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Childhood Memories

What I Appreciate Most About My Oldest Friends

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 10.04.2015 | Fifty
Arlene Nisson Lassin

Other than my wonderful family, my friends are my life's riches, and if I think about it, between my oldest friends, my adulthood friends, and my newer friends, I am rich beyond all measure.

13 Halloween Traditions We Refuse To Give Up

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 09.29.2015 | Fifty

Fall is upon us and that means your grocery store aisles are fully stocked with Halloween candy, costumes and decorations.  via GIPHY &n...

The Simple Pleasures

Mary Widdicks | Posted 09.16.2015 | Parents
Mary Widdicks

I can't remember when it happened to me, but somewhere along the twisted line that is my life, I lost the ability to find enjoyment in the things I see everyday. I forgot how to see beauty in the plainer things and excitement in the mundane. I am truly a child of my generation: I need to be entertained.

An Open Letter to Children: Smile for the Damn Camera!

David Lesser | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
David Lesser

Come on! You were having fun a second ago. Geez, you're so literal...a few minutes ago. Remember way back then? Ah, the laughter. You don't have to be having a great time right now, you just have to look like you're having a great time.

Our Kids Get Too Many Trophies

Jimmy Dunne | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Jimmy Dunne

I was at a recent town park board meeting -- where a few folks brought up that maybe it's time to pull back on the gazillion trophies given out for every park league sporting event. We kicked around how kids are being weaned to expect to bring home some "hardware" just for showing up.

Wild Berries: A Lesson in Ripening

Mel Sellick | Posted 08.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mel Sellick

When did we last consider wild berries? On a visit to a new trail I've never been before, I begin seeing them stretch and grow, exploding with pote...

The Enduring Legacy of Motherhood

Helen Davey | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

In this world of thousands of how-to books, chattering experts on television, and workshops on how to raise a secure child, sometimes the most profoun...

Fairy Tales Can Come True: It Can Happen to You

Robbi Rucker | Posted 08.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Robbi Rucker

What does fearlessness look like to you? Who do you want to be? How do you want to live your life? How do you want to be remembered? If you don't yet know that's fine, that's normal. Choreographing a new relationship to yourself takes time and evolves.

Learning Chinese

Tricia McCallum | Posted 07.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tricia McCallum

Growing up in a small northern town shaped me in ways untold. As a little girl my family lived in an apartment above a hardware store on our small...

Reflections on My Reunion

Lindajoy Rose, Ph.D. | Posted 07.22.2015 | Fifty
Lindajoy Rose, Ph.D.

Last weekend I traveled to Chicago for a high school reunion that we decided to hold outside of the usual decade milestones. This was #43. I couldn't make the 40th as I had a wedding that same weekend, but it was fairly well-attended and everyone seemed amenable to getting together more often.

A Salute to Egg Rolls and Forever Friendships

Lisa Goodman-Helfand | Posted 07.07.2015 | Chicago
Lisa Goodman-Helfand

"There are other places in Chicago to get good egg rolls. You're being ridiculous!" This was my husband's comment to me as I rushed out the door to pick up my final carry-out order from my all-time favorite Chinese Restaurant, Kow Kow.

Why Childhood Memories Disappear

The Atlantic | Alasdair Wilkins | Posted 07.07.2015 | World

My first memory is of the day my brother was born: November 14, 1991. I can remember my father driving my grandparents and me over to the hospital in ...

Why I Love My Father

Dani Alpert | Posted 07.01.2015 | Parents
Dani Alpert

When I was a little Dani, about four or five years old, my father invented a character called, the Tickle Monster, long before Josie Bissett's, Tickle Monster Laughter Kit, which included cuddly tickling mitts. I'm not sure why you would need a kit to tickle someone, but whatever. My dad was the original.

With Kids, Little Things Are Magic

Kasey Ferris | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Kasey Ferris

A few minutes of digging went by when I heard a happy shriek, and he came trotting over to me with his hands folded together, cupping -- what I could only imagine by the look on his face -- something awesome.

My Father's Oasis of Tranquility

Jorge Newbery | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Jorge Newbery

When I was little and growing up in Los Angeles, my parents would take me and my four siblings to the beach. These were significant outings: pails,...

The Lost Art of Skipping Rocks

Jennifer Bly | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Bly

As we stood there, it occurred to me how much we've lost to the hectic pace of a technologically advanced society.

The Littlest Summertime Pleasures That Take Us Back To Childhood

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.28.2015 | Fifty

Sunshine, beaches, family vacations and a perfect tan are only a few of the things we love about our favorite season: Summer. Though we're all grown u...

My Mother And The Touchstone She Gave Me

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.28.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

When we moved, the rock went with us. I would see it in the new garden and take comfort that at least something was the same.

The Struggle to Preserve Photos of Loved Ones

Sukey Forbes | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Sukey Forbes

Charlotte's entire life is represented in the negatives that I sorted today. From the day she was born in 1997 until three days before she died in 2004.

Passing on the Gift of Shared Misery

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Years from now, what will they talk about at holiday dinners? What material are we giving them if any one of them wants to become a comic, write their own blog or mommy-dearest tell-all bestseller?

How Will My Kids Remember Me?

Abby King | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Abby King

There are days I can't stop hugging, kissing and squeezing my kids. I absolutely adore them. But love isn't only in kisses, hugs, cuddles and "I love you's."

The Razor Scooter Incident

Sam Lanevi | Posted 04.26.2015 | College
Sam Lanevi

Maybe my father has been there at every accident, but he has also been there to pick me up and dust me off after every one.

2 Siblings Recall Strikingly Different Childhoods

Posted 03.17.2015 | Dr. Phil

"When I was 9, my mother made us eat tuna sandwiches, which were actually made out of cat food," recalls Jori, who recently wrote a book based at leas...

Woman Claims To Recall Being Forced To Drown Kittens And Endure Sexual Abuse In Childhood

Posted 02.20.2015 | Dr. Phil

Jori published a book that she says is partly based on her own childhood, including allegations of emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of her dece...

Memories Matter -- Resist the Urge to Purge After Divorce

Theresa Sirles | Posted 04.15.2015 | Divorce
Theresa Sirles

Perhaps there is a part of me that feels like if the objects disappear, so will the positive memories. Just because you can't model a live broadcast of a healthy, happy marriage for your child, that doesn't mean you can't find creative ways to show them that at some point one existed.