Don't Retire, Get Inspired: One Couple's Extraordinary Journey to Make a Difference

Don't Retire, Get Inspired: One Couple's Extraordinary Journey to Make a Difference

by Dick Nogaj


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Ever dreamed of making a difference, but weren't sure where to start? Are you approaching retirement with a feeling of "what's next"? Since childhood, Dick Nogaj harbored a secret dream to make the world a better place-but it wasn't until he met his soulmate and about to retire from a successful career that he launched into the most meaningful work of his life. And just when he thought his work was nearing completion, a chance encounter with a hitchhiker took his journey in a surprising and unexpected new direction.

In Don't Retire, Get Inspired, Dick Nogaj ("no-jay") describes the challenges he and his wife, Florence, faced both as a loving, committed couple, and as partners in their work. His honest, thoughtful account of the struggles of creating and running four not-for-profit organizations in both well-off and financially impoverished communities gives readers an inside look of how dreams become action, how to overcome setbacks, and how everyday people who share a desire to improve the world can make a difference-and the amazing relationships that develop as a result.

Dicks compelling memoir of their work together and how it impacted and enhanced their marriage, their faith in God, and their lives will inspire, motivate, and touch you-and have you wondering if there really are "angels" out there that guide us. In addition to being a great read, this insightful book may change how you look at your world-and encourage you to make your own mark on it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606150214
Publisher: WinePress Publishing WA
Publication date: 01/28/2010
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Foreword xix

Part I Early Years

Chapter 1 Do You Believe in Angels? 25

Chapter 2 "Just Laugh-and Keep on Nailing" 37

Chapter 3 If You Have Two Gloves, Give One to Another 59

Chapter 4 "Not in My Back Yard" 77

Chapter 5 Bread, Salt, and Wine-and the Keys to Your Home 97

Part II Later Years

Chapter 6 How Do You Get to Immokalee? 117

Chapter 7 A Place to Build-A Place to Grow 135

Chapter 8 No More Harvest of Shame 151

Chapter 9 They Said It Couldn't Be Done 165

Chapter 10 The Seven-Minute Miracle 185

Part III The Current Years

Chapter 11 A Call to Act 201

Afterword 217

Get in Touch 221

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