I lost my library job because I refused to work with the public in the pandemic
Grab your books and go
After decades behind the circulation desk, Roz Warren didn’t feel safe going back to work in the pandemic.
Here’s what my blindness made me realize about superheroes
Reinventing the hero
Danie Jackson grew up loving superheroes, but a changing career and coping with vision loss brought a new perspective on helping and accepting help.
Here’s how my Jewish great-grandparents’ Philly bakery lives in me today
The food chain
While braiding and baking the Friday challah, Anndee Hochman imagines her great-grandmother’s journey from Russia. What did she carry with her? Are those things alive today?
What being a caregiver in the pandemic taught me about real revolution
When anger isn’t enough
Before the pandemic hit, Michelle Nugent defined herself by her work as a teacher and writer. But a necessary shift to caregiving taught her more about our moment than she expected.
Who’s behind the lights of Philly’s most iconic nighttime landmarks?
Light at heart
Just like any major city, Philly wouldn't be the same without the lights dotting its skyline. Camille Bacon-Smith talks to the people who keep them on.
Philly’s pandemic-era arts reckoning gives leaders a choice
Will we survive? It’s up to us
The current controversies on our arts scene didn’t begin with the pandemic—but life in lockdown forced the community to reckon with its true priorities. Tenara Calem explores the choice arts leaders must make.
How do protests and a pandemic invite us to rediscover play?
The power of play
Danie Jackson knows that taking a walk is safer for some bodies than for others—but there are still ways to stay open to the good in the world.
Deep in the pandemic, can a neighborhood’s character survive?
Still the one who walks
Before a virus turned the world upside down, Anndee Hochman was a familiar figure to her neighbors as she walked Germantown Avenue. What has changed? What is perennial, even in a pandemic?
When the pandemic hit, what was your beloved community?
The city is my home
What might Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision for beloved community look like in pandemic-era Philadelphia? Melissa Strong considers.
What’s next for the Frank Rizzo statue?
A real monument to the people
The Frank Rizzo statue is in city storage. What did the bronze body and its removal signify, and what comes next? Helen Walsh considers.