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There’s Nothing Wrong With Fortnite. Parents Are the Problem.

It’s just over one month into Summer 2018, and there are a lot of parents of school-age kids going crazy right now trying to occupy, […]

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I Decided to Trust Philly Trick-or-Treaters. Here’s How That Went.

We’ve never handed out candy at our house in West Philly. Before we had kids, my wife and I would always hit the bars. And […]

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Drexel Sexting Study: Majority of Kids Exchange Sexually Explicit Texts

Drexel University just released a new study that finds that the majority of minors engage in sexting, much to the horror of parents everywhere. The […]

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Dispatch From the Front Line of the “You Are Not a Princess” Wars

On Wednesday, the Huffington Post published this story about a “pro-women” advertising campaign from a Kentucky-based all-girls prep school. Mercy Academy’s “You Are Not a […]

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Pennsylvania Legislators Considering Cyberbullying Legislation

Online bullies headquartered in Pennsylvania, take note: your days of web tyranny are drawing to an end. So, you know, get your last shots in […]

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God Goes to College

In four years of college, I had, among others, the following roommates and suitemates: • An Ohioan prima donna who pledged a sorority as soon […]

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Delco Teen Donates 500 Backpacks, School Supplies to Philly Students

Let it be known that there is good in Delaware County, no matter what anybody else says. Just ask Jillian Hughes, 15, a Radnor High […]

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This Year’s Freshman Class Is Temple’s Smartest Ever

This doesn’t make any sense. I thought millennials were stupid and lazy. Looks like we’ll need to tweak the national narrative—at least here in Philly—thanks […]

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The Last Word on Miley Cyrus

Like most of the rest of America, I watched the Great Twerk of 2013 with my jaw hanging open, staring at my TV screen in […]

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Why Are Young People Afraid to Use Their Phones the Way They’re Meant to Be Used?

I picked some tomatoes and basil this morning to take to my daughter at her apartment in West Philly. After work, I’ll text her to […]

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Curse the Anti-Cursives!

I come to praise cursive writing, not to bury it. My colleague Joel Mathis yesterday wrote that cursive “sucks” and he was glad to see […]

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You Know You Live in a Small Town When …

Kid Number Two heads off for football camp for college in another week, so I spent the weekend combing the house for his cleats and […]

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“If You Don’t Give My Kid a Different Teacher, I’ll Hold My Breath Until I Turn Blue!”

It’s August, and if you’ve got kids in elementary school, chances are you’re combing the local paper each day for news of classroom assignments. It’s […]

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Ivy League Girls Gone Wild!

First it was the women of Penn in the New York Times, explaining that college’s hookup culture is really great because they don’t have time […]

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Why’d We All Stop Going to Sports Halls of Fame?

When you were making your vacation plans for this summer, did the destinations you considered include Canton, Ohio? Cooperstown, New York? Charlotte, North Carolina? I’ll […]