No culture shock for an American student abroad in Taiwan

Opinion | July 13th, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Amelia Dogan I had reservations about traveling to Taiwan. Being abroad is not just about learning about a new culture, but also understanding my own American culture as well. And what of American influence and politics?. There are obvious things I expected: questions about China’s role in the world, being raised half Chinese, or […]

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Better off with cats than kids?

Opinion | July 12th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro Last week, the New York Times attracted a lot of attention for a story on declining birth rates in the United States. The report, by Claire Cain Miller of the Times’ UpShot data reporting blog, occupied much of its time with an extensive survey that found women had a multitude of reasons […]

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Support Pastorius Park with donation to Friends

Opinion | July 6th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Tracy Gardner Despite severe winds and torrential rain from the freak storm on June 24, the trees of Pastorius Park suffered little damage. This is no accident. Each year the Friends of Pastorius Park consults with local arborists regarding the health of the park’s trees, and particularly the older legacy trees from the park’s […]

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Freedom should be free of fear

Opinion | June 29th, 2018 | 1 Comment

Next week, before the next issue of the Local hits mailboxes and store shelves, people around the country will have celebrated Independence Day, July 4. The point of Independence Day is to mark the founding of the nation, a nation that is not perfect in practice, but one that is based on the loftiest of […]

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Ask the Doc: How to manage stress without getting stressed out about it

Ask the Doc | June 29th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by L. Matthew Schwartz, MD, FAAPM&R Local doctor L. Matthew Schwartz tackles your reader questions about health every two weeks. Please feel free to ask him any question about physical medicine, pain, and integrative holistic medicine or wellness. Send questions to   Olivia G of Wyndmoor asks: “I’m stressed: How can I manage my […]

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Engage with Chestnut Hill’s past, future: Support the Chestnut Hill Conservancy

Opinion | June 21st, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Lori Salganicoff Executive Director, Chestnut Hill Conservancy This biweeky Discovering Chestnut Hill column allows the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and the Local to share and highlight some of the things that make Chestnut Hill so special. The community is a unique place defined by its interwoven history, great architecture, and undisturbed open space. Chestnut Hill […]

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U.S. viewers shouldn’t skip World Cup

Opinion | June 14th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro One of my favorite pairs of soccer podcast and TV personalities, The Men in Blazers, like to use an ironic phrase to describe the United States’ relationship with soccer: “Soccer: America’s sport of the future … since 1972.” It’s a phrase equal parts humorous and honest. The world’s game, populated with the […]

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