Why I’m Thankful About Dating

Interview 100 people currently engaged in dating and I suspect the majority would say, “This sucks.” They’d complain about the games the opposite gender plays with their head, body and soul. They’d complain about the dishonesty permeating the process. And they’d complain about the time and expense committed to spinning wheels and not finding true love. Having participated in online dating, on and off, for nine months, I’d agree with these sentiments. I’d also add inappropriate online behavior to the …

Need a New Swimsuit? (I Do!)

Every summer my postmenopausal body and I play a little game I like to call Find the Swimsuit: I want one that will make me feel as sexy as Madonna looks. My body wants one that will make me look as confident as Madonna feels. We agree to disagree, then battle it out in the fitting room. No selfies are sent to chums for opinion polls. No bossy saleswomen are admitted. No fat- or age-shaming is allowed. Eventually, we find …

Workers More Upbeat About Retirement Prospects

More than one-third of workers say they won’t retire until after age 65, about three times the number saying so in the early 1990s. Another 10 percent say they won’t ever quit working. That’s according to an annual survey released Tuesday by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Back in 1991, when EBRI first conducted the survey, this idea of never retiring didn’t even come up, says Craig Copeland, a senior researcher at EBRI and coauthor of the study. That is one of …

Scents for Your Dollars

Sorry, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, but your name on a perfume bottle is not enough to entice a choosy sniffer like me. That’s because the fragrances we wear aren’t confined to our bodies: They live in our clothes, waft through our closets and linger in the imaginations of those we hold closest. For me, one whiff of Noir by Tom Ford says my husband is around, while a hint of Joy by Jean Patou announces my mom’s in …

Who’s Feeling Better About Retirement?

Last year’s rising stocks and recovering real estate market appear to have increased workers’ retirement confidence as well. According to an annual survey of 1,000 workers by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 18 percent say they were very confident they’d be able to retire comfortably. That may not seem like much, but it’s a 5 percentage-point jump from a year earlier. Jack VanDerhei, EBRI’s research director and an author of the study, says the rise in confidence was among those …

Sharon Stone To Oprah: Why Shouldn’t 50 Be Sexy?

And you thought Christie Brinkley looked good? Sharon Stone is just four years shy of catching up to the 60-year-old supermodel who recently graced People magazine in a swimsuit, and Stone looks every bit the beauty she was at 34 when she blasted into the national consciousness as femme fatale Catherine Tramell in the 1992 movie Basic Instinct. And Stone tells Oprah Winfrey, who turned 60 in January, that being called a sex symbol at this age (she was 56 …