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Yes--I Hoard Travel Souvenirs and Mementos

Barry Yourgrau | Posted 09.03.2016 | Travel
Barry Yourgrau

(Credit: caesart, LiliGraphie via Shutterstock/Salon) One of the features of s...

Choices: Good and Bad

Phyllis Sues | Posted 09.02.2016 | 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 09.01.2016 | 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 09.01.2016 | 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.

Why Ghosting Is Haunting

Michael C. Bryan | Posted 08.31.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Michael C. Bryan

So I wrote an extremely clever draft(s) of this post saying that I'm a "Ghostaholic," which was a play on the term Ghosting which refers to someone wh...

Sadness: The Heroic Emotion (Inspired by the Movie 'Inside Out')

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 08.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Although often used interchangeably, an emotion differs from a feeling. The movie "Inside Out" inspired me to explore that distinction as well as the...

Memories of Food Are Powerful

Margaret Marshall | Posted 08.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Margaret Marshall

Celebrate a birthday, share fun times with loved ones, and it's all about the memory. Take a vacation and your most prized souvenir is your memories. ...

Identity Is Lost Without A Moral Compass

Pacific Standard | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 08.19.2015 | World

What defines a person? Is it their memories? Their hobbies? Look deeper, argue a pair of researchers—into the soul, so to speak. According to a new ...

Our Kids Get Too Many Trophies

Jimmy Dunne | Posted 08.17.2016 | Parents
Jimmy Dunne

I was at a recent town park board meeting -- where a few folks brought up that maybe it's time to pull back on the gazillion trophies given out for every park league sporting event. We kicked around how kids are being weaned to expect to bring home some "hardware" just for showing up.

The Secret Ingredient In Irish Spaghetti Sauce

Kristy L. Moore | Posted 08.10.2016 | Women
Kristy L. Moore

Here I am, standing in my kitchen over a pot of my grandmother's "gravy." Having made it only a few times, I am not yet fully confident in my abilities that I could make it as well as she did. I am fully confident, however, that I have finally discovered its secret ingredient.

Arrested Memory - 'Justice Is Mind'

Pamela Glasner | Posted 08.06.2016 | Science
Pamela Glasner

No, this isn't a story about the tragedy of Alzheimer's Disease, it's about your own memories being used as evidence against you in a court of law. Science fiction? I thought so, but not anymore.

Are You Always In a Rush When You Part?

Dr. Ipshita Basu Guha | Posted 08.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Ipshita Basu Guha

Couple of days back, I was traveling back from our factory which is about 25 miles away. It was raining excessively and zero visibility. Our car swerv...

The Sixth Sense in Cooking

Melanie Young | Posted 08.04.2016 | Taste
Melanie Young

I think I have identified a sixth sense. It's why homemade dishes you remember as a child tasted so good and why I can't seem to replicate the same pleasurable sensation when I prepare the dish in my home. I call it UMommy.

The Life-Changing Question a Stranger On a Bench Asked Me

Debra Carpenter | Posted 07.31.2016 | Parents
Debra Carpenter

All the things I so often say to my daughter flashed into my mind, and they all had one thing in common. I wasn't focusing on making memories for my daughter -- I was obsessed with the future and constantly hurrying toward it. And why? I had this awesome, perfect present to enjoy.

Learning Chinese

Tricia McCallum | Posted 07.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Tricia McCallum

Growing up in a small northern town shaped me in ways untold. As a little girl my family lived in an apartment above a hardware store on our small t...

Life Is Measured in Memories. Take Time to Make Some

Farsh Askari | Posted 07.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Farsh Askari

So now, instead of futile reluctance to acknowledge that life is racing by or being regretful of the many, many days spent doing routine things I don't remember because they're mundane and not spiritually exalting, I plan things that will lift me up emotionally.

Don't Chase Memories

Hope Kumor | Posted 07.11.2016 | Impact
Hope Kumor

Memories. Whether they're good or bad, we all have them. Unfortunately, there are those you prefer not to remember, but for the most part, your mind flocks to the better memories.

The Fiction Landscapes

j.frede | Posted 07.09.2016 | Arts

The Fiction Landscapes are a continuation in my interest in memories, both secure and lost within objects, which I first addressed with my Heirlooms b...

Why Childhood Memories Disappear

The Atlantic | Alasdair Wilkins | Posted 07.07.2015 | World

My first memory is of the day my brother was born: November 14, 1991. I can remember my father driving my grandparents and me over to the hospital in ...

The Melodies and Soundtracks That Make Up Our Lives

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 06.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kay Tacke Morse

Soundtrack Sample Example: Ever hear a song that brings you back to the childhood beach you designed Disney worthy castles upon? (Here Comes the Sun/...

I Hope There Are Windows In Heaven

Nancy Roman | Posted 06.19.2016 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

Happy Father's Day, Daddy. I hope there are lots of cigars in heaven. But for God's sake... (LITERALLY, Dad!): Open a window.

10 Things Only My Father Could Teach Me

Alicia Cook | Posted 06.17.2016 | Women
Alicia Cook

Spoiler Alert: Dad really did know best. With Father's Day approaching, I have tried to pinpoint the most important things my father ever taught me.

An Open Letter To My Daughter About Her Unfinished Baby Book

Elizabeth Laing Thompson | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
Elizabeth Laing Thompson

I picture you flipping to the chart of firsts, that page where I'm supposed to write down every first from your First Year of Life, and even some milestones from your toddler years. Your baffled gaze runs down the page, finding only a few scattered notes. And I'll try to explain, to help you understand.

What I Wish I Had Saved

Dana Laquidara | Posted 06.03.2016 | Women
Dana Laquidara

I was a bystander in their doll games, a witness to it all. I saw the Oregon Trail from a distance, looking out the kitchen window, glimpses of three pony tailed heads and the pink wheels bumping along through the grass. I cannot bring the dolls back. But I can call up these memories, clear as a summer day on the prairie.

The Problem With Beginnings and Endings

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 06.01.2016 | Parents
Kelly Suellentrop

She is living in moments of her life that are over, moments where sometimes her children and grandchildren don't even exist. Then every now and again, she is jarred into the present. I would like to think she has points of clarity when she knows that the way her life played out was good.