Meet Carolyn!

I’ve enjoyed a pretty wild life! I write about it in prose and songs.

Carolyn Lee Arnold drew upon her thirty years as a social science researcher and ten years as a relationship workshop assistant to create the dating project in Fifty First Dates after Fifty.

A native Californian from Los Angeles with a New England education, Carolyn found her true home in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she prepared for dating and life by attending spiritual ceremonies, working in free clinics, leading women’s backpacking trips, hiking the local green hills, identifying as a lesbian-feminist in the 1970s and ’80s, and earning graduate degrees in women’s studies, statistics, and educational research.

Fifty First Dates after Fifty is her first book, and excerpts have been published in Persimmon Tree, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, and the Human Awareness Institute’s Enlighten Journal. An excerpt from her second memoir, about her lesbian-feminist years, has been published in Noyo River Review. Still a feminist, she lives in the Bay Area with her partner, one of her fifty dates.

Dating, sex, and relationships in the New Age personal growth milieu of the Bay Area.

A dating project in my late fifties to go on 50 dates to find my current partner. (Fifty First-Dates After Fifty: A Memoir)

Eighteen years in the ’70s and ’80s lesbian-feminist community of Berkeley & SF. (Memoir in progress)

Adventurous solo travel in countries like Peru, Spain, Mexico, and Greece.

I live in the SF Bay Area and just celebrated the eleventh anniversary with my partner, one of my fifty dates.

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