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Re: “A Reporter Gathers With the Rainbow Family

I loved reading Mark Davis' report on the Rainbow Gathering near Mount Tabor ("Happy Campers," June 29). Having been to four previous Rainbow Gatherings since 1985, the traditional Rainbow greeting -- "Welcome Home!" -- had special meaning for me this year, as this was my first Rainbow Gathering in my home state, having lived in Vermont for 22 years; I still haven't quite come down from the emotional and spiritual high I experienced at the Gathering's Peace Circle on the Fourth of July.

I'm a 63-year-old African-American who came of age during the heyday of the original "flower children" of the late '60s and early '70s. The hippies I first encountered at New York's Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village as a 17-year-old in the summer of 1970 forever altered the course of my life; I've been a hippie in my heart and soul ever since.

It was at the 1985 Rainbow Gathering in Missouri that I met a gay French-Canadian Rainbow from Montreal with whom I had a relationship that lasted 21 years until we amicably parted in 2006. At this year's Gathering, I reconnected with a friend I had not seen in 20 years, a friend whom I had a huge crush on -- and, unbeknownst to me 20 years ago, had an equally huge crush on me.

And although I've never had children, I nonetheless came face to face during the Peace Circle with a young man who bore such an uncanny resemblance to my teen-aged self that I was overwhelmed with the feeling that he could have been my son -- or even my grandson, as he was just 18.

There's a reason why they're called the Rainbow Family. And I thank God they're still here after almost half a century.

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Posted by SkeeterVT on 07/07/2016 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Can a Judge Force an End to the CCTA Bus Strike?

Could the CCTA and/or the striking bus drivers union be sued for damages by stranded passengers who lose their jobs because they could not get to work as a result of the strike? The article makes no mention of this.

Posted by SkeeterVT on 03/24/2014 at 7:54 AM

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