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Nostalgia

10 Ways Road Tripping Was Different in the '90s

Thrillist | Posted 03.02.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

Sure, new technology in cars, stereos, and maps have made just about every aspect of a long haul in a car better. But that doesn't mean you'd trade in your dashboard Discman for anything in the world.

Shoes and Life

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
John Roman, Ph.D.

I never cared much for shoes. They are utilitarian and prosaic. I was always a construction boots and running shoes kind of person.

How Can You Be the Best Dungeon Master in Dungeons and Dragons 4e?

Quora | Posted 02.20.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

Dungeons & Dragons is a social contract, everyone comes to the table with certain expectations and when they don't meet is when you run into problems. Some people expect the DM to dominate the narrative, some people expect to have a lot of agency in where the plot goes, conflicts arise when everyone's expectations don't match up.

Remembering Who We Were Before We Were Defined By Our Careers And Family

Barbara Wasserman, LICSW | Posted 02.17.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Wasserman, LICSW

How does one even begin to sum up 30 years in a 90-minute lunch? We began by catching each other up on the parents we had lost, husbands we had matured with, children we had launched and iterations of the career paths taken. The conversation then shifted and we began to reminisce.

The Childhood Games That Make Us Feel All Nostalgia

Richard Abrons | Posted 02.15.2015 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

Growing up in New Rochelle in the the 1930s, we played games that now are off the map. I wonder if any of my small but hearty band of readers are familiar with them. You'd have to be old and lived in the suburbs. These games took up much of our free time and I remember them with great fondness.

My Days Are Numbered

Allison Hart | Posted 02.11.2015 | Parents
Allison Hart

I'm trying hard to relish the waning years of little-kidness remaining to me. Mostly, I have to be actively mindful of my limited time in this space. My kids are getting bigger. I have to get all the cuddles now.

6 Movies That Taught Me Something About Life, Love and Other Totally Random Things

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 02.11.2015 | Entertainment
Christy Heitger-Ewing

My 10-year-old son recently asked me what movies I enjoyed watching when I was younger. A flood of awesome (mostly) '80s flicks immediately sprang to mind. I dug through my collection of DVDs and pulled out six of my childhood favorites. Each one taught me something about life, love and other totally random things.

When I Think About 17

Noelle Newby | Posted 02.11.2015 | Women
Noelle Newby

Seventeen was a rite of passage. Not yet on our own, but full of force, promise and independence, ensconced in a still-present safety net of support. Friendship was abundant, fierce and fiery. Disappointments permeated, but fun prevailed. When else in our lives do all of these forces converge with such fervor?

Yagana Shah

17 Simple Sights, Smells and Sounds That Whisk You Back to Childhood

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 02.09.2015 | Fifty

The grind of adult life can make us long for childhood again -- a time when there were no bills to pay, no bosses to report to, no groceries to buy an...

What Are Some Disney Park Rides and Attractions That No Longer Exist?

Quora | Posted 02.05.2015 | Travel
Quora

Disney's scary "alone in the dark" attraction proved too intense for their audience and was redressed as a humorous Stitch attraction.

The Biggest Legacy Ernie Banks Opened My Eyes To

Buck Wargo | Posted 02.04.2015 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

Before there was Walter Payton and Michael Jordan in Chicago as icons, there was Ernie Banks, and you couldn't get enough of him. His smile and enthusiasm and love of life and of people was something I had never experienced. Period.

Have We Coddled Our Kids Too Much?

Tammy Bleck | Posted 02.04.2015 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

We wanted to give our kids everything we didn't have. The big house, their own room, a car when they came of age, nice clothes, lavish Christmas presents and family vacations.

Remembering Brooklyn

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 01.29.2015 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Mártir

Every so often, when you walk around aimlessly, when you get off the main avenues, walk away from the bulldozers and the cranes and the development that just went up with its terraces and Art Deco architecture, away from the cafés and juice bars, you'll come across a block that reminds you of home.

When Motherhood Felt Magical

Tricia Mirchandani | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Tricia Mirchandani

Those days, when motherhood felt magical, were simpler. They were easier. And even when I wipe away the sepia, I forget that they didn't feel so at the time.

Sometimes I Just Miss My Daughter's Babyhood

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 01.22.2015 | Parents
Amber Nichols-Buckley

I'm not tempted to have another baby, because that wouldn't solve the problem.I don't yearn for another child. I yearn for Jane, for Jane as a baby, the baby I miss sometimes.

The Lies We Tell Ourselves: Resiliency and Nostalgic Reverie

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

Nowadays, we call these false recollections "nostalgia." But do we mean when we use this term? Is there a formal definition? And why does this matter in today's sometime grim world?

When Was the Last Time?

Susanna Sung | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Susanna Sung

I don't remember the last time I picked him up and held him. I don't remember the last time I "nibbled" his toes. I don't remember the last book I read to him on my lap. I don't remember the last time he held my hand crossing the street.

Want To Have A Successful Year? Reflect On The Past

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

Ironically, as we look ahead to the new year, drawing from our past can help us achieve our goals and live a happier, more fulfilling life.

Millennials, Nostalgia, And Urban Preservation: Why We Clamor For A Past We Never Had

OpedSpace | Posted 01.09.2015 | College
OpedSpace

Since existential anxiety is the driving force behind our fixation on memory, the buck ends where our anxiety is assuaged. In our case: at surface level.

11 Ways Skiing Was Totally Different in the '80s

Thrillist | Posted 01.07.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

If you stop to think about it, the '80s really were America's heyday.

1998

Karen Cordano | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Karen Cordano

I think a lot of us are unkind to the young women we used to be. Why do we do it? What does it achieve?

Boomer Season's Greetings and Fond Memories!

David Kanegis | Posted 02.28.2015 | Fifty
David Kanegis

As we all enjoy the holiday season, let's keep in mind what's most important in life. While I can't speak for other Baby Boomers, it's my guess that for the vast majority of us, family and friends are what count most.

Nothing Beats a Snow Day... Until We Grow Up!

RB Bronson | Posted 02.22.2015 | Fifty
RB Bronson

I think even the most rabid anti-science, anti-evolution, anti-global-warming American would have to agree that we've been experiencing some pretty dramatic weather. This winter, storms seem to sweep through swaths of the country, dropping feet of snow along with freezing rain and sleet. Nasty stuff.

Yagana Shah

These Adorable Vintage Christmas Cards Remind Us How The Holidays Used To Be

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 12.19.2014 | Fifty

If you're like most people, Christmas cards mean dashing to take family holiday portraits, last-minute printing or, if you're really lazy (sorry), sen...

The Lost Art of Partying

Sarah Byrne | Posted 02.15.2015 | College
Sarah Byrne

Gone are the days when people tried to make the best of an awkward situation, or strike up a conversation with someone you wouldn't have otherwise met. Instead, we go to parties to all sit in our respective corners and stare at our phones, waiting for something better to text us.