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Elderly popes selected by elderly clerics talk wisely about aging
2015-10-04

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

Pope Francis energized the nation last week with his six-day whirlwind visit to Washington, New York and Philadelphia.  

The 78-year old pontiff started early in the morning and ended late in the evening.  He gave 20 speeches officiated at several... read more

For the fearless and curious, age and adventure go hand in hand
2015-01-03

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 senior improv came a few... read more

The woman who taught me to walk still walks with others
2014-08-31

The poet Robert Browning penned the famous lines, "Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made."

I think of those lines often, as I grow older.  I think of them because every day brings new experiences, now perspectives, a deeper understanding of this or that and, yes, new knowledge, new puzzles to solve, new challenges to meet.

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The woman who taught me to walk still walks with others
2014-08-31

The poet Robert Browning penned the famous lines, "Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made."

I think of those lines often, as I grow older.  I think of them because every day brings new experiences, now perspectives, a deeper understanding of this or that and, yes, new knowledge, new puzzles to solve, new challenges to meet.

... read more

Think about it: How would you tell your story, if asked?
2014-08-24

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

Here's a bonus years issue about which many have commented: What do retired people say when they meet someone new and are asked, "What do you do?"  

I have overheard all kinds of responses.

Some say – often defensively – "Oh, I'm just retired... read more

Robin Williams and the prevalence of later-life suicide
2014-08-17

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

In life, Robin Williams made us laugh.  Now, in death, at age 63, he makes us think.

Robin Williams in death makes us think because he died by his own hand.  "How could he," we ask.  He had everything – including four Oscar nominations and one win,... read more

It's hard to beat a sailing vacation on the Chesapeake Bay
2014-08-10

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

Somebody once said that retirement is like a permanent vacation.

Whoever said that deserves the anonymity he enjoys today.  Reason: The unknown author either had no experience with a real vacation or he didn't know any of the retired people I know.... read more

Public policy and aging: "Houston, we've got a problem here"
2014-08-03

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

In 1967, Israeli politician and diplomat, Abba Eban, said, “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing – after they have tried everything else” – an observation frequently but incorrectly attributed to Winston Churchill.  

Regardless... read more

Solar power, wind power and the clothes line: A new idea
2014-07-20

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

Many writers assert that wisdom is the combination of knowledge plus experience.  

However, truth be told, as I slide through my bonus years, I am coming to the view that patience and perspective (or discernment) may be the really important virtues... read more

Making Good Use of the Bonus Years
2013-06-03

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

With America’s 78 million boomers turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 a day for the next 18 years, Bonus Years will tell stories of people, places and issues that challenge the conventional "rest and relaxation" idea of retirement, focusing on individuals and... 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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