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Cooking My Way Through A 50th Birthday By Making Coeur A La Creme

Laura Zinn Fromm | Posted 12.24.2014 | 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.

The Story of Ben

Honey Good | Posted 12.23.2014 | Fifty
Honey Good

I have deeply loved four men in my life... different feelings of love. My father, two husbands and a "man called Ben." As I look back on his life I believe his greatest joys were his books, his dog and me.

How Your Friends Help Keep You Healthy

Julie Barnes | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Julie Barnes

We think of friendship as a way of pampering ourselves. The truth is, we don't realize our desperate need for consistent, authentic connection.

Hope More

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

Photograph taken by Kristin A. Meekhof A few years ago, I had the idea of wriiting a book for widows, and I decided that it would even be a better ...

Thoughts About Community ABC

Melanie Hope Greenberg | Posted 12.22.2014 | New York
Melanie Hope Greenberg

Humans place other humans (and the arts, books, movies, etc) in pyramids of power hierarchies. I'd rather see community as a circle, a membraned collective, a unity where everyone belongs.

How to Release Your Holiday Expectations and Enjoy 'What Is,' No Matter What's Going on in Your Life (Or the World)!

Erin Cox | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Erin Cox

Sometimes we have completely unrealistic expectations of ourselves and the way we idealize that everything should be. If we can just roll with it all, focus our energy on what brings us the most joy, and keep our expectations realistic... accepting what "is," then, we will have the happiest holidays ever.

How to Pull in Friendships and Fresh Adventures

Kare Anderson | Posted 12.22.2014 | Good News
Kare Anderson

We have an understandable tendency in such times to seek out the familiar and comfortable as a buffer against the disruptive changes surrounding us.

10 Characteristics Of Lasting Friendships

Adrienne Partridge | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Adrienne Partridge

If I am defined by the friends I keep, then I am humbled because that means I can define myself with kindness, hilarity, adventurousness, curiosity, compassion, a driven nature, openness, and intelligence. If you can be defined by the friends you keep, then how are you defined?

Holiday Traditions: Friendships

Ronda Lee | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Ronda Lee

This holiday I celebrate my faith and I give thanks for the gift of friendship. I was never blessed with a silver spoon. Instead, I received friends who never cease to amaze me with their love and unfailing support. 

13 Wishes for My Sweet 13-Year-Old

Janelle Capra | Posted 12.19.2014 | Parents
Janelle Capra

I have great memories of my thirteenth birthday. I received some great gifts and even made a special wish that night (which did come true!). So, in honor of my sweet 13-year-old, here are my wishes for her.

When A Friendship Dies...

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 12.19.2014 | Women
Dawn Q Landau

t's easy to hold people at a distance when you feel like your life is just the way it should be, and miss out on new, rich relationships that you might never have considered otherwise.

Looking for Friends In All the Wrong Places

Josh Sabarra | Posted 12.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

Dating websites are for dating, not for finding people who want someone to grab dinner with every now and again or who need a ride to the airport at holiday time. I have those people in my circle, and I'm already not getting flowers and sex from them.

Two Men With Dementia Become Life-Long Friends

Marie Marley | Posted 12.18.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I remember reading somewhere that people with Alzheimer's enjoy being with others like them. The following story clearly illustrates that.

The Year of Speaking Kindly

Kindness Blog | Posted 12.16.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Would you like to increase harmony in your life, cut the potential for conflict and hurting other people? If yes, then this challenge might be for you...

The Incredible Impact Walking Has On My Mind

Iris Krasnow | Posted 12.16.2014 | Fifty
Iris Krasnow

Scientists tell us even three 20-minute walks a week help us live happier, healthier and longer. As a committed walker since I did the 30-mile Hike For Hunger in high school I love what this exercise does for the body. Yet what I crave most of all is what it does for my head.

Your Own Shoes

Stacey James | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Stacey James

The older I get the more I realize everyone truly does have their own story. Who they are, where they've been, where they're going, who they are becom...

How a Dating Buddy Can Transform Your Search for Love

Ken Page | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Ken Page

Clients who ask for -- and listen to -- the advice of wise, loving friends have more successful lives. Dating may be a lonely journey, but you don't have to take it alone. Having a dating buddy will definitely make it more fun.

The Most Delicious Old-Fashioned Coffee Cake Recipe

Laura Zinn Fromm | Posted 12.14.2014 | Fifty
Laura Zinn Fromm

The cake looked easy. There was no melting of butter or chocolate, no separating egg yolks from whites. There was no butter involved at all, just a cup of 'salad oil.' And look at those nice teaspoons of cinnamon and nutmeg and all that brown sugar!

An Artist With a Big, Blue Heart Fights ALS

Mark Malinowski | Posted 12.12.2014 | Impact
Mark Malinowski

Finding success at an early age, Tobie Giddio began illustrating advertisements for Bergdorf Goodman soon after graduating from college. The ads were somewhat iconic and ran through the end of the '80s.

Old Dogs & New Tricks: The Oral History of a 'Gay' Web Series (Part 4)

Brad Liberti | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Brad Liberti

"The times when I've had to give up control or not get my way have actually been good for the show," Leon reveals to me during our third conversation.

Come Back to Me D. W. Moody Hardware

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
Bil Hitchcock

I have a confession to make. There are some things I am not good at...friends will be amazed to hear me say it, but it's true.

What To Do When Your Bestie Becomes A Bitch

Treva Brandon | Posted 12.10.2014 | Fifty
Treva Brandon

I'm sad to report that even the greatest friendships end. Even the ones you thought were rock solid and iron clad; with history and memories, unconditional love and support. A B.F.F. breakup can be worse than a boy breakup: it creates the same kind of pain, rejection and abandonment, but it leaves a bigger hole in your heart.

Who's in My Support Network?

Tanya Rasa | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Tanya Rasa

The members of my support network provide me with empathy, encouragement, love and laughter. They are caring, kind, and understanding. They celebrate with me on joyous occasions and allow me to lean on them in tough times.

You Don't Need Empathy to Support a Depressed Person

Karen Zainal | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Zainal

One thing I've come to realize over a few cycles of depression is this: depressed people don't need you to empathize; they just need you. A depressed person would rather have you say all the worst possible things, rather than not have you at all.

What to Give Grieving Loved Ones This Christmas

Rachael Oakes-Ash | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Oakes-Ash

Here's a tip: I don't have leprosy, and death is not contagious, though it will eventually come for you too. Not mentioning the death of my mother, the person who gave me life, who birthed me, bathed me and was forever present in my world, only makes it easier for you, or so you think.