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This story was originally published in State College Magazine. It is used here with permission. Between Snow Shoe and Bellefonte, you’ll find Rooted Farmstead up a two-mile gravel road. As you approach the property, there’s an old barn and leveled pasture and a little yellow house that spread out before you. Even in winter, you...
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This story was originally published in State College Magazine and appears here with persmission. Andrea Groznik, co-owner and creative director of Groznik PR, is the vibrant color behind State College’s most recent bright idea: a new urban flea market called “Pop Up Ave.” You might have heard the buzz about Pop Up Ave (popupave.com). The...
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This piece was originally published in State College Magazine and is here with permission. Jessica Menold shows up at Local Whiskey after a long workday and pulls a granola bar out of her bag. “I’ve led meetings all day. This is my first chance to eat!” She laughs at her own explanation. “I’m busy. But...
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147 Dead in Kenyan university attack. Explosions kill 40+ in Beirut, Lebanon. Unknown number shot in Paris attack. There is death.   Act II. Hamlet. Just at the end of this act, Hamlet is left alone on stage. He’s just arranged for a performance for the royal court by a traveling troupe. And one of...
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I was settling in yesterday to write a book review when I saw Byron Borger (of the beloved Hearts and Minds Bookstore) post about the passing of writer and wise woman Phyllis Tickle. This post is in memory of her. I never met Phyllis. Or not exactly. I went to a festival of “Faith and...
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Place. I’m asking how I can be part of the storytelling in places that I love. I feel an understanding with Pennsylvania farm country that is noticeable only when it is absent like in a recent vacation I took to Colorado. The mountains and plains and foothills startled me around every turn. I could never...
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  “It’s not going to get any lighter.” –Performance @CommonPlace, July 2015   To start a review of a musician, I will start with a consideration of a sociologist. Brene Brown, a TedX viral hit, studies vulnerability and shame and how those things affect our ability to live full and meaningful lives. In particular, she...
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