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Kevin Panko, Group Publisher and CEO COVID-19 times have brought in a whole new perspective on travel. I am here today to tell you of my experience at the Redwood Inn and Suites in Grand Prairie. First let me say that the staff have the highest regard for my safety, the hotel is mask friendly and facemask prepared. If you do not have a facemask, they will gladly provide one for you. When I checked in, I was greeted in the same friendly manner as before COVID-19. Their breakfast that they normally had has changed of course due the social distancing. I found their new format to be very user friendly, when I arrived at the hotel, they gave me a breakfast list. I was able to circle off all the items that I wanted, from scrambled eggs to sausage, waffles, hash browns, yogurt, just to name a few. They would prepare the breakfast for you at the time you choose from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM. All you would do then is just come down, pick up your breakfast and take it back to your room. My enjoyment was not only the COVID-19 safety environment, but I also enjoyed the Presidential Suite. Two bathrooms, large jacuzzi tub, shower, sauna, a couple of couches and a couple of large screen TV’s. I certainly felt wonderfully comfortable in this suite. Oh, did I mention the King size bed. This Redwood Inn and Suites is just off the main highway and close to all amenities.

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on Fine Dining Nick Diamant

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on Luxurious Cabinetry Angela Cook

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itchen cabinets have gone through many changes over the last 100 years. They used to be a standalone piece of furniture, and now, they are fully customizable and attached to the kitchen walls. Pre-WWI: Cabinetry attached to the walls was not a normal feature before the turn of the 20th Century. Most types of cabinets were freestanding and could be moved as needed. It wasn’t until the industrial upturn after World Wars I and II that attached cabinetry became the trend. Post-WWII: Improvements to industrial factories and equipment made it easier for cabinets to be made on a mass production.

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on New Homes Angela Cook What happens when we have a lot of snow and have experienced warm spells in the weather? We get what is called “Ice Dams” built up under the snow. These Dams may keep water (melted snow) from flowing away from your home.

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on Abundant Living Pastor Philip Robe-From

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What about you? What will you do when major disruptions happen to you personally? Will you continue to fight the changes, insisting on the old methods of living your life? Or will you adapt, grow, change, and find a way to thrive with the disruptions that happen to you?

Uber is the largest taxi company in the world and it owns no taxis. Airbnb is the largest accommodations provider in the world and it operates no hotels. These are disruptions to previously comfortable industries who are reeling from the changes. You are likely to buy something on Amazon for a third of the price you would pay in a store like Sears. Only thing is Sears is closing its doors….

It’s so easy to focus on the seemingly horrible circumstances that seem to change the rules regarding the life you had. Instead, you might just be able to find a way to adapt and possibly benefit from a disruption in your life.

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