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Monday, July 25, 2016

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

Like the Ravens' Ray Lewis, one of the NFL's all-time great linebackers, we all want to go out as a champion, to finish well.   However, in real life finishing well comes in many flavors and not just a Super Bowl ring.

One of the most inspiring examples of a man who finished well is the late Edwin Shneidman (1918-2009), a UCLA professor of... read more

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

Later-life improvisation.  I'm not talking about Comedy Central type improv.  I'm talking more generally about creative responses that people make when they have no script to follow – or don't like the script they've been given.

My introduction to senior improv came a few years back when I traveled down to the Research Triangle area of North... read more

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

Last week I was sitting at a table in "my section" of the Double T Diner on West Street, one of my favorite hangouts.  It's a sort of "not-too-hot/not-too-cold" Goldilocks setting – not too fancy and yet many steps up from Burger King where they also have tables.  And besides, Double T has a senior menu and a wonderful wait staff!

A few minutes... read more

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

Gifts for friends and relatives in their bonus years – not "seniors" or "elders" or "oldsters" but what we call "luminaries" – can be a special challenge during a gift-giving holiday season like Christmas.  

Most luminaries are downsizing from a larger home to a smaller home or condo – or to a small apartment in a continuing care community.  If... read more

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

Everyone who talks and writes about later life – from financial advisors to aging gurus – emphasizes the need for a later life plan.   

Even Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in The Bucket List created a last-minute plan of things to see and do before they met their Maker.   

Or, in the case of "grumpy old men," portrayed by Jack Lemmon and... read more

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

We did it!  Practice what you preach, they say.  So we did.  We downsized – and haven't looked back.

It happened real fast.  A "For Sale" sign appeared on an attractive but much smaller, single-story home down the street.  The owners kept lowering the price, so we bought it; closed the next week and moved in the day before Thanksgiving.  

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

Back in 1994, while standing in line to pay for Christmas decorations at Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville, a book called Christmas in My Heart: A Treasury of Old-Fashioned Christmas Stories caught my eye. 

The anthology was compiled and edited by Dr. Joe Wheeler, chair of the English Department at Maryland's Columbia Union College in Takoma Park... read more

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

There's a new twig on the family tree.  Her name is Adelyn – rhymes with Madelyn.  

I now understand why so many say the greatest joy of the bonus years is grandparenting.  

Adelyn arrived at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington on October 30.  Her birth was a surprise – a preemie arriving four weeks early.  

Though Adelyn is... read more

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

My first introduction to classical music was Rossini's "William Tell Overture."  It wasn't because Rossini was a favorite on our living room "Victrola," or because my parents had tickets to the Lafayette (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra.

I came to appreciate Rossini and his spirited overture because, in the late 1940s, it was the prelude to the nightly... read more

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

Long-time friend, Andy Borland, the esteemed former athletic director of Severna Park High School, called one day, "You must talk to Brenda Schoener!  She's an amazing woman who has done so much for our community – and a wonderful example of the kind of people you write about in Bonus Years."

So I called Brenda to see if we could get together.  ... read more

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Reboot!

What do you do when your career is over but your life isn't?

Phil Burgess

Making later-life work

It’s better to wear out than rust out.”  That is the message of Reboot!  While American culture glamorizes the “Golden Years” of endless leisure and amusement, Phil Burgess rejects retirement, as he makes the case for returning to work in the post-career years, a time he calls later life.