Rachael Solem


Promise manifest:
Each bud aching to unfold
checked by the cool night.
Hello Dear Reader,
  The turtles gathered above are a gift from a long time friend.  He acquired them when a colleague retired. She had collected them in her office, and was shedding them.  He kept them in his office where visitors would inquire, or comment on their characters, a conversation starter.  Now he has retired and is shedding them.   He has given them to me, as I have noted here in this newsletter some of the charming nature of turtles: their longevity, their seeming patience and wry observational skills, their persistence.
  This month we note the third anniversary of the shut down of our operations by the governor.  Those of you who read this gazette during those early months may remember my sense of panic, and my diving in to many of the great ills of the world we had (still have) to face.   We welcomed the government assistance, we worked to keep our employees safe.  We abandoned marketing efforts, scrambled to rework our routines, to adapt to find the few guests we were allowed to accommodate.   We dug deeply into our savings, sold a property, rearranged our ownership and management.
We are not done with this pandemic.  Hundreds of Americans die of it every day.  We will live with this virus and its variants forever.  More viruses will find their ways into our population.  Masks and some times hand sanitizers will now always be a part of our daily equipment, like wallet and keys, for engaging with the world.
But we now compare our occupancy nicely with 2019.  Now the breakfast room hums with people pouring coffee, sharing the newspaper, chatting quietly.
  Returning guests stop to say Hello!   Just now a woman from Seattle stopped by my door to share with me her praise of our breakfast with great enthusiasm, noting she is an avid traveler.  Children talk about everything they see, speaking Japanese, and just now, German.  Their chatter is hopeful, curious, cheerful.  For this I am grateful.
  I hope this finds you all well, all making something good of each day.  We hope to see you some time!Cheers to you all,Rachael
Vernal haiku by William ‘Shakespeare’ Brennan
Spring is coming, bit by bit….
Photos by Zoia Krastanova

One of our favorite little theaters is reopening soon!
Arrow Street Arts has moved into the space where Oberon was (until 12/21).
Here is an article in the Boston Globe about their plans.

and if you are hungry, or just enjoy learning about food….
Harvard Square food tours~Ever wonder why Harvard Square was Julia Child’s favorite neighborhood? Do you love old, historic cities that have European cobblestone streets?

Then join us for this delicious culinary adventure through historical Harvard Square in Cambridge! If you’re visiting Boston or here on a vacation to Boston or a local looking for fun things to do in Boston, you’ll love exploring Hahvahd with our friendly guides.

and the MIT Museum
has some shows for stretching your mind:
MIT Museum After Dark Series

Enjoy a lively evening of entertainment, science, and tinkering for the 21+ crowd!After Dark is a monthly adults-only, after-hours event at the museum. Full of science and surprises, expect demonstrations, tastings, conversation and interactive play. Our galleries will be open for you, and we’ll always have live music, cash bar, and bites by culinary specialists from around the city.

21+ only

Same-day Purchase – $20
Advance Purchase – $15
MIT ID holders – $10

Space is limited. Pre-registration strongly suggested.

Is it time to visit colleges?  If so, please check out our College Tripping offer.
If you tell us you heard about this from the Gazette, we will add more gift certificates and goodies to your college tripping bag…

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