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    Sex and the single senior

    “Before I turn 67 — next March — I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me.”
    From a 1999 classified advertisement in The New York Review of Books, placed by retired English high school teacher, grandmother, and divorcee Jane Juska. The ad drew 63 responses in the first month and Juska spent most of a year following them up. The resulting sexual exploits are recounted in her book, “A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late Life Adventures in Sex and Romance” (2003). A London stage production of the book, starring U.S. actress Sharon Gless, opened in late 2011, to critical acclaim.

    For 27 years following her divorce, Juska said her “relationship with men was nonexistence” except for “a couple of unhappy skirmishes.” She was too busy earning a living and raising a son. But life changed after she retired.

    “Teaching was a passion for me,” she told New York Times writer Alex Witchel. “And when I left it, I just wasn’t tired enough.”

    “My grandmother used to say, ‘Don’t borrow trouble,’ but I think borrowing trouble is a good idea. If you live your live staying safe you’re going to lose.”

     

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