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Nana time is the latest response to coronavirus disruptions

For those in their bonus years, the shift to retirement is one of the most important transitions they will make.  Especially today because ours is the first generation to reach its bonus years with the likelihood of living an additional 20-30 years – many to...
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Inter-generational signs of civility give hope for a future without demonizing

Image from West Virginia Gazette Mail Newspaper, July 2, 2020 Some years ago, I remember a Today Show interview with an age 60+ grandmother who loved to ride her Harley.  She and her husband had planned a motorcycle trip around America, but he passed unexpectedly,...
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From WWII island hopping and the A-bomb to surgeon, civic leader, centenarian

This article was originally published with the title "Phil Burgess: World War II vet says Truman’s decision to use A-bomb saved U.S. lives". Thursday marked the 75th anniversary of the first wartime use of an atomic weapon when, on August 6, 1945, the US bombed...
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The Navy and Rotary are bookends of a life serving others

Like many others in their bonus years, my K-12 years were marked by the Cold War between the US and the former Soviet Union, which included a nuclear arms race and later the space race.  This stirred my interest in national security policy, which led...
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Annapolis Rotary adapts crab feast to coronavirus pandemic

Adaptation.  That’s a specialty of human beings.  Most do it really well. The idea of adaptation is at the center of theologian Reinhold Niebuhr’s often-quoted “Serenity Prayer” – which says, “Accept the things you cannot change; change the things you can; and have the wisdom...
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At age 100, Annapolitan centenarian is still using his gifts

A few weeks back, we noted the US Census Bureau’s forecast that the US will have 130,000 centenarians by 2030, up from 53,000 in 2010. Two weeks ago, on June 26, 2020, the Annapolis area did its part, when Ken Nagler of Edgewater, a Bonus...