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Detroit Welcomes the Venice Architecture Biennale

J. Michael Welton | Posted 02.10.2017 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

For the City of Detroit, the timing could not be better. After a much-publicized run at the Venice Architecture Biennale from May to November, "The A...

The trick to finding balance

Cate Montana | Posted 01.09.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Cate Montana

Balance is the Holy Grail of 21st century living. Nobody sought balance back in the 1800s or even the 1950s. Back in the Old Days people sought to c...

Who Was Still Alive When You Were Born?

Peter Reynosa | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
Peter Reynosa

Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons, The Old Guitarist, 1903-1904, by Pablo Picasso What famous person was still alive when you were born? And wh...

On the Privilege of White Evangelical Nostalgia

Bradley B. Onishi | Posted 11.16.2016 | Religion
Bradley B. Onishi

Like most people, I have spent the last week trying to figure out how America elected Donald Trump as its 45th president. In the wake of the election ...

Yes, He's The Great Pretender -- Pretending America Was Great

Pamela Newton | Posted 11.16.2016 | Politics
Pamela Newton

When exactly was America great, Mr. Trump?

Elie Wiesel's 1957 Review Of Disneyland Is Utterly Charming

Atlas Obscura | Posted 07.01.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

Disney circa 1960. (Photo: Orange County Archives/CC BY 2.0) by Sarah Laskow, originally published on Atlas Obscura In 1957, Elie Wiesel, the wr...

Eton: A Few Good Men's Shirts from Pitti Uomo 90

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.20.2016 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

If there was a noticeable change in this Spring Summer 2017 showing at menswear fair Pitti Uomo, it was a welcomed return to easy silhouettes. This me...

'Father knows best,' even in 2016

Elliott Katz | Posted 06.17.2016 | Parents
Elliott Katz

TV dad Jim Anderson may be from the 1950s, but he could teach today's fathers a thing or two.

From cock-a-leekie to kinkajou

R.J. Marx | Posted 05.25.2016 | Home
R.J. Marx

A haircut from a head hunter?

Let's All Take a Breath

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 03.11.2017 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

As scandals during my childhood went, this one had legs. I didn't understand it completely, but I could tell by my parents' tone it was bigger than the brouhaha about the Townsends refusing to pick up their dog poop, which had rocked Hamilton Avenue the summer before.

Why Hotels Put a Chocolate On Your Pillow

Gordon Javna | Posted 02.25.2017 | Travel
Gordon Javna

Have you ever wondered why hotels put a chocolate on your pillow? Have you ever been lucky enough to stay in a really nice hotel? If so, you were li...

What Life Was Like in the 1950s

Quora | Posted 01.22.2017 | Fifty
Quora

I knew this day would come. Someone would ask what life was like back in the Dark Ages of my childhood, before there was air, dirt, and water, and what I think of these fast times. Whippersnappers.

Couple Tries Truly Bizarre Gag-Inducing Recipes From The 1950s

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 01.19.2016 | Fifty

What do you do when you get your hands on a bizarre cookbook from the 1950s? Try out the recipes for yourself, of course. That's exactly what Hank of ...

Confessions of a 14-Year-Old NRA Dropout

Paul Boorstin | Posted 10.21.2016 | Politics
Paul Boorstin

I was a 14-year-old high school freshman when I began collecting guns. It was Chicago in 1958, a time before a metal detector had ever darkened a school doorway. Disciplinary problems in most American classrooms meant kids sneaking out without a hall pass or sticking old Juicy Fruit under their desks.

How School Has Changed Since I Was A Little Girl

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 08.20.2016 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

I learned a lot about modern parenthood when I watched my brother's kids for a week while he and his wife went on vacation. I stayed at their house, cooked the meals, and got their kids to and from school -- the same my brothers and I went to.

The True Story Behind the New ABC Series, The Astronaut Wives Club

Off The Shelf | Posted 08.17.2016 | Home
Off The Shelf

By Julianna Haubner | Off the Shelf It's an age-old saying that behind every great man is a great woman. In the last few years, a number of fantastic...

Here's What Would Happen If 1950s Fashion Models Were Still Around Today

Lindsay Ferrier | Posted 08.12.2016 | Style
Lindsay Ferrier

Times have changed since the 1950s -- and that's definitely a good thing. If fashion models of the 1950s could time travel to 2015, I have a feeling things would quickly get out of hand. Take a look...

How the Astronaut Wives Club Got It So Darn Right

Meredith Spidel | Posted 07.27.2016 | Entertainment
Meredith Spidel

Of course they weren't perfect, but they got so much so darn right--in a time when it mattered so darn much.

Your Own 'Do It Yourself' Psychoanalysis Kit

Lester & Charlie | Posted 07.18.2016 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Everyone needs a break from Prilosec and Paxil these days. So here are a few of the funniest, most misguided, sexist, dangerous and just plain stupid mid-century PSAs to perk us all up.

The Milestone Moments In Every Boomer's Life

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 07.03.2016 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

As a whole, baby boomers came of age during the early 1950s through the late 1970s. Let's take a glance at boomers' lives through a kaleidoscope of defining social moments.

Conversation With Author Robert Rosen

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 06.03.2016 | Home
Michael Nirenberg

Robert Rosen's newest book Bobby in Naziland: A Portrait of the Author As a Young Jew explores the author's childhood growing up in 1950's and 1960's postwar Jewish Brooklyn under the shadow of the Holocaust.

Why Pat Boone Believes He Helped Black Artists by Covering Their Songs

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.29.2016 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Pat Boone was among the many white artists of the 1950s and '60s who built their careers recording songs originally performed by black Rhythm & Blues artists. Tonight, he responds to criticisms that he and other white singers profited much more than the African American musicians whose songs they covered.

Mad Men Gets It So Right

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 05.19.2016 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I was scared of Mad Men for a long time. Even as it racked up Emmys and accolades, I wouldn't watch. I'd lived through Happy Days and other treacly tributes to the '50s and '60s that didn't ring anything like true. They'd glossed over or just plain avoided the ugly stuff I'd lived through as a black girl growing up in that very white world.

Mother's Day and Pubic Hair Memories

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 05.08.2016 | Women
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

Pubic hair runs deep in my family... and probably long. Our history is bushy with secrets and revelations. In the 50s, my mother didn't hide her pubic...

9 Songs From Childhood We Can't Get Out Of Our Heads

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.04.2015 | Fifty

Whether it was a catchy jingle advertising your soft drink of choice (Feeling 7-Up anyone?) or the theme song to your favorite TV show, there are some...