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When do your decisions give you a birds-eye view? When do they keep you on the ground? (Photo by Alaina Johns.)
When do your decisions give you a birds-eye view? When do they keep you on the ground? (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

That feeling when the choice is yours, or, since when are we all grown up?

Decisions, decisions

Do you remember a time in your life when the decisions really started? Do they come quickly? How do you handle it when it’s time to make a choice? Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Does hitting the holidays while single feel overwhelming? You're not alone. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)
Does hitting the holidays while single feel overwhelming? You're not alone. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

How to head into the holidays as a single person

The cuffing season kickoff

Especially after years of being partnered, the holiday season can pose extra challenges for single folks. Alaina Johns has some advice.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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To God be the glory: Faith and Liberty Discovery Center supporters sign its final steel beam. (Photo by Kyle V. Hiller.)
To God be the glory: Faith and Liberty Discovery Center supporters sign its final steel beam. (Photo by Kyle V. Hiller.)

Philly’s Independence Visitor Center applauds the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center

The Bible comes to Independence Mall

It’s no surprise that a museum from the American Bible Society will recast US history as an exclusively Bible-based story. But we should look twice at the welcome for Independence Mall’s new evangelists. Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Nearing the promised land during intermission at the opening night of 'Hamilton' in Philly. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)
Nearing the promised land during intermission at the opening night of 'Hamilton' in Philly. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Who’s drawing the line at the line for the ladies’ room?

Can I use your restroom?

When we think about accessibility on the arts scene, are we forgetting something? Maybe we worry about bringing up bathrooms, but Alaina Johns thinks it’d be rude not to talk about it.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Enter the castle of lesbian rule, if you dare. (Photo courtesy of Icebox Project Space.)
Enter the castle of lesbian rule, if you dare. (Photo courtesy of Icebox Project Space.)

Killjoy’s Kastle: Finding myself at the lesbian feminist haunted house

I’m pretty into you, but…

Philly artists have been busy this Halloween season, and Killjoy’s Kastle in Kensington is a worthy stop for anyone who thinks “Lesbian feminist haunted house? YES.” After a canceled date, Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 5 minute read
An invincible, immortal, permanent moment: House of Vans set up a skatepark inside the warehouse. (Photo by Grandstand Media.)
An invincible, immortal, permanent moment: House of Vans set up a skatepark inside the warehouse. (Photo by Grandstand Media.)

An editor’s rebirth at the House of Vans Philly skate festival

Skate or die?

After the House of Vans skate festival in North Philly, what is left for a former skaterboy? What has to die, so that you can keep living? Kyle V. Hiller considers.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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Spit Spreads Death: The Parade. Yes, you read it right. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)
Spit Spreads Death: The Parade. Yes, you read it right. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

The forgotten history of the flu in Philadelphia

Taking your shot

Did you catch Spit Spreads Death: The Parade last weekend in Philly? Alaina Johns did, and remembers her own fight with the flu. Are you vaccinated yet?
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 6 minute read
Who's revolving around who? It wasn't always obvious. (Image courtesy of NASA, via Wikimedia Commons.)
Who's revolving around who? It wasn't always obvious. (Image courtesy of NASA, via Wikimedia Commons.)

What the Fringe Part 2: Does theater revolve around you, or the other way around?

Pretentious as hell—and how to fix it

What you think is outside your comfort zone could actually be right under your nose. Kyle V. Hiller considers Fringe 2019.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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When goodbye was a long way away: Alaina and her family at the shore. (Image courtesy of the Johns family.)
When goodbye was a long way away: Alaina and her family at the shore. (Image courtesy of the Johns family.)

Excuse me while I figure out how to lose my favorite place in the world

Bye, Brigantine

Have you ever loved a place so much that you’re not sure what life will look like without it? How do you say goodbye to something that can’t love you back? Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Opera Philadelphia’s 'We Shall Not Be Moved,' an opera about the MOVE bombing, could've been a performance I overlooked if it weren't for my partner. (Photo courtesy of the author.)
Opera Philadelphia’s 'We Shall Not Be Moved,' an opera about the MOVE bombing, could've been a performance I overlooked if it weren't for my partner. (Photo courtesy of the author.)

Cringeworthy tales of getting into theater—just in time for Philly Fringe 2019

Why is theater intimidating?

Don’t know anything about theater? Cool, neither do I! All the more reason to let Fringe be your first time. Kyle V. Hiller considers.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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