Fifty First Dates After Fifty: Carolyn Lee Arnold@Midlife Dating

October 22, 2021
Hosted by Diane Dewey

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When her seven-year relationship with Buddhist beach boy Peter comes to an end, Carolyn, an independent, free-spirited, fiftysomething researcher, challenges herself to go on fifty dates to figure out what the best type of man for her really is—and to find a committed partner. Set in the milieu of a New Age, sexually open community, Fifty First Dates After Fifty traces the adventurous path of Carolyn’s very universal quest for love. Enlisting friends and lovers to support her through the highs and lows of dating, the goal of fifty dates pulls her forward—from the magical and ecstatic to the awkward and heartbreaking—while her heart soars, falls, and keeps on going. Her dating research project helps her avoid the trap of settling for the wrong guy, slowly reveals the type of man she wants and needs, and shows her how to reconcile her love of independence and sex with her desire for commitment and emotional connection. Explicit in places, funny in others, this upbeat, sexy memoir offers a positive and successful view of dating for older women, celebrating the search for Mr. Right as an enjoyable journey of self-discovery that can lead women to their own unique type of relationship and partner. Drop In with us to find the erotic, the meaningful, and the merely fun in midlife dating and in finding who is right for you.

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Diane Dewey

My most pressing question has always been about identity: Who am I? Growing up near Philadelphia with my adoptive family, my genetic identity was hidden. Then, my Swiss biological father, Otto, contacted me when I was age forty-seven in 2002. I’d been told by my adoptive parents that my biological parents were dead, supposedly to protect me. Meeting Otto upended my life. Through him, I met my German biological mother’s family to discover that her story too, had been changed; that she’d not wanted to surrender me and she’d searched for me all her life. Finding my truth was essential.

Based on my experience I am excited to talk to people about their own search for identity. My education includes a BA from Villanova University, a certificate from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. I’ve worked for The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The SoHo Partnership and the National Academy of Design and have studied writing through New York University’s Continuing Education program. As an entrepreneur, I founded my art appraisal business, The Realization of Art in 2006. My non-fiction writing has been published in Shared Space, a monograph, and in Artes online magazine. Writing workshops worldwide have given me the chance to learn and hone my craft. My first book, “Fixing the Fates,” was awarded the National Non-Fiction Author’s Association Silver Medal and the Living Now Award.

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