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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 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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 04.12.2015 | 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.