As a parent and a writer, I’m learning to cope with life in quarantine
Waking, sleeping, keeping up
How do we balance anything during life in lockdown? We don’t. But here’s how writer and mother Cass Lewis Slattery is learning to cope.
Can museums present art created inside prisons without retrying offenders?
The exhibition of incarceration
As art by people in prison becomes a sought-after prize for museum exhibitions, Treacy Ziegler wonders how artists, curators, and the public grapple with questions of moral judgment and acceptability.
Philly is still fighting: AIDS, activism, and COVID-19
What AIDS organizers already know
Longtime ACT UP Philadelphia member Jose de Marco talks with Joshua Herren about what we should learn from AIDS organizers in the COVID pandemic.
How does life in the pandemic feel with a lifelong anxiety disorder?
Anxiety, meet COVID
Fredricka R. Maister has lived with anxiety her whole life—and in some ways, it made her better prepared to handle life in a pandemic.
Five great stay-at-home video games that don’t need a console
Chicken soup for the mobile gamer soul
Looking for something fun and relaxing to play that won’t break the bank or take all day? Mina Reinckens curates five suggestions to try right now on your phone.
I couldn’t cope with isolation. Then I began taking costume suggestions online
Behind-the-scenes with Quarantween
Philly writer and comedian Jillian Markowitz was spiraling as COVID-19 news spread. But a chance social media post spawned her Quarantween Costumes, now a hit destination on Instagram.
What was it like to fly to California and back during the coronapocalypse?
Braving essential travel
The CDC guideline was clear: no nonessential air travel. But Roz Warren didn't have a choice when she got the call from California.
Instead of distracting ourselves, what happens when we grasp our new reality?
The only way out is through
One of the most challenging things in the COVID-19 pandemic is trying to be okay when everything around us is not. After facing her own grief, Michelle Chikaonda finds that rather than merely managing the disorientation, we can lean directly into it.
Meditation practice comes through in a crisis—and it’s not too late to start
Ten days later
Christina Anthony tried to meditate for years, until a Vipassana retreat in Vietnam reset her perceptions. Here’s what she learned.
This Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I acknowledge survivors' complicated feelings
Me too, with love
Daralyse Lyons experienced sexual abuse at a young age, and then she experienced other people’s assumptions about how she should feel about it. How did she navigate recovery?