The Hippies Who Meant It

An unconventional introduction

You can find a glimpse of the world of The Hippies Who Meant if you go to Andrea’s Gypsy YaYa  page about the Domes of the South Mountain here and carry on to the lengthy exchange of comments at the end of the photo essay, you will find more than just nostalgia for a decade gone.  Andrea, whose blog is about decorating one’s personal space, is a next generation example of the best in hippiness: the desire to make something beautiful out of one’s family, home and life.

The Hippies Who Meant It is fiction, but it reflects much that really happened, and is still happening.

A more conventional introduction

The following kind assessment is by Sylvia McCluskey, editor extraordinary, who plowed her way through the MS, reconciling it to standard literary practice with great skill, despite provocation never once descending to the level of commenting, “That’s the umpteenth time you’ve made that comma mistake, you dimwit!”

The Hippies Who Meant It is a novel that takes readers through the life experiences of a number of young people within the hippie culture of 1960s Nova Scotia, all of whom, after harrowing experiences in their own histories, come together and make a life for themselves. The story is viewed through the eyes of multiple parties as they seek escape, solace, self-discovery, personal growth, and new beginnings as a means of finding their place in life and ultimately making peace with their pasts, all against a backdrop of rampant social change, survival and family issues, injustice and prejudice, the emotional impacts of war, and the burden of self-expectations.

We watch the impressions and insights of the main characters as they evolve, heal, and navigate the joys and challenges of their experiences, which in many ways reflect the reality of all our lives—love, death, fear, friendship, betrayal, despair—making the story very relatable, and I believe it will resonate strongly with the targeted readers. The twists and turns of the main characters’ respective personal journeys are often unexpected and surprising; they weave an intriguing tapestry that keeps the reader turning the pages. One cannot but root for them as they make their way through their often bewildering emotional and physical struggles to ultimately triumph.

Sylvia has my unstinting recommendation. Find her website at: