Hippieish Notes From The Information Desk

Infamously lazy as I am, it’s a damn good thing that for eight hours a week — four hours each on Mondays and Tuesdays — I man my post at a medical office building a couple of miles from my house. If it weren’t for these assignments, long ago I’d have set a world record for hours spent on a living room sofa, and my bony ass would have bored even deeper into my sofa’s cushions than it already has. And it has bored deeply.

Anyway, the medical office building is across the street from a suburban Philadelphia hospital and is owned by an enormous health care organization of which the hospital is another component. I’m a volunteer in that organization. My job is to provide information to visitors (I’m the answer man for questions such as “What room do I go to for my colonoscopy?” and “Where’s the men’s room, pal?”) and to help out those who find themselves in one sort of pickle or another. The job takes me here and there within and outside the building, but most of the time I’m positioned behind a sturdy, unassuming black desk. The information desk.

The information desk

Tuesday the 24th of September was a busy morning for the guy standing behind that desk. Questions came at me left and right. More in-a-pickle people than usual appeared. But, despite that, there were a number of lulls in activity during my shift. Usually nothing to write home about goes on in my mind during lulls. But on the 24th, from absolutely out of nowhere, some words of note silently materialized: “I was more comfortable in the hippie era than in any other era,” I thought to myself.

Wow! The succinct, unexpected notion startled me. And immediately I recognized that it was true. I never was a full-fledged hippie, but during the hippie heyday (1965 to 1972, more or less) I felt at ease with hippie philosophies and lifestyles. And I still do.

Copyright Anna Vynohradova

A baby boomer, I came of age during the hippie era. I’m not mentioning anything you don’t already know when I say that war in Vietnam raged during those years. And that political and social turmoil gripped the USA and other parts of the globe. And that, maybe partly in reaction to those realities, an inquisitive, peaceful and kind mindset developed among many millions of youths worldwide.

Who could argue with hippie slogans such as “Make love not war” and “Flower power”? Not me. I didn’t drop acid, move to San Francisco (the hippie epicenter) or put flowers in my hair. But I did grow my hair long and smoked a lot of cannabis. And I felt nothing but admiration for and solidarity with those who were all about camaraderie, harmony with nature, and attempting to bring peace to the world. Still, I was too unsure of myself to take a full plunge. So, I stayed on the hippie movement’s periphery.

Yeah, those were the days. I miss them. And, later that Tuesday morning, I was reminded of them a number of times while standing behind the information desk. Now, a lot of visitors to the medical office building are friendly towards me, but on most of my shifts one or two are unusually friendly, acting as if seeing my drooping eyelids and wrinkled puss is the greatest thing that’s happened to them in ages. I’m amazed by this. I mean, without even trying did I develop a lofty form of personal magnetism in my over-the-hill years? It ain’t likely. Shit, only in my dreams might Emma Stone or Charlize Theron appear at my doorstep, looking me over with lust in her eyes.

On the Tuesday in question, though, not one or two, but six individuals walked past me with their friendliest instincts at the fore. “How are you, man?” one guy said to me, a big smile on his face. “Take care, brother,” said another, unquestionably meaning what he said. In all six instances it felt good to be greeted so warmly. Real good. This kind of thing happened fairly commonly among the population in the hippie era. That’s because hippies’ good will, thankfully, permeated the culture to a decent extent.

The hippie movement, of course, went way beyond friendliness. Concern for the environment and a pretty wide degree of open-mindedness are among its lasting effects. How cool would it be if a neo-hippie movement, a drug-free incarnation, were to germinate and flourish? And if its good vibes and progressive actions were to become major parts of the norms throughout the world? Man, it would be more than cool. It would be miraculous. Our troubled planet is waiting.

(Please don’t be shy about adding your comments or about sharing this essay. Mucho gracias.)

123 thoughts on “Hippieish Notes From The Information Desk

  1. Glen Donaldson October 1, 2019 / 12:24 am

    Love this memoir of sorts Neil!

    If you’ve not read Diane Lake’s recollection of the 1960’s, MEMBER OF THE FAMILY, I can thoroughly recommend it.

    Apart from details about her life with Manson, the book brings back to vivid life the whole hippie vibe which permeated America and particularly California in the mid to late sixties.

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      • Glen available October 2, 2019 / 3:57 am

        I haven’t read it but Googling it just now it sounds like it would be quite the entertainment!

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  2. cindy knoke October 1, 2019 / 1:33 am

    God Bless every aging almost hippie. I am one too and I loved every bit of this post. Mostly I love that you live your philosophy now, when you are at your best, for no personal reward, except the reward that comes from being a caring prior almost hippie.
    Good on you.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 1, 2019 / 10:52 am

      Thanks, Cindy, for stopping by. As you know, the hippie era made a big impression on many people, and mostly for the better.

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  3. lievelee October 1, 2019 / 3:43 am

    Unfortunately I just missed that period, but envy those who were part of it. I agree: the world would be a better place if we all embraced a bit more flower power… and maybe the odd space cake from Amsterdam…

    Lieve

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 1, 2019 / 10:54 am

      Hi. Amsterdam seems to be a place where the hippie way of looking at things lives on. There’s a lot of freedom and open-mindedness in Amsterdam.

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    • Robert Parker October 1, 2019 / 8:45 am

      Hey Neil – sorry, that comment got away from me before I was done! Meant to say: Nick Lowe wasn’t a hippie, but every time I hear “What’s so Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love & Understanding,” I think kindly thoughts about those folks. The buttoned-down types were napalming SE Asia, hosing us down with DDT, and turning nightsticks and the Nat’l Guard on peaceful protesters. A neo-hippie movement to mainstream environmentalism, acceptance, altruism, and anti-war seems like a pretty good idea

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        • George October 2, 2019 / 5:24 pm

          What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding? is one of my favourite songs. Fingers crossed for a huge environmental movement growing up around Greta. She has the gift of making certain middle aged white men get irrationally angry, just as the hippies did, and the new wave movement that Nick Lowe did much to spearhead. Good signs!

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  4. annieasksyou October 1, 2019 / 8:32 am

    Nice, Neil.
    I was one of those wannabe hippies too, and I recall the era fondly. I can still recite mentally (because my singing voice would offend) most of the songs from the musical “Hair.” Except—those of us who actively opposed the Vietnam War saw the dark side of some of those who professed “Make love, not war.” There was a coercive nature to the protests, eg, when the cameras were on us, we dared not lie down in the street—or we were pushed down. And the leadership was demonstrably anti-feminist. Plus, the contempt for anyone willing to risk his life and not seek a deferment or flee to Canada was part of the alleged peace-loving baggage.

    As in all things, I guess, life is complicated.

    I think it’s great that you do your hospital volunteer work. Brightening strangers’ days with small helpful acts is probably more meaningful than your description suggests.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 1, 2019 / 11:02 am

      Yeah, you’re right that the hippie movement was far from perfect. But a whole lot of people back then had their hearts in the right place.

      These days we need many more folks to wake up.

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  5. Debra October 1, 2019 / 8:34 am

    As a freshly minted retiree, I’m now all about “Go with the flow.” Peace and love, brother!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 1, 2019 / 11:04 am

      Hi Debra. You’re going to enjoy not having to schlep back and forth to work five days a week.

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  6. mariezhuikov October 1, 2019 / 8:52 am

    I think you should say “Take care brother,” to everyone who walks by you at the info desk. Maybe you could bring the hippie era back! 🙂

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  7. joyce hamilton October 1, 2019 / 9:05 am

    Lived through it as well! Peace!

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  8. Des October 1, 2019 / 9:31 am

    Neil, I always enjoy your posts, and this one was really exceptional. It was also very timely for me, as I’ve been pondering the effects of the 60’s lately, trying to determine what what the net outcome really was. In my late boomer’s view, your post probably hits on the most relevant point that can be made: that peace and love became outward and visible goals in society. Although war has never ceased and the message has faded somewhat over the years, I still believe the movement had a lasting effect on humanity.

    Traces of your leftover hippie values often shine through in your writing, which I enjoy a lot! I agree we need more of those beautiful concepts back in our lives today. Great post!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 1, 2019 / 11:11 am

      Hi Des, and thanks. If it happens, it will largely be because of younger people, just like in the hippie days. It can’t happen too soon.

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  9. greenpete58 October 1, 2019 / 9:42 am

    Sounds like September 24 (our son’s b-day) was a good day for you, Neil. It’s fashionable in some quarters to knock hippies, or trivialize them. And there were certainly lots of hedonists, hypocrites, and mere hangers-on (heck, it was a youth movement, what do you expect?). But striving for peace, unity, personal spiritualism, and respect for nature (and not just cannabis) will always be better than striving for money, power, and possessions. Like you, I’m perfectly fine with bringing that old-fashioned, hippie, Judeo-Christian “nonsense” back.

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  10. Helen Devries October 1, 2019 / 9:56 am

    It’s one of the things I like about Costa Rica…the sheer friendliness in everyday exchanges. If the hippies were for peace and kindness, then I’m all for the return of their values.
    I only came across them once in the U.K. when taking my mother to a Green Fair…she settled down to tea and cakes in the tea tent while we strolled round and we eventually found her in a teepee bargaining for a pair of puce pink harem pants with its occupant…yes…the cakes were potcakes…

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 1, 2019 / 11:16 am

      Friendliness goes a long way. There are a lot of positive possibilities when friendliness is an underlying way of behavior.

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  11. Annie October 1, 2019 / 11:06 am

    Yes, bring it back! After reading this post, I think you might be the one to ignite a neo-hippie movement. I’m in….

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 1, 2019 / 12:50 pm

      I tell you, the hippie days were something else. It would be great if their like returned.

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  12. Ally Bean October 1, 2019 / 11:07 am

    How cool would it be if a neo-hippie movement, a drug-free incarnation, were to germinate and flourish?

    Very cool. That’s how cool it’d be. Count me in. I can dig it, man.

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  13. Donna Cameron October 1, 2019 / 11:22 am

    Great post! Yes, let’s ignite a neo-hippie movement. I think I still have my love-beads from when I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area during the Summer of Love. We were all so earnest, and in our own way, so innocent. I think maybe the world needs us old hippies right now. And, best of all, we come with the music of the era, since we’ve never stopped listening (“There’s somethin’ happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear…”).

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 1, 2019 / 12:56 pm

      Right, the music scene was incredible. And incredibly influential — plenty of music these days has a psychedelic, bluesy, wonder-filled feel.

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  14. Martie October 1, 2019 / 11:35 am

    From one baby boomer to another, Your idea is Far Out.

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  15. Jacqui Murray October 1, 2019 / 11:43 am

    Well, it could be Philadelphia–City of Brotherly Love. Hmm… Brings new meaning to those adages about smiles. “Use your smile to change the world. Don’t let the world change your smile.” Or “Beauty is power; a smile is its sword” (odd that one). Or my personal favorite, “I’m just a girl, smiling at a salad, hoping it will become a donut.”

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 1, 2019 / 12:59 pm

      Excellent adages. Of the three, I like this one the best: “Use your smile to change the world. Don’t let the world change your smile.”

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  16. JT Twissel October 1, 2019 / 12:07 pm

    I floated in and out of the hippie scene for years. There was good and bad and as usual, more attention was paid to the bad. But I think overall it was a positive move in the right direction. And the music that came out of that period! Wow. To me, it can’t be beat.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 1, 2019 / 1:03 pm

      Absolutely so much terrific music came out of that era. For example: I recently heard the full performances of Jefferson Airplane and of Hendrix at the Woodstock festival in 1969. Incredible!

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  17. dfolstad58 October 1, 2019 / 12:12 pm

    I too am of the rowan and Martin generation, and bell bottom jeans. It seems to me that movements like that start with a pebble and gather momentum and mass to occur as recycling has.
    I think it is happening slowly and one on one but many resist and coming across one sour bitter apple makes me realize some people are unchangeable.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 1, 2019 / 1:05 pm

      Hi. I like your insights. I think you’re right. Let’s hope that movements develop strongly and set mankind on proper courses.

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  18. talebender October 1, 2019 / 12:52 pm

    My idea of hippie was early-John Denver, but I enjoyed this post. As John might have said, “Far out!”

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 1, 2019 / 2:28 pm

      Hi. John was a good guy. Many people miss him.

      Thanks for adding your thoughts. See ya!

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  19. America On Coffee October 1, 2019 / 1:42 pm

    Sitting behind the information desk, seeing and giving infornation to many characterized with lifestyle symptoms would cause the mind to wander. I assume that all of the medical patients here had hippie residue on them or the information desk was located at a medical marijuana facility. ))😰((

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  20. tylerus October 1, 2019 / 2:22 pm

    A good post, as always. “The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time” – Bertrand Russell.

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  21. Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter October 1, 2019 / 6:24 pm

    I was too young to be a proper hippy, but aged about 9 I did have a hippy bell round my neck, sourced from a local market stall. Neil is actually a very good name for a hippy – did The Young Ones travel to the US? If so you’ll know what I mean!

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  22. alhenry October 1, 2019 / 6:32 pm

    First of all, for a classy-looking, bigtime hospital, I’m thinking you should demand a better desk.

    But seriously, this is a post I get REAL WELL. “I was more comfortable in the hippie era than in any other era.” You are not alone. Every rally, march, and demo I go to–and I go to a lot these days–it’s FULL of over-60 people. In fact, it’s usually about 80% over-60s. I am proud to be a part of this, and by “this” I mean “people who care.”

    You say, “Yeah, those were the days. I miss them.” In my youthful ignorance, I thought a battle fought and won is finished. I know better now. I miss those days, too. I had hoped to have a small corner of my life after fighting for civil rights and ending an unjust war, then raising kids–I had hoped to have some years of my life to devote to my own interests, but here we are, and I cannot get Anne Frank’s face out of my head, so must fight on. Perhaps, justice will again triumph over fascism and we will say anew, “These ARE the days.”

    Great post. Truly.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 1, 2019 / 7:28 pm

      You know, in some ways I’m a born optimist. And in others a born pessimist. I’m not overly hopeful about the future of our country or of the world, what with so many dangerous, repressive people among us. You’re absolutely right that the fight does, and must, continue.

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  23. Paula B October 1, 2019 / 6:39 pm

    While the folks commenting here have mainly discussed your insightful comments on the hippie era and your hypothetical idea of a neo-hippie movement, I just want to thank you for volunteering at your local hospital. Volunteers do so much good for mankind, and providing your services to people in hospitals who are nervous or confused — or both — is a terrific thing to do.

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  24. tanjabrittonwriter October 1, 2019 / 9:32 pm

    Neil for President! Your high-minded ideas would bring a breath of sorely needed fresh air into the stench-filled halls of the capital.

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  25. sniderjerry October 2, 2019 / 4:11 am

    Check out the tune “Old Hippie” by The Bellamy Brothers. Peace and Love. Jerry

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  26. Fictionophile October 2, 2019 / 8:39 am

    Excellent post Neil. I too think that our troubled planet could use more of the ‘hippie’ philosophy. Also, I agree with one of the other comments…. Neil for president! Wouldn’t that just be a breath of fresh air!

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  27. swabby429 October 2, 2019 / 8:52 am

    One of my 20-something protégés is sort of a neo-hippie. He dresses like an old-school hippie, is pro-peace, belongs to Greenpeace, and allies with human rights causes. This brings me hope for the future of the world.

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  28. Rama Arya October 2, 2019 / 12:53 pm

    Absolutely l.o.v.e. this post. Yes, it would be miraculous if a neo-hippy movement sans the drugs were to take place, and fill the world with genuine warmth and caring. Thank you for writing this piece. 😊

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  29. sniderjerry October 2, 2019 / 2:01 pm

    Check out version two and three of Old Hippie by The Bellamy Brothers they did two sequels since the first recording as the hippie got older.Have a great day. Jerry

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  30. George October 2, 2019 / 2:50 pm

    High time for a revival, I reckon. No pun intended (well, just a little one, perhaps). Glad you’re experiencing warmth and friendliness, and bursts of insight, in between colon related questions.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 2, 2019 / 4:26 pm

      Hey there, George. I mentioned this book to someone else who posted comments: The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, by Tom Wolfe. Have you read it? It’s about the early days of psychedelics. Very interesting and entertaining book.

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      • George October 2, 2019 / 5:19 pm

        Hi Neil, no I haven’t but I’ve heard a lot about it. I’m a big fan of Tom Wolfe. I loved A Man in Full and Bonfire of the Vanities. This was high on my must read list after reading them, but somehow it slipped off my radar. Now that you have reminded me, it’s right back up there. Thank you!

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  31. Paddy Tobin October 2, 2019 / 3:04 pm

    You still give off the vibe, man! Rock on! (from one whose nearest encounter with the hippy era was via a television screen)

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 2, 2019 / 4:32 pm

      Evening, Paddy. I’m always amazed by how fast time goes by. The hippie days began over 50 years ago and ended roughly 45 years ago. Hard to believe.

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      • Paddy Tobin October 3, 2019 / 9:03 am

        Shhhhhhhh! People might think we are old!

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  32. Lynette d'Arty-Cross October 2, 2019 / 9:46 pm

    Great post. 🙂 I was too young for the hippie period (tip of the Gen X ), but I remember some of it. Bringing some of that philosophy back wouldn’t be a bad idea. 🙂

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  33. Michael Graeme October 3, 2019 / 7:42 am

    Count me in!

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  34. Alyson October 3, 2019 / 8:22 am

    There is definitely a mood, a vibe in the air, amongst young people as a reaction to unbridled capitalism and I’m all for it. Personally I was born a tad too late for hippiedom, but spiritually it would have suited me well. My favourite year for music is 1967 which had loads of flower power influenced songs. Peace and Love Neil.

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  35. ellie894 October 3, 2019 / 9:56 pm

    I really enjoyed this. Very cool writing and thoughts Neil. Our troubled planet just got a little more peaceful.

    Thank you for that,
    Suzanne

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  36. johnlmalone October 3, 2019 / 11:34 pm

    funny you say that, Neil but I’m a baby boomer too and the hippie period was one of the happiest of my life. THere was so much love, so little hate and some great, great songs 🙂

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  37. cincinnatibabyhead October 4, 2019 / 1:54 pm

    I was kinda the Jerry Jeff Walker/Gene Vincent kinda hippy. Actually Neil i wasn’t a hippy I was just CB. But I do love that theme song of yours. ‘I Almost Cut My Hair’. You stuck that in my head way back and i still owe you.

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  38. miscellanypages October 5, 2019 / 5:23 pm

    Thank you for volunteering! A very kind hospital volunteer helped get my (rather doddery) grandparents to the right place at the right time when they had an appointment recently. People like you make a real difference at what can be a stressful time 😊

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  39. Jennifer Kelland Perry October 6, 2019 / 3:59 pm

    The world needs a hippie resurgence now, more than ever. I’ve always felt a kinship with them. I even have a peace sign on this laptop of mine.

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  40. Angie October 6, 2019 / 8:29 pm

    I think the 20 something crowd are finally picking up the gauntlet, environmentally they seem to care. We shall see…

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  41. selizabryangmailcom October 7, 2019 / 3:50 am

    I grew up during that age, too, but I was too young to be able to join. I WAS born, however, in the very center of extreme hippie action: Haight/Ashbury. And I definitely think I absorbed the *hippie* aura, for sure.
    It would be AWESOME if that mentality (sans drugs, as you say) made a comeback and dominated. We need it more now than ever.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 7, 2019 / 7:54 am

      The energy, forward-thinking, and good vibes of those days were a very special blend. Like you say, we need something like that again more than ever.

      Hi Stacey. Many thanks for adding your thoughts.

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  42. cath October 7, 2019 / 10:50 am

    Which just goes to show that an old saying my Gran liked, about a smile costing nothing but being worth a lot – is still important. Lovely post, Neil. Made me smile, too. Hope this week is good, too.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 7, 2019 / 2:40 pm

      Hello Cath. Having written this piece, now I probably will be thinking about the hippie era a whole lot more than I used to. See you!

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  43. ckennedyhola October 7, 2019 / 2:04 pm

    I really like this idea of just being genuinely friendly and welcoming when passing by one another–especially now in an era where we interact online more often than in person. Cheers!

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  44. Basia Korzeniowska October 7, 2019 / 2:59 pm

    Yes. I wore flowers in my hair. i even gave flowers out to passing strangers in the street. unfortunately I had to buy them first and as i didn’t have a lot of money, and neither did my friends – we were fourteen in 67 – then the event didn’t last long. But we were very much part of the movement. I still haven’ tried cannabis, but the music of Hair permeated my life. Peace and love – nothig more important in the world. I think I am finally going to grow my hair!

    thank you for your writing – i really enjoy reading you

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 7, 2019 / 8:37 pm

      Hi. There really was something special about youth culture back then. If I had a time machine I’d go back to that era and stay for a while.

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  45. jeanleesworld October 7, 2019 / 10:21 pm

    I’d love a little of that hippie love in our society! Keep spreading the smiles when you can, my friend. 🙂

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 7, 2019 / 11:46 pm

      The musical Hair is a great reminder of the hippie era. I just took a look via google and found out that Hair is on stage right now in various parts of the globe. Hippie love lives on!

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  46. Pazlo October 9, 2019 / 3:41 pm

    I think there may be as many hippies now as there was then. We just don’t notice it as much because all of America wore the same uniformity prior to the sixties. You know, pants pulled up to your appendix and white T-shirts. Every man wore a tie, jacket and hat. (Think “Father Knows Best” and “Ozzie and Harriett”) Even high school seniors would wear a tie.
    The hippie counter-culture first wielded its power against “The Man” by refusing to cut their hair. Okay, so the hair didn’t really do much for world peace or the environment or to stop the war or spread free love. Really it didn’t do much except make a statement. After many peaceful drug-induced years I can’t quite remember what the statement was, but mostly it was about “We’re being different.” Aside from refusing haircuts we also refused to get jobs, have any visible means of support, use birth control, practice safe sex and register for the draft. Those things must have helped the movement somehow, too. Do you think?
    So, cut to today. Wait, what year is it…let me see…O! My goodness! 2019? I never expected to see a date like that. So anyways, today, who isn’t making a statement?
    We can’t recognize the hippies of today because they’re all different, but everyone else is different, too. I mean, everyone is different from the next. Everyone is making a statement to be different but I’ll be danged if I can find the “regular” that they’re supposed to be different from!
    So, folks are free now (and I seriously mean thankfully) to be who they are; tattooed from head to toe, even on their faces. They can be gay couples and what we used to call “inter-racial” marriages. You dress any way you want from shredded jeans to excessively revealing garments, torn fishnet stockings, and it doesn’t matter which gender your genitalia suggests. Colored hair, or none at all, boys and girls alike. Piercings that would make Carnies envious. One in her nose, eight on her ear, two in her eyebrows, two in her nipples, and one in an unmentionable place.
    So, how could we recognize a hippie these days? Who is different?

    Here’s how you’ll know them:

    They’ll wear odd pants, pulled up to their appendix. To be totally rebellious, they’ll wear a tie and jacket to work, to make everyone dressed for the rodeo (in their dungarees) nervous.
    He’ll probably have a really lame but neat haircut, and perhaps shave.
    The scoundrels will be the downfall of our society.

    Peace, dude.

    Paz

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 9, 2019 / 5:42 pm

      Paz, you’re cool! I’ve suspected that you were a hippie. And I guess you still are (in some ways, anyway). Things ain’t looking great for the human species right now. Big problems, fueled by overpopulation, that aren’t being addressed properly. A cohesive movement of progressive thinkers is needed ASAP.

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      • Pazlo October 10, 2019 / 8:31 am

        Perhaps too much of a good thing. Free love run amok.
        Don’t forget that “Hair” was followed by “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.
        There is a future beyond humanity, and it may be time to embrace that.

        Our modern medicine has instilled a false sense of security in us. We feel we can always stop Ebola at the next border. We forget that a real plague only a couple centuries ago took out one third of the population of Europe. The globe cannot withstand the growth indefinitely, and we’re likely to see a big correction.

        Rest easy, if you can. It’s not the first, nor the second mass extinction of a species. In fact, a good-sized meteor may well take care of the problem before it reaches critical mass.

        It’s good to see some awakening, some awareness that the birds and the glaciers and the drinking water are all rapidly vanishing. Some real and serious steps have been undertaken, including ones created by the former hippies (or maybe squares) that are now our senators, congressmen, governors and the like. There are movements to restrict carbon emissions and take advantage of solar energy. Movements to reduce the plastic introduced into our Eden. I remain hopeful for some improvements, and pray it is not too little, too late.

        Light the incense, man, it’s time to contemplate the future of our Cosmos.

        Peace on, brother.

        Paz

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  47. Pam Lazos October 9, 2019 / 4:22 pm

    Oh how I wish for a resurgence of those days — and I didn’t even really experience them firsthand, but they are mythical in my mind, Neil.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger October 9, 2019 / 5:51 pm

      That era made a big impact in all sorts of ways. Its free and creative ways of thinking are still with us, and maybe will galvanize into actions that will get us out of the mess we’re in.

      Hi Pam. Thanks for dropping by. Enjoy the week!

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      • Pam Lazos October 10, 2019 / 5:08 am

        Well if time is really fractal and various eras repeat themselves then we should get another bite at that apple, Neil! 🍎

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