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The Scents of a Life -- Why They Matter

Shammi Paranjape | Posted 11.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Shammi Paranjape

I have a long nose. It doesn't stop there. I want to smell everything, because smells work for me more powerfully than videos and pics. Every situatio...

Thanksgiving Memories and Stories

Diana M. Raab | Posted 11.12.2015 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

What each of us remembers about our childhoods has always been a subject of fascination to me, in the sense that even those raised in the same home with the same experiences will recall different aspects of what transpired.


Moni Oyedepo | Posted 11.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Moni Oyedepo

Some friends are like water -- you'll always need them, and they make you feel alive every time you're around them. Other friends are like milk. While it started off well, over time things turned a bit sour.

Why I'm Ditching My Bucket List

SmarterTravel | Posted 11.03.2015 | Travel

Now that the term "bucket list"—dream vacations to take before you kick the bucket—has firmly rooted itself in popular culture, it's time to p...

Letter To My Daughter On Her 29th Birthday

Teresa Kindred | Posted 10.30.2015 | Fifty
Teresa Kindred

Today is your 29th birthday. While I am sure you are thinking, 'One more year until 30! Oh my!' I'm thinking, 'Where did 29 years go?' It seems like yesterday the nurses placed you in my arms and I fell in love with you.

My Mother's Closet

Jodi Weiss | Posted 10.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jodi Weiss

My mother died of leukemia over four years back. My father and I managed the responsibilities that come with the passing of a loved one -- funeral, un...

Why Falling Leaves Evoke Deep Memories

Iris Krasnow | Posted 10.20.2015 | Fifty
Iris Krasnow

Fall does this to me; it deepens memories and emotions. The seasons of nature are temporary, like the passing seasons of our lives. We know this, yet we too often take the bounty that is ours for granted.

Timeless... at 103...

Debbie Davis | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
Debbie Davis

With a little self-indulgence, I write a salute to Dad, who would be 103 today, Oct. 16, 2015, had he lived past age 82.

Baseball, Crossword Puzzles, and an AM/FM Radio

Christine Organ | Posted 10.15.2015 | Parents
Christine Organ

Sometimes you don't really appreciate something - or someone - until decades later, when, instead of sitting in the stadium at the big game, you choose to listen to the game over crackly AM radio waves because it feels like childhood and simplicity. Because it feels like home.

Memories Forgotten (From a Ward of the State)

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 10.12.2015 | Impact
Sophia Williams-Baugh

I hate when people tell me to reflect on good memories. Little do they know, I don't have many.

Love and Life Lessons From an 80s Rock Band

Jennifer Lea Reynolds | Posted 10.13.2015 | Arts
Jennifer Lea Reynolds

Although I'm a 41-year-old woman, thoughts of lead vocalist Joe Elliot belting out tunes about wine, war and wanton desire left me giddy inside. Suddenly, I found myself in a state of flux. In one hand I held an invitation to return to my 1980s youth and in the other, I held the electric bill.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: Memories of Who We Are

Louisiana Channel | Posted 10.13.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"Memory is what makes us who we are," says Kenyan Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o - a frequent contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature - in this video about how colonizers sought to erase the memories of the natives by severing their linguistic connections.

Falling Snow, Bubbly Car Washes and Joy

Bridgette White | Posted 10.06.2015 | Parents
Bridgette White

It has been over 20 years since I heard those words, yet they still bring tears to my eyes. It was the moment I started to realize what being an adult meant. It was the moment I started to hear and care what others thought of me.

The Visitor

Harriet Heydemann | Posted 10.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Harriet Heydemann

I went to visit my daughter's gravesite. Skylawn is about a mile from the Pacific Ocean. From the edge of the cemetery, you can see a sliver of the ...

My Secret: The Real Reason I'm Obsessed With Taking Pictures

Sheena Amin | Posted 10.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Sheena Amin

I've realized that as our memory fades, photos become anchors to life events. I used photos to help fill in the blanks and to keep memories from evolving into happenings that didn't really happen. I started to live through the camera lens, and didn't enjoy the richness of the actual moment.

Yogi Berra and Lessons on Loss

Allison Gilbert | Posted 09.24.2015 | Sports
Allison Gilbert

By far the most important takeaway Berra shared with me was this: Moving forward didn't mean leaving the memory of his parents behind. He could play ball and be a husband and father -- all while keeping the memory of his parents alive.

Throwing Away "To-Do Lists" to Make Memories

Jennifer S. White | Posted 09.21.2015 | Parents
Jennifer S. White

Love is easy to forget about, if we don't place it high up on that to-do list--and love is free and pretty to think about, but it's, unfortunately, not always the easiest choice.

Never Forget

Michelle Tennant Nicholson | Posted 09.11.2015 | New York
Michelle Tennant Nicholson

Lately I walk into the kitchen and forget why I walked in there. What do you forget? Memory is a great news hook. What we humans try to remember gives you great fodder for news story ideas. Case and point: 9/11. If you enjoy living in a free society, the tragic events on 9/11 will never be forgotten and are always big news.

I Heard a Bird Sing: Reflections on the Day After 9/11

Jennifer Lea Reynolds | Posted 09.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Lea Reynolds

My parents told me of how his children ran down the street and into his open arms when he arrived home that day, happy to hold one another and linger much longer than usual. It's my hope that of all the images seared into his head that day that the one that he remembers most is that embrace.

Gotta Catch 'Em All: Rediscovering the Thoughts That Haunted My Childhood

Ji Hoon Heo | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Ji Hoon Heo

I looked up at my father from his bed. His face had an uneasy look to it but there were more important things to worry about. At 12 years old, all I cared about was catching Pokemon on my purple Nintendo GameBoy Advance. "Son, your mother has cancer."

Reflecting on 100 Days in Europe: Travel Memories Make You Richer

Rick Steves | Posted 09.08.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Finally home now after a hundred days in Europe, something occurred to me. I posted 100 blog entries in 100 days on my Facebook page. These generated about a hundred comments a day...and I read all 10,000. It's fun to be in touch with my readers, and to able to share experiences like these in almost real time.

Yes--I Hoard Travel Souvenirs and Mementos

Barry Yourgrau | Posted 09.03.2015 | Travel
Barry Yourgrau

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Choices: Good and Bad

Phyllis Sues | Posted 09.02.2015 | Fifty
Phyllis Sues

It's 1937 on a hot Sunday afternoon in Hempstead Long Island, the town of my birth -- 45 minutes from New York City. I am 14 years old. My mother and father had gone to see a polo match in Westbury, where all the rich Long Islanders, the Vanderbilt's and the Astor's lived.

An Open Letter to Children: Smile for the Damn Camera!

David Lesser | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
David Lesser

Come on! You were having fun a second ago. Geez, you're so literal...a few minutes ago. Remember way back then? Ah, the laughter. You don't have to be having a great time right now, you just have to look like you're having a great time.

For Those Of You Who Hated Square Dancing In School

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 09.01.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

I might have liked the Square Dance unit in gym class if I hasn't been a head taller than every boy in the universe. I'm sure the cute, short girls had buckets of fun in the 1960s allemanding left and promenading all over the place. Remind me to poll them on Facebook.