My grandmother told me, “It’s as easy to date a rich man as it is to date a poor man.” Or was that marry a rich man? Anyway, I’ve dated both indiscriminately.
We heard through the grapevine about a boomer couple upset because their son, who graduated from a prestigious college and professional school without loans, was marrying a young lawyer with tens of thousands in educational debt. The parents feared that paying off this financial burden would delay the couple in buying a house and starting a family. Wisely, they chose to say nothing.
I have to confess: I am a glass-half-full-pollyannish-romantic-type person. Still, when I hear skepticism and concern about my decision for a new adventure in online dating, I get the point. I will be cautious with my expectations, and how I approach this experience.
Well, this is depressing: A new study finds that an older couple is more likely to divorce if the wife gets seriously ill, but not if the husband does.
A friend recently shared some news: His youngest child, a successful professional, was getting married in September, finally. Did he approve of the nuptials? "She's 32," he answered in a deadpan manner. "I'm just happy she's getting married." While the boomer father liked his future son-in-law, the young couple had been living together for a few years. Dad had expected them to get married a lot sooner. What were they waiting for?
We barely began the new year before celebrity divorces began making headlines. Last week the 1970s pop duo Captain & Tennille ("Love Will Keep Us Together") announced the end of their 39-year marriage. That came a week after former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, filed for divorce. No surprise there.
Clint Eastwood, Seal, Tony Danza and Bruce Jenner are all up for grabs. So what are you waiting for ? Whether you're a cougar or prefer peers, you may find that everyone's looking for love... again. Besides dating sites, social networking makes reconnecting with old friends, college boyfriends, business colleagues, exes and new "friends" easy. But, what to wear? Here are five tips to make sure your clothes and looks send the right message:
Bouncing back from a relationship split looking better, happier and more confident is the ultimate revenge. Just ask Tipper Gore, Susan Sarandon, Maria Shriver and Robin Wright. All have never looked sexier and more self-assured. As more longtime marriages and boomer relationships, high profile or not, end, "grey" divorcee may be the sociological trend of the decade with women initiating the quit despite looming concerns over retirement and social security benefits, alimony and other financial issues. The prospect of going solo and perhaps dating again can be intriguing and terrifying. We may be loaded with brains, experience, personality, energy and attitude but everyone feels lousy at first and worries about their looks. Here are 5 starters to getting gutsy and gorgeous again:
Q: I just turned 60, have been divorced for seven years and have not dated anyone. I am really lonely. I work full time and have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( COPD ), which sometimes requires me to use oxygen. I am scared and embarrassed about possibly having to use oxygen on a date. Since being diagnosed, I have lost all my self-confidence. How might I start the dating process? If think if I put my COPD out there, I won't be successful meeting anyone.
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