Articles written by: "Stacia Friedman"

Is Frugality in Your Gene Pool?

January 22, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

By Stacia Friedman

In the late 1960s, Grandma still had flapper dresses tucked in her closet, and she showed up to work at her Center City pharmacy attired like a silent-film star. Her penny-pinching had nothing to do with her finances. By all standards, Grandma was loaded.

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The Pope’s Visit: Peace, Love, and Roadblocks

September 4, 2015 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

During the pope’s visit, Philadelphia is banning all cars, buses, and taxis from the inner city. Commuter rail tickets will be sold in advance, by lottery. Want a train ticket? Start praying now!

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Book Review: ‘Our Bodies, Our Shelves,’ by Roz Warren

April 23, 2015 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

“Librarians aren’t allowed to exhibit any emotion other than politeness,” mild-mannered Roz Warren notes in her hilarious new book about the peccadillos of patrons in the Bala-Cynwyd library. “Not even when patrons curse, refuse to pay fines, or use cherry-flavored condoms for bookmarks.”

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OUR APRIL INVITATION: Philly in Bloom

April 9, 2015 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

On the arrival of the first warm days of spring, Rittenhouse Square, the poshest piece of real estate in the city, turns into a beach as office workers and students spread out blankets and strip down to, well, their tattoos.

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A Passover Primer

April 3, 2015 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

When will you start eating? Not until the Red Sea parts. The Wise Son’s advice: 20 minutes before the seder starts, duck out to a Chinese restaurant and order a Happy Family . . .

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Book Review: Talk Dirty Yiddish

January 14, 2012 by Stacia Friedman

By Stacia Friedman

Who would write such a dirty book? A rabbi, of course. Ilene Schneider, one of the first six women rabbis in the United States to be ordained in 1976.

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Oy, What a Year!

December 29, 2011 by Stacia Friedman

By Stacia Friedman

I’ve been asked to review this tsunami of a year that nuked Japan, sent Bin Laden on a one-way deep-sea fishing expedition and… so much else.

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At the Wedding: A Fantasia on Sitting Pretty

December 13, 2011 by Stacia Friedman

By Stacia Friedman

I’m a wedding planner’s worst nightmare. I’m a single woman over forty, and I refuse to sit at the Singles Table.

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