Author: Natalie

In honor of MLK Day

My Inquirer Currents column this week looked a two-year long project that hopes to bring sensitive issues, like race and class, into the public discussion. “Elephants on the Avenue: Race, Class and Community in Historic Germantown” seemed like a great…

Meet the Pink Sisters!

I’ve wanted to write about the Pink Sisters for a long, long time and I finally found a reason: This year was their 100th anniversary! These cloistered nuns living near Center City Philadelphia has been praying around-the-clock every day for…

Holiday happenings

Two stories I wrote that ran on Christmas Day in the Inquirer showed some spirit. The first was about a Tacony block that doesn’t do anything by half, especially holiday decorating. Check out some of the great photos by Liz…

Happy birthday, Frank!

Way back in September, my editor for the Inquirer’s Weekend section asked if I’d like to write a column on Sinatra when his 100th birthday rolled around in December. Is there an Italian American of my generation who grew up…

In the spirit of Thanksgiving…

… I’d like to share two recent articles about local people taking time out of their lives to provide food for others. The first, written for the Associated Press, is about a group called Honey’s Angels. After Helen “Honey” McVey’s…