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To My Parents on My 30th Birthday

Jill Patir | Posted 03.18.2014 | Women
Jill Patir

When my daughter's first birthday was approaching, I began to realize that birthdays are just as much about the parents as they are about the child. Now, as my 30th birthday is approaching, I can't help but feel the need to stop and thank my parents for living utterly and entirely for me.

To My Son on His Birthday

Kim Keating | Posted 03.18.2014 | Parents
Kim Keating

Happy birthday! Now you're 13. Welcome to the teenage years, they're a big time for you to grow and learn. And for the past 4,475 days, I have done nothing more than grow and learn from you.

22 Unexpected Gifts Of Having Twins

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 03.15.2014 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

Holding a baby is delicious -- but holding your two infants at the same time is nothing short of a miracle.

How A Simple Earache Landed Me In The Hospital

Al DeLuise | Posted 03.13.2014 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

I tend not to go to the doctor when something is wrong; I will muscle through the pain until it goes away. Do not mistake this for some strong-stoicism because I will complain every minute that the pain is there. It was this anti-stoicism that landed me in the hospital just a few days before my son Alexander's third birthday.

20 Things I Miss About My Twenties

Danny Rubin | Posted 03.12.2014 | College
Danny Rubin

Out too late partying mid-week at 23? Typical young person. Hungover on a Wednesday in my 30s? Get it together, buddy.

When I'm 34

Paul Rockower | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Paul Rockower

Birthdays are vantage points, where you can look back and forward. It is a departure point to mark the time. I have marked my time well on the days I have spent. I hope you do too.

Prayer For My Son On His 16th Birthday

Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents
Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

Bills and responsibilities and weekly paychecks will all come soon enough, so have fun. Just not the kind of fun that requires bail money. May you have the wisdom to know the difference.

The Mantra I Absolutely Have To Live My Life By

Dianne Harman | Posted 03.11.2014 | Fifty
Dianne Harman

My son told my husband recently that my husband's 'runway was getting a bit short.' (He was diplomatic enough not to comment on mine!) I've thought a lot about that statement and I don't want to get to the end of my runway regretting that I didn't do something. The thought's been cropping up on a daily basis as I watch the hospice caregivers change shifts while they care for our next door neighbor who has terminal cancer. I've wondered what's going through his mind.

8 Qualities I Hope My Daughter Will Never Lose

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 03.10.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

While it may seem trite, it really is true: my love for you grows stronger with each passing day. I am prouder than words can possibly express to call myself your mom. You are amazing, and I want to take this opportunity to tell you -- and the world -- why.

Not All Traditions Need to Be Repeated

Al DeLuise | Posted 03.01.2014 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

With all the traditions that come with this time of year, there is one in particular that my friends and I have not celebrated since we started having kids and the holidays became all about them (thanks for ruining Christmas, kids).

The Amazing Cookies That Will Bring You Closer To God

Laura Zinn Fromm | Posted 02.20.2014 | Fifty
Laura Zinn Fromm

My birthday was coming up. You know how that goes. If your children are teenagers and you've been with your significant others a long time, you're probably not going to be the center of attention you might have been thirty years ago. Your family's attitude towards your birthday probably is -- what's that French word? -- oh right, lame.

The Facebook Birthday Fix: Evidence for Defending Your Life

Kevin Walsh | Posted 02.16.2014 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

December 15th is my wife's birthday and, like a true Facebook lurker, I can't help but drift into her page and see the many greetings coming from all walks of her life.

A Day To Remember Pain And Celebrate The Miracle Of Love

Jennifer Meer | Posted 02.13.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

December has always been a miraculous time. It marks the season in my life when I labored with both my children on the same date, in different years: December 14. But I cannot help but think of a community not so very far from my own. December 14 marks a very different day for them.

Old B*tches and Birthdays

Cat del Valle Castellanos | Posted 02.11.2014 | Comedy
Cat del Valle Castellanos

It's 2013, yet there's still this idea that we're damaged goods if we're not settled down by 30. But freaking out over "finding a husband" seems a little too Jane Austen for me.

The Truism That's Difficult For Many Parents To Come To Terms With

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 02.01.2014 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

We've celebrated the holidays together for 21 years. But change is in the air. With two kids in college, traditions that have been givens are givens no more.

How I Really Feel About My Daughter Turning 40

Diana Grycan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Diana Grycan

I have just experienced yet another life passage. It is really my daughter who turned 40 this week, but it has created a whole new set of feelings in my aging self. I remember a little girl of 5 who proudly drew pretty pictures for me to put on my walls.

Out of This World: My Spectacular Birthday Gift This Year

Robin Palmer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News
Robin Palmer

My always mild-mannered and even-keeled husband caught up with me and yelled, "This is so freaky!!!" We thought we were the only humans within earshot, until we heard a man scream from his yard across the street, "Holy (Bleep)!!!!"

Aging Gracefully? Not On My Watch!

Linda Wolff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Linda Wolff

I recently had a birthday. No, it wasn't the big one. But, I'm getting so close I can almost feel its hot breath whispering in my ear. I am holding onto my 40s by a thread.

Pepperoni Pizza Casserole Recipe Is the Perfect Anytime Treat

The Stir | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste
The Stir

There's one surefire way to lift your family's spirits when one or more of you happen to be having a bad day: announce that it's pizza night.

Running a Marathon With Haruki Murakami

Natalie Rinn | Posted 10.31.2013 | Travel
Natalie Rinn

Early in October I flew to Minneapolis and ran my first marathon. It's astounding to me how many people do this on a regular basis because it really is a long way to run. What I want to talk about, though, is how I ran my first marathon with Haruki Murakami.

9 Of The Funniest Ecards You'll Ever Read

Posted 10.30.2013 | Fifty

People have mixed feelings about turning 50. Some handle it better than others. A great greeting card can lighten the mood and make light of the oft-d...

Celebrating Children's Birthdays

Risa Garon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Risa Garon

Birthdays become a source of contention for parents and sad realities for children. It doesn't have to be that way. I am sure you don't want to hurt your child. In fact, be proactive and think about what you can do to truly make a happy birthday for your child.

Happy Birthday, Hillary Clinton!

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics

Happy Birthday, Hillary Clinton! The former First Lady, U.S. senator and Secretary of State turned 66 on Saturday, and boy, does she know how to celeb...

How to Celebrate Your Birthday Abroad

Ashley Mateo | Posted 12.18.2013 | Travel
Ashley Mateo

This year, instead of putting myself through the entirely self-generated cycle of hype versus reality, I decided to just leave the country for my birthday. My best friend and I booked a trip to Greece, land of luxurious beaches, gorgeous sunsets and more than a little history.

50 Things I've Learned In 50-Something Years

Sheryl Kraft | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Sheryl Kraft

Soon, I'll be turning 50-something. There's no point in denying so-called aging -- it's something I wasn't always convinced I'd be here to witness -- but I can't help getting my real age number stuck in my throat when I have to actually say it.