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Childhood Nostalgia

What I've Learned About Friendship Monogamy

Laura Hankin | Posted 09.24.2015 | Women
Laura Hankin

The most monogamous relationship I've ever had was with my childhood best friend.

Why 1970s Summers Were Way Better

Lori Ferraro | Posted 05.29.2015 | Women
Lori Ferraro

Grab your rainbow flip-flops and join me for a run through the sprinkler in the front yard, won't you?

Let's Talk about Free-Range Parenting

Kathy Walsh | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Kathy Walsh

Our neighborhood was a place for us to learn. We thought we were having fun, but through play, we were taking a life skills class taught by life itself.

The Girl Who Taught Me to Spell the Word 'Love'

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.19.2015 | Women
Kathy Radigan

I went to her birthday party and brought her a Barbie. I thought it was odd that she wouldn't take the plastic off the doll's hair. Years later, it occurred to that she might have been trying to protect the doll's hair because she couldn't protect her own.

Kissing And Making It Better

Denise Geelhart | Posted 06.13.2015 | Parents
Denise Geelhart

I know, logically, that the kiss didn't heal my hurts. The kiss was an expression of love and comfort. Now that I'm a mom, I kiss boo boos and owies to help them go away.

Yagana Shah

17 Simple Sights, Smells and Sounds That Whisk You Back to Childhood | Yagana Shah | Posted 02.09.2015 | Fifty

The grind of adult life can make us long for childhood again -- a time when there were no bills to pay, no bosses to report to, no groceries to buy an...

The Biggest Legacy Ernie Banks Opened My Eyes To

Buck Wargo | Posted 04.06.2015 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

Before there was Walter Payton and Michael Jordan in Chicago as icons, there was Ernie Banks, and you couldn't get enough of him. His smile and enthusiasm and love of life and of people was something I had never experienced. Period.

F is for Father and Forgiveness: A Thanksgiving Story

Loren Kleinman | Posted 01.25.2015 | Women
Loren Kleinman

My father is the type of guy that demanded your attention. He could tell you to f*ck off and inspire you within those same seconds. He held the key to wisdom and business secrets.

Things I Miss About Being A Kid

Kathy Radigan | Posted 01.18.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Laughing so hard that milk shot out of my nose. Sometimes, I could achieve this state of hysteria with just my two sisters, but usually, it only happened when we were with our male cousins.

Saving a Neighborhood With Birdhouses

Dan Szczesny | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Dan Szczesny

That house brought together my father and mother's families. As a child, my parents brought me back there so often that even now, the thought of that old house triggers in me the smell of my grandfather's old workshop or the feel of the old rusty fence that ran behind the chicken coop.

The Unusual Family Vacation Memory That Still Makes Me Laugh

Kevin B. Morrow | Posted 01.15.2015 | Fifty
Kevin B. Morrow

In 1976 we took a family vacation by car and one of the stops was Washington D.C.. After a full day of sightseeing in both Washington and Virginia, we checked in to our hotel and my mother -- always being prepared -- got out the AAA Guide Book for the city to find a place for dinner.

The Heartbreaking Sound of a Voice from the Past

Sarah Smiley | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

Our culture is vigilant about documenting faces with photographs before they grow and change. But their voices? Those seem to disappear into time and history like a curling spiral of smoke rising up into the sky. Just like that -- poof -- and the voices are gone.

Yagana Shah

13 Vintage Childhood Foods That Still Make Us Scream 'Yuck' | Yagana Shah | Posted 09.24.2014 | Fifty

There are certain things that just taste like childhood. An orange creamsicle reminds you of sweaty summer days, where you chased down the ice cream t...

She Was Joy, Light, and Woohoo!

Donna Highfill | Posted 11.03.2014 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

magine riding through a neighborhood with the windows down, warm air blowing through your hair, and laughing hysterically as the driver yells, "Woohoo! Get out of our way!" while beeping the horn non-stop. Yea, that was my grandmom.

So Long, Sweet Summer

Courtney Byrne | Posted 11.02.2014 | Parents
Courtney Byrne

I suppose I thought making a memorable summer for my girls had to include traveling to new and exciting places, but we seem to have made a million little memories just enjoying the simple things summer has to offer right at home.

The History of Us: Why I Take So Many Photos Of My Kids

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

I see myself as my family's archivist. I'm preserving our history. And our history isn't made up of just special occasions. It's much more than that

Yagana Shah

11 Ways Technology Has Changed Since We Were Kids | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.10.2014 | Fifty

"When I was your age..." you say, beginning long-winded stories of your childhood of hard-knocks. You walked four miles to school in the bitter cold a...

Why Ashlee Simpson's 'Autobiography' Was The Best Angry Pop Album Ever

The Huffington Post | Lauren Zupkus | Posted 03.13.2014 | Entertainment

What were you doing in 2004? Listening to Ashlee Simpson's "Autobiography" on repeat and texting your crush on a Motorola Razr? Dude, same. Let's...

Suburban Blues: Memories of a Late Baby Boomer

Tim Koechlin | Posted 05.11.2014 | Fifty
Tim Koechlin

We slept with our bedroom windows open and our blankets at our feet. We heard the conversations of passing teenagers and lovers through the windows, and we heard the drone and swoosh of the occasional traffic. We could hear the ballgame on someone else's radio.


Melinda Wentzel | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

My charges are no more equipped for the first day of second grade than I was for the first hour of motherhood.

The Dark Secret My Mother Hid In Her Closet

Caren Osten Gerszberg | Posted 07.02.2013 | Women
Caren Osten Gerszberg

Cleaning out my mother's house has been both painful and eye-opening. Her photos, keepsakes and written words remind me of the amazing woman she once was, and highlight the glaring contrast between her then and now.

Sweet Memories

Tamsin Eva | Posted 01.28.2013 | Parents
Tamsin Eva

It's uncanny that Mum died the day before we were scheduled to depart. I ate volumes of candy during that long train ride. Nobody suggested I shouldn't. And I've always suspected that a lifelong pattern of episodic over-indulgence began that day.

A Different Day, a Different Time

Ron Brounes | Posted 12.18.2012 | Parents
Ron Brounes

When I was growing up (half a century ago), life was different. Telephones had rotary dials and did not double as game consoles. Kids sat next to the TV because we didn't have remote controls to change to the other three channels and rabbit ears needed constant adjustments.

Certain Deaths Hit Harder

Michele Willens | Posted 06.20.2012 | Fifty
Michele Willens

I am surprised at how sad I have felt since learning of Dick Clark's death.

Of Hearts and Friendship After Half a Century

Terrell Harris Dougan | Posted 04.14.2012 | Women
Terrell Harris Dougan

My desk was next to Terry Taylor's, the prettiest girl in our class. On Valentine's Day, I kept comparing my pitiful haul with Terry Taylor's and wondering where I had failed socially.