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Nicole Gieselman Nov 10, 2015 7:00 pm

Where the Mundane Becomes Magical

About 10 minutes away from my house is a golf course called “Rolling Hills.” I can assure you, no hills—rolling or otherwise—are anywhere to be found. It’s flat as a pancake. The name represents an idea rather than reality, an idyllic representation of what the resort could be. This is the case for...

Nicole Gieselman Nov 2, 2015 7:00 pm

Old Clothes, New Styles

A not-so-new trend is sweeping the nation. Hipsters swear by it. Pop music hits have been written about it. It’s cheap, it’s smelly, and it’s fashionable. It’s thrift shopping. Many teens and twenty-somethings are devoted to the hunt for used clothes that are the perfect mix of quirky and...

Nicole Gieselman Oct 29, 2015 3:11 pm

Who Took My Ruby Slippers?

We’ve all seen the Wizard of Oz. No? Well, if you’re one of the pop-culture deprived, here’s a quick summary: lackadaisical Dorothy and her dog, Toto, get sucked up by a tornado. They arrive in a mystical land called Oz, where our brave heroine promptly steals some shoes, talks to strangers,...

Marcella Haddad Oct 8, 2014 8:00 pm

Keyword: Do Not Move

When I first set foot in Philadelphia, I was expecting San Francisco 2.0. At first, what I saw seemed to fit with this idea. There were towering buildings, cigarette-smoking, long-coat wearing people in the shadows, and, of course, the smells. But it didn’t take long wandering the city for me to...