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What's your take on age, intimacy?

By STEPHEN NOHLGREN

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 26, 2001


Intimacy, sensuality and romance can nourish us all, no matter what our age or stage in life. It's how we share ourselves with others, how we experience love. It can sizzle with passionate abandon. It can arrive softly as a gentle touch or soothing voice.

Several months ago, I asked you to tell me about your sensual side during life's second half. Many of you told me how you met. Your stories were interesting, but my quest is more personal:

How are things different at 50, 60 or 80 than at 20 or 30?

What do you do if you have lost a mate? Or if you've never had one?

How do you go about meeting kindred spirits? Where do you find pleasure?

Do friends, kids or grandkids encourage or discourage your romantic inclinations?

How do you adjust when chronic illness strikes?

Has Viagra changed relations between men and women?

How do you feel?

In a perfect world, I would meet and talk to all of you. But like all other reporters, I operate under time limitations and won't get any work done if I spend weeks on the telephone. So here's what I'm asking you to do:

Please write me a letter or e-mail with a brief summary of your story. Make it no longer than 500 words, which is about twice as long as this story.

Include your address and telephone number so I can contact you with follow-up questions. Some of these letters will form the basis of a future story in Seniority. If you aren't willing to be named and photographed in the newspaper, please don't write. We can't use anonymous stories.

I look forward to hearing from you.

- Stephen Nohlgren, who writes about aging and retirement, can be reached at (727) 893-8442 or toll-free at 1-800-333-7505, ext. 8442. You can write to him in care of the Times at P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, and nohlgren@sptimes.com

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