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Be Well Philly

I’m Bad at Journaling, but a Memory Jar Helps Me Stay Grounded

Welcome to Ritual, Be Well Philly’s column of essays about the low-tech, inefficient things we do that pleasurably slow us down. From taking the long […]

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Philadelphia’s Homicide Rate Hit a Record High. Now Can We Get Serious About Defunding Police?

At the start of a new year in Philly, I’ve come to expect two initial headaches: the Mummers doing something stupid, and another disappointing annual […]

City Life

10 Philly Comforts We Hope to See Again in 2021

Now that 2020 is in the books, it’s time to start planning for a better 2021. Among the many hardships of 2020 was the way […]

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2020 in Review: These Are the People and Things I’m Grateful For in a Challenging Year

While stocking up on last-minute groceries at Whole Foods this week, I got my privilege checked. As I was wrapping up a call, I began […]


5 Dining Resolutions for a Better, Healthier, More Delicious 2021

Around this time each year, we put together a list of dining resolutions. With age comes wisdom, ya know? We learn about predatory delivery apps […]

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2020 in Review: 11 Winners (and No Losers) from Philly’s Strange Year

Now that 2020 is (mercifully) more or less behind us, it’s time to take a look back at the year that was. Around here, that […]

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All the Little Things We Miss About Restaurants

It’s been so long since I’ve been seated inside a restaurant that I’m starting to forget what it was like. When indoor dining was an […]

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Black Americans Don’t Trust the COVID Vaccine. It’s Up to Doctors to Change That

As the first COVID-19 vaccinations are being administered in America, a sense of relief has come over me. This feels like the beginning of the […]

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2020 Even Ruined Snow Days. Great.

It’s the winter of 1964. I’m eight years old, in the second grade, living with my parents and three siblings in Glenside, a sleepy Montco […]

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Let’s Talk About the Economic Reason “Defund the Police” May Be a Hard Sell in Philadelphia

Last summer, the term “Defund the police” took off following the extrajudicial police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many others. But like many […]

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The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Patti LaBelle Gushes About Philly in the New York Times

Okay, so everybody’s been talking about Dolly Parton and Barack Obama. But there are three divas featured in the new issue of T, the New […]

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I’m a Penn Alum — There’s Nothing Charitable About Their $100 Million Donation

It sounded too good to be true. And so it was. The University of Pennsylvania, an institution with a $14.9 billion endowment, announced before Thanksgiving […]

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Another PA Republican Tests Positive for COVID, This Time Mid-Meeting with Trump

Nothing is ever surprising these days, so the news that a delegation of conspiracy-theorizing elected representatives from Pennsylvania descended on the White House to meet […]

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The Best Thing That Happened This Week: We Gave Thanks

We’ll be frank: This wasn’t the easiest year in which to be grateful. Give thanks for what? Being alive? Being alone? Being afraid? Many fewer […]

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The Best Thing That Happened This Week: The Union Land Two Big Awards!

Have you had it with the Eagles? Are you fed up with the Phillies? Sick to death of the Sixers? Ready to say “F U” […]