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

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 01.22.2015 | 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 01.18.2015 | 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 01.10.2015 | 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 01.09.2015 | 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 01.08.2015 | 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 01.05.2015 | 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 12.30.2014 | 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 12.24.2014 | 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...

Nothing Beats a Snow Day... Until We Grow Up!

RB Bronson | Posted 12.23.2014 | Fifty
RB Bronson

I think even the most rabid anti-science, anti-evolution, anti-global-warming American would have to agree that we've been experiencing some pretty dramatic weather. This winter, storms seem to sweep through swaths of the country, dropping feet of snow along with freezing rain and sleet. Nasty stuff.

Christmas -- Warming Hearts

Karin Joy Whitley | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Karin Joy Whitley

As the shopping days countdown, our hearts open wide toward giving to others, expressing sincere best wishes, sharing joyful moments and visiting with friends and family. The weather continues to get colder and grayer, but our hearts grow warmer with love.

Why Painful Memories Are Harder To Shake

Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living

By: Christopher Wanjek Published: 12/11/2014 10:12 AM EST on LiveScience Memories of traumatic events can be hard to shake, and now scientists ...

Our Lingering Selves

Maria Rodale | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger We're in the midst of "the travel season," the final six weeks of the year. Although my own holi...

6 Silly Thanksgiving Memories of Mom

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 11.28.2014 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

My mother died on November 1, so this is our first Thanksgiving without her. To make the occasion less painful, I've decided to think of funny things she used to do before dementia took her away.

To Her, I Was

Tricia McCallum | Posted 01.25.2015 | Parents
Tricia McCallum

Her name was Catherine. Her favorite song was "Imagine" by John Lennon. Her favorite color, yellow. She knew the words to just about any song you could name and would sing at the drop of a hat.

Definitely Not Norman Rockwell's Thanksgiving

RB Bronson | Posted 01.24.2015 | Fifty
RB Bronson

My extended family wasn't very close, but we came together once a year, and generally speaking, people got along. In my family, food is the opiate of the people.

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.

This Is What 50 Does

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 01.10.2015 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

It was a shallow, ridiculous terror-thinking that 30 was old. But it was also only a symptom of a larger mistake -- a misuse of time.

Life and Death in Hope: How Much Do You Bid for a Memory?

Eric Mink | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Eric Mink

It's 8 a.m. on a Saturday, and I'm standing under a heavy sky in a muddy yard behind a three-story structure of hand-hewn limestone in the middle of nowhere. Everything feels wrong.

My Grandmother Is, and Will Forever Be, a Proud Woman

Madeline Wahl | Posted 12.29.2014 | Women
Madeline Wahl

My grandmother will forever be a proud woman. She had such pride for her family and friends, her children and grandchildren, her nieces and nephew and everyone in between. My grandmother, ever the socialite, would take me by the hand and introduce me to her friends.

What I Learned From 10 Days Without Shampoo

Grace Li | Posted 12.18.2014 | College
Grace Li

Backpacking has taught me a lot, and I will carry all of those lessons with me into the future, but here's the thing -- I don't plan on carrying much else.

In a Nutshell: What Inspired Me to Become a Photographer

Giovanni Savino | Posted 12.17.2014 | Arts
Giovanni Savino

During yet another cold winter evening, nothing worth watching on the only black and white television channel available in those days, my maternal grandparents would fill the wooden oven with chestnuts and, while waiting for them to roast, they would pull out the photos.

How Do You Say Goodbye When He Doesn't Believe He's Dying?

Sharon Zuckerwar | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Sharon Zuckerwar

Their Pop is the one they saw last month, the last time they saw him. The Pop that was not feeling well that day. The Pop that slept most of the day, but still managed to get up and spend some time with them.

The Advantages of Being a Packrat

Rachael Rifkin | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Rachael Rifkin

But when your mom passes away, your perspective shifts. Your sense of normal -- which included having your mom in your life until you were at least middle-aged -- is altered. You reevaluate your expectations and priorities.

The Day I Became Lost In A Time Warp

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 12.09.2014 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

As I sat cross-legged on the dusty, splintered attic floor, emptying and sorting through each box, I became lost in a time warp. The floor was my canvas, I was the artist, and the assorted articles that encircled me in various, colors, shapes and textures, were the medium that portrayed my life.

The Process That Gave Me An Intense Trip Down Memory Lane

Suzanne Braun Levine | Posted 12.07.2014 | Fifty
Suzanne Braun Levine

Recently, I have been immersed in memories of people and times long past, as I packed up to move from the apartment where we had lived for 18 years and raised our children. I had to go through our 'stuff' including boxes and boxes marked simply 'memories,' a couple of which hadn't been untaped since our last move. A lot of it had to go.