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- Russell Muirhead, Just Work, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007.
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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND PUBLIC SERVICE
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WORK AND RETIREMENT
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EXPLORING YOUR NEXT CHAPTER
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Many good paths
The transition to a next
chapter can involve recycling, changing, or starting a career. A 30-year
executive in advertising now teaches the subject at a local college. A Marine
Corps brigadier general now runs an urban hunger relief program. An avid
recreational biker now helps adults learn the importance of being active.