Month: August 2015

  • StoryCorps

    StoryCorps is a great nonprofit whose mission is: to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives. We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and […]

  • Relics

    A side project I’ve been working on intermittently over the past few years is helping my family get its history in order. So much of any family’s history is lost as mementos and heirloom materials is divvied up and typically rarely thought of. I know this has been the case in our family from time…

  • Ed Rendell

    There’s only so much you can expand Center City. Here’s an amazing statistic: When I took over as mayor in 1992, there were 58,000 people living in Center City. There are now almost 200,000, and the median income of those folks is like $90,000. That type of spending power gives downtown an incredible vitality. Well,…

  • Penn State training days

    I spent an hour rewatching this ESPN feature on Penn State football during the Bill O’Brien era that Penn State News shared when it debuted. It’s a great way to mentally prep for the season that’s about to start, and it’s a great reminder for how far the program has come and how remarkable it…

  • Evolving etiquette

    A new study from the Pew Research Center reveals just how attached we all are to our phones—and how we’re writing new etiquette rules around them. Among the 3,217 respondents, there was a surprising degree of consensus on certain cellphone do’s and don’ts. 77 percent of Americans think it’s OK to use a cellphone while walking down the…