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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Flower Power

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 25, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp I will never forget my first flower show. I had made it through my very first winter in Boston and was terribly, terribly depressed. Even though it was technically springtime, there were no leaves on the trees, a foot of snow on the ground, sweaters filling my closet and two pairs [...]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Historically Fashion Forward

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 11, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp I have dreams of wearing a big hoop skirt. I’m talking like a BIG, Scarlett O’Hara hoop skirt. Sometimes a corset, or a bustle; on occasion knee britches and a man’s coat from the Revolutionary War, but tailored to fit and flatter a woman’s figure. I’m a fan of the First [...]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: To Make Good Use of Dr. Seuss

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 4, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp For those of you not up on your children’s authors, this weekend marked the 99th birthday of beloved children’s author, poet and illustrator Theodor Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. The Please Touch Museum celebrated by reading Dr. Seuss’s best-loved books at story time, by making Seuss-esque self-portraits with children in the art [...]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: A Novel Idea

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 25, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

I love novels. I hope to publish one someday. I read them constantly. I use the margins to write notes cheering characters on, or chastising them for behaving badly. I give novels to friends. I organize them on shelves first alphabetically, then when that gets boring thematically, then yet again by cover color, height, or [...]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: A Dance with Disasters

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 18, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp Lately, a series of weird things have been happening at my museum. A short while back, Philadelphia had massive wind and rainstorms. In a matter of two weeks, we experienced no less than two power failures and a flood. It sounds drastic to call them disasters, but had the museum staff [...]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: For Whom the Cat Meows

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 11, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp I’m ashamed to tell you how I learned about Hemingway cats. It was not in a high school literature class, nor an intro to evolutionary sciences lecture. No, I learned about the six-toed felines from Tiger Beat Magazine – Backstreet Boy Nick Carter owned one. Obviously as a BSB-loving tweener, I [...]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Putting the Fun in Fundraising

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 4, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp Last week, I did something totally new and different: I participated in the Philadelphia Business & Technology Center’s first annual charity jigsaw puzzle contest. I’ve never been much of a contest person, and frankly, fundraisers make me a little uncomfortable because I always feel a little out of place. But I [...]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Alantic: And We All Shine On

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on January 29, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp Sometimes I find it hard to muster up the enthusiasm to go to natural history museums. Don’t get me wrong – I love natural history museums, and couldn’t wait for the annual school field trip to the NY Museum of Natural History as a kid – but sometimes, they just feel [...]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Jesus Played Yahtzee…And Other Historical Revisions

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on January 21, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp “Look at this!” my friend Kristen called me over to a case in the Ancient Greek wing of the Penn Museum. The case was right next to the bathrooms, small and probably often overlooked, except by those waiting for their friends to finish washing up. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of [...]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Frozen in Time

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on January 14, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp Welcome back to Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic, the weekly column where we discuss what’s going on outside of New England! It is a little known fact that I spend far too much time on time-wasting websites like Jezebel, Buzzfeed and about.com. Finally (finally!) my Internet addictions serendipitously came together with my [...]

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