My father-in-law, Josiah Matshikete Mabaso, remembers a night in Pimville, South Africa, in 1975, when an angry pounding at the door woke him and his wife at four in the morning.
My mother-in-law, Anita, dashed to the wardrobe and hid herself inside it. Josiah, determined to stay calm, opened the door More »
My friends in Indonesia always say to me, usually with a combination of ridicule and wonder, "Why do you live in Philly? Why not in New York, D.C. or Los Angeles?" For them — for people around the world probably — living in More »
I can honestly say that I have never understood how someone could come to tears over the death of a public figure; a person he never even met. But I have learned today. Nelson Mandela has had such a profound effect on my More »
I love the City of Brotherly Love! That being said, I must admit that I was a suburbanite for most of my younger days. Now, looking back, I see that I never realized how boring the suburbs were until I moved into Center More »
I went to the Wawa with my husband to pick up a quart of milk. As we parked the car, we noticed a young man passed out and lying in front of the store.
"That guy's not doing too well," my husband said.
Each month, NewsWorks presents a story from a First Person Arts story slam. In this edition, Sean Carney, who was recently named "Best Storyteller in Philadelphia" in the 2013 First Person Arts Festival, has a story More »
On May 27, 1975 the Philadelphia Flyers won the Stanley Cup. The city was alive with excitement. A great outpouring was unleashed throughout the city of Brotherly Love: tears of joy; fans into the streets; celebratory beers More »
It's about 8:10 on a Wednesday night, and I'm covered in charcoal dust. I'm standing before an easel positioned in front of a still life in the Abington Art Center. I'm enrolled in a basic drawing class with about eight More »
Eric loves living in South Philly's East Passyunk neighborhood. Before moving to Philadelphia in 2009, he spent some time on the "dark side" producing web content at MTV Networks in New York. Eric did some freelance work for WNYC, but prior to that he lived in Minneapolis and produced websites and email newsletters for many of Minnesota Public Radio's programs. Highlights from that time include meetings with a barefoot Garrison Keillor in his office, biking around the beautiful lakes of Minneapolis, and eating plenty of cheese curds, corn dogs and pronto pups at the Minnesota State Fair every year. Eric is originally from Michigan and wears his Detroit Tigers cap with pride.