The Third Act

A Baby Boomer’s Guide to Finishing Well

by William S. Cook, Jr., M.D. and Grant D. Fairley

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Baby Boomers and Zoomers – discover how to make this the most successful and enjoyable time of your life! There are so many opportunities to add zest, confidence and meaning to your life as a Baby Boomer. This motivational and reflective book will challenge and guide you as you finish your career, live an active life and explore the endless possibilities your pre-retirement and post-retirement years.

The Baby Boom Generation is in The Third Act of their story. The way a play or a movie finishes the tale leaves the audience satisfied or disappointed. How will your story be remembered? Will you finish well? You can make choices each day that will make the coming years the best yet.

Geriatric psychiatrist William S. Cook, Jr., M.D. and motivational speaker Grant D. Fairley explore with you the challenges and opportunities awaiting all baby boomers in the final third of life.

What you need to know about: Family – Retirement – Purpose – Health – Friendships – Perspective – Aging Well – Meaning – Choices – Opportunities – Generations – Grief – Service – Relationships – Legacy.

How will you use the resources of time, knowledge and experience that you have accumulated? After a lifetime spent seeking, discovering and achieving – what is left? What will this influential generation leave as its legacy? Where will the Boomers find meaning and purpose as the curtain rises for the third act?

What will you choose to do with the time you have left?
Written with short chapters and big ideas – it is in easy read that will touch many of the topics everyone will encounter approaching retirement, as you retire and in the years that follow.
If you are a Baby Boomer or Canadian Zoomer – this book is for you.


  • The Third Act
  • Party On!
  • Climbing the Tree
  • Maple Syrup
  • Bon Voyage
  • Exploring the Pasture
  • Creating Your Business Card
  • Around Your Campfire
  • The Return of Wonder
  • Wikis and Wakes
  • Birds of a Feather
  • A Good Sport
  • Keeping Bees
  • Nothing to Fear
  • The Black Dog
  • Time & Treasure
  • Just One More Thing…
  • Family of Choice
  • Generation Next
  • Breaking the Chains
  • There’s No Place Like Home
  • The Best Medicine
  • Over the Rainbow
  • State Occasions
  • Tug of War
  • They Weren’t Kidding After All
  • Golden Sunsets or Low Winter Sun
  • Older & Wiser
  • Feathers Fins and Fur
  • A Single Focus
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Good Morning, Good Morning!
  • Profits and Losses
  • Next to the Greatest Generation
  • Scrooge & Sawyer
  • Predicting the Weather
  • What’s Left in Your Box?
  • Cupid’s Arrows
  • Good Will
  • Improving Your Serve
  • Do You Mind?
  • Chasing the Dream
  • Try to Remember
  • Moon River
  • License to Kill
  • Telling Tales
  • Lean On Me
  • Empty Chairs and Empty Tables
  • The Rest is History
  • The Last Stop
  • The Grey Havens
  • The Music Box
  • A Prayer for the Ages
  • Second Wind
  • The Curtain Rises Once Again
  • A Wheaton Moment

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222 pages

ISBN 978-1897202234

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Dr. William S. Cook, Jr., M.D.


Dr. William S. Cook is a geriatric psychiatrist and Medical Director at Merit Health Natchez, Mississippi. He also has a private practice in Jackson, Mississippi serving patients worldwide.

Born in Jackson, Bill is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) where he majored in biology. He returned home to Jackson, Mississippi to complete his medical school training at the University of Mississippi Medical School. He completed a flexible internship at Framingham Union Hospital in Framingham, Massachusetts, focusing on internal medicine. While pursuing an aspiration of being a dermatologist, Dr. Cook completed a year of pathology residency training at the Mallory Institute of Pathology at Boston City Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He then completed a National Institute of Health fellowship in dermatology at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Cook worked in emergency medicine in both California and Mississippi. He went back to school to complete his residency training in psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, where he served as chief resident during his senior year. He received the Jaquith Award for most outstanding resident his senior year. He then completed a fellowship in Public Psychiatry at Columbia University in New York along with a fellowship specializing in sexuality at Bellevue Hospital (NYU School of Medicine) in New York.

Dr. Cook has been a psychiatrist for the past 20 years.

Contact Dr. Cook through or LinkedIn. You can follow him on Twitter @DrWilliamSCook

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Grant D. Fairley

Seminar Speaker & Executive Coach

Grant D. Fairley is an executive coach, seminar speaker, author and inventor.  His wide-ranging experiences as an executive in the financial industry, technology, healthcare and as a corporate consultant allows him to bring a broad perspective to his presentations, coaching and writing.

One of his gifts is that of a story teller who can both motivate and engage others with a new way of seeing their business and life. He is the author of a number of books, a presenter on BlogTalk Radio and an inventor of a patented healthcare technology. He continues to be actively involved in charitable organizations as well.

Grant is a graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.  He and his wife Cari live in Ontario, Canada.

His seminars, workshops and retreats are offered through and his executive coaching is available worldwide through

Contact Grant through or LinkedIn. You can follow him on Twitter @grantfairley