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The Art of Being Alive Series: Why Life Is Beautiful

Adedayo Fashanu | Posted 04.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Adedayo Fashanu

I write for anyone wondering and asking why am I here, why should I keep on going, what about this life is so beautiful that I should want to smile in my day?

Get Your Safety Freak On

Janet Eve Josselyn | Posted 04.09.2015 | Fifty
Janet Eve Josselyn

Everyone thinks their parents grew up in the Stone Age but most kids today would be shocked if they knew the details of how their parents were raised. It's amazing any of us survived childhood after drinking water out of the kitchen faucet, the garden hose and the local pond.

All we Have is Time: Celebrating 90 Years of Life

Aubrie Przybysz | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Aubrie Przybysz

At 21-years-old, I have recognized that the most valuable thing I have in this world is time. And if you are like me, you do not like that time to be wasted. I am only on the precipice of my life, especially when I look at my Grandpa Joe.

The Bucket Stops Here

Charlie Carillo | Posted 04.05.2015 | Parents
Charlie Carillo

Not long ago I was helping my father with a job at his house, and a five gallon bucket of water had to be carried outside. I grabbed the handle t...

Aging Gracefully: 10 Anti-Aging Strategies

Margaret Marshall | Posted 04.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Marshall

Aging is a luxury. One you should embrace and enjoy. Beginning these anti-aging strategies at a young age will yield a greater benefit for you, but it is never too late to start.

To My Daughter, At Halftime

Whitney Fleming | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Whitney Fleming

Although other moms have warned me that the second half is hard -- perhaps the hardest -- part of having a daughter, I think we're ready to tackle it. Like any good coach, I've got a game plan, and I know what worked in the first half probably won't work in the next.

To My Daughter, Who Turns 5 Today

Farah L. Miller | Posted 03.24.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.07.2015 | 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 03.01.2015 | 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 02.28.2015 | 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 02.28.2015 | 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 02.28.2015 | 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 02.22.2015 | 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 02.23.2015 | 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 02.22.2015 | 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 02.11.2015 | 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 02.08.2015 | 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 02.02.2015 | 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, ...