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Sharing Our History

Stephanie Bender | Posted 01.27.2015 | Fifty
Stephanie Bender

Reading my grandmother's journals with an eye toward how she may have felt during her menopause was a tender and meaningful experience for me. It was inspiring to realize that she lived her life to the fullest, demonstrating the kind of strength unique to women.

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?

My Lifelong Journey With Depression

Heather Kerley | Posted 10.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Kerley

The more fiercely I love, the brighter and more beautiful the world can appear. However, each time I feel that joy and connectedness, the more I fear and mourn its loss, even while I still have it. It is in that empty pause that depression is born.

Big Moments in My Big-Breasted History

TueNight | Posted 08.30.2014 | Women
TueNight

Boobs can make men stupid, and since you can't hide them, you get to witness a lot of stupidity. Being a mother -- and having a boy -- does make me wonder how ingrained men's love for boobs really is. The answer? Pretty damn ingrained.

Collage

Ruth Neubauer | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Neubauer

COLLAGE Yesterday I threw out my career. Today I threw out my father and uncle's business. In his impeccable handwriting, my father kept all the boo...

Paring Down

Ruth Neubauer | Posted 04.29.2013 | Fifty
Ruth Neubauer

On my back, I carry a three-bedroom, 2,200 square foot house. It all looks great. It would be great to live here with someone. But that is not going to happen, so I'm trying to get out of here.

Romney, Obama, and Personal History

Jesse Larner | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Jesse Larner

The Republicans seem to think that Mitt Romney's personal history better prepares him for the office. Because he made hundreds of millions of dollars in business. But what did Romney do, really?

Orphan Heirloom Rescue: 1870 Diary of an Irish Immigrant

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 11.01.2011 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

A few weeks ago, I invited readers to send their orphan heirlooms home. By this, I mean returning family treasures to descendants of their original ow...

Tales Of Pan Am: Living In Two Worlds

Helen Davey | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

My feeling is one of having lived in two worlds with Pan Am: one world was glamorous and exciting and filled with a feeling of magical unreality, while the other was all about the reality of human suffering and trauma.

Guest Column: Why Obama's Election Should Be Considered Historic

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For only the third time in this column's two-and-a-half year history (see note below), I am turning over my soapbox to a guest columnist. As with bot...