Question of the Day: You’re divorced and your ex is a tax cheat claiming your child on their tax returns, but you have primary custody.  You offer several options: Cease to claim the child; share the refund by claiming the child on alternate years, or; you get the refund and pay yearly incidentals. Your ex…

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THE BRIDGE OPENS with Kenya Brown, a little girl from the projects who is dealing with much more than she should. This is the first time I’ve recorded a reading from this novel. And though the book was written more than a decade ago, it still speaks to what too many of our children face…

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This article concerns adolescent sexual and mental health issues, and may not be suitable for small children. [dropcaps]I[/dropcaps]t’s 10:30 am inside a brightly lit classroom. The students are done their work and decide to engage in a conversation about promiscuity. They celebrate the young ladies they have conquered, remembering each girl as of she…

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USUALLY WHEN I photograph children, they smile at the camera.  They light up, pose, and glam it up, because they’re thrilled that someone with a camera is focusing her attention on them, if only for a brief moment. Well, this little boy didn’t smile at all. Now, I’ve had this happen to me before with…

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IN THE WAKE of the Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin murders, I am for the first time, concerned for my son’s safety. I have never felt this way before. I have always felt that my son would be safe no matter what. Not just because he’s covered in prayer, but because of the type of…

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Dear Housewife: Is it wrong to charge your teen for having their boyfriend or girlfriend over 3-4 times a week for dinner? – My House is Not a Restaurant Dear My House Is Not a Restaurant: Wow! I’m glad that my mother-in-law did not share your philosophy when Solomon and I were dating! We would…

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Question of the Day: Lately your bank account has become increasingly low.  You get on a budget, but your mate maintains their poor spending habits and refuses to take the necessary steps to get you both out of debt by doing simple things like taking lunch to work.  You are stressed to the max about…

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PHILADELPHIA IS IN TROUBLE. Not because of toxic political infighting that pits one neighborhood against another, but because of its strained relationship with the state. To a certain extent, this is nothing new. There has long been an anti-Philadelphia bias in Harrisburg, and nearly a decade of hyper-partisanship has widened the divide. Despite all that,…

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FOR MUCH of the past month, I’ve felt like a man trapped in a snowy nightmare. The historic winter-storm season was so utterly overwhelming, I thought a woolly mammoth would come traipsing down Market Street. Of course, the mammoth never arrived, sort of like the snowplow that was supposed to clear the side streets in…

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YOU’RE APPROACHING THE END of your child bearing years and the children you have are almost grown. Then a funny thing happens. You meet a new love who has no children, but wants to have kids with you. Babies are cute, but … do you proceed with the relationship knowing you’ll eventually have to push…

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