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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 2015 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.


Showcase of fun “on my road”. Hope to meet you along the way sometime:

Find your Route 66…or 80…or 40…whatever speaks to you, but find one and go to where it takes your heart. I am celebrating 10 years in 2015!

Sliding down at Indiana Dunes Nat'l Lakeshore

Sliding down at Indiana Dunes Nat’l Lakeshore

In these busy times, we should pause to appreciate what has transpired before jumping into new deeds and actions in 2015. I celebrate volunteering at Heifer and Russell Cave National Monument, traveling on (with my son) to the mid-west rectangle of SD Badlands, Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, up to Little Big Horn, Devil’s Tower, then investigating Vote Smart in Montana and meeting cousins in Post Falls, Idaho.

On the return trip stopping by volunteer friends in Minneapolis, sliding down sand dunes at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore before being entertained by family in Cleveland – then onto Elmira College for my granddaughter’s graduation. Such opportunity. Such FUN!

Spring Mayapple at Russell Cave - so delicate.

Spring Mayapple at Russell Cave.

From June through December I spent time with family and friends at home, relaxing, contributing what I could, when I could at the Bethlehem Library, the Hudson Valley Writer’s Group, and the League of Women Voters. All great organizations, appreciative of any talent anyone can offer. Try it! You might like it!

The best to all authors and readers in 2015. Keep your thoughts flowing, you never know where the ebb and flow of your words will evoke.

Katie's Krops in Charleston, SC. A great example of adolescents at work!

Katie’s Krops in Charleston, SC. Adolescents at work!

"Moody" giant octopus at Sheldon Jackson College, Sitka, AK

“Moody” giant octopus at Sheldon Jackson College, Sitka, AK

Lunchtime at Vote Smart.

Lunchtime at Vote Smart.

Clever author takes you on a tour of Post Falls, Idaho.

Clever author takes you on a tour of Post Falls, Idaho.