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Letting Go of Your Memory Ghost

Emily Hall | Posted 07.15.2014 | Women
Emily Hall

If they aren't the person you used to know and love (and you can't get on board with who they are now) then let them go.

The One Unforgettable Experience Every Father And Son Should Share

Christopher Harder | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Christopher Harder

My son discovered the luminous blue bicycle on his fifth Christmas, next to the tree. That cold morning, I led him along living room and dining room circuits as he got the hang of riding on two tires, with a lot of help from training wheels. He was still years away from any possible attempt at the Tour de France...and his only performance-enhancing drug was the exuberance of a little boy.

What Makes a Memory Stick?

Karin Joy Whitley | Posted 07.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Karin Joy Whitley

As I look back at my summer memories, I wonder why certain situations are vivid in my mind while others I'm not able to recall. When I have conversations with my sister and brother about our childhood, some we can reminiscence to the very minuscule detail while other stories... there is no recollection.

Roger Ebert's Life Itself: A Presence Profoundly Felt, Even After His 'Leave of Presence'

Joseph Cooper | Posted 07.10.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

While all 55 chapters are 4-star reads, the final nine offer moving evidence that, for a man who could not speak, he had restorative observations to make and therapeutic reflections to share.

A Little Nostalgia and a Bit of Perspective

Susan R. Meyer | Posted 07.08.2014 | Fifty
Susan R. Meyer

I wonder if, the older I get, life will seem simple again. In my 20s, I maintained a limited view of the world, not seeing more than I could handle perhaps. Will that be my final decades as well?

Is a Comic Strip Worth a Thousand Words?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

She thrilled us when she sent me some panels from a comic strip she'd drawn -- and got me to thinking all over again about what I would've missed had she never been around.

Why We Should Be Grateful For The 'Down Periods' Of Life

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living

It's easy to feel like you're on top of the world when your career is soaring, you're living passionately and you're accomplishing one dream after the...

One Year Later: Where Were You When DOMA Fell?

John Becker | Posted 06.26.2014 | Gay Voices
John Becker

One year ago today, in two historic decisions, the Supreme Court struck down the heart of the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" in Windsor v. United States. In an instant, the world changed forever.

How Do You Write a Novel? By Listening

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

When people ask how I get ideas for my novels, I tell them that a writer's mind is like that junk drawer in your kitchen. You throw all kinds of things into that drawer: paper clips, rubber bands, business cards. Likewise, writers go around collecting snippets of dialogue overheard.

An Open Letter to My Perpetrator

Tara Hedman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Women
Tara Hedman

Even in the pain, there are days when I can find compassion for you. Days when I wonder about your story. What causes a grown man to find gratification in a child's pain?

The Pieces of Me

Robin Korth | Posted 07.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

I no longer have that hole in the center of me that aches for the comfort of feeling loved. That hole of need -- that no partner or lover could ever really fill -- is where these pieces that I set aside belonged. It was so very simple and elegant in the rightness of it all.

Why Time Seems To Speed Up As We Get Older

iDoneThis Blog | Janet Choi | Posted 06.23.2014 | World

One unnerving aspect of getting older is how life seems to start speeding up. Feeling that whoosh as time rushes past you can be disheartening as you ...

The Unusual Downside Of Using Your Imagination

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living

Memory is an incredible tool. From nostalgic thoughts to little details, our brains have the power to recall the most poignant and defining moments --...

The Legacy of Water

Rachael Freed | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

So is it possible for us to affect this terrible legacy we're leaving the future? The best way I know is to tap my memories and share stories with my grandchildren hoping they will value water before it's too late.

The Secret of the Bottom Right Desk Drawer

Starla Fitch, M.D. | Posted 06.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Starla Fitch, M.D.

I have started my own practice of saving my treasures in my bottom right desk drawer. When I get an email from an overwhelmed surgical resident, thanking me for the lifeline one of my blog posts has given her, it goes in the drawer. When one of my patients reminds me of why I went to medical school, it goes in the drawer. Pick a drawer. Take the time. Start the practice.

Waiting to Die

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 06.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

As children, my three siblings and I thought my Uncle Nick lived at a funeral home -- after all, anytime we assembled for a family event, Uncle Nick w...

A Fatherless Father's Day

Michelle Hanson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Women
Michelle Hanson

I have passed the rows of Father's Day cards when shopping for weeks now. It's like a knife to my heart every time.

Yagana Shah

11 Powerful Song Lyrics That Changed Our Lives Forever | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.08.2014 | Fifty

Whether it's an upbeat track that makes you want to get up and dance or a heartfelt ballad that brings a tear to your eye, there's no doubt that music...

The One Thing Men Miss Most About Their Youth

Jay Lickus | Posted 06.05.2014 | Fifty
Jay Lickus

Playing sports is "hard wired" into the male species. We are born with the drive to be competitive and to win. We are obsessed with being the fastest, the strongest, the nimblest and in the end the best. Playing organized sports has always been the easiest way to do just that... But as we aged, our ability to play sports at a highly elevated competitive level changed.

Why I Sometimes Hide From the World

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 06.03.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

There's usually no specific reason. It's just an accumulation of things, little bits of information and tiny injustices, news and facts and stories and, well, it just gets to be too much. I head for the solace of my bed, under a fluffy blanket, a stack of books and magazines and my TV remote nearby.

Father's Day Tribute to a Family Man

Cathy Cash Spellman | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Cathy Cash Spellman

Family man. The lovely old-fashioned phrase evoked visions of my own father, long gone and sorely missed. Love, comfort, protectiveness, understanding... all tendered in two simple words from a simpler time

Each Father's Day, I Remember

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 06.02.2014 | Women
Alexandra Rosas

My parents would have parties in our basement and the old records from South America would be pulled out. My father, with a brown bottle of beer in his hand and the always-present 1960′s fixture of a cigarette hanging from his lower lip, would slide his feet back and forth.

How Do You Measure a Grandma's Legacy?

Diana Grycan | Posted 07.28.2014 | Fifty
Diana Grycan

I approached my grandmother with my desperate desire to have this doll. My grandmother always had what she called her "kinipple" stashed away in her purse that she hid behind the living room drapes

Have We Forgotten How to Remember?

David Sable | Posted 07.26.2014 | Business
David Sable

Needless to say in our always-on, never gone, digital world, memory has taken on spectrum of new meaning most of it cold, rational and linked in very clear and direct ways.

The V.A. Did What!?

Patricia Rust | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Patricia Rust

"He does not exist!" the man insisted. I figured that the guy was a government worker and doing the best that he could. So, I drove to my parent's condominium and picked up the handsome photo that my mother kept near her bedside.