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An Easy Way to Save Your Life

Maureen Anderson | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

You'll forget what you accomplished, what made you double over with laughter, and what mistakes threatened to derail everything -- only to teach you so much you'll eventually attribute much of your happiness to them.

Matzo Ball Memories

EllynAnne Geisel | Posted 04.10.2014 | Denver
EllynAnne Geisel

The Seder is a meal of ritual. While there can be some playing around with the menu, sacrosanct are the serving of matzo ball soup and the absence of flour in any recipe.

Friendship and Other Superpowers

Tara Hedman | Posted 04.10.2014 | Women
Tara Hedman

Friendships help clear our paths. Paths that were made dangerous long before that friend arrived on the scene. Friends can walk beside, share our burdens, and penetrate the gray bubble of shame and fear. No small feat.

Why Your First Love Is So Unforgettable

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Nisson Lassin

The reason first love stories are so compelling to read is because there is something so powerful about a young love experience. Is it because it happens when our hearts are still innocent and pure -- before that first inevitable heartbreak? Or is it because once that huge flame dies out, a few warm embers remain to keep the memory aglow?

Why Everyone Should Go To Their High School Reunion

Jim Moret | Posted 04.07.2014 | Fifty
Jim Moret

The email alert popped up with annoying regularity, reminding me that my high school reunion was approaching and I had not yet purchased my ticket. I had already decided months earlier that I was not going, not this time. And time was the operative word, because this reunion marked forty years since my graduation. Attending would force me to face that reality head on and I simply wasn't prepared for it.

16 Ways 'Kids These Days' Are Missing Out On REAL Summer Fun

Posted 04.04.2014 | Parents

The only thing better than summertime itself is being a kid during the summer. There are beaches to play on, pools to swim in, and friends to hang out...

The Palmist: A Short Story from Birds of Paradise Lost:

Andrew Lam | Posted 04.01.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Andrew Lam

The Palmist is a short story collected in Andrew Lam's latest book, Birds of Paradise Lost. It was published in March of 2013 and won a Pen/Josephine ...

Where Do You Follow Your Nose?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

I hadn't realized how powerful scent was until I separated it from my other senses. There were clues, though. There's a armoire in the basement of the house my parents still live in where they keep the World Book Encyclopedias. Nothing, and I mean nothing, calls up my childhood faster than opening those doors and taking a breath.

Yagana Shah

13 Signs We Never Really Grow Up | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.31.2014 | Fifty

They say the grass is always greener -- and that never holds true more than when it comes to age. As kids we long for the freedom to be able to do wha...

Foreword: Vietnam 40 Years Later

Andrew Lam | Posted 03.18.2014 | Books
Andrew Lam

Vietnam is no longer a war, of course, but it remains for many Americans a scar and a haunting metaphor for political disasters and tragic consequences.

7 Ways to Overcome Loss

Alexandra Harra | Posted 03.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Harra

We naturally want to regain the things or people we've lost. But there's a fine line between doing your part and pushing fate.

Create Your Own 'Happiness Folder'

Herbert Lui | Posted 03.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Herbert Lui

It's easy to get bogged down in unhappy memories. In the times we've messed up, or the times we've failed at something, and so on. Instead, create a Happiness Folder. It can contain anything that helps you rehearse the memories that you need to become happier in the long-term.

How I Broke My Son's Heart

Brent Almond | Posted 02.27.2014 | Parents
Brent Almond

He wasn't angry. He wasn't throwing a fit because he hadn't gotten his way. He was sad. Because of me.

Cleaning Out My Kitchen

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

It's that time of year--the end of February (still two-feet of melting snow outside)--when the spring-cleaning gene kicks in and the urge to clean o...

In Memory of

Grace Li | Posted 02.26.2014 | College
Grace Li

Memory is a strange thing. I don't remember what I ate for breakfast, but I can tell you in painstaking detail what I was doing when the Twin Towers...

On Ski Lifts and the Human Condition

Lianna Serko | Posted 02.24.2014 | College
Lianna Serko

Invariably, it goes like this: lift, ski, repeat. Lift, ski, repeat. Lift, ski, repeat. The most variable part of the formula -- the part most liable to be different each and every time -- is the lift.

Which Memory Can I Erase for You Today?

Uloop | Posted 02.19.2014 | College

Although the studies are only now taking place on mice, they bring many ethical questions of memory to the forefront, and also question patient accessibility to this type of treatment in the future, since it involves the use of a future prescription drug to remove the unwanted memories.

Don't Disappear From the Pictures

Lara Huffman | Posted 02.18.2014 | Women
Lara Huffman

My plea to parents, and this goes to anyone really, don't disappear from the pictures. Who cares if you think your hair is frizzy or you have a "weird" smile or whatever hangup or lie that we tell ourselves, and don't want to be in the pictures? When you have children, forget all that and just get into that picture.

Gourami, aka Kissing Fish: New York City, April, 2010

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

I'm staying in my Aunt Janet's place on the upper west side while on a job in New York It's a classic old apartment that my late Uncle Jim's parent...

Emotions, Memories and Reflections

Michael Hafftka | Posted 02.18.2014 | Arts
Michael Hafftka

I am drawn to painting war because I fear it, I fear losing my life or living without freedom. My parents survived the gas chambers and pogroms in which their families perished. The infinite oscillation between victor and vanquished is as present in our world as it was 2000 years ago.

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.

Letting Go of Stuff

Katie Lance | Posted 04.08.2014 | HuffPost Home
Katie Lance

I was reminded that at the end of the day our stuff -- is just that -- it's just stuff. It's just that so much of our stuff has so much meaning.

The Most Painful Moment Of My Life

Robin Hoffman | Posted 04.06.2014 | Fifty
Robin Hoffman

By finally giving thought to this and opening up about it, I can begin to see how this experience has effected who I've become. That night shook to my core my ability to trust myself, to appreciate the beauty around me, and to be fully intimate.

Why Certain Memories Stick Out In Our Minds

Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living

Can you recall your first kiss? Or the first time you drove a car? What about your first school dance? The brain has a fascinating way of acting li...

On Being a Mother

Sheryl Kraft | Posted 04.01.2014 | Fifty
Sheryl Kraft

After yearning to be a mother for so long, suddenly, the word was strangely alien to me: weighty with responsibility, emotion and most of all, the unknown.