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Separation Agreement: What It Means to Be Living Apart Together

Here’s how it usually goes: We’re sitting on the sofa, Brad and I, the dog somewhere between us, and I’m telling a story about something […]

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The Other Part of Womanhood No One Told Me About

When I was in grade school, one of our hippie teachers told us the story of making soup out of his new baby’s placenta — […]

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How I (Mostly) Found Peace in the Wilds of Philadelphia

It’s a beautiful day on the upper reaches of the Schuylkill River. The birds are singing, and sunlight streams through clusters of leafy trees that […]

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12 Wonderfully Questionable Purchases That Prove You’re Really Into Electoral Politics

What a crazy couple of week it’s been, right? First it was the RNC in Cleveland, and now there’s the DNC here in Philly. Such […]

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Every Time the Pope Moves the Church Forward, Chaput Drags It Backward

Last week, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput released “Pastoral Guidelines for Implementing Amoris Laetitia,” regarding Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation issued in April. That profound and complex 263-page document affirmed “a renewed […]

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Five Big Ways Philly’s Not Ready to Show Off for the DNC

Thursday I got a press release from the Philadelphia DNC 2016 Host Committee announcing “the installation of its 57 fiberglass ‘Donkeys Around Town.’” My first thought […]

Pulse nightclub following a fatal shooting Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.
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The Orlando Nightclub Shooter and the Agonizing Need to Know “Why”

We’d like it to be like Law & Order, or Criminal Minds, or CSI. On those shows, there’s always a clear motive. The boss killed his […]

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Of Course Someone Threw a Beer Bottle at Ryan Howard

I was sitting on the banks of the Schuylkill River with my boyfriend, Brad, and our friend Conor last year, outside of the Art Museum, […]

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Why Real Philadelphians Instinctively Hate Shiny New Things

Not long ago a treasured possession of mine — an audio tape my dad made when I was about four — got ruined. Somehow the tape […]

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People, Stop Killing Wild Animals With Kindness

One of the most embarrassing things I ever did was find a dog that wasn’t lost. It was near Second and Washington, while I was […]

"Justice" engraved on Philadelphia's City Hall
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A History of Violence: Philadelphia Political Brawls

The first thing I do when I wake up, before I fully open my eyes, is indulge a ritual that goes back to my cable-less […]

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I May Live in Pennsylvania, but I’m No Pennsylvanian

A few months ago, I was walking to the train station when a squirrel hopped onto a nearby metal fence and stared at me with […]

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Body Found at Ridley Creek State Park in Media

Just 15 minutes from Philadelphia, Delco’s woodsy and pastoral Ridley Creek State Park draws hundreds of hikers, anglers, horseback riders, picknickers, hunters, sledders and cross-country skiers to […]

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Diversifying New Year’s Day: Inside Philadelphia’s First Puerto Rican Mummers Troupe

Sixteen-year-old Niurka Mojica stands in the center of the circle, a mass of blondish curls piled into a bun and accented with a red flower. […]

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28 Vintage Photos of Philadelphia During the Holidays

The holiday season always makes me nostalgic for things I’ve never actually had, like that creamy root beer float at the soda fountain in Bedford Falls, or the […]