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Nostalgia

"Get Off My Lawn!"

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 08.26.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

Most of the people who had moved from New York City to Long Island were serious about their lawns. In the city, the concrete in front of your apartment had been public domain. That could be unfortunate, especially when drunks peed on it or young love went bad late at night, and you could be awakened suddenly by screaming and reproach under your window.

My Comedy Writer Origin Story

Bryan Behar | Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents
Bryan Behar

Were my parents some cutting-edge, super-progressive, Bella Abzug-style culture warriors, using my lunch as a test case to wage war against age-old gender strictures or to protest limited racial diversity on the airwaves? The short answer is "no." That's also the long answer.

Newstalgia and Why There's No Such Thing as the Throwback

Laura Tarbox | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Laura Tarbox

As the old saying about creativity goes, you can't break the rules until you know them. The same goes for culture. For a brand to employ culture effectively it needs to understand what 'codes' are out there, and which are most culturally salient in order to smash, break and combine them into something that is truly vibrant, new and culturally on point.

Why Uncles Are The Absolute Best

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 08.16.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

I was accorded several real uncles, who appeared automatically in my life the day I was born. But like most of the kids in my Long Island neighborhood in the 1950s, I was also entitled to other "uncles," not related to our family but connected in a way that was just as real.

A Love Letter to My 1980s Mall

Lori Ferraro | Posted 08.13.2015 | Women
Lori Ferraro

It pains me to say it out loud, but I think malls are dying -- and not the quick and easy way, or in their sleep. But slow, painful, gasping for their last breath kind of deaths.

Looking Back and Looking Forward: A 50-Year Reunion

Lee Bycel | Posted 08.10.2015 | Fifty
Lee Bycel

The moment frozen in time: caps, filled with hopes and dreams, thrown high in the sky. The class of 1966 set off into the world, eager, excited and with little idea of the life ahead. Now, almost 50 years later, we reassemble along with the class of '65.

The Secret Ingredient In Irish Spaghetti Sauce

Kristy L. Moore | Posted 08.10.2015 | 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.

The Simplest Way To Know If A Friend Is Worth Keeping

Diana M. Raab | Posted 08.04.2015 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

I've read that one of the biggest regrets of those facing death is not having kept in touch with old friends. Let's face it, the older we get, the faster time seems to go, so there's no time like the present to connect with old pals. Social media sites such as Facebook have made this easier and certainly more feasible.

Life Lessons From a Playground

Erin Hinkle | Posted 07.31.2015 | Women
Erin Hinkle

As I was driving away from a friend's house recently, I saw in the distance a familiar looking playground and the school at which I attended Kindergarten through third grade. Something in me told me to stop and take a look around.

A Brief History Of That Time Disneyland Employed Live Mermaids

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.25.2015 | Entertainment

After photos of Disneyland's performing mermaids surfaced on the Internet a few years ago, one former sea nymph recalled a peculiar question...

Black Twitter Nailed What It Was Like #GrowingUpBlack

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices

Remember when street lights were a cue for curfew? Or when sliced bread was an easy resort for hotdog buns? Maybe even when electronic fans were used ...

8 Things That Used To Be Loads Easier Just 50 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.21.2015 | Fifty

We can't deny that technology has made life easier in a number of ways. We're able to do everything a little faster, from anywhere, at any time. But s...

10 Things Kids Today Will Never Know

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.14.2015 | Fifty

Leave it to Twitter to get the ball rolling. Here are our favorite results from the hashtag game #ThingsKidsTodayWillNeverKnow.  1. Wel...

What Turning 50 REALLY Feels Like

Tom Cramer | Posted 07.29.2015 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

I've heard that with age comes wisdom; I'm more apt to say awareness. My appreciation for the good things that have come my way has grown. My understanding of the part I've played in some of the bad things has deepened.

These 22 TV Theme Songs Will Have You Singing Along. We Guarantee It.

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.10.2015 | Black Voices

A show was only as good as its theme song back in the day. Those catchy show-openers were a crucial part of why we keep coming back to these old schoo...

Celebrate Throwback Thursday With This Supercut Of '90s Disney Magic

The Huffington Post | Madeline Kaplan | Posted 07.09.2015 | Entertainment

Quick dinner table-approved conversation starter: When's the last time you cried? If you've already started watching the above video, t...

Tom Hanks-Inspired Art Gets Its Own 'Big' Exhibition

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.09.2015 | Arts

Tom Hanks, once typecast for his ability to bring heartwarmingly comedic characters to life onscreen, has become somewhat of a Renaissance man. He&rs...

An Almost Deadhead Demands One More Show

Greg Schwem | Posted 07.08.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, stop unpacking. Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, put your instruments back on the truck. Cease counting the millions you made from your supposedly final Grateful Dead shows in Chicago this past weekend.

Going to a 40th High School Reunion?

Ken Toltz | Posted 07.07.2015 | Fifty
Ken Toltz

So this summer I'm helping plan my 40th (!) high school reunion. That seems like an awfully big number, us George Washington Patriots would never have imagined reaching -- let alone celebrating -- back in 1975.

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.