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The valuable wisdom of a grandparent educates the kids
2012-12-16

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

December is a good time of the year, especially in the world's Judeo-Christian cultures.  For those of the Jewish faith, these weeks mark the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah, a time of joy, renewal and thanksgiving that commemorates a revolt by the Jews... read more

Bonus years can work, for better or for worse
2012-12-09

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

This past week, Pope Benedict XVI inspired many with his comment that it is "beautiful to be old."  The 85-year-old pontiff, who now uses a cane and has eyesight problems, also acknowledged that age brings challenges and difficulties.  While visiting... read more

Something old, something new makes a portfolio
2012-12-02

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

"On April 9, 1940, the very day that the Nazis invaded Norway, a young Swedish nurse received a life-changing letter.  It contained an improbable wedding proposal from the man she loved – a Norwegian living more than three thousand miles away across the... read more

You don't get to recover your losses from the time bank
2012-11-25

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,... read more

The 'fastest clipper in the East' is not about to retire
2012-11-18

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... read more

It's never too late for reconciliation, restoring relationships
2012-11-11

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... read more

The 'gray vote' may take the cake on Tuesday
2012-11-04

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... read more

There are many paths through the bonus years
2012-10-28

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... read more

The wee small hours of the morning bring joy, reflection
2012-10-21

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... read more

Social Security and Medicare should be debated
2012-10-14

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... 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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