Bonus Years Lifestyles

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;…

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…

The 111th Naval Construction Battalion landing at Omaha Beach before the Mulberry was installed, 6 June 1944.

From Okinawa to Eastport, WWII vet still engaged

By Phil Burgess | December 1, 2019

by Phil Burgess, Unabridged from the Life section of the Sunday Capital, Sunday, December 29, 2019 (image above) “Seabees landing on D-Day, WWII” The 111th Naval Construction Battalion landing at Omaha Beach before the Mulberry was installed, 6 June 1944.  Image Credit: U.S. Navy Seebee Museum via Flickr Anyone who has read Tom Brokaw’s The…

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…

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,…