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Life List

Michael Chabon once said, “Man makes plans … and God laughs.” A bit of a variation on a Yiddish proverb. Only God knows what the future has in store for each of us, especially for a Midwest Maven like me, but here’s a list of some things that I’d be interested in doing if the opportunity ever arose.

A big shout-out to the lovely Lisamarie who posted her Life List on her website,, which emboldened me to share my own.

  1. Attend Pentecost (indoors) at the Pantheon in Rome.
  2. Be baptised in the Jordan River.
  3. Tour the Crayola factory.
  4. Watch a Broadway show in NYC.
  5. Visit the dollhouse exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago (Midwest activity!).
  6. Have a singing role in a musical performance.
  7. Climb the pyramids.
  8. Eat a breakfast alfresco on a balcony somewhere in the Mediterranean.
  9. Volunteer at an archaeological site. (Cahokia Mounds, August 7th, 2010)
  10. Explore Petra by horseback riding.
  11. Go spelunking.
  12. Zipline through a rain forest.
  13. Walk across a bridge over a waterfall.
  14. Publish a novella or novel.
  15. Place a horse bet.
  16. Attend the Kentucky Derby.
  17. Relax in the hot springs at the Cotton Castle, Turkey.
  18. Watch the ‘Running of the Bulls’ in Pamplona.
  19. Photograph an Aurora Borealis.
  20. Visit a bluebell wood in season. (Shaw Nature Reserve, April 17th, 2014)
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  21. Go stormchasing!
  22. Hike to Machu Picchu.
  23. Selfie with the heads on Easter Island.
  24. Tour the Holy Land.
  25. Take the Amtrak on a jaunt.
  26. Walk the Ted Jones Trail (Midwest activity!).
  27. Attend Book Expo America.
  28. Attend a “meet” with fellow gamers across the pond.
  29. Successfully keep a houseplant from dying.
  30. Ride in a hot air balloon.
  31. Learn archery.
  32. Memorize all ’12 Days of Christmas’. Invariably, we go Christmas caroling and my voice trails off the higher up the list we go…
  33. Become a wine connoisseur.
  34. Sail down the Nile.
  35. Visit Stonehenge.
  36. Travel to Italy.
  37. Travel to France.
  38. Camp out at Ayers Rock and watch the sun rise or set.
  39. Write daily.
  40. Earn an honorable mention (or place) in a writing competition.
  41. Get paid for writing work.
  42. Write a review/blurb that is included on the back cover of someone else’s book.
  43. Write a review that is published in a major journal (e.g. Library Journal or Publisher’s Weekly).
  44. Write a review and have a blurb of it featured in the “Advanced Praise/Reviews” pages inside of someone else’s book.
  45. Become a member of a major writing/book organization (e.g. JASNA, Historical Novel Society).
  46. Speak in public at a workshop event. (St. Louis Writers Guild, November 2nd, 2013).
  47. Publish an e-book.
  48. Successfully paint a single word in Chinese Calligraphy.
  49. Visit a lavender farm. Take photos! Pick gorgeous in-season lavender.
  50. Memorize a poem.


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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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