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New Love & Widened Horizons Later in Life

New Work in Progress

My work-in-progress is about the unexpectedly uplifting experience of love in old age. I’ve found, to my surprise, that the heart doesn’t have to age; that attraction and excitement and the thrill of a new (or old) relationship can last until one’s last breath; with the accompanying dance toward intimacy taking shape in new and different ways. Love in old age is in many ways better—the lessons learned along life’s path adding new dimensions to the art of connection enable older people to finesse some of the glitches and difficulties that lead couples to conflict and heartache.

It began in January, 2013 when the NY Times published my short story about my late-in-life love of Sam, fleshing out our backgrounds and the way our love grew. (The 1500 word limit for the Times column required that I omit many experiences and stories I’d have liked to include.)

The Times piece drew hundreds of responses, with some writers sharing their experiences of new love in old age. I wanted to interview them and include their stories, adding some variations of how love arises between mature men and women in different situations.
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