One of the greatest gifts I received this holiday season was a pen pal from Mexico. Her name is Jazmin and she lives with her family in a small village, on $96 a month! Less than my average grocery bill (per week) and often less than what I drop, without hesitation, for a meal and a bottle of wine at any number of restaurants around Michigan. Imagine living on less than $1,200 a year! I pay more than that a month for rent and utilities here at the Blog Cabin. How’s that for an eye opener!
As we move into a new year full of hope and opportunity, I plan to not only think more about others but to put those thoughts in action. Writing letters to Jazmin is just the start!
The Perry Hotel has been welcoming guests since 1899, when Dr. Norman J. Perry built it—just four years after Petoskey was incorporated as a city. He operated the hotel until 1919, when it was purchased by Drs. John and George Reycraft. They intended to convert it into a hospital, but the city’s leaders felt there was such a demand for a year-round hotel that they convinced the brothers to build their hospital in another location.