- win the national spelling bee and national geography bee
- do rubbings of the grave covers in Westminster Abbey
- install a dumbwaiter
- change the political system
- endow a wing at the American Museum of Folk Art
- spend a year alone in the Alaskan wilderness
- hold an audience spellbound
- possess a debit card
- have dinner with Hillary Rodham Clinton
- photograph the Rockies by moonlight
- visit Fort McHenry in Baltimore, which is commemorated in the "Star-Spangled Banner"
- grill fresh salmon on a hibachi
- simplify my life
- speak five languages
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The Wish List is a quirky and inspirational to-do list meant to plant seeds for new experiences and goals.