- Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Fun Monday --Step Right Up! Claim 10 Million $
Hosting duties for February Fun Mondays will be in the capable hands of Molly at Return of the White Robin . Her assignment for February 7 is very intriguing:
If your were to win 10 million dollars what would you do with it? How would your lifestyle change?
In answer to the second question, I would go on living very much the way I do now, only with more freedom to pursue some activities that would make me happy and a bit more secure in my senior years. Here's some specific uses I would make for 10M (by the way, it would take about 20 of these gold bars to do the trick):
World Travel--so long as I'm healthy I'd spend some of my winnings on fabulous travel all around the globe. Sometimes I just look at a world map and think of all the places I still want to visit. I'd want to travel with a purpose--spend time in Jane Austen's England, a writer's or painter's retreat, gardens of world, cooking classes in Tuscany,wayfarer's walks, train trips across Europe.
Universal Home--I'd buy a home in the older part of Louisville and turn it into what's now called a universal design, fully tricked out to make it accessible, safe, and easy to live in independently as I grow older. I'd still want to be in a multi-generational community instead of being hermetically sealed off in a senior citizen's enclave.
Education--Endow annual college scholarships for students interested in studying literature or music. The help I received in getting a college degree is something I never forget. Locally, I would make annual contributions to agencies and groups responsible for humane education and animal care. Peace education would also get some of the 10 M. Specifically it would go to Greg Mortenson's (Three Cups of Tea, Stones into Schools)Central Asia Institute which promotes peace through education, especially for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Long Term Care--since aging is a reality that we all must face, I'd set aside funds for my care when I'm no longer able to do this for myself so that I could approach the golden years with Maxine's good attitude! :-)
On the subject of winning big bucks, specifically Publisher's Clearinghouse bucks, here's a post that I wrote a couple of year's ago about dating S the accountant and accompanying him to New York to pick up his Publisher's Clearinghouse winnings. Yep! They're for real so get those entries in:
Sweepstakes Winner Date From Hell