Debbie Weiss. A former attorney who earned her MFA in creative writing from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2020 at age 56. A longtime resident of the California Bay Area, , she turned to writing after losing George, her high school sweetheart and husband of 32 years, and she found herself single and living alone for the first time in her life. Weiss’s essays have been published in The New York Times’s “Modern Love” column, HuffPost, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, and Reader’s Digest, among other publications. This April marks ten years since she lost her husband George to cancer in April 2013. They led isolated lives and that they had to create a new life or else reconcile themselves to a very lonely existence.

 

She recovered from my loss and moved forward by taking small steps forward that eventually led to leaps. Her book “Available As Is: A Midlife Widow’s Search for Love” was published this past September. It talks about creating a new life after widowhood, including dating, which was quite a surprise since she hadn’t dated since 1980 as a high school junior.

 

In order to recover from my loss, she had to reinvent herself including getting an MFA in writing at age 56, finding new connections and eventually a second life partner. Her book is about my journey and can help other women who find themselves alone at midlife.

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