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How to Throw a Trendy Kid's Birthday Party With Ease

Marilyn Oliveira | Posted 11.04.2014 | Parents
Marilyn Oliveira

If a sense of rising panic tinged with imminent doom accompanies the thought of planning your child's next birthday party, you are not alone.

Marcia

Marcia Liss | Posted 09.14.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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When You Think He's Forgotten You

Jamie Krug | Posted 09.12.2014 | Women
Jamie Krug

You round a corner and you are here. And you begin to cry a little when you realize that it will not be fancy and there will be no amuse bouche and most certainly no Michelin star chef and that you are supremely overdressed. And it could not be more perfect.

Note to Self: 'No-Gifts' Birthday Parties Don't Work

Hinda Mandell | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Hinda Mandell

You thought you were being enlightened and anti-consumerist. You thought you were saving your friends money, a trip to the toy store and the hassle of gift shopping. Your intentions might well have been sincere, but really, you were just being annoying.

6 Parenting Lessons I Learned From a Father Dying in Hospice

Rudri Bhatt Patel | Posted 09.01.2014 | Women
Rudri Bhatt Patel

Experiencing the pendulum between sorrow and happiness, I learned that no state is ever permanent. This is the meat of life. We are all swinging back and forth in various times from happy to sad emotions.

Random Remembrances of Dad

John K. Herr | Posted 08.16.2014 | Fifty
John K. Herr

Dad took me fishing, where I tried to fight off the gnats flying into my ear, nose and mouth. Dad watched me play Little League baseball, where I tried to play right field while gnats flew into my ear, nose and mouth. Dad took me golfing, where I tried to -- well, you get the picture.

A Very Happy Re-Birthday

James Brandon | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
James Brandon

June 11 is my birthday. It is also a day recently pointed out to me, that was once the date for highest suicides. The irony and morbidity of that ti...

Old People Are a Menace

Stacey Graham | Posted 08.10.2014 | Comedy
Stacey Graham

There. I said it. My parents are in their mid-70s, one with advancing Parkinson's Disease but doing well and the other regularly lifted 80 lbs of chi...

The 50 Shades Of Being Almost 40

Lynn Morrison | Posted 08.10.2014 | Women
Lynn Morrison

The gray hair on my chin is mocking me. I try to pluck it and miss. It cackles. This is one of the 50 shades of almost 40. With the big day looming off in the not too distant future, I am coming to realize that 40 does not look like what I thought it would.

Dear Family Whisperer: I Hated Sharing Birthdays With My Sister!

Melinda Blau | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Today's parents plan joint birthdays for the same reason your mother did: It's convenient, cheaper and theoretically easier than throwing two parties. But their online ruminations suggest that they worry about making the right choice.

32 Truths I've Learned By My 32nd Birthday

Elizabeth Rider | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Rider

I felt so adult in my mid 20s, which I'm grateful for because I'm sure it propelled me to where I am today. But at 32, I can wholeheartedly say I feel much freer and younger in mind, body and spirit.

10 Things You Need To Do Before You Turn 60

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Sally Stich | Posted 05.25.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com What is it about turning 60 that’s feels so different from all other ages? "It’s a time of major transition," say...

This Is What a Kid's Birthday-Party-Planning Existential Crisis Looks Like

Jeff Bogle | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

I recently stood in the middle of a madhouse. Kids in electric-orange socks, like a too-bright dystopian fantasy, sprinted past me in every direction. Adults in coordinating electric-orange T-shirts stood guard. All that was missing was the heavy arm of an unseen totalitarian regime. Only, it wasn't exactly missing.

The Tale of the 34-Year-Long Birthday Prank

Aimee Heckel | Posted 07.23.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

In this story, it's a real-life competition to defy death. Because the punishment of knocking off first will mark the culmination of a nearly four-decade-long practical joke -- quite possibly the longest ongoing joke in the history of prank-manship.

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Family Of Missing College Student Hoping For 'Best Birthday Ever'

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 05.23.2014 | Crime

For more than two decades, May 23 was a special date for Lawrence and Goldia Coldon. It was on that date in 1988 that they welcomed a bright-eyed baby...

40 Years on the Fence

Jason P. Stadtlander | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jason P. Stadtlander

I think in turning 40, perhaps it is forcing me to take a step back. Not to look at 40 years that have passed, but rather 14,600 days that have passed -- 14,600 days to make myself either a better person, a worse person or a person that can make a difference in someone else's life.

To Cherished Friends and Strangers, Too, a Birthday Thanks

Pranay Gupte | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Pranay Gupte

Early in the morning of May 14, I boarded an Emirates Airline flight to New Delhi from Dubai, my adopted home. I was headed to India to observe, and w...

A Life Lesson I Learned on My Birthday

Wesley Miller | Posted 07.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Wesley Miller

My challenge to you is put down your phone and relax! There is more to life than texting. Next time you see a close friend or family member of yours is celebrating a birthday -- send them a handwritten card in the mail, take them out for happy hour or just pick up the phone.

Click: Happy Birthday, Richard Avedon

Jack Meyer | Posted 07.14.2014 | Arts
Jack Meyer

While Avedon's fashion photography is certainly his most celebrated and recognizable work, it is his portraiture that acutely reveals the psychological complexities of both the subject and the artist.

What I Know at 48

Nancy Sharp | Posted 07.13.2014 | Women
Nancy Sharp

I'm more entrenched in my middle years even as I taste the sweetness of my twenties and the far more bittersweet decade of my thirties. Fifty doesn't frighten me because at last I'm settling into myself.

Happy 9th Birthday To Us! Let's Eat Cake

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | Posted 05.09.2014 | Taste

We're celebrating with not one, but NINE, birthday cakes.

One More Year: Please May I Have Another?

Jennifer Glass | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

This month I turn 51. A year ago I wasn't sure I'd have another birthday. Thinking about the significance of the day, I've been reflecting on a few memorable birthdays.

William Shakespeare at 450

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 06.22.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

How can any of us find the words to wish a happy 450th birthday to the single most significant, elegant, funny, wise and human writer ever to use the English language? That's what I, and countless others, have thought and think of Shakespeare.

Most Things Don't Happen, But Sometimes They Do

Limor Tomer | Posted 06.08.2014 | Arts
Limor Tomer

On his 85th birthday (April 9), it seemed appropriate to reflect on my continued respect for and fascination (some would say obsession) with Harvey.

How to Survive Your Birthday

Jen Glantz | Posted 06.04.2014 | Women
Jen Glantz

Today, on my 26th birthday, I'm finding myself in cahoots with the 8-year-old version of Jen Glantz. She's sitting on top of a bean bag chair, wearing sparkle pants and stuffing her face with a slice of pizza.