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Blessed!

Please forgive this very personal blog. And I apologize if my experiences do not match occasions in your life and bring up unpleasant memories for you. I just feel I need to share some events in my life that can be summarized in one word … … [Read more]

A Great Way to Clear and Energize Your Mind

When I am flustered and frustrated, I am not always the best person to be around. I can be moody and sometimes downright grouchy. When that happens, Lainey always knows what to say…”Mort, take a hike”. Literally…She is not giving up on me, just … [Read more]

The Disappearance of Rural America

Did you read the recent article about the disappearance of rural America? It seems that only 16% of the nation's population now lives in a rural setting... the lowest percentage ever. By contrast, there is a growing number of "megalopolises". In … [Read more]

Thunderstorms, Front Porches, and a Little Patience

We have had an adventurous few weeks around here. The first of the month, we hosted the Hester Family reunion and were the venue for Janey and Joel Yarborough's wedding all the same weekend. Congratulations to them. The following week, we thoroughly … [Read more]

Nature’s Theme Park

A few years ago, a local businessman proposed a marketing plan for our region entitled "Nature's Theme Park". The premise of his proposal was that all the natural activities in and around the Great Smoky Mountains were as good as those found in any … [Read more]

Spring Flowers in Bloom!

Jim Burbank and his wife, Eleanor, just left the inn after two wonderful weeks of wildflower walks. I don't think we have ever had more perfect weather. After the recent storms passed, the temperature was cool and the skies were crystal clear. It was … [Read more]

Easter

Easter is very late this year. Does anyone really understand how the date for Easter is set each year? All I know, it has to do with some guy named Vernal Equinox. At any rate, Easter falls on April 24 this year, which is past our normal opening … [Read more]

Perfectly Glorious!

Lainey and I started out this past Sunday morning with good intentions. Steven has a classmate whose parents started a new church in Cashiers, and since this was the last Sunday we would be available for a while, we decided to visit. We got up early, … [Read more]

The Internet is great, but…

The internet is a marketing jewel. No one can argue that it is the most powerful way to get your message to the public. "Social Networking" is also growing at a phenomenal rate. Hemlock Inn has a wonderful website and has recently added Facebook … [Read more]

End of Summer

It's been a while since I have written. We had a pretty good late summer surge that kept us busy for a while followed by the Francis Asbury Society Retreats in August. They have been coming to the inn for 28 years every August. We are very thankful … [Read more]