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Jeff’s Notebook

Happiness is where you are

Where else can it be? In my last writing I noted the explosion of life in Manitoba – here’s a field of canola: And here are Dana’s gardens at the Stanford Inn – she planted wildflowers, where last was a 4-H project – now in summer hiatus. Nature in explosions of color is happiness. And…

Happiness is always somewhere else…

I am sitting in what my kids as teenagers characterized as a dumpy, stinky cottage. It’s raining. The kitchen is warm and bright. The phone doesn’t work and there’s no internet and I am writing this blog in Word to paste it later when the phone lines are whole again. We were just speaking at…

The Weather

Pier at Matlock at Dusk Matlock – It is cooler here this summer than any in recent memory. Unlike last summer, the mosquitoes aren’t instantly dehydrated in the sun – too bad for us; good for them. There were no mosquitoes this winter in Mendocino. But there was heat. Some afternoons the temperature in the…

Travelling and Robin Anomalies

Ironically, we go home to go on vacation – we have a “rustic” cottage which hasn’t changed much in 103 years, with the last remodeling nearly 40 years ago. For being our only home – in California we live literally in the business – the cottage is not suitable for cold weather – there’s no…

Eco Tourism – Green-Washing

A group of international writers who specialize in “green” visited our Inn this week. These were knowledgeable and interesting men and women from England, France, Germany, Holland, Korea, China and Australia. The writer from the U.K. was particularly astute, questioning a statistic I through out from memory which was incorrect. I appreciate critical thinking –…

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