In drawing on the hippie era, I realize how many different strands there were to the movement. Mine happened to lead into a yoga ashram, and though we were drug-free and celibate, we were also at the crossroads of a lot of the hippie action.

All of that’s reflected in my Hippie Trails novels.

As I ponder the era, I also realize DL’s journey in those pages could just as easily turned toward underground violence, had he joined one of the cells of bombers targeting military research operations in frustration, and that version of the story probably would have had commercial publishing cachet. But to me, it would have been dishonest.

More meaningful to my vision is the comment by Mari (River Mama 5) to an earlier posting here:

Amazing how many different views there are. … Hippies to me were quite different. To me, it gave birth to great changes in our society. … I am quite thankful for … the back to the land movement and the Calvary Chapels churches that came to exist during this time. I came to know Jesus Christ in one of them.

They also pioneered living a simpler life … showing compassion to others. Taking care of this gift that is our planet. The “hippies” in America, were great artisans. As a weaver, quilter, and knitter, I look back at this time and find myself inspired by the way creativity roamed free among this way of living.

This is the side I wish to nourish and celebrate. And thank you, Mari and all the others, for sharing.



  1. “The Millennials” seem also…”They also pioneered living a simpler life … showing compassion to others. Taking care of this gift that is our planet”. The expression appears much different than hippies, but the underlying principles of frugality, simplicity, going green, and human rights.

    Instead of peace signs, it cell phones and digital revolutions, occupy movements, and activist politics. Millennials have been an important group that activated and mobilized to help elect the first non-white US president.

    Each generation has its unique form of revolution. The hippies were great cultural rebels.

    thanks for your post.

    • And thanks for your perspectives. I’m still looking for a better label than “hippie,” by the way, because the movement does continue in a broader stream. Any suggestions that link the ’60s to now?

      • I think that is called CORPORATE. Those that are people, stay within, don’t do drugs. Corporate is the only word I know at least through breathing, that is in fact one that won the war – the hippy (hippie) lost to death, but the movement this is funk was in the 70s, because you are sort of funky with your covers. Not sure what they were called but are like Hippy because it’s like Flower Power. Hippies were considered convicts, the 70s guys were considered fun sorts of adults with families.

  2. Every generation seems to revolt or rebel. The hippies, punks, and millennial all seem to share common ideals but express them uniquely– hippies long hair was rebellious, but then punks short spiked hair (hippies were mainstream by punk generation).

    Labels are challenging yet necessary. I think you could find ways to show the broader stream. Check out Nathan Schneider’s books and articles. He wrote a book on Occupy Wall St movement and others. He’s an insightful Millennial.

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