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The 4 Things In My Closet I Could Never Get Rid Of

Teresa Kindred | Posted 05.17.2015 | Fifty
Teresa Kindred

Warmer weather finally convinced me that it was time to put up the winter sweaters and get out my summer clothes. Working in my closet is not a job I enjoy, most likely because I am a sentimental fool. Every season I go through each piece of clothing and ask myself if it's a keeper.

Remembering Those Who Are No Longer With Us This Mother's Day

Laurie Levy | Posted 05.10.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

Mother's Day is here and it's my first one without Mom. My mother, Evelyn Levine, died on April 19, and it was a huge personal loss as well as the end of an era. She was the last of the Greatest Generation in her family. More importantly, she was an amazing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, as well as my biggest fan.

Is There Such a Thing As Too Young to Travel?

Lea Shapiro | Posted 05.09.2015 | Travel
Lea Shapiro

As a child, I didn't understand the importance of the sites I was witnessing. Now, I want to travel the world and see historical sites. I want to be Intellectually stimulated. Am I wrong? Was I an immature anomaly that was just uninterested? Or does traveling when young actually create unappreciative memories that deter you from traveling there later in life?

A Fresh Way of Remembering Mom

Tom Cramer | Posted 05.07.2015 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Every May, as Mother's Day approaches, I make time to think about my mom. That can hurt, as I lost her so long ago, but this year was different. I watched my sister raise her children, who are now raising their own, and that has changed my perspective.

Reliving and Reviving Memories

Diana M. Raab | Posted 05.07.2015 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

I continue to celebrate and honor my grandmother's life by following her passions for reading and writing. Both these pastimes are an integral part of my own life. This is my way of honoring her.

LINES Ballet's Writing Ground Is Physical Poetry -- Literally

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.06.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

"There are times I will need ropes and ladders and caribiners and helmets just to climb down into myself." Madeline DeVries shatters into shards, tortured by music and memories. She crumbles as her eyes accuse.

Remembering Mom

Beth Bernstein | Posted 05.06.2015 | Fifty
Beth Bernstein

My mother had an eye for fashion and an innate sense of taste. I had the most fun dressing up next to her, first in her jewelry and clothes, as a young girl and then helping each other get ready for an important meeting or date.

Remember Your Tender Heart

Mary McLaurine | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Mary McLaurine

Love changes with time, with partners, with children, with age -- sometimes in the blink of an eye. This girl did love that boy to the degree she knew of love and for her mother to dismiss it so casually was to dismiss her daughter's feelings casually.

5 Things My Mom Loved That I Still Think About 25 Years After Her Death

Teresa Kindred | Posted 05.01.2015 | Fifty
Teresa Kindred

In the 25 years since my mother's death, the pain of losing her has diminished somewhat, but nothing can replace the ache in my heart that her death created. I didn't just lose my mother, I lost my best friend.

The Challenge to Truly Live

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 05.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

When I come to the end of my journey, I want to see the beauty that filled every brave breath and made up my life. I want to hold each one of those unforgettable moments in my memory, gripping onto them as tightly as possible, but most of all I want to know for certain that I truly lived.

Nature Is a Gift

Honey Good | Posted 04.29.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

She noticed I could not take my eyes off this exquisitely-patterned shell and said, smiling, "I would like to give it to you! Please accept this as my gift from the sea."

Remembering With a Name

Leslie Contreras Schwartz | Posted 04.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Leslie Contreras Schwartz

My newborn son's name is Carlos, after my late grandfather. When my grandfather began losing his memory, he collected scraps of paper he saw on the st...

The Power Of Confession

Pacific Standard | Alissa Wilkinson | Posted 04.21.2015 | World

I belong to a church that isn’t big enough to afford its own building, so we pay rent to another congregation and meet in their sanctuary in the eve...

Grandma's Tales: On Vietnam, Memories and Transformation

Andrew Lam | Posted 04.19.2015 | Books
Andrew Lam

It was hard to explain then what had happened, what we had always expected as the tragic ending of things, human frailty the point of mourning and grief. And wasn't epic loss what made us tell our stories?

Young and Entrepreneurial: Former YCombinator Hustler Pulak Mittal Shares His Startup Journey From PennApps to Clever

David Ongchoco | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

Young and Entrepreneurial is a series of articles where I've decided to interview and write about young individuals disrupting the world, whether it's...

Catherine Karnow's Vietnam: Documenting a Changing Country

Andrew Lam | Posted 04.16.2015 | Travel
Andrew Lam

The drab, impoverished and immobile nation that Catherine saw when she first visited in 1990 quickly shifted under her lens. And fascinated, she kept coming back.

I Am 28 Years Old, And I Am Too Young to Lose My Mother

Alicia Cook | Posted 04.08.2015 | Women
Alicia Cook

My grandmother never got to see my mother marry my father. She never got to grow old with my grandfather. She never got to attend the weddings of her grandchildren. Hell, she was gone long before she even had the chance to find out she was going to be a grandmother to four children.

Sensory Memories: Trigger Moments of Your Life

Aubrie Przybysz | Posted 04.08.2015 | College
Aubrie Przybysz

I try to capture my moments through pictures, but I hold fast to them with smells. Especially when I am trying to remember what it felt like during a specific period of my life. Embracing memories is important because it helps bring light back into our lives.

Speech: 40th Year Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War

Andrew Lam | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Andrew Lam

This is a speech I gave last year at a high school where students raised funds to help flood victims in central Vietnam. As the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War is coming up this April 30, 2015, I am posting it to commemorate the date. It will also mark my 40th year in America, having fled Vietnam as a child two days before the war ended.

The Struggle to Preserve Photos of Loved Ones

Sukey Forbes | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents
Sukey Forbes

Charlotte's entire life is represented in the negatives that I sorted today. From the day she was born in 1997 until three days before she died in 2004.

The Gift of #ThrowbackThursday

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.01.2015 | Good News
Megan Smolenyak

One random #tbt post revealed a milestone moment to my sister, triggered a trip down memory lane and gave us anecdotes we had never heard about our mother.

'A Hundred Tons of Memory': Orhan Pamuk at Eventi Letterari Monte Verità

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.29.2015 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

During the spellbinding evening, Pamuk mentioned that he does not really believe in utopias in general, and said that humanity has created "a hundred tons of memory," but only one hundred grams of utopia.

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 05.20.2015 | 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.