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Online Travel Agencies – The Rip-off Mendocino County and Other Destinations

Did you know that when you book with an online travel agency, in almost all cases, a portion of your tax payment is just pure profit for the agency. When you book online through a dot.com, you are charged a “bed tax” or “transient occupancy tax” on your accommodations if the property is in an…

Holiday or Vacation – Welcomed Retreat from Vacation Country

Vacation Destinations – We live in one and now we visit another. Here’s our home that we have left for Manitoba. The Stanford Inn at Dusk We are in Matlock, Manitoba, Canada on vacation or as they say in Manitoba, “on holiday.” Manitobans have it right: a vacation is a holiday – or holy-days –…

A possible solution to global warming – Eliminate global dairy and cattle production

According the United States Environmental Protection Agency the 100 million cattle in the US emit 5.5 million metric tons of methane. Globally, cattle flatulence and belches account for 66 million metric tons and methane is 25 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2 – carbon dioxide. What if we ended dairy and beef…

Gypsy – 1996 – 2010

February 6th, Saturday night, on my way to bed, I passed Murphy, our lab-cross, in the hallway. I climbed the first flight of stairs to our bedroom and in the near darkness, a dog flew passed me. Rounding the winding staircase, I looked up and watched as a white tail wagged in front of the…

The Canadian Advantage – Why Canadians are Smiling

During its reportage of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, NBC is covering all thing Canadian and are correctly portraying Canadians as generally polite, reserved, dedicated, hard working and happy. At the Inn some of our fellow workers were talking about how much more friendly Canadians seem to be. Canadians are not friendlier than Americans. Nor are…

Happy New Year – and an update on Vada.

On November 19th I wrote about the shooting of Vada Vasquez in the South Bronx. For those who read this entry, please note that our daughter reports that she made a great recovery and was home for the holidays. I apologize for not writing for the past couple of months and especially for not letting…

Violence – and diet…..

Yesterday, November 17th, a friend as well as a former employee called from across the continent. We talked for quite a while. During the conversation, he mentioned that he believed that I hadn’t been happy with him when he last lived and worked here because he wasn’t vegan. He told me that it takes some…

Our Passion: Creating an Evocative Destination

Joan and I have been innkeeping for 34 years. The average length of time in this business for “owner-innkeepers” used to be 7 years and we are certain that we have raised that average. We remain innkeepers because we are essentially educators – in the truest sense of the word. The word educate is related…

Remembering BS Sessions

Not long ago I found a paper I wrote with a friend while we were at the University of Manitoba. I was taking every undergraduate class in anthropology in order that I could enter graduate school the following term. I already had a BA in economics and had only taken one general anthro course. My…

Cellphones, Cordless Phones and Cancer – Real Warnings!

This is one of most important entries I have written. I feel badly that I haven’t posted this information earlier, but I wanted to do additional research. I have sent emails to people I know with phones which appear to be more hazardous than I ever expected. For the last 15 years, I have been…

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