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I am a freelance writer, educator, musician and ex-Innkeeper now living and writing in Vermont. It's because of Hub pages that I started writing about innkeeping (having owned a bed and breakfast for 20 years)  and, on the basis of all the good feed back I received, turned my stories into a memoir which is being published now. It will be released June, 2017.

I wandered into hubpages around seven years ago and so glad I did. I love it here! The community is accepting and generous and I've made many friends. My goal was to improve my writing skills and try out new genres and styles of writing, which I did. I discovered that memoir was my calling. I am now working on my second one.

Since I have been here, I have had the pleasure of being voted the #1 hugnugget winner on May 27, 2009, only a couple of months after I arrived here on hubpages, with my hub, He wore a Dashiki, a personal piece about Miles Davis, and had the priviledge of being interviewed by Emohealer in the January 2, 2010 Newsletter. I then got the chance to interview Cindy Vine, a wonderful writer and hubber, the following week.

www.innnotes.blogspot.com/ www.businesswomensforum.blogspot.com/ www.amemorabletimeofmylife.blogspot.com/

New author's website now that I'm published: http://www.nancyhinchliff.com

Followers from hubpages are more than welcome to drop by and follow my posts and I certainly will reciprocate.

 

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  • Cooking for Vegans
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    Cooking for Vegans

    3 years ago

    I still have my week-end with the Vegans running around in my head. They stayed at my bed and breakfast for four days, along with several diabetics who were here for the Civil Air Patrol Conference. They were not all in...

  • I'm all about Christmas this year
    8

    I'm all about Christmas this year

    3 years ago

    For some reason or other, I'm into Christmas this year. I am not walking around muttering Bah Humbug. I am actually thinking about Christmas dinner and seeing my family, as dysfunctional as we may be. When I was...

  • Kicking Cancer's Butt
    6

    Kicking Cancer's Butt

    3 years ago

    Recently, a friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am writing this for her to let her know that she has to have hope that it will turn out OK. A few years back, before I opened the B&B, I took a...

  • Who are these Neanderthals?
    29

    Who are these Neanderthals?

    4 years ago

    I’ve been so busy in my bed and breakfast and finishing up a final edit of my memoir, I haven’t read the Sunday paper in weeks…no, make that months. So I deliberately sat down this Easter morning, on...

  • "Help": an excerpt from Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen
    10

    "Help": an excerpt from Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen

    20 months ago

    I found my first assistant on the streets of "Old Louisville" She was in front of one of those huge, gorgeous Victorian houses a couple of streets over from me loading up her car. I almost drove right past...

  • Living with a work in progress
    33

    Living with a work in progress

    3 years ago

    Once you have written your first draft, the easy part is over and the hard part begins. The hard part is where you begin the process of re-writing and crafting your book, chapter by chapter, sentences by sentence, word...

  • I worked around the corner from the Playboy Club in Chicago
    34

    I worked around the corner from the Playboy Club in Chicago

    3 years ago

    I lived most of my life in Chicago. I loved it because there was so much to do, especially for someone with widely varying interests like myself. Besides being a wife and mother, I was a teacher, a sometimes singer, and...

  • I'm totally blown away by this: Lady Gaga
    18

    I'm totally blown away by this: Lady Gaga

    4 years ago

    This morning, I got my computer booted up early so I could start writing on my four blogs, etc. and stopped to take a look at what was going on in the news. The first thing that caught my eye was a photo of Lady Gaga...

  • I can't listen to music when I write
    31

    I can't listen to music when I write

    3 years ago

    I can't listen to music when I write. it's very distracting, but more than that I find myself so immersed in the music, the rhythm, the tempo, the melody, and the structure, I completely lose my train of thought for...

  • Boy, this getting old aint for the young: They wouldn't be able to handle it.
    23

    Boy, this getting old aint for the young: They wouldn't be able to handle it.

    3 years ago

    I am a morning person...love to get up early with the birds or some other such diurnal creatures.There was a time when I would get up in the morning at 6:00 am and be ready for a hayride or something equally exciting....

  • Still Pluggin' away
    11

    Still Pluggin' away

    4 years ago

    I know I haven't been around lately and I really miss all of you and your wonderful articles. But I've been very busy. Not only with the bed ad breakfast (this is my high season) but also with my memoir. I'm on the...

  • Jasonspeak: Tales from an Innkeeper's crypt
    18

    Jasonspeak: Tales from an Innkeeper's crypt

    4 years ago

    For those of you who are familiar with my Innkeeper tales, this piece is about Jason, but is very reminiscent of Kari. They are very much alike. You remember Kari, right?/ (Please don't hesitate to give me feedback.) ...

  • Rodney and the Boys
    24

    Rodney and the Boys

    5 years ago

    The following is a short excerpt from my memoir Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen: An Innkeeper's Tale, which is still a work in progress. I'm on my third and hopefully final rewrite. Since the memoir is nearly finished...

  • Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood bring rock to County Music Awards
    10

    Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood bring rock to County Music Awards

    5 years ago

    According to Hennemusic, "Steven Tyler brought down the house in Las Vegas Sunday night at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Tyler was a surprise and unannounced guest, joining Carrie Underwood...

  • OMG, it's Steven Tyler
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    OMG, it's Steven Tyler

    3 years ago

    This is a new experience for me. I am not easily impressed...by celebrities, money, cars, whatever. That is not to say that I don't appreciate talent, beauty, and aesthetics. I love films, theater, opera, ballet,...

  • Just What is Tourette's Syndrome?
    13

    Just What is Tourette's Syndrome?

    3 years ago

    I've been watching American Idol for many seasons. One of the most memorable was the season James Durbin auditioned for the judges. At that time, he told them that he had Tourettes syndrome and Aspergers disease. This...

  • Idol: Another contestant hits the dust
    6

    Idol: Another contestant hits the dust

    5 years ago

    I’ve been saying it right along, the girls are not as strong as the boys. And last night proved it when another girl was voted off. I think America got it right when they voted Thia Megia, Hayley Reinhart, and...

  • Strange Things Goin' On With The Judges, especially Steven Tyler
    6

    Strange Things Goin' On With The Judges, especially Steven Tyler

    5 years ago

    This week’ American Idol continued to surprise me. I am having so much fun watching Jennifer Lopez and Stephen Tyler and getting to know them. They, along with Randy Jackson are an interesting mix. I have...

  • Talk about shameless self-promotion
    21

    Talk about shameless self-promotion

    5 years ago

    Did you see Idol last night? Well, if you did, you know you had to sit through J-Lo's new video On the Floor. I can't believe they ran the whole thing on American Idol. After all, she's not the only celebrity there....

  • Idol: I can't believe I'm so into it this year
    10

    Idol: I can't believe I'm so into it this year

    5 years ago

    I have been watching American Idol ever since it's been on TV, but I don't usually vote. I like it because I'v been in so many similar situations and it brings brings back all sorts of memories. I have been a performer...

  • Another look at Idol:  So what the heck is  going on?
    8

    Another look at Idol: So what the heck is going on?

    5 years ago

    So last night I was not too happy about the way things turned out...not with the contestants, but with the judges. The eliminations went along as expected. There's a lot of good talent so I think they'll end up with...

  • Idol: 2nd and 3rd times around
    14

    Idol: 2nd and 3rd times around

    5 years ago

    Controlled and not much different than past years Idol continued early auditions on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Screamers, cryers, people who can actually sing a little and some who could sing a lot came out...

  • This season's American Idol
    23

    This season's American Idol

    5 years ago

    I don't watch a lot of TV. I like House, Lie To Me, and The Mentalist. I also like NCIS, but don't always have time to watch it. I have to admit that there are some reality shows I'm fond of...No, not the Housewives, no...

  • Tales from an Innkeeper's crypt: Finally...the tree's down
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    Tales from an Innkeeper's crypt: Finally...the tree's down

    4 years ago

    Why did it take so long to take the tree down? (we just did it yesterday). There are lots of reasons, I suppose, but one of the biggest ones is I never wanted to put it up in the first place. I think I'm turning into...

  • Avoiding bankruptcy at all costs
    20

    Avoiding bankruptcy at all costs

    3 years ago

    I run a small business. Most of my friends and colleagues are small business owners. Every single one of them is in debt. There is no respite from this. According to economists, small business owners have to learn to...

  • Morning ramblings from the Innkeeper: Now there's a Cyber Monday?
    28

    Morning ramblings from the Innkeeper: Now there's a Cyber Monday?

    4 years ago

    I opened my email this morning and there they were...80 emails, not in my spam... there were only 20 there, but in my regular mail. And half of them were ads for Cyber Monday. I'm pretty computer savvy, but I'll have to...

  • Christmas Morning Crepes
    18

    Christmas Morning Crepes

    3 years ago

    Crepes for a very special Christmas breakfast This dish is some what time consuming, but Christmas only comes once a year and if you want to make something that will get a lot of ooohs and aaahs and is very...

  • Christmas Cookies
    35

    Christmas Cookies

    3 years ago

    I love making my own decorations for Christmas. It really gets me in the Christmas mood. I'm sort of a Bah! Humbug! person, so anything I can do to mellow myself out and help myself enjoy the season is on my "to...

  • Potassium and Potatoes
    24

    Potassium and Potatoes

    5 years ago

    Well here's something I didn't know. Potatoes contain an ingredient that helps to prevent strokes. It doesn't matter what kind of potato, russet, red, sweet potatoes, all of them have huge amounts of potassium. ...

  • More Tales from an Innkeeper's Crypt:Housekeepers and assistants
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    More Tales from an Innkeeper's Crypt:Housekeepers and assistants

    5 years ago

    One of the stickiest relationships when running a bed and breakfast is that between the Innkeeper and their housekeeper or assistant. The two work so closely together that it's important that their personalities mesh....

  • Appalachia: Dispelling the myth
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    Appalachia: Dispelling the myth

    19 months ago

    "...So many lies have been written about us, the mountain people, that folks from other states have formed an image of a gun-totin', tabaccer -spittin , whiskey drinkin', barefooted, foolish hillbilly who never...

  • Fabulous Chocolate Bourbon Cake
    24

    Fabulous Chocolate Bourbon Cake

    3 years ago

    Bourbon and Kentucky go together like ham and eggs. Until I moved to Louisville, I had no idea there were so many uses for Bourbon besides drinking it. And when I opened my bed and breakfast here and started doing a lot...

  • Deja vu
    15

    Deja vu

    5 years ago

    I've told this story before....so now this is a real case of deja vu. Please bear with me while I tell it again, with a twist: different day...different cat. I'm a dog person. I keep telling them that...the cats I...

  • My new past-time: Information hoarding
    22

    My new past-time: Information hoarding

    5 years ago

    It seems that I've become a hoarder of information. I've been stashing it on the Internet in my word docs, my Google docs, and my email docs; as well as on little bits of paper all over the house. I suddenly became...

  • That Zombie in the mirror was me
    30

    That Zombie in the mirror was me

    6 years ago

    Well, it was the only way I could get through the morning, which is not really over yet. This is going to be a "post-in-progress" It will help stabilize me. Last night I got all caught-up in stuff on the...

  • Open Window:  Tales from an Innkeeper's Crypt
    30

    Open Window: Tales from an Innkeeper's Crypt

    6 years ago

    I haven't been around much lately cause I've been in Austin (Texas ) looking for a house. I've sold my bed and breakfast and my Victorian house in Louisville and will be moving to the southwest soon.My realtor took me...

  • Curve ball: Getting hit by "self-induced stress"
    17

    Curve ball: Getting hit by "self-induced stress"

    6 years ago

    A few months ago I was thrown a curve ball by some of my friends. I know they thought they were having fun, but unfortunately I couldn't get into the game. I have to admit it... I was a victim of "self-induced...

  • Is This Really Going To Happen? Tales from an innkeepers crypt: Fourth in a series about Kari, my assistant
    16

    Is This Really Going To Happen? Tales from an innkeepers crypt: Fourth in a series about Kari, my assistant

    6 years ago

    This article is the fourth in a series about my housekeeper/assistant Kari, who has worked for me for a year and a half now. You can find the first article at: House for sale, the second at Keeping it All Together ...

  • How to cope with learning disabilities and attention deficits
    15

    How to cope with learning disabilities and attention deficits

    5 years ago

    I have written several articles here on hubpages about my assistant, Kari, who works for me at my bed and breakfast: House For Sale, Keeping it All Together, and Broken Dishes. She exhibits several behaviors which...

  • Spring: a poetry exercise
    24

    Spring: a poetry exercise

    6 years ago

    The following is an exercise in which I have written the same poem in two different forms: the first example is in free verse and the second is in rhyming form. Icy tendrils clinging to shivering bark melt away ...

  • Broken dishes: Tales from an Innkeeper's crypt: Third in a series about Kari
    21

    Broken dishes: Tales from an Innkeeper's crypt: Third in a series about Kari

    6 years ago

    This article in the third in a series about my housekeeper/assistant Kari, who has worked for me for over a year. You can find the first article at: House for sale and the second at Keeping it All Together Kari...

  • Keeping it all together: Tales from an Innkeeper's crypt: Second in a series about Kari
    8

    Keeping it all together: Tales from an Innkeeper's crypt: Second in a series about Kari

    6 years ago

    This article in the second in a series about my housekeeper/assistant Kari, who has worked for me for a year. You can find the first article at: House for sale. Besides being my housekeeper, Kari is also my assistant...

  • Sisters
    23

    Sisters

    6 years ago

    In innocence they twirled and twirled their filmy summer dresses wrapping 'round their sturdy legs And holding hands they laughingly fell back upon the ground and felt the sweep of morning air across their...

  • Shattered Ideas
    15

    Shattered Ideas

    6 years ago

    I've been here before not sure not knowing revealing what I don't know what I'd like to know, I think. I'm not sure which way to go I hate not knowing which way to go to the old or to the new? I don't mind asking...

  • Is Hemingway boring?
    33

    Is Hemingway boring?

    6 years ago

    Ernest Hemingway has been considered one of the best writers of the twentieth century. He won both the pulitzer and Nobel prizes and produced several novels and short stories, some of which were made into films....

  • House For Sale: Tales From an Innkeeper's Crypt: First in a series about Kari
    18

    House For Sale: Tales From an Innkeeper's Crypt: First in a series about Kari

    6 years ago

    I've been trying to sell my house, right? The market is bad and it's not selling, so I came up with an idea so that Kari, my house-keeper and her husband, could buy it. They decided to do it. That was six months ago,...

  • Why take it out on Cupid? For those who hate Valentine's Day
    20

    Why take it out on Cupid? For those who hate Valentine's Day

    6 years ago

    Why take it out on Cupid? you know what I mean he’s just a kid who came up with a clever idea. a way to say I love you for those who just can’t admit that they do whose hearts are frozen but yet have...

  • Water: A film review
    8

    Water: A film review

    6 years ago

    The main characters Chuyia: A seven year old child/widow Kalyani:A young, beautiful widow in her 30's who has been prostituted by Madhumati. Narayan:A commoner and follower of Ghandi, who meets Kalyani and falls in...

  • Ashram
    34

    Ashram

    6 years ago

    After he died they took her to the Ashram and cut off all her hair She was younger than the rest, whose eyes were glassy, dark and circled, and fought them like a tiger Barely seven, she would bring them tea and...

  • A Valentine's Day get-away at a bed and breakfast
    37

    A Valentine's Day get-away at a bed and breakfast

    6 years ago

    A Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine's Day. My Inn is always filled for Valentine's Day. I've seen a lot creative ways that couples celebrate. Of course, we are here to make their week-end as...

  • People pleasing paralysis
    52

    People pleasing paralysis

    4 years ago

    When I was growing up, the most popular people were the ones who wore a smile all the time and never said no when someone asked a favor of them. Unfortunately I was not one of those people. I was not popular in high...

  • Gift-giving at Christmas: It's about the people we love
    14

    Gift-giving at Christmas: It's about the people we love

    6 years ago

    Christmas is almost here and most of the buying is done, at least for all but the last minute scramblers who now have to venture out and face the last minute crowds. If you still need something, it's definitely offline...

  • Women and happiness: Part two - The way it was and is now
    16

    Women and happiness: Part two - The way it was and is now

    6 years ago

    Women and happiness: Part two - Whine, womyn, and thongs (a title used by Christine Rosin, 1990) *To see the first article in this series, click here: "Women and happiness : Part One -The way it was. ...

  • Women and happiness: Part one: A series of articles on the way it was and is now
    30

    Women and happiness: Part one: A series of articles on the way it was and is now

    6 years ago

    Women and happiness. Part one: The way it was In the 1960s, I was teaching school in Chicago. It was just about the time that the "women's feminist movement was getting started. I had graduated from college with a...

  • The other side of nothingness: A different perspective
    30

    The other side of nothingness: A different perspective

    6 years ago

    Being in my seventies, I have decided that, since I am getting closer and closer to death, I must face that fact without fear. In the past, I have been afraid to even utter the word. I no longer want to fear that word...

  • Nothingness
    24

    Nothingness

    6 years ago

    So just how does it feel, the end of life? Not different from an ordinary day. And wondering, I let my mind go free to conjure up whatever it desires. It fills with nothingness. I cannot see the end of me. I cannot...

  • Hoax or scientific experiment gone wrong?
    20

    Hoax or scientific experiment gone wrong?

    6 years ago

    I find the question of whether or not parents, who include their children in their schemes to either make money illegally or get publicity illegally, disturbing and compelling. In the video here, an intriguing story is...

  • Improvisation: That spontaneous thing that you do
    20

    Improvisation: That spontaneous thing that you do

    5 years ago

    to extemporize, ad lib, play it by ear, take it as it comes, make it up as you go along Simply put, to improvise is to make something up on the spur of the moment. That something could be just about anything from a...

  • High School Musicals: What I did for love
    35

    High School Musicals: What I did for love

    5 years ago

    Note: Part of the title of this hub is the title of one of the songs from A Chorus line When I went to work for South Shore High School in Chicago, years and years ago, I was assigned to teach general music, conduct...

  • Retirement? ......I don't think so!
    40

    Retirement? ......I don't think so!

    3 years ago

    I love to work. In fact, you could say I am a work-a-holic. Don't know where I picked up such a strong work ethic, but it seems like I've always been driven by it. By the time I was 12, I was running my own neighborhood...

  • Appalachian foodways: Cooking ethics and traditions of a diverse population
    26

    Appalachian foodways: Cooking ethics and traditions of a diverse population

    5 years ago

    Appalachia is a mostly mountainous area situated in the eastern section of the United States, It stretches from Alabama in the south to Pennsylvania and into parts of New York in the north. The people living in that...

  • Bourbon: A Kentucky tradition
    23

    Bourbon: A Kentucky tradition

    3 years ago

    Nothing says Kentucky like Bourbon. An act of congress in 1964 declared Bourbon to be "America's Native Spirit" and its official distilled spirit. Most bourbons are distilled in Kentucky and it is widely...

  • Louisville Kentucky's First  International Film Festival
    8

    Louisville Kentucky's First International Film Festival

    6 years ago

    One of the reasons I moved to Louisville Kentucky, after retiring from teaching in Chicago, was that the city offered a lot in the way of performing arts. I had been used to that in Chicago and wanted more than a lower...

  • Tim Burton and Johnny Depp take on Alice in Wonderland
    39

    Tim Burton and Johnny Depp take on Alice in Wonderland

    5 years ago

    Walt Disney Studios has just released the movie Alice in Wonderland, pairing director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp. These two are a wonderful combination in the making of unusual and "far out" movies. They...

  • Amorphous as the clouds
    20

    Amorphous as the clouds

    7 years ago

    Graphic by Chris A: http://hubpages.com/hub/for-inspiration-a-challenge-of-sort Amorphous as the clouds above do seem, their misty spirits rising bid us dream. My love appears but when I reach for him the glow that...

  • How to make a beautiful floral wreath
    25

    How to make a beautiful floral wreath

    7 years ago

    A beautiful wreath hanging on your front door is a good way to say welcome to anyone passing by or coming to visit. Designing a wreath with dried flowers and greens from your summer garden or with flowers from your...

  • Angle-Closure Glaucoma
    12

    Angle-Closure Glaucoma

    5 years ago

    Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause vision loss and blindness through damage to the optic nerve. Several factors contribute to its development, but the main culprit is elevated intraocular pressure (IOP),...

  • Falling in  love again
    53

    Falling in love again

    6 years ago

    I'd crept into the deepest darkest place, Where life and love no longer saw my face. My heart was cold, my very soul was dead. My only solace, memories in my head. You came to me and caught me unaware, And unprepared,...

  • Review: So you think you can dance
    6

    Review: So you think you can dance

    6 years ago

    One of the best summer dance shows on TV is a show called "So You Think You Can Dance" Its fifth season appears to be the most successful so far, thanks to a group of extremely talented contestants. This is...

  • The sweet potato: A near perfect food
    14

    The sweet potato: A near perfect food

    6 years ago

    Low in calories, high in everything else. If you don't eat sweet potatoes, you're missing out on one of nature's truly perfect foods. Besides being low in calories, they are high in fiber, great for diabetics and...

  • Is organic better? Organic vs conventionally grown food
    8

    Is organic better? Organic vs conventionally grown food

    4 years ago

    If organic foods are better for you, why are they so darned expensive? I just started buying organic products on a regular basis this year. Prior to that, my feeling was that I just couldn't afford the prices; they are...

  • Are you addicted to sugar?
    23

    Are you addicted to sugar?

    7 years ago

    Some people swear they are addicted to sugar. But, there is a lot of controversy over whether sugar craving is just that; a craving, a habit, or an addiction. The FDA says that, in order for a substance to be...

  • How do you take your tea?
    32

    How do you take your tea?

    3 years ago

    Although the first tea plant arrived in this country in the late 1700s, The history of Sweet Tea in America only dates back to the 19th century, when Americans first attempted to grow tea in the United States. The areas...

  • More tales from an Innkeeper's crypt
    22

    More tales from an Innkeeper's crypt

    7 years ago

    Confrontation with country folk Every once in a while we have to deal with some sort of confrontation at the Aleksander House. It doesn't happen very often, but when it does, it's memorable. Occasionally, a guest...

  • George Carlin: Outrageous comedian
    15

    George Carlin: Outrageous comedian

    6 years ago

    "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting '...holy sh*t ....what a ride!' George Carlin died of heart failure in...

  • If you like delicious summer salads: Give this one a try
    2

    If you like delicious summer salads: Give this one a try

    6 years ago

    Prep: 10 minutes (salad), 10 minutes (dressing) Salad: 4 cups spring greens 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped 1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half 1/2 cup shredded carrots 2 to 3 green onion springs, sliced 1 cup chopped...

  • Outdoor Container Gardening: Planting a Beautiful Pot of Flowers
    24

    Outdoor Container Gardening: Planting a Beautiful Pot of Flowers

    4 months ago

    It's the middle of June and you still haven't put the finishing touches on your porches, decks and gardens They still look a little bare. One quick and easy way to remedy for this, is to plant some pots with flowers,...

  • A life interrupted: Ode to Barbaro
    9

    A life interrupted: Ode to Barbaro

    6 years ago

    I was there when it happened that sixteenth day in May. The crowd anticipating another win that day. I'd watched him win the Derby excitement filled the air, and all the horses in the race were taking on the dare The...

  • Computex 2009 Taipei: largest computer exhibit in Asia
    3

    Computex 2009 Taipei: largest computer exhibit in Asia

    4 years ago

    Computex Taipei is the world's leading ICT procurement platform, generating more than US$ 20 billion in 2008, with more than 1800 global exhibitors from around the world. It has become the largest computer exhibition in...

  • The Amazing Mr Block
    11

    The Amazing Mr Block

    6 years ago

    He came to my Inn during the horrific ice storm we had in February of 2009. He had his belongings in several different plastic bags. As he started up the walk I could see that he might end up flat of his back on the icy...

  • Fibromyalgia: A mysterious painful malady
    25

    Fibromyalgia: A mysterious painful malady

    5 years ago

    I have Fibromyalgia and it's not fun! A lot of people never even heard of it much less know what it is. However, more and more people are being diagnosed with it. Some scientists believe it may be caused by an injury of...

  • That perfect cup of coffee
    62

    That perfect cup of coffee

    7 years ago

    I love coffee, strong and black. I grind my own beans so I can get just the right flavor. My favorite coffees are Jamaican Blue Mountain and Kona, but we don't use them in the bed and breakfast because they're way too...

  • Grief
    28

    Grief

    7 years ago

    I've lost a daughter. She walked away one day without ever looking back. This was inevitable, its inception countless years ago. And while she waited for the perfect time to carry out her plan, the perfect...

  • Basil: a gourmet cook's delight
    4

    Basil: a gourmet cook's delight

    2 years ago

    On my back porch, are 8 huge pots and 5 window boxes which hang over the railing. Although they contain some Geraniums and Petunias, they are mostly filled with herbs: Basil, Dill, Thyme, Tarragon, Rosemary and mint....

  • Chasing Claude Monet: Giverny and the art of living
    29

    Chasing Claude Monet: Giverny and the art of living

    4 years ago

    Having visited Giverny, the home of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet, several years ago, I was struck by the fact that nothing resembles a formal French garden less than Giverny's glorious, flurry of...

  • ...not by bread alone
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    ...not by bread alone

    3 years ago

    Historically, around the early 1500s, the first pies, probably on the European continent, were called "coffins" or "coffyns". They were savory meat pies with tall crusts which were sealed on the top...

  • Kentucky's Culinary Heritage
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    Kentucky's Culinary Heritage

    7 years ago

    The Cumberland River at Cumberland State Park, Kentucky The early Kentucky region formed the western part of the wilderness granted to Virginia under the royal charter of 1609. When the Cumberland Gap, a pass through...

  • "Kill your hogs when the wind is from the northwest": How to cure a ham
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    "Kill your hogs when the wind is from the northwest": How to cure a ham

    5 years ago

    Imagine life before refrigeration. It really wasn't that long ago that folks were putting up fruits and vegetables from their gardens in jars and slaughtering livestock they raised themselves and preserving it so it...

  • Tristan and Isolde: The opera vs the movie
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    Tristan and Isolde: The opera vs the movie

    6 years ago

    I am not necessarily an avid listener of Wagner. Most of his music is intense, heavy and goes on forever. But his operas are truly masterpieces; although, not as easy to listen to as Puccini and Verdi. If you are not an...

  • Kentucky's love affair with Salad
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    Kentucky's love affair with Salad

    7 years ago

    The Kentucky tradition of salads goes back to Elizabethan, England. In The English Hous-wife (1615), the author alludes to "...the young buds and knots of all mannerof wholesome herbs at their first springing...as...

  • The legend of burgoo
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    The legend of burgoo

    3 years ago

    Now I like food and I love to cook, and I've tried a lot of different food in my life, including many different ethic dishes; thus, developing a worldly and daring palate. But, I wouldn't touch this stuff with a ten...

  • Fabulous Grand Marnier French Toast
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    Fabulous Grand Marnier French Toast

    5 years ago

    This is an awesome recipe. I can't remember where I first got it, I think it was from a friend of my daughter's. Anyhow, it was a Long time ago and I've changed it many times since then. It's a favorite of my bed and...

  • The emergence of women as serious artists
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    The emergence of women as serious artists

    3 years ago

    For years, "artist" wasn't a respectable profession for anybody , male or female, until the Italian Renaissance. Even then, most parents would not have chosen an artistic endeavor as a profession for...

  • Trashy dancer: The joys of being an innkeeper
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    Trashy dancer: The joys of being an innkeeper

    3 years ago

    The Mid-America Truck Show was coming to town. I started getting a lot of calls and knew I would be filled to capacity. I was feeling happy thinking about the fact that I would probably be able to meet my expenses this...

  • They're doing it again: Phasing out the music programs in the schools
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    They're doing it again: Phasing out the music programs in the schools

    7 years ago

    In an article in the Daily Kenoshan Newspaper this morning, the headline read: The Day Music Died. The ensuing article read: " According to music teachers at the Kenosha Unified School District, School...

  • How the economy hurt my business and what I've done about it
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    How the economy hurt my business and what I've done about it

    7 years ago

    I've been in business for fifteen years. By myself, I own and run a small bed and breakfast in Louisville, Kentucky. There's a lot of work involved, but I'm a workaholic (why else would I sign up for the Hub challenge?)...

  • Mornings at my bed and breakfast:: Delicious baked apple pancakes
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    Mornings at my bed and breakfast:: Delicious baked apple pancakes

    3 years ago

    Mornings at my bed and breakfast are a food worshipper's dream. You awake to the aroma of freshly ground and brewed coffee. We use only the finest European blend, with a dash of French roast thrown in. We may be baking...

  • He wore a Dashiki: Miles Davis at his best
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    He wore a Dashiki: Miles Davis at his best

    3 years ago

    I moved to Chicago in the 1960s, as a single mother with two young children. It was a very exciting city with lots going on in art, music, and theater. I first settled in an area called Saganash Park, then Evanston. But...

  • The exuberant honeymooners
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    The exuberant honeymooners

    7 years ago

    People come to a bed and breakfast for various reasons. Some are here on business, some are visiting friends or family, and some just want to get away and scope out the area. But, one of the most popular reasons is to...

  • She was an outdoor cat
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    She was an outdoor cat

    5 years ago

    She was an outdoor cat and frequently came up onto my back porch to lie in the sun. I didn't feed her, but neither did I shoo her away. I love animals and there were many in the neighborhood. But I knew if I fed them,...

  • I'll never forget Robin: She looked like a scared little bird
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    I'll never forget Robin: She looked like a scared little bird

    7 years ago

    She appeared at my door, looking like a little scared bird. She had no luggage, nothing else with her except the clothes she was wearing. She came to spend a couple of nights at my bed and breakfast. Another innkeeper...

  • Pears in White Zinfindel
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    Pears in White Zinfindel

    6 years ago

    I like to think that I'm a gourmet cook, especially when it comes to breakfast. At my Inn, we always serve the very best breakfast we can, with the freshest ingredients. We usually serve two courses, with fruit and...

  • The naked Irish farmer
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    The naked Irish farmer

    6 years ago

    In my last hub, "One day I woke up and I was an innkeeper", I mentioned that in order to make the most money possible, I would rent out all five of my bedrooms and sleep in the hallway just outside the kitchen...

  • Daddy was a jazz musician
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    Daddy was a jazz musician

    7 months ago

    He played tenor sax. When I was very young, we lived in Detroit in a tiny apartment, my mom, my dad, my sister and me. Daddy practiced all day long and played in clubs all night, except when he went fishing or hunting,...

  • One day I woke up and I was an innkeeper: 2nd in a series
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    One day I woke up and I was an innkeeper: 2nd in a series

    7 years ago

    Yes, I shopped nearly every day for an entire year. And since then, I've never been able to go shopping in stores again. I do all my shopping on-line, except for what I buy at the grocery or drug store. Honestly! And...

  • It was never a dream: How I became an innkeeper: 1st in a series of three
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    It was never a dream: How I became an innkeeper: 1st in a series of three

    7 years ago

    I never planned on being an innkeeper. In fact, I never wanted to be in business. And furthermore, I had no idea that running a bed and breakfast was "being in business". I was a teacher in Chicago for thirty...

  • Surviving the  family roadtrip
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    Surviving the family roadtrip

    7 years ago

    This year, all of us are going to have to come up with some creative ideas for summer travel. The economy is still in a slump, but the kids are out of school, they've worked hard all year and, hopefully have...

  • A writer's point of view
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    A writer's point of view

    5 years ago

    Although editors like it, not all writers prefer using the third person. Many writers, myself included, are actually very comfortable using the first person. The choice of which person is more appropriate is dependent...

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