En español | Thousands of older Americans are eager to enter the dating scene but haven't figured out the best way to do it.
Others, actively dating, long to expand their pool of possible partners.
Actually, it was his train, but he had the presence of mind to get her number.
One phone call, 25 years and five children later, they are married and still talking — and traveling — together.
Reading to a very young child in a hospital room may be satisfying, for example, but it's also an activity that tends to isolate the volunteer.
By contrast, preparing food in a community kitchen or playing piano at a senior center — both of which I've done with friends — opens broad opportunities to meet other volunteers.
Or you might kick things off by talking about the book or magazine you are reading, or your impending (or just-concluded) vacation.
It's easy — or at least logical — to strike up a conversation with a seatmate; if nothing else, you've got your destination in common.
At another, I struck up a conversation with the handsome, funny bartender, who happened to be an actor. We smiled, sat down on a bench and started talking. Next he tried Italian cooking, with better results: The class involved preparing dishes with a partner, so Larry picked the entrée course — and a single-woman partner.
We got to enjoy one dinner together before he was called to L. They made eggplant parmigiana and vegetarian lasagna, among other things, then enrolled together for a second cooking course (on soups). These days they're in each other's kitchen almost every night, cooking up a storm.
" Another, an avid cyclist, met her husband-to-be on a bike trip in France.
(On my one and only bike trip, through New England, the lone male I got to know was the driver of the sag wagon.) 5. Pick an activity that interests you — and one that's conducive to interaction.