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Meet Michelle Friedman: Always on the Lookout for New Challenges

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MF: I've taken sailing lessons and this past summer on a trip to Israel, I did something I have wanted to do for a very long time. My husband and I took a hot air balloon. No-one could really understand why I wanted to. After all, the big part of it is being up that high and floating over the countryside" after all, what does the view do for me?

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It certainly wasn't about the view, although our guide did describe in great detail what part of the Israeli countryside we were traveling over and what we were seeing. But it was really about doing something that I never would have considered doing that first year or so after I went blind, something that requires a total letting go of control. And although the risk is minimal, something that isn't 100% safe like sitting in my rocking chair at home and challenges me to get out of my comfort zone.

The one thing about that is, the more you get out of your comfort zone the harder the next thing needs to be to continue getting out of your comfort zone.

JB: At this point, is there anything left on your To Do list, Michelle?

MF: There are a few things I would like to still do; one is to ride on a motorcycle. And there are some places I would still like to travel to: Italy, Gibraltar, Prague, Greece. And the one really, really, big thing I would love to do is drive a car.

I learned to drive so I did drive a bit although I never did get my license. The ultimate would be taking a long drive on my own on a long highway in a convertible with the top down. Ultimate independence and freedom and ultimate dream come true!!

I have heard that they are working on a car that you don't have to be able to see to drive [it drives itself]. The minute that's a reality, I'm signing up!!

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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