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World of Dating


Meet the Author | Heather Dugan

at Barnes & Noble (Polaris) in Columbus

Loneliness Makes Fools Of Us All

610 WTVN “The Sitting Room” with Kathy Chiero

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Anecdotes, Admissions of Guilt & Advice Between Friends

Date Like a Grownup

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Minding Your Business | WJCU radio:

Host Debra Hegler with Heather Dugan, Writer/Columnist for Salary.com (“Boost Your Work/Life Balance”)| Author of “Date Like a Grownup” and Jeff Haden, Inc. Magazine | “The Owner’s Manual”
10/29/14 (Wednesday) – 6:30pm | Date Like A Grownup, “Meet the Author” event at Barnes & Noble Polaris

11/19/14 (Wednesday) – 6:30pm | Wisdom & Wine: “How to Avoid Dead-End Dating” Talk/Discussion | Wine Bistro Worthington (new management)

11/23/14 (Sunday) – 4pm | Date Like A Grownup, “Meet the Author” event at Barnes & Noble Sawmill

For reservations (limited seating)
Call Wine Bistro Worthington | 614-436-4000

12/07/14 (Sunday) 2-5:00pm | Local Author Day at Delaware County District Library (Orange Branch)

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“This was a first for our group; but I doubt our last…obvious from the strong turnout that many of us realize there are numerous speed-bumps and false-starts encountered at this stage of life, but at least we have our many friends from this group, and now Heather’s excellent advice…” Steve

As your Coach, Dugan illustrates numerous ‘teachable moments’ through a collection of clever ‘From the Field’ anecdotes. These quick blurbs just might have you laughing out loud, either because you’ve ‘done that’ or can’t imagine that someone else really ‘did that.’ Through these personal stories, Dugan connects with her readers and creates a credible bond. She transforms the complexities of new tools such as Match.com, Google Search and social media into opportunities, teaching us to identify our mistakes, perhaps laugh about them, and then move on. Mark

“Heather has many concepts and experiences that I can say ‘Hey, that’s me!’) I am excited to have her book. Heather gave an excellent talk…” John

“This was awesome. Really enjoyed listening to Heather…” Karen


Review for Date Like a Grownup (by Heather Dugan)

Review for Date Like a Grownup (by Heather Dugan)

Review for Date Like a Grownup (by Heather Dugan)

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“Date Like a Grownup: Anecdotes, Admissions of Guilt and Advice Between Friends” examines the impact of loneliness and social obsolescence on men and women in their second single lives and provides punctuating proof that looking for love from a place of isolation is as unwise as grocery shopping on an empty stomach.

Unlike many other relationship manuals, this book will not guide you through game playing and winning temporary partners. Instead, readers will develop a personalized strategy for building a life foundation that facilitates growing a “right fit” relationship. Topics include: effective filtering, social media and online dating, how to avoid isolation and strategically build a larger social network. Engaging narratives such as “Parking Lot Apology,” “The Percocet Proposal” and “Need Meets Greed” underline specific dating principles outlined in the book and affirm that none of us are immune to bad choices.

And with at least half of the adult population attempting a “do-over” on their most committed
relationship–and many getting it wrong yet a second time–these proven “do’s and don’ts”are first date gold for men and women navigating midlife dating and vicarious entertainment for thankful sideline observers.

Pickup in Aisle Twelve on Amazon

Pickup in Aisle Twelve

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Strategies and Inspiration for Crutch Users

Stuffing Sandwiches Down My Shirt

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PICKUP IN AISLE TWELVE:  After a would-be suitor tails her to a grocery store checkout, Angie Wharton confronts the grim realities of her post-divorce dating options. Niggling guilt, a fickle resolve and easy access to her sister’s dinner table have kept her on the sidelines, but her brother-in-law’s patience –and supplies of cabernet are running low.

Pressed into posting an online dating profile, Angie decides to take the offense before love passes her by. But navigating this virtual world of blurred photos and lonely hearts will require her to create both a roadmap and a new understanding of herself.

Lipstick? Check. Eye contact? More or less. Awkward moments? Uh huh.


MEET ANGIE WHARTON: Angie talks about posting her online dating profile:

STUFFING SANDWICHES DOWN MY SHIRT… STRATEGIES AND INSPIRATION FOR CRUTCH USERS: An upbeat approach to one-footed living, this book delivers practical ideas for maximizing the temporary challenges asssociated with a casted leg and crutch use. The author, a single mom of three, found humor to be critical in making her post-op recovery time a fulfilling and, surprisingly, fun experience. Gym workouts, grocery shopping and even happy hours still happened —she deemed her cast to be “better than a puppy” in facilitating human connection.
Now on Amazon.

As an advice columnist for Salary.com, I receive a lot of reader questions and emails regarding work/family balance. You can read a little of my story (and reader emails) here:“Boost Your Work/Life Balance.” TIPS FROM THE TIGHTROPE covers the rest of it: Relationships, divorce, dating, personal health, overall life fitness and inspiration to be your best self. If you have a question or topic idea that pertains to these life segments, please include “Tips From the Tightrope” in your subject line. Thanks!


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