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An exterior photo of a hospital with a large vertical sign that says “emergency” in red letters.

I had a life-threatening miscarriage in 1979. Would I have survived the same thing today?

Abortion access saved my life

Fredricka Maister suffered a hemorrhage after she became pregnant in the late 1970s. Abortion access may have saved her life. She worries about the dangers pregnant people face today.
Fredricka R. Maister

Fredricka R. Maister

Essays 6 minute read
Alaina lies on the tattoo artist’s table while he finishes a tattoo on her right wrist. She’s wearing jeans and a blue shirt

What getting my first tattoo taught me about body acceptance

The last one in South Philly without a tattoo

Alaina Johns always admired others’ permanent body art, but she didn’t think she could ever make the jump to get tattooed herself, even though everyone else in the neighborhood is. This summer, something changed.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 5 minute read
A selfie of Anndee, a white woman with short gray hair, wearing a black facemask in an airline cabin.

From Philly to Chile: meeting the pandemic in a whole new hemisphere

How to change the sky

After almost two years of sheltering at home, Anndee Hochman flew to Chile, and experienced a very different response to the pandemic there. What made the difference, and why is it important to witness?
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

Essays 5 minute read
Infrared NASA image of a spiral galaxy that looks like a swirling gauzy reddish disc with a shining white sphere at center

School reunions in a pandemic make us wonder what could have been, but are we looking in the wrong direction?

The universe inside

A pair of school reunions this year, plus emerging from the shutdowns of the pandemic, restarted Michelle Chikaonda’s habit of wondering who she would be in an alternate universe. But this time, something is different.
Michelle Chikaonda

Michelle Chikaonda

Essays 5 minute read
Adam & Eve are two brown-haired white people standing together in a pond, blooming lilies around them in a colorful diorama

Why a trip to Kentucky’s Creation Museum makes me worry about Pennsylvania’s future

Because the Bible says so

Nowadays, Kentucky’s Creation Museum is starting to feel awfully familiar to the Christian battleground looming in Pennsylvania, thanks to far-right politicians like Doug Mastriano. Rob Laymon considers.
Rob Laymon

Rob Laymon

Essays 5 minute read
A little brown wren, its beak open, perches on a wire against a blurred background of green leaves.

A walk in the woods, with the wrens, makes me wonder: if things were simpler, when?

Where do house wrens go home?

A photo of a common bird gives flight to Kile Smith’s thoughts on technology and gratitude. Were things really simpler “back then”? What do we witness nowadays, and how?
Kile Smith

Kile Smith

Essays 5 minute read
A crowd of about a thousand people attending a rally in front of the National Constitution Center on a hot summer day.

As Pennsylvania moves to ban abortion, fight the rhetoric that threatens our rights

We need language and the law

Alaina Johns has found that even in pro-choice spaces, the rhetoric around abortion can be hard to separate from the facts. But we all need to sharpen these skills, especially as Pennsylvania legislators work to ban abortion here.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 6 minute read
Daralyse, a smiling woman with light brown skin, in an athletic yoga pose, balanced on her arms with legs held up to one side

When your disability is often invisible, it can be hard to claim your identity

Living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Journalist Daralyse Lyons was living with the symptoms of a rare connective-tissue disorder long before she had a word for it, but her official diagnosis led to an important life decision.

Daralyse Lyons

Essays 4 minute read
A white boy of about six years old lies on a bed, wearing headphones and looking at an iPad. He wears a gray t-shirt.

As a retired librarian who loves to read books, I’m all for giving kids screen-time

Welcome to iPad Land

As a bookworm kid who became a librarian, Roz Warren used to assume screens were bad news for youngsters. But now she takes a different view.
Roz Warren

Roz Warren

Essays 4 minute read
About 20 people, photographed from behind, walk on a paved path through a green lawn. One holds a large rainbow Pride flag.

Why I joined a Pride march with the church I avoided for almost 20 years

Small-town Pride

As an atheist and a divorced woman who supports gender justice, Alaina Johns definitely doesn’t belong in the church that raised her. But when the church’s more inclusive community members planned a Pride protest, she wanted to be there.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 6 minute read