Mari writes human interest stories for The UpSide section.

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Chalk it up to boredom or fear, but victory gardens are growing again

The concept of a "victory garden" dates to World War I, when food shortages in war-torn Europe put the burden of feeding millions on the United States.

LOVE is alive on the plaza

Artist Robert Indiana's iconic status withstands the test of time.

Could a ‘Tiger King’ set up shop in Pennsylvania or New Jersey?

It's legal to own big cats like lions and tigers in Pennsylvania, but officials say the permitting is stringent.

After 39 years and more than 30,000 hours in the air, a pioneering female pilot retires

“It was love at first flight,” Marsh said of flying. “I just took to it and never turned back.”

He’s on a one-man mission to clean up trash and help save sea life

“One of the neighbors across the street said, ‘He’s a saint.'"

Three Philadelphia-area teens are headed for the circus Big Top

PSCA, one of about 400 circus schools in the U.S., is located in the former St. Madeleine Sophie Church on Greene St.

Exercise in the era of social distancing

To cope with public health restrictions, take time to unwind and do some other activities you enjoy.

How volunteer fire, ambulance companies are facing the coronavirus pandemic in Philly suburbs

In 2018, 1,258 EMS agencies statewide with 36,655 certified emergency medical technicians and paramedics responded to more than 2.1 million emergency calls.

Best gig ever: fresh air, exercise, and playing with puppies

In 2019 alone, Americans spent about $1 billion for dog walking services, an industry that has grown an average of 3.7% per year since 2015.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

The first International Women’s Day held in 1911.