Kindness Rocks!!

Kindness can be a simple or a grand gesture. Kindness can effect one individual or can be a global phenomenon.Picture of a Kindness Rocks rock that says Wish upon a starfish

Kindness is defined as “the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate” by the Oxford Dictionary.  Kindness is synonymous with warm-heartedness, goodwill, warmth, gentleness, tenderness, sympathy, benevolence, compassion, courteous, gracious, humaneness and selflessness.  The Urban Dictionary defines kindness as “the act of not just being nice, but showing sympathy and understanding” towards others and “not expecting anything in return.”

Some say that kindness doesn’t exist in the world anymore;  that in this dog-eat-dog world of ours everyone looks out for themselves.  But as a person who has always seen the glass as half full and has always seen the good in people (albeit, sometimes you may have to look really, really hard!) I DO believe there is kindness in our world.

So are you a kind human being?  Are you friendly, generous and considerate to others? Do you show sympathy and understanding to others without expecting something in return?  Do you rock?  WHAT?????

The Kindness Rocks Project, a grass roots organization which began on Cape Cod, is the perfect example of what it means to spread kindness.  Megan Murphy, the founder of The Kindness Rocks Project, and fellow Cape Codder, encourages people to leave rocks painted with inspiring messages along the paths of life.  The motto of The Kindness Rocks Project is “one message atPicture of a Kindness Rocks rock that says Live Laugh Love just the right time can change your entire day…outlook…life!  Take one, share one or add one to the pile.”

If you have visited some of our beautiful Cape Cod beaches you may seen some Kindness Rocks.  There is a Kindness Rocks garden set up at one of our favorite places – the Bass Hole River boardwalk at Grey’s Beach in Yarmouthport.

Megan Murphy, a life coach, started this movement with just a couple of messages on a couple of rocks. And this grass roots movement has grown into a global phenomenon.  There are now Kindness Rocks gardens all around the world!

On social media, Megan has shared some stories of people who have been effected by her movement.  There are stories of parents who have lost their children looking for an outlet to help others through their grief.  There are stories of individuals who were down, discouraged or distraught who found a rock with an encouraging and inspirational message and it made a huge impact on their lives.  There are stories of entire communities coming together to spread kindness.

Isn’t it amazing that such a simple gesture – painting a message on a rock – can have such a profound impact?

So we are happy to announce that the Long Dell Inn is joining the Kindness Rocks Project!  In the Spring, we will have a Kindness Rocks garden set up at the Inn where guests can take a rock that speaks to them or take one that will speak to someone they know who is in need of a special message.  We will also be setting up a space for guests to paint messages on rocks.  They can take their rocks home with them as a souvenir or they can leave rocks in our garden for future guests to enjoy.  And just maybe the right rock will end up in the hands of the person who needs it the most!

Picture of a Kindness Rocks rock that says Free Your Spirit

In December of 2018, Megan was featured on the Today Show to discuss her project.  Check out Megan Murphy’s two books:  A Pebble For Your Thoughts and Kindversations Workbook For Kids.  If you don’t already, you should follow The Kindness Rock Project on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about this amazing movement and to read about the impact it is having on our world!

And of course, you should follow the Long Dell Inn on Facebook and Instagram (capecod_longdellinn) to check out what’s happening at the Inn and to take a look at some of the Kindness Rocks in our garden!

And perhaps you can spread your own kindness in your own way.

Shouldn’t Every Day Be Earth Day?

Image of earth stating Earth day and April 22.

Every year, April 22nd is celebrated as Earth Day.  I recently read in the newspaper about several activities that are being held on Cape Cod in honor of Earth Day. I began wondering about the history and origins of Earth Day.

April 22, 1970 marks the birth of the modern environmental movement.  Twenty million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums in massive rallies across the country to demonstrate for a healthy and sustainable environment. .  This massive effort by Americans of all walks of life led to the creation of the United State Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Act.

As 1990 approached, a group of environmental leaders launched another big campaign on behalf of Mother Earth.  Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lift environmental issues onto the world stage, giving a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide.

In 2000, Earth Day used the power of the internet to organize activists who sent world leaders the loud and clear message that citizens around the world wanted quick and decisive action on global warming and clean energy.

As a Cape Codder, the environment is an important aspect of this beautiful place we call home.  Millions of visitors a year come to the Cape to partake in the natural beauty that Cape Cod has to offer.

Earth Day 2018 will focus on mobilizing the world to End Plastic Pollution, including creating support for a global effort to eliminate single-use plastics along with global regulation for the disposal of plastics.  The Earth Day Network will educate millions of people about the health risks of plastic, including our pollution of our oceans, water and wildlife and about the growing body of evidence that decomposing plastics are creating serious global problems.

From poisoning and injuring marine life to the ubiquitous presence of plastics in our food to disrupting human hormones and causing major life threatening diseases and early puberty, the exponential growth of plastics is threatening our planet’s survival.

CARE for the Cape and Islands is launching a plastic-free campaign on Earth Day, with a focus on a Skip the Straw program.  Americans use 500 million drinking straws every single day.  (Isn’t that an astonishing number?!)  Straws are used for a short time, are not recycled and often find their way into the ocean where they become litter and a danger to our marine and wildlife.  The plastic also endangers our own health.  CARE is asking the restaurant industry on the Cape to replace plastic straws with biodegradable paper straws or reusable straws.

Image stating reduce reuse recycle replenish and restore

Here at the Long Dell Inn we have always provided our guests with reusable BPA free water bottles that guest could take home to continue to reuse. In fact, it was one of the first decisions we made upon buying the Bed & Breakfast.  We have a large water cooler in the breakfast room where guests can fill up their Long Dell Inn water bottles as often as they want!  We also only have paper straws available for guests to use.

In honor of Earth Day 2018, we have decided to eliminate the one-time use bottles of water that are usually placed in the guest rooms.  We will encourage guests to use the Long Dell Inn water bottles they are given upon check-in.  Let’s all try to eliminate as much plastic rubbish as we can – every little bit can help put a smile on Mother Earth’s face!

This year Earth Day will be celebrated by over a billion people world wide.  So what will you do to celebrate Earth Day?  This question brings up even more questions:

Don’t we all love our planet?

If so, shouldn’t every day be Earth Day?

Click here to check out our “Eco-Friendly” page on our website and read about other steps we have taken to reduce our impact on our environment.

Sources:  www.careforthecapeandislands.org; www.earthday.org

Unraveling Long Dell Inn’s Past

Long Dell Inn Pre-1967
Long Dell Inn Pre-1967

We had the awesome pleasure of meeting Dick and Val. They owned the Long Dell Inn for 35 years. Purchasing the Long Dell Inn back in 1953 while on their honeymoon, they raised their children on the property before selling the Inn in 1988.

Marc Donna Dick and Val, 30 October 2014
Marc Donna Dick and Val, 30 October 2014

As custodians of the Long Dell Inn, their business model was a bit different than what the Long Dell Inn is today. When they began, they merely rented rooms. There was no food or beverage service. At some point later, they added coffee service. They typically rented rooms out by the week and did accept shorter reservations if the room had not yet been rented out. Back in 1953, large rooms went for $6/day while a smaller room was $3/day.

Living Room/Foyer, Main House, 1st Floor

There used to be a foyer just inside the front door. This foyer had an entryway into the living room, along with door access into a small bedroom. That small bedroom is now part of Captain’s Quarters (Room 1). Also off the foyer were the stairs going to the second floor, and a coat closet underneath the stairs. Evidence of the coat closet still exists. You can see where the modeling is patched in. Also, when looking from the interior of the Room 1 closet, you can see the doorway was just covered over by sheetrock with some of the door’s molding still visible.

Room 1, Captain’s Quarters

The “bed” side of the room was originally part of the dining room. The other part of the room was a small bedroom with a closet (which is now the bathroom). This small room was most likely some type of servant’s quarters, as there was a door in the room which led to a butler’s pantry. You can clearly see were the room used to be divided.

Kitchen/Butler’s Pantry

The kitchen area now encompasses what was a butler’s pantry. The former butler’s pantry space is now the home of our refrigerators and Room 1 bathroom shower. The small butler’s pantry had two doors and a pass-through window. From the pantry, you could access the dining room and servant’s bedroom via doorways, and the kitchen was accessible via a pass-through window. From the kitchen, there also used to be a stairway upstairs to access one of the common bathrooms.

Gallery/Dining Room

The Gallery area used to be part of the Dinning Room along with the “bed” side of what is now Room 1, Captain’s Quarters. You can tell this based on where the electric is coming out of the ceiling in the Gallery – relatively close to the wall.

Room 2, Tradewinds

This bedroom with en suite used to be two separate rental rooms. These rooms could be rented individually or together as they were adjoining.

Room 3, Down the Shore

This bedroom with en suite used to be a bedroom and common bathroom. The bathroom was originally accessible from the hallway.

Room 4, Grenville

This bedroom with en suite used to be a bedroom and common bathroom. The bathroom was originally accessible from the hallway.

Attic

The two rooms in the attic, also used to be rented. Since the house had two common bathroom’s this now makes sense.

Owner’s Quarters

This area was added in 1967.

Carriage House (Rooms 5, 6 and 7)

These rooms were finished back in the early 1960s.

Welcome to our new website & our 1st blog entry!

Since the Inn now has a new look and a new website we thought we needed new names for our newly renovated rooms. So several weeks ago we asked family, friends and those who have “Liked” the Long Dell Inn (LDI) on Facebook for their assistance. We thank everyone for their input.

In the end, we thought it best to honor ourselves and the Long Dell Inn by using room names that had special meaning to each.

Here’s what we came up with:

Room #1 – Captain’s Quarters.

We thought it appropriate to retain the current name in honor of Captain Reuben Jones who built the house in the mid-1800’s. He definitely deserves some recognition.

Room #2 – Tradewinds.

We met at a concert being held at the Tradewinds in Sea Bright, NJ.

Room #3 – Down The Shore.

The Jersey shore is a place of so many childhood (and adult) memories.  It’s also a lyric in the song Jersey Girl sung by Bruce Springsteen. And when one from New Jersey says “down the shore” we say it as if it’s one word!

Room #4 – Grenville.

After we got married, our wedding brunch was held at The Grenville in Bay Head, NJ.

Room #5 – Seabird.

Again, we thought it appropriate to retain the current name as this was one of the ships Reuben Jones’ captained.

Room #6 – Sugar Magnolia.

Marc is a big Grateful Dead fan and this room is named after one of their songs.

Room #7 – The Nest.

The Nest because being on the top floor of the Carriage house feels like you are up in the trees with all of our wonderful feathered friends.

Stay tuned for future blogs about the Long Dell Inn and Cape Cod!!