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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.

November, 2015

Another year has flown …… 🌿🌻🍁❄️



(Almost) time too review and enjoy 2015 with pleasant memories.
I must admit that traveling back from Menaul School seemed longer this time, but the joy of seeing Spring colors emerge from the hills and valleys was pleasurable. Menaul is an inviting environment – delightful to volunteer and the whole Southwest to investigate! If you are thinking of traveling in that area, stop and investigate their volunteer opportunities.

On the rocks - Acadia Nat'l Park, ME

On the rocks – Acadia Nat’l Park, ME

Once back in the Northeast, another pleasure was to reacquaint with family and friends. Nothing is more pleasurable than the hugs and smiles of my granddaughters! Planted flowers in my deck railing containers, even grew tomatoes and peppers, visited a dear friend in Peabody, MA, and another friend from Portland, OR visited me! Time to simply enjoy.
Traveled to Acadia National Park, ME to visit fellow volunteers. Hope to join them in September, 2016, to volunteer at the camp offered to school children. The facility is a converted Navy communications center, renovated to accommodate computers, dining hall, dormitories – all necessary for overnight campers while they enjoy investigating the Maine coast. All of the U.S. is worth investigating – I’m just partial to Fall in N.E.

Fall in Vermont

Fall in Vermont

Parkinson’s update: As I have mentioned, this year my focus was adjusting to disease management. But, as a friend said, “…when you get to our age, everyone has something.” Am grateful to be participating in a clinical study which will (hopefully) help many. If interested in helping with Parkinson’s research Google: Brain Initiative
Looking forward: Found a new volunteer site – Black Mountain, NC. will stop by on my way South in January. More on this in 2016. Excited!
Enjoy forthcoming pleasures in 2016… Barbara 🎉🎉