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Sometimes You Have To Lean Back In Order To Lean In

(6) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 7:52 AM

Wednesday Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg launched the new social network LeanIn.org devoted to helping women encourage each other to "lean in" to their careers. This week and going forward, HuffPost Women will be featuring posts from women reflecting on the moments in their careers when they "leaned in" -- pursued...

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Why Paid Internships Matter

(232) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 10:59 AM

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, former media executive Steve Cohen decries the class-action lawsuit against TV host Charlie Rose. The suit charged Rose's production company with failing to pay college interns a minimum wage. Cohen calls the suit "dumb" and the recent settlement "worse." (Some...

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The 20 Best Post 50 Blogs Of 2012

(9) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 5:57 AM

After a year as senior editor on Huff/Post50, I'm leaving my post to take a new position in the company. I enjoyed many things about the role, but the greatest privilege has been the opportunity to publish the words and experiences of so many talented bloggers. Their stories encompass all...

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Hurricane Sandy Refugees: Bringing Superstorm Mayhem To Maryland

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 7:46 AM

On Sunday, I found myself wiping a river of blood off a man's face with a clean sock as he lay on the ground. Another victim of Hurricane Sandy.

Except we were in Maryland.

I wasn't supposed to be there. I was supposed to be at 9 a.m. mass in...

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Daniel Klein: 'Travels With Epicurus' Explores The Best Path To A Fulfilled Old Age

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 12:21 PM

In his early 70s, author Daniel Klein saw his peers taking up jogging, studying new languages and wearing hormone patches to charge their libidos. Klein already harbored a few misgivings about the frantic striving of the “new old age” when a trip to the dentist prompted an epiphany.

“He said...

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Hurricane Sandy: Comfort Food And Other Calming Rituals

(8) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 8:53 AM

Over the weekend, like thousands of my fellow East Coasters, I made the inevitable trip to Home Depot to prepare for Hurricane Sandy. (Last year we got caught short by the Halloween winter storm, lost power for four days, sent the kids to friends' homes and nearly froze when we...

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Happiness: Study Suggests Well-Being, Or Lack Of It, Can Predict Illness and Death

(3) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 5:35 PM

The storyteller Hans Christian Andersen once wrote, “Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.” Now a new British study suggests that enjoying life can actually prevent illness and death.

A study of 10,000 Brits age 50 and older in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), found

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Billy Crystal On The Trip That Almost Sent Him Over The Edge

(4) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 3:07 PM

Billy Crystal has probably walked hundreds of red carpets in his long career as a comedian, actor and Oscar host, but this may have been his first stroll down the AARP red carpet. The post 50 organization screened Crystal’s latest film, “Parental Guidance,” at its Life@50+ expo in...

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Penny Marshall On Her Unlikely Career And Why 'My Mother Was Nuts'

(16) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 5:09 PM

I meet actress and director Penny Marshall in a midtown Manhattan office building, where she is curled up on a sofa, stocking feet tucked beneath her, doing a back-to-back assembly line of media to promote her new memoir, “My Mother Was Nuts.” Heavily made up for the TV interviews, she...

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AARP Convention: Post 50s React to Obama, Ryan Speeches

(165) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 4:30 PM

NEW ORLEANS -- Nancy Tressa, 62, a retired middle school principal from Corpus Christi, Texas, drove with her husband in their RV to New Orleans to attend the AARP Convention and take in the sites, sounds and cuisine of the Big Easy. On Friday morning, they joined about 5,000 other...

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Why Post 50s Aren't Saving Enough For Retirement

(56) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 3:12 PM

I started saving for college for each of my three kids the year they were born. It was a primordial impulse for a second-generation American: My grandmother immigrated with an elementary school education; my father became a dentist. The belief that higher education leads to the widest array of life...

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Allison Janney: 'Liberal Arts' Star Dishes On Her First Sex Scene

(38) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 10:30 AM

With more than 80 credits in film and television, Allison Janney is one of the most versatile actresses in Hollywood. She is best known for her portrayal of White House press secretary C.J. Cregg in “The West Wing,” a role that brought her four Emmy awards and four SAG awards....

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Peter C. Alderman Foundation: A Son's Death On 9/11 Leads To Global Healing

(322) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 8:44 AM

It was September 2001, Steve Alderman’s 60th birthday. His wife Liz put together the trip of a lifetime -– two weeks in a rented home in Provence, one with their three grown children and the second with friends. On Saturday, September 8, the kids left France for the U.S. -–...

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Martina Navratilova On Staying Fit, Coming Out, Battling Cancer And Transcending Sports

(118) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 3:44 PM

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova arrives at the offices of The Huffington Post looking relaxed and fit in a kaleidoscope-print black-and-white blouse, slim jeans and silver Louis Vuitton sneakers, her long-haired dachshund Lulu in tow. "The first few days [of the U.S. Open] I was wearing high-heeled shoes and then I...

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Why September Can Be The Toughest Month For Working Mothers

(77) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 10:10 AM

When it comes to working motherhood, it is the small things that break you. September seems to break me every year.

I have three children, 15, nearly 13 and 9, and work full-time in New York City, commuting about an hour each way. My husband also works full-time, but...

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Senior Poverty: Food Insecurity Rising Among Older Americans

(431) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 9:30 AM

Charlotte Wahlstrom, 74, lives in a trailer in a small town in Michigan. She volunteers at the library, goes to the senior center for free yoga classes and brings her mutt Otis to the local dog park where she chats with friends. And after a lifetime of working and saving,...

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'Dirty Dancing' Turns 25: The Blockbuster Film That Almost Wasn't Made

(12) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 9:09 AM

In the 1980s, Linda Gottlieb, an East Coast producer for MGM Studios, had lunch in New York City with writer Eleanor Bergstein, who had an idea for a movie about two sisters who are dancers, based in the Catskills.

“I said, ‘Well what’s the story?' And she said, ‘I...

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Lying: Why You Don't Tell The Truth And Why You Should Start

(32) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 7:10 AM

Feeling tense or melancholy? Got a sore throat or headache? Now: How many times have you stretched the truth this week? A new study finds lying is linked to mental health and physical ailments.

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame found most Americans lie about 11...

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'Hope Springs': Meryl Streep And Tommy Lee Jones Talk Sex And Marriage In Their New Film

(138) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 4:18 PM

The movie “Hope Springs” brings two words to mind: painfully funny. This gem of a film stars Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as Kay and Arnold, a Midwestern couple with two grown children. Married more than 30 years, their relationship has been ossified by age, domestic routine and a...

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AARP Launches Networking, Job Search Site For Unemployed

(4) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 11:17 AM

AARP today announced the launch of Work Reimagined, a social networking site powered by LinkedIn that connects post 50 professionals on the hunt with employers seeking experienced workers, and with their peers.

Work Reimagined will offer access to openings with the nearly 120 employers "who...

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