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What Our Kids Teach Us About New Year's Resolutions

Susan Bloch | Posted 03.16.2013 | Parents
Susan Bloch

My 12-year-old granddaughter, Lisa, sat beside me on a grainy beach in Hawaii. Staring out at the horizon, I struggled to come up with New Year's reso...

5 Things I Learned From My Grandmother

Danielle Herzog | Posted 03.15.2013 | Women
Danielle Herzog

After thinking about my grandmother and our 38 years together, I have put together a short list of some of the things I have learned from her.

In Spite of It All: Loving My Grandma Through the Cancer

Serena Piper | Posted 03.04.2013 | College
Serena Piper

It's something a lot of cancer articles don't mention. The physical effects are one thing -- losing hair and weight, pale skin color, no appetite or energy -- but I came to learn it changes a person more than just physically.

Can Ghosts Cross the Ocean?

Andrew Lam | Posted 01.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Lam

When we first came to America a long time ago, Ngoai, my maternal grandmother, suffered a sort of crisis of faith. She prayed and lit incense sticks and tapped the copper gong to call our ancestors' spirits, but she was no longer convinced that her prayers were heard.

The Secret My Newborn and My Grandmother Shared

Amanda King | Posted 01.26.2013 | Parents
Amanda King

If they're lucky, (like they all should be) they learn that being alive means being surrounded by color and light and softness, and all wrapped up in love.

Is Human Longevity Due to Grandmothers or Older Fathers?

Rob Brooks | Posted 12.31.2012 | Science
Rob Brooks

Why do humans tend to live such a long time? Our closest relatives, the chimpanzees, can last into their mid-forties in the wild. Yet somewhere in the last six million years, human lifespans have lengthened dramatically, so that living into our seventies is no big surprise.

My Grandmother Amy: A Life Well-Lived for 98 Years

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 12.24.2012 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

My grandmother's picture was featured on the cover of the sheet music for "Once In Love With Amy," and the story goes that late one night, my grandfather brought home dozens of copies of the sheet music and hung them up all over their apartment in Forest Hills to surprise her.

The Lure: Some Things Are Better Left Hidden

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 12.04.2012 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

If you were to peel life like an onion, you'd find layer after layer of hidden meaning philosophers have debated over for centuries and will continu...

Pre-Assad: Love Notes From Inside a Syrian Jail

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 10.30.2012 | World
Rym Tina Ghazal

"I can see my toes..." was scribbled in Arabic on a piece of torn cardboard smuggled out of a Syrian jail. It was the third note my grandfather, a Syrian general, was able to send to his wife, my grandmother, by bribing one of the guards.

My Grandmother's Anorexia Changed My Life

Alternet | Posted 07.20.2012 | Women

My grandmother, Flossie, died from anorexia in her 70s, but it wasn't until I got to college that I realized how many little things are ingrained in m...

'He Was The Kindness Of My Young Life'

Lea Lane | Posted 08.28.2012 | Fifty
Lea Lane

My grandfather, William Schacht: orphan from Vienna. Violin player. Cigar store owner on New York's Upper East Side...the kindness of my young life.

Signing with Your Baby

Ruth Neubauer | Posted 07.21.2012 | Parents
Ruth Neubauer

Sign language is a natural way to help communication in the first year or so of life.

The Secret Reading Habits of Women

Jessica Pearce Rotondi | Posted 11.11.2012 | Women
Jessica Pearce Rotondi

I'll never forget my first brush with "Romantica," that subgenre of romance novels with just enough sex content that you wouldn't want to be caught reading it in the DMV.

Astoria Characters: The Banker Everybody Loves

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.22.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

For Michael Serao, banking isn't all about money. It's about helping people enrich their lives.

Children of Divorce and Their Friendships

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 04.10.2012 | Parents
Dr. Irene S. Levine

When parents go through a divorce, there can be friendship fallout for kids QUESTION Dear Irene, My formerly popular 11-year old granddaughter is b...

Sahara's Huge Surprise For Her Mother On 'Mobbed'

Posted 03.12.2012 | TV

Sahara had quite a shock in store for her mother, but after six years she'd decided it was past time to lay it on her. So she called in the "Mobbed" (...

And the Best Holiday Gift Was...

Karin Kasdin | Posted 03.04.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

Fortunately, we experience the same feelings of usefulness and caring when we give to strangers or the less fortunate as we do when we gift those closest to our hearts. Giving material gifts as well as gifts of time and service should be a critical component of family life.

PHOTOS: Grandma Gets Saucy In The Kitchen

Jessica Pearce Rotondi | Posted 02.15.2012 | Women
Jessica Pearce Rotondi

What I can't decide is whether these ads are mocking older women's sexuality or celebrating it.

Astoria Characters: The Kindred Spirit

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.23.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It's Thanksgiving time, and Kim Parshley is getting ready to make her famous pumpkin pie. She wishes the recipe had been handed down from her grandmother. It wasn't; she was left to concoct it all by herself.

Teen Makes Occupy Wall Street Trip With Grandmother

Turnstyle | Posted 12.05.2011 | Impact

Originally published on, a digital information service surfacing emerging stories in news, entertainment, art and culture; powere...

70-Year-Old Grandmother Sued For Downloading Porn

Robin Wilkey | Posted 09.14.2011 | San Francisco

There's something fishy about the lawsuit against tens of thousands of Internet users who allegedly downloaded copyrighted files. As the 70-year-old g...

Argentine President Tweets: A Grandmother-To-Be

AP | Posted 09.12.2011 | World

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is tweeting that she will soon be a grandmother. "I'm going to have a grandchild! C...


Emmie Twombly | Posted 09.01.2011 | Style
Emmie Twombly

As the youngest in my family, who grew up surrounded by strong independent women, I was able to build my future with insight and perseverance. My first role model was my grandmother, who my older sister and I called "Mimi."

'STEALING' My Stuff Back Post-Split

Joan Weis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Joan Weis

Many years ago, I decided I could no longer be married to my husband. Unbeknownst to me, my leaving meant that my things in the house suddenly became his.

Old women: the wisest people on Earth

Rory Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rory Fitzgerald

They cannot operate a mobile phone, or use a clutch, but elderly ladies are the wisest people on Earth. You see, they will have led lives for others,...