Sex & Romance

12 tips to stay married for over 30 years

If you want to know about marriage, ask someone with a lifetime of experience. Here we share the top tips from our community and how they stay happily married. Marriage comes first.  If you push your spouse down on your list of priorities, even your children will believe that marriage isn’t all that important. On the flip side, if they see yo...Read More

The Heart of Mexico – Love in a Cantina

Billy and I spend a lot of time together. After being retired almost three decades, we have worked out a nice rhythm of time apart and time working on joint projects and having fun. Here in Chapala, Mexico, Billy will sometimes go to a favorite cantina in the afternoons just a couple of blocks from our apartment. This cantina has a long history, an...Read More

Gettin’ Back on the Horse! (aka – Dating, After All These Years)

You’ve been separated/divorced/widowed “long enough” (whatever that is) and you’re starting to think that you’d like to get back on the proverbial horse and try dating again. You might think that it will be easy and you envision galloping off into the sunset with Mr. or Ms. Right. Well whoa there cowboy/girl, let’s get our expectations in check. Da...Read More

Speak Up or Clam Up

Dear “Oh Carol:” My neighbor’s husband died almost a year ago. She’s in her early 70’s and is not very computer savvy – although she does do some limited email. She and I and a couple of other women go out to eat every other week and I know she goes to the gym a couple times a week. Her daughter and her family live kind of close – but she really ha...Read More

What NOT to Eat on a First Date

♫ Food glorious food. Hot sausage and mustard ♫ I have an expression, “definitely NOT first date food,” that I’ve said often.  Nothing kills romance like the proverbial spinach on one’s teeth. So, grab a messy snack, sit back, and enjoy this read! Coffee! Yep you read that right. No COFFEE DATES! First, it says that the other person isn’t willing t...Read More

Are You Being “Reeled In” by a Catfish?

By now I hope that you’ve read my last post on “How To Spot a Scammer” but maybe, somehow, your radar missed it.  You find yourself actively chatting with someone but perhaps you’re a little suspicious? It’s obvious that English is not his first language but you’ve decided to overlook that, perhaps you even find it endearing. He’s telling you how b...Read More

How To Spot a Scammer – AKA Catfisher! My 5 Signs!

In the online dating world, scammers are called “Catfishers” and they are all over the dating sites. To “catfish” means to lure someone into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona.  They target everyone and you don’t have to be rich or dumb to fall victim to them. The common denominator is that you are online looking for love, which ...Read More

My Kids Give Alice a Tough Time

Dear “Oh Carol:” My former wife and I share custody of our two teenage daughters.  I’ve met a wonderful woman (Alice) but things are getting difficult.  My daughters treat Alice horribly.  I’m afraid that if I punish them they’ll hate me – and if I don’t, that Alice will leave.  What should I do? AFL’s OH CAROL Answers...Read More

5 Tips – Writing Your Dating Profile

Thinking about writing your dating profile?  I could tell you stories ad infinitum about crazy things I’ve seen on profiles and spelling errors that make this writer’s eyeballs spin. I can’t stress enough the importance of getting it right. This is the very first impression someone will have of you. Don’t mess it up! ♫ gotta be cool, relax, get hip...Read More

Want to Increase Your Longevity? Here’s 7 Simple Strategies

Today life expectancy in the Western World is greater than it has ever been. It has not been by accident, and there are numerous reasons this has taken place. Some of these are obvious, some not so much. There are, of course, no guarantees. We can find individuals who have abused their bodies and yet live to a ripe old age. Others who do all the “r...Read More

Your First Phone Call? 5 Do’s and Don’ts

You’ve texted or messaged one another a few times and determined that you’d like to hear each other’s voices. This could make or break it for some people. So here are some tips on what TO say and what NOT to say: TONE OF VOICE (TOV) Have you ever answered your phone only to be met with “Oh hi”? as if you’re the last person they want to hear from? W...Read More

Okay To Wander?

Dear “Oh Carol:” I’m married, but not happily so.  I’m very attracted to the contractor we’ve hired to build our new garage.  In subtle ways, he has let me know that he is interested in me, too.  I’d like to take the first step, but what if I’ve misread him?  Ready, Set, Go AFL’s OH CAROL Answers……   Dear “R...Read More

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