Recharging Your (Creative) Batteries

Modern-day men, women, and even children all do the same thing when they arrive home.  They plug in.  Their cell phones, mp3 players, pagers, controllers, iPads, and anything else cordless we’ve convinced ourselves we can’t leave home without, has to be recharged.

But how do we recharge ourselves?  We can’t run the workaday rat race for long without taking a time out and refilling our store of energy.  Some use meditation, others exercise, and many like to return to a calm (and electronic-free) zone to relax.

My current favorite location is the back deck of our home.  There’s no TV, no phone (unless I bring it there), and its atmosphere invites you to slow down and enjoy the view.  I can practically feel my blood pressure lower when I step through the patio door.

We have a lovely view of the pond – water is always a relaxant.  And the screen panels keep out the bugs, while letting in the summer breeze.  Just a few minutes here can have me thinking fresh, positive thoughts and gaining confidence that I can face the world again.

Where do you go to recharge your batteries?

Whistling Girls and Window-Spitters (The all-true tales of an Ozark town)

Can a man be shot for spitting on a window? Is it illegal to whistle on a public street?  You’d be surprised what was once law, and lawless, in the city of Hollister, Missouri!

HollisterCity Manager, Rick Ziegenfuss, was kind enough to give our group at the Ozarks Writers Conference a brief tour of the historic district and a very informative slide show.  Here are a few photos of Ye Olde English Inn…and see if you can guess these town tidbits!

Ye Olde English Inn on historic Downing Street

Lobby & Grand Staircase

Balcony & Rock Work

Take it from the top...

Writers break for lunch at Little Hacienda Mexican Restaurant

Now, let’s see how you did…

Historic Downing Street was once named Front Street.  Otto Kohler was a strongman for the circus.  Birdcage Alley was once Broadway, where all the front doors of the buildings faced (away from the railroad).  That heavy-hitter was Babe Ruth, and only Popcorn Pete McAllister could be the demon barber of Downing Street!

Thanks for playing, and be sure to visit historic Hollister, Missouri!

Ye Olde English Inn Hotel

Ye Ole English Inn Hotel Hollister Mo on Historic Downing Street in Hollister Missouri.

This was the site of the Ozarks Writers Conference this weekend – a lovely, restful inn that almost had me fooled into thinking I was back in England.  Restaurant, pub, amazing staff, and the best feature yet… Fandoliers!