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When we said "in sickness and in health," what we meant was I'll bring you tea if you get a cold

Kate Gale | Posted 05.16.2016 | Women
Kate Gale

As a young girl, I read everything I could about Florence Nightingale who made nursing seem like a noble profession. I was certain that being a nurs...

Have We Lost Our Sense Of Community: "Sunday Soul" Finds A Way Back

Lia Miller | Posted 05.05.2016 | Black Voices
Lia Miller

Thinking beyond yourself, doing your part, getting involved and giving to others knowing that when you are in need, it will come back to you ... that is the essence of love.

How Was My Spring Break? Shut Up.

Laura A Boggs | Posted 04.14.2016 | Parents
Laura A Boggs

Dear Spring Break: You almost broke me. You, SB, are a foretaste of the looming three-month summer holiday, the big S to your lowercase s. When scho...

What Your Aging Parents Aren't Telling You - I'm Sick

Patrick O'Brien | Posted 01.11.2016 | Fifty
Patrick O'Brien

When raising children, we often try to shield them from problems and stress. We don't let them know that the mortgage is two months behind. We don't share our marital problems with them. And we do what we can to make sure they are happy, feel loved, and have the best chance to succeed in life.

The 4 Words Stay-at-Home Parents Dread the Most -- and What That Says About America

Anne-Marie Slaughter | Posted 12.10.2015 | World
Anne-Marie Slaughter

Choosing to invest in others when everyone and everything is telling you to continue investing in yourself and your career shows strength of character and a willingness to live your principles. Why can't we learn to evaluate the success of a life, or even of a career, as a blend of money and meaning, of both climbing a ladder of accomplishment and building a web of relationships? We can, of course.

What Your Aging Parents Aren't Telling You - Overspending

Patrick O'Brien | Posted 12.02.2015 | Fifty
Patrick O'Brien

For many of us, the dream of retirement includes plenty of free time and enough money to splurge on all the things we passed up during our younger yea...

How to Survive Your Husband's Hospital Stay

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 10.06.2016 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

When my husband goes back to the hospital for another ten hour back surgery, as my son Sam wryly notes, "It's not our first rodeo." We know what to ex...

Moving Dad Part 2

Alisa Schindler | Posted 07.14.2016 | Fifty
Alisa Schindler

"This is a new life. I want it," I say to my father who is racked with nerves. "Say it," I insist. "This is a new life. I want it," he repeats.

Losing And Finding My Mother After Her Stroke

Leslie Kendall Dye | Posted 05.19.2015 | Women
Leslie Kendall Dye

In the last five years, our relationship has been many things: fierce, devoted, fractious and corroded by sorrow and loss. It's nice to be in a healthy relationship, suddenly, with my mother. We agree. Together, we look forward to spring.

Spiritual Lessons From the Plant World

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 05.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Rea Nolan Martin

This plant's stubborn determination to stop at nothing to express itself has had a surprising effect on me. In a way, it's helped me to expand my own horizons. Gradually backing down from my former bias, I was able to appreciate so much about my cellmate, like its wildly verdant vitality against the backdrop of winter desolation. Its survival instinct alone staggered me.

5 Things Every Woman Needs to Leave Behind

Tamara Star | Posted 03.10.2015 | Women
Tamara Star

We all know resolutions don't work. Wanting to change however, now that's something that's actually very healthy. We women are masters of change. We're also masters of beating ourselves up daily. Self-improvement is one thing, but self abuse is quite another.

From Robin Williams to My Father, Understanding Lewy Body Dementia

Kuntal Joisher | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Kuntal Joisher

However, LBD is not a rare disease. The second most common form of dementia, it affects an estimated 1.4 million individuals and their families in the United States, and millions more across the world.

Until Death Do Us Part? Not Really

Vicki Larson | Posted 01.16.2015 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

Here's how we imagine marriage will be: We stand before the people who matter to us and we vow to love, honor and cherish our beloved "until death do us part." Except, many of us have replaced "until death do us part" with "for as long as our love shall last."

Are You Addicted to Caretaking?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 08.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

I had been caretaking for so long that it was habitual and addictive. However, once I realized that it was controlling rather than loving, I became determined to heal this addiction. I'm happy to say that loving myself and sharing my love with others is what I do most of the time now, and it brings me great joy!

Real Leaders Have Empathy, Compassion and Acceptance and They're Not Afraid to Show It

Ann Fry | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business
Ann Fry

In my past few articles, I've been writing about amazing CEOs who have a commitment to healthy workplaces and who are working with the American Cancer Society as CEO's Against Cancer. I'm continuing that today, with my next installment.

A Bittersweet Father's Day Gift

Luise Meyer | Posted 07.27.2014 | Fifty
Luise Meyer

My heart chronically arches for my dad, for all the things I can't do to make it better for him, for when he can't remember my son or does not understand why I can't just stop by (we live in different countries).

The Art of Downsizing

Kate Cox | Posted 05.31.2014 | Fifty
Kate Cox

Our parents' bookshelves were portals into their lives as teacher and journalist, into their married life and later, their lives as separated people.

After Losing Son To Cancer, Mom Finds Joy She Never Thought Possible

Julie Guillot | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Julie Guillot

We found our way into the mountains and, despite being outnumbered by two small children, I got them fully outfitted and into their lessons. Then I made a radical decision.

A Pain Unlike Any I've Ever Experienced

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 04.01.2014 | Fifty
Elizabeth Flora Ross

They gave us a list. To make preparing easier, it read. It included all the basics. Practical things: furniture, linens, toiletries, and clothing. Under each category there were specific items listed. We were pressed for time. Rushed.

Does Suffering Bring Us Closer to God?

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

I'm going to be brutally honest here. I know it's a popular theory that the means to God is through suffering, but I'm not a proponent. In fact, I'm not a believer in suffering as a means to anything, really, except pain.

What I Discovered About My Husband When I Lost My Breasts

Eva Moon | Posted 10.24.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

After my surgeries it was almost unbearable for him to see my scars. Not because of how they make me look -- that doesn't matter. But because to him they were visible proof that he'd failed, as a man, to protect his woman from harm.

Are You a Caretaker?

Peggy Nolan | Posted 08.06.2013 | Divorce
Peggy Nolan

I began to teach my children to take responsibility for their own lives, their own choices, and their own decisions. In teaching them I learned that what I had been doing nearly my entire adult life was "caretaking," which masquerades as being responsible.

New York City to Jacksonville and The Wizard of Oz : What Women Can Learn By Running Away From Home

April Rudin | Posted 06.20.2013 | Style
April Rudin

In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy Gail taught us that "there is no place like home." However, it was only by first running away that she could truly va...

I Hope You Dance!

Myra Demeter | Posted 05.27.2013 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

For many who suffer a traumatic event the date of that event becomes the defining moment of their lives. That event and its aftermath have taken over and everything else is relegated to the rear -- life's priorities quickly rearranged themselves.

Which One Of My Sons Will Play The Role Of My Daughter?

Emily Cappo | Posted 05.11.2013 | Parents
Emily Cappo

I watched the woman at the airport security checkpoint as she silently counted my three sons with her eyes. I knew the question was coming.