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(His) Mommy and Me: Gray Dater is Living with an ‘Out-Law’

  • Posted by Laura
  • On May 3, 2018
By Laura Stassi Many of us gray daters can’t imagine how we’d navigate a new relationship with an elderly parent living with us. Then there’s Jamie. She invited her former mother-in-law, Maude, to live with her. This sitcom-worthy arrangement has served two purposes, Jamie said. It’s not only given her ex-in-law (out-law?) stability, it’s also […]
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Keeping the Faith that Mr. Right is Somewhere Out There

  • Posted by Laura
  • On December 20, 2017
By Laura Stassi Not all who are seeking a romantic partner find one. Then again, not all who are seeking are actively looking. Meet Lucy, who’s 58. She’s among the approximately 10 percent of American women ages 55 to 64 who’ve never been married. (About 12 percent of men in this age group have never […]
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With A Little Help From Her Friends, Matchmaker Found Love

  • Posted by Laura
  • On September 16, 2017
By Laura Stassi Leora Hoffman helps single people find lasting love. But the professional matchmaker was 10 years into her own marriage before finally admitting to herself she needed to end it. “A matchmaker getting divorced — I thought it would kill my career,” she said. It didn’t. Leora’s matchmaking business flourished and eventually so […]
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With Engineer’s Precision, Widower Made ‘Whole New Life For Myself’

  • Posted by Laura
  • On July 24, 2017
By Laura Stassi When doctors told Susie the melanoma she thought she’d conquered the previous year had returned and she had only weeks to live, Susie had a talk with Harry, her husband of 40 years. “She said I needed to go out and find another wife because I wasn’t the type to live by […]
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Gray Romance: Sometimes, It’s Complicated

  • Posted by Laura
  • On May 22, 2017
By Laura Stassi Grace and Peter’s gray love story was unexpected. And it was messy, because it was littered with other people’s broken hearts.  The story sounds sweet to those who knew Grace and Peter as high school friends and neighbors in Virginia in the ’70s. It’s horrifying to those who knew Grace with Walt, […]
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This Time, He Danced

  • Posted by Laura
  • On March 27, 2017
By Laura Stassi Country song advice to the contrary, whenever Jack was given the choice to sit it out or dance, he’d usually sit it out. “I’m a horrible dancer,” said Jack, now 58. “But after I turned 50, my attitude was screw it, I don’t care. I don’t care what people think about me anymore.” […]
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Three Marriage Strikes, But She’s Not Out

  • Posted by Laura
  • On February 13, 2017
By Laura Stassi Francine, 67,  has played many roles in her life, including stay-at-home mom, schoolteacher, part owner of a family business and now, real estate attorney with her own practice. But 17 years ago after getting divorced for a third time, Francine vowed that the one role she would never play again was wife. “I […]
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