Publisher’s Note, Fall 2022
This past summer my family and I took our long-awaited trip to Italy, a trip that would forever become engraved in my heart and mind as one of the best trips of my life. My husband and I traveled with our teenage son and his grandparents, my in-laws, for a 10-day vacation to a hidden gem on the coast of Tuscany.
From Rome we traveled to Campiglia Marittima, a medieval village located on the Tuscan coast. It is a place where time stands still, entrenched in history and Italian culture. From the moment we arrived to the day we left this magical place, we soaked up the beautiful landscape and sea, the delicious food and wine, and the ancient history prevalent throughout Europe.
As I am on this 55+ life journey with you, I like to share some of my experiences. I hope you enjoy seeing our photos and reading about the places we explored in Italy, and leave with a piqued curiosity about why this one should be on your bucket list.
Our feature stories this issue look at relationships, love, and sex. Yup, we went there—in an effort to open up dialogue about topics that often feel taboo. We explore ways to keep your relationship fresh as we age, the challenges that can come with sex and intimacy after 50, and how to navigate the world of dating, should you find yourself in that new chapter. Most of us probably cringe when we think about dating in this age of technology. How did we all survive without cellphones and online dating apps? It’s a whole new—somewhat overwhelming and intimidating—dating world out there. It’s safe to say that many things change as we age, but love is something that never goes out of style.
Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
— Franklin P Jones