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Where is the love?

Where is the love?

Tawkify Kathy Barthel: Dating After Divorce: 10 Tips From the Trenches I used to think that being married was one of the hardest things I'd ever done -- harder than gutting my house till it looked like 1983 Beirut; harder than several hideously painful days of labour after which I couldn't sit for three months; and definitely harder than trying to figure out grade 5 math. But I may have been mistaken. Dating after divorce is quite a trip. Putting yourself out there After lengthy marriages, many boomers aren't really keen to put themselves out there. It's a whole lot easier to slip into the safe and familiar world of feeding your ravenous teen, helping your elderly parents, and juggling jobs, errands and household chores alone. A shell-shocked group Divorced boomers are a pretty shell-shocked group and statistics show that there will be considerably more of us as time passes. Here are a few things you may want to keep in mind if you're just starting out. 10 tips from the trenches:

What Achy Knees Can Teach Us About Life Rather late in my life I have taken up the spiritually-healing, doctor-invoked plea, and all-in-all pain in the you-know-what athletic endeavor of walking. Oh not just a little walk in the park. No, in my case, a walk in the dark. I'm up every morning at 5 a.m. and out the door for a brisk stroll along the banks of the Potomac River. There are the good moments, however, when I can watch the sun cast its shadowing glow on the water as it allows me an opportunity to actually see where I am going on the footpath to health. Billy Joel and Fleetwood Mac have comforted me on many a foggy or snowy morning in Washington. But a sign of what? For over 20 years I have worked in and for an organization that represents older Americans. I was a college student in the '60s and didn't trust anyone over 30. But walking every morning has taught me many life lessons. It has taught me that perseverance and willingness to fight the adversity of a few aches and pains will help me greatly in the long run.

The Top 5 Places To Meet Single People Over 50 Meeting Mr. or Mrs. Right is always a challenge, and that challenge often becomes even harder when you're dating over 50. If your tried-and-true methods of meeting singles are getting stale -- flirting at the gym, going to bars, shmoozing at the dog park -- perhaps it's time for a change of venue. Trust us, interesting singles over 50 are out there, and you don't have to put up with the stench of a seedy nightclub at 2 a.m. to find them. Loading Slideshow New Blood At The PartySometimes it feels like the foundation of your social life is so strong that you no longer find the opportunity to meet new and exciting people.

Online Dating, Now With A Little Help From Your Friends For years, online dating sites have promised that their almighty algorithms could turn strangers into soulmates. But recent research suggests that their love-engineering is about as foolproof as flirting with random people at a bar, and a new breed of dating sites are using social networks, rather than science, to help singles find romance. Online dating services such as theComplete.me and Circl.es are looping singles' friends into the matchmaking process in an effort to connect people to each other's acquaintances and keep suitors from weaving the kind of elaborate fictions that characterize many profiles on traditional dating sites. "Facebook has created a shift from online dating to social dating," said online dating expert Julie Spira. "Facebook technically could be the world's largest dating site. And if you look at these new players, they're taking advantage of the fact that they have this fabulous universe of people."

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