Morningstar Newsletter Home Page and History

A History of Two Open-Door California Communes

Morning Star Ranch and Wheeler's (Ahimsa) Ranch
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Morningstar Commune, (Morning Star Ranch, The Digger Farm), was an active open land counterculture commune in (Occidental) Sebastopol near San Francisco. Morningstar was part of the historical changing society of young adults in the 1960's that traveled back and forth between the Haight-Ashbury and Sebastopol.
Lou Gottlieb After a brief stint reviewing concerts for the "San Francisco Chronicle,"  moved to Morning Star Ranch , his 30-acre ranch in Sonoma County, in 1966.   Many people will remember fondly "The Digger Farm," as it came to be called, Lou coined acronym LATWIDNO (Land Access To Which Is Denied No One) for everyone coming to the Ranch. The Ranch was in existence for a very short time but many of those traveling through the Haight traveled to the Ranch. We have documented its story at the links provided below and the impact Lou had as the "resident piano player," as he referred to himself. Gottlieb attempted to leave the land he owned to God. A series of court appeals culminated in the 9th district court ruling that he could not. The ruling centered around the fact that if God was named owner on a quit claim deed, there would be no recourse for the collection of property taxes. The finding, therefore, was that God has no property rights in the state of California.

This Morningstar Commune frightened Ronald Reagan then Governor of California and he vowed to remove it from the face of the earth.
Ramon Sender Baryon's meticulous undertaking to document the history of the Free Land movement through reminiscences and painstakingly edited oral history interviews.
Pam Hanna's vivid personal recounting of both the California and New Mexico branches of Morningstar. Part I (California). Part II (New Mexico) and Part III (New Mexico). ( See Rainbow Gathering )
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These flower children on these external links below are not the painted portraits of "Flower Children" we see on television. These human beings are the ones that fought hard for human dignity and were pushed hard by the law.
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Thanks also to Eric Noble's San Francisco Diggers website who created space for several newsletters and the "Home Free Home" book (See below). I've linked this page to his sites when you click on the appropriate title and many thanks for the technical help from David Hatch.
We are always searching for photos of both ranches, so please let me know if you have any in your memorabilia!
Thanks to Elph and those responsible for the Intentional Community website for hosting this website for the past five years. The Most Newsletter has now moved to laurelrose.com (which is hosted by Tomas who is a Morningstar alumni).
Ramon Senderis the originator of the MOrningSTar POSTS (Morningstar Newsletter) and is responsible for maintaining a dialog with everyone until the onset of the web when his job became a lot easier and a lot more complicated in a few short years.
Use the search engine below to find the name of a friend in six different web sites.

 MOSTposts functions basically as a list for folks who lived on two communal ranches, Morningstar and Wheeler's, and for this reason we keep it as a moderated list.

 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mostposts/

Feedback, comments, photos and queries can also be sent to: 2006morningstar at laurelrose dot com and the information will be sent to Yahoo Groups MOST POSTS Newsletter:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mostposts/

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Click here to see a few of the alumni then come back here.

This is a list of all published issues of the MOST Newsletter to date  -- last updated January 2004
Click each link for stories about the Commune.

Plans to sell Morningstar Ranch

 MOST Newsletter Fall 2012 Volume XIII
MOST Newsletter Winter 2010 Volume XII
MOST Newsletter Winter 2004-5 Volume XI
MOST Winter 2003-4 Volume X
MOST Spring 2003 Volume IX
MOST Autumn 2000 Volume VII #3 & MOST Winter Volume VIII #1
MOST Summer 2000 Volume VII #2
MOST Spring 2000 Volume VII #1
MOSTAutumn 1999 Volume VI #3
MOST Summer 1999, Vol VI #2
MOST Spring 1999, Vol VI #1
MOST Autumn 1998, Vol V #1
MOST IV #2, 1996 Lou Gottlieb memorial party
MOST IV #1 Lou Gottlieb's funeral, July1996
MOST MOST I #4, October 1992uploaded July 27 1999
MOST MOST I #3, September 1992 uploaded July 24 1999
MOST MOST I #2, June 1992
MOST MOST I #1, May 1992

The Newsletter moved to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mostposts/

Below is the History of the Two Open-Door California Communes and related links to those folks now.

"Home Free Home," a 24-chapter Morning Star & Wheeler Ranch history

Morningstar Scrapebook

Old Newspaper Articles & Photos Scrapebook

Manifesto II RamonThe second Manifesto was put together at the Ahimsa Ranch commune in 1971.
It was a collaborative effort, and evokes the warmth and love of the community very well. Enjoy!

Good Olde Daze photos from Wheeler Ranch in the late Sixties/early Seventies
Hundreds of black-and-white shots conveniently arranged by topic byChar~*
thanks so much for your Web expertise/ongoing assist!

Ramon Sender Website
By Ramon Sender

Ramón Sender Barayón's and Judith Levy-Sender's Art and Writing
By Ramon Sender

"Morningstar Chronicles" by Pam Hanna Read
Pam Read's Experiences at Morningstar California
Pam Read's Experiences at Morningstar New Mexico
The Next Morning Star New Mexico Installment

The Digger Forum is a good place for all of us to meet and say hello.

Morningstar Commune Wikipedia

If you have written your Morningstar /Wheelers Ranch biography to a blog or website
let us know and we will post a link to it here.
Morningstar imformation can be gleaned at these web sites and archives:

        mostposts at yahoogroups dot com
       What Makes a Commune?
Wilder Bentley Homepage
Jodi Mitchell
Bruce Baillie
SUPERSOCKMONKEY.COMby Mitch Mitchell
Intentional Communities Web Site
The Diggers Archives
Lou Gottlieb and The Limeliters

          Roots of Communal Revival 1962-1966 by Timothy Miller
          Religious Movements in the United States:by Timothy Miller
Lou Gottlieb by Pam Hanna and David Hatch
Other Articles by Pam Hanna
Pam Hanna's Public Reviews
StoryTeller.netby Sara Ransom
The Morningstar Homepage by Friartuck RIP 9/21/99  (This link above does go anywhere at this time.)
Joe Dolce & Difficult Women

          Healing Words by Oceana Taicher    (This link above does go anywhere at this time.)
Margo by Margo

          Paster Eddie (Snakepit)  by Eddie and Janice Edwards
       Paster Eddie (Snakepit)  by Eddie and Janice Edwards
        The Honolulu Jazz Scene  by Clay Freeman
I do all the translating into French for my friend Christian Werba's website: Clay Freeman
Ben Corson
Family by Tom Lance
Oannes.com  by Bruce Magnotti
Olcities  by Bruce Magnotti
David Hatch @ Wheelers VM*
Moses Moon  by David Hatch
Friar Tuck by David Hatch
The Tie Dye Guysby Bishop & Peggy Saltzman
O.B. Ray, the Sage of Wheeler's by Bishop Saltzman
Eugene City Barnstormers  by Ambo Daugherty
Living on the Earth  by Alicia Bay Laurel
What did the hippies believe in?
What is the freedom that hippies tried to achieve?
What was it about society at that time that made
hippies and their ideals a reality?
What kind of reality was it? by Alicia Bay Laurel
Coyote in Print by Peter Coyote
Free-Fall Chronicles by Peter Coyote
Peter CoyoteHome page
Erawan.Net by Robert
Jade & Rune's Nipa Hut! by Buffalo Bill  and Jude
Phil Morningstar
The Buddhist and the Bolshevik    by Thomas Roark
Can't Learn Less     by Thomas Roark

     A Journey To Wheeler's by Char~*
          Wheelers Ranch Scrapbook  by Char~*
         Char~* is the Creator of these sites and the three of us have saved her website for the future.
         There are slight differences in the links at these sites. Our thanks to Char~*
          http://badabamama.com/wheelersranch.html
          http://www.hippiemuseum.org/wheelersranch.html
         http://laurelrose.com/IMAGINATION/wheelersranch.html
Living on the Earth  by Alicia Bay Laurel
What did the hippies believe in?
What is the freedom that hippies tried to achieve?
What was it about society at that time that made
hippies and their ideals a reality?
What kind of reality was it? by Alicia Bay Laurel
The Hippie Museum
The Hippie Museum
The Hippie Museum
Ed Walkinstik
Ed Walkinstik, Hope and The Amazing Solar Chariot
Tomas  by Tomas
Tomasby Tomas
The Sonoma County Museum
A Few of the Flower Children of the Sixties
Old Newspaper Articles & Photos Scrapebook
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Come visit us at Yahoo Groups MOST POSTS Newsletter for some day to day gossip and some extremely wild tales:
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Feedback, comments, photos and queries can also be sent to: 2006morningstar@laurelrose.com
Place "2006 Morningstar" in the subject line or it will be included as junk mail and may not be seen; the information will be sent to Yahoo Groups MOST POSTS Newsletter:
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If you send us a photo to us it will be placed into the Old Newspaper Articles & Photos Scrapebook



Those Morningstar Alumni who wish to get in contact with us at MostPosts at Yahoo write us via this Email: 2006morningstar@laurelrose.com
Place "2006 Morningstar" in the subject line or it will be included as junk mail and may not be seen.
Or
join the group at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mostposts/
And tell us when and where you lived - Morningstar, Wheelers or Morningstar in New Mexico.

If any of you that have access to better quality newspaper articals or photos about you or
Morningstar Ranch please copy and send us the file if you can.
These photos are the efforts of those beings listed on the Title Page.
The newer photos are taken by Ramon, Pam, Jodi and the good folks of Morningstar and Wheelers.
Feedback, photos and queries can be sent to: 2006morningstar at laurelrose dot com

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