Bonus Years Institutions

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…

Aging father retires to help enrich the life of disabled son

By Phil Burgess | November 10, 2019

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from Bonus Years in the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, November 10, 2019 Last week it was my privilege to get to know Bobby Villares, age 62, and his son, Gabe, age 24 – and to learn about Langton Green, a hidden jewel in our community.  First, the people. …

A visit from England brings memories into view

By Phil Burgess | September 29, 2019

Remembrances.  Reflections.  Recollections.  Time for musings is clearly a benefit of the bonus years.  With each passing year, our life experiences pile up.  Some we want to forget, especially memories of those times we got in the way of good judgment.  But most memories are rooted in positive anecdotes, rich tales or experiences that tell…

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…

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…

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…

Group of volunteers preparing for distribution

Volunteer group, led by later-life caregivers, assists homeless population at BWI Airport

By Phil Burgess | June 9, 2019

Unabridged article from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, June 06, 2019 A few weeks ago, we wrote about Severna Park’s Asbury Community Assistance Network, where bonus years volunteers support individuals and families in crisis, providing food and other services to more than 1,000 people each week. Last week, Rhonda Jackson, retired from…

As we grow older, some things wear out – and that’s just fine

By Phil Burgess | June 2, 2019

Unabridged from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, June 2, 2019  “It’s better to wear out than rust out” is the underlying theme of most of our bonus years stories. It’s also how I think about my own bonus years.  I’ve learned that continuing engagement in paid work, volunteer work and other kinds…

A life of service to the ‘seats of power’ does not end when your career ends

By Phil Burgess | January 13, 2019

Unabridged article from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, January 4, 2019 New Year’s Eve was a dreary day in Annapolis.  It was cold and rainy.  Little did I know that my day would soon be filled with the light of Frank Jones whose uplifting manner and inspiring story could raise the spirits…

Annapolis man turns his setbacks into a comeback

By Phil Burgess | December 18, 2018

Unabridged article from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, December 14, 2018 Last week, Mary Sue and I were ringing bells for the Salvation Army’s red donation kettle located at City Dock by Zachery’s jewelry store in downtown Annapolis. That’s when I first met Steve Rice. Like many others that brisk Monday morning,…