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Why There's Nothing Wrong With Missing Your Youth

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

Lately, I've been missing things. I miss seeing my kids everyday and I miss my youth. I miss the bar that my husband and I went to every Friday night in our 20s, to eat thick burgers and drink cold beer. I miss being a teenager and listening to the Rolling Stones when Mick Jagger was 30-something. I miss being a driven graduate student. I miss being a young mother.

Even the Dead Travel in the Age of Globalization

Andrew Lam | Posted 01.23.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Andrew Lam

"'Til death do us part," that age-old marriage vow, has always sounded a little, well, non-committal to Confucian ears. In Vietnam, for instance, where I come from, death is not the end of relationships, it only deepens them.

Memories Light the Corners of My Mind

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Lillie Leonardi

Today would have been my dear old dad's 90th birthday. I awoke this morning with him on my mind.

Taking Photos in 2013: Beyond Likes and Hashtags

Lea Stanković | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Lea Stanković

Why do we take photos in this day and age? And how does it differ from why people took photos, say 20 years ago?

Her Last Breaths

Terrence Chappell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Terrence Chappell

Time is also a gift. It's a gift that we can choose to share with the people we love and care about.


Randi Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Randi Miller

Some memories stand alone, and the songs that guard them are a kind of personal time machine that can transport me to a place so real I can almost smell it. Summertime and barbecues, a gas station and vinyl seats, and the loft above the next door neighbor's garage.

Is This What Your Memories Look Like?

Posted 10.16.2013 | Arts

We've all had the pained feeling of trying to relive a memory that keeps slipping away, but never before has that obnoxious experience looked so gorge...

You Carry It With You -- Memories

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 12.15.2013 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

A house may burn down and everything in it may disappear, but what happened in that house -- the voices that rang out, the tears shed, the laughter and heartache and disappointment and joy -- those things are never gone as long as someone is there to remember, to tell the story.

Tears for My Mom

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 12.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

It would have been easy for me as the officiating rabbi to try hide my emotions. However, when I revealed a layer of my soul I offered comfort and ignited the souls of everyone in the room.

Memories of a Lifetime

Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 12.08.2013 | College
Don Meyer, Ph.D.

Here at Valley Forge Christian College we have been creating memorable moments for 75 years. And as we celebrate our 75th year during 2013-2014, we will be accumulating the stories and reconnecting with the people who made them.

How A Dose Of Nostalgia Could Boost Your Self-Esteem

Posted 10.05.2013 | Healthy Living

By Jeanette Leardi for YouBeauty Remember basking in the glow of your senior prom and never wanting that night to end? And what about the excitemen...

Happy Birthday to You

Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 12.01.2013 | College
Don Meyer, Ph.D.

Few family traditions imbed themselves in our memories more than our birthday celebrations. As a child, my birthdays were marked by modest family gifts and my mother's homemade cake with candles creatively aligned in just the right way.

Back to School: Memories Defined by Dresses

Mary Daily | Posted 11.30.2013 | Style
Mary Daily

I still remember the smell of the newly-dyed material when we walked in and the anticipation of what we would find. In those days, fabric stores got leftover bolts of material and they carried a wide selection of beautiful textiles.

What Takes You Right Back?

Mindy Haskins | Posted 11.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Mindy Haskins

Don't you just love how a certain song or smell or moment triggers a floodgate of memories and takes you right back to that moment? That Sarah McLachlan song did it for me. All of the sudden, it's 1998 and I'm 17. I'm in my car with my girlfriends and we're soaking in the entire Surfacing album.

A Palliative to Obamacare Discord

Joseph Cooper | Posted 11.24.2013 | College
Joseph Cooper

These stories (I'm sure there are others) make vivid the embarrassments and fears of patients; their efforts to deal with deterioration, endure pain, and cope with unhinging and detachment. The reader, the viewer, and the re-reader can take cues from caregivers who ease the way to acceptance.

Capturing Moments

Mira Manek | Posted 10.20.2014 | Travel
Mira Manek

Despite being a writer and even though I wrote about the Himalayas while I was there, there were certain things that, had it not been for such caught-in-the-action pictures, I might have forgotten, that even now I had to ask someone to tell me the full story.

Image From Past Stirs Lifetime of Memories

Jan Angilella | Posted 11.09.2013 | Women
Jan Angilella

She's solid and strong in the photo. It will be years before Lupus ravages her health and attacks her kidneys. Did she even imagine that I'd give her a kidney one day?

The Joy of Weed

Renee Fisher | Posted 11.03.2013 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

In that world, any trees or flowers we saw growing were an anomaly. We called irises "flags" and saluted as we walked past. We put little green seed pods on our noses and strutted around like soldiers at attention.

Why Spouses Should Always Attend Class Reunions

Dianne Harman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Fifty
Dianne Harman

A sense of nostalgia? A sense of what might have been? A sense of missed opportunities? No matter how wonderful and interesting our lives have been, once we get into the later years, there's something beguiling about first loves and class reunions.

Cartwheeling Into Fall

Amanda Magee | Posted 10.10.2013 | Parents
Amanda Magee

This is how it is supposed to happen. If you're lucky, then you get this. Blessed with beautiful babies and a loving partner, you raise them, sometimes not knowing what the hell you're doing, other times following an instinct so strong you forget about doubting yourself.

The Questions I Wish I Had Asked

Rabbi Richard A. Block | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Richard A. Block

As the high holy days approach, so early this year, memories of those I have loved and lost coming flooding to mind.

What's Your Favorite Memory As A Mom?

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 09.28.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

He walked into the kitchen, and it took a moment for my brain to process that something was different... to understand why his expression reminded me of when he was a baby and why his cheeks looked so pink. And when I did, I teared up. I'm not sure who was more surprised at my reaction, me or him.

My Childhood Didn't Turn Me Into The Parent I Feared

Jennifer Ball | Posted 09.25.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Ball

My kids have known grief. They've no doubt felt anger, too. But my kids have never felt that fear I felt, they've never fled a room in terror like I did. They've never had to face an adult who has just violated their rights and listened to a pathetic, hollow apology.

Week 1 of the Mongol Diaries - UK to Poland: Testing Out the Concept "Mongolia or Bust"

Diana Lee | Posted 09.23.2013 | Travel
Diana Lee

Memory is a demonstration of human fallibility, but we won't forget the following lessons that we have been humbled by in our first week in Mongolia.

Why Childhood Diaries Should Self-Destruct

Rachel Weight | Posted 09.22.2013 | Women
Rachel Weight

What hurt the most was reading how even at 11 years old, I already hated my body. I'd like to say I grew out of that pain, but I really never have.