HELLO! Nice of you to visit . . .

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 EVERY year 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.

SCV Nov, 2016

November, 2016

Fire in the sky!

Fire in the sky!

Oh the places you’ll go ……..

When I drove out of my driveway in 2005, did I know all the places I would go, imagine the people I would meet, the adventures I would have? Not in my wildest imagination! However, I am happy I went, took that first step into the unknown. In 2005, my CT book club group gave me a paperweight: “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” I never considered the possibility! Take that verve out of your pocket and use it.
Due to recent changes in ongoing health issues plus a few new ones, it is time to leave my travelin’ lifestyle to others, and there are many of you. Experiencing this energetic land of ours through the ability to volunteer at Sheldon Jackson College, AK, Heifer International, AR, Arnold’s Wildlife Refuge, FL, Menaul School, NM, Russell Cave National Monument, AL, Vote Smart, MN, plus my NY home at my local library, LWV, PD Support Group, and others has “been a trip”. Getting out and giving back is what it’s all about. So, I pass the baton.
Parkinson’s update: Must, unfortunately, resign my responsibilities as President of the Capitol District Parkinson’s Support Group. However will participate when I can. All are welcome on 2nd Thursday each month. Please support funding for neurological disease research.
                        Be safe, smile, and enjoy 2017,
                                                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