Center City has its charms, its quiet stretches where two friends can walk and talk.
Today we visited art galleries and a museum, and ate our fill at Monk’s Cafe.
We are on our way to hear live music, a jazz trio in a small private club.
Oh, we understand those who stay at home. We, too, read books and watch TV.
We, too, dread the traffic, parking, crowds, and crime. We are in the city anyway.
Thank God for friends who pry us out of our comfortable ruts.


Photo of two friends walking down 6th Street in Center City, Philadelphia.

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Comments from readers

Julie wrote:
Your photo perfectly captures the feelings of "being in the city," and yet illuminates the necessity of social activities.

Holly wrote:
We are loving Philly! [Holly and her husband recently moved to Philly. Now they do not need friends to drag them there; they are the one getting others out of their ruts.]

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