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 ) Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 )
From Ted Pilger ( Sunday May 22nd, 2016, 02:26 PM ) Email address: email@example.com
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 ) Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ) Email address: email@example.com
It's still all there in our hearts. Loving kindness to all
From barbara weinstein ( Wednesday January 13th, 2016, 11:33 AM ) Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
may we live in all time. namaste
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