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Photo of a person completely wrapped in a peach & blue colored blanket, lying on a city sidewalk next to a postal service bin

Do we need a child’s humanity to see unhoused people?

Everyone was seven once

Anndee Hochman remembers her daughter’s childhood in a home that was open to others who needed it. But eventually, the little girl asks: who is that person on the street?
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

Essays 5 minute read
Seen in profile, a little girl in a play dress and bobbed hair stands on the shore of a lake using a kid-sized fishing rod.

As a young trans woman, I honor my inner child by being true to myself today

Giving myself a girlhood

Joan Rittberg grew up as a boy, but from the time she was a teenager, she knew something wasn’t right. Now, instead of wishing she had transitioned earlier, she focuses on loving the woman she is today.
Joan Rittberg

Joan Rittberg

Essays 5 minute read
Makoto, an Asian man, kneels and flamboyantly holds out a plate to Claire, a white woman, in front of their large beige couch

Philadelphia Theatre Company's Empathitrax is an unrealistic and irresponsible portrayal of mental illness

Spreading the anguish

The regional premiere of Empathitrax, now onstage at Suzanne Roberts, deals in troubling tropes of depression without preparing its audience. Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 6 minute read
Seen from above, tiny brown poodle wears a purple coat, standing on leash with two polka-dot boots visible at bottom of frame

Puppies, love, and chocolate: how to live on life’s knife edge

Love here, love now

Anndee Hochman was never a dog person … until her daughter brought home a poodle puppy who got into the chocolate. How do we live and love when catastrophe is always waiting?
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

Essays 5 minute read
Danie leans on a bridge’s railing during a walk in the green outdoors. They are smiling & wearing purple pants & blue hoodie

Black, queer, disabled self-love is a necessary act of rebellion and healing

The power of equanimity

Writer and musician Danie Ocean Jackson has learned how hard it can be to sense the world from the inside out rather than the outside in, but it’s more necessary than ever.
Danie Jackson

Danie Jackson

Essays 5 minute read

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A wide, shady, mossy path disappearing into an early autumn forest in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.

Here’s how I embraced the path out of my eating disorder

Hungry for authenticity

By the time she was 26, Daralyse Lyons had been hospitalized for her eating disorder 18 times. But she was finally finding her path to recovery, and knows that others can, too.

Daralyse Lyons

Essays 5 minute read
Photo of Blavat, in tan baseball hat, with Schaefer, in a red-patterned scarf. They’re smiling with an arm around each other

Legendary DJ Jerry Blavat spun a whole new world for Philly teens in the 1960s

Live from Wagner’s Ballroom

Local music icon Jerry Blavat, a South Philly native, passed away on January 20, 2023. Susan Schaefer remembers how a whole new world opened up when she danced to Blavat’s tunes at Wagner’s Ballroom in the 1960s.
Susan Schaefer

Susan Schaefer

Essays 5 minute read
A gleaming, low-slung orange Lamborghini with black interior and wheels, parked on a shiny white surface.

I love Greta Thunberg — but why is it ok for her to mock guys with small dicks?

Fame is no excuse for body shame

Misogynist influencer Andrew Tate deserved to be burned on Twitter by climate activist Greta Thunberg, but Roz Warren says it's time to stop the body-shaming.
Roz Warren

Roz Warren

Essays 4 minute read
9 actors pose in a human sculpture at a crosswalk under a big bridge, hands touching each other's backs.

When I faced a cancer diagnosis this year, I had to get honest and get help.

We take care of us

When a crisis like cancer hits, it can feel easier to keep it to ourselves. But humans are not meant to cope alone. Vulnerability is where our real strength lies. Alaina Johns shares her experience.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 6 minute read
A selfie of Melissa, a white woman in her early 40s, by a pond. She wears a puffy coat, glasses, and a blue hat.

Spending the winter holidays alone? You’re not the only one.

The joy of going solo

We often make solo holidays sound like a problem to be solved, instead of an opportunity for personal enjoyment, reflection, and renewal free of others’ expectations. Melissa Strong shares her traditions.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Essays 4 minute read