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What My Daddy Taught Me About Love And Renewal

Denene Millner | Posted 12.05.2014 | Black Voices
Denene Millner

Daddy lives in a quaint house in the same bucolic town, on the same country road, next door to the house in which he was born and raised.

The Jealousy Trap: Those Deceiving Family Photos

Carrie Kenny | Posted 10.20.2014 | Parents
Carrie Kenny

Someone looking at my old albums might see a picture of me as a new mom, holding a sleeping baby and think how precious and sweet it is. I remember what that was really like. The lighting in the picture hides the spit up on my shirt.

Wrapping a Present for the Future

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.10.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Maybe there is some risk in overzealously documenting our lives. There are certainly times to put that camera away and join in the fun. But these findings suggest that there may also be risk in failing to create mementos. The seemingly dull and quotidian details of our everyday lives may be the emotional treasures of the future.

Why I Take So Many Pictures

Leslie Blanche | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
Leslie Blanche

I'm not photo-obsessed. I spend plenty of time playing and laughing with my family without a phone or camera in my hand. With that being said, there are currently 2,390 pictures in my camera roll on my phone.

You're Never Too Old For a Baby Gift

Donna Fish | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Donna Fish

For this Mother's Day -- which I always advocate as a time to buy yourself a present -- buy yourself a baby book and relive and record that early history of when your first was born. (Or that early history of your growing family.)

A Surprisingly Simple Way to Get Rid of Clutter

John M. Simmons | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

Get used to it, Junior, there's more rejection where that came from! I'm throwing it away. I need to make room for your high school diploma.

Remembering My Mom: The Living Memories Project

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

My mother was essentially a cheerful, optimistic person. When I was bored, sad or depressed, she would say: "Get yourself a project." So I decided my project would be to interview people about how they keep alive the memories of their loved ones.

A Grandmother Of Our Many Santas

Margaret Sullivan | Posted 02.24.2014 | Fifty
Margaret Sullivan

For us, Santa has many faces and comes in many guises. And, Megyn, if you need yours to be a white, 'Twas-the-night-before-Christmas Santa, fine. That's what you need. He's that way for you. Others of us see him other ways. They all work.

That Glorious Song of Old...

Les Trent | Posted 02.22.2014 | Good News
Les Trent

My father didn't leave me much when he died at the relatively young age of 53, save his name and a savant like recall of classic Christmas carols. We were living on the army base at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Only three of our eventual brood of seven kids were born then

Nelson Mandela, Forgiveness and Brothers and Sisters

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 12.09.2013 | Impact
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

How did he do it? How did he see stars instead of bars while in prison? Apartheid, suffering, and twenty-seven years of imprisonment did not stop him from leading a nation through a process of truth and reconciliation.

Our Travel Budget Is Out of Proportion to Our Income, and We're Okay With That

Maureen Anderson | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Maureen Anderson

When Darrell and I were newlyweds it was difficult for me to get used to how unhappy he almost always was at what things cost. It was difficult for him to get used to how unhappy I was at how unhappy he was.

Family and Food: Giving Thanks

Wendy Gaynor | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Wendy Gaynor

We understood more than ever that year what it truly meant to give thanks. Ruby was recovering, granted it was at a snail's pace, and we were blessed.

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.

Jolly Rogers

Caren Chesler | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents
Caren Chesler

Every time our car would ascend high into the air and then over the top of the Ferris Wheel, I would say, "Weeeeeee!" and then "Look how beautiful!" and point to the rides below. I was trying to assuage his fear, though he didn't seem to have any. Now, it's me who gets light-headed.

Remembering Those We've Lost On Memorial Day Weekend

Carolyn Espley-Miller | Posted 07.26.2013 | Fifty
Carolyn Espley-Miller

When the gardener heard my father's last name, he lifted his jacket from where it was placed... directly upon my great-grandfather's headstone.

Grits and Polenta: Keeping Our Families Close

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 06.18.2013 | Good News
Molly Alexander Darden

I'm glad I've renewed my relationship with my generation's cousins, and look forward to meeting the next two generations at Grey's memorial service later this week. We just never know when we'll be saying either, 'I wish we had been closer when we could.'

Lights Go On Part IV: Our Little Car

Thomas Bähler | Posted 06.08.2013 | New York
Thomas Bähler

Dad was a visionary. He delighted in following and building upon his dreams. He loved a challenge. For instance, he might look at a piece of scrap and see a car. Michelangelo seemed to do that with marble.

Learning From the Past; Teach Your Children Well

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 06.02.2013 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

There are many lessons to be learned in moments from our pasts. Teach your children well and remember that food can be your tool.

Remember This, Not That

CT Working Moms | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
CT Working Moms

This parenting stuff, I am learning, is tricky business. It can be tough to figure out when to be stern and hold your ground as a mom to help mold your children into better people, and when to just throw in the towel and let kids be kids.

Why I've Kept My Brother's Jacket For Over 20 Years

Linda K. Wertheimer | Posted 04.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda K. Wertheimer

In the early years of mourning, wearing my brother's jacket gave me some comfort. It was as if he were with me. More than 25 years have passed since my brother's death. Now, the jacket serves mostly as a trigger of memory.

The Pressing Moments We’ll Try Hard To Remember

Amanda Magee | Posted 02.04.2013 | Parents
Amanda Magee

I tell myself I should buy sparklers but when I look up, I'm late for jack-o-lanterns. Once upon a time we talked about Disney World, but they were too young, now we are in a sprint to beat the imminent disdain for princesses.

The Kids Grew Up Alright

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 02.26.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

I'm glad the world did not end so I could enjoy a few days of Forced Family Fun with some pretty awesome adults.

What Will They Remember?

Wendy Bradford | Posted 01.26.2013 | Parents
Wendy Bradford

I hope that when they are older and discuss among themselves how we went many places, and did many things, and that mom took a lot of photos of them, they will also remember how we say "I love you" so many times a day.

The Memory Keepers

Allison Tate | Posted 12.22.2012 | Parents
Allison Tate

More than scrapbooks, more than baby books, my children are themselves memory keepers, especially of the details of each other's childhoods.

The Life Out Loud: Share Your Stories

MeiMei Fox | Posted 12.17.2012 | Parents
MeiMei Fox

My parents have boxes and boxes of pictures from their childhoods -- and mine -- just sitting in storage, collecting dust. How fantastic would it be to get the photos digitized, and recordings made of their stories, told in their voices?