Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland Remember the old cartoon showing the engineer proudly holding his diploma and flanked by his parents on graduation day?  The caption says, “Five years ago I couldn’t spell engineer, but now I are one.” Well that same kind of thing happened to…

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Many of our stories focus on later-life Annapolitans who are continuing work into their bonus years – whether it’s paid, volunteer, Samaritan or enrichment kinds of work.  We do this for two reasons.  First, research shows that continued social engagement is the most important predictor of successful aging, and work is sure-fire channel for social…

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Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland History’s view of Calvin Coolidge, the conservative Republican who served as the 30th president of the US, is enjoying a renaissance. It began with the presidency of Ronald Reagan; it continues with biographer Amity Shlaes’ new book, “Coolidge,” published last month by…

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Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland During the past two weeks I’ve had conversations and email exchanges with several later-life readers who are embarking on new careers.  One had worked 43 years for a large institution with mandatory retirement, and regretted having to step down.  He said, “I’m…

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