The Urban Resident Local Doc on the Block

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The Pursuit of Suffering [redux]

[Originally published in 2008.  Today marks Sonia’s 29th birthday.  Happy birthday, Sonia; we still miss you.] I watched the grainy, blocky video in silence. My friend was singing “Landslide” and I felt a certain tautness in my eyebrows and a peculiar heaviness in the corners of my mouth. By now...

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I Voted! / He Votado!

Hi! Fellow urban dweller here, guest blogging for the DISPLACEMENT series. In light of the Prez’s upcoming re-inauguration, here is a reflection on my first voting experience in North Philly, originally written this past election. I received invites from two bloggers named Dave (one in Delaware, one in California) to...

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Part 1: On Cynicism

I originally wrote the following passage for a Good Friday reflection in 2007, unknowingly done one week before the Virginia Tech shooting.  The intent in re-posting here is not to lessen the tragedy of what has just occurred in Connecticut, but to speak truth about how little has changed five...

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Bad People and Thanksgiving

As per my count, there have been at least three shootings within my three block radius in the past three months.  One resulted in a death.  The first one happened at an intersection I had driven through literally a minute beforehand; I heard the gunshots nearby after getting home and,...