Friday, July 30, 2010


This is where we discover fun facts about Bucket Lists.

Hot air ballooning seems to top a lot of people's to-do list.
Watch one man take flight with his Bucket List here

Then for a few laughs, take a look at my own Hot Air Adventure from the archives.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


You create the caption using the words "BUCKET" or "LIST". Bonus if you use both!
(photo by Sidewalk Flying)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Natashia Deon

Periodically, I highlight someone who is checking things off of their own Bucket List, trying to live the dream.

One such person is Natashia Deon.
She's a screenwriter -- check;
A filmmaker -- check;
A Breadloaf Fellow, a PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, and is currently working on her debut novel, The Spinning Wheel -- check, check, check.

I had the pleasure of hearing Ms. Deon read from her work-in-progress the other night at the Hammer Museum in Westwood, Ca, and she was simply BRILLIANT! The Spinning Wheel is the story of three outcast women who, on the eve of the civil War, are fighting the battle of their lives.

She's also a practicing attorney, and the first generation of her family to live outside of East Tallassee, Alabama since American slavery. Kudos to her!

You can learn more about this dynamo at her website here.

Friday, July 23, 2010


This is where we discover fun facts about Bucket Lists.

Guess what Bill Clinton wants to do before he dies?
Check out HIS Bucket List here.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


You write the caption using the words "bucket" or "list".
Bonus ifyou use both!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Why YOU need a Bucket List

There you are minding your own business in your Barcalounger, watching TV for a little R&R, and suddenly you see something that makes you think, Boy, that sure looks like fun; I'd like to do that one day. Or maybe you hear your neighbors raving about their latest jaunt to Jamaica, and you think, Wouldn't that be a nice second honeymoon some day when the kids are grown, and out of college, and married with children?

And then the next thing you know, you're rocking back and forth, gathering steam to rock out of that same Barcalounger because now you have sciatica. Or you're looking wide-eyed and wanting from your nursing home bed, waiting for the grandkids to make their bi-yearly visit. Or worse yet, you're ambulatory, but pinching pennies because you didn't get the memo that Social Security was only supposed to supplement your retirement, not sponsor it.

"Some day" has finally arrived, and what do you have to show for it? A walking cane, a raggedy recliner, and a dream deferred.

No regrets, please. That, my friends, is why YOU need a Bucket List, a list of your dreams, your hopes, your wishes and desires. And don't just keep them in the back of your mind. Write. Them. Down. That's when they become real, and when they become real, you are more inclined to do them.

Trust me, you will feel such a sense of accomplishment once you've checked even one thing off your list, and that exhilaration will launch you onwards and upwards to your next adventure.

And don't feel that it has to be extraordinary adventures, either, like swimming with a one-eyed dolphin, or swinging through the Amazon rain forest on a grapevine. Maybe that grapevine is put to better use making your own wine. Or maybe you want to learn to Samba like the Brazilian baby on YouTube.

So don't wait until you die a clinical death on the operating table to see the light and come back a changed person. Do it now. See the light, be the light, because you are the light of your own life.

Now go make that list!

Next up: How To Build a Better Bucket List

Saturday, July 10, 2010


A few years ago, we took a family trip to New York City for our daughter's graduation present, Number 84 on my Bucket List, and maybe hers, too.

Since it was her first time in Carrie Bradshaw's town, we did the typical touristy things:
We circumnavigated Manhattan on the Circle Line Tour.

I tried to get my daughter to dance with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, but she would have none of it.

She did want to shop for Jimmy Choo's around Rockefeller Center, though.

Times Square at night, ofcourse.

And the obligatory hike through Central Park.
But the most important part of our trip was spending time with our guide, our host, our friend, Scott Jaffer. It was the best of times, and now it's the worst of times. Sadly, we lost our friend to cancer this week. God rest your soul, Scotty-too-Hotty, our brother from another mother. We love you.