I have had a dream, as have many women I know. We have chatted long into the night about women living together, moving to the next stages of life together, creating, writing, cooking and becoming a force of nature together.
My dream has been to establish a writer’s community, a live-in creative and sustainable community to help shift the terrible model of living in isolation. Whether this is a destination place for people to work on projects for a winter or summer, whether a core of individuals commit to living together and creating a more sustainable and functional model for living, I have entered this contest below.
And, I am going to run a contest of my own up until May 1, 2015
The first 10 people who are inspired by the idea of living in Maine, of having a place to be to do creative work or are ready to pull up stakes and move , I am willing to help you write your essay of no more than 200 words, polish it and help you to send it in. All you pay is the $125 entry fee. I will donate my usual fee of $500 to help you do this. Then we become a collective force of energy to call in the possible outcome and along the way a community of intention is woven together with strength and clarity. And of course this is open to men and women alike.
Here is the information below and then right at the end I have included the link to the application. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to be one of the ten people and then send this along to pioneering friends and post it on Facebook. At the very least, we will build a community of connection and at the very most we will be creating something beautiful, together in a world that needs community. But the bottom line is, we will have fun.
The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital. Mark Hyman
Win an Inn ! Owner of historic Inn in Maine is holding essay contest and the winner gets the property
- Janice Sage, current owner of the Center Lovell Inn, won the inn in a 1993 essay contest
- After running the inn for 22 years, 68-year-old Sage is ready to retire
- She expects to receive 7,500 applications by the May 7 deadline
Now the 68-year-old innkeeper is ready to retire and plans to hand off the keys to the Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant to a new owner with a new contest.
Ms Sage announced the contest late last year, and expects to receive 7,500 entries from prospective new owners by the May 7 deadline.
On Monday, the Daily Mail Online spoke with Ms Sage about her decision to finally step away from the inn she’s toiled at and invested $500,000 into for renovations.
‘I’ve been in the business 38 years so it’s time to retire,’ Ms Sage said, adding that she’s looking forward to doing nothing in her retirement after years of 17-hour workdays.
Ms Sage says she can’t reveal the essay that won her the inn in 1993, but she believes her 16 years running a restaurant in Maryland helped.
‘One of the judges told me they chose me because they saw that I could carry on the inn and make it a viable business,’ Ms Sage said.
While Ms Sage has the right to sell the business, as the outright owner, she has decided to give it away with a new essay contest out of goodwill.
‘I just want to pass it on to somebody else who is looking for an inn, who possibly can’t own it on their own outright and I think this is a good way to pay it forward,’ she said.
Ms Sage hopes to read all of the applications by May 17, and says she’ll be impressed by grammatically correct entries that show a passion for work.
The prompt for the essay is simple: ‘Why I would like to own and operate a country inn.’ Prospective new owners must answer the question in a pithy 200 words, and pay $125 to enter the contest.
Ms Sage will be keeping the money from the application, which could exceed the inn’s estimated value of $900,000.
Ms Sage won’t choose the winner, though. Instead, she’ll whittle down the list to the top 20 candidates and then let a two-person team who have no stake in the inn select the winner by May 21. The inn will then transfer to the new owner within 30 days, along with $20,000 to jumpstart the business.
However, the new owners must agree to keep the inn, which dates back to 1805, painted white with green or black trim. They must also run the property as an inn for at least one year after the handover.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2986554/Win-inn-Owner-historic-Maine-inn-holding-essay-contest-winner-gets-property.html#ixzz3U5d5glze
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