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So I went to the Women's March in Walnut Creek, CA. And it was exhilarating. Then to the memorial of a friend's mother. I was so grateful to be doing these things with friends, women in my writers group. Being connected and coping with loneliness have been my biggest challenges. But then it's home to my lovely, but empty, house, leading to my latest blog post here:

Again, apologies for posting this way, but it's a lot of typing!

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Comment by Athena53 on May 29, 2017 at 4:49am

Interesting point about OurTime- I joined just to browse (not ready to take off my wedding band so definitely not ready for dating!).  I can weed out a lot of their suggested matches in the daily e-mails they send me:  the smokers, the ones who can't spell, the sports fanatics (nothing wrong with that except sports bore me), the ones with no pictures, anyone with "fun" or "cool" in their screen name...and, although I hate to admit it, the ones who looked like they might be scraping by financially.  I don't want to end up as someone's long-term care plan.  Maybe 5% looked like possibilities.  Last week I got into a conversation with my seatmate on a plane to Toronto- he'd just met a promising woman through eHarmony.  He hadn't had much luck with OurTime.

Not ready to sign up and pay for either service yet.

Comment by The Hungover Widow on May 28, 2017 at 7:32am
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. I often don't feel like much of an inspiration. I tried Our Time foo and didn't feel comfortable. Take care.
Comment by underthefarmhouse on May 28, 2017 at 6:23am

Thanks for some really practical and grounded advice about how to cope in this brave new world we find ourselves in, unwillingly, I might add. I appreciate your honesty about how sometimes your boyfriend can drive you nuts because he's not your husband. I have not ventured into the dating world yet (I tried OurTime, but I was truly afraid I'd just meet a serial killer!) and I read your blog avidly.  You're an inspiration! Much love. 

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