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2015…The Year of Giving Back!

dianna stampflerDIANNA


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!

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featured destinationPerry Hotel

Petoskey, MI
Stafford's Perry Hotel

100 Lewis Street
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 347-40004

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.

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