I arrived in spite of
After getting my fancy dancy Avis
rental SUV (RED Mercury Baby)
with a fine sound system
that drives, “fine just fine”,
a GPS to tell me how to get to
HOLIDAY INN !
I pulled into a parking lot
and almost fell out of the car!
HERE is my view as I turned left
Holiday INN on
Front Street of
Travese City MI
I’m thinkin cuz Angie was wishin she was my chauffer this trip and that it was she laying on that beach!
I was “amazed that here as I turned into the parking lot, I was viewing SUCH BEAUTY OF THE WATERS!!!
I am thinking,
so I parked the car, and casually walked to the beach before checking in!
Then I was greeted by two young women,
BRITTANY AND KAYLA!
Both professional, both lovely,
both a fine representation of
the Holiday Inn
as they welcomed me!
They let me know that the beach actually was wonderful fresh water, led into
and was there to enjoy!
Darn, I did not bring my bathing suit
did actually have all afternoon I could have been out there on that beach!!!
That will teach me,
should I be invited back to this enchanting place.
The view from laying on my bed in the room and looking across at the mirror!
Now isnt that just amazingly beautiful?
I also had the opporunity to meet
Kathy L. Maruskin,
the Director of Sales and Marketing after a stroll on the little boardwalk looking at the waters edge. She was delightful and had a lovely bouquet of lillies on her desk, all of my favorites too.
She said she was from the big city of Detroit and had moved here to a little place out in the woods with five acres and everyone thought she was crazy leaving the city,
but this was “home” and she loved it!
She spoke about how you can’t just walk in a grocery store without spending thirty minutes talking to folks they are so kind and friendly here,
and her passion and love for this place was obvious along with her job here at the
Holiday in of the West Bay
615 East Front Street
Traverse City MI
I’m planning on feasting on their signature dish of
white fish tonight, she has told me it is the best anywhere
and they are known for it!
So I told her I would be letting her know tomorrow!!!
But then wouldn’t ya just know,
spirit leads you to be where you are supposed to be;
I’m outside sitting on a bench looking at that most marvelous view and a woman by the name of
is sitting beside me.
We talk a bit
she tells me she and her husband are here for their anniversary
And before you know it,
she is telling me of her beloved daughter who developed
BREAST CANCER AT 24
died two years ago July
We talked a bit more
then she asked if I had any of my books with me,
I told her before the day ended out
I might lose a pound with as many trips
I was making to room
We both laughed
told her I would be right back.
As I entered the hallway I heard my name
and it was Kelly beckoning me to come and meet
THE GENERAL MANAGER
THE HOLIDAY INN!
I ran in and shook hands
with a wonderful woman
and said, “I’ll be right back”!
Healing Heartaches and hugging Sharon from Detroit and talking a bit,
I was then
treated to a cocktail by the GM and Kelly of Catering and Sales
and introduced to the entire staff that was working it seems. All of which I enjoyed meeting, and thanked all for their warm welcome and hospitality.
What a lovely time we had!
I also learned that Debra’s son
Is a Veteran,
Joe Brown, I thank you for your service!
He also was a NFL player for the
Now how bout that for getting me some
“cred” from my godsons?
The ladies informed me
that their restaurant is known to have best ever
“pan seared fresh Wallyeye”
that I must have that for dinner!
SO I DID!!!
“off the hook delicous”
“off the hook delicous”
with a cherry butter topping to die for”
I mean outrageously good …
Then for a walk on the little boardwalk and
a sailboat in the distance and the waves hitting against the sand!
life is good this evening,
I am here 1400+ miles from home
have yet to imagine what today holds!
Traverse City is a place to see and the folks I’ve met are
I will keep you posted as the day progresses
and I marvel at the beauty of the waters edge
and walk out just to put my feet in the water here
just cos’ I can!
I was also honored to meet a man on the plane coming here, that was a Veteran of the Marines. He too lives in the Tampa Area. It was a joy watching him on that IPAD of his, and I thank him for his service.
Then on the last leg of the trip (that was almost missed thanks to Delta)
I was again honored to meet a man who is in law enforcement from Texas.
I was truly honored to speak with him, he was coming here for a training, and was with his family.
A Kind but strong man, I wish him safety in his work, and joy in his life… We are blessed to have him walking the walk keeping those in Texas safe.
and now a moment to reflect and to
A man that has known me all of my life
died suddenly Sunday with his family bedside
after traveling to southwest Virginia to attend his high school reunion and then falling seriously ill and becoming hospitalized there.
My Mom was invited to come to the hospital as she and he have known each other since they were teenagers; it seems he recognized her voice and gently squeezed her hand twice in recognition.
All efforts to help him were attempted.
Joe John Thompson,
a man I loved all of my life and particularly loved as a little child and one who taught me to shoot a bow and arrow, and if memory serves me my first weapon!
A handsome devil, who was spose to wait til I grew up to marry me! A young man who protected me from things that were percieved threats to a little kid, and also very real threats as well,
a guy who grew into a man,
one who I remember fondly.
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He will be missed by all who loved him
he will dance in the lights of heaven as those who loved him now will welcome him to the other side.
Dance on Joe John, your work here is completed.
My thoughts and condolences to his family, friends and all who loved him.
Walk In Beauty Friends,
don’t waste a moment, it all goes by so quickly.