Closing The Loop

The relationship of work to the rest of our lives has changed. There was no event to mark it, no single reason that caused it, and no single response to the changes of the last five-to-ten years.

But work and the rest of our lives have changed, nonetheless. Many of us lost jobs, many have found new jobs, and many still are looking. And more significantly, many of us have changed the role that we gave our jobs and our careers in our lives. That’s true for people who urgently need a paycheck, and it’s true for those who are financially independent.

What we have in common is a growing recognition that meaningful work is something all of us want and need. Someone who has to work to put food on the table and a roof over his or her family’s head needs the satisfaction of doing a job well just as much as a retired executive does. And retirees are un-retiring at a rapid rate, whether they want to do something that they’re passionate about, or because they need the paycheck.

The work that we do towards the end of our careers – the last job, or one near it – is as important as the first job we got when we entered the work force.

“Closing the Loop” presents the stories of people – in their own words – who are adapting to a changing world and changing work .

Closing The Loop: 'Closing My Own Loop'

Jun 24, 2016
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After five years and roughly 200 interviews, this is the final installment of Closing the Loop.

In this segment, Warren Miller, the program's creator, is the show's final guest. Kathy Sherwood interviews Miller.

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Jeff Campbell was born in New York, but his family moved to Arizona when he was a teenager.

That’s where he learned to fly.

 

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Mike Taylor is a homebuilder and contractor who’s originally from Atlanta. He came here in 1998 to help develop Palencia and currently calls Jacksonville his home.


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Marlo Zarka was trained as a horticulturalist. But quickly, her career of growing plants transformed into one of "growing people."

 


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Cameron Stewart is a big man. He played high school sports. He served as in the Marine medic corps in Afghanistan and Iraq. But after he was left with crippling back pain, he became a chiropractor — and his greatest professional talent may be empathy.

Closing The Loop: A Journey Of A Thousand Miles

Apr 22, 2016
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Dana Greyson was born and raised in Washington state, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. Today, she lives on a sailboat, and — while still an American citizen — travels around the world with her husband, Wayne Seitz. The couple met in 2005.

Deirdre Clayton was widowed at age 30 with two young children, while her career path led back to where she wanted ever since she was a teenager — to help people.

Today, she’s a guidance counselor in a Jacksonville middle school.

 


Kim Stordahl grew up all over the United States, thanks to her father’s management career.

Following in her father's footsteps, Stordahl went into management, moving with her husband to Jacksonville. That’s when she decided she wanted to do something different.


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Winston Allen is, is in his own words, a “triathlete for life.” He started working out at age 9 to keep bullies away. Today, at 85, he’s a world champion triathlete who’s getting ready to defend his title.


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Anthony Johnson played football from high school through an 11-year NFL career. Today, he’s the Jacksonville Jaguars’ chaplain, and possibly the most low-key former NFL player you’ll ever meet.

He’s an Indiana native who went to Notre Dame on a scholarship. He had, at that time, a single focus to his life: “Playing football, my passion since I was young,”

He says, “I played through high school and was good enough to get a football scholarship to Notre Dame. I graduated in 1990 and was drafted in the second round by the Indianapolis Colts.”

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Pete Ancone loves cars, writing stories, and running track. The death of his father pushed him into journalism to support his family, but years later, he wrote his first novel … about running.


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Tammy King was an animal person long before she came to the commercial fishing village at Mayport, where there are more feral cats than people. She started a non-profit, Mayport Cats, to spay, neuter and treat the health issues of feral cats to humanely control their population. It’s the hardest job she’s ever had.


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Dave Bruderly wanted to be a Navy officer, like his father. After graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, Dave saw the world from ships. What he learned inspired him to become an environmental consultant who specializes in oceans.

Bruderly grew up in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He greatly admired his father, who had been a submarine commander in World War II. That’s when he came up with a plan that would shape his life.

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Today, Susan Michal chairs the Professional Photographers of America association. But she didn't start her career as a photographer.


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Dennis Klee founded Harmonious Monk's in Jacksonville's Mandarin area in 1995. Now he runs Klee's Music in Julington Creek.


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