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Whatever your age, it’s never too late to make a new ending

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” That’s the answer I give to people who are trying to figure out what they are going to be – or do – in the 20-30 bonus years they are likely to experience before they go to the “happy hunting ground.”  Actually, the quote is not mine; it comes from George Eliot, the pen name of Victorian-age novelist and poet, Mary Ann Evans, the author of “Silas Marner,” a novel of love, hope, betrayal and social change.  This was required reading in my middle school many years ago – a dreadful experience that nearly turned me off to reading. Perhaps a better path to wisdom can be found in the words of Maria Robinson, the first female president of Ireland…

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