A Dating Story: A Widow’s First Time Out

Felice Shapiro is a writer, entrepreneur, and publisher as well as the founder of Better After 50, a weekly online magazine. In addition to being a teacher and avid runner, hiker, and yogi, she is an AARP contributor. After my husband died, I remembered hearing that, according to the Jewish religion, a widow was required to mourn for 30 days and then she could “get back out there.” And, what’s more, the brother-in-law was expected to marry his brother’s widow …Oh …

Top 10 Ways You Can Uncover Your Second Chance At Love

How timely: it’s my 4th anniversary this week and I have been given the big second chance…. Four years ago, Bill and I were married outdoors at our new home on Martha’s Vineyard. The skies cleared from the deluge of rain that poured from the heart of Hurricane Hannah just long enough for us to say our vows and file into the big tent in our backyard.  The rains returned just one hour post-ceremony, hammering against the tent as Johnny Hoy …

Love is a Song that Latinos Never Forget

I was recently watching the trailer of Chico y Rita, the only Spanish-language film nominated for an Oscar this year, and I heard a quote that had a strong impact on me: “Love is a song that you never forget.” For Latinos, love is exactly that: A feeling that permeates everything we do and is as indispensable as adding sugar to your morning coffee. St. Valentine’s should be an occasion to renew our commitments, maybe spice up relationships and discover …

A Bride at 100 (Video)

Turning 100 is a significant milestone in and of itself, but Dana Jackson decided to also tie the knot on her one hundredth birthday. Jackson met Bill Strauss, 87, some time ago the Western Kentucky Active Day Center. They were reunited at the Rosewood Health Care Center(where they both now live) in Bowling Green, Ky. They got hitched last week. Jackson has been married three times before, but this was her first wedding with both a wedding dress and an …

What Happens When My Wife No Longer Wants Oral Sex?

Q: My wife and I are in our mid-sixties. My wife has always enjoyed receiving oral sex, but in the past year, that has changed. Is this age-related? Dr. Pepper Schwartz: I don’t think it’s age-related. She is way past the early years of menopause that sometimes jerk women’s sexual desire around and affect sexual habits. And there is no biological reason for a woman who has enjoyed a sexual act to stop liking it (except perhaps if it is …

Marriage for Grownups

It was a funny wedding. Several guests got locked in the bathroom. My brother-in-law picked a fight with the wedding manager. And while we were getting ready to leave, someone made off with the leftovers, including a whole 10 lb. salmon, roasted with dill sauce. What I remember most, however, was the reading. When my wife, Barbara, and I were planning the wedding, the only thing I insisted on was that the minister read a passage from Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Letters …