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This is Meditation

This is Meditation

Meditation is to see, observe the coincidences, the flow, the pattern of mind, for mind is all there is. We perceive with mind; mind perceives itself. To understand it, to literally get it requires observation. This is meditation.

Multiple Sclerosis on a Lark

Jeff Stanford 2012

Recently someone came to me frustrated that he could not get friends to see that they are damaging their lives due to alcohol and drugs. I told him, “We see this all the time. It’s not just drugs; it’s also illness. Sick people are often unwilling to make changes that might bring them health –…

Pushbacks – Non-Vegan “Options” at a Vegan Restaurant: Misunderstanding our Mission

We have had a lot of push-back and negative reviews regarding the inn and Ravens Restaurant because we are vegan. One of the foremost issues raised is that we don’t provide non-vegan options -  animal products. The issue for us is ethical, not financial and if diners or inn guests don’t want to eat meals…

Passions of the Innkeepers

It has been a while since I posted to this Blog. Today, I want to revisit the Inn – and to write about the Inn is inevitably to write about ourselves. Joan and I have poured our lives into this place. It is not a sacrifice – although our kids in a pique might say…

Time Wears

On the road last Saturday, we were listening to a program on human aging and possible new technologies for living longer broadcast on NPR or CBC Radio 1. One commentator noted that “time wears out everything.” That is not true. Think about the nature of experience: What we experience might be different, but the nature…

Land – Our Relationship to the Ground upon which we stand

In Growing Potential – Wealthy Investors snap up farmland amid rising food prices Bernard Condon writing for the Associated Press notes that a Tulsa software executive snapped up 430 acres of Michigan cornfields for $4 million and a California insurance executive purchased 156 acres in Iowa, overbidding the farmer who had rented the land for…

A Modern Myth: The Paleolithic Diet

“You’ll be proud of me! I am on the paleo-diet,” reported Ed, a former staff member. “I eat 25% meat – no dairy- and all the rest greens. No grains. You know, there were no grains then!” Ed came back to Mendocino to say hello and check in. He had recently adopted the paleo-diet and…

Mendocino County – A State of Mind | Sustainability

Mendocino County is beautiful – stretching from forested mountains overlooking river valley vineyards to the rugged Coast. The coast itself is a study in contrasts – from the banana-belt in the south to the foggy redwood forests in the north with sweeping beaches, lighthouses and historic villages. In many respects Mendocino County is a “sustainable…

New Year – Old Resolutions

We make resolutions which are really wishes for being other than what we are. “I want to be thin.” “I am going on a diet.” “I will be less angry.” “I am not going to work so much.” “I will not drink so much.” “I won’t smoke.” And so on. There is nothing “new” in…

Facebook – Virtual Dormitory

The Stanford Inn by the Sea is on Facebook – so is our Ravens’ Restaurant. Facebook is an important way to keep interested guests informed about what is happening at the Inn. Trade journals tell us that social media sites are an essential aspect of marketing. And marketing a business is one thing: exposing oneself…

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