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When Should I Start Dating Again?

When Should I Start Dating Again?

Dear Hal- I’ve been widowed for 7 months. I had a very good marriage for 38 years and now some friends want to fix me up.  However, I’m not sure if it is okay for me to start dating yet.  What do you think? Dateless in Des Moines Dear Dateless: In a survey we did

Broken Hearted in Boston

Broken Hearted in Boston

Dear Hal, The lady I had been dating exclusively for over a year just broke up with me.  She said she didn’t feel the same about me as she did when we first started going out and she ended it with me over dinner.  I didn’t think at my age (73) that I would take

Keeping Company

Keeping Company

Dear Hal- I am a widower, 73 years old and have been “keeping company” with a lovely woman in her late 60s. We are thinking about moving in together as we have been seeing each other of over a year now. It seems to make a lot sense financially to have just one house and

What Do We call Each Other?

What Do We call Each Other?

Dear Hal- I have been going out steadily with a very lovely lady for almost a year now (I am 73, she is 68). We are in a monogamous relationship and are quite happy. Our problem is, what do we call each other? Phrases like, “girlfriend” or “boyfriend” seem too juvenile while “lady-friend” sounds too

Spending The Night

Spending The Night

Dear Hal- My “really close friend” and I are both in our 60s. I am divorced and she is a widow. We have been seeing each other for several months now and although we enjoy a healthy sex life, we have not actually spent an entire night together in our own homes. One of us

My Family Dislikes Her

My Family Dislikes Her

Dear Hal- I am seeing a wonderful woman who makes me very happy. The only problem is that my family dislikes her.  They say she’s not “right” for me.  I have given up bringing her to family events as they are unfriendly towards her and this is creating tension between us.  I am in a

Bickering Over Silly Things

Bickering Over Silly Things

Dear Hal- I am 67 and have been living with a woman for two months.  We both lost our spouses several years ago and both feel fortunate to have found each other.  While we were “courting” we never argued.  Now it seems like we are bickering over silly things more and more. I confess that

Going Dutch

Going Dutch

Hello Hal- This is a first for me. I just started to date following my wife’s passing away two years ago (I am 68) and following a lovely dinner, my companion insisted on paying half the check.  I haven’t gone out “Dutch” in over fifty years!  This was our first date and I admit I was rather

Very Passionate Kiss

Very Passionate Kiss

Hi Hal, I am 62 and have been divorced for less than a year.  I was fixed-up by a friend with a very nice woman and we went to a lovely restaurant for dinner on our first date.  The evening was quite pleasant and as she was leaving my car to go back to her apartment, she

Back In The Dating Scene

Back In The Dating Scene

Hi Hal, I’m 76 and lost my wife just over two years ago.  I haven’t been sexually active recently as my spouse was quite ill and I frankly neither she nor I were very interested.  Now I am back in the dating scene and can see that the possibility of sexual activity is quite real but I

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