Bonus Years Work

Dr. Fauci’s knowledge and authority show value of age and experience in pandemic management and messaging

By Phil Burgess | March 29, 2020

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from the Life section of the Annapolis Sunday Capital, Sunday, March 29, 2020 How old is old? After spending another week in isolation but observing the daily reports of the White House coronavirus task force – and especially the remarkable leadership of Dr. Anthony Fauci (age 79), the public face of…

Dr. Deborah Birx is the grandmother coordinating the White House response to the coronavirus

By Phil Burgess | March 22, 2020

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from the Life section of the Sunday Capital, Sunday, March 22, 2020 “I’m also a grandmother.” Those were among the first words she spoke as she stepped up to the White House podium last week to answer a question about the coronavirus, the new flu that has changed the daily life…

Life is enriched when we carry life-long interests into retirement

By Phil Burgess | December 8, 2019

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged Bonus Years column from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, December 8, 2019 As Dr. Seuss might have said, last week was special, special-er than most, because I got to meet Captain Brian Hope. Hope, born on Thanksgiving Day in 1943 in Lowell, Massachusetts, is a man of many…

Somewhere woman enriches her later life

By Phil Burgess | November 24, 2019

Unabridged Bonus Years Column from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, November 24, 2019 Back in 2017, British demographer and commentator, David Goodhart, introduced the idea of “Somewhere” people and “Anywhere” people – what he calls “the new Great Divide” in the cultures of the UK and US. Tailoring Goodhart, Somewheres are people…

From schoolteacher to doorman, he still inspires

By Phil Burgess | November 17, 2019

Unabridged Bonus Years Column from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, November 17, 2019 Readers of this space know I’m a fan of “experience gifts” – i.e., instead of gifting stuff gift an experience such as an airplane ticket or a Netflix subscription. Experience gifts are especially suitable for those in their bonus…

Meet a former Navy SEAL who’s a survivor at life’s wars

By Phil Burgess | October 20, 2019

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, October 20, 2019 Last week, I met a guy named James Hatch.  Hatch retired after 25 years and 11 months in the Navy, years he described as like riding on a Speeding Train. James Hatch is also the name you’ll see on…

Later-life gardeners create, maintain lovely gardens at Ginger Cove

By Phil Burgess | September 15, 2019

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, September 15, 2019 “Sublime” is not a word I use very often.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever used it.  And a Google graphic tells me I’m not alone because it shows that use of the word sublime has seriously declined…

Time to cultivate longtime relationships is a bonus years benefit

By Phil Burgess | September 1, 2019

by Phil Burgess, unabridged from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, September 1, 2019 Tomorrow is Labor Day, first celebrated in 1882 in New York City.  By 1885, Labor Day celebrations had spread to many industrial centers around the US – and in 1894 President Grover Cleveland made it official, formally establishing the…

Writer in bonus years has more chapters on her to-do list

By Phil Burgess | August 4, 2019

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, August 4, 2019 (Photo credit: Annapolis resident Priscilla Cummings is the author of recently published young adult book, “Cheating for the Chicken Man”. (By Joshua McKerrow / Baltimore Sun Media Group) Renown cellist Pablo Casals once said, “The person who works and…

Journalist John Frece retires to life of writing, grandparenting and advocacy

By Phil Burgess | July 28, 2019

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, July 28, 2019 Photo above: from left, John Frece, Nadja Maril, the late journalist Robert “Bob” Timberg and Priscilla Cummings at a reception for the Annie Awards. Frece has built a life in retirement that involves writing, grandparenting and advocacy. (by Don Dement…