While we were in Yellowstone, we took the free, 45-minute tour of Old Faithful Inn. Our guide, Ruth Quinn, had an obvious love of the place. Any interesting facts mentioned below were learned from her. The Inn’s entrance is pictured above. The deck fills with guests fifteen to twenty minutes before Old Faithful’s next eruption. … Continue reading →
Last weekend, my husband and I went to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The premise of the film is that several financially-strapped British retirees decide to move to India, where the pound might go farther. But the story is much more than a fish-out-of-water tale. Instead, it deals with the dilemmas faced by many individuals as they age in a society that worships youth and pushes older people aside. This delicate, thought-provoking theme could make for some dreary storytelling. Instead the audience is drawn in by the film’s warmth and humor.
As the audience left the theater, middle-aged people had tears in their eyes. Older men and women smiled broadly — someone had finally understood. Everyone seemed uplifted — assured that, at any age, life can be an adventure.
I leave Florida at6:00 a.m.; drive thirteen hours. I pass through Mobile, Alabama, and continue toHattiesburg. A sign catches my eye – Ramada Inn on the Hill — $45/night. I can’t see the hotel from the road, but drive up a zig-zagged driveway to investigate. “How bad can it be?” I think. “It’s a major … Continue reading →