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Sunday, February 3, 2013

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

Mary Sue and I are now headed back to Annapolis from Naples after a "long month" that began just before Christmas.  I've been coming to Southwest Florida every year since 1947, when I was just eight years old.   My parents had me in tow as they vacationed here, year after year.  We continue to vacation here – to enjoy the water and warm weather and to... read more

Sunday, January 27, 2013

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

We were passing through the entrance to Pelican Landing, an upscale community just north of Naples, Florida, where we were visiting some Annapolitan snow-birds.  A sign on the gatehouse announced a BYOB community dinner – from 5:00 to 6:30.   You know you are in a baby boomer community when the dinner bell rings at 5:00 pm.  

But the dinner event... read more

Sunday, January 20, 2013

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

I had just turned 16 when it happened.  

I had a glossy, new driver's license in my billfold.  I was driving my father's new DeSoto down 9th Street in Lafayette, Indiana.  The car was packed with friends as we headed over to Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium to watch the Boilermakers in the season's first Big 10 football game. I slowed for a stop sign, saw... read more

Sunday, January 13, 2013

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

Richard Bach, the American author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and other best-sellers, once said, "A great life is the sum total of the worthwhile things you've been doing one by one."  Everyone entering his or her bonus years should tack this quote on the refrigerator, the bathroom mirror or the cover page of your daily journal or devotional.

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

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

Last week, I wrote about the many similarities between the very young and the very old – such as shared preference for soft foods, naps, battery-driven vehicles, and sometimes even diapers.  Well, the roof caved in.

I received 31 responses to my commentary after three days, and most of them were along the lines of "Old is in the mind of the... read more

Sunday, December 30, 2012

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

I am writing from southwest Florida — in Naples — where we are spending the holidays with my soon-to-be 96-year-old mother and are surrounded by many interesting and lively people, also in their bonus years. Some are here year around; others are snowbirds, who live up North in the mild months and retreat to Florida for the winter months.

In fact,... read more

Sunday, December 23, 2012

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

Buying a Christmas gift for a friend or relative in their bonus years can be a challenge.  What kind of gift do you buy for the person who has everything or for a parent or bonus years friend who is an empty-nester and may be downsizing?  What do you give to someone who has a low threshold for deferred gratification, so when they want something they go... read more

Sunday, December 16, 2012

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

December is a good time of the year, especially in the world's Judeo-Christian cultures.  For those of the Jewish faith, these weeks mark the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah, a time of joy, renewal and thanksgiving that commemorates a revolt by the Jews in the Second century BC when they regained control of Jerusalem, restored freedom of worship and... read more

Sunday, December 9, 2012

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

This past week, Pope Benedict XVI inspired many with his comment that it is "beautiful to be old."  The 85-year-old pontiff, who now uses a cane and has eyesight problems, also acknowledged that age brings challenges and difficulties.  While visiting elderly residents of Sant' Egidio Community in a Rome neighborhood near the Vatican, he said, "I know well... read more

Sunday, December 2, 2012

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

"On April 9, 1940, the very day that the Nazis invaded Norway, a young Swedish nurse received a life-changing letter.  It contained an improbable wedding proposal from the man she loved – a Norwegian living more than three thousand miles away across the Atlantic in the United States."

So reads a teaser for a bonus years' book penned by Erik... 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.