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The Glory Days: IV

John O'Kane | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
John O'Kane

I slip out the door and join the flow of traffic up the street, noticing someone across it with his eyes fixed on the front of the bar. I reenter the shadows and make my way.

The Grateful Dead and the Trap of Nostalgia

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Davis Schneiderman

I don't want the Grateful Dead to mean anything beyond the moment in which I listen. I don't want the music to do anything other than unroll itself into present time, to happen, while I am lucky enough to be there.

Why So Many Boomers Have Been Bitten By The Nostalgia Bug

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 06.29.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

Many boomers have been bitten by the nostalgia bug. In response, many marketers are using nostalgia to sell everything from whiskey to perfume and cars to sneakers. Let's take a closer look at the concept of nostalgia, and learn how the power of the past can spell good business in the present.

20 Things That Will Happen at Your 20th College Reunion

Em & Lo | Posted 06.12.2015 | Women
Em & Lo

It's college graduation season, which means that it's reunion season, too -- that time when college alumni go back to their alma mater and drink heavily to forget how old they really are. Here are 20 things that will (probably) happen when you go back to your 20th college reunion.

11 Hair Tools From Your Childhood That Were the Worst

Allure | Posted 06.10.2015 | Style
Allure

A scalding flatiron that basically boiled your wet hair as it straightened it, leaving you with a frizzy-but-straight triangle of fluff. Sure, the clouds of steam (smoke?) should have been a red flag, but you had bigger fish to fry, like figuring out where the heck you put your choker.

10 Reasons Why I Should Have Been A Beach Bum

Teresa Kindred | Posted 06.08.2015 | Fifty
Teresa Kindred

I met the love of my life in the Florida Keys and the night before he left to go back home to Michigan, we walked down to a little dock to watch the sunset.

17 Old-Timey Swear Words That Are Simply Funny Today

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.08.2015 | Fifty

Remember when you were a kid and you got your mouth washed out with soap for uttering that swear word you heard on the street? Although the obvious fo...

31 Things You're Not Allowed To Have At Home After You Turn 30

Supercompressor | Posted 06.05.2015 | HuffPost Home
Supercompressor

You can get away with living the grimy college life for a few years after graduation, but once the big 3-0 rolls around, it's time to get serious about ditching that duct tape-patched Papasan and beer bong. If you're confused about what exactly needs to be retired, no worries! We assembled the definitive list of items you're not allowed to have in your apartment after your 30th birthday.

The Problem With Beginnings and Endings

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 06.02.2015 | 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.

My QEII Obsession

Elizabeth A. Havey | Posted 06.02.2015 | Fifty
Elizabeth A. Havey

Did you obsess about someone in your childhood or teenage years? Someone in the time before the Internet that you idolized with posters, newspaper stories or color photos from a newsstand magazine?

Why 1970s Summers Were Way Better

Lori Ferraro | Posted 05.29.2015 | Women
Lori Ferraro

Grab your rainbow flip-flops and join me for a run through the sprinkler in the front yard, won't you?

I On Exceptional Living: Nikki Haskell's Newest Project -- Flashback To The Future

Irene Michaels | Posted 05.28.2015 | Los Angeles
Irene Michaels

Last December, I re-introduced you to the fabulous Nikki Haskell. You may remember her as the host and producer of The Nikki Haskell Show.

Nostalgic Responses to "When I Was Your Age..."

Quora | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Quora

When I was your age, it was basically impossible to lose a phone. If all else failed, you started at the wall jack and followed the line. There were cellphones, or, as we called them at the time, "carphones." Nobody we knew actually had one, though.

40 Years Worth Of Lessons From This Journey Called Life

Walter Punsapy | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Walter Punsapy

After celebrating 40 years of existence, I thought I'd share some tidbits of what I've learned. Change is the only constant in life. It moves forward regardless of how hard you resist. You are just a speck of sh*t in the grandness of the Universe. You are going to die. But that means you're alive.

The Value of Boredom

Lori Day | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Lori Day

When I was a child, my parents often ignored me. It's not that they were unkind to me. It's that they had full lives of their own and didn't like playing Candy Land.

The Littlest Summertime Pleasures That Take Us Back To Childhood

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.28.2015 | Fifty

Sunshine, beaches, family vacations and a perfect tan are only a few of the things we love about our favorite season: Summer. Though we're all grown u...

The Glory Days: III

John O'Kane | Posted 05.27.2015 | Religion
John O'Kane

The pavement seems to shake slightly, like in the first rumblings of an earthquake, as I dodge vehicles to reach a phone on the other side. No one else seems to notice these movements. Someone beats me to the phone.

Mackintosh Braun on Grey's Anatomy, Hall & Oates and a Beer Sesh with Larry David

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Mackintosh Braun, a Portland-based "electro-pop" group composed of Ian Mackintosh and Ben Braun, are causing quite the stir. And not just in Portland. The band is growing their fan base in a big way. (This girl included!)

Let's Talk about Free-Range Parenting

Kathy Walsh | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Kathy Walsh

Our neighborhood was a place for us to learn. We thought we were having fun, but through play, we were taking a life skills class taught by life itself.

Elton John Has Fab Time At His 57th Grammar School Reunion

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.21.2015 | Fifty

Elton John isn't too cool to remember his roots. The 68-year-old music legend proved he's just like the rest of us when he attended his childhood gram...

What Was So Great About A Gen X Childhood?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Daniel Cubias

I'm here to tell you that growing up the way we did was not a long-term favor or blessed accomplishment. Let me be clear that I don't blame my parents. No, my disdain for nostalgia has more to do with cold, hard facts and unpleasant anecdotes than personal issues.

Hands Upon My Heart

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

Hands are the tools with which we shape the world. They define us to an extent -- as sons and daughters, providers and professionals, laborers and learners.

The Girl Who Taught Me to Spell the Word 'Love'

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.19.2015 | Women
Kathy Radigan

I went to her birthday party and brought her a Barbie. I thought it was odd that she wouldn't take the plastic off the doll's hair. Years later, it occurred to that she might have been trying to protect the doll's hair because she couldn't protect her own.

Pushing Humpty Dumpty Off The Wall

Mina Samuels | Posted 05.19.2015 | Women
Mina Samuels

I hugged them and kissed them, these dolls I'd barely touched for more than 30 years. Finally, I went and got one of my father's shirts. I swaddled them in his shirt, added some pictures of myself as a child, closed up the bag, collected myself and took the bag out to the garage.

I Hate To See 'Mad Men' Go, But I Love To Watch It Leave

Leslie Bowman | Posted 05.18.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Bowman

Mad Men has everything to do with Ferguson. It has relevance in congressional stalemates, with e-commerce. But perhaps the most perplexing result of the displacing plot techniques of Mad Men is the idea that the show isn't about men at all -- it's about American women.