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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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A group of identically dressed dancers poses frozen on the dance floor. The get up is odd for a west coast swing competition: dark pants below bondage vests over white shirts with period style puffed sleeves. They stand with their arms at their sides, heads tilted towards the floor. One person looks up and nods...
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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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