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Sunday, May 25, 2014

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

Einstein may have been the world's most brilliant theoretical physicist and, yes, he won a Nobel Prize.  But I can't help remembering that he also served for a time as the assistant examiner in the patent office at Bern, Switzerland, where, according to his biographer, Walter Isaacson, young Albert was once passed over for promotion.  Whatever led to his... read more

Sunday, May 4, 2014

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

"A servant's heart."  That's a term I've heard many times over the years, referring to people whose joy in life comes from serving others.  Those with servant hearts are everywhere, but because they are driven by a desire to serve rather than a need for recognition, we often don’t know about them. Sometimes they are volunteers in hospitals; sometimes a... read more

Sunday, April 20, 2014

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

"It's never too late to be what you might have been." That's the answer I give to people who are trying to figure out what they are going to be – or do – in the 20-30 bonus years they are likely to experience before they go to the "happy hunting ground."  Actually, the quote is not mine; it comes from George Eliot, the pen name of Victorian-age novelist... read more

Sunday, April 13, 2014

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

Last week, following a three-day meeting in Miami, I decided to visit my mother.  So I rented a car and drove over to Ft. Myers Beach on Florida's West Coast.  I called her first, so she would have time to get "prettied up."  No surprise visits!  That's a long-standing rule in our family. I arrived around noon after a peaceful drive through the Everglades... read more

Sunday, April 6, 2014

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

Ben Franklin's many gifts to the world include words of wisdom – such as, "Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it." Because I am neither wise nor foolish, I am always seeking and taking advice.  Nearly two years ago, when I had just finished the first draft my book, "Reboot," I asked people from different walks of life for their feedback,... read more

Sunday, March 23, 2014

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

"There are lies, damned lies and statistics."  So said Mark Twain.  But don't even think about saying this to Charles Mylander. Dr. Mylander is a statistician.  Actually, he is much more than that.  After earning an undergraduate degree in mathematics at Bowdoin College in 1960, he went on to earn a masters in industrial management from MIT – and then... read more

Sunday, March 16, 2014

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

Last week, while remembering my father, as I often do, I was also reminded of the games we played when I was a kid.  Like others, our family played all the board games such as checkers, chess, Monopoly and the rest.  But, we also had "high-tech" games. Just like the kids today who have Angry Birds, Grand Theft Auto and other colorful, high-def,... read more

Monday, June 3, 2013

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

With America’s 78 million boomers turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 a day for the next 18 years, Bonus Years will tell stories of people, places and issues that challenge the conventional "rest and relaxation" idea of retirement, focusing on individuals and institutions in the Chesapeake Bay area.  

Indeed, between now and 2030 the number of... read more

Sunday, May 19, 2013

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

Some people change lanes when they come to their bonus years.  Examples: The attorney shifts to volunteer work for a food bank.  The accountant drives a school bus.  The plumber reboots as a Little League coach.  

Others stay more or less in the same lane: The retired naval officer goes to work for a marine salvage company.  The homebuilder becomes... read more

Sunday, May 5, 2013

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

Writer Ruth Stotter says, "… we're made of stories.  When we die, that's what people remember, the stories of our lives and the stories that we told."

Annapolis and Maryland now have a new story-teller.  Her name is Joanne Alloway.  Alloway is the author of A Quiet Strength: Inspirational Stories of Older American Women, published earlier this... 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.