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My Guardian Angel Is A Dancing Tree

Phyllis Sues | Posted 06.10.2015 | Fifty
Phyllis Sues

My tree's branches have acclimated themselves by growing gently against the ceiling. Then, because they can't go any higher, they fan out over my bed, forming a beautiful canopy.

10 Excellent Pieces Of Unsolicited Advice You Shouldn't Ignore

Jill Robbins | Posted 06.01.2015 | Fifty
Jill Robbins

I'm a big fan of giving unsolicited advice. Others may not be big fans of it, but that's okay. I have strong opinions and I'm often compelled to share them, even when people wish I wouldn't. Here are a few nuggets of wisdom.

What About The Girls? Josh Duggar's Dirty Laundry

Jill Robbins | Posted 05.28.2015 | Fifty
Jill Robbins

I can only imagine the terrible pain I would face it one of my boys told me they'd done something to hurt an innocent young girl. It would be indescribably hard to do the right thing and speak up. But as a mom to a daughter, it would be impossible not to.

The Only 9 Things On My Midlife Bucket List

Jill Robbins | Posted 06.17.2015 | Fifty
Jill Robbins

I'm not getting all morbid on you, people, but it occurred to me that there are things in life that I want to do that I haven't done. Some people call it a bucket list. Here's mine.

Just A Day?

Susan Cohen | Posted 05.09.2015 | Women
Susan Cohen

Just a day? While we've been granted a few seats at the table, they seem to be the fold-away, temporary type.

John O'Hurley (aka J. Peterman) On Life, Love And His Favorite 'Seinfeld' Episode

Pat Gallagher | Posted 05.02.2015 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

John O'Hurley is the unofficial seventh most interesting man in the world. We know this because the 'Seinfeld' actor cleverly surmises that little-known fact on his Twitter bio.

The Real Definition Of A True BFF

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 03.11.2015 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

From Barbies to boyfriends -- through the shifting tides of girlhood and womanhood -- my girlfriends and I shared a journey that was both profound and simple. We grew up together. And then we grew apart.

Picking Experts and the Quest for Great Weight Loss Surgery

Don McNay | Posted 01.28.2015 | Business
Don McNay

The best way to have a successful weight loss surgery is to treat it like a business project. I have definite goals, measurements, objectives, benchmarks, time frames and a vision on where I want to be within a year.

Erika Stone: A Social Vision

Holly Cara Price | Posted 01.18.2015 | Fifty
Holly Cara Price

A stringer for Time Magazine and Der Spiegel, she was assigned to photograph the biggest celebrities of the day -- Marilyn Monroe, Leonard Bernstein, Alfred Hitchcock, Marlene Dietrich and others. But she preferred to photograph everyday New Yorkers.

Urgent Community Health Problem: Who You Gonna Call?

Steven Crandell | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Steven Crandell

The deadline for ending giving, while seen by some as a great advantage, can become cumbersome if it is artificial. Addressing large social problems is rarely straightforward.

What A Caregiver Needs To Do In Order To Help Others

Ray Flynn | Posted 12.25.2014 | Fifty
Ray Flynn

When I returned to Boston from Rome, where I served as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican for almost five years, I was getting older and now had larger family obligations -- 17 grandchildren. But I still found the time and energy to do all the things I had and wanted to do.

Early Animation: The Farmer in the City

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 09.24.2014 | New York
Andrew J. Lederer

In truth, there are scores of mice in Farmer Al's cartoons (as in other Terrytoons), but they are not mighty. The mightiness is reserved for the more or less human character at their center, not mighty as a character -- he is an oft-besieged man -- but mighty as a star.

Larry Storch: Still a Stand-Up Guy

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 08.25.2014 | New York
Andrew J. Lederer

Something wonderful is happening tomorrow (or Thursday the 26th, if tomorrow isn't Thursday where you are). Larry Storch is performing comedy in New York.

The Amazing Things That Happened When I Started Yoga At 85

Phyllis Sues | Posted 08.15.2014 | Fifty
Phyllis Sues

Yoga is a way of giving back. The gift of life. Your body is a temple and if you give in, you will find universality. Yoga clears the mind and energizes the body and one is at peace with oneself and the universe. Yoga gives me a reason to wake up every day. Each day is a creative and positive day, when I'm practicing yoga.

Why I Didn't Feel Like A 'Real' Mother Until My Kids Hit Middle School

Donna Highfill | Posted 07.08.2014 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

Disclaimer: I think my children are the greatest two contributions I will ever make to this crazy world. But motherhood has not always been apple pie for me, because as a mother I felt responsible for making the pie, and I'm one of those women who would rather face a criminal on the streets than a stove ripe for action.

Celebrating My 91st Birthday Doing A Headstand With Katie Couric

Phyllis Sues | Posted 06.04.2014 | Fifty
Phyllis Sues

Celebrating a 91st birthday is not what I'm after. Celebrating being here is where it's at. Celebrating the air we breathe, the ground we walk on. I celebrate each day that I wake up and can see the puffy white clouds in a beautiful blue sky. I celebrate living in this amazing city of Los Angeles.

Why Parents Are So Terrified Of Having An Average Child

Donna Highfill | Posted 05.03.2014 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

I think mediocrity is underestimated. I spend a lot of time with mediocrity, and I find its company charming and comforting. In fact, at the age of 53, I might just be the Hester Prynne of average moments, roaming around with a big 'M' on my chest.

The 2 Things It Takes To Live A Rich Life Beyond 90

Phyllis Sues | Posted 04.28.2014 | Fifty
Phyllis Sues

Do you realize how incredible you are to have gotten this far? You are only as old as you think you are. Now start a new page and enjoy the thought of what is possible. Thinking you can and you will! Go for the reality and clean up your act. You have everything you need and probably more than you need.

Why This Superman Is Experiencing A Resolution Revolution

Dean Cain | Posted 03.17.2014 | Fifty
Dean Cain

I love fresh starts and for me, that's what the New Year is all about. I don't think I'm imagining that people are more hopeful then they have been in...

Caught Between 'Longing' And 'Settling" In Your Midlife Marriage?

Douglas LaBier | Posted 03.08.2014 | Fifty
Douglas LaBier

Linda was worried. She and her husband had been experiencing more conflict, lately, especially since their two children had finished college and were off on their own. She said it felt like they were on different wavelengths about nearly everything - sex, money, lifestyle.

The Real Differences Between New York City And Los Angeles

Phyllis Sues | Posted 02.12.2014 | Fifty
Phyllis Sues

Being born is one thing. Being born in NYC in 1923 is the best thing! That year has colored my entire life. To be a part of the Broadway scene in 1944 and to dance in the Shubert Theater and walk through stage door 6, nights and matinees. That was living!

My Worst Thanksgiving Weekend: 4 Days in Solitary Confinement

Lea Lane | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Lea Lane

On Thanksgiving in 2006 I wound up quarantined in a hospital room the size of a walk-in-closet. The trouble started early on turkey day when I was cl...

This Veggie Loves to Travel

Martha Lufkin | Posted 11.23.2013 | Fifty
Martha Lufkin

Recently, I took the train from Boston to Washington, D.C. to work on a writing project and visit my mother. As my mother is 91, and I am hardly a college student, we both occasionally worry about losing our memories, but my mother shows no hint of this fate.

The Key To Avoiding A Midlife Meltdown

Michael Hogg | Posted 10.18.2013 | Fifty
Michael Hogg

Some theorists suggest that this blurred boundary of work and life is a result of technology alone, but I have always felt it's caused by a number of inter-connected factors. Newspapers, social media and even our schooling help promote the need to be as good as or better than the next person. Whatever the cause, work has entered our whole lives.

I'm Still Your Grandma

Claire N. Barnes, MA | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Claire N. Barnes, MA

I am putting time and energy during my retirement into soliciting input from grandparents all over the world offering a platform for them to express how they are managing the intergenerational difficulties imposed upon their grandchildren by parental separation.