Essays

Remarks on Not Retiring I wish I had a dollar for every time someone has asked me, “What are you going to be doing in the future?” When you make a decision to let go of a secure present and venture into the unknown, it is like one big Rorschach test of people projecting on to you what you think you ought to do, or what they would want to do if they made such a decision.

Work After Work As every eight seconds someone turns 50 in this country, I believe there is a great spiritual need and moral necessity for redefining .retirement. with .returnment.. I define .returnment. as .the act of giving back or returning in some small way what the world has given to you.

Liberty Reflections I was recently given a special gift of a sabbatical as President/CEO of Morrison Center Child & Family Services, or as they say in the military, .liberty.. I believe it to be an especially apt time as I step away from the challenges and the relentless pace of daily work to capture some of the issues and opportunities I see and have experienced, as I am also completing almost thirty years of involvement in nonprofit human service field.

There’s a War Going On! This war is not happening outside of our borders, or in another part of the world. It is occurring in every community, neighborhood, suburb, town, city and living room in this country every hour, every day. In many ways it occurs inside each of us on a daily basis.

A View From the Front Lines As I grew older I became less enamored by the formality of religion. I discovered what John Gardner meant in his book Self Renewal when he said, .We are forever building the church and killing the creed.. I was still drawn to spirituality and meaning and later I came across a meaningful quote by Albert Schweitzer, .There is no higher religion than human service.. This turned out to be my calling.

A New Age of Life Midlife used to be defined roughly between the ages of 40 and 60. But with our improved health and life expectancy, it is probably more accurately described as between the ages of 50 and 70.

Returnment vs. Retirement The question for the aging boomers will be whether they choose to pursue traditional retirement or create new ways of being engaged and productive, and more importantly, will they lead in giving back to the younger generations.

New Public and Private Partnerships With the inevitable cutbacks in government spending on human services in the coming years and a continual growing need for some type of response, an opportunity is emerging to develop new models of thinking, new roles and new investment paradigms from all our various sectors, including government, corporate and business, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations.

Key Ingredients of Successful Partnerships The importance of partnerships and collaborations are becoming urgent not only for nonprofit organizations, but also for the governmental, philanthropic and private sectors as well. The world is shrinking while at the same time becoming more complex and interdependent.

A Call To Action We have made great progress as a country and a world, but there is still so much more work to be done. The poverty rates for children are immoral, and not providing health insurance for 40 million Americans is inexcusable given our wealth.


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