If you’re not dead, you may be able to find free money

Over the Top August 7, 2014 0 Comments

by Mike Todd “Wait, but I’m not dead,” I explained to the customer support representative. She didn’t seem quite convinced. “I’m sorry, Mr. Todd, but the account was closed due to inactivity,” she explained again, deftly using the passive voice to assign blame to no one. Who closed the account? Let’s not get bogged down […]
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When the obvious isn’t obvious

Opinion August 6, 2014 0 Comments

by Pete Mazzaccaro Last week, I received two comments and letters from readers that represent the most impossible things to deal with as an editor: requests to educate the public about things that really should require no explanation at all. The first was an observation by a longtime Hiller and reader that more and more people, […]
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Running in Germany as an Ausländer

Out and Back August 6, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala Rule # 1: Don’t hop the barrier to cross the road. Rule #2: No running in the bike lane. Rule #3: Fail to follow the rules and someone is sure to call you out. Even on the banks of the Müritzsee, a majestic lake in northern Germany surrounded by endless woods, the […]
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Why city’s sports fans expect more from teams

From the Sidelines August 6, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome I’ve often wondered why the success or lack thereof of our professional sports teams means so much more to Philadelphians than to people elsewhere. Every city that has a team in one of the four major sports wants its team to win, but Philadelphia seems somehow different. Maybe our devotion to the […]
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Loony family finds one of their own most unexpectedly

Over the Top August 1, 2014 0 Comments

by Mike Todd “It can’t be,” I said, stopping in the middle of the street between my double- and triple-takes. I pulled my dog Memphis’ leash tight, keeping her close to my leg. Zack, the two-year-old freeloader riding in my backpack, leaned over to see what was going on. “Whassat?” he asked. Just down the […]
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Indoors again for Pastorius; great Irish/Celtic concert

Note-Worthy July 31, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso Once again the weather had its way with another Pastorius Park concert. The John Byrne Band’s July 16 performance was driven indoors to the lower school auditorium of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. At least this time around, the predicted torrential downpour actually did occur, so the concert’s organizer, the Chestnut Hill Community […]
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Can the Phillies be brought back to life by cloning?

Life So Far July 31, 2014 0 Comments

by Jim Harris Watching the currently on-life-support Philadelphia Phillies sleepwalk their way through this very depressing season reminds me of the 1993 film, “Jurassic Park,” which popularized the idea of cloning dinosaurs from fossils. While the technology necessary to achieve such a thing is a bit beyond what exists today, there have been a few […]
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Busted by ‘predator cop’; slow sports cars ‘drive’ her crazy

Opinion July 31, 2014 0 Comments

by Mary Gulivindala Are you a believer in manifestation or prophecy? I am. I manifested a prophecy, and I have proof. A speeding ticket. One definition of “manifest” is: of or pertaining to conscious feelings of repressed psychic material; or a foretelling or prediction of what’s to come. Yes, I have both psychic and fortune-telling […]
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Can the Hill do better by kids?

Opinion July 30, 2014 6 Comments

by Pete Mazzaccaro There’s a lot about Chestnut Hill’s reputation as a classically attractive neighborhood, with great architecture and well-cared-for shop fronts. What the neighborhood does not necessarily have a reputation for, though, is as a good place for kids. As our Anna Fisher Clark intern – and lifelong Hiller – Siobhan Gleason notes in her […]
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What I’ve learned about writing a memoir by writing a memoir, Part 2

Enemies of Reading July 30, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore In the world of writing, the word “memoir” used to be reserved for autobiographies or reminiscences written by someone of notable achievement. Movie stars, for example, or great statesmen like Winston Churchill. Unlike an actual autobiography, which usually is meant to encompass someone’s entire life, a memoir gives the reader a view […]
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