Sit by Wissahickon Creek or report on homemade pickles?

Opinion September 5, 2014 0 Comments

by Lou Mancinelli There were two young teenagers sitting just beyond the banks of the Wissahickon Creek where the creek should be before it went under the bridge and the road, but the water was too shallow to cover the rocks. It was Monday afternoon, around two o’clock. It was July, and it was muggy […]
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When parents need to ‘let go’

Opinion September 4, 2014 0 Comments

by Pete Mazzaccaro Much in the national conversation in the last month that did not concern Islamic militants or leaked celebrity photos turned to how protective we are in supervising our children. One of the catalysts of this conversation was the story of South Carolina mother Debra Harrell who was arrested for having allowed her 9-year-old […]
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How my girlfriend saved my life

Enemies of Reading September 4, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore With the change of seasons and the return to school days, I always think of the unlikely coincidences that led to my going to college. The biggest influence came from my high school girlfriend, Connie (not her real name). And it came in both a direct and an indirect way. My girlfriend, […]
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Haunted by the ghosts of marathons past

Out and Back September 4, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala I’m running through the woods, and it appears I am winning the marathon. I’m surprised by this, but I go with it. The pace is solid, I feel great. Everything is going as expected. But suddenly, I get lost. The course opens into an empty field and it’s not clear which way […]
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Just when you think it can’t happen to you

Opinion September 4, 2014 0 Comments

by Carolyn Tileston Not then; not ever. The recent series on sex trafficking in the Local brings forward memories best forgotten, but too important to forget. Years back, in a casual conversation with an old school friend, he said, “Did you know that my sister had had a teenage daughter? One day, after school, the […]
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Time for the Dragons to go back to school

From the Sidelines September 4, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome The Taney Dragons Little Leaguers have had a summer unlike any Little League team in history. Their classy and intelligent response to extraordinary media attention has been impressive – better than that of many athletes years older than the 12- or 13-year-olds that comprise the first Philadelphia team ever to make it […]
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You’ve heard of a ‘shaggy dog story;’ – well, here is a ‘shaggy raccoon’ story

From the Belfry August 29, 2014 1 Comment

by Janet Gilmore I’m a city girl. Because there weren’t any woodland creatures where I grew up, I assumed that most animals were either animated, like Bambi and Thumper, or stuffed, like the ones in the dusty dioramas at the Academy of Natural Sciences. So I was surprised as a grown-up when I looked out […]
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Put statues of corrupt Philly judges outside Art Museum

Life So Far August 28, 2014 0 Comments

by Jim Harris Corruption and mismanagement have been discovered in the court system, the police department and several other municipal departments in Philadelphia. Federal investigations are ongoing. Sound familiar? Well that’s the news from 1947, but it could have been 1927, 1867, 1987 or, of course, today. The only difference now is that a Democratic […]
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Local group works to raise gun violence awareness

Opinion August 28, 2014 0 Comments

by Gail B. Hicks In 1963 I thought that the assassination of President Kennedy was the worst thing in the world. Then Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and Bobby Kennedy lost their lives to gunfire. Little did I know that gun violence would become a commonplace occurrence. Gun deaths in malls, schools, movie theaters, […]
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Ex-ballet dancer 30 pounds heavier but still hopeful

Opinion August 28, 2014 0 Comments

by Mary Gulivindala “Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon.” — Percy Bysshe Shelley I am a dancer. Well, I WAS a dancer. I have a BFA in Dance. OK, I graduated in 1991 but still, I do have the degree. I had a successful career for 20 years. I do not […]
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