Archive for December 2012

Do what you will, but don’t take the keys to my car

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…

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Consumables and experiences trump “stuff” on Christmas

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…

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The valuable wisdom of a grandparent educates the kids

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…

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Bonus years can work, for better or for worse

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 elderly residents…

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Something old, something new makes a portfolio

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…

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