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‘Women Tell Me There’s No Chemistry. So How Do I Get Some?’

Dear Sara: I’m a 49-year-old guy from Germany. I’ve done online dating now for about a year. In my case, the reason I most often hear from women for cancelling after the first or second date have been the sentences, “Sorry, I don’t feel anything for you” or “There are…

The Gift of the Person Who’s Not Right For Us

The connection hit me unexpectedly. On a recent ski trip, I fell hard for my instructor. Yes, I know it’s cliché. But how could I not develop a crazy crush on the man who made me giggle with outlandish stories, helped me with my skis, brought hot chocolate in his…

Singleness 1920s Style: An Interview with Author Maia Chance

I fell in love with Maia Chance’s lovely heroines, Lola (a widowed society matron who has fallen on difficult financial times after her husband’s death) and Berta, her former cook, who becomes her business partner in a detective agency known as The Discreet Retrieval Agency. The series is set in…

Learning to Trust Again by Using Your Intuition

Trust is the foundation of any relationship — the concrete layer that keeps everything else from toppling. Without it, a relationship can not grow or prosper or do much of anything but cause heartache. But learning how to trust in a relationship isn’t just about learning how to trust the…

‘No One Has Time For a Relationship’

Dear Sara: I’m a 63-year-old gentleman, retired from health care and living alone in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area. Sadly, my last real long-term relationship ended over a year ago, and it seems virtually impossible to meet a quality woman near both my age and home location. My friends reassure…

A New Year’s Reflection

Even though I can find it disappointing not to have someone for the holidays, honestly, by the time New Year’s rolls around I’m usually thinking about what’s next, not stressing about what isn’t, in the past year. There’s always something a little exciting about starting over, isn’t there? I know…

New Year’s Resolutions for the Newly Single

If you’re joining a dating site for the first time or after a long hiatus, you’re not alone. This is the busiest online-dating week of the year—and the high traffic will continue until Valentine’s Day. It’s not just that many people decide to make “find a partner” an item on…

How to Handle Flakes and the Plans They Make

Everyone loves to complain about flakes in dating. You’ll probably come across someone who doesn’t return texts or goes MIA just as you were gaining momentum. That’s definitely disappointing. The bigger grievance? When they attempt to make plans with you. Under no circumstances is not showing up on a date…

7 Self-Inflicted Barriers to Finding Love

Whether you live in a sprawling metropolis or a small town, you know what it’s like to drive down the road and get stuck at a roadblock. Road construction, a washout, or an accident stops you cold and keeps you stuck where you are. It isn’t only on streets and highways…

The Anxious Person’s Guide to Holiday Parties

“It’s only a party!” “Just talk to him!” “It’s not going to kill you!” For the socially anxious, the exasperated pleas of well-meaning friends and family who want you to “put yourself out there” are hard to hear. On one level, you know they’re right—even if that attractive person turns…