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Philly’s Rapid Redevelopment Is Putting Its Architectural Character at Risk

When the owners of Capogiro Gelato Artisans announced they were closing all locations in December, my social media feeds exploded. There was mass mourning; people […]

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It’s About Time Birds Got a Little Respect

Several years ago, I heard a story on public radio that made me cry. This isn’t unusual, of course. Between The Moth and StoryCorps, Reveal […]

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For Rape Victims, the #MeToo Movement Can Cut Both Ways

Not long ago, a friend of mine asked me what the best day of my life was. We were sitting on the banks of the […]

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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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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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Love in the Time of Dog DNA Testing

This is my third Chihuahua. That’s what I used to say about my dog, Birdie, until this summer, when I got her DNA tested. That’s […]

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Pope Francis and Me

My love affair with Catholicism started at age nine, when my family moved from Center City to Fairmount. Those years on 23rd Street were momentous. […]