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Things My Dad Never Did

Charlie Carillo | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
Charlie Carillo

All my life I've been impressed by my father's accomplishments, but now something funny has happened -- I realize I'm just as impressed by the things he's never done.

20 Things I've Learned at 20

Ashley McDonald | Posted 06.14.2015 | College
Ashley McDonald

In the months since turning 20, however, I think I've learned quite a bit about life. Or rather, I've reflected on my experiences more thoughtfully and have formed conclusions.

What We Ain't Got

Lynn O'Rourke Hayes | Posted 02.18.2015 | Travel
Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

More fresh air, art, music and poetry. More time listening to snow fall (I know), children giggling, waves lapping on the beach and wind in the trees. More time sharing stories with those we love.

A Reason for Every Traveler to Be Thankful

Jill Kozak | Posted 01.29.2015 | Travel
Jill Kozak

For those travelers feeling the pangs of loneliness during a holiday away from family - whether you're across the state or across the world -- remember something to truly be thankful for: How lucky you are to travel.

Why Those We Miss Most Will Be With Us On The Holidays

Wendy Francis | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Wendy Francis

When I was first married, my mother sent along a recipe box filled with her favorite recipes, all handwritten in her familiar slanting cursive. It is the one thing of hers that I cherish most. I have a piece of her, her handwriting, an occasional Post-it note stuck to a recipe with additional helpful tips. It's as if she's still standing right there in my kitchen, a glass of wine in hand, and we're laughing about something silly we once did.

7 Ways Your Friends And Family Keep You Calm

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living

Where would we be without our family and friends? There's a reason why there are so many anthems dedicated to our loved ones (we dare you not to st...

A Grief Break: Dealing With Loss During the Holidays

Linda Lauren | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Lauren

After a time, the holidays do get easier and sadness lessens. I believe we each need to make our own presence known in present time and blend it with the past in order to have a break from grieving.

What Would You Do If You Only Had Hours To Live?

Dianne Harman | Posted 09.11.2014 | Fifty
Dianne Harman

My husband and I were in Seattle recently visiting our son and daughter-in-law. My son was debating whether or not to take a position he had been offered at a large increase in salary. We were discussing it and he made the statement, 'But I don't know how many lunches I have left.'

How to Know a Loved One Is Using Drugs and Ways to Help Them

Kiernan Hopkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kiernan Hopkins

I love my family, just as I'm sure you love yours. Then there are the multitude of close friends and other loved ones who are family by choice. We pro...

Stumped By What to Get Your Older Children for the Holidays? Here's a Solution That Will WOW Them!

Laura Wellington | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Laura Wellington

There are moments in all parents' lives when they just can't figure out what to get their children and leaning on a big name retailer to pull a rabbit from a hat for them only adds to the frustration despite the helpful lists these retailers strive to provide.

Medicine: Finding Meaning Outside the Classroom

Ambar Mehta | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Ambar Mehta

Lost in all the memorization and constant studying, our real purpose for joining the medical field was obscured. Medicine does not mean endless poring over a textbook. Rather, our career choice is driven by the desire to connect with patients.

Memories of a Lifetime

Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 12.08.2013 | College
Don Meyer, Ph.D.

Here at Valley Forge Christian College we have been creating memorable moments for 75 years. And as we celebrate our 75th year during 2013-2014, we will be accumulating the stories and reconnecting with the people who made them.

Why You Should Visit Loved Ones With Alzheimer's -- Even if They Don't Recognize You

Marie Marley | Posted 11.25.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I was speaking at an Alzheimer's family support group recently. A man there told me that he visited his wife with advanced-stage dementia nearly every day, even though she didn't recognize him as her husband. He learned early on, however, that she knew when he'd missed a day.

You Can Take It With You But Might Not Want To

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 10.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Surprisingly, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying is not a depressing book. It illuminates ways in which even during the final stage of life, there can be redemption and acceptance through the expression and openhearted exchange of honesty and gratitude.

The Fall... and the Rise After

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Tarun Sakhrani

The surgery and downtime also made me think about and appreciate everything that I have. I have to be thankful for a lot in life, and sadly sometimes it is the most adverse situations that make you realize that -- but better late than never, I guess.

Happy Birthday, Daddy -- Wherever You Are

Melissa Chapman | Posted 03.26.2013 | Women
Melissa Chapman

I want to write something really profound today. I want to convey just how unique, impactful and truly lovable my father was on this day that he would have turned 70.

Your Chickens

Waldo Mellon | Posted 11.24.2012 | Comedy
Waldo Mellon

I have exciting news for you which hopefully will keep you connected with this friend of yours forever. If you drink coffee, or if you might be a casual smoker of pot, please have some now so you can focus on my somewhat long-winded answer to your wonderful question.

'Don't Plead With Me Not To Die'

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 08.03.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

If God did not mean for us to live forever and did not indicate that longevity beats out quality, doesn't it make sense that when someone is dying the expectation would be to encourage them to let go?