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Did you know that there are organizations who supplement their staff with volunteers, offering free room and board? All you need do is get there! Second Career Volunteer details how pre/post retirees, Boomers, unemployed college graduates, and those displaced by the current financial upheaval can get-out-and-give back within their budget while sharing their skills. Whether one week, one month or one year, single or a couple, this lifestyle allows travel, camaraderie, and adventure, irrespective of finances. Come join me!

Make 2016 your year of compassion and sharing, a year to get out and give back…..







CNN Interview: http://money.cnn.com/gallery/pf/2013/10/28/retirees-travel/index.html

Click on CONTRIBUTOR tab (menu bar above) to access an excerpt of published contributions to: The Disenfranchised … stories of life and grief when an ex-spouse dies.  So pleased on publication for my friend and writer colleague,, Peggy Sapphire. And, The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement, Jan Cullinane (AARP).

**Later Life Story contest winner! The Center for Productive Longevity (CPL) in Boulder, CO ran a Later-Life Story Contest and I won! Nice prize too. This article appeared online in Forbes , PBS Next Avenue, and other venues. I am thrilled to share the news, read the article on the FORBES website, or Google Forbes, Alan Hall, Contributor.


This website is a showcase of fun “on my road”. Hope to meet you along the way.

September, 2016

Patio tomatoes, yummy...

Patio tomatoes, yummy…

It has been a lovely summer in upstate New York. Evidence? The three “Patio tomatoes” plucked from my container garden in the corner of my deck. They are delicious – slight shake of salt and bite into a warm reminder of summer’s past when we would take the box of Morton Salt out into my grandmother’s garden. She kept a garden until she was 98! Good Polish stock. Try patio tomatoes in your garden!
For one week in June, I traveled to The Rowe Center, Rowe, MA. The Rowe Center is a serene, (see Baby Bear pic), thoughtful place where visitors/attendees may take workshops, hike mountains, or stroll into deep green forests; also, meditate, float around in a canoe or kayak, or take a swim in the nearby lake. If you wish to volunteer, like I did, email the Volunteer Coordinator who will talk you through

Baby Bear sleeping

Baby Bear sleeping

the opportunity to “test the waters” by experiencing the spirituality, by sitting on the Farmhouse porch reading, or simply watching clouds take shape in the azure sky. Ask about the summer camp, noisy but fantastic for adolescents. Attend Fall/Winter/Spring workshops priced on a sliding scale. There is private and/or dormitory-style housing and all food served is local. Speak to other volunteers; they are happy to share their experiences.
Parkinson’s update: Stress continues to be a Parkinson’s patient enemy, along with general weakness and loss of energy. Exercise is one of the answers. Motion is lotion. I do attend a Pedaling for Parkinson’s class at my local YMCA. Check if you have one in your area.
                                                Barbara ☀️🌤🌩⚡️☀️

Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you.

Anthony Bourdain