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New documentary celebrates Msgr. Michael Doyle, the beloved ‘Heart of Camden’

“I wanted to tell a story that inspires people to make a difference. Father Doyle is an amazing person.”

This Drexel Hill cemetery is an unlikely but lively venue for local veggies, vendors, music, and more

Green Horn Farms has breathed new life into a greenhouse at Arlington Cemetery in Upper Darby, PA., and is part of many activities and events hosted by the beautiful Delaware County burial ground.

The pandemic stalled their plans, but they’re baking another path forward in Philly

Within six months, he was baking about 120 loaves a day in a commercial kitchen on North Broad Street. “We were lucky,” he said.

This photographer’s portraits of Camden residents put the old city in a new light

In a city that has lost so much, the portraits are welcome evidence that tired narratives about faded greatness can be transcended.

At RQ magazine, print is alive and swell

Editor-in-chief Heather Shayne Blakeslee says readers weary of digital overload will find an oasis in Root Quarterly (RQ), the print-only magazine she launched in Philadelphia in 2019.

In Salem County, farming links Black and Jewish families — and history

When William Levin's great-great grandfather settled in South Jersey in 1882, his Gentile neighbors helped him farm. Today the Levins' Black neighbors are doing the same. And vice-versa.

Philadelphia harp society teaches students via Zoom in pandemic

The Lyra Society has offered free harp lessons to Philadelphia public school students since 2004. The nonprofit group wasn't about to let the coronavirus stop the music.

A Philly hip-hop artist’s album was inspired by finding the biological family he didn’t know he had

Alexander Charles, adopted at birth by a couple from New Hope, PA, found out has a sister and is of Chinese and Hawaiian descent while writing songs for what became his new album, Fortune Cookies.

In a South Jersey town, Hope A. Bounds is so much more than a mannequin

The pandemic inspired music therapist and mother of two Sara Joy Kuhlen to create 'Hope A. Bounds,' a happy mannequin who delights kids and others who pass by her Audubon, NJ home.

What it’s like to spend the coronavirus pandemic hiking the Appalachian Trail

A couple from the Philly suburbs trudged 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine while most everyone else was staying at home.