Cave of Kelpius

I spend hours on end sitting cross-legged on the cold, damp floor of an old springhouse perched on a hillside in Wissahickon Valley Park that a dubious urban legend says was once the meditation-chamber of Johannes Kelpius, leader of a doomsday cult of German mystic monks. I think about something Philly-related, then I churn out an essay and I post it here.

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Philadelphia is talking a lot of sense on its trash crisis. Is Mayor Kenney listening?
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In the late eighteenth century, a Philadelphia politician finally won an election to the state legislature on his third try. Until he didn't.
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