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Can’t Lose the Wedding Ring?

Can’t Lose the Wedding Ring?

There is a great deal of thought and emotion that goes into the decision to remove a wedding ring when your partner is gone.  In the case of divorce, it can be an especially highly-charged moment.  In the case of becoming a widower, it can require a great deal of time to symbolically “let go”

Pets and Old Age

Pets and Old Age

It’s safe to say that our pets become even more important to us as Suddenly Solos.  They provide structure and meaning to our lives while giving unconditional love. As we age, so of course do they.  We have to be ever mindful that the maturing process for pets varies so much with species and, as

Acting Extroverted (Even If You’re Not) Makes You Happier

Acting Extroverted (Even If You’re Not) Makes You Happier

You know the type.  They are talky, smiley, hand-shaky speech-makers.  If they aren’t the life of the party, they are certainly a big part of the mix.  They are extroverts.  And studies show that they are happier than introverts.  But get this: even if you are an introvert, just acting extroverted will make you happier,

Biking and ED?

Biking and ED?

The possible connection between bicycle riding and erectile dysfunction (ED) has been hotly debated.  Like all things in life, it seems that moderation is the most important consideration. According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC), “Erectile dysfunction, sometimes called ‘impotence,’ is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm

Of Course. We Put the “Men” in Menopause

Of Course.  We Put the “Men” in Menopause

It’s not as though we don’t get blamed for enough things.  Now research shows that male behavior is what created menopause. Using computer simulations, researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario discovered that the widely accepted theory that women age out of childbearing (called the “grandmother hypothesis”) is not accurate. Instead, Rama S. Singh, the

Happy 60th Birthday, Corvette!

Happy 60th Birthday, Corvette!

Chevrolet’s iconic ‘Vette turned 60 in June of this year! Although there are many sports cars out there, we don’t think that any other car was lusted after so widely while we Suddenly Solos were growing up as the Corvette.  It’s hard to really quantify the reasons for its enduring popularity (in the interest of

Win the Customer Service Game

Win the Customer Service Game

We have all gotten screwed by a hotel/airline/department store/travel agent, etc. in our lifetimes.  Am I right? Well, because we are indeed “mature,” that actually works well for us in getting some measure of response, repair, or recompense.  In most cases, we are long-standing customers/shoppers/cardholders of the offending service and that counts for something when

Hurricane Season is Here

Hurricane Season is Here

Hard to believe, but we started Hurricane Season on June 1st and it looks like 2013 is shaping up to be an active one! On June 3, Colorado State University released its updated hurricane season forecast, with 18 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and 4 major hurricanes.  The organization stated that an El Niño was not likely

Not Allowed a Satellite Dish? Not So Fast!

Not Allowed a Satellite Dish? Not So Fast!

Competition is what keeps prices down.  And with a steady growth in the cost of cable television (government research found that the average price of “expanded basic” cable service has increased from $25 per month in 1995 to more than $54 per month today), customers have plenty of incentive to use other providers, like satellite

National Widowers Organization

National Widowers Organization

In many ways, widowers are one of the most underserved populations in the United States. We know this from firsthand experience.  It is one of the major reasons we founded Suddenly Solo. Fortunately, we have recently become aware of a wonderful group, the National Widowers Organization (www.nationalwidowers.org), who aptly describes themselves as “a clearinghouse, a

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