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As long as Covid 19 beats the drum, our schools will keep struggling to walk the tightrope between personal and remote learning. Most American schools are offering both formats, in some fashion, now … more
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen doesn't look tough, though he says he is tough, very tough, or at least, used to be tough, very very tough – vicious even, on Mr. Trump's behalf – very … more
The publishing world has burped up nearly a book a day this year about President Donald Trump and his inner circle. Most of them are negative, bearing big-think titles such as: "Fear: Trump in the … more
Friend-of-the-family Betsy Berk writes us very enjoyable emails from Congress Park in Denver, Colorado, a place, she says, where everyone smells like barbecued hams lately because of the drifting … more
Oh man, there's a whole lot of Zugunruhe going on, and I don't know if anyone else is noticing it. My kitchen window faces the cul de sac we live on. I can stand there washing the virus off my hands … more
We found a black-staining polypore fungus beneath an old oak trunk on the hill directly above Valley Green Inn. The underbrush was thick, mostly spicebush and angelica saplings. My friend Peter … more
by Hugh Gilmore, I promise you that this is not a downer column. But it has to start somewhere and it might as well be here, with this observation: You never know it's so quiet you could hear a … more
By Kate Dolan Several updates to Philadelphia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic were announced this week, including the opening of Access Centers to supervise children on digital … more
A mask for sale at the city’s new online stor By Kate Dolan Philadelphia ended last week with a slightly higher daily case count of Covid-19, and #MaskUpPHL masks are now available for purchase. … more
by Kate Dolan Philadelphia’s COVID-19 case counts continue to fall, and the city announced an initiative to connect Philadelphia students to digital access for virtual learning. At … more
Contact tracing_FB by Kate Dolan Last week, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley shared the process and status of contact tracing efforts and announced that “the second wave of the epidemic has … more
Early days of the shutdown featured cleaned out shelves at Acme. by Hugh Gilmore Shutdown began here in Philadelphia on March 22. It seemed drastic, but not much worse than having the lifeguard … more
One of a series of images the city is using to promote wearing masks in public. The following is a summary of last week's COVID-19 press conferences held by Philadelphia officials. By Kate Dolan … more
Is Donald Trump a sociopath? (Photo by Gage Skidmore) by Hugh Gilmore “I am sure that if the devil existed, he would want us to feel very sorry for him.” Martha Stout, "The Sociopath Next Door" … more
For the past two years, in Northwest Philadelphia, goats have been hired to accomplish landscape architecture particularly for homeowners whose property is uneven and full of undesirable plants such as poison ivy, brambles or weeds. more
by Kate Dolan This week, the city announced a moratorium on public events of 50 people or more and the reopening of gyms as Philadelphia’s daily COVID-19 case counts remain stable. At … more
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum was supposed to provide a quiet retreat. (photo, Wikicommons) by Hugh Gilmore Years ago, early on a Sunday morning, I set out to take a birdwatching … more
An advertisement is part of the city’s new campaign to promote the wearing of masks. by Kate Dolan The stability of COVID-19 daily case counts in Philadelphia, the city’s MaskUp campaign and … more
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