relationships

Women, Are You Better Off Happy & Single Than Unhappy & Married?

I’ve written before about the fact that the only age demographic showing growth in divorce rates in the U.S. is those 55 and older, as the Gray Divorce rate is double what it was in 1990.

Women, Are You Better Off Happy & Single Than Unhappy & Married?

Men At Forty. Marriage at Twenty.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Donald Justice’s “Men at Forty” (see below) was written nearly sixty years ago, so maybe it should be renamed “Men at Fifty” given our extended longevity. There’s a melancholy flavor to the poem, a sense of lost youth, but also a curiosity about the second half of one’s life. I couldn’t help wondering how this poem might relate to the second half of one’s marriage. Age can affect one’s body, but also one’s relationship as marital inertia (and kids) swallows the energy of a connection.

Men At Forty. Marriage at Twenty.

7 Rules for Later Life Dating.

At a time when divorce rates have been dropping for decades in the U.S., why is it that the only age group that is showing a rise in divorces is those 55 and older, as the Gray Divorce rate is double what it was in 1990?

7 Rules for Later Life Dating.

A School Reunion.

It’s been a few weeks and I’m still reflecting on Saturday night’s high school reunion. Forty years ago, a group of 84 young women left for university believing they would seize the world. Then last Saturday, 56 of them, exactly 66%, reunited in Sydney, Australia.

A School Reunion.

Partner Wanted.

When I turned 60, I hoped for a river cruise down the Seine. But instead, this midwestern wife, mother, GG to her grandbabies, devoted yogi and magazine writer discovered that her husband, the one who never looked at another woman in my presence, was leading a secret life.

Partner Wanted.

Dear Eligible Middle-Aged Man: You didn’t get a second date because…

Dating at any age is fraught with challenges. Dating in your fifties (and beyond), however, has its particular issues. And I’m not talking about the usual complaints about the size of the male pool versus the number of available females, or the “age-appropriate” question.

Dear Eligible Middle-Aged Man: You didn’t get a second date because…