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Today’s war-sparked refugee crises were decades away when philosopher Marshall McLuhan famously declared “The medium is the message.” But the medium behind the vivid orange crucifix at Flourtown’s St. Miriam Parish and Friary -- life jackets discarded by Syrian war victims who’d fled across the Mediterranean Sea to the Greek island of Lesvos -- is clearly the message.

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Biodiversity. Is this something you think about in planning your gardens and landscape, and deciding what to put in the pots on your patio or balcony? Typically, gardeners and landscapers have been interested in colors, textures, and seasonal interest – how beautiful a property can be. Lately, however, biodiversity is becoming the watch-word, as we gardeners learn more about the increasing loss of species and look for ways that we, as individuals, can make a positive difference. Our challenge is how to create the beauty we want while supporting our intricate ecosystems.

If you haven’t gotten your Real ID drivers license which some of us need and some of us don’t and good luck figuring that out -- prepare to enter your cavernous DMV building to find aimless souls twitching their legs and checking their phones and wondering which bleary rep will input the vital info that proves you are who you say you are and who you are is maybe A-OK.

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Imagine: the sun sparkling on the Mediterranean, the scent of lavender filling the air, a chic bistro serving bouillabaisse. Relish a “Riviera Holiday” at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show.

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CONSHOHOCKEN — Organizers of the prom scheduled for Conshohocken Great American Pub’s ballroom on Feb. 22 say this 7-11 p.m. social will be a lot different from the time-honored rite-of-passage hosted by most high schools.

Every year, Gwynedd Mercy University’s President, Deanne H. D’Emilio, makes a special appearance at the Valie Genuardi Hobbit House to celebrate “P” Day. GMercyU's littlest students, lovingly referred to as “hobbits,” invited President D’Emilio to celebrate in their annual tradition of honoring one of their favorite letters. Over the course of the year, the Hobbits hold celebrations for each letter of the alphabet, and “P” Day is always one of their favorites! The students, teachers, and even President D'Emilio gathered in their pajamas to eat pancakes and party! The hobbits even performed a fun little song and dance for President D'Emilio while she visited.

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There are some things we tend to do without thinking, like automatically responding with the words “God bless you” when someone in our company sneezes. It doesn’t seem to matter whether we know the person or not -- common practice and politeness dictate this familiar response, but why?

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Looking for something special to do this Valentine’s Day? If you’re a bird-lover, you don’t have to look any farther than this year’s annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), which starts on Feb. 14. The four-day Count, now in its 23rd year, is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, and engages participants around the world.

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The competition. The commercials. The soup. Yes, soup. Got a game plan for “Souper” Bowl Sunday? Area chefs offered a peek inside their playbooks, sharing three fumble-free recipes even a rookie can tackle.

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Ditched alcohol for Dry January (or altogether)? Take heart, teetotalers! Going sans spirits doesn’t have to be boring as area restaurants zero in on zero-proof cocktails.

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The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law on December 20, 2019 by President Trump. It was part of spending legislation passed by the U.S. Congress. The law can be a game changer for those who have saved, or are saving, or intend to save for retirement.

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–For me, as a vegetable grower, this is a heady time of year. It’s full of possibilities, laid out in the seed catalogues that have started cropping up in my mailbox. But mail-order isn’t the only game in town. You can save your own seeds from year to year, or you can search out local seed-swapping events. There’s even a National Seed Swap Day, observed annually on the last Saturday in January to help promote the practice.

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AMBLER — Ambler Restaurant Week is in full swing, attracting thousands of foodies and visitors to local eateries. The event began Monday, Jan. 6 , and continues until Monday, Jan. 13. 

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Hosting 25 or 50 at a New Year’s party seemed like a great idea in October. But right about now, you’re wondering what ever possessed you to follow through and invite a crowd to celebrate chez vous when you hate cooking and can’t remember the last time you bought a bottle of wine.

Time to be proud of ourselves! Proud of who we are, of what we do that’s right and good, proud of how much we like ourselves. Really?

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What’s the best thing you’ve eaten this year? Bet you can almost taste it. So can area chefs who shared their top picks … from seafood to short ribs, cookies to cold-brew cocktails.

If you haven’t yet caught the Danish-inspired wave called “hygge “-- pronounced hoo-gah -- which has created a hyped up marketing fad the past few winters, it may be because you don’t know your cool and comfy from your cold and edgy.

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That dog-eared page in a treasured cookbook, grandma’s handwritten recipe, the dough you know by heart ... it’s cookie time! And it’s a gift guaranteed to “bake” the holidays a little brighter.

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“Knead” gifts for foodies on your list? While cookbooks and kitchen gadgets always delight, surprise them this year with the gift of “thyme.” We’re talking epicurean experiences - food tours, wine tastings and cooking classes.

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In the secular world, the calendar year is winding down and drawing to a close, with hopes for increased consumer spending and a good bottom line. In the church, we have already stepped into the new year with the season of Advent, a season of hoping and waiting for something of much greater significance than profits or spending — a season during which we are invited to lean into God’s future unafraid and dare to dream God’s dreams.

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Holiday shopping season is in full swing, and for many shoppers, that means perusing small shops and boutiques in search of that perfect gift.