Flying Solo Near 60: Guest Post by Jacqueline Marshall

Sitting in my favorite chair, sipping a cup of dark roast, I realized my 59th birthday is three months away. After a moment of terror, I fell into thinking about my life so far and where 58 years has “brought” me: I am approaching 60, was laid-off 6 months ago, I’m unattached, and starting my fifth career. The only constant in my life I could come up with, the one thread tying the patchwork pieces together, is depression.

“Wow,” I said to my cats, “the pinnacle of almost six decades of living! I never could have imagined.” Then, I did what anyone in this situation would do, I laughed. I don’t know what else to do with life sometimes. Besides, though my pinnacle of achievement is not as stupendous as I thought it would be by now, I’m happy (when I’m not depressed).

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Same-Self Marriage: Guest Poem by Tricia Hoffman

[Bella’s intro: Tricia Hoffman first got in touch with me in 2006 soon after Singled Out was published. I am happy to say that we have stayed in contact, even if just sporadically, ever since. She told me she was joyfully single in 2006, and remains so now, five years later. You can read more about her life at today’s guest post at Living Single. Tricia is also very creative. When she sent me her poem about same-self marriage, I asked if I could post it here and she graciously agreed. Thank-you, Tricia!]

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My No Good, Very Bad 4th of July from the Past

Back during my East Coast days, there was a year when a colleague invited me to go to her daughter’s play on the 4th of July. I don’t like doing that sort of thing all the time, but I do enjoy kids’ performances occasionally, so that was fine. The play was around noon, so I figured we’d spend the rest of the day together.

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35 Signs You May Be a Confirmed Bachelor: Guest Post by Elliott Lewis

I have to admit that I never know how any particular post is going to go over. The most recent post at Living Single, Embracing Single Life, was by guest blogger Elliott Lewis and it really resonated with readers. Lots of people started clicking immediately and posting heartfelt comments. (This is one of the reasons I love blogging.) Elliott also agreed to let me repost this lighter list of signs of lifelong singlehood. He wants me to assure you that lots of the items are totally fabricated, just for fun. You can read more about Elliott Lewis at the end of the post.

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Online Guide by Topic, and Singlism Update

Two quick notes. Last year, I wrote a post for Living Single in which I gathered some links to previous posts and listed them by topic. I just added a new category, SOLITUDE, and updated some of the other ones. Click here for the updated version. It now includes these topics:

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