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Susan Crandall’s new book reveals what dating after 50 can be like.  Men and women are having fun together, savoring romance, discovering true love.  

Some of her findings in Thinking about Tomorrow: Reinventing Yourself at Midlife follow:

People are nice — way nice and you see old friends in new ways. Sparks may fly with someone you already dated - when we have lived a few decades into  adulthood, perhaps all that experience influences our view of a potential mate.

Puppy love still exists. When friends of ours fell in love - one a widow, the other divorced - we commented, “Oh, they got to fall in love again. How exciting!”

We’re comfortable with our sexuality - we know who we are and are more confident expressing passion. 

Nobody sweats the small stuff - life has taught us what is worth getting worked up over and what is simply not worth making a big deal about. 

You don’t have to change each other. As anyone who has been married for five minutes knows: the plan to re-model one's mate never works.

Have you dated after 50? What was the experience like for you?

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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