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  • In 2012, I suffered a second trimester miscarriage. It was my first pregnancy, and to this day was the hardest thing my husband or I have experienced. This is the story, without anything too graphic.

    Arabella's Story

    Arabella's Story

    by Katherine Heidelberg0

  • Come join us to relive teenage memories of a husband from New Orleans and a wife from North Louisiana featuring old photos and their favorite songs, activities and places from the 1950's and 60's.

    Memories of Louisiana Baby Boomers

    Memories of Louisiana Baby Boomers

    by Yvonne L. B.16

  • The first of December, my dear mother's birthday. It will always be one of my most special days as it has been since I was a child and worked for whatever I could get to always have a present for her.

    The First of December - A Day to Remember

    The First of December - A Day to Remember

    by Jackie Lynnley38

  • My dad served in the Home Guard in World War II Britain before joining the Royal Air Force. He manned antiaircraft rockets when the German bombers raided Birmingham and later guarded German POWs.

    World War 2 History: My Dad was in Dad’s Army

    World War 2 History: My Dad was in Dad’s Army

    by David Hunt28

  • Ah, it comes to me now, he is the only fatherly man who spent time with me as a young girl. He always encouraged me, so few did. Perhaps, that is why I am visiting him.

    Last Visit with Grandfather

    Last Visit with Grandfather

    by Kenna McHugh1

  • At age seven, from a poor background, things were simple, but yet so memorable at the first school house that I had ever attended. Enjoy.

    In Praise of My Peach Drink

    In Praise of My Peach Drink

    by Kenneth Avery8

  • Christmas can be a magical time of year. It can also be challenging, particularly in case of serious illness or the passing of a loved one. Here are my thoughts on finding peace during the holidays.

    Christmas Meanings and Memories

    Christmas Meanings and Memories

    by Carolyn Fields2

  • The 90s were a different time during the infamous 'Black Friday'. Alexis takes a look back on the earlier days of Black Friday and reflects on what it has become.

    Growing Up With Black Friday

    Growing Up With Black Friday

    by Alexis2

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  • One hundred years ago America fought the first World War. Have you forgotten? I will not forget. My grandfather has left behind a treasure trove of letters I read often.

    World War I Anniversary

    World War I Anniversary

    by Joanna0

  • My Grandma is a games person and she loved to play with her grandchildren. A story of how we played Scrabble, no matter what. We played Scrabble while driving and Scrabble even as my Grandma started to lose her sight. Scrabble fans will definitely appreciate this article about diehard devotion to Scrabble.

    Is It Illegal to Play Scrabble While Driving: Scrabble with my Grandma

    Is It Illegal to Play Scrabble While Driving: Scrabble with my Grandma

    by Sharilee Swaity48

  • I hope that you enjoy my meeting "Alvin," not his real name and the night that I met him managing a convenience store.

    One Night in a Convenience Store

    One Night in a Convenience Store

    by Kenneth Avery4

  • My life with a schizophrenic. He was also diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), the new way to say multiple personalities. We were together 5 years.

    Living With a Schizophrenic

    Living With a Schizophrenic

    by Kari Poulsen16

  • 'Tell me about the day I was born’. 'The day you were born?’ He is surprised. This is a departure from my usual encouragement to reminisce about the war years and a question I have never asked before.

    Growing Up in England During the 1950s

    Growing Up in England During the 1950s

    by GlenR19

  • This is a True Narrative. If you were living in 1970, then you should get a kick with this story plus, you might relive a few of your own special memories.

    Our Fool-Proof Anti-Vietnam War Escape Plan

    Our Fool-Proof Anti-Vietnam War Escape Plan

    by Kenneth Avery8

  • Jimmy Jean offers classes for small groups in the North Dordogne, South Charente regions of France. He wants his students to speak the language in the vernacular.

    French Lessons With Jimmy Jean

    French Lessons With Jimmy Jean

    by Annabelle Johnson3

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  • A woman's character is reflected in her holiday cooking. Mother was a unique lady, a first generation American. Her pioneer spirit definitely showed in her fruitcake--the world's best!

    The World's Best Fruitcake, a Memoir

    The World's Best Fruitcake, a Memoir

    by Marie Flint11

  • Cooking my first Thanksgiving dinner was not supposed to be a disaster, nor was it supposed to be funny. It ended up being both. But all good plans can go awry...

    My First Thanksgiving Disaster

    My First Thanksgiving Disaster

    by Stephanie Henkel47

  • My great uncle Copeland Charles Burg wrote stories about his life in Livingston, Montana in the early 20th century. I would like to share one of his stories.

    Memoirs of a WWI Soldier

    Memoirs of a WWI Soldier

    by Shelley H Cruz4

  • Knocking, teaching, loving, loss, endurance, faith.

    Life is Calling

    Life is Calling

    by Rolly A Chabot4

  • Seth opens his heart about the bitter emotions felt after the death of his estranged father.

    The Apple and the Tree

    The Apple and the Tree

    by Seth Powell0

  • There is a song that reminds me of my mother. The song that usually makes me cry hopelessly, every time I hear it on the radio. I have it on my iTunes playlist and as I scroll past the song title, I hesitate to click , knowing very well I am going to be heavy with grief, choked with emotion and generally make a spectacle of myself.

    And I Will Always Love You: A Mother's Day Memory

    And I Will Always Love You: A Mother's Day Memory

    by Mohan Kumar83

  • School children are sometimes amazing. And sometimes, in my case, very stupid. You will agree when you read this piece.

    The Dangerous Pocket Watch "Trade"

    The Dangerous Pocket Watch "Trade"

    by Kenneth Avery8

  • A Christmas shopper's dilemma: should you brave the inclement British weather or stay home and shop online? The supposed arrival of the end of the world on 22nd Dec 2012 added to all the fun!

    Christmas Shopping

    Christmas Shopping

    by Stella Kaye2

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  • I gave birth and for the first time in my life I have consciously realized, with my whole being, that I have a mother too. And I needed her, I needed her more than anything. But she wasn't there.

    Being a Mother Without a Mother

    Being a Mother Without a Mother

    by Ksenija4

  • Professors... they either make things super easy for you or extremely hard

    I Need to Recall What?

    I Need to Recall What?

    by Mackenzie Skelton0

  • I decided, 4 years after I wrote this, that I wanted to wear my heart on my sleeve....

    Musical Arm

    Musical Arm

    by Lynn Mobley1

  • In this article, I recall special times with mom and dad. My memories include family activities, summer visits back home to Wisconsin, and traveling together over the years.

    Special Memories of Mom and Dad

    Special Memories of Mom and Dad

    by Paul Richard Kuehn10

  • When my parents found out I was gay, their reaction was of anger and fear for my future. I chose to flee, not fight, spending the next 25 years across the world. Eventually, I had to come home ...

    The Gay Prodigal Son's Return

    The Gay Prodigal Son's Return

    by BJ Emond1

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  • I love Thanksgiving, but it always brings back the memory of the 60's and how so many of our boys were sent to Vietnam. This is the story of my brother. My older and loved brother. My only brother!

    A Story of Thanksgiving, My Brother, and Vietnam

    A Story of Thanksgiving, My Brother, and Vietnam

    by Rachel L Alba36

  • Imagine the possibilities in your family history that brings amazing connections to your present. I highly recommend www.ancestry.com and www.23andme.com

    Genealogy: A Famous Canadian Dynasty

    Genealogy: A Famous Canadian Dynasty

    by Pathways thru life3

  • As Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba says, the dreams in which He appears are real. The time taken for them to happen in reality varies from case to case. Here is an experience of a dream which manifested itself in months. Also follows a brief on what one should do when one gets a dream of Swami.

    What to do when God comes in our dreams...

    What to do when God comes in our dreams...

    by Aravind Balasubramanya12

  • Growing up with very little relationship, it is still hard as an adult to hear others explain the man my father was to them- when I still am at odds with what his absence did to me

    Songs of My Father

    Songs of My Father

    by Jennifer B3

  • Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, not because of personal memories, but because of wonderful stories I read in books. Here, I tell how I took the courage to create memories of my own.

    The Thanksgiving I Broke Loose

    The Thanksgiving I Broke Loose

    by Yoleen Lucas9

  • My college room-mate lost her mother shortly before Christmas in 1985. I remember the tearful phone call asking if I'd seen the news, requesting that I not talk to any media...and then begging me to come to her mother's home in Connecticut because...

    Maginel's Mother - My Memories of Anne Baxter

    Maginel's Mother - My Memories of Anne Baxter

    by spryte140

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  • My best friend who I could not locate and her tragic but beautiful story.

    My Best Friend, Jean

    My Best Friend, Jean

    by Jackie Lynnley26

  • Life has been tough growing up without Dad. I just wonder, when we get to catch up, if we ever get to catch up.... what type of man were you.

    Hey Dad! How's It Been?

    Hey Dad! How's It Been?

    by Xavier2

  • Sometimes it takes writing about it to realize the truth...

    Who Am I: An Essay

    Who Am I: An Essay

    by Mackenzie Skelton0

  • Definitely looks like the product of a nuclear waste spill, doesn't it? When I was growing up, nothing was more fun than catching critters and keeping them as pets. There was a lot of fun to be had collecting ants and putting them in a jar...

    Mudpuppy Hunting

    Mudpuppy Hunting

    by spryte29

  • Death. The longer we live, the more of it we see. What does it take to watch loved ones pass on? What gives meaning in the midst dying? This essay is based on the courage and experiences of my mother.

    Courage to Watch Them Die: An Essay by cam

    Courage to Watch Them Die: An Essay by cam

    by Chris Mills16