Greetings. I’m Laurie Pieper, innkeeper at The Morning Star Bed & Breakfast  in lovely downtown Manhattan, Kansas, USA.

For me, as for many innkeepers, running a bed and breakfast is a second career. I have a Ph.D. in Philosophy and have taught Metaphysics & Epistemology, History of Philosophy, and Philosophy of Religion at several major universities. Occasionally, some readers might detect hints of my past career, but probably not.

When I first started teaching Philosophy, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. At some point, however, I decided that I simply hadn’t been imaginative enough. Suddenly, there were all kinds of things that I could envision doing. Having always loved cooking and gardening, running a bed and breakfast seemed a perfect fit for me. With my career change, I came to appreciate just how nice it is to create an environment where people can relax, be comfortable, and feel well treated.

I envision this blog as reflecting who I am and my efforts (and those of my helpers) to create a special place – one with good food, a pleasant atmosphere, comfortable rooms, a lovely garden, friendly people and easy-going dogs. It is also about Manhattan and its surrounds, the people who stay with us and inspire us, what life is like running a bed and breakfast, and well … what I hope you will find to be other interesting things too.

Thank you for stopping by!

68 responses to “About

  1. I had never read your profile after following your blog all this time! Love it — life is full of so many choices and interests and opportunities! I look forward to having a little more time to explore some of them as we become empty nesters in a couple years!

  2. Hello there! So nice to find your blog! We met a few months ago when we took Dr. Mullis to stay over at your place…. Phil Klebba and me, Sally

  3. AWESOME BLOG! I will follow. My first blog, The Mystical Mansion and Garden, centers around the past several years in a mansion in Mississippi. I sold it to a group of ladies who turned it into a B&B. Now, I am back in my hometown in Missouri. I really miss the old house and back yard, the sunrooms, and milder winter.

  4. what a lovely job to be an innkeeper.. conjures up images of a very very hospitable person. Looking forward to reading your other posts. and do stop by my space when you get a chance. charu

  5. What a wonderful way to preserve architecture and offer hospitality.There are such lovely old homes in Kansas, aren’t there? Summer vacations as a kid I spent bounding through some smaller towns in South Central Kansas.

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