page: http://laurahurwitz.com/post/118105063510/my-novel-disappear-home-begins-in-a-hippie-commune

Ran across a blog recently. The link above takes you to it.
More news about Reva and her kids.

My novel Disappear Home begins in a hippie commune in the early 1970s. Reva, my sister-in-law, her husband and their kids lived on one such commune, Sunnyridge, in southern Oregon, shown here in the summer of 1970. Though the specifics of their daily lives were never mentioned, when I met them I was captivated by their free-spirited, non-materialistic way of seeing the world. For a brief time, when her marriage began to unravel, Reva left Sunnyridge, bringing her three kids, Eva, Aura, and Indra, back east to live near her parents. In their chaotic New Haven apartment Reva sprouted beans in the bathtub, baked bread, cultured her own yogurt. After a few months they went back to Oregon.
I idolized Reva, and in my novel took some pieces of her experience, adding what I’d read about communes like The Hog Farm in California and the notorious Manson Family to create a fictional commune that felt authentic.
Over the last day or so I have been working on publicity stuff and came upon the Sunnyridge Commune website. It blew my mind, not because it was so different from the picture I had in my head, but because it looked just as I’d imagined; unromantic and hardscrabble, the opposite of a peace and love utopia. Part of this is my belief that no matter how idealistic people are, they are only human. Left socially unchecked, hierarchies form, and power is abused. This is not a possibility, but a given.
It was kind of eerie to be validated retrospectively, to discover Sunnyridge, the real-life commune, looking practically identical to the fictional Sweet Earth Farm commune in my head.
What a strange trip, to borrow hippie vernacular, that a place cobbled together from factual fragments and wholesale imagination came so close to being accurate, that somehow this reality is based on an untrue story.


From   Ted
( Friday November 25th, 2016, 03:38 PM ) 

Happy Thanksgiving

From   Ted Pilger
( Sunday May 22nd, 2016, 02:26 PM ) 
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There is a tribute page for Thom Miley now.
Click "HISTORY IN PICTURES" and then "PEOPLE" to find the page.
Feel free to add a message and if you have any pictures to add to the slideshow (only one presently) just send them to me or upload yourself. Thanks.

From   Ted for - Melinda Lightfoot
( Sunday May 22nd, 2016, 01:01 PM ) 

May 1 at 6:39pm ·
From Melinda Lightfoot...

Hello everyone,
We have a date for the planned friends and family gathering in remembrance and honor of Thom: Saturday, August 6.
Don’t have any other set plans yet, but most likely the time will be something like 11 am to 2 or 3 pm. We may reserve a picnic area in San Pedro Valley Park, or may hold it indoors where it will be cooler. More details will follow, Just wanted you all to be able to mark your calendars now.
Some of you will know other old friends to share this invitation with. For all of you, please let me know whether or not you plan to come so that we can plan appropriately for the number of people.
Lastly, thank you all for your prayers and expressions of sympathy. It all helps!

From   Ted for - Melinda Lightfoot
( Sunday May 22nd, 2016, 12:59 PM ) 

A message from Melinda Lightfoot (Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 2:16 AM)
"Thom passed away quietly this evening about 9 pm. He was comfortable and not in pain. He had been unresponsive for several days, and had stopped eating and drinking. He had some respiratory distress earlier this evening when I was there, but they put him on oxygen and then gave him liquid morphine to slow his breathing rate. It worked, and once he was breathing calmly and I thought he’d be okay for the night, I left to go home. Then after about 20 minutes, the nurse called to tell me he was gone."

From   Ted
( Monday March 28th, 2016, 06:02 PM ) 

Elizabeth just sent this:

"The situation seems much improved. Thom is talking and it may be that he will be out of ICU in a few days. Have just arrived in Oakland and will see Ethan later today."

From   Ted
( Monday March 28th, 2016, 03:00 PM ) 
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Ethan Miley and Elizabeth have reported that Thom Miley is gravely ill. They are currently with him in California. His grandson told me in the school where I work that Thom's kidneys failed and he can't even talk and probably won't last long.
I will post any new information here and on Facebook for friends and family.

From   Mij
( Monday February 08th, 2016, 07:53 PM ) 

Thank you Ted..we all appreciate the kind words and thoughts, it's been tough one for sure. We have decided to do a celebration of his life on April 9th and of course the invitation extends to anyone whom might like to attend. It will be here at the Homestead...
It's cool to be checking into here again and writing a bit, i'll try to do it more often..



From   Teddy
( Sunday February 07th, 2016, 12:35 PM ) 

Wow, that's a heavy loss, Mij. A brother. Family. Hope your whole family is sharing the great attitude I notice in your post. Celebrate his life...yes!

From   Mij
( Saturday February 06th, 2016, 07:09 PM ) 

Wow, i haven't written on here in so long i'm not sure how the heck to do it! Well, here it goes..
First of all i'd like to say hello to everyone and i hope the world is treating you all better than a baby treats a diaper! A special howdy-do to you Mr. and Mrs. Pilger as it's only by your amazing fortitude and gracious generosity that this site continues to shine its light. I have to say i was unsure as to whether it was still up and going as i've been very neglectful in my checking in and annoying everyone..
The Eaton family and Sunnyridge have a very....special connection. Our family would not be here were it not for the amazing happenstance of my oldest brother Bob coming through and visiting Sunnyridge back in 1969 along with so many others whom found themselves drawn to this special niche in the world. The commune was a beacon that somehow and someway reached out to people..people like my brother whom found himself here with a bunch of strangers on a hill in the middle of the woods living a lifestyle that was at that time pretty much unheard of and considered..well, crazy! lol! He was so enthralled and taken with it that he went back to Phoenix Arizona where the Eaton clan had resided for almost 30 yrs and told my dad all about Sunnyridge. My dad came and visited and the rest as they say, is history...
It is with a sad heart that i tell you my brother Bob passed away on Wednesday..i could give you all sorts of details but suffice to say he'd been wrestling with health issues. He just couldn't keep up the fight anymore and as is the way of life he came full circle and it was his time to go...
I want to mention how AMAZING my sister has been and send out a special big hug to her for the stoic and gracious way in which she has dealt with this whole thing..everyone has been awesome and i'm so glad that i've been blessed with the great fortune of having such an amazing family..
As for funeral plans and such, Bob requested to be cremated and his ashes will be spread over a place he had chosen and although there will be no public funeral the family is planning a celebration of his life in early April, i can provide more information as that time draws near......
I will try to write more often on here ( I could just hear a collective "Oh No"!! ) It's easy to get caught up in all the things that seem so important we forget to do the little things that make it pleasurable, like getting on here and allowing myself the contentment of writing unintelligible diatribes..i do have to say that I'm still a bit..scatter-brained? My thoughts are not very conducive to getting on a social website and putting words into intelligible sentences and paragraphs so i will say adieu
for now. Peace and good fortune to all.....


From   Elizabeth Blake
( Thursday January 14th, 2016, 08:00 AM ) 
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It's still all there in our hearts. Loving kindness to all

From   barbara weinstein
( Wednesday January 13th, 2016, 11:33 AM ) 
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may we live in all time.


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