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May-December is the Best Time of the Year…

Iris and Zak are in a nontraditional relationship.  Some observers approve, others do not.  But public opinion doesn’t faze them.  They’re in the throes of a fulfilling romance.

In the Sunday December 17 “Mary Worth” strip, Mary makes a reference to the President of France and his wife who are also in a May-December relationship (see photo above). France’s current First Lady Brigitte Macron is more than 20 years older than her husband, President Emmanuel Macron.  Women of a certain age are often maligned, especially when they are in a relationship with a younger man.  Predatory terms such as “cougar” are thrown at them. Vogue Magazine refers to a more positive term for them coined by writer Bibi Lynch:  “WHIPs”, or “women who are hot, intelligent, and in their prime.” You can read more about it HERE.
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Eros, Philos, and Agape

“Mary Worth” fans are the best.  I received the following email from Deborah K.

“Very touched by the different kinds of love mentioned in Mary Worth a couple days ago: Eros, philos and agape. I’ve experienced all three, and want to thank you for sharing the definition for each kind of love. I feel like Iris. Am seeking another passionate kind of love, but must realize I do have lots of friendships that are philos. Thank you.”
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