94-year-old author, Babette Hughes, shares The Secret of Happiness with Women’s Health Magazine, June 2017. 

Enjoy more wit, wisdom, and writing from Babette Hughes’ The Secret of Happiness.

People born after The Great Depression have little idea what it was really like. The suicides. The joblessness. The locked banks against people trying to get their money out. The stock market that wiped out millions. The fear that hovere...

I said something stupid, like how are you?

Eric said, Fine. He always says Fine. It makes me angry. Stop saying that. Stop being so goddamn brave when I am so scared. I want to fall weeping on his chest, but leave the hospital room in sea...

Although I believe censorship is a potential danger to the First Amendment’s protection of free speech, I find myself wistful for the bad old days of the Motion Picture Production Code of the 1930s and 1940s.

The Code was in response to C...

Somehow, without even noticing, we have ironically lost the values that are what make people want to come to the United States in the first place. Put another way, it is not the shouted threats about a wall that will “make our country gr...

She married when I was 7 years old, breaking my heart. More a mother to me than my mother, she was not only leaving home, but moving with her new husband to Boston—which for me was some vague place as far-away as the moon. She said I wou...

Although feminist icons Gloria Steinen and Madeleine Albright scolded young women for their support of Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton on the front page of The New York Times, it was hardly news. The granddaughters and great granddau...

It’s the New Year so let’s raise a glass to those of us who were and are despised, rejected and marginalized. From the witches of Salem to the Muslims of Syria, from the old and the poor and the fat to gays and American blacks and Hitler...

Alex Toth bought a $13 million winning lottery ticket. Before long he filed for bankruptcy, was convicted of fraudulent tax returns and owed millions in back taxes.

 

Willie Hurt won $3.1 million in the lottery. In two months he was in the...

Every life has drama: joy, loss, surprise, knowledge, conflict, wisdom — the stuff of a memoir. Writing yours can be a treasured gift to your children and grandchildren because it tells them something eloquent about who you are and who t...

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