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On My Father's Birthday: A Letter To The Man Who Killed Him

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 12.02.2014 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

I don't know your name, but you killed my father on June 9, 1973, in Stockton, California. My father was 32 years old then; I was 10. If he had lived, he would have been 74 on November 29th.

Why Hosting A Party For Complete Strangers May Be The Best Thing You Ever Do

Sherry Stanfa-Stanley | Posted 12.02.2014 | Fifty
Sherry Stanfa-Stanley

Once upon a time in a youth far ago, I enjoyed a reputation as a fabulous party host. Like many grown women, however, the parties I held after my 20s mostly entailed juice boxes and preschoolers peeing their pants while waiting in line for the piñata. My plans to throw a terrific party at the age of 52 presented new challenges: the biggest one being I wouldn't know a single guest.

Why I Bared It All At A Nude Beach -- With My 75-Year-Old Mother

Sherry Stanfa-Stanley | Posted 12.13.2014 | Fifty
Sherry Stanfa-Stanley

Halfway through my year of new mid-life adventures, I embarked on my most challenging experience yet. I pushed past the anticipated horror and viewed it pragmatically. When visiting a nude beach, I figured I should bring along three things: sunscreen, an extra-large towel, and of course, my 75-year-old mother.

How This Boomer Pursues His Passion Without Sacrificing His Career

John Tarnoff | Posted 11.16.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Career reinventions in and past mid-life are successful when they reflect authentic passions, commitments, concerns and issues. At this point in our lives and careers, we need to acknowledge who we are, what we're good at, and what kind of legacy we want to leave. But this does not mean that we have to necessarily turn our backs on our current careers.

The 50s: Flourishing or Floundering?

Garry Gilfoy | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Garry Gilfoy

What strikes me most about this time of life is how easy it is to turn your back on life-giving energy. Without even knowing it we can divest ourselves of a vital future where we can continue to grow and create.

AARP "Ideas@50+" San Diego Review

Jay Lickus | Posted 11.11.2014 | Fifty
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Jay Lickus

Baby Boomers, I have finally caught up from our wonderful trip to San Diego last weekend to attend the AARP "Ideas@50+" convention. First of all, I ...

A Midlife Awakening

Sara Taney Humphreys | Posted 10.22.2014 | Women
Sara Taney Humphreys

I look upon this second half of my life with an open mind, a generous heart and an adventurous spirit.

Why You Need Your Girlfriends In Midlife More Than Ever

Susan Pace | Posted 09.16.2014 | Fifty
Susan Pace

One joy in reaching midlife is that I know my friends and I are still pals after all these years not because we are bound by PTA or corporate meetings, but because we have all thrown every possible foible onto the table along with plenty of glasses of wine.

Humility and Growing Old

Jay Lickus | Posted 08.30.2014 | Fifty
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Jay Lickus

Have you gotten tired yet hearing how broken down and dysfunctional we have all become in our advancing years? If we are smart, we except our shortcomings, find a way to overcome them and move on with living our lives to the fullest.

How This Lawyer Rediscovered Herself And Her Career At 60

John Tarnoff | Posted 06.29.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Let's assume that we're all going to hit a wall in our careers sooner or later. If we're 50 or over, and it hasn't already happened, be on the lookout. This installment is a personal story about a longstanding friend of mine, a New York lawyer named Janet Scully who worked for 22 years as an attorney for Travelers Insurance.

The Biggest Makeup No-No A Woman Can Make

TueNight | Posted 04.18.2014 | Fifty
TueNight

I don't care how many charming articles I see declaring that '40 is the new 30.' It's bullshit.

7 Steps To A Brand New You In Midlife

Jennifer Boykin | Posted 03.31.2014 | Fifty
Jennifer Boykin

Suppose you meant to make a change in your life. Perhaps you wanted to lose weight, or write a book. Perhaps you meant to develop a better exercise routine or finish a degree.

Have You Ever Wanted To Chuck It All and Start Over?

Larissa and Michael Milne | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Larissa and Michael Milne

Deciding a major shake-up of our lives was necessary to heal from the breakdown of our family, we turned to our longstanding passion for travel. So we chucked it all to travel around the world for a year. What would we do when we returned? We had no idea.

Over 40, and Not Washed Up Yet

Sandi Vidal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Sandi Vidal

Telling people you have 15-20 years of experience is no longer impressive, it just makes you sound old. With the increase in technology at exponential speeds, older is not necessarily better and new does not mean it has no credibility.

The Mother of All Realities

Susan Pace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Susan Pace

Am I having a self-pity party because I chose to spend time creeping upstairs to put a tired toddler to bed rather than clambering up a corporate ladder?

Still In My Pajamas

Stephanie Gertler | Posted 07.06.2013 | Fifty
Stephanie Gertler

Nothing made me happier than motherhood, despite the loneliness of the suburbs. Despite the fact that my husband left early in the morning and came home well after nine at night. Despite the fact that I missed my mom, my friends, my touchstones.

Why A Career Change Is Possible At Any Age

Gail McMeekin | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Gail McMeekin

Even if you made a great career decision for yourself at age 22, it's often unrealistic to expect that you'll be content with that choice for 40 years or more. Poor life choices, whether it's work you despise, an unsatisfying marriage, or living in the wrong climate, are serenity stealers.

Is it Time to Quit? When (and Why) to Surrender

Jennifer Boykin | Posted 05.21.2013 | Fifty
Jennifer Boykin

Recently, I've come to a place of deep acceptance and surrender about a situation in my life that just isn't where I want it to be.

What This Rwandan Child Taught Me About Compassion

T.P. Allen | Posted 01.21.2013 | Fifty
T.P. Allen

I have long been fascinated (or, more honestly, flummoxed) by the "lottery of birth." How is it that some are simply born into so much, and seem to have life so easy, while others are dealt such very, very difficult cards?

A Potluck Is a Perfect Place for a Mid-life Crisis

Jody Melto | Posted 12.11.2012 | DC
Jody Melto

The worst thing about going to a potluck is not knowing it's a potluck until you arrive. Like last Saturday.

10 Ways To Spark New Insight

Sura | Posted 11.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Sura

Life changes as we change. It's a natural part of life. Accepting these inevitable changes are instrumental to our personal health and happiness. Making new decisions can be challenging.

A Different Way to Have a Midlife Crisis

Michael Neill | Posted 11.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

To the extent that I identify with whatever impersonal energy, force, or intelligence it is that animates not only our bodies but also the entire world that they inhabit, a midlife crisis is no more or less than an invitation to awaken to our true spiritual identity.

WATCH: How To Make A Successful Career Change

Posted 01.09.2012 | Fifty

The Today Show hosts Katie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb spoke to Today Financial Editor Jean Chatzky, and career website The Grindestone's Editor At Larg...

Midlife Dreams And The Harvest Of Possibility

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 03.04.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

At mid-life, dreams are hard to come by. We invest in the practical: a healthy 401(k), college educations for our children, a paid-off mortgage by the time we retire. We may indulge in a hobby or take up a pastime, but we tell ourselves it's too late for a life-changing dream. By the time we reached the stage of realizing it, we'd be too old to enjoy the results. Unless, of course, our dreams are already there, waiting to sprout.

Can You Spot A Highly Semi-Happy Marriage?

bigthink.com | Pamela Haag | Posted 01.03.2012 | Fifty

Friends sometimes ask me about the signs of marriages on the brink. Can mere mortals, without credentials even!, predict which marriages are likely to...