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If you were given one million dollars, what would you do with it?


After the responses to my question on Twitter and Facebook last night – regarding granting wishes – I decided to ask this question – If you were given one million dollars, tax-free, what would you do with it? Many would say that one million dollars really wouldn’t go that far; however, it would go a lot farther than what you most likely have in your possession, at the moment, right?

Given that I have thought about this question, from time to time, over the years, ever since I was a child, I already know my answer; off the top, no question, exactly half would go to charity. I wouldn’t give a bulk sum to an organization; I would search for those in need, and, give it out on an individual basis, so that I could actually see the money at work. With the remainder, I would give cash to those who have been sincere, trustworthy and true friends; of course my son, grandsons and play brother are included. I’d pay off their bills, and take everyone on a group vacation to an exotic locale for a week-long party. I would love to surprise everyone anonymously – but, those closest to me would probably catch on, sooner or later. The strangers would never know where their gift came from.

If I had any money left, I would use it to take trips around the country and world to go to see all types of live entertainment – concerts of my favorite artists, every show on Broadway, etc….no day is promised and you can’t take it with you….so, yeah, most of it would be gone. 🙂

BTW, just in case one million dollars doesn’t fall into your lap – remember you don’t need money to surprise someone with something special; helping someone with a dream or goal can do wonders to make someone happy, uplift their spirits and give them a kick-start to accomplishing something even bigger….however, if you did receive one million dollars, what would you do with it?

I have received many responses to many of the posts on this blog, thus far. However, may I request that you please reply in the comment section of the blog  – as opposed to on Twitter, Facebook, emails, etc. – so that all responses will be together. Your comment may be helpful to others who come across something that they can relate to. You can comment anonymously.

Thank you and many blessings.

This is my FAVORITE Ellen surprise/giveaway. I would love to be able to do this for someone.

Lisa gets the keys!

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What’s on Your ‘Bucket List’?


I’ve done a lot in my life – personally and professionally, and I am always telling everyone to get out there and do what you want NOW and not to put things off.

I still haven’t seen the movie ‘The Bucket List’ but, for many reasons (many friends, family and family of friends were lost within the last few years; my recent health issues – which thankfully, are on the mend; and, the recent news of the student who tragically passed only days after her college graduation),  I starting wondering if there was anything left that I wanted to do.

I am a very low-maintenance person so, it’s the simple things that make me happy. There is something to be said for getting older, I am totally loving my life and the people I have chosen to surround myself with. I know who I am as a person and I am completely satisfied with all that I have done and all I have known. They say that once you have reached your goals, you have to set new ones for yourself. So, with that said, I decided to come up with a ‘list’ of things that I have yet to do but, want to do before…well…you know 🙂

Personal List: Go on a trip with my grandchildren, help my son with his company, spend some quality time with my sister. Buy something really, really, REALLY special for all of ’em. Surprise my best friends with something special, give more to charity, help others with their personal goals.

Professional List: Same as it has always been – work at something I love to do, regardless of the pay. My favorite jobs have been the ones with the lowest pay (or even NO pay Egads! lol). And, money has never been the key to my happiness. Some of my happiest times were when I was “broke, broke”. I would also love to help others with their professional aspirations.

Fun List: Finish my autobiography, take a course in photography, learn to play the saxophone or piano, learn a foreign language, learn the Samba, work or attend the ‘Oscars’ (I might be able to cross this off since I attended the Oscars red carpet this year) , go to Paris, fly overseas to go to a concert…and dare I say, run a marathon??? hmmm….I’m not sure about that one, but it would be a challenge. I’ve already done skydiving and scuba diving so, I can’t think of anything else in the ‘things I thought I’d never do’ category; perhaps, I should start off with running a mile…or around the block 🙂

People I want to meet: Most of the people I’ve ever wanted to meet, I have met. The main two, who were on my list that I never met, were Michael Jackson and Sammy Davis Jr. Although I’ve had a brush with the following three people, I think I would like to have a conversation with Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres and George Clooney because they seem to be genuine, caring and giving people and I’d like to discuss their humanitarian efforts, among other things..and, I can’t forget Hugh Jackson and Carol Burnett! 🙂

What is on your bucket list?

I have received many responses to many of the posts on this blog, thus far. However, may I request that you please reply in the comment section of the blog  – as opposed to on Twitter, Facebook, emails, etc. – so that all responses will be together. Your comment may be helpful to others who come across something that they can relate to. You can comment anonymously.

Thank you and many blessings.

One More Surprise for Sheri!


First of all, I must say how much of a big fan of Ellen Degeneres I am – and have been for many, many years; not only of her humor, but because of her spirit and genuine kindness.

I was watching her show a few months ago when Ellen first surprised this mom of five boys. Hearing her story practically brought me to tears. The initial surprise was such a heartwarming moment, after all that she has been through. On today’s show Ellen brought her back for one more surprise….make that two. 🙂