Many thanks to Mimi for this idea :-)
What *are* the ten things I would like to do before I die ?
Caveat #1 That I will live long enough to see my great-grandchildren :-)
Places to see
2/San Fran, ( to venerate St John the Wonderworker)
Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls
3/Every Laura Ingalls Wilder associated site in the US
4/Go on a cruise.
6/Visit every cathedral, castle and Shrine in the UK, especially the monastery at Brookwood in Woking to venerate the relics of St Edward, King and Martyr.
7/Meet *all* my Blog friends in person. You have all enriched my life immeasurably, comforted me when I needed it and encouraged me in so many ways :-)))
8/To produce a truly comprehensive one-volume prayer book with Eastern and Western rite Orthodox prayers and services for lay folk to use, complete with readings etc.
I know it will be so heavy I will need a wheelbarrow, but I want to do it anyway.
9/Complete my collection of Elinor Brent-Dyer and Elsie Oxenham school stories, which I have been collecting since I was a small child. These books are pretty much out of print, expensive and hard to find .
They are dated, but wonderful stories and memories from an age when relative innocence and morality were not denigrated or sneered at. Surprisingly, there are a *huge* number of people collecting them, because they love them, and not because of their monetary value !
10/Do voluntary midwifery work abroad.
As a trained midwife it is a great grief to me that my knowledge is now unusable in the UK because my arthritis means I am not able to work and because if you can`t work, you can no longer teach either....because you have to be able to do the *whole* range of midwifery work to maintain the clinical competencies, and if you can`t do this, you are not allowed to teach, as all midwifery teachers have to be midwives who can still work.
This is good in one way, as it means that only midwives who are both fully up to date in theory and still are required to do X number of days real clinical work each year are left to teach students, thereby avoiding the old problem of tutors who were sometimes completely out of touch with what life was really like for practising midwives in hospitals and in the community.
On the other hand, it means there are a lot of people like me who could have skills to offer who are left redundant.
Third world countries are in desperate need of qualified staff to help them teach their new midwives and to care for women who at risk of suffering immense problems. I would love to help.
Check out the incredible work done by Dr Catherine Hamlin in Ethiopia here ,which is supported by Ethiopiaid, my favourite charity.
What would you all like to do ?