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Sunday, April 28, 2013

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

Harold Young spent 25 years teaching 5th and 6th graders in South County schools.  "Retired" for 22 years, he is now completing 15 years in a bonus years career as a volunteer with Anne Arundel County Public Library branches in Annapolis and Eastport.  

"Why do you do this?" I asked.  "I want to do something useful, and here at the library I can be... read more

Sunday, April 21, 2013

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

Not everyone remembers that Annapolis once served as the capital of the United States.  But it did – for a short period, between November 1783 and August 1784.  It was during this time that the Americans and the British ratified the Treaty of Paris, formally ending the Revolutionary War.  

Of equal interest, it was in the new nation's capital at... read more

Sunday, April 14, 2013

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

The near-doubling of longevity during the 20th century – from 41 years to 78 years between 1900 and 2000 – has been a major factor re-shaping America's changing culture.  Though much of the increase in life expectancy is accounted for at the "starting line" by decreases in infant mortality, people are also living longer. The same improvements in public... read more

Sunday, April 7, 2013

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

"Every day is Saturday."  So said Annapolitan Cynthia Palmer when I asked her how she liked retirement.

Before retiring, Cynthia was a high-performing research manager at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  With degrees in biology and economics, she coordinated the work of more than 160 organizations engaged in research to... read more

Sunday, March 31, 2013

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

The psychologist Carl Jung wrote, "A human being would certainly not grow to be seventy or eighty years old if this longevity had no meaning for the species."  He goes on to say, "The afternoon of life must have a significance of its own and cannot be merely a pitiful appendage of life's morning."

For many of us, that unique significance of later-... read more

Sunday, March 24, 2013

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

Remember the old cartoon showing the engineer proudly holding his diploma and flanked by his parents on graduation day?  The caption says, "Five years ago I couldn't spell engineer, but now I are one."

Well that same kind of thing happened to Janice Lynch Schuster, an Annapolitan writer who has spent nearly twenty years among experts on aging and... read more

Sunday, March 17, 2013

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

Many of our stories focus on later-life Annapolitans who are continuing work into their bonus years – whether it's paid, volunteer, Samaritan or enrichment kinds of work.  We do this for two reasons.  First, research shows that continued social engagement is the most important predictor of successful aging, and work is sure-fire channel for social... read more

Sunday, March 10, 2013

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

History's view of Calvin Coolidge, the conservative Republican who served as the 30th president of the US, is enjoying a renaissance. It began with the presidency of Ronald Reagan; it continues with biographer Amity Shlaes' new book, "Coolidge," published last month by Harpers. Shlaes presents "Silent Cal" as a heroic figure – honest, open, frugal and... read more

Sunday, March 3, 2013

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

During the past two weeks I've had conversations and email exchanges with several later-life readers who are embarking on new careers.  One had worked 43 years for a large institution with mandatory retirement, and regretted having to step down.  He said, "I'm healthy, at the top of my game, and I want to keep working, even if it is on a reduced schedule... read more

Sunday, February 10, 2013

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

Some people are "early bloomers."  Mozart and Beethoven come to mind.  Some people are "shooting stars" – like many athletes, most chess players and some business, political and military leaders – people who shine brightly in their 20s and 30s and then burn out.  

Others are "late bloomers."  They don't find their calling or hit their stride until... 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.