A couple got engaged in the middle of West Philly protests for Walter Wallace Jr.

Maurice Small, 32, proposed to Tanesha Pennington, his girlfriend of 8 years, in the intersection of 52nd and Chestnut, as a line of police officers with riot shields looked on.

Only four months into their relationship, they took a gamble and quarantined together

In mid-March, they gambled on potential and committed to quarantine together rather than ride out the pandemic alone.

Only four months into their relationship, they took a gamble and quarantined together

In mid-March, they gambled on potential and committed to quarantine together rather than ride out the pandemic alone.

For Alex Macnow and Nathan Renner-Johnson, ‘the moment when we are creating our family’

“But after we were together, we gravitated toward adoption,” Nathan says. “We wanted to be on equal footing, without the idea that one of us was the ‘real’ father.”

For Alex Macnow and Nathan Renner-Johnson, ‘the moment when we are creating our family’

“But after we were together, we gravitated toward adoption,” Nathan says. “We wanted to be on equal footing, without the idea that one of us was the ‘real’ father.”

As always, Sunnie Baron-Freeman makes the most of it

“Our biggest concern was that she would still want to go out, go shopping, and live the life she loves to live in Center City,” said daughter Suzy.

As always, Sunnie Baron-Freeman makes the most of it

“Our biggest concern was that she would still want to go out, go shopping, and live the life she loves to live in Center City,” said daughter Suzy.
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Curiosity, anxiety give way to elation when woman finds her biological mother

Each knew she wanted to see more of the other, but at first was afraid the feeling would stop being mutual, and that things would fall apart.

30 years later, a chance meeting brought them together

John saw Shalon’s closeness with her family and he saw how quickly she grew close with his mother, father, stepmother, and – most importantly – his girls.

For Betty and Jack Lukis, a lifetime of devotion and fun

Jack is completely devoted to everyone and everything he cares about, Betty said. He’s fiercely loyal to her and their family.

Rachael Kelleher & Johnny Serrano - celebrating marriage in an unusual time

They unearthed a shared devotion to family and appreciation of movies and music festivals.

For these widowed churchgoers, there was Lent, then lunch, then love.

They settled into a booth at Mrs. Marty’s Deli and were amazed how easy it was to share their stories with each other.

An enduring sisterhood for unlikely friends

“We have a different culture, language, religion. But we have made a good friendship. A strong friendship. We are two sisters together.”

Love and family have helped them thrive

The couple live in Pine Hill in a home that began as a three-bedroom ranch, but grew along with their family.

Ami and Stephen Kardos: High school sweethearts reunited after three decades

The two walked into their 30-year high school reunion together and many classmates assumed they had been together the whole time.

Annmarie Kelly & Joseph Eagle: Three decades together, five years at a time

The homework their therapist gave them remains a cornerstone of their marriage: a regular family meeting.

Paula & Joe Pezzano: From half a pizza to half a century

“We had three young kids, and he was starting this business, but it was never a question. It was, ‘When do you start?’ ” Paula said. “We have always allowed each other to grow.”

What will sex, dating, and marriage look like on the other side of the pandemic?

Experts say lasting impacts could include dramatic shifts in what American households look like and in how they function day to day.

Adam Ouanes & Brad Luna: Inspired by their parents, they took a chance on love

“I remember thinking, if my dad did that, I can do this, and there’s no reason not to,” said Adam. “When life gives you these types of opportunities, you should just take them.”

A rooftop ceremony and party, with a reception still to come

The couple’s wedding day began like a typical Saturday with brunch in the backyard. They and their photographer took socially distant photos outside the Horticulture Center.

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