Connie Baxter Marlow
Connie Baxter Marlow, grew up in Pittsfield, Maine. She graduated from Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts. In 1968 she graduated from UC Berkeley with an honors degree in Economics. While at Berkeley she studied photography in the West Coast style of black and white landscape photography. She is the great, great granddaughter of James Phinney Baxter, 6-time Mayor of Portland, Maine and great grandniece of Percival P. Baxter, Governor of Maine 1921-1925.
She is a direct descendent of John and Priscilla Alden and Alice and William Mullins, Mayflower Pilgrims.
Her visionary, philanthropic and courageous ancestors inspire Connie to carry on their mandate to make the world a better place. Her life's work has been to communicate information she feels she has discovered regarding the nature of the universe as it is held in the knowing of all people and carried in the "way of life" of the indigenous peoples of the world, and manifested in the evolution of the American Spirit through the literal application of America's Freedom Documents.
In 1972 Scrimshaw Press published Connie's book of photographs on Mt. Katahdin and Baxter State Park, Greatest Mountain: Katahdin's Wilderness. Connie created that book to communicate the vision of her Uncle Percival, who gave the 200,000 acres and 50 mountains that comprise Baxter State Park to the people of Maine to be held "forever wild" , because she felt that if people knew of his vision and his mission they would honor the "Deeds of Trust " established by Baxter.
Greatest Mountain:Katahdin's Wilderness was republished in 1999 by Tilbury House Publishers. The new edition reflect s Connie's 10 year involvement with the Native Americans. It includ es the Wabanaki connection to their sacred mountain through writings by Arnie Neptune and Dennis Kostyk, as well as Connie's evolving worldview as her experiences with the visionary elders of the United States and Mexico influenced her life and her thinking.
In 2000 a photography exhibit entitled Greatest Mountain: Exploring the Mystical Nature of Katahdin evolved out of the Katahdin book. In 2002 this exhibit hung in Concord, Massachusetts and a film series entitled The American Evolution: Voices of America evolved from the events held in conjunction with the exhibit. The film series features Henry David Thoreau through interpreter, Richard Smith; top Thoreau scholar and editor , Bradley P. Dean, Ph.D.: Arnie Neptune and Barbara Beckwith, Penobscot elders, Muslim Imam, Feisal Rauf, Greek/American sociologist Kyriacos Markides and Mt. Katahdin and discusses the profounder aspects of being American, bringing in the Native American perspective and Thoreau's life-long interest in the Algonquin Indian. Information on the film series and copies of it are available for purchase.
Connie has spent extensive time with visionary Native American elders throughout the United States and Mexico and most recently the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert of Africa.
She, her father Jack Baxter and daughter Alison Baxter Marlow and partner Andrew Cameron Bailey have a photography exhibit Rhythms of Creation: Impressions of Indigenous Peoples of the World which has toured New England, and hung in Mexico, Colorado and Utah and is currently on permanent exhibit in Sedona, Arizona at Page Springs Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Home at Rancho Feliz.
Connie has a multi-media presentation entitled “Divine Discoveries at Ground Zero: An Uplifting Look at the Events of 9/11” in which she presents substaniating evidence that indicates that the events of 9/11/01 triggered the opening of the human heart and the rebirth of America, with a significant Hopi Connection. She is currently working on an America History Course book and DVD entitled “An Expanded Look at American History” in which she traces the role of inspiration and trust in bringing profound freedom to the human condition through individual action and America's role in the process.
She has lectured throughout the country at high schools, colleges, peace conferences and other events on a variety of inspirational topics.
She is the mother of three grown children, Alison, Consi and Jonny whom she raised in Aspen, Colorado. She currently lives with her partner Andrew Cameron Bailey at Rancho Feliz in Sedona, Arizona where they welcome guests to the Page Springs Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Home.
Andrew and Connie are working on a soon-to-be-released film entitled "In Search of the Future. Where have we Been? Where are we Going? What do the Wise Ones Know?" This film features visionary elders, futurists and chaos theorists and questions the assumptions which drive the prevailing paradigm.
They are also working on a book concerning the nature of the universe.