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Be Well Philly

Paying Way Too Much Attention to My Plants Is a Welcome Distraction

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 […]

Be Well Philly

I Call My Mom Twice a Week. Voluntarily.

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

Be Well Philly

Why Washing My Dishes by Hand Is the Best Part of My Day

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

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Be Well Philly

It Took a Health Crisis for Me to Embrace My Stretch Marks

I think I was in college when I first noticed the white lines zigzagging across my ass. It was the middle of my senior year, […]

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Be Well Philly

Running Down Philly’s Historical Streets Helped Me Fall in Love With the City

I am not a runner. Runs are reserved for the rare days when I don’t make it to the gym, for moments when I feel […]

City Life

Staying In Is The New Going Out

I’m impatiently tapping my chunky heels and digging in my bag for my credit card as I wait in line to pay for two bottles […]

City Life

Why My Open Office Feels … Walled Off

At work the other day, a Slack message from a co-worker popped up on my screen: “Do you happen to have a tampon?” I quickly […]

Be Well Philly

How I’m Learning (and Accepting) That It’s Okay to Skip a Gym Day

When I first picked up a regular workout routine, I reaped the physical and mental benefits of getting into shape. I reveled in the endorphins and […]

City Life

The Internet Is Killing Happiness. Can We Stop It?

So, I’ll admit it: I was looking at my phone the moment my two-year-old fell off a stump at our little Fairmount playground and bashed […]

Shoppist

Am I Too Old to Get a Tattoo?

I have never once in my life wanted to get a tattoo. This is surprising, as I’ve never been one to turn away any sort of accessory […]

Shoppist

Non-Buyer’s Remorse: All the Things We Didn’t Buy and Now Regret

Someone in the Philly area owns a blue and white ceramic elephant that looks just like this. It’s part of a pair of matching elephants, both […]

City Life

Sandy on Sandy

“Sandy is Really Blowing Hard.” This is just one of the headlines I’ve been receiving via email, text and Facebook today. And I guess it’s to […]

City Life

Gay Marriage: No Ducks About It

“If homosexuality spreads,” writes a teen to a local newspaper, “it can cause human evolution to come to a standstill. It could threaten the human […]

City Life

Paul Ryan is an Idiot

“The things you talk about, like traditional marriage and family and entrepreneurship – these aren’t values that are indicative to any one person, or race, […]

City Life

Lesbian Chic is Not a Fashion Trend

Style.com counts lesbian chic among its fall fashion trends. And it has us scratching our heads.