Did you hear? Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia next month. Only if you have been locked up in a closet or cave could you be missing the media frenzy that is accompanying the pope on his trip to the City of Brotherly Love. He reportedly sometimes rides public transit in Rome. But God forbid that he should attempt to ride SEPTA with us common people. Can you imagine? The pope might not be able to get back into the city past the cordoned-off area. (And he’d never get back in time.)
Get rid of speed cushions
As Americans, we have fought against and made great progress in the war against the many forms of discrimination. Inequality against Americans of color, Americans of certain religious convictions, Americans with certain sexual identities, and discrimination against Americans of certain ethnic backgrounds are all forms of prejudice against which we have fought and made headway. We have not been so successful when it comes to discrimination against Americans with disabilities.
A man to be remembered
In case you missed my column in the spring on garden radishes, I’ve been trying to grow vegetables in a community garden that I call my farmette. Planting and then consistently watering and weeding turned out to be lots of work. Alas, a big harvest was not to be. Too many critters seem to enjoy much of the fruits of labor. I have refused to get into a pickle. I did, however, collect some cucumbers.
Treating us like toddlers
Cabbage can mean different things to different people in different places. Webster defines the word as a slang expression for paper currency. Cabbage in this use is purchasing power. Here’s something to wrap your head around.
Although we often use zucchini as a vegetable, technically it’s a fruit. Other than cookbooks, zucchini has not had the kind of cultural impact one would expect of a fine fruit. No one ever said, “A zucchini a day keeps the doctor away,” or referred to a loved one as “The zucchini of my eye.” No one ever wrote “The Zucchini Of Wrath,” “A Clockwork Zucchini” or “A Zucchini In The Sun.” No one ever listened to “Zucchini Fields Forever,” or played the “Zucchini Blossom Special.”
12We always know we’ve arrived at the right house on Long Beach Island each summer when we recognize the old faded towels that our daughters once dragged to day camp drying on the deck of a summer cottage.
It’s a question I’m often asked: Why? Why am I running once again for elective office in Philadelphia? I have run for City Council before and was the Republican nominee against Michael Nutter in the 2007 mayor’s race. I run not out of ego, nor am I a glutton for punishment. I am running once again for a Republican At-Large Council seat because public service is my highest calling. I care deeply about this city and its people. When I engage in moments of self-reflection, as we all do, I know in my heart that my extensive and diverse experience and long history of community service make me an ideal candidate who’s running for the right reason — to help others, not myself.