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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…

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…

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 significant life often is the sum of little things

By Phil Burgess | November 3, 2019

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, November 3, 2019 Have you noticed how some individuals and many organizations have a need to do “big” things with their time, talent and treasure?  For example, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg – who has been making the rounds in Washington with a…

Messing about in boats can be a life-long avocation

By Phil Burgess | October 27, 2019

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, October 27, 2019. Tales of the sea abound.  Think of The Odyssey by Homer, Melville’s Moby Dick or, more recently, the nearly two dozen novels by Patrick O’Brien such as Master and Man, depicting sea warriors during the Napoleonic Wars – and,…

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…

Dr. Seuss is a great asset to grandparents teaching the young

By Phil Burgess | October 13, 2019

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, October 13, 2019 Most writing about aging holds that one of the great blessings of the bonus years is grandparenting.  Now that we have two granddaughters, with the older turning four and the younger turning two, we share those views. Fortunately, our…

Wisdom that comes with aging must be shared and replenished

By Phil Burgess | October 6, 2019

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from the Life section of the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, October 6, 2019 Over the past decade, Clint Eastwood has presented a provocative profile for aging – both in his personal life and through recent characters he has played in acclaimed films that depict an aging man adapting to a changing culture. …