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Leslie Handler
Leslie Handler is a reporter for CDC News and a freelance essayist for The Philadelphia Inquirer , and WHYY's NewsWorks among other publications. She has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband Marty, dogs Maggie and Hazel, a collection of fish, Marty's cockatoo whom she's been trying to roast for dinner for the last 29 years, and a few occasional uninvited guests. You may find her on her website at

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Entries by Leslie Handler

The Echo of the Youngest Son: A Heartfelt Valentine

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 4:13 PM


My mother-in-law passed away a year ago this month... just a few days after her 91st birthday. She is survived by her five children, eleven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. She left all of us with amazing gifts of love, respect, honor, and...

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I Am Beautiful

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 9:04 AM

My hair is frizzy and unruly. It curls in all the wrong places and is sprinkled with grey. The frizz reminds me of my ethnic heritage. It makes me proud of who I am. The grey, although covered by hair dye for sheer vanity, is a sign that although older,...

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How I Lost 85 Pounds And Became A Runner

(5) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 5:27 AM


When it comes to exercise, I've always been a kind of middle of the roader. When I was very young, I played "at" tennis, I swam, and I rode horses. As I became older, Jazzercise was the way of the world. I...

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The Flavor of the Month

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 12:13 PM


At the MTV Video Music Awards last summer, Miley Cyrus made an attempt to bring youth homelessness in America to center stage by having a homeless man accept her award. Yet, even with the best of intentions, the stunt seemed to backfire when...

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Sugar, The Movie, And Homeless Youth In America

(4) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 6:33 PM


It's the seedy side of life-the part of life you pretend doesn't exist. At first, I only noticed the one man I wrote about last Fall, the one passed out in front of my local Wawa. But now I've started to...

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Crossed Paths for a Quart of Milk

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 11:43 AM

I went to the Wawa with my husband to pick up a quart of milk. As we parked the car, we noticed a young man passed out and lying in front of the store.

"That guy's not doing too well," my husband said.

I agreed and we went about...

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To The Graduates

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 10:35 AM


At this time of graduation ceremonies, I ask myself what I would tell a bunch of wide-eyed kids in their late teens and early twenties about their lives ahead.

People talk about following their passions. If you're in your early twenties,...

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My Occasional Loss of Body Control

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Oh, it hurts. My stomach is so tight. There's a squeeze from deep within. It feels like I'm doing ab crunches, but I'm not. The squeeze gets tighter and tighter. When I got dressed this morning my pants fit, but now they feel like they're two sizes too small. I...

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Gay Marriage or Civil Rights?

(10) Comments | Posted April 27, 2014 | 8:43 PM


Years ago, when my daughter was in middle school, she came home one day to report that several of her girlfriends were verbally bullying another girl in her class. She proudly announced to me that she knew...

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An Atheist Jew and a Good Christian

(9) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 7:18 PM


The weather has finally started to cooperate. It's finally officially spring. Along with spring comes the Judeo-Christian traditions of Easter and Passover. Passover is the one celebrated in my family.

At Passover time, we read from the Haggadah, a book telling...

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