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Life is Fragile: Say "I Love You" a Lot

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 04.23.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Jim Taylor

I remember my life in my 20s and 30s when I was single. I felt invincible. Life was so carefree. I lived in the present, didn't think much about the f...

Facing Our Mortality: The Stomach Flu of the Soul That Sets Us Free

Kari Henley | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

I have been thinking a lot about death lately. Not a fun topic, but one rich with interpretations, nuances, fears and murky voids. Our mortality is p...

How I'm Learning To Love Middle Age At 65

Mark Jacobson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Fifty
Mark Jacobson

Sixty-five is a longtime bullet-point mile marker along the Interstate of American Life, the product of uncounted hours of congressional back room dealing and insurance-company probability charts.

Leaving My Kids for the Weekend Was Friggin' Hard

Dana Mark | Posted 03.28.2014 | Parents
Dana Mark

Of course I missed my kids. I called them and emailed my mom for updates, relishing the few pictures she sent. I talked about them more than any of the childless girls there could probably tolerate. But I had a fantastic time.

And We Are Magnificent!

Robin Korth | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

What remarkable pieces of life we human beings are. We are blood and bone -- an earthy physiology of cells conglomerated into sinew and tissue, powere...

The Unexpected Poignance of Google Maps

Dale Keiger | Posted 03.14.2014 | DC
Dale Keiger

We casually speak of things as possessing digital immortality in cyberspace. Not true. The lives of the people we love disappear from there, too.

Cosmic Dust

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

I wonder if there's another way to observe this day and the season of Lent which it inaugurates by considering where those ashes come from. I don't mean their traditional origin in last year's Palm Sunday palm fronds that are burned to ashes and mixed with oil to create an adhesive mix, but a deeper origin.

Fleeting Loves, Enduring Loves

Stephen Henry Fox | Posted 02.24.2014 | Hawaii
Stephen Henry Fox

Maui bid a hui hou, until we gather again, to one Harlan Masuda under a gentle mantel of vog and low clouds today. Harlan's passing was sudden, with n...

5 Ways to Achieve Cheap Immortality Through Art

Simone Collins | Posted 02.25.2014 | Arts
Simone Collins

Forget developing relationships with those at the edge of anti-aging research. Perhaps you would do better by buddying up with an animator!

Our Cocoon -- A Poem

Jacob Weber | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Jacob Weber

You're still sleeping. And I'm up, trying to work, to focus to not log on to you know what. I catch a moth in the dim hall search every inch of a cl...

Get Enough Sleep. Your Life Depends On It, Study Says

Posted 02.04.2014 | Fifty

Sure we're aware of the immediate consequences of not getting enough shut-eye-- dark circles, drowsiness, and dependence on caffeine to name a few. Bu...

Birthday Party Themes for 30-Somethings

Leslie Goshko | Posted 03.31.2014 | Comedy
Leslie Goshko

But just because you're an "adult" now doesn't mean you can't celebrate your birthday with the same pizazz and excitement as you did when you were a kid.

What's in a Day?

Jeremy Shure | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeremy Shure

By asking these questions, I'm pushed to put dreams and hopes into my daily routine, and I'm motivated to make sure that passivity is non-existent to anything I'm doing today. There are a few rules that I follow to ensure that this daily practice is executed as best as possible.

Tikker: The Death/Happiness Watch

Jenny Davis | Posted 03.09.2014 | Technology
Jenny Davis

Really, the Tikker is not much different than putting an inspirational saying on your bathroom mirror.

Wreaths and Darkness, Doorways and Light

Annie Finch | Posted 02.25.2014 | Religion
Annie Finch

The amazing part is that I walked through many of them, whether frightened, confused or exhilarated, only to find myself waiting, shaken but strong, on the other side.

'Violations' Of Evolutionary Theory Revealed By New Research

natureheader | Virginia Gewin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Guppies and water fleas live only days or weeks, but their mortality increases sharply with age, as is the case in longer-lived animals such as humans...

Lifestyle as Medicine: At a Fork in the Road, Who's Got a Spoon?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Lifestyle is the greatest of all medicine, but it may feel in this morbidigenic, obesigenic world of ours that we can't get it to go down, because we just don't have the right spoon. It may feel that we can't get there from here. That is, in a word, wrong.

End-Of-Life Decisions Rooted In Faith, Family --And Mistrust For Blacks, Hispanics

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 11.21.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (RNS) “A higher power will deliver me.” “If Jesus suffered, I’m going to suffer.” “I have a daughter, why would I need an...

What Do You Do When Death Is a Relief?

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

Death is a complicated subject and something that we all must come to terms with in our own ways. There is no "right way" to grieve. Instead there are different approaches to making sense of loss.

Living as Though Your Humanity, Mortality and Divinity Really Matter

Judith Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

As we share deeply with others, we broaden our horizons and bridge the gap of our otherwise very private inner worlds. Instead of giving each other an airbrushed version of ourselves, we risk the vulnerability of letting others know who we most profoundly know ourselves to be.

What REALLY Kills Us

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

What really kills us prematurely, and all too often imposes years of misery beforehand, isn't a list of chronic diseases, but the factors that cause those diseases. What really takes years from life and life from years is a willingness to know WHAT, yet neglect the opportunity to know HOW.

How to Make Testosterone Therapy for Men Safe

Jen Landa, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jen Landa, M.D.

Testosterone therapy should not be taken lightly but when managed properly can improve low testosterone levels, which is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a lower mortality risk.

Aging as a Spiritual Journey

Ron Cebik | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Ron Cebik

It happens. Yes, we all come to the moment we realize we are growing old. It just happens differently for each of us. When we choose to avoid what is happening, in the words of the Bhagavad Gita, our choice is in vain, for nature will compel us to look into the face of reality.

Robert Redford as Everyman in All Is Lost

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

The film is not just an adventure story, not just "man against nature." It is the story of Everyman, every human being who comes to the end of life and is moved to reflect upon what that life has meant.

The Kissing Hand

Jennifer Campisano | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Campisano

I'm continually trying to find that balance between spending enough time with my son (as if there were such a thing) and not wearing myself out. Other moms (with cancer or not, working or not), I'd love to hear how you find that balance in your lives.