Hill speaker at Penn: Don’t take yourself so seriously!

Local Life | June 1st, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Dr. Vanessa Chan Ed. Note: Dr. Vanessa Chan, a resident of Chestnut Hill, gave a commencement address on May 12 for University of Pennsylvania’s undergraduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Here is part of that speech. You can read the entire speech at www.failingislikefarting.com. Twenty-four years ago, I sat in the Palestra waiting […]

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Advice for bipolar sufferers at Mount Airy bookstore

Local Life | May 30th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear According to the National Institute of Mental Health website, “bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks … In a given year, bipolar disorder affects about 5.9 million American adults, or about […]

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Mt. Airy to Iceland: a long trip to see a Penis Museum

Local Life | May 25th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Constance Garcia-Barrio On a Thursday night at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, I joined other guests in pajamas and slippers for the 9 p.m. story hour. Juice, cookies, blankets and pillows lay ready for us in the dim auditorium before a professor of literature from the University of Iceland told stories of elves and trolls, […]

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G’tn heart transplant recipient now wins athletic medals

Local Life | May 24th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Constance Garcia-Barrio Waiting for a donor organ can leave patients caught between hope and desperation, said heart transplant recipient Janet Dennis, of Germantown. “I lived in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital for six and a half weeks, waiting for a donor heart,” said Dennis, 63, a social worker retired from the city of Philadelphia. […]

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