CHAPTER 33Bridge WorksTwo Second Careers

RETIREMENT, DREADED BY many in our society, brought for me and Barbara fresh adventures, the recapture of the deed to our own time, and an even closer relationship. We not only had more time to spend together, but at her suggestion we started a new business together: Bridge Works Publishing Company, an independent book publisher. For the two of us, it developed into a second career.

At the time I retired in mid-1991, this possibility had not yet occurred to us. I had made a list of “postretirement projects” that I intended to undertake. It included learning to cook, mastering my new motorcycle, teaching, and continuing to work on behalf of the nonprofit boards on which I served. These included the Public ...

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