Life Part Two

The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life

Who knew retirement could be so busy?

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Yesterday was one of my busiest days ever, or at least it seemed like it.

At 9 a.m. I left for the Newcomer monthly coffee and annual book sale.  Always a popular event.   We collect books, cd’s, DVD’s, from members and sell them for $1 – $3.   We made $700 for our club.   I also got $50 in donations for the Wounded Warrior Project.   This is a great program to help our veterans.  At this meeting we also approved some substantial donations to three charities.   I can’t wait to tell them!

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP)  serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers. Many warriors note a sense of duty to volunteer for the military following these tragic events.

After that I got a very quick lunch and headed to my two OLLI classes that were just starting this term.   Here is the descriptions of them.

 Psychology 101 FOR THE AGING ADULT

The field of psychology has expanded and experienced major breakthroughs in its knowledge since you first took Psych 101 in College. We now have a much greater understanding of why we behave the way we do, what motivates us, how to be happier and more loving, ways to improve our relationships, how to feel better about ourselves and others, methods for developing meaning and purpose in our lives, and how we might grow to achieve our unique potential in the world. This class will blow your mind with all that you never learned in school – Neuropsychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Positive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Transpersonal Psychology. We will discuss the expansion of Consciousness and Multiple Intelligences, Psycho-Spiritual Development, Self-Actualization and Enlightenment, and more. Join us for this multi-media, fun, and interactive look at why we are the way we are.

 The other one is Appalachian History: Post Civil War to the Present.  Both Bob and I are taking that one.

Appalachia evokes many images–beauty, serenity, landscape, humor, values and great literature on the one hand–and poverty, violence, ignorance and destruction, on the other. The region’s history, post-Civil War to the present includes all of these, from the beauty of an Appalachian forest to the demise of the American Chestnut to feudists such as the Hatfield and McCoys and to Appalachia as a mineral colony. This class will explore the real history in contrast to stereotypical Appalachia found in the local-colorist school of literature beginning after the Civil War.

After that a drive over to Loaves and Fishes to learn about what is needed for Newcomers to sell tickets to their big fund raiser Taste of the Upstate.  Here is information on the event and this great non profit organization.

On June 2, enjoy “tastes” from the Upstate’s most celebrated restaurants as well as fine wines, live music and exciting auctions at the Embassy Suites in Greenville.This year, our goal is to raise $50,000 to benefit our community.
Poverty is complex; feeding someone in need is not. Please join us with a donation or sponsorship in this incredible opportunity and let’s work together to ensure no one goes hungry in the Upstate.
Loaves and Fishes Mission

To help end hunger in the Upstate of South Carolina

Description
More than 60,000 people in Greenville County do not know where one of their meals today will come from.

49 percent of the 68,989 children attending Greenville County schools (34,032 children) are eligible for free or reduced price meals at school.

Taste of the Upstate brings together the finest chefs and restaurants in the Upstate, top corporations and individuals who help to raise critical funds needed to end hunger in our community.

This year, our goal is to raise $50,000 to benefit our community.
Poverty is complex; feeding someone in need is not. Please join us with a donation or sponsorship in this incredible opportunity and let’s work together to ensure no one goes hungry in the Upstate.

I got home at 7 p.m. exhausted and hungry and with a brain very full of the days events.  Today is a much quieter day although we are going to an event at Furman tonight.  “Combat Boots and Benefits: Equality in an Era of Change”
Don’t miss the chance to hear the army’s top attorney, Lt. Gen Dana Chipman, Judge Advocate General of the US Army, speak on “Combat Boots and Benefits: Equality in an Era of Change” This fascinating talk will focus on how the military is on the front lines of social change as it begins to allow women in combat, equal benefits for gays, religious exceptions to grooming, and also seeks an environment free from sexual harassment.

You sure can’t say I don’t have any variety in my life.   I am busy but very happy and love it that I am continuing to learn new things and help others.  I highly recommend retirement!

Author: Fay

Follow the adventures of Fay and Bob, 65 plus, as they explore the country to look for a new home, sell their MN home, finally move and get settled into a new state and town.

One thought on “Who knew retirement could be so busy?

  1. I want to take that psychology class with you! Please let me know what books the instructor recommends.

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