Bonus Years Innovation

Stuff matters less in retirement. Give experiences.

By Phil Burgess | December 22, 2019

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from the Life section of the Sunday Capital, Sunday, December 22, 2019 With only three shipping days till Christmas, last-minute gift-buying can be a source of tension.  Some gift-buying decisions are easy.  For example, for young ones, there’s the rule of four: something they want; something they need; something they wear;…

Cyber Monday and aging in place are made for each other

By Phil Burgess | December 1, 2019

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from Bonus Years in the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, December 1, 2019 We bought a new TV last week – a so-called “smart” TV.  In the old days, with dumb TVs, you bought the TV, put it in the trunk, unpacked it when you got home and plugged…

There’s no place like home, so make sure it is safe, comfortable

By Phil Burgess | September 22, 2019

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, September 22, 2019 There’s no place like home – and that goes for those in their bonus years as much as for any age group. You would be excused if you thought differently.  After all, most news is about those longer in…

Jailtime, cruise ships provide alternative lifestyles for seniors

By Phil Burgess | September 8, 2019

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, September 8, 2019 Readers of a certain age will remember Art Linkletter, the radio and television talk-show pioneer who, for 25 years, hosted the Emmy-winning “House Party” and “People are Funny” broadcasts.  Of his many achievements, Linkletter is perhaps best known for…

At age 99, the autobiography is used to share inspiring stories of a life well-lived

By Phil Burgess | July 2, 2019

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, June 30, 2019 Celebrities, they say, are known for being known. Heroes, by contrast, are known for their deeds – for results and accomplishments and their contributions to the commonweal. While many heroes are well known – such as aviator Charles Lindbergh…

‘Golden Girls’ sitcom gets real-life reboot

By Phil Burgess | June 23, 2019

Unabridged article from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, June 23, 2019 In a recent article on aging, Kori Miller asks “How do you feel about growing old? For some, it’s a scary time filled with change and loneliness. But it doesn’t need to be that way. In fact, it shouldn’t. We’re social…

Work after a life of work appeals to many in their bonus years

By Phil Burgess | May 13, 2019

For those of us in our bonus years, conversations with children and grandchildren are usually satisfying, often sweet.  However, sometimes we’re faced with offspring who will skeptically roll their eyes whenever we speak with awareness and enthusiasm about issues they think they invented. Example: If you talk about recycling, some Millennials will dismiss your views…

Telecom retirees answer call of history, preserve important artifacts

By Phil Burgess | May 13, 2019

Unabridged from my weekly Bonus Years column the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, May 12, 2019 For nearly four years, beginning in 2005, I had the privilege of working as senior executive in the largest telecommunications company in a nation not my own.  That company was Telstra, Australia’s telecommunications giant, which also owned…

Gifts of ‘engagement’ and ‘experience’ are hard to beat

By Phil Burgess | December 12, 2018

Unabridged article from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, December 7, 2018 Buying a Christmas gift for friends or relatives in their bonus years can be a challenge. For example, what kind of gift do you buy for the bonus years empty-nester who is already downsizing? What do you get people who have…

Only a genealogist thinks a step backward is progress

By Phil Burgess | June 26, 2018

The Maryland State Archives, located on Rowe Blvd. just west of College Creek, is the central repository for what the law calls “state government records of permanent value….” including birth and death, marriage and divorce records, last wills and testaments and records of the history of Maryland – from the earliest times of Lord Baltimore…