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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

Sunday, October 11, 2015

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

Last week I was driving west over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge – returning home after an afternoon's conversation with three members of the Christensen family, the owners of the Visiting Angels in-home, elder-care franchise in Easton, Maryland.  Along the way, I was prompted to think about America's true greatness.  

My thoughts were not about the... read more

Sunday, October 4, 2015

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

Pope Francis energized the nation last week with his six-day whirlwind visit to Washington, New York and Philadelphia.  

The 78-year old pontiff started early in the morning and ended late in the evening.  He gave 20 speeches officiated at several masses, visited a school and a prison, kissed babies, and waved endlessly at enthusiastic by-standers... read more

Sunday, September 27, 2015

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

Talk about downsizing, here's one that takes the cake:  How about trading a home of 3,000 square feet on five acres of land for a sailboat 28 feet long by 8.5 feet on the beam. By my calculations that's 238 square feet – and it has to be shared with a diesel engine, galley, head and all the other "amenities" that go with a live-aboard sailing vessel.  ... read more

Sunday, September 20, 2015

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

It happened one Sunday at a gathering of the Fishermen's Table.  Fishermen's Table is an informal program, nearly 10 years old, initiated by the Protestant congregants of the Naval Academy Chapel.  The purpose: To strengthen relationships among midshipmen and between midshipmen and the community – including the large and growing number of Annapolitans who... read more

Sunday, September 13, 2015

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

For those in their bonus years, there's nothing new under the Sun, right? All that's left is coasting home, right?  No.  Not even close.  Nearly every day brings something new as growing older brings many new experiences.  Example: Grandchildren. Ever since we were told that we would be grandparents sometime around Thanksgiving, I have felt an unending... read more

Sunday, June 14, 2015

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

Eddie Sutton is 79 years old.  Many in their bonus years will remember Coach Sutton as the first basketball coach to lead four Division 1 schools to the NCAA finals– including two to the Final Four: Arkansas in 1978 and Oklahoma State, Sutton's alma mater, in 1995 and 2004. Award-winning journalist and Sutton fan Roger Rosenblatt, reported: "When Sutton... read more

Sunday, May 3, 2015

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

Friends matter – not the least in your bonus years and not the least for women. Back in 2010, Wall Street Journal columnist Jeffrey Zaslow published "The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship," a New York Times bestseller. "The Girls…" is an inspiring tribute to female friendships, a true story of eleven girls and – after the... read more

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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

Living as a stranger in a foreign land is a great privilege.  It is also one I enjoyed during a career that included a lot of time living, working, and traveling outside the US – in Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. Living and traveling abroad provide many opportunities to gain a new perspective on your own cultural heritage as an American and... read more

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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

The message from nearly a dozen readers who emailed me last week was loud and clear:  I should have explained my four-month absence instead of just showing up last Sunday.  The clearest was the shortest:  "You're back!  What's going on??"  The short answer: Mary Sue and I spent the past four months in Southwest Florida – in the Naples-Ft. Myers Beach area... 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.