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In Defense of the Irish Goodbye

Karam Singh Sethi | Posted 04.11.2016 | Taste
Karam Singh Sethi

Nix clunky, in-person goodbyes from your Rolodex of party cues, and replace it with an efficient "Had a great time!" text. There will be a paper trail of your attendance, and your friends will inevitably thank you for not troubling them as they tried to make the rounds.

Turning 60: A Letter To My 50-Year-Old Self

Eva Moon | Posted 03.31.2016 | Fifty
Eva Moon

I turned 60 today and there are some things I wish I could have told my 50-year-old self. She was so worried. So here goes.

The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Men Often Go Awry

S. F. Siddiqui | Posted 03.25.2017 | GPS for the Soul
S. F. Siddiqui

That day is a constant reminder that things can change in an instant. I made plans, but even with low, safe expectations, things did not go as expected. All I can truly control is how I react, whether I cower and hide, or become bold and take charge. Whether I burst out in tears or in laughter.

The Viral Birthday Wish That Made This 97-Year-Old Grandpa's Day

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.15.2016 | Fifty

When 97-year-old Alfred Birch was hospitalized with congestive heart failure in early March, his family didn't think he'd make it to his 98th birthday...

40 Pledges, Self-Esteem and Cheesecake

Jessica Kahan | Posted 03.08.2017 | Divorce
Jessica Kahan

On a daily basis I am reminded that I could be better, do better and feel better so that seemed like a good place to start, right?

Deconstructing 40

Amy Schreibman Walter | Posted 03.05.2017 | Women
Amy Schreibman Walter

With each new decade, we gain wisdom, power and a certain vulnerability, too. I wouldn't want 40 to feel like 30; I've lived through my 30s and come out stronger and smarter for it.

Stepping in the Same River Twice: The Yoga of Birthdays

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 03.01.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Susanna Barkataki

Around 500 B.C.E. Ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus said you can never step twice in the same river. He's right! I used to think, because the rive...

And Some to Grow On: 11 Cardinal Sins of Kids' Birthday Parties

Allison Bagley | Posted 02.21.2017 | Parents
Allison Bagley

You issued a RSVP deadline... for a party that takes place in your backyard. Are there place cards? Why the need to know if we're coming 14 days out? (Oh wait, you're a Pinterest mom. Ignore this one. You're personalizing each goody bag. Thanks in advance!)

Mom Writes Touching Letter To Son Who Has Been Missing For 26 Years

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 02.20.2016 | Good News

In 1989, the rural town of St. Joseph, Minnesota was rocked with devastating news. A masked man with a gun abducted 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling while...

Why I'm So Preoccupied With Turning 65

Nancy Roman | Posted 02.17.2017 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

For one thing, I always thought it would be a relief to be old, and no longer concerned about my appearance. Not true. I care. I want to always care. How I look on the outside impacts how I feel about myself.

What We Are Really Celebrating On The First Birthday

Caryn Berardi | Posted 02.15.2017 | Parents
Caryn Berardi

Before I had my own kids, I was, like most people without children, an expert on parenting. I knew how I would limit screen time, facilitate sharing and instill a genuine preference for wheat bread over white.

The Birthday Text: A daughter's attempt to find peace with her fathers absence

Katherine Sotelo | Posted 02.11.2017 | Parents
Katherine Sotelo

Today I gave my father my mailing address. I turned the shower on and walked back out into my hallway, taking a seat on my old roommates bed which la...

When Did Birthday Parties Start Feeling Like a Competition?

Debra Carnes | Posted 02.11.2017 | Parents
Debra Carnes

I'm a competitive person by nature, but today I concede to all birthday-party-planning parents. My planning days are over. You're better than me, and I'm okay with that.

Retail Chatter #11

June Haynes | Posted 02.11.2017 | Style
June Haynes

Will luxury travel experiences be competing with luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany's and Hermes? Or is this a trend in fashion like a pair of bell-bottom jeans?

6: Not Just Blossom's Friend. In Her Opinionation, The Sun Is Gonna Surely Shine!

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 02.09.2017 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

Last year on my daughter's fifth birthday I wrote "Forever Young. Want Her to Be Forever Young". On her sixth birthday I think how this year is so dif...

55 Restaurants That Give You Free Food On Your Birthday

Thrillist | Posted 02.02.2017 | Taste

By: Sarah Anderson Credit: Lili Sams/Thrillist Waking up on your birthday to well wishes and good vibes from all the people who remembered is ...

Why I'd Rather Be 50 Than 25 (And Maybe Even 30)

Ken Budd | Posted 01.31.2017 | Fifty
Ken Budd

Two weeks ago I turned 50. I wondered if I would wake up suddenly wiser, or with osteoporosis, but 50 felt no different than 49 -- which is true of most milestone birthdays. Do you remember turning 10? Of course not. (Though no one made senior citizen jokes when I turned 10.)

Finding Forty

Monica Cox | Posted 01.26.2017 | Women
Monica Cox

So maybe I am over the hill like those old decorations taunted my own father. But I can't wait to see what's on the hill behind this one. And the one after that. If the first forty is any indication, it promises to be quite the journey.

Minsky Stripper Turns 100 (the Last Living Star of Burlesque)

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 01.24.2017 | Entertainment
Leslie Zemeckis

On January 23, 1916, Betty Jane Rowland was born in Columbus, Ohio. On the day of her 100th birthday I spent the afternoon with the still flame-haired...

Getting Older Does Not Suck

Amy Selwyn | Posted 01.19.2017 | Fifty
Amy Selwyn

Up until recently, I have f*cking dreaded the aging process. But I am alive. And it's going to be my birthday. I am going to eat some cake and I'm going to blow out some candles. This is a plan. It's an awesome one.

My Other Birthday

Joel Peterson | Posted 01.08.2017 | Parents
Joel Peterson

As I celebrate this other birthday, I can't help but reflect on what it means, not just to me, but to the woman who adopted me. And to the one that let me go to a life that she could not imagine.

33 Lessons As I Turn 33

Sarah Warman | Posted 12.18.2016 | Women
Sarah Warman

Be kind to everyone. You never know where or when they will show up in your life again.

16 Celebrities Turning 50 In 2016

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 12.10.2015 | Fifty

Fifty has never looked better, what with sexy celebs from Brad Pitt to Johnny Depp to Elle Macpherson joining the post-50 club in the last year. But j...

The Art of Giving Gifts

Taurra SunEagle | Posted 12.09.2016 | Comedy
Taurra SunEagle

We should all aspire to be Leslie Knope from Parks & Rec: the greatest gift giver in the history of the world. Her gifts were always thoughtful, creative, and well-planned.

My Birthday Letter

Noelle Newby | Posted 12.07.2016 | Women
Noelle Newby

You learned the bare minimum hours of sleep you can get and still be a somewhat-functioning human being, the number of times a day a toddler can ask why, and that you will never again laugh without peeing a little.