Is the Male Brain happier? Girls want to know


It all started when cavemen went on the Annual Mastodon Hunting Trip leaving cave women and cave children behind.

The women put the cave kids to bed early, pulled out the equivalent of Kick-a-poo joy juice, sat around the fire- invented by a woman- grunted and laughed and shared about their husbands who acted like Neanderthals.


Fast forward a few eons to a meeting of ‘The Salon’, a dozen women, all hovering around their 50-birthday marker, weighing in about men: what makes men so happy? Seriously, is there anything new under the sun about elusive happiness and the basics of the sexes?

Eve did it, Adam did it

 From the inception of time, people have mused and metaphor-ed about little boys- frogs, snails and puppy dog tails versus little girls- sugary, spicy and everything nicely organized.

Brainy author, Louann Brizendine tackled the subject in her first book about pretty in pink The Female Brain. It didn’t take a Mensa membership to forecast Brizendine’s next book would be about men and celebrating their cerebellum.

Bets were on: would the second book be shorter and less complicated?

About the same time The Male Brain came out, a simple, succinct e-mail about Men and Happiness was circulating world wide.The hysterical piece caught the attention of the members of ‘The Salon’.

They agreed “Why men are happier than women” is brutally honest, very clever, and takes two- minutes to read – time for throwing head back and laughing heartily included. The secret?

It’s all about Number One: men have one hair style- forever; they have one mood; and one pair of shoes and one wallet goes with every single outfit. Men are happy campers.


The Truth be Told?

Anyway and everyday: women simply want to know what men are thinking about (answer: sex). We want to know what men dream about (answer: sex). We ponder: when it comes to flight or fright what is the limbic system of the cortex of the brain of a man thinking about? (answer: sex)

Conclusion: Men are happy and women are luckier for it.


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Turkey Day: Before and After

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“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.”

Irv Kupcinet

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Do you Dare bring a date to Thanksgiving?

Turkey: Rhymes with… Dysfunction

Imagine the smell of the turkey roasting in the oven and the sight of luscious pumpkin pies and plump mincemeat pies sitting on the buffet. Cubes of yellow butter melting on mounds of steaming mashed potatoes. The dining room aglow with orange votive candles and a massive centerpiece of fall colored chrysanthemums gracing the table.

Dishes piled with green beans and sweet carrot soufflé, bowls of ruby red cranberries, and pomegranates and tangerines all crowded on the kitchen counter. A veritable food festival with friends and family –and, some ‘strangers in the night’.

Rusty in Hayward reveals he is ‘blessed’ with an Aunt-Can’t-Edit, who blurts unseemly comments and slightly embarrasses the entire family in one fell swooping comment.

Shelia in Boca Raton writes that last year she was graced with, “A cast of cousins straight out of Central Casting, Seven Dwarves style: Grumpy, Dopey, Snarky, Chatty, Smokey, Sneezey, and Boozy”

Okay, kids, so Thanksgiving will never be a Norman Rockwell painting. Granted, for many of us it will be more like “The Scream.” Each year we are fortunate to gather, gobble and go.

Count your blessings.

Bring your current sweetheart home to meet the family? Tomes have been written about courage and bravery – you decide: will this exposure to your kin be a coup de grace or a potential triumph? Good luck.

The family… a strange little band of characters trudging through life… inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

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The Mad Dash of the Holidays is Here
I refuse to count the daze.

This year I’m going to float down the stream of Christmas consciousness and revel in friends, fun, simplicity and sanity. All aboard!


The Day after Thanksgiving and all through the house, not a creature was shopping- all were watching football, talking, laughing, reading, washing dishes – a meditation- walking, riding bikes, going to see a movie– and avoiding getting mauled at any mall.

Double dare you to Buy Nothing

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Very naughty, knotty….


Clive knew to get attention on he had to pull out the big guns.

His sister, his dating coach, told him the predictable photograph of him in a Polo Shirt and Dockers wasn’t going to cut it.

They agreed, he needed to do something racy, exciting and unique. She suggested a photo of him standing next to a motorcycle. Perhaps Sky diving. Perched in a Porsche at the dealership.

He wanted to elicit interest and intrigue.

It was his nephew, Peter, who dressed and posed his uncle in the picture atop.

Oh, Clive got attention alright. Roars of laughter, guffaws and chortles.

Back to the Polo Shirt and Dockers.


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Two Thanksgiving Dinner Rules: No Pajamas, no smart-phones at the table

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Elbows off the table…

No PajamasPull on a Party Dress, a Pair of Slacks, Dockers, Denim…Hang your hoodie on the hook.

Everyone leaves their Cellphone,  iPhone, Droid,  at the door.

Think of one thing you are grateful for – and tell one other person.


Take the time to say “hello” to everyone…or email – friends and family…

Say: Cheers and Danke, Grazie, Thanks, Merci, Gracias to the Host /Hostess who invited you … Help with Clean Up…images-26

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” Henry VanDyke


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Who are you calling a Tart?

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Call me a flirt, call me a tart – don’t  call me late for Happy Hour

Nice girls were told not to be too forward. To play hard to get. Sweetheart, play that game and you’ll never meet anyone. Repeat my mantra:  Just say Hi!

Just say, “Good Morning”

They both commuted on the Sausalito ferry five days a week. Eventually, they would nod and say ‘hey’ to one another. One typical, foggy cold morning, they were both in line for coffee, and a conversation started. It was a herky-jerky conversation. It started, ended, a pregnant pause, and it started again. He admits he found himself very tongue-tied. She said she though he was “cute and clever.”

Eventually, they sat together, all the way to the City.

The Fickle Finger of Fate?

Turns out: they worked six blocks from one another.They had coffee again and began to make a habit of it. The morning she brought her famous chocolate-chip cookies, he swooned, and asked her to dinner. They have been blissfully dating for one year.

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Ben and Jerry make a Ménage a Trois?

Peggy writes that she was in line at the Whole Foods just before Thanksgiving with a basket overflowing with all the requisite ingredients for the feast she was hosting.

A bearded man behind her had a basket with staples: coffee, juice, milk, paper towels, TP and 10 pints of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Jan said she smiled and joked about his ice cream collection. He revealed he had been living and working in Haiti for three months. He had dropped 20 pounds and had been dreaming of Ben & Jerry’s chocolate swirls, Cherry Garcia and Chunky Monkey. And Phish – he loved Phish.

As they stood in the glacially slow checkout line, they continued to chat. Peggy, party girl and hostess with the mostest,  quickly ascertained, he was single, new in town, and funny, so she invited him to her Thanksgiving party and promised him pies, ice cream, and all the trimmings.

He arrived hungry, sans beard, smiling and stayed in her life, happily ever after.


Just say “Hi!”


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How you act speaks volumes?


If you don’t like him,

Don’t act like him. 

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Veterans: Thank you today and everyday


“The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.”

Judd Gregg


“Our veterans accepted the responsibility to defend America and uphold our values when duty called.”

Bill Shuster

Thank you.


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Holding a good thought…


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Flirting is like oxygen – pick up lines: good, bad and ugly

The Old “Do you Come Here Often?” Still works!

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Pick Up Lines that Sizzle and Fizzle

Once upon a time, a long time ago, there were two, and only Two Tried and True Pick Up Lines:
1. “Do you come here often?”

2.  “What’s your sign”

Believe it or not, they were once the Holy Grail of Pick Up Lines. And they worked. Now, the bar has been raised at the bar, the cafe, studio and the courts. Everywhere. Remember: creativity breeds content.

Here are a Dozen Pick Up Lines, including a clunker, a loaner, a groaner and a few fast ones. Take the best – lose the rest~

1. Don’t I know you?
2. Have we met? Would you like to?
3. Sorry, I have to ask: how was heaven when you left it?
4. If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I together.
5. Excuse me; if I followed you home, would you keep…

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