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A community-based option for aging in place
2012-07-29

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

It's a beehive of activity.  People scurrying here and there to catch a bus or join a work group, attend an exercise class or go to a computer class.   Those who can walk are helping people who have trouble walking.  There is a constant buzz and chatter as... read more

A man on a mission has no time to retire
2012-07-22

He was Indiana state swimming champ in the 100 yard butterfly. He graduated cum laude from Harvard with a degree in economics. He is now a cook in Annapolis.

I'm talking about Craig Sewell, the owner-operator of A Cook's Cafe – and a cook on a mission that does not include retirement. Though he passed his 60th birthday a year or so ago, he's a runner who has completed four marathons –... read more

Neighbors helping neighbors to age in place
2012-07-15

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

There are two views of aging in America.  

In one, a 70 year-old woman drives another to the doctor.  Across town, a later-life adult takes an even older neighbor to do her grocery shopping and then helps her bring the groceries into the house and... read more

Time out to plan the bonus years
2012-07-08

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

"Wait, wait!  Don't tell me," as they say on the popular NPR variety show.  And for many, lifestyles in the bonus years are, indeed, a surprise waiting to happen.  But for others, what we have been is what we shall become.  Indeed, for increasing numbers of... read more

Follow your passion, even in the bonus years
2012-07-01

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

The idea of "leaving a legacy" is a popular bonus years theme.  It came to mind a couple of weeks ago as I was driving past Severna Park High School and noticed the sign outside the sports arena.  It reads, "The Andy Borland Field House."  

Because I... read more

Sometimes it's OK to do nothing
2012-06-24

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

I received an interesting email last week from a reader with the following comment:  "It's inspiring to read about people who continue to work, volunteer, take care of grand kids and do good things  in their 'retirement' years.  But I know there are people... read more

"Doing Nothing" is not in the cards
2012-06-17

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

Meet John Fry (USNA, '48), an interesting guy for many reasons, not the least because the former naval officer who spent much of his first career in the Pacific also had a second career in the US diplomatic corps as a Foreign Service Officer, where he... read more

"Retiring" to full-time community service
2012-06-10

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

In 1986, when John "Rusty" Porter was 54 years old, he and his wife, Virginia, an elementary school principal, moved to Annapolis.  Last April, the Rotary Club of Annapolis recognized Rusty with its "Service Above Self" award, the highest honor for... 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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