Special Edition, February 18, 2015

New Thought Movement Home Page

by Ronald A. Hughes

A recent email communication from Dr. Deborah G. Whitehouse sparked a most meaningful trip into the past for us, and I am delighted to share the experience with you. The message that Deb relayed to me was that the original New Thought Movement Home Page had disappeared from the Internet.

The New Thought Movement Home Page
The New Thought Movement Home Page

It was in the late 1990s during countless hours of surfing the young Internet in the wee–small hours of the morning that I first learned of Dr. C. Alan Anderson and his wife, co–author and partner, Dr. Deborah G. Whitehouse. This discovery for me occurred when I landed on the New Thought Movement Home Page.

The words “Home Page” in the title is something of a misnomer in that it seems to imply a single web page. The reality of the situation is that the New Thought Movement Home Page is a comprehensive web site that Alan first created on October 5, 1995. It includes original articles written by Anderson and Whitehouse, and serves as a launching pad for Internet resources that Alan collected and made available to web visitors.

For those unfamiliar with Alan Anderson Ph.D. and Deb Whitehouse Ed.D., I would strongly encourage you to take a moment to read their Who We Are web page.

After several years of studying the materials and links on the New Thought Movement Home Page web site, I reached out to Alan on Friday, February 1, 2002, when I introduced myself to him, and informed him of my intention to establish this Phineas Parkhurst Quimby Resource Center. Alan’s response was most favorable, and I have previously written about our first encounter in this In Memoriam newsletter.

Since that date in 2002, my wife and I have enjoyed a very close and personal friendship with Alan and Deb.

Alan Anderson made his transition on November 25, 2012, and the New Thought Movement Home Page remained unattended on an Internet web server. Deb’s recent news came as no real surprise, but it was clear to us that we needed to put our heads together and do something about the situation before it became too late.

Our decision was to retrieve the individual web pages from the Internet Archives, and house a copy of this important web site in the On–Line Archives of the Phineas Parkhurst Quimby Resource Center. Now completed, this project involved retrieving 156 individual web pages and 75 supporting image files, and then reestablishing the internal links to those pages and images so that they are working again.

The external hyperlinks across the Internet are another story. There are many thousands of hyperlinks just on Alan’s five pages of Philosophical and Other Resources. Internet page locations are constantly changing and it would be impossible to keep them current. Alan raised an important point near the tops of these pages where he wrote, “Many of the links below no longer work, but are kept to show what once was, and might be found again, with the aid of a search engine.”

The addition of this copy of Alan Anderson’s New Thought Movement Home Page to our archives will help to preserve this historical resource. You may freely access it here http://ppquimby.com/alan.

I would also mention that Deb Whitehouse discusses this restoration project in her weekly newsletter, The Philosopher’s Stone, for February 17, 2015. You may sign up to receive her newsletter and explore their Process New Thought web site where she continues this most important work.