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Living Your Retirement Dreams and Growing Young in The Villages

Florida's Friendliest and Healthiest Hometown

In the heart of Central Florida about 70 miles northwest from Orlando exists what is probably the biggest retirement community in the world, called The Villages. If you are looking for a place to live your retirement dreams, in this book you will find all the information you need to know about this wonderful opportunity. If you are currently a resident of The Villages this is the perfect information guide for you. Written by a 10 year resident, you'll find it very enjoyable, upbeat, informative, and fun to read. Here you will find a detailed description of the day in the life of a Villager along with the history of The Villages, its layout, amenities, governing bodies media, town squares, recreation centers , parks, weather, employment opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and more. There are also chapters devoted to golf and other sports available and a look at the 2400 plus active clubs in this community. In addition you will find a plethora of information on entertainment and eating, health resources, lifelong learning opportunities, animal and plant life, and interesting day trips in Central Florida. This is truly a complete guide to one of the most interesting retirement communities in the world!

Reviews

"I enjoyed it, and found it very informative."
"This book is very informative and covers everything one needs to know and find out about The Villages, Fl. It is simply written and gives excellent detail into all the ways to improve your life in your retirement years. Lindsay Collier makes known all the positives about The Villages, since there has been some negative press about this friendly town."
"We are considering a move to Florida and I wanted to do as much research as possible about the various retirement locations in Florida. I found that this book gives a good overview of life in The Villages. The book contains lots of facts and observations about the community, activities, insights on local plants and wildlife, entertainment, health services, as well as interesting day trips. It helped us with our decision about relocation to Florida and in particular The Villages."
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About Lindsay E Collier

Lindsay was born and brought up in the Boston area. After graduating from Northeastern University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering he served as a Captain in the US Army Corps of Engineers. Following that he went to work for Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY which he called home for most of his life.  He was Kodak's Technology Leader for Creativity, Innovation, and Strategic Exploration and trained hundreds in creative thinking processes and led many ideation sessions to help unleash the creativity of Kodakers. His interest in the connection between humor and work resulted in the development of the first corporate humor room. He took an early retirement after 25 years to begin a career as a writer and speaker.

Lindsay's first book, The Whack-A-Mole Theory was quite popular and also was translated to Japanese. He has been featured as a keynote speaker for dozens of corporations and organizations on the topic of creativity, innovation, and humor in the workplace. He also published a book called Get Out of Your Thinking Box; 365 Things You Can Do to Brighten Your Life and Enhance Your Creativity during this period. After losing his first wife of 40 years, Jan, to ovarian cancer in 2000 he put his writing skills to work on his book, Surviving the Loss of Your Loved One; Jan's Rainbow. This book, along with his presentations on the topic, has helped hundreds of people deal with loss in their lives.

In 2005 Lindsay and his second wife, Jean, moved to The Villages, Florida. In 2014 he really caught the "writing bug". He published a book on organizational creativity, innovation, and change called Organizational Mental Floss; How to Squeeze Your Organization's Thinking Juices. That was followed by Quotations to Tickle Your Brain, a book where he shares some great quotes focusing on creative thinking and Organizational Braindroppings; Musings on Breakthrough and Change. In late 2014 he wrote How to Live Happily Ever After; 12 Things You Can Do to Live Forever, which he has turned into a presentation and workshop that has had rave reviews. He most recent book, Living Your Retirement Dreams and Growing Young in the Villages; Florida's Friendliest and Healthiest Hometown,  paints a great picture of this wonderful retirement community for those who are contemplated retirement - or for those who already live there. His new book, Add Humor to Your Life; Add Life to Your Humor, is now out.

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