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Boomer in the City: Boomer Cheapskate

(5) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 2:55 PM

"Hi. I'm Jack.''


We met on Match.Com. He's a 70-year-old family therapist, though he looks much older. He's giant-size with a huge tumble of faded brown, curly hair that sits on top of a rather large head, but my mother always said that the ugly men are the...

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Boomer in the City

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 1:20 PM

"How will I know you?" I ask, on the phone.

"Just look for Clint?"


"Eastwood. They say I look like Clint Eastwood."

"Sure, see you at seven."'

We met on BoomerHottie Singles, a new site for dating. He didn't post a photograph nor give me his last name...

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My Funny Life

(182) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 7:07 AM

It's the end of the year. Today I'm meeting a blind date. I walk fast, though careful not to get my high heel boots caught in a pothole. No way do I want to fall. Not like my poor friend Dusty who fell, broke a hip, and bingo, she's dead....

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Does God Wear Gucci?

(53) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 8:02 AM

"What's your name?" I ask.


"Are you kidding?''

"It's Dick Goddard, but my employees nicknamed me God."


He shrugs his narrow shoulders. "They think I'm God of Couture.''

"Uh huh.''

He rants about how important couture is, telling me that most people look...

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(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 2:33 PM

I've had it with the dropping thing. Every minute I drop something and it disappears.

I'm getting ready for the day. I write from 8 a.m to 1 p.m. If I don't, my books won't get done. I like routine. So after I rinse my face, slap on the...

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The Haircut

(10) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 11:58 AM

"Your hair is too long, Mom. Women in their 70s shouldn't wear long hair.''

"I like it. Age has nothing to do with how you feel."

She sighs heavily. "At least go to Jose. Get it shaped. You'll look younger. You're in the media and dating -- you look...

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Divorced Boomer Clean Freak

(20) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 3:30 PM

"Once you're divorced, over sixty, you're done," my divorced sixty-one year old friend Melissa says.

"Done what?" I ask.

"Honey, done. These divorced boomer men want twenty-five year old Swedish nannies. All they want to do is take you to Viagra Falls."

"Well, I still believe in love," I...

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Divorce American Style

(19) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 7:45 PM

When you're a divorced boomer, you go out a lot. As a columnist, I'm invited to fundraisers for whales, parking lots, Indian restaurants, you name it. Tonight, I'm at a fundraiser for the foreign film press. In a loft style building, and hottie gay waiters wearing nose rings and attitudes...

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The Widower

(48) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 8:25 PM

I'm divorced, single and past sixty. Friends fix me up with their rejects, or at dinner parties I find myself sitting next to the newly divorced or widowed 80-year old boomer who wants to take me to Viagra Falls. Then a post-50 friend insists that I meet her friend, a...

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Is He Still With The Ex?

(21) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 7:15 PM

"Herb is great. He's divorced. Successful and a successful lawyer," India Berman assures me on the phone. "So go. It's time for romance."

"Divorced men are on the lookout for younger women," I say. ''Widowed men want you to sleep in their dead wife's bed."

"So go. He's...

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I'll Stay Only A Few Days

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 9:07 PM

"I'll be in San Francisco. I'll stay only a few days. I can't wait to see you," Debbie, my old friend, says. She lives in Toledo, and is a widow. "We'll go to galleries; I'll take you to dinner. It'll be fun. It's been fifteen years."

"Fun," I say, thinking,...

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Viagra or Love? Can You Have It All?

(12) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 7:25 PM

I'm divorced, seventy-three and looking for love. Friends fix me up with their rejects, or recent widowers who are looking for replacements to sleep in their dead wives' beds. I decide to post ads on the singles sites on line, take my chances. At Starbucks I meet cranky divorced men...

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I'm Looking for the Right Woman

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 9:38 AM

Everything is possible at any age. I'm seventy-three and I want to be a movie star. I want fame, fortune and love. I want it all. Is love possible in this Viagra generation where men take Viagra like candy?

After sixty everyone expects you to get some Botox, and go...

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