Second Career Volunteer BLOG
Unique Experiences #3
September, 2015


After a wicked storm from my deck...
After a wicked storm from my deck…

From my deck after a wicked storm. The clouds cleared ….
Time to enjoy the last days of warm summer weather, with occasional weirdness. Mother Nature has been playing tricks, flooding, fires, drought. History shows that all these upside-down weather patterns have happened before. However, it is difficult when history becomes reality. To all those who have experienced weather trauma, I send my sympathy and hope that no matter what has been lost, pleasurable memories will compensate.
I have many pleasant memories and moments. The chair at the left was in Montana, at the Vote Smart ranch in Montana where miles of open space and blue skies are home to people who enjoy horses, cows, and blowing snow.
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One way to enjoy the last days of summer. Below: the last rose of summer. Lovely. snow. Left: this chair was soooo comfortable, inviting relaxation and a view of the lake. I mention these pleasurable moments since future volunteering may be curtailed due to a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. It was my personal dose of reality and has left me in limbo…presently. Having courage to overcome is my current focus – but, I take time to remember past adventures.

Last rose, so lovely...

Last rose, so lovely…

Meanwhile, my summer consisted of a lovely wedding in a garden setting plus a trip to the charming city of Gloucester, MA, to the Cape Ann Museum, where I learned the history of granite in the Boston area. In my town I was catching up on responsibilities as member of the League of Women Voters, the Friends of the Bethlehem Library (NY), and attending various book and writing clubs.

This fall, I look forward to a trip to Philadelphia and Chicago – my granddaughter is currently job searching there – while awaiting response from a NC volunteer destination. After driving cross-country for the second time, think I’ll stay on the East coast. Will disclose more when time and date are confirmed. Until then,
                   Be safe and smile……… Barbara

Parkinson’s Disease motto: “Our challenges don’t define us. Our actions do.” Please help find a cure.