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Sunday, April 12, 2015

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

Perspective.  That's one of the advantages of the bonus years.  As you pass through your late 50s and then into the 60s and 70s and beyond, you are able to take a more measured assessment life's events.  Your thinking and understanding are more contextual. I thought of this last week as I was talking with Annapolitan Marilyn McGilvery. Marilyn was born in... read more

Sunday, January 4, 2015

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

Hello 2015.  Presumably we've all made our resolutions, and undoubtedly we've already broken some.  That's not cynicism.  That's reality.  Many other realities will become clearer in 2015.  I'm not thinking of old realities – such as politicians not telling the truth or scandalous waste, fraud and abuse by governments.  Instead, I'm talking... read more

Sunday, December 21, 2014

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

Ron Edwards may not have nine lives, but he sure challenges the observation ofGeneral Douglas MacArthur who said before the US Congress in 1951 that "Old soldiersnever die; they just fade away." Instead of fading away after spending more than 20 years in the US Air Force, Lt. Col. Edwards retired in 1987 to start a new career. Armed with a... read more

Sunday, December 7, 2014

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

The vigil. It began 12 days ago when we received a phone call from family friends who've retired in Florida.  They had stopped by to visit my mother, known to her friends as Ginny.  Ginny  is "97 and three-fourths" – her words – and has lived independently on Ft. Myers Beach since 1982 where she and my father retired, though my father, a picture... read more

Sunday, November 2, 2014

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

Let's talk about relevance and entrepreneurship. First, relevance.  When you reach your bonus years, you are at the top of your game – with lots of wisdom and many skills.  But there's often a problem.  In the words of Laurence J. Peter, author of The Peter Principle, "Old age is when you know all the answers, but nobody asks you any questions."  But not... read more

Sunday, October 19, 2014

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

Back in 1997, I attended a day-long seminar on mentoring.   The things I learned at this event had a big impact on my thinking and my life – and are among the key experiences that cultivated my interest in aging, especially in how we think about and achieve successful aging. The seminar concluded with an after-dinner program, where the speaker was the... read more

Sunday, September 28, 2014

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

Some readers will be familiar with the name, Ezekiel Emmanuel.  The 57-year old physician is the director of the Clinical Bioethics Department at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda – and the brother of the more widely-known Rahm Emmanuel, the former Illinois Congressman, former chief of staff to President Obama and now the mayor of Chicago. ... read more

Sunday, August 10, 2014

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

Somebody once said that retirement is like a permanent vacation Whoever said that deserves the anonymity he enjoys today.  Reason: The unknown author either had no experience with a real vacation or he didn't know any of the retired people I know. This old saw came to mind this week because I am a "retired" person – or sort of.  Like so many others, I... read more

Sunday, August 3, 2014

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

In 1967, Israeli politician and diplomat, Abba Eban, said, “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing – after they have tried everything else” – an observation frequently but incorrectly attributed to Winston Churchill.  Regardless of who said it, the conclusion that American policy making at every level is a messy business is clearly... read more

Sunday, June 29, 2014

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

Remember high school physics where we learned Newton's laws of motion.  Think about Newton's first law, his Law of Inertia:  "An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by another force. An object in motion continues in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by another force." Translated to the bonus years, that... 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.