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Wild Fires Abating!

Ten days ago a “dry” thunderstorm moved over much of Northern California creating more 1000 wildfires, many in Mendocino County. While Mendocino’s “Coast is Clear” has been true the last ten days, many of our neighbors have been beset by smoke and fires. My assistant and our head of projects (building and maintenance) Ryan Rhoades…

Same Sex Weddings are so Much More

I am a minister in the Universal Church of the Master (UCM), a Christian church whose members believe that the spirituality and mastery of Jesus, through training, meditation, discipline can be to some degree expressed by ordinary human beings. Each of us is capable of great service to others – of great love. It is…

Head care: Advice on purchasing cellphones

A University of Washington study documented the effect on DNA in the brains of rats exposed for two hours to the Federal Communications Commission highest permissible level for cell phone radiation. Although the meaning of the DNA damage is not understood, researchers believe that point source heat can damage DNA and cell phones create point…

Nurturing: The Miraculous Instinct

Staff at the Humane Society in Burlington, Iowa had a problem – a litter of kittens without a mother. Lily, a Labrador cross, whose puppies had been adopted was still lactating. The Humane Society placed the kittens with Lily who nursed them. Adopting them, Lily cleaned and protected her new charges. Steve Hartman in Assignment…

Keeping Christmas throughout the Year

It is one our coldest nights this year, it’s late and two raccoons, a mother and her baby, who visit every night, are watching us – or that is our dogs, Gypsy and Murphy who are intently watching them. The stare-off reminds us of our love for animals. We contribute to their wellbeing by not…

Vegan and vegan-friendly restuarnats: Halifax, Nova Scotia

We are traveling – first to a wedding in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and exploring vegan restaurants. Halifax is a wonderful city: youthful, yet graced with stone or brick century old buildings. More than vegan friendly, the city offers several vegan restaurants. Not entirely vegan, but “friendly” Mezza on Quinpool Road is Lebanese/Mediterranean. Our daughter and…

An issue of feathers

We advertise in VegNews Magazine which advocates a vegan lifestyle. Sometimes our association with VegNews is a source of problems for some of their readers. Our guests and potential guests should know that the Inn reflects that we have not been vegan our entire lives. Last week, spurred by one of their readers, a staff…

Inn’s Kate Frey Wins Gold for Fetzer Vineyards

This spring, master gardener Kate Frey took a six week leave of absence from the Inn to create Fetzer Winery’s sustainable wildflower garden at London’s annual Chelsea Garden Show. She was awarded gold! Until last year when Fetzer Winery’s owners closed it, Kate ran Fetzer’s Valley Oak Gardens. Kate is also a superior garden designer…

Violence, Mouse Abuse and VH1 – MTV

This morning, some of our staff turned on VH1 for background music. I walked in when Criss Angel was introducing Ozzy Osbourne during the Rock Honors Awards show. He carried a small terrarium with a white mouse exploring his plastic house. Angel reached in grabbed the mouse, put it to his mouth and bit the…

Mendocino Firsts – GMO’s; Organics, and Sustainable Practices Mendocino County Firsts Mendocino County was the first county within the United States to ban growing genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). Mendocino County also boasts the oldest organic winery in the United States, Lolonis Winery in Redwood Valley – http://www.lolonis.com/. The County is home to the Stanford Inn…

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