Archive for September 2012

Using autobiography to clear the cobwebs for the bonus years

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…

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The gift of hospitality does not include retirement

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…

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Aging goal: Getting better, not just older

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 several seniors working into their 80s.…

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Presidents use bonus years to write a comeback story

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…

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‘Work is a blessing:’ The gift of satisfying work in later life

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 for the…

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