The MOST Newsletter Fall 2012 Volume XIII
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Winter 2012 Volume XIII
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Jodi, Thursday October 18, 2012, Bruce's memorial
in West Virginia
Sign painted by our son, Mitch Mitchell. An orchard is
being planted here, on Bruce's farm, in his memory.
Funded by his beloved family members named.
Bruce's memorial in WVA was an incredibly beautiful, high and holy event in which I have not yet recovered or processed my feelings enough to articulate properly. I have many photos of it, and when I can get my heart to settle back down, I will post about it on Mostposts. I absolutely could not believe my eyes when I saw this photo in the slideshow that Bruce's brother put together. I have never seen this photo before, and it is the only one I have seen of our house at Wheelers, ever. This is Bruce in front of our house on the Knoll at Wheelers!!! It has to be 1971. Looks like the stove is going. I remember him patching those jeans. This photo breaks my heart and makes me joyous at the same time. I was living in that cabin with him. It was dug down into the ground. You stepped down 2 steps to go inside. You could stand up in it.
Bruce Mitchell's farm truck in Harmony, West Virginia,
Caused him to find all 4 tires punctured after exiting the polling place.
Jodi Mitchell - Scott Mitchell: Bruce moved to Wheelers before I did. Possibly 1969 after the Santa Barbara oil spill. He continued to travel back and forth betweenJodi Mitchell He later drove that red Datsun, with a pregnant me, as well as a cat and dog we got from the Houston shelter, to Harmony, WVA. On the way, we passed through a mountain town in Tennessee, Mt. Moriah; with a name that Bruce chose right then and there to name our son. He wanted a Biblical name, and liked the significance of that name. He chose both his original birth first and middle name. Moriah Wheeler. Wheelers and the Page St apt in SF. He had given up his own apt., but stayed with his many friends in that bldg. I kept a journal during those times, which I still have_thus the somewhat clear memories! I dated all journal entries. I believe this photo was taken around March or April 1971. I was thinking April, but it looks pretty cold and looks like the fire is going, so maybe March? According to my journal, Bruce left Wheelers in May 1971, he hitch hiked to NJ with his pal, Guitar Bob, I believe to help your parents move from NJ to TX? I remained at Wheelers. We got back together later on in Houston...
Bruce and I both had patched pants we worked on at night. Mine were overalls. I hung them from a tree branch to dry, and they were stolen! They were elaborately patched and embroidered. Probably hanging in a museum somewhere now.
Scott Mitchell : yes, he drove the little datsun 1600 from jersey to texas pulling our little blue and white sloop behind.
Jodi Mitchell : He later drove that red Datsun, with a pregnant me, as well as a cat and dog we got from the Houston shelter, to Harmony, WVA. On the way, we passed through a mountain town in Tennessee, Mt. Moriah; with a name that Bruce chose right then and there to name our son. He wanted a Biblical name, and liked the significance of that name. He chose both his original birth first and middle name. Moriah Wheeler.
Margaret Taubert Cheaney : Bruce had a special way with choosing names.
Jodi Mitchell : Yes, Bruce liked to bestow nicknames on folks that he loved or admired, as terms of endearment...
Nancy and I are watching Bruce plow our garden in Harmony,
WVA 1972. I am wearing a granny dress I got at the free store on Wheelers
Ranch, and holding
Nancy was at the memorial. I hadn't seen her in 35 or 40 years.
View from the front yard of my old homestead, what
was known as The Schoolhouse.
It was a one room school house built by WPA in 1935, belonged to my father, where Bruce and I lived.
The old school house came down in a blizzard around 2 or 3 years ago. My dad recently sold the property.
Bruce's and my son Mitch on far left. Bruce's
2nd son, Colin providing eulogy.
Bruce's ashes in container. Colin's prayer for Bruce:
A Time for Everything
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break d
own, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Jodi: Son Mitch_Bruce's firstborn, and grandson Emilio, Bruce's youngest and sixth grandchild.
Jodi: Absolutely beautiful ceremony, bringing many loved ones back together. Sat up around campfires late into the night sharing Bruce stories. Heading out to Harmony, WV today with friends, my old home place.
Bruce Nelson Mitchell.
Father of my son and former husband. Rest in Peace.
Tomas 12/7/2010: A majority of the alumni of Open
Land and the sixties in general are over on FaceBook
carrying converstions just as the Diggers are over at the Digger
Tomas maintains this Morningstar Website (laurelrose.com) for the alumni of Open Land, along with Morningstar, Wheeler's Ranch, Star Mountain and Morningsong.
This website is a continuation of the Morningstar Newsletter.
The Morningstar Newsletter was edited letters to Ramon from the folks that first populated Morningstar Ranch.
The newsletter was printed by Ramon in a rather grand style and was almost impossible to place on line.
The Morningstar Newsletter just looked different online.
But it continued for a while online until folks realized the difference between the two newsletters. The first and original newsletter was sent privately by Ramon to folks that lived at Morningstar Ranch. This online version is very open and not very private. When folks realized that their emailed stories about Morningstar were going to be viewed by the world they stopped sending or asked us not to post their letters here.
So Ramon stopped the mailed Morningstar Newsletter because
it was too expensive to print and send out to seventy or more people that
had once lived at either Morningstar Ranch or Wheelers.
The online has slowed down quite a bit because it is not private. So I maintain this site hoping that it will fill up with Morningstar Ranch biographies.
I also gathered up all the links to websites that people have (that were at Morningstar Ranch) and posted them here at this link:
The second part of this letter is to ask for detailed Morningstar Ranch biographies from each of you to place here on this Morningstar ( not so private) website.
Something great has happened in the last few years and that is the blog. Which is turning out to be an interactive new history of Morningstar, Wheelers and all of the old and new communes.
I ask you all to create and post to a blog. It is very simple and free. Blog start page by Google.
Once you have created a blog email mail us and we will
post here on our Blog Page.
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