The couple breaks up. Listening to his pitch, Lisbeth yawns, the wasp tattoo on her neck flexing loosely. After two weeks of goat yoga and biodynamic-wine-blending classes, Carter refuses to return home. Hannah, with her already full plate, wants a boyfriend who stays out of her way.
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Warning: This post contains erotic imagery and may not be suitable for work environments. Sometimes, to be a woman over 50 is to feel invisible. Ask a middle-aged woman, and she might say these slights have whittled away at her self-confidence, tricking her into believing the best years are behind her. We live in a culture that often equates beauty and energy with youth. A few are cancer survivors. A few are grandmothers. A few are single and a few are married. But what they all have in common is that not one is a shrinking violet.
For most of human history, people were hunter-gatherers. They lived in large camps, depending on one another for food, childcare, and everything else—all without walls, doors, or picket fences. According to the Census Bureau, fewer than three people lived in the average American household in The members of most American households can be counted on one hand, or even, increasingly, one finger: Single-person households only made up about 13 percent of all American households in Now, that figure is about 28 percent. Belonging to a relatively small household has become the norm even though it can make daily life more difficult in many ways. Privacy may be nice, but cooking and doing chores become much less time-consuming when shared with an additional person, or even several people. Water, electric, and internet bills also become more bearable when divided among multiple residents. There are social downsides to living alone, too. Many elderly people, young professionals, stay-at-home parents, and single people routinely spend long stretches of time at home alone, no matter how lonely they may feel; more distressingly, many single parents face the catch of working and paying for childcare.
Average global mean temperatures have been calculated to be similar to early-midth-century warming. Possible causes of the Medieval Warm Period include increased solar activity, decreased volcanic activity, and changes to ocean circulation. The period was followed by a cooler period in the North Atlantic and elsewhere termed the Little Ice Age.