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Sunday, September 16, 2012

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

For the past few months we have written each week about Marylanders in their post-60 bonus years, seniors fully engaged as editors, nurses, volunteers, philanthropists, home builders, coaches, music directors, cooks, mentors, even Olympians – including several seniors working into their 80s.   Whether you consider the stories we have covered or think... read more

Sunday, September 9, 2012

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

Presidents of the US, like the rest us, also retire.  In fact, polls show that about half the American people would like to retire Barack Obama on November 6th – and the other half would like Obama's retirement to be delayed four years.  

This weekend, however, is special.  You see, President Herbert Hoover, who died 11,553 days after leaving the... read more

Sunday, September 2, 2012

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

Physician Alexis Carrel, recipient of the 1912 Nobel Prize in Medicine for pioneering work on vascular suturing, organ transplants and the aging of cells, famously said, “The aging man should neither stop working nor retire. Leisure is even more dangerous for the old than for the young.”  

That also applies to women, according to Mary Grierson.  ... read more

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The ancient Scriptures say "everything has its season."  But Jeanne Kelly – who lives in Tracy's Landing with her husband Larry while devoting her bonus years to advancing the performing arts among older adults – says there is at least one exception.  "As long as you can breathe and speak, you can sing.  The gift of song is a life-long gift.  When it is cultivated, it benefits both you and others, especially in later life."

Jeanne Kelly is a remarkably interesting and gifted woman.  ... read more

Sunday, August 19, 2012

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

My 95-year-old mother, who is making the most of her bonus years, living independently in a condo on the West Coast of Florida, is a font of wisdom.  Not long ago, she said, "You know you're getting old when half the names in your Rolodex end with MD."  Our son, her grandson, in his 20s said, "Grandma, you know you are getting old when you know what a... read more

Sunday, August 12, 2012

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

"People say I am a miracle, but I am just an ordinary old man."  Those are the words of Japan's Hiroshi Hokestu, age 71, the oldest competitor in the 2012 Summer Games in London – and the oldest Olympian in 92 years.   
    
Hokestu-san is in London with his horse, Whisper, to compete in an equestrian event called dressage.  Dressage is an... read more

Sunday, July 29, 2012

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

It's a dolls' house.  Not the kind your daughter received from Santa on her third Christmas.  The dolls' house I am taking about is in the historic district, near City Dock.  It's a house full of dolls.  More than 500 dolls!  Old dolls, new dolls.  Porcelain dolls and cloth dolls.  Dolls with sweet faces and dolls with character faces.  Kewpie dolls and... read more

Sunday, July 22, 2012

He was Indiana state swimming champ in the 100 yard butterfly. He graduated cum laude from Harvard with a degree in economics. He is now a cook in Annapolis.

I'm talking about Craig Sewell, the owner-operator of A Cook's Cafe – and a cook on a mission that does not include retirement. Though he passed his 60th birthday a year or so ago, he's a runner who has completed four marathons – including the Marine Corps Marathon and the New York City Marathon. 

He also swims 1-2 miles a... read more

Sunday, July 15, 2012

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

There are two views of aging in America.  

In one, a 70 year-old woman drives another to the doctor.  Across town, a later-life adult takes an even older neighbor to do her grocery shopping and then helps her bring the groceries into the house and makes sure they are properly stored.  When arthritis keeps a home-owner from installing his new storm... read more

Sunday, July 8, 2012

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

"Wait, wait!  Don't tell me," as they say on the popular NPR variety show.  And for many, lifestyles in the bonus years are, indeed, a surprise waiting to happen.  But for others, what we have been is what we shall become.  Indeed, for increasing numbers of Americans, the years following retirement only amplify the values of family and community, of... 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.