Think small: 8 tiny house hotels with big personalities

Tuxbury Tiny House Village

High up on a bluff in Appalachia, guests soak in a hot tub while watching the sun dip into the green valley below. Hang gliders soar through the surrounding skies, while trees rustle their way into evening.

Guests, however, don’t only come to this tranquil resort for the views. They also come for a peek into a way of living that’s simple, enchanting and very small.

At Live a Little Chatt, there aren’t any hotel rooms. Instead, there are three custom-built tiny houses from which guests may choose to stay.

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15 Father’s Day Gifts For The Dad Who Likes To Read Or Write

Is it just me… or are dads incredibly hard to shop for? Every year, no matter the occasion, I struggle to find the right gift for my own father, who hates gadgets, could care less about fishing, and never wears a tie unless he’s in court. The one thing I know he does like is books, which is why this year, I’m picking him out one of these Father’s Day gifts for the dad who likes to read.

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“Submit music for ailing musician’s song lyrics, ‘Simon’s Hero'”

This would be such a nice gift to give. Please consider if you have the time & talent.

Essence Goldman visits Bernie Dalton at Cupertino Healthcare & Wellness in April. Dalton has given permission for his song’s lyrics to be used. Photo: Guy Wathen / The Chronicle

Bernie Dalton was an avid Santa Cruz surfer and aspiring songwriter when he lost his ability to sing and was diagnosed with bulbar-onset ALS, an aggressive disease that affects swallowing, speech and respiration. But he found someone to bring his music to life in his vocal instructor, Essence Goldman.

Since The Chronicle wrote about their story in May, Dalton’s condition has deteriorated. Having developed trouble digesting food and breathing, the 49-year-old was moved from his care facility in Cupertino to Stanford University Medical Center, where last week he received a tracheostomy and new feeding tube.

“He is still being strong, but I see a different look in his eyes now,” Goldman, a San Francisco singer-songwriter, said. “He’s living for his music to reach people. And, of course, for Nicole.”

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The rewarding life of a professional artist


If you asked alumna and FIU employee Peggy Nolan whether or not she had any doubts about deciding to study art, she would quickly and proudly answer “no.”

“It’s just really fun to make art,” says the 74-year-old. “Much more fun than I can imagine almost anything else.”

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