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It's never too late to "refresh," to be what you want to be
2013-03-03

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

During the past two weeks I've had conversations and email exchanges with several later-life readers who are embarking on new careers.  One had worked 43 years for a large institution with mandatory retirement, and regretted having to step down.  He said, "... read more

High performance comes naturally to bonus years' exemplar
2013-02-10

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

Some people are "early bloomers."  Mozart and Beethoven come to mind.  Some people are "shooting stars" – like many athletes, most chess players and some business, political and military leaders – people who shine brightly in their 20s and 30s and then burn... read more

In real life, finishing well comes in many flavors
2013-02-10

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

Like the Ravens' Ray Lewis, one of the NFL's all-time great linebackers, we all want to go out as a champion, to finish well.   However, in real life finishing well comes in many flavors and not just a Super Bowl ring.

One of the most inspiring... read more

I love it when you're close by, but not too close
2013-02-03

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... read more

The portfolio life has many profiles, including life as a DJ
2013-01-27

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... read more

After 50, it's family, friends and work that count the most
2013-01-20

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... read more

Using the gift of time to promote economic literacy and civility
2013-01-13

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... read more

A tip from a "long-standing" friend, not an "old" friend
2013-01-06

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... read more

Do what you will, but don't take the keys to my car
2012-12-30

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,... read more

Consumables and experiences trump "stuff" on Christmas
2012-12-23

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... 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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