Articles written by: "Stacia Friedman"

Happiness, Liberty, Life? Politics and Art

August 16, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

How does art created 10, 20, or even 50 years ago speaks so loudly to issues that dominate headlines today? Is the current presidential race taking us forward or “back to the future?”

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The Fine Art of Aging

July 20, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

“Better she should learn how to cook for her husband than make like Picasso,” Hilda’s relatives said. To her credit, Hilda never turned on the stove. And she never stopped painting.

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Fourth of July: Freedom Fighters Beneath Our Feet

July 4, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

The writer discovers that in Philadelphia’s Washington Square Park, where she often strolls, more than 2,500 fallen troops of Washington’s army were buried unceremoniously in a mass grave.

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‘Table for One’: Battle Cry of the Single Woman

June 28, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

When you’re reuniting with childhood friends or meeting “eligible” men, there is always the underlying question: What is WRONG with you?

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Spring Jaunt: Philly Off the Hook

May 10, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

Here’s an insider’s guide designed to entice you to keep on exploring this captivating city after you’ve paid your respects to the iconic buildings on Independence Square.

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Book Review: On Recovering from Sibling Rivalry

April 14, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

“I had an older brother, but he was never a brother to me,” Jeanne Safer writes. “We spent our childhoods at the same address with the same biological parents, ate dinner at the same table every night, and even shared a room for a few years at first, although we never shared a single confidence while we occupied it.”

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Damn All the Experts, Full Speed Ahead!

March 7, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

Rather than having a panic attack over the very real possibility of putting the nuclear button in the hand of a political novice who never ran for office, practiced law or served in the military, let’s take a deep breadth and look at the other ways to put experienced professionals where they belong. In the unemployment line!

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My Not-So-Funny Valentine

February 14, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

Without washing the tears off my face, I rushed back down to the street and jumped in a cab. I needn’t have bothered with the erotic lingerie. It came off too quickly for him to notice. Xavier and I drank Champagne and ate moo shu pork naked in bed. I looked at the clock. It was 2 a.m. Thank God. Valentine’s Day was over.

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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

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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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