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Heritage Inn, Hospitality And History

June 27, 2017 1 Comment

The Heritage Inn in Snowflake, AZ is perfectly positioned in the middle of an historical neighborhood. Surrounded by restored buildings, the Inn stands out because of the flower gardens. The luscious rose collection welcomes guests at 161 Main Street. The ample shaded front porch is home to a couple of active humming bird feeders, vintage furniture, and charming outdoor art. One is instantly transported to a specific time. The decor throughout the inn reflects the historic legacy of this well restored home.  Portraits of the original inhabitants and some traces of their story remind the visitor of the founding of this small town.  We stayed in the Mary Maude Porter room, named for one of the first inhabitants of the home, which had been built in the 1890’s.

We went to Snowflake to escape the heat and go to a lavender farm that was having a festival.  The heat followed us up the mountain, so the relief was not forthcoming from mother nature.  We decided not to go out to the farm because it was just too hot to deliver what we wanted.  Instead, we investigated the little town of Snowflake, then the adjacent town of Taylor, and checked in to the room a little early chill in the air conditioning.  The weather was pleasant enough to take a stroll in the evening, and we walked around the museums and historic homes that were not open on Saturday. There is a good display in the small Heritage Park next to the inn that  details the founding of the town and the families who developed area.

Our room had a French door that opened onto the patio, where a fountain decorated a lovely garden.  Tables and chairs are placed for guests to use for relaxing, or for breakfast service.  We chose to eat by the fountain in the morning, when the weather had cooled down a bit. Our fancy table setting and gourmet breakfast in the cool setting gave us what we had come to experience, a complete change of pace.  When I travel I am looking or something different from day to day existence.  The hosts of the Heritage Inn, JoAnne and Craig, give guests superior service in an elegant atmosphere of private, historical chic.  We liked the feeling of elegant leisure, and plan to return when we know the weather will be cooler. Next time I will plan ahead and arrange to see the tour of the historical homes.  The tiny town has much to offer the history buff, and the Heritage Inn offers superior accommodation from which to see it.

fountain patio

fountain patio

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Banking on Bernie

January 23, 2016 1 Comment

This election of 2016 gives us an unprecidented opportunity to change our federal government for the better. The American people have been through the economic ringer while banks “recovered” nicely with taxpayer assistance.  The real estate market where I live is still on a very slow track to recovery, and the stock market is tanking right now over the price of oil.  Ordinary tax payers have felt powerless and probably resentful to see the way our government conducts itself and spends our treasury’s money.  Various movements from #OccupyWallStreet to #BlackLivesMatter have coalesced to express rage against the system.  As these feelings and political movements grow the ability to share our thoughts has expanded exponentially.

This election may be televised, but the instant power of twitter has changed the way the candidates compete. The playing field is more open to view than the games in the past that decided our national political future.  Anyone with a twitter account is free to comment, disclose, and persuade. It reminds me of the University of Texas tower (site of the very first famous mass shooting by a veteran at a school), which says “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32)  Truth and freedom have been generally under siege from all corners.  Each of us has personal truth and freedom, but it gets very gnarly trying to decode the nation’s truth and freedom.  These words evoke talk of war and the military, always used to protect our national freedom.  The irony now that the veterans of our freedom wars are in bad shape and need care and attention sends a signal that all is not well.  All is not revealed.  Truth about what happens to our troops, and in our wars has been buried under a giant pile of PTSD.  The brave men and women of our armed forces have taken the biggest hit to their freedom and security.  Someone has lied to us about the entire nature of this war business.

The economy may or may not be in peril for banks and the super wealthy Americans.  The economic outlook for the middle class looks gloomy to me at the moment.  Poverty is spreading among the senior population and children.  Homelessness and addiction is common for the hero veterans we sent to fight for our “freedom”.  These truths should motivate the voters of this nation to look for a better solution.  I endorse Bernie Sanders for president because #WeAreBernie.  I believe the truth will set us free from unreasonable government, but we need to face the truth together to make this happen. How do you feel, gentle reader?  Do you think we can come clean and make the government work for the people?  No matter what you think I hope you will vote and make your voice heard.

UT tower

UT tower

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