Coming of Age

One of the benefits of getting older is the ability to evaluate our life’s experiences. Long forgotten youthful passions come to light once more. We can pick up dropped threads and weave them back into the fabric of our lives.


“As we enter 2015 we are conscious not only of the Feminine Principle, but of the wisdom held en masse by all the bold, beautiful, and savvy girls in The Sixties who have now come of age as crones. It isn’t a moment too soon.” –  Edveeje Fairchild


We tend to think about coming of age as something that happens when you’re young. You go through puberty, hit 18 or 21, and presto, you’re an adult. I finally considered growing up just before I turned 30.


I’ve been thinking about this a lot. Am I coming of age again now that I’m into my 60’s? What can I bring into my fullness? How am I ripening?


War is unhealthy for children and other living things.


When I studied Art History at the University of Virginia, artists were placed in their social context. We examined the political and religious society of the times as well as the personal life of the artist. I was too young, however, to see myself as living through history. How could I? I was more concerned about my own inner world.


Before I was old enough to think for myself, I campaigned for Richard Nixon. My parents were staunch Republicans who volunteered me. My best friend and I got to shake his hand when he got off the plane at Andrews Air Force Base. At the time I thought it was pretty exciting. Now I know he really was a crook.


I paid attention to the news. The Viet Nam war was part of the fabric of my life. Every night the news reported the number of casualties accompanied by footage of the “action.” It was dubbed the first “living room war.” Students began protesting the war in 1965. During the same year, Allen Ginsberg coined the slogan Flower Power.


Jan-Rose Kasmir


This iconic photo of Jan Rose Kasmir was taken by Marc Riboud in front of the Pentagon, not too far from where I was attending high school at the time. Flower Power embodied non-violence ideology and passive resistance against the war.


In 1969, 250,000 marched in Washington, DC to protest the Viet Nam war. Nearly 45,000 Americans had already been killed.. Almost half a million US men and women were deployed in the conflict, and opposition to the war continued to grow. The war finally ended in 1975. My dad, a WWII bomber pilot said, “War never solves anything.” When are we going to learn this?


I want to bring back the Flower Power movement.  I want peace and love in the world.  Flowers vibrate at a very high energy rate.  We need to raise our vibrational energies to create a better world.  We need to Make Love, Not War, more so now than ever before.


We live on a planet with limited resources.  We must cooperate with each other and live in harmony with the Earth.  Love is powerful and transformational.  Abbie Hoffman said, “The cry of ‘Flower Power’ echoes through the land. We shall not wilt. Let a thousand flowers bloom.”  I think we need to let millions of flowers bloom!


The revolution begins from within. It starts with me. It starts with you. Thank you, Vickie Lewis, for reminding me that, “Flower power has never gone away. We just forgot it was there. It was a volatile and transformative time.”


It is still volatile, overwhelmingly so, but we have the power to create peace within. We have the power to hold a flower instead of a rifle. One daisy, one heart at a time.


When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. ~ Jimi Hendrix


What are you willing to do today to be more loving? To create more peace?


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  1. Shannon McArthur on January 7, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    On New Years Day I watched Woodstock on YouTube. I remember when it happened I was too young to go but I was there in my heart. And they sang: 1 2 3 4, what are we fighting for? It was as good a question then, as now, and one that everyone should answer. However small the fight is, is it worth the cost? Sometimes it is. Mostly it isn’t – it’s just what we have been taught, or allowed, to do. We were blessed with the power of thought so we could choose… As we grow up we learn to think before we act – is our species growing up? I like to think so!

    • Loran Hills on January 12, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      It is still a good question, Shannon. I wish there was a better answer.

  2. Sandra Pawula on January 9, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I’m in! All for flower power. Love is my word for 2015.

    I really enjoyed this look back at the 60’s. You have a beautiful way of weaving different threads together.
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    • Loran Hills on January 12, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Love is a powerful action and a wonderful word for 2015, Sandra!

  3. Anyes - Far Away in the sunshine on January 9, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Flower Power has never gone away indeed Loran. So true! I am with you in believing the world needs more love and more peace!
    I am starting to meditate about peace everyday and I am trying to bring peace within myself believing that it starts within each and everyone of us.
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    • Loran Hills on January 12, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Anyes, that is the bet action of all, to start with peace within. It’s a big challenge to maintain, as well.

  4. Shannon McArthur on January 9, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    World Peace is a goal I have had as long as I can remember, and I’ve had a message from Mother Earth written in stones that “going forward, there shall be, Peace”. It hasn’t always been a clear path but recently I came across a course that drew my attention. And now that I’m into it, I know it is important in the realization of my… OUR dream, our goal. All people are related, part of the human family – it is an important concept in the Indigenous Wisdom for Compassionate Living and Unified Action course which teaches the circle method of sharing ideas and resolution of conflict. It is a proven method used by many groups of people throughout time, outside of accepted “history”. It is now helping many individuals become healed through being heard, and can enable communication throughout all layers of society. It is only part of the knowledge being shared. The Shift Network is providing this course presented by Chief Phil Lane here:

    • Loran Hills on January 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      It’s encouraging that there is momentum growing across all layers of society. Thanks for the link, Shannon.

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