My name is Sylvester Williewood, and the Mercantile Finance Corporation has employed me for thirty-seven years. I began my career in the mail room, and I have risen to become the vice president of the corporation. I’m currently in negotiations with another financial institution which has offered to hire me. **************************** The regularly scheduled Monday morning conference with all twelve board members in attendance seated … Continue reading Exquisite
After a horribly stressful shift as a firefighter captain. Donald Treshman decided to stop at a local convenience store and purchase a pack cigarettes for the first time in 17 years. He did not open the pack of cigarettes fearing the smoke would destroy the fresh mint smell in his car. So he decided to wait until he arrived home. When he parked inside the … Continue reading “Cigarette pack, stare down.”
The ACME Ladder Corporation recognized their oldest employee Oscar Stephenson’s 43 years of service and his retirement to become official at the close of business with a retirement party. After several speakers including the corporation’s president, his immediate supervisor and his only child, son Charley. Oscar Stephenson stood up and limped to the podium to give the following speech. When I woke this morning, I … Continue reading “Generous.”
Last fall I entered the above photo in The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel photo contest, and my submission won! 🙂 On April 30th, 2016, I started my traveling lifestyle as a full-time RV’er travel blogger, freelance writer, photographer, and Geocacher. Several other activities / hobbies will be reveal as my travel journey continues. My excitement to leave was overwhelming, so, when my neighbor asked … Continue reading “My First photo competition and A New Beginning”
What are your thoughts on aging? How will you stay young at heart as you get older? Staying young at heart is a mindset over matter and in my mind, I’m just an oversized teenager with time, a little income and some wisdom. I consume lots of dark green leafy vegetables with various fruits on a daily basis. I keep actively bicycling, walking playing pickleball, … Continue reading “Young at Heart”
Walking down the street, you encounter a folded piece of paper on the sidewalk. You pick it up and read it and immediately, your life has changed. Describe the experience. Charles and Barbara, a married couple of sixty-five years, walk the beach every morning near their seaside home in Lincoln Oregon. On a chilly spring morning, Charles notices a bottle buried in the sand. Barbara … Continue reading “Everything Changes” (A love story)
Your local electronics store has just started selling time machines, anywhere doors, and invisibility helmets. You can only afford one. Which of these do you buy, and why? This prompt provides fantastic choices. At my advanced age, I have developed a lot of wisdom, and I would not purchase any of the three. However, forty years ago, as a teenager, I would have enjoyed an … Continue reading “Pick Your Gadget”
What is your favorite sweet thing to eat? Bread pudding? Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies? A smooth and creamy piece of cheesecake? Tell us about the anticipation and delight of eating you favorite desert. Not into sweets? Tell us all about your weakness for that certain salty snack. ￼ Ahhhh, yes… the sweetness of sugar is an addictive commodity that is loved the world over. I … Continue reading “Pour Some Sugar on Me”
WordPress Daily Posts, “The Great Pretender.” Are you full of confidence or have you ever suffered from imposter syndrome? The imposter syndrome describes a feeling of inadequacy, & intellectual fraudulence, yet having the skills and knowledge indicating the opposite is true. I have experienced the imposter syndrome feeling many times throughout my previous career and currently as a writer, blogger, poet, and photographer. Although, I … Continue reading “The Great Pretender”
(Daily Prompt) Yesterday, your pet/baby/inanimate object could read your post. Today, they can write back. Write a post from their point of view (or just pick any non-verbal creature/object). I have never been attached to inanimate objects like cars, or sentimental items such as a baseball caught at a major league game. So, as I drove onto the beach and parked the car, I heard … Continue reading Return Address / Inanimate object discussion.
(Daily Prompt) Fill in the blank: “Life is too short to _____.” Now, write a post telling us how you’ve come to that conclusion. Life is too short to worry, or stress one self when you cannot physically change something immediately. Patience, perseverance, determination and resolve, are key words to recall during one’s life time. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/no-time-to-waste/ Continue reading No Time to Waste
(Daily Prompt) Someone’s left you a voicemail message, but all you can make out are the last words: “I’m sorry. I should’ve told you months ago. Bye.” Who is it from, and what is this about? Now considering I don’t have a hard-line phone or carry my cellular around with me throughout the day, or for several days. When do I received this message, most … Continue reading Bad Signal
As a five-year old child, I enjoyed watching cartoons, so on a sunny Saturday morning, I’m watching the Bugs Bunny, Road Runner show and I’m in haven, watching all the cartoon action and I loved when the show ends with its iconic signature sign off statement from Porky Pig, “Thats All Folks”. I turned the television off and walked into the kitchen, where my … Continue reading The Saturday morning Bugs Bunny, Road Runner show and a Sears Kenmore Wringer Washing Machine.
Are you a good judge of other people’s happiness? Tell us about a time you were spot on despite external hints to the contrary (or, alternatively, about a time you were dead wrong). I love people watching and it is not I engage people in conversation can I learn their story and we all know, everyone has a story. I was taking my morning walk along the beach when … Continue reading Judgement Radars: Everyone has a story.
To-Do? Done! (Daily Prompt) http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/to-do-done/Quickly list five List the thing I would change in your life. Now, write a post about a day in your life once all five have been crossed off your to-do list. Learned spanish Stayed in the military Stayed in Europe Completed my time in college Tour the western portions of the US Now in that I’m in retirement, my life is continually, … Continue reading To -Do? Done!
Advantage of Foresight (Daily prompt) You’ve been granted the power to predict the future! The catch — each time you use your power, it costs you one day (as in, you’ll live one day less). How would you use this power, if at all? I would only use the power only three times, once to learn my date of death, giving me a perspective on … Continue reading Advantage of Foresight
As a kid, I was always happy and anxious to go back to school! Now many years older, and four years past my last child graduating from high school, my attitude and disposition toward the end of the summer has evolved tremendously. The first September without a child in school was an eerily weird feeling, since I was accustom to a ritual that became second … Continue reading Back to school August Blues
I adjust my helmet, straighten my gloves, tighten the fasteners on my jacket, and start the motor of my motorcycle and continue along the roadway. It has been two weeks of daily riding, traveling northward out of the lower forty-eight and across Alberta Canada to the last few miles before the Alaska State line. I stopped for the moment to take in the beautiful scenery … Continue reading Saturday Morning tunnel vision
As I read this prompt several days ago I recognized the word “Yeats” and thought of the Irish/English poet William Butler Yeats and I began to ponder how I shall meet my fate. I researched some of his poems and found the following poem, that I feel touches on the subject. He wrote this poem for his intended love. When you are old and grey … Continue reading I shall meet my fate?
If I wake with my heart is pumping, my eyes are open to see the mirror of my wrinkles, I would first recognize the lack of hair on my bald head before the wrinkles. I recall stopping for a drink at my local convince store/(7-11), and when the business had monitors installed that allowed you to view yourself while you stood in line to … Continue reading New Wrinkles; how dose this development change my life?
Forty five years ago as a teenager and young adult, I imagined riding a motorcycle in the summer time along a two lane rural road, passing picturesque pastures and farms wearing a pair of sun glasses, T-shirt, jeans, tennis shoes, and or flip flops. Thirty years ago, I obtained a motorcycle manual from my local DMV and read through the book in preparations to take … Continue reading Motorcycle riding false assumptions?
What is now the most important thing in my life that I feel most thankful for? Ok here I go. My most important thought of being thankful for in my life is my health, which gives me the ability to be thankful for the following; To have an open mind after a past career of witnessing the worst humanity has offered. To have and … Continue reading What are you most thankful for right now?
Bacon and chocolate, caramel and cheddar… Is there an unorthodox food pairing you really enjoy? Share with us the weirdest combo you’re willing to admit that you like — and how you discovered it.Sharing is caring. via Unlikely Pairing. The most unlikely food pairing I believe would be baked fresh seafood on a bed of hominy grits and a milk shake, Continue reading Unlikely Food Pairing
I was recently talking with family members who gathered for a family reunion, and I recognized that I and a female cousin are the only immediate family members of our generation who have retired to enjoy hobbies and activities at our leisure. I thought of my now deceased parents who retired but never took advantage to live out their dreams and desires. When my mother … Continue reading Retirement and my big brother
Originally posted on Eric Tonningsen's Awakening to Awareness:
“Preparation for old age should begin not later than one’s teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.” ~ D. L. Moody Retirement myths; they abound. As people plan for and approach life’s Third Act, many think they’ll be spending more time with family and friends.… Continue reading Myths, Facts and Reminders