S1-EP2: Debbie & Sam on Deciding to Take a Gap Year at Age 62

Feb 22, 2019


Debbie interviews her husband and co-conspirator, Sam Harrington, about the gap year they took together.


Debbie talks to Sam about the origins of their gap year. Sam was a successful physician in private practice in Washington DC. He explains the logistics, the timing and the deeper questions about making the life-changing decision to leave his medical practice after 31 years. Together, Debbie and Sam talk about why their gap year was not the same thing as a sabbatical or retirement.



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