Tell us a little about yourself:
After working most of my life, I’m now enjoying retirement. I keep very busy by walking most days and doing taikwondo, by traveling, by gardening, by photographing as much as possible, and a zillion other things.
I live in Quincy, MA and love all the activities my city and the ones around it have to offer–historical parks, environmental jewels, cityscapes, etc.
I also spend a lot of time in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where I have made a lot of friends–both native Thais and other visitors to this city. I have learned to speak a little Thai and really enjoy visiting the villages, the elephants, the markets and doing things with my friends.
I am passionate about meeting people of many cultures so I can learn and appreciate how they go about their daily lives and interact with their family and friends.”
What one thing are you most proud of in your years?
I am very proud that in my working life I always chose positions where I could assist people to expand their horizons and to achieve the best of life’s offerings for themselves, first as a recreation therapist; then, working in a non-profit agency that helped people, including refugees, build careers and find employment; and, now, in my retirement, teaching English to immigrants to the US and to people in Thailand, where I spend time, who are motivated to learn the language so they can elevate their standard of living.
What one thing would you like to do before you’re 100?
One thing I would like to achieve before I’m 100 is to visit as many places as possible in the world, and to learn about the people who live in each place.
What piece of advice would you give your ten year old self?
The piece of advice I would tell my 10 year old self is to be patient and to listen and to really see in order to expand my life experiences.