"For the ladies out there who enjoy young men, that's great for them, but I tend to date men who are older than me," said Debra Wand, a 50-year-old real estate agent who won the title - and a cruise to the Bahamas - at a Miss Cougar Marin contest and dance July 24 at the Embassy Suites in San Rafael.
The twice-married and divorced Wand, who attended the event "on a lark" to entertain a visiting girlfriend, worries that being crowned Miss Cougar Marin might tarnish her reputation and hurt her career.
Rebekah always knew she wanted to be a stay-at-home mother and had dreamt of ending up with a farmer.
The two have been married for a little over four years now and they have two daughters.
But he's not afraid to tread rougher terrain in songs such as "Vivir Sin Ella" ("Living Without Her"), "Perdóname" ("Forgive Me") and "Yo La Agarro Bajando" ("I'll Get Her on the Way Down")."Without a doubt, [the concert] will connect people to a stage in my career in which everyone dedicated a song to someone they loved," he says.
Santa Rosa's own love life made headlines last year on his native island when, at 50, the salsa singer married Puerto Rican television presenter Alexandra Malagon after a decade of dating.
"On other occasions, we balance out the salsa and the ballads, but not this time."Santa Rosa's catalog focuses on all the intricacies of relationships.
He's made hits out of doe-eyed songs such as "Qué Manera de Quererte" ("What a Way To Love You") and "Amor Para la Historia" ("A Love for the History Books").
Many people older than he is are now having a rude awakening about how long they will need to continue working until they have enough of a nest egg to retire.
"Some people think of it as positive and some think of it as negative," she remarked.
"But I am not one of these wild women." Wand, who grew up in Marin and now lives in Santa Rosa, prefers to think of herself "as a single woman and cancer survivor." A 1977 graduate of San Domenico School, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001.
The children have now begun to repeat these comments, pointing out large people when we are in public, or saying nasty things about the homeless we see as we drive.
I try to combat this hatred by sharing words of love or acceptance.