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Walking For Exercise? Pick Up The Pace!

Walking For Exercise? Pick Up The Pace!

Walking is the most popular form of exercise in the United States.  But to get the maximum benefit from this activity, you should be doing it at more than just a leisurely pace. A new analysis of walking data that was published online at plosone.org shows that those who take 17 minutes or more to

Buying Flowers for a Woman

Buying Flowers for a Woman

You don’t necessarily need a real “occasion” to buy a woman flowers.  In fact, the non-event gifts are often the most appreciated ones.  But that doesn’t make actually choosing the color, fragrance, and amount of flowers any easier on those of us who aren’t botanists! Asking a woman what her favorite flower is will almost

Snow Tires for your Feet?

Snow Tires for your Feet?

It’s hard to believe that snow and ice is a hazard in the deep south this year. As we write this, the city of Atlanta is virtually paralyzed due to an ice event. The possibility of losing your balance as the result of ice (and the hard to see “black ice”) should make us more

Fly Frequently? Get Bumped For Cash!

Fly Frequently? Get Bumped For Cash!

With the cooler weather approaching, many Suddenly Solos will be heading to winter residences. And some of us will often be shuttling back and forth for family events, holidays, recreational opportunities, etc.  If you are anticipating making several flights (and have some flexibility), why not roll the dice and book plane trips that are LIKELY

Alma Maters – Get Involved!

Alma Maters – Get Involved!

Even if college was not the favorite time of your life, re-engaging with your alma mater at this stage of life has several advantages that merit your consideration. First off, your involvement will be welcomed.  All colleges value their alumni and view them as “ambassadors” who are an important part of their outreach to potential

Travelling With Young Grandchildren

Travelling With Young Grandchildren

It is no secret that we at Suddenly Solo heartily endorse spending time with your family.  It is important on many levels but it can present challenges when your extended family includes infants and toddlers as part of a travel group. There are physical demands when it comes to keeping up with very young children

In Your Face(book)!

In Your Face(book)!

A recent article in the New York Times by Joyce Wadler noted the online phenomenon of using social media as a conduit for “sticking it” to an enemy or an “ex.” This type of cyber-knife-in-back comes as a result of deliberately not “un-friending” a nemesis to make sure he/she knows the fun they are missing

Solo on Valentine’s Day? No Biggie – Here’s How to Cope!

Solo on Valentine’s Day?  No Biggie – Here’s How to Cope!

Probably the first thing to realize about Valentine’s Day is that it is really created largely by merchandising executives and it carries little spiritual gravitas.  As a result, the possibility of not actually “celebrating” the day begins to really make sense. We don’t usually celebrate any other Thursday (unless its someone’s birthday or Thanksgiving!), so

Suddenly Solo? Simplify Your Surroundings!

Suddenly Solo?  Simplify Your Surroundings!

In the wake of a divorce or the loss of a spouse, there is an acceptable (and expected) period of “mourning” during which time things seem to stand still.  After time passes, and when you feel up to it, we suggest that you continue the healing process by de-cluttering your environment. De-cluttering has a salutary

Over-Fifty Flirting – It’s Like Riding a Bike

Over-Fifty Flirting – It’s Like Riding a Bike

Being a Suddenly Solo will open up opportunities to make new connections… some romantic, others not so much.  But no matter where it leads, without taking a first step, you just wind up exactly where you are standing. Flirting is an accepted introductory mechanism in our society, but there is definitely a subtle balance to

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