Dreams

1.  live an adventurous life; don’t live in fear

2.  stay healthy; increase endurance & flexibility

3.  do something creative every day; never stop writing

4.  learn to safely use a variety of power tools & build our own raised vegetable beds 

5.  profoundly influence the life of a young person

6.  raise my own flock of hens; design & help build the coop 

7.  fall asleep to sound of hippos grazing, grunting, burping & farting

8.  safari in Botswana’s Okavango Delta

9.  grow our own vegetables and start the plants from seed 

10.  grow our own apples, oranges, lemons, limes and figs

11.  make a point to walk the coastal trail with my sweetheart on a weekly basis 

12.  keep only the things we use & love 

13.  sell our unused belongings and use the funds to do something on this list 

14.  continue to sponsor animal rescue and T-N-R volunteers 

15.  retire with enough means to read, write, hike & swim daily, and travel often

16.  help protect endangered plover nesting sites along the coast

17.  learn another language via immersion

18.  reduce our carbon footprint at home & off-set our miles when we fly

19.  replace our lawn with organically grown native plants and edibles 

20.  dance like no one is watching (live a joyful life)

21.  eat pastizzi in Malta

22.  visit our ancestral family farm in  Germany

23.  sleep under the stars

24.  wake up to the dawn chorus in Australia & Africa

25.  learn to play the guitar

26.  keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge at all times; celebrate the little things

27.  start a tradition of Sunday suppers with friends and/or family

28.  enjoy cannoli in Sicily

29.  visit Australia; see kangaroos, wombats, koalas, penguins, kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, galas, splendid fairy wrens and perhaps even a platypus in the wild

30.  experience Venice in the winter

31.  visit the Christmas markets in Germany, Vienna, Rome & Amsterdam 

32.  display my photographs

33.  go back to giving handmade gifts 

34.  drive the Beartooth Highway; visit the Grand Tetons & Yellowstone

35.  enjoy schnitzel & tafelspitz in Vienna

36.  return to Cooper Island & take my sweetheart snorkeling

37.  safari in Kenya; visit my adopted elephants at the Sheldrick Trust

38.  learn to make rindsrouladen in Germany

39.  see elephants, giraffes & lions in the wild  AGAIN

40.  participate in community supported agriculture

41.  reduce meat consumption to less than 20% & eat only humanely raised livestock

42.  sponsor an elephant thru the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust  

43.  visit all of the U.S. National Parks & become a Junior Ranger 

44.  travel by train more often; throughout Europe + the California Zephyr from San Francisco to Denver, the Coast Starlight & Empire Builder

45.  fight depression by staying active and helping those less fortunate

46.  be a positive role model

47.  finish writing my book & get it published

48.  be kind, concentrate on thankfulness, but ruthlessly prioritize you life

49.  treat each day as if it were my last; remember, it’s never too late, unless you’re dead

50.  make my family proud.