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The thread that seems to run through the lives of everyone I’ve written about regardless of age is the continual demand life makes on us to reinvent ourselves.

Once when I was a student at Temple, a professor told us, “Whatever you do professionally, you can do it for the government.” He made us aware the federal government is the largest employer in the United States.

I would rather give birth than go to the dentist. Do you remember “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986)? Do you remember Steve Martin singing “You’ll be a dentist! You have a talent for causing pain?” I do.

I could never be a police officer for many reasons. Too old, too short, too devoted to a sedentary lifestyle—I could go on. But most of all, I’d just be too scared to run toward gunfire while …

When the pandemic hit, Kevin Jones was working in management at a restaurant. Kristin was a stay-at-home mom. Kevin hardly ever got to spend time with his family. They started looking for a new way of life. In one of those turning points when a curse turns out to be a blessing, Kevin was let go from his job.

“Everyone and everything has a story and if you’re fortunate you may have more than one,” according to photographer, or more accurately, “visual storyteller” Kelli Abdoney. “My job is capturing the hidden stories of places, people, and experiences that define who we are and who we are becoming.”

“Transforming dreams into buildings. It’s what we do,” is the motto of Ford 3 Architects, a woman-owned business, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The three partners that make up Ford …

I’ve been thinking lately that there are some periods in life that are often especially hard to navigate, young adulthood and middle age. And maybe every period in between and after.

I recently discovered Aurora Bistro, a hidden gem located between the post office and the wine and spirits store in Buckingham Green Shopping Center on York Road. And its delightful proprietor.

I can’t find it in myself to appreciate the finer points of automobiles. I like a car that can take me safely from place to place, preferably with seat warmers and a CD player.

Comic utilizes humor to inspire others

Comedian Tim Conniff has observed just how much things have changed with kids these days. “My neighbor’s 14-year-old daughter goes on and on about how Aruba is her favorite island. When I was …

We were all forced onto alternate paths during the COVID pandemic. But for some of us, like Thornton “Thor” Giese, the rerouting was especially dramatic. “I was all set to start a job teaching …

Last month, the U.S. Postal Service issued the newest stamp in its Literary Arts series honoring novelist Saul Bellow, a recipient of both the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes.

Jeff Bryan has cared for the graves at Beulah Cemetery for 30 years now. Jeff doesn’t see caring for the dead as a job. It’s a calling. “I believe that God brought me to this place at this time …

My Nana was a great storyteller. Not that I was particularly interested in her stories. At least not at 10 or 20 or 30 years of age. Then by the time I realized what a fascinating life she had led …

As my husband and I sat in the waiting room of Animal Hospital of Warwick in Jamison with our two old dogs, one 16, the other 17, I thought about how hard the long goodbye can be, and yet how …

Chance remark leads to labor of love

I can’t parallel park. Period. And I’ve come to accept that about myself. Not even a Mini Cooper in the middle of a football field with two professional driving instructors front and back …

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles”…and In Full Swing. These are a few of my favorite things. In Full Swing is a thrift shop at 225 W. State St. in Doylestown …

When my feet were young, I bought shoes off the rack at discount shoe stores and chose them according to how good they made my legs look and how well they matched my outfit. I remember nimbly …

I ask Doug Mortimer to describe his job in one word. “Fun,” he answers, and his work-wife Kathi Stefany agrees. Doug’s real-life wife is Donna Mortimer and she’s a close friend of Kathi’s. Doug is the owner of Douglas Jewelers in the Barn Plaza in Doylestown, and together …

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