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To My Daughter, Who Turns 5 Today

Farah L. Miller | Posted 01.22.2015 | Parents
Farah L. Miller

I saw it happen this fall. You turned from a toddler into a little girl right before my eyes.

The Importance Of Being 7

Devon Corneal | Posted 01.16.2015 | Parents
Devon Corneal

Today you are 7 and I am amazed. You don't know this, but every night I check on you before I go to sleep, and last night, I stared at you for an hour because I cannot believe how big you are. Of all of the things in my life, you are the thing of which I am most proud.

How We're Celebrating Our Twins' Third Birthday When One of Our Birthday Boys Is No Longer Here

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

I own the heartache of Micah. I celebrate Micah, speak his name, and share his story in ways that bring me peace. I love that I can now confidently and calmly say: It is Micah and Zachary's birthday.

"Cupcake Amnesty:" Childhood Obesity and the Political Divide

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Bettina Elias Siegel

No cupcake-related "rules or guidelines" were in fact "abolished" by the Texas Department of Agriculture, which oversees our state's child nutrition programs, but Miller likely cares little about the specifics.

On The Occasion Of My Son's Birthday, A Toast

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 01.05.2015 | Fifty
Jeremiah Horrigan

Today, I'll raise a glass to Louie Hevizy, the doctor who broke the rules and brought my wonderful, hard-working and loving son into this world.

This Is What Birthdays Are Like When You're A 43-Year-Old Single Mom (Hint: They're Great)

Terri Linton | Posted 12.30.2014 | Divorce
Terri Linton

I could be crazy in love, or at least deeply in like, with a fantastic man. I could be 10 pounds slimmer. I could have more money than I'd know what to do with. I could not be a divorced single mom. But at 43, with all of its twists and turns, life has been good to me.

What I Learned This Year

Ari Andersen | Posted 12.29.2014 | Good News
Ari Andersen

There's a weird phenomenon that exists, and I think this year was the first time I've begun to recognize it: The more you learn, the more you realize that the number of things you know divided by the number of things you don't know is an infinitesimally small figure.

A Tale of 2 Elsa-Themed Birthday Parties

Jennie Sutherland | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Jennie Sutherland

First, I will go ahead and say it, so you don't have to: #firstworldproblems. Okay, now that that's out there, here is the tale of two back-to-back 4-year-old Frozen-themed birthday parties that I attended last month with my daughter... and what I learned.

Being Born on New Year's Day Taught Me How to Make Resolutions I Actually Keep

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Sahaj Kohli

Instead of creating an endless list of New Year's resolutions that I will naturally not complete -- because let's be honest, we are all way too ambitious on Jan. 1 -- I choose one word that will be my word, my way of life, for the year to come.

The Act of Truly Living

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

The candles on my cake represent the life I have lived and the life I have yet to live: all a beautiful gift. They are all filled with immense hope and goodness. Each day I am stronger, more grateful, and filled with more love. This will be a birthday that will live with me always.

Cooking My Way Through A 50th Birthday By Making Coeur A La Creme

Laura Zinn Fromm | Posted 12.24.2014 | Fifty
Laura Zinn Fromm

My birthday was coming up. Nifty fifty. The oldest I've ever been. The beginning, perhaps, of the end. Or the end of the beginning. Whatever your view, turning 50 is a milestone, and you ignore its implications at your peril.

Writing Through Chronic Pain

Annie Chagnot | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Annie Chagnot

NPR has not called to interview me about chronic pain, by the way. Recently, the "NPR Asks" question was, "What is your experience with chronic pain?"...

So, What Do You Do?

Molly Fosco | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Molly Fosco

Why do we start to hate our birthdays in our late 20s? The answer might seem obvious. We're not satisfied with we're careers, we still haven't found the love of our life, we haven't lost those few extra pounds we swore would be gone by now... But has it always been that way? Did our parents feel an impending sense of doom come their 27th birthday?

Birthday Wishes From Your Dentist

Sarah Sweeney | Posted 12.09.2014 | Comedy
Sarah Sweeney

Today is my birthday and I received this email from a dentist I went to once: There are so many things wrong with this greeting. Granted, yes, it i...

6 Pieces of Advice on Networking From Venture Capitalist Wayne Kimmel

David Ongchoco | Posted 12.04.2014 | College
David Ongchoco

Named as one of the Top Innovators in the Philadelphia region, Wayne Kimmel, a managing partner at SeventySix Capital, recently gave a talk about startups, venture capital and entrepreneurship here at Penn.

Never Forget Your Mom's Birthday, Especially if She's Deceased

Jack Anderson | Posted 01.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Jack Anderson

My mom, Anne Anderson, would have turned 80 years old today, except that she died 27 years ago at the tender age of 53. So it's up to me, and my six...

9 Things You Should Never Say To A Woman Who Is Turning 30

Lindsay Patton-Carson | Posted 01.19.2015 | Women
Lindsay Patton-Carson

OK, don't get me wrong. 29 was a great year. I loved it. But I have a good feeling there are going to be other years I love, too.

Over The Hill And Loving It

Chris Bernholdt | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Chris Bernholdt

Yes, I am looking forward to the other side of the hill, to being over it and seeing just what is waiting for me on the other side

My Autobahn Birthday: How to Pass a Self-Imposed "Speed Limit"

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 01.10.2015 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

Vroom... Vroom.... I woke up this morning to my "speed limit" birthday. You know the one they also call "double nickels" or, on a more somber note, ...

Birthdays

Stanley Ely | Posted 01.08.2015 | Good News
Stanley Ely

Jeremy was born just four days before my 60th birthday, so whereas I may strike out on placing someone else's age, I don't err in knowing how old he i...

35 Lessons Learned So Far on This Journey Called Life

Jasmine Brett Stringer | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Jasmine Brett Stringer

One thing is for sure, if you're lucky, with age comes wisdom, confidence and empowerment.

I Finally Understand Why They Call That Store 'Forever 21'

Jackie Oshry | Posted 12.30.2014 | Women
Jackie Oshry

Once you turn 21, the world is your oyster. You can go to any booze-filled establishment without the looming worry of "will I get in?" You can go to a bar in the light of day without worrying that the sunlight will expose the fact that you have green eyes, though your ID says they're brown.

Celebrate 5000

John Willey | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
John Willey

Let's face it, we all want a reason to party, and not something stupid like announcing the gender of your child.  That is NOT a thing.  What...

Turning 41: Lessons Learned As I Enter a New Decade

Rudri Bhatt Patel | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Rudri Bhatt Patel

There is comfort in boredom. Making lunches, washing dishes and doing laundry are all reminders that it is privilege to not only take care of myself, but to take care of others.

One; Take Two

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

This milestone is bittersweet. I am not ready for you to leave babyhood. But I am so excited to see where the next day takes us.