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Your 21st Birthday: A GIF Timeline

Surviving College | Posted 04.26.2014 | College
Surviving College

Before you can fully appreciate the sophisticated drinking habits of mature adults, you are essentially obligated to make sure that your actual 21st birthday is the biggest drinking night of your life.

Prisoners of Poverty: A Flip Side of Pakistan

Mariam Khan | Posted 04.13.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

Struck with one of the highest inflation rates in the world along with scarce job opportunities, extreme levels of poverty and an endless wave of terrorism that has blanketed the city, residents of Karachi, the industrial hub of Pakistan are certainly going through turbulent times.

Birthday Party Themes for 30-Somethings

Leslie Goshko | Posted 03.31.2014 | Comedy
Leslie Goshko

But just because you're an "adult" now doesn't mean you can't celebrate your birthday with the same pizazz and excitement as you did when you were a kid.

Aaaackk! I'm Older Than The President's Wife!

Lisa Goich-Andreadis | Posted 03.26.2014 | Fifty
Lisa Goich-Andreadis

Michelle Obama turned 50 recently. And while everyone was saying, 'Oh, isn't it great, Michelle Obama is 50!' I was looking in the mirror saying, 'I'm older than the president's wife?!?' For the first time in my personal history, the first lady is younger than I am. And that's not sitting very well with me.

January Baby, Counting My Presents (Not to Be Confused With Gifts)

Marie Woolf | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Marie Woolf

This was my first Christmas tree in five years -- four, if you count the austere Artistic Experiment of having a beefy neighbor with a buzz saw take d...

7 Things My 4-Year-Old Can Always Count On

Farah L. Miller | Posted 03.24.2014 | Parents
Farah L. Miller

I will be here for you, always. Getting here in a foot or two of snow is only a tiny part of keeping that promise. Here's the rest of it.

41 and Now What?

Janelle Capra | Posted 03.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Janelle Capra

"Forty-one and having fun!" I said aloud while driving my daughters to school. "Oh mom, that is embarrassing," giggled my oldest daughter. "Fort...

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.