7:53 AM / Wednesday February 21, 2018


The transition is almost over

August 4, 2017

By Dianna Hobbs When you’re going through a hard time or setback, the enemy tells you that you won’t make it through and you’ll be stuck in that bad predicament forever. It sure looks and feels that way, doesn’t it? Back when my husband Kenya lost his job right after we welcomed our second…

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Gesu School concludes Youngest Scholars summer program

August 4, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  Youngest Scholars students work towards their goal of running or walking a 5K on the rooftop track at Gesu School.   After five fun, focused weeks, Gesu School’s annual Youngest Scholars summer program has come to an end. As Philadelphia’s first independent Catholic elementary school, Gesu has led the way in providing innovative…

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Enon Gives Back

July 29, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  The Elam family (Rodney, his daughter Shelby and wife Kim) were participants in the Walk/Run.  (Photo courtesy: Arlene Edmonds)   Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church spent last weekend raising funds for those in need.   By Arlene Edmonds Correspondent The Center In The Park and the Wissahickon Boys and Girl Club got a shot…

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Six things we need to stop saying to bereaved parents

July 21, 2017

Joan Markwell knows the gut-wrenching, hollow feeling left behind when a child is taken too early. It’s a feeling that mothers have experienced recently and throughout the last few years after tragic attacks in Orlando, Manchester, London, San Bernardino, Calif., and Charleston, S.C., just to name a few. With every new tragedy, vigil, story on…

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Don’t lose your focus

July 7, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  On the left, “Rosetta and Christella” by Kaiah Hobbs (9); on the right, “Apple Tart Garden” by Kyla Hobbs (12)   By Dianna Hobbs (From April  2011) “Mom, we’ve got books for you!” Kaiah and Kyla, 9 and 12 respectively, came skipping into my room excitedly clutching original hand-written and illustrated books. The…

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You’re Next In Line

June 29, 2017

By Dianna Hobbs I was wearing my white t-shirt with the word “Healed” emblazoned across the chest in bold, glittery, black letters when I walked into a local Walmart today. I had grabbed a few things quickly, checked out and was hastily marching toward the exit when I heard a woman’s voice call out,…

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God is going to do above & beyond!

June 22, 2017

By Dianna Hobbs I couldn’t figure out why my laptop wasn’t charging the other day. I had it plugged in for hours. I was baffled by the pop-up messages informing me that the battery was “critically low” and my device was about to shut down on me. Me and my technology troubles, I thought. In…

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Gesu School celebrates the graduation of 44 bright minds

June 15, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  Gesu School Class of 2017 at The Church of the Gesu.  (Photo: Sabina Louise Pierce)   Distinguished alumnus Daryl Shore ’94 highlights momentous occasion as commencement speaker   On  June 7, the Gesu School celebrated the graduation of another accomplished class of students. As Philadelphia’s first independent Catholic elementary school, Gesu serves students…

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Here’s why you’re going through…

June 9, 2017

By Dianna Hobbs Today is recital day, and we’re all pretty excited about it! Our teen daughters Kyla and Kaiah will be performing this evening on stage. This performance marks the culmination of all the hard work these two have been doing over the past nine months, preparing for this moment. Each year, when…

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