The Leader of the Flock: Philadelphia welcomes Archbishop Nelson Perez home

By Mark Casasanto  Mass of Installation photographed by Sarah Webb on behalf of CatholicPhilly.com This feature story was intended for placement in our Summer 2020 edition. Given the timing and nature of some content as it relates to the state of current events, we decided to post portions of this interview here on our blog. Our ongoing interview with Archbishop Perez will continue in the upcoming … Continue reading The Leader of the Flock: Philadelphia welcomes Archbishop Nelson Perez home

History Lessons: What happened to China?

by R. Brian Roser At the end of the 18th century, China was on top of the world. They had invented: paper, movable type, the compass, gunpowder and nail polish. They had built canals hundreds of miles long. They were the wealthiest, most populous, most powerful nation in the world. When the British sent a trade ambassador to the emperor in 1793, he was told … Continue reading History Lessons: What happened to China?

From the eyes of a fellow service industry worker

by Rachel Porter photo by Aaron Raysor A couple weekends ago I was hustling at work. Now, I’m trapped in my house from the misery that is known as the coronavirus… It’s a Friday night at 9:00pm and my eyes flicker back and forth between my phone and the TV. The couch unwillingly became my cocoon as I sluggishly sprawl my body across it. The … Continue reading From the eyes of a fellow service industry worker

15 days of pandemic with The Office

by John Nacchio Staring at the four walls and locked down in social isolation…yipes it’s insane! At home with the wife, the kids or just home alone can really get on your nerves. More so the anxiety of 24 hours of updates scaring the bejesus out of you as the numbers climb -is too intense.  Yes, cooking all the fine recipes found in RowHome Magazine … Continue reading 15 days of pandemic with The Office

Mighty Writers at Home: First Writing Contest Winner

-Courtesy of Mighty Writers MIGHTY CONGRATS to the winner of the first Mighty Writers writing contest (and a $100 gift card!): LYDIA HEATWOLE, age 10, a student regular at MW CAMDEN. (In middle forefront of photo- pre-social distancing). The Candle Burns Out By Lydia Heatwole Sickness It hangs over you like a raincloud that never disappears Kids at school are whispering about something called the…coronavirus … Continue reading Mighty Writers at Home: First Writing Contest Winner

Lean on Me: Help Us Help You

-Mark Casasanto I’ve been a writer for a long time. Taking it all the way back to my high school days at St. John Neumann at 26th & Moore. In the early ’80s, I had the great fortune to fall in love with writing, written and speech communications on the strength of three fabulous teachers. I went on to serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the … Continue reading Lean on Me: Help Us Help You

The First Pot of Gravy of the Year

-by Mark Casasanto So, here I am, at home, like so many others…concerned, annoyed and confused. Sounds familiar, right? Plans postponed, work on hold, life as we know it in limbo. Lovely. Just lovely. And, I’m not quite sure who to thank for this intended / unintended hiatus, but I’ll be civil and reasonable. Social Distancing. I gotta tell you- at the risk of sounding … Continue reading The First Pot of Gravy of the Year

The Santa Express

by Debra Russino The Christmas season is upon us once again. It’s a joyous and festive occasion for all to enjoy. Santa is working overtime and because our shopping methods have changed, there is a modern day version of helpers on the scene.  His sleigh has transformed into a truck and his sack has been replaced with a mailbag, filled with many holiday treats. Their attire … Continue reading The Santa Express

The Day Tripper: Exploring the Secret Valley by Rail

by Mark Casasanto File this one under the “things you don’t ordinarily get to do” category. Then, you can thank me later.  Back in the summer of 2017, I was doing a security site survey for a country music festival that was going to occur a little further along as the summer transitioned to fall. As I made my way around the pretty and well … Continue reading The Day Tripper: Exploring the Secret Valley by Rail