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Sunday, November 25, 2012

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

I have always enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday – the more so as I have aged.  It kicks off a joyful day of sharing time with family and friends, a sharing that usually extends into the weekend.  This year has been no different.

Like other families, we have Thanksgiving traditions.  We always invite our kids and their partners who, in turn,... read more

Sunday, November 18, 2012

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

Shortly after moving to Annapolis in 1993, I learned about the city's ethnic diversity and rich history of immigration.  About a year later, I met one of those immigrants, an Annapolitan by the name of Savvas Yiannoulou (rhymes with "Honolulu").  Savvi, as he is known by friends and customers, is an Annapolis barber and a proud member of the Greek... read more

Sunday, November 11, 2012

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

I remember my father repeating the old adage, "We grow too soon old and too late wise."  The older I get, the more I understand the truth of those words.  With age comes a broader and deeper perspective on life, human relations and our place in the universe.  

I thought of this a week or so ago when I re-connected with an old friend and former... read more

Sunday, November 4, 2012

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

Thankfully, and with a little luck, the 2012 presidential election will be over in two days – with a decision sometime Tuesday night.   

Many thought much of the 2012 campaign would be about "senior issues" – such as strategies to "save" Social Security and Medicare.

However, both President Obama and Governor Romney assured later-life... read more

Sunday, October 28, 2012

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

Several readers have asked, "When do the bonus years begin?"   If you think about it historically, life expectancy was 47 in 1900.  So, from the perspective of history and demography, the bonus years are all those years after 47.  Still, many people begin thinking about their bonus years in their 50s – prompted by ads on TV, their financial advisor, their... read more

Sunday, October 21, 2012

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

It all began with a talent contest at Bentwaters Royal Air Force base in Ipswich, England in 1958.  One of the competitors didn't show up, and the organizers needed someone to fill the empty slot.  Roland Leone, an enlisted airman in the US Air Force weather service, had a habit of singing Frank Sinatra favorites in the shower.  His USAF buddies liked his... read more

Sunday, October 14, 2012

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

We are less than a month away from an election where issues affecting those in their bonus years hang in the balance.  These include:

  • tax reform – especially what is to be done about so-called "death taxes" and the taxation of capital gains and pensions, issues of great concern to retirees who are receiving payouts from pensions and... read more
Sunday, October 7, 2012

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

An old business school riddle goes something like this:  If there are five frogs on a log and one decides to jump off, how many are left?   The answer: Five.  The reason: Deciding to jump is not the same as jumping.  The number of frogs on the log is reduced to four only by execution, by the "action" of jumping – not by "deciding" to jump.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

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

It was late one Friday evening – this was nearly 15 years ago.  I had just returned to Annapolis from a week-long business trip. Going through the mail that piled up over the week, I found a FedEx package from my uncle Walt. Walter Copper, well into his bonus years at 90, is the brother of my mother. He was a B-24 pilot in WW II, a proud member of what... read more

Sunday, September 23, 2012

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

Every so often you meet genuinely special people – people who make you say, "I would like to be like them."  Mary Sue and I met two people like this shortly after we moved to Annapolis in 1993.  I'm referring to Graham and Libby Gutsche, who were married in 1948 and will soon celebrate their 64th anniversary.   

Though the Gutsche's have more than... 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.