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For the fearless and curious, age and adventure go hand in hand
2016-01-03

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

Later-life improvisation.  I'm not talking about Comedy Central type improv.  I'm talking more generally about creative responses that people make when they have no script to follow – or don't like the script they've been given.

My introduction to... read more

New learning and giving commitments make a noble new year
2015-12-27

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

Last week I was sitting at a table in "my section" of the Double T Diner on West Street, one of my favorite hangouts.  It's a sort of "not-too-hot/not-too-cold" Goldilocks setting – not too fancy and yet many steps up from Burger King where they also have tables.  And besides,... read more

Consumables trump stuff when buying gifts for luminaries
2015-12-20

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

Gifts for friends and relatives in their bonus years – not "seniors" or "elders" or "oldsters" but what we call "luminaries" – can be a special challenge during a gift-giving holiday season like Christmas.  

Most luminaries are downsizing from a larger home to a smaller home... read more

You're lucky if you still need a plan after you've lost your marbles
2015-12-13

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

Everyone who talks and writes about later life – from financial advisors to aging gurus – emphasizes the need for a later life plan.   

Even Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in The Bucket List created a last-minute plan of things to see and do before they met their Maker... read more

Downsizing sounds like a good idea – until you have to do it
2015-12-06

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

We did it!  Practice what you preach, they say.  So we did.  We downsized – and haven't looked back.

It happened real fast.  A "For Sale" sign appeared on an attractive but much smaller, single-story home down the street.  The owners kept lowering the price, so we bought it;... read more

Story-tellers and the tales they weave only get better with age
2015-11-22

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

Back in 1994, while standing in line to pay for Christmas decorations at Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville, a book called Christmas in My Heart: A Treasury of Old-Fashioned Christmas Stories caught my eye. 

The anthology was compiled and edited by Dr. Joe Wheeler, chair of... read more

Grandparenting is a special blessing of the bonus years
2015-11-15

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

There's a new twig on the family tree.  Her name is Adelyn – rhymes with Madelyn.  

I now understand why so many say the greatest joy of the bonus years is grandparenting.  

Adelyn arrived at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington on October 30.  Her birth was a... read more

From cotton fields to the top of federal law enforcement
2015-11-08

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

My first introduction to classical music was Rossini's "William Tell Overture."  It wasn't because Rossini was a favorite on our living room "Victrola," or because my parents had tickets to the Lafayette (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra.

I came to appreciate Rossini and his... read more

Even an unexpected journey cannot detour a purpose-driven life
2015-10-25

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

Long-time friend, Andy Borland, the esteemed former athletic director of Severna Park High School, called one day, "You must talk to Brenda Schoener!  She's an amazing woman who has done so much for our community – and a wonderful example of the kind of... read more

Helping the elderly with in-home care is a family affair
2015-10-11

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

Last week I was driving west over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge – returning home after an afternoon's conversation with three members of the Christensen family, the owners of the Visiting Angels in-home, elder-care franchise in Easton, Maryland.  Along the way, I was prompted to think... read more

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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.

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