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The Driftwood Inn, Homer Alaska

We stayed at the Driftwood Inn the last time we were in Homer, and liked it, except that our room next to the Elks Club got a little noisy on a Saturday night.

This time we tried another room, room 29; you can choose and book for specific rooms at the Driftwood Inn. We love the view, we feast on the view. We love the cleanness and spaciousness of the rooms, and we love all the common areas – there is a fridge and microwave and stove, and a large sitting room, kitchen table, etc. There is a washer and dryer, woooo hooooo, even though we are mostly in jeans and chinos and layers of shirts, things get dirty and I like a chance to wash up.

We also have a lovely large closet where we can stow all our gear, and we have a Keurig coffee maker, well stocked. Alaska is like Seattle, people drink a lot of coffee.

LOL, first things first, the closet:

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This room could work well for a family, with two beds, a double and a queen:

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There is also a lovely balcony, and a door to the balcony, which we often kept open so we could listen to the waves.

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View from balcony on a cloudy day:
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January 1, 2014 Posted by | Alaska, Customer Service, Environment, Hotels, Road Trips, Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

“We Are All Children of One Heavenly Father”

I am not Catholic, and I like this Pope. I like his humility. I like his down-to-earth behavior. I believe he will bring more people to belief than those who revel in the pomposities of an exalted role. I like it that he believes we are all children of the same God.


VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, laying out his hopes Wednesday for the just-begun year, urged people to work for a world where everyone accepts each other’s differences and where enemies recognize that they are brothers.

“We are all children of one heavenly father, we belong to the same human family and we share a common destiny,” Francis said, speaking from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, jammed with tens of thousands of faithful, tourists and Romans.

“This brings a responsibility for each to work so that the world becomes a community of brothers who respect each other, accept each other in one’s diversity, and takes care of one another,” the pope said.

Setting aside his prepared text for a moment, he expressed impatience with violence in the world. “What is happening in the heart of man? What is happening in the heart of humanity?” Francis asked. “It’s time to stop.”

He told the crowd this reflection was inspired by letter he received from a man — “maybe one of you” — who lamented that there are “so many tragedies and wars in the world.”

“I, too, believe that it will be good for us to stop ourselves in this path of violence and search for peace,” Francis said.

January 1, 2014 Posted by | Character, Communication, Community, Cross Cultural, Cultural, Faith, Living Conditions | , | Leave a comment