Lily Dale

Jul. 13th, 2017 10:42 am
osprey_archer: (shoes)
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A few years ago I read a book about Lily Dale, a small town - a hamlet, really - founded in western New York in the late nineteenth century as a center for Spiritualism. It is still around today, a bastion of slightly faded gentility: the white paint feeling, the dock sinking into the lake, but all the buildings bowered in daylilies and hydrangeas and black-eyed Susans.

I know this because I saw a sign for it as I was driving to Chautauqua a couple days ago, and skidded round the curve (well, not literally, but psychologically, if you will) in my haste to visit the place. It might make a nice afternoon, I thought.

I am still here. It's just so peaceful! And quiet! And full of flowers! The hotel has no telephones, television, air-conditioning, or internet (I'm eating a cinnamon roll in a WiFi equipped cafe right now), which appeals to a strange luddite part of my soul. Although perhaps not so strange, because the lack of any distractions means that I have gotten quite a bit of reading and writing done.

And speaking of writing - I think this town, suitably disguised of course, would make a fabulous setting for a book. Something with ghosts, naturally, or time travel, or not so much time travel as the layers of time shifting and overlapping each other, because time is an illusion - and never more so in a place that has become such a sink of spiritual energy. Everything that will happen, has already happened, and is still happening, all at the same time...

Date: 2017-07-13 02:57 pm (UTC)
asakiyume: (glowing grass)
From: [personal profile] asakiyume
Sounds blissful. I love being able to be impulsive when traveling--making that stop, extending your stay. Enjoy!

Date: 2017-07-14 04:36 am (UTC)
sovay: (Rotwang)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Something with ghosts, naturally, or time travel, or not so much time travel as the layers of time shifting and overlapping each other, because time is an illusion - and never more so in a place that has become such a sink of spiritual energy. Everything that will happen, has already happened, and is still happening, all at the same time...

Prrrrrrrrrt.

Date: 2017-07-16 11:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] evelyn_b
Lily Dale, your hotel, and your novel all sound delightful.

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