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Misty Memories

Marcia Liss | Posted 03.27.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Leaving Well Enough Alone

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 03.26.2015 | Fifty
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

My father had warned me about high school boys on the day he returned me home to New Mexico after a year with him in Texas. He'd sat on my bed and wept, telling me how boys are. He knew because he'd been one of the bad boys.

When Your Parents Were Lovers

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 03.23.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

The grainy, black-and-white photographs from 1946 fluttered to the floor, free from decades of bondage among hundreds of photos in my mother's leather albums. I picked up the images and stared at my parents and strained to imagine the young couple in love.

Mom Guilty of Being a Baby Memory Book Slacker!

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Stephanie D. Lewis

Yesterday, my last (sixth!) child dragged out my firstborn's "stuffed so full it's tied shut with a ribbon" keepsake book to compare with her own minuscule 1/8 inch thin "baby pamphlet" as evidence of my crime. She's lucky to have gotten any handwritten documentation out of me at all.

An Unbelievably Simple Way to Clear Your Clutter

Amanda Walkins | Posted 03.13.2015 | Fifty
Amanda Walkins

By keeping things around us, we weigh ourselves down. We stack things on shelves and we pile things in closets and we store things in bins in the attic and in the basement. We cling to them, surrounding ourselves with tangible reminders of moments past.

'Utopia and Memory': The Third Eventi Letterari Monte Verità, and a Talk with Joachim Sartorius

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.15.2015 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Orhan Pamuk by Anita Schiffer-Fuchs, image copyright of the photographer In its third edition, the rather new yet ambitious literature festival Even...

My Mental Collection

Denise Ullem | Posted 03.11.2015 | Women
Denise Ullem

I'll tell you something. I collect a lot things: T-shirts, in towering soft stacks in my closet. Nature's hearts -- rocks, leaves, tiny sea shells-...

Scientists Can Now Read Your Memories

The Daily Beast | Charlotte Lytton | Posted 03.06.2015 | World

Researchers have mapped rats’ memories, and humans could be next. Scientists may have cracked the code of memories by successfully tracing how th...

The Parents Project: Why Photographs Matter

Bre Thurston | Posted 02.24.2015 | Parents
Bre Thurston

Why are photographs of people so important to us? As a social experiment, I put a call out on my Facebook page asking people to send me their favorite...

How The Brain Travels Back In Time

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.21.2015 | Science

In one important way, we are capable of traveling back in time. Through memory, we can return to childhood, go back to the moment we first fell in lov...

Young and Entrepreneurial: Googler and Every Vowel Writer Jon Youshaei

David Ongchoco | Posted 02.19.2015 | College
David Ongchoco

The first person I'll be featuring in this series is Penn Alumnus Jon Youshaei who is a Google Associate Product Marketing Manager, writer and intrapreneur. Jon Youshaei is a first-generation American whose claim to fame has been having every vowel in his last name.

The Unbreakable Bond: Siblings' Lasting Impressions, Explained By Science

Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact

Remember that time when you drew on your sister's homework (textbooks included) and afterwards she still read your favorite bedtime story? Or that oth...

My Journey Back to Health

Gayle Kirschenbaum | Posted 02.11.2015 | Fifty
Gayle Kirschenbaum

I am now ready to embrace the world and shepherd this film out and turn my attention away from me to others and give all that I have learned. Life is an exciting journey I am so grateful to be on.

My Sister, My Valentine

Dana Talusani | Posted 02.10.2015 | Parents
Dana Talusani

One thing about motherhood that continues to amaze me is the way my children are conduits to my own past. They'll be doing something mundane -- brushing teeth or making flowers out of Play-Doh -- and BAM! They'll toss out a remark, or tilt their head a certain way, and just like that, I'm transported to the days of Toughskins and Mary Janes.

Yagana Shah

17 Simple Sights, Smells and Sounds That Whisk You Back to Childhood

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

New Feelings Two Years After My Father's Death

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

Two years ago today, my dad passed away. He was 86 years old and his body finally succumbed to the wear and tear he inflicted on it with alcohol and c...

Who Am I? Homesick in My Last Semester of College

Aubrie Przybysz | Posted 02.04.2015 | College
Aubrie Przybysz

As my parents shared themselves with me through physical items and printed photos, I realized the way I will share myself with my future children and family is digitally. My virtual timeline will be accessible by a few clicks of a button. Social media is a snapshot of moments of our lives, all in one place.

Not Without My Father: One Woman's Walk of the 444-Mile Natchez Trace

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 03.24.2015 | Books
Sarah Cottrell

It can be difficult to find a writer with a fresh voice that draws the reader in and inspires a genuine feeling of pleasure from the act of reading. In Andra Watkins' second book, Not Without My Father: One Woman's Walk of the 444-Mile Natchez Trace the reader will not be disappointed.

What I Discovered Reading My Childhood Diaries As An Adult

Gayle Kirschenbaum | Posted 03.20.2015 | Fifty
Gayle Kirschenbaum

I knew in order to be true in my sharing of the past, I needed to find my childhood diaries. That is where I escaped to, writing and drawing in books which I worked so hard to hide -- however, not always successfully.

Want To Have A Successful Year? Reflect On The Past

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 03.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

Ironically, as we look ahead to the new year, drawing from our past can help us achieve our goals and live a happier, more fulfilling life.

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.

What I Found Inside My Grandmother's Shoebox

Jessica Katz | Posted 03.09.2015 | Women
Jessica Katz

There are hundreds of pictures of her. She's always dressed in crop-tops with high-rise flowy skirts. I look at the men who surrounded her and the way they gazed at her and I can just tell they loved her. It's strange to think that these men knew her better than I do.

Reclaiming Control Meant Letting Go

Amanda Magee | Posted 03.07.2015 | Parents
Amanda Magee

I cried for the strawberry knit hat that I remember, but can't find. I sobbed for the way Finley's chin and neck would be wet with drool as she'd lean into kiss me, bonking her face on my shoulder.

Old Friends, New Year

Susan R. Meyer | Posted 03.01.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Meyer

In many ways, I'm closer to my friends than to my own siblings. I love my brother and sister. Still, the memories I share with these sisters-by-choice, are stronger because they are so similar.

Too Busy to Write Your Annual Family Newsletter? Here's a Better Idea.

Alexia Parks | Posted 02.23.2015 | Technology
Alexia Parks

A few years ago, I joined a group of engineers at a hack-fest and afterwards, they invited me to join them for a three day start-up accelerator course...