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Andy Griffith and Me

If you know me at all, you probably know that I am a huge Andy Griffith fan; more precisely I am a fan of the Andy Griffith show. I grew up watching it, still follow the reruns and usually can identify the episode after only watching a few minutes. … [Read more]

Personal Retreat

I should have said more about my nephew and his family that moved here last summer to help Lainey and I here at the inn. Some of you have already met Chad Gilbert and his wife, Maggie, and their two young sons, Seamus and Declan. They have already … [Read more]

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Weddings

February has always been a special month in our household. In addition to the usual Valentines and Presidents Days hoilidays, Lainey and I also observe our anniversary and my birthday. We were married February 12th (Lincoln's Birthday) and celebrate … [Read more]

New Year’s Resolutions and Winter Views

I am not very good at making New Year's Resolutions, and worse at keeping them, but I try to make a few every year with varying degrees of success. I won't bother to reveal what's on my list this year except for one item. I resolved to get out … [Read more]

Ringing in the New

It has been a while since I have written. We have been very fortunate to have a busy fall and holiday season. We loved seeing many of our regular guests in the beautiful month of October while November and December have been filled with wonderful … [Read more]

Hemlock Inn Folks

We just finished our biggest season of the year. Each fall, we enjoy seeing so many of our regular friends as well as a good number of new guests who have come to the mountains to see the beautiful fall colors. The colors this year were exceptionally … [Read more]


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]