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Plan your bonus years like you plan your working years
2012-10-07

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

An old business school riddle goes something like this:  If there are five frogs on a log and one decides to jump off, how many are left?   The answer: Five.  The reason: Deciding to jump is not the same as jumping.  The number of frogs on the log is... read more

Using autobiography to clear the cobwebs for the bonus years
2012-09-30

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

It was late one Friday evening – this was nearly 15 years ago.  I had just returned to Annapolis from a week-long business trip. Going through the mail that piled up over the week, I found a FedEx package from my uncle Walt. Walter Copper, well into his... read more

The gift of hospitality does not include retirement
2012-09-23

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

Every so often you meet genuinely special people – people who make you say, "I would like to be like them."  Mary Sue and I met two people like this shortly after we moved to Annapolis in 1993.  I'm referring to Graham and Libby Gutsche, who were married in... read more

Aging goal: Getting better, not just older
2012-09-16

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... read more

Presidents use bonus years to write a comeback story
2012-09-09

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... read more

'Work is a blessing:' The gift of satisfying work in later life
2012-09-02

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... read more

Take an old song and make it better
2012-08-26

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... read more

Errrt! Errrt! No aches and pains before dessert
2012-08-19

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... read more

From old to gold in London
2012-08-12

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... read more

Unexpected journeys can shape the bonus years
2012-07-29

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.  ... read more

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Reboot!

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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