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Eleanore S. Wells
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Born and raised in Washington, DC, Eleanore S. Wells now lives in and loves New York City. Her very popular blog -- The Spinsterlicious Life --celebrates the joys and realities of life as a happily single woman. Due to its widespread popularity, the obvious next step was a book by the same name.

Funny, insightful, and wise, The Spinsterlicious Life: 20 Life Lessons for Living Happily Single and Childfree, is part memoir, part-self help. It chronicles Eleanore’s life and lessons, and enlightens us all that there’s a lot that’s really good about being single, free and unencumbered.

When she’s not writing about “the single life”, Eleanore runs her own consumer research and strategy firm, Golden Door Consulting.

Entries by Eleanore S. Wells

What I Learned When I Climbed a Mountain

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 10:30 AM

"What made me think I wanted to climb a mountain?" I asked myself out loud. We were in day one, hour three of the slow, extremely strenuous, even boring trudge toward the summit of Mount Toubkal in the High Atlas Mountain Range of Morocco.

But there I was, in September,...

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I'm Single... and Totally Bored With These 5 Questions

(141) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 8:57 AM

I recently ran into a woman who I hadn't seen in forever. We went to high school together. We had, apparently, missed each other at high school reunions, so there was a lot to catch up on.    I'm always interested in "whatever happened to" stories, so I was looking...

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The New Hot Thing: Being Single?

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 6:26 PM

There was a time when a woman over say, 35, who was still single was thought of as "less than" -- not quite up to par with her better off sisters who had managed to snag a husband, like they're supposed to. Something had to be wrong with her, right,...

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Singles: Paying More Taxes and Other Annoyances

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 5:38 PM

There is a lot of upside to being single; in a nutshell, I love that my money and my time are my own and I get to spend them however I want. But there's a downside, too. A downside about which I've felt powerless to fight. You see,

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When 'Married' Is No Longer the Norm

(455) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 10:12 AM

By now, we all know about the rise in single people and that, for the first time in U.S. history, there are more single people than there are married people. Interestingly, this increase in single people is not just a U.S. phenomenon: single households have increased...

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Dating, in These Modern Times

(3) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 3:40 PM

When I think of dating in these modern times, I'm reminded of a song by the Temptations --"The Further You Look, The Less You See" -- about the continual search, by some, for true love:

"Some find true love before their hopes are gone, others lose hope and they have...

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It's Valentine's Day: Lighten Up, Have Fun

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 11:32 AM

When did Valentine's Day become such a BIG deal? At some point, when I wasn't looking, Valentine's Day went from being a lighthearted fun semi-holiday to another over-the-top, loud, commercial holiday accompanied by feelings of annoyance and angst for so many. It's not really about "who do you love" anymore....

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Single? How Will You Ring in the New Year?

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 10:39 AM

By now, every person on earth (or in the U.S.) has most likely participated in at least one conversation about New Year's Eve plans. Some people look forward to it, others dread it. Those who look forward to it usually have something pretty special planned. Those who dread it usually...

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5 Reasons It's Great to Be Single During the Holidays

(23) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 10:25 AM

As soon as Halloween passes, the big holiday season is upon us and the stress begins. Holidays can be challenging to just about anybody; there are decisions to be made, plans to put in place and money to be spent. And while this is true for everyone, many single people...

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Displaced by Sandy? Don't Wear out Your Welcome

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 10:04 AM

Caveat: I need to make it clear that this article is targeted to those of us who were minor-league inconvenienced when Hurricane Sandy knocked out our power, not for the thousands of people who saw their homes destroyed.

The power went out pretty early. Hurricane Sandy was just a lot...

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Marriage. Kids. They're Not for Everybody. Really.

(36) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 5:48 PM

At a dinner party with some "friends" a few years ago, there was a longer than necessary conversation about "what's wrong with Eleanore" (me) because I'm not married and I have no kids. I'm a spinster. A pretty amazing one, but a spinster, nonetheless. An active participant in the conversation...

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Amiably 'Surviving' Singlehood

(21) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 2:27 PM

I think most people by now are aware of recent figures published by the U.S. Census and the Pew Institute about the growing number of singles in the U.S., so I won't belabor that point. Being single is "hot." Yet, when I hear a woman complain that she's...

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(Why) Is 'Spinster' A Four-Letter Word?

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 1:01 PM

I am a single woman with no kids. I've been that way all my life. It's by choice, so it's a fine place to be. Eons ago, I would have been called a spinster. Or an old maid. Old Maid sounds much too heavy, plus I'm reminded of the card...

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Divorce Envy

(913) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 11:30 AM

Sometimes I am jealous of divorced women. Oh, not for the reason you might think; not because they've had at least one husband and I've had none. I feel jealous of divorced women because they have more social capital than I do. They exist on a higher rung on society's...

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