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I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

A Dream for All Dreamers: Let’s Make It Come True!

What Is Your Dream?

Do you dream of a world where everyone is good and kind, where they talk quietly about their differences rather than fight over them? That’s what this dream is about.

Have you wanted to learn something new without going back to school? Have you dreamed about inventing something? Would you like to share your hobby or art with other people? Are you interested in passing on what you know to a new generation? This dream is for you.

This dream is also for those who played sports just because everyone else did. It’s for people who want to exercise but are bored to death by it. It’s for people who want to safely play out the heroic adventures they dream about.

Let’s Make The Dream Come True

Let’s create a place for doing amateur science experiments. We will get together and play with our RC drones and other vehicles. At the same place we will create and display arts and crafts. In another room we will keep all sorts of musical instruments to practice on and make music like nobody has heard before. Another area would have inspiring posters, a bulletin board listing community problems to be solved, and organizations and events dedicated to solving them. We will make another area our imaginary land of adventuring, heroic deeds and physical challenges.

There are some places where you can do some of these things. I believe putting them all side-by-side will make something greater. New ideas will be sparked. New possibilities will be imagined and realized. People will come together with shared interests and goals. It will promote real, happy and helpful interactions in this time when divisions make news and our connections are virtual.

Come with me to make our future together a better place. Catch the vision and lead the way if you can.

I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

The Community Center Elevator Pitch

ELEVATOR PITCH

Mary at theodore.design offered the great idea of making a short description, an “elevator pitch,” that would quickly grab attention.

SO HERE IT IS:

I have a dream for a place that’s three things in one. One part is fun hands-on learning. The second is physical activity for people who want to try something different from competitive sports and repetitive exercises. The third part is about spiritual and moral growth, understanding, and service. I am sending detailed information out in the hope that some person, business, non-profit, or city hall will catch the vision and make it real. If anyone nearby wants to do this with my help, I can provide a number of materials as well as ideas and presentations. Continue reading The Community Center Elevator Pitch

I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

The Fantasy Heroes’ Training Center

Filling a Gap in Physical Fitness: The Fantasy Heroes’ Training Center

The situation:

If we’re going to include a facility for physical fitness training in our community center, I propose that we do something different. There are plenty of school sports programs, tracks, and fields. There are summer sports leagues. There are tennis courts and basketball courts in the parks. There are golf courses and swimming pools. There are gyms, workout centers, and martial arts dojos.

Still, a lot of people don’t get much exercise. I think the problem is that all these forms of exercise simply aren’t enjoyable for them. Playing competitive sports can be a miserable experience if you’re not at least moderately good at them. Trying to get in shape with most exercises is doubly difficult when you’re dying of boredom as well as physical exertion. I think we need something that offers fun new physical challenges that individuals can enjoy at their own pace. Continue reading The Fantasy Heroes’ Training Center

I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

The COMmUNITY Center

The Flushing COMmUNITY* Center

There have been attempts to fund a community center in Flushing. Big plans were made. Attempts to raise lots of money with millages fell short. I’m wondering if my dream of a special place, and a different way to create it, would be helpful.

The Story of the Dream

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I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

I Have the Stone: Materials for The Dreamer’s Workshop

Introduction

I’ve already started my “stone soup” plan for a community center. Over the years I have dreamed about a special place for people to do things together. I love artistic and other creative activities, amateur science projects, and anything fun and brainy. Not only have I dreamed about it, I have collected books, equipment and materials. It should be a good stone to start the “stone soup” of a real place. Continue reading I Have the Stone: Materials for The Dreamer’s Workshop

I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

Spirituality Is the Soul of Being a Hero

Why does a community hero training center need to address spirituality and inspiration?

The original ancient Grecian idea of a hero didn’t include spirituality. It included anybody who did something amazing, beyond the ability of ordinary people. Even  terrible acts of evil could make someone a hero. Today, heroes are people who are examples of doing good. This also means that heroes can be anybody, not just the super strong, brave, or smart.

We need to learn what goodness is, to find a strong reason to do good things for others. As neighbors living together in peace, there are many things that we all believe are good. As humans, of course we have differences, too. A community center for training heroes needs the help of all the spiritual and rational sources of belief in what’s good, to focus on what we all believe, and examine our differences with civility.
Continue reading Spirituality Is the Soul of Being a Hero

I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

Click Here! The Community Heroes Training Center

The Community Heroes Training Center!

Here’s the plan:

The Situation

The world needs heroes. Our community needs heroes. Fortunately, there are heroes among us. We have heroes defending our country. Heroes protect us from crime and respond to emergencies. Heroes help us stay healthy, and heal us when we are injured or ill. Parents and teachers are heroes, raising and training new heroes. Even children can be heroes. We can all be heroes. Let’s try to be the best we can be, and help others in every way we can. I have an idea that can help us better ourselves and help each other.

The Dream

I have been dreaming about places that would help each of us improve in every way: spiritually, mentally,  and physically.  These places would also connect us with organizations giving help to others. There are many centers in this country which provide parts of this plan, but I believe none have put them all together.

The Procedure

The tallest mountains are climbed with small steps. This is the first step. Things that are impossible for one person to do are easy if many join in. I am one, but you can join me.  We can become many. Even without a physical place, we can start doing small things. Working together, we can get more people to join us. With more people we can do more, until we reach the goal. Individuals, organizations, and businesses can contribute and participate in different ways, as in the story of “stone soup.”

The Start

I can now  provide educational materials and lessons for events and special sessions at existing facilities, such as schools, libraries, and senior centers. One of these may provide some space and time for regularly scheduled or even daily learning opportunities. Other people (maybe you?) may join me in offering materials and lessons.

With enough support, we might soon open a small center in an existing building, supplying as full a range of educational materials as space allows. It would also provide information about charitable organizations needing donations and volunteers, and requests for help from individuals. The physical training area can be added later, as it requires extra space. I imagine an alternative to gyms and sports, based on the “heroes” theme, with obstacle courses of increasing difficulty.

The Goal

The final stage is a completed center with separate areas dedicated to science, art, music, and other studies; spiritual guidance and growth; and a large physical training facility. People of all ages will be able to learn new things at their own pace, whenever they want. They will be directed to existing institutes and businesses dedicated to providing advanced training in specific areas. There will be information on ways to share what they have and to help others. Members will be directed to organizations serving the community, and encouraged to be cheerful contributors and volunteers. The center will attract visitors from outside the community and serve as a model for similar centers in other communities.

The Need

With your help, this can be more than just a dream. I am not in this to get rich or be the leader. I believe this will be a blessing to everyone. I’m looking for someone or several people to take the lead. Someone talented in organizing and leading people. Anyone with experience running a business or non-profit. People who are good at raising funds and soliciting support. Each contribution is a step bringing it closer to reality. One business, institution or organization supporting the project could make the difference between fading away and full realization. Each one who joins brings us closer to the goal, whatever your talents may be. I believe that everyone has something that they can contribute to “the soup,” but stone soup without sharing is just hot water.

I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

Turbo Tax Infographic on using crowdfunding to make your dream come true


I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

Dreams: Poems for Dreamers

Poems for Dreamers

Until (if ever) there is a real Haven for Dreamers, I hope this blog will serve as a virtual haven for dreamers, and for those who do find their way here, I offer these poems of camaraderie…

Dreams

Dreams are such diaphanous things:
they fly on fast electrical wings
in the fluid flux of our minds.
Dreams are such an ephemeral kind;
they blossom, grow, and then unwind,
and sublimate into the air.
Dreams are made of various stuff:
with feathers, scales, or golden hair,
and moonbeams, cobwebs, and fluff.
Dreams are like scintillant rings,
like thunderflash or wild wind noise,
or like a star that gently sings.
But dreams are cold and empty toys
when no one else will share their joys.
Help me make my dreams come true,
and I’ll share them all,
each one,
with you.
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I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

Steal this idea … please!

Steal this idea? Why would anybody want someone to steal the dream that haunted them their whole adult life? Raccoon with flashlight and sack steal

Because the dream is not for me, I don’t have a desire to run the place. I’m not a boss or entrepreneur, and I don’t see this idea as a way to fame or fortune (nor am I primarily motivated by a desire for fame and fortune).  I simply love the idea of such a place being real. I only want to be a part of it.

There are several ways you could steal this idea…

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I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.