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Childhood Memories

Dark Memories of Sunny South Africa

Anya Schmemann | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Anya Schmemann

We had just arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa from snowy New York City. It was suddenly the middle of summer, the garden was lush and green, and there was a sparkling pool outside our window beckoning us. All year we had dreamed of our new life in Africa.

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15 Tunes That Take Us Back In Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.25.2013 | Fifty

From the song that was playing when you first danced with your high school sweetheart to the tunes you blasted on the radio of your first car, some me...

Grace in a Goldfish Bowl

Carissa K | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

To my child's tender heart, the loss of a pet goldfish is a big deal. And even though I'm an adult and can see this morning's tragedy as funny and ironic, most powerful of all, I'm a parent. And once you've grown, sustained and nurtured your child's heart both inside and out of you, you'll always feel it as it swells with joy or breaks with grief.

Motherhood and the Art of Crying on Cue

Kellie Martin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kellie Martin

When I was a teenager I worked on a show that was about a family. As with real families, my fictional family on "Life Goes On" had its ups and downs, and as part of the fictional downers, the actors were often called to cry on cue. This absolutely terrified me.

Breasts or Wings: Hooters and My First Food Shaming

Food Riot | Posted 10.31.2013 | Taste
Food Riot

Eating is active - we tear, bite, chew, dredge, pull, hold. It's a physical need, and therefore a highly physical act. But it's also an emotional act.

Never Too Old for Halloween

Nikki Luongo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Nikki Luongo

It's impossible to believe, but in less than three weeks, it'll be Halloween again. It's impossible to believe because it's nearly 80 degrees and instead of being blistery cold, it's like another August, but of course it's not.

How A Dose Of Nostalgia Could Boost Your Self-Esteem

Posted 10.05.2013 | Healthy Living

By Jeanette Leardi for YouBeauty Remember basking in the glow of your senior prom and never wanting that night to end? And what about the excitemen...

Back to School: Memories Defined by Dresses

Mary Daily | Posted 11.30.2013 | Style
Mary Daily

I still remember the smell of the newly-dyed material when we walked in and the anticipation of what we would find. In those days, fabric stores got leftover bolts of material and they carried a wide selection of beautiful textiles.

The Cultural Dilemma of American Summers for Immigrant Parents

Rajika Bhandari | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Rajika Bhandari

Growing up in India, my summer holidays as a child were all about staying indoors. Curtains were tightly drawn and homes were turned into cool and dark recesses. So, for me the greatest challenge at this time of the year is how to celebrate summer and all its bountiful offerings when I have been raised to shun the sun?

Lost and Found

Alexandra Billings | Posted 10.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Alexandra Billings

The other day I decided to get lost. I decided to drive. Going into the unknown for a day, I wanted to travel far and stop when I needed, see what I wanted, and just keep going. I drove for two or three hours and stopped at some beautiful places, but I couldn't seem to get far enough away.

What Do You Miss The Most About Being A Kid?

Posted 08.11.2013 | Teen

Wasn't life so much more simpler when your biggest worry was who you were going to sit with at lunch and begging your parents to let you stay up past ...

8 Pieces Of Wisdom From A Bear Stuffed With Fluff

Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

11 Inspiring Quotes From Your Favorite Disney Movies

Posted 08.02.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

My American Beginning: Learning a New Language, Seeing A Future

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.01.2013 | Good News
Andrew Lam

Back then I thought English was a rather terse and ugly-sounding language -- you don't have to say much to get your points across, but speak it too long you risk hurting your throat. In America that fear became true.

My Childhood Didn't Turn Me Into The Parent I Feared

Jennifer Ball | Posted 09.25.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Ball

My kids have known grief. They've no doubt felt anger, too. But my kids have never felt that fear I felt, they've never fled a room in terror like I did. They've never had to face an adult who has just violated their rights and listened to a pathetic, hollow apology.

Why Childhood Diaries Should Self-Destruct

Rachel Weight | Posted 09.22.2013 | Women
Rachel Weight

What hurt the most was reading how even at 11 years old, I already hated my body. I'd like to say I grew out of that pain, but I really never have.

My Favorite Summer Memories

Maria Rodale | Posted 09.15.2013 | Women
Maria Rodale

This one is for you, Jaa, who asked me to write about my favorite summer memories... The Barn Until I was seven (when my grandfather passed away), ...

I Love You Like Bread and Butter

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 09.10.2013 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

Like clockwork, every Monday, the man in the bread truck would deliver the softest and freshest bread I had ever tasted.

No, I Won't Use an e-Reader

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.02.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

The book encapsulated a deep sense of pleasure, safety, wonder, satisfaction, and above all, love. These early experiences linger with us, and can have enormous emotional resonance.

'This Is Cancer'

Babette Hughes | Posted 08.28.2013 | Fifty
Babette Hughes

The technician is a man, which surprisingly doesn't surprise you. He looks like someone you might see shopping in the supermarket, or selling you insurance. He removes the pillowslip exposing your breasts. His hands are cold. This is not a real man and these are not breasts for babies or making love that he is touching. This is cancer.

Moving Memories

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Parents
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

It was the house in which my oldest son took his first steps, the house in which we brought home from the hospital two more newborn baby boys, and in which we celebrated all of their accomplishments and milestones.

The Ride of My Life

Jason Earle | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Jason Earle

I continued down the road, reflecting on all of these things, with the cadence of my breath and pedals steady, powering into the wind. I began to think about how amazing this life has been. At 37 years old, I'm starting to see things in a much different way.

Remembering My Father's Face

Lisa Oppenheimer | Posted 08.13.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Oppenheimer

Memories live in the most unlikely places... in a scent, an old t-shirt, a teacup. In my case, it's my father's face. Not the one he was born with, but the one he wore on his wrist.

Grandparents: The Sacred Things I Carry

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 07.31.2013 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

My children feel more deeply for our parents than we can. They hold them high, unable to see flaws or strengths, history or potential. They just love them today. Our parents return the love with genuine freedom, without promise or regret, pressure or expectation

Single Mom Stuck in the Suburbs

Erin Mantz | Posted 07.29.2013 | Parents
Erin Mantz

Being a single mom stuck in the suburbs can be hard. Happy, intact families are everywhere, holed up in their big houses and two-parent, tag-team bedtime routines, working on the garden or schlepping in the groceries.