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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 …

Last snow day, I took out a box of old photos of my pets from years gone by and cried and smiled intermittently for three hours straight. There was Jinx, Happy, Daisy, Darcy, Boo, Neo and Trinity, …

It was a dark and stormy night in 1983. I was so enamored with Bucks County I was willing to drive an hour and a half each way to my job. On my way home from work, in a driving rain, my AMC Concord …

I read some good advice recently. If you are being chased by a taxidermist, do not play dead. Cynthia Brailovski is a taxidermist and owner of True Mount Taxidermy in Quakertown. She is almost …

Well, we’re four days into 2024, and I trust in the words of the Frank Sinatra song, “The best is yet to come.” Last week we met a woman who helps people exit the world. This week, let me introduce you to a woman who helps them enter.

It’s my tradition on New Year’s Eve to watch one of those shows that come on every year about celebrities who have died in the past 12 months. It’s not that I want to watch. It’s just that I somehow can’t not watch.

I’ve been accused of anthropomorphizing. Really, I’ve never been accused of this, but I probably would be if I hung out with other high school English teachers, and we talked a lot. I imagine we would discuss …

According to George Orwell, “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some …

There’s a legend in my family that my grandmother found the tattoo my grandfather had gotten in the Navy so repugnant she insisted he wear a long-sleeved shirt at the dinner table even in July.

The thing I love about writing this column is that I learn something every time I hear a person’s story. This week when I set out to write about Elizabeth Young, owner and operator of Commonplace …

Can a person be both a carpenter and a tree hugger? This describes Colin Thompson perfectly. A furniture maker, or more accurately, an artist whose medium is wood, Colin has pledged never to fell a …

There were 37,529 juvenile offenders held in residential treatment facilities in 2018 according to the Department of Justice. These children must be educated, not only because it’s the law, but …

According to activist and author Bea Johnson, the five concepts of “zero waste” are almost poetic: “Refuse what you do not need; reduce what you do need; reuse what you consume; recycle what …

Looking back, what might have seemed like a setback to Karen and Geoff Caldwell would ultimately lead to the creation of Sunflower Glass Studio, the business on Sergeantsville Road in Stockton they …

In this season of Halloween, my favorite holiday (No gifts to buy. No awkward family confrontations about life choices), when the boundary between this world and the next becomes most permeable, it seems only fitting to write about a psychic.

A call came in to the Lower Makefield Township Police Department. In a panicked voice, an elderly woman reported a squirrel was running loose in her house. But removing wildlife on private property …

There is nothing more important in life than food. Oh, I know what you’re saying. Love is more important. But you can’t love, or create beauty or do good in the world if you haven’t eaten. And that’s where Stephen and Nicolas Servis come in.

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