How to Request Toys for Tots in Western Pennsylvania in 2018

This is our annual (6 years+) round-up of Toys for Tots programs in Western Pennsylvania for 2018. I’ve done my best to sort through the available information and provide you what you may need to know. PLEASE click through to the applicable link to doublecheck the details. Some of the Toys for Tots pages are […]

Vote ‘No’ on the Allegheny County Children’s Fund

In addition to the various critical elections facing us on November 6, there is also a critical referendum item – the ‘Allegheny Children’s Fund’ referendum asking for a voluntary 5% property tax hike to pay for early learning, after-school programs and healthy meals for kids. I hope it goes without saying that I believe that […]

The extra bff

When I was a child, the other girls in my neighborhood were firmly cemented into best friend pairs – Amy & Julie, Laurie & Darlene, Sherry & Meg, etc. My role was to be a back-up friend. Sometimes, I was included in group activities. Sometimes, I was called upon if the BFF was unavailable. And […]

Pittsburgh History of Halloween 1858 – Pittsburgh Daily Post

Pittsburgh Halloween History 1858

Very interesting account from 1858 about the Halloween traditions from the times of Robert Burns (1759-1796) Mon, Nov 1, 1858 – Page 3 · Pittsburgh Daily Post (Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com

Pittsburgh History of Halloween 1890 – The Pittsburgh Press

Pittsburgh Halloween History

Fri, Oct 31, 1890 – Page 2 · The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com Fri, Oct 31, 1890 – Page 2 · The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com

Harrisburg Halloween History 1889 – Harrisburg Daily Independent

Harrisburg Halloween 1889

Thu, Oct 31, 1889 – Page 1 · Harrisburg Daily Independent (Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com

Pittsburgh’s Halloween History 1889 – Pittsburgh Dispatch

Halloween 1889 Pittsburgh

Reading about Halloweens of yesteryear. We start with a November 1, 1889 wrap up of various events and celebrations that are a far cry from current festivities. Note that language in this article reflects the sensibilities of the times. Fri, Nov 1, 1889 – Page 6 · Pittsburgh Dispatch (Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com

Tomorrow is my birthday. I’ll be 48. 

Tomorrow is my birthday. I’ll be 48. Last night, I dreamed about being homeless, cast away, and shunned because of my flaws. I woke up several times choking, unsure if it was due to allergies or stress. I’m exhausted and dismayed. Birthdays in the sense that they are indicators of getting older do not bother […]

Pittsburgh City Council Unanimously Calls for Pittsburgh Marathon to Remove Chick-fil-A Sponsorship

On Wednesday, October 17, all nine members of Pittsburgh’s City Council signed a request to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon organizers (P3R) requesting that they remove Chick-fil-A as a title sponsor. We, the undersigned, are writing to respectfully request that P3R remove Chick-Fil-A as the title sponsor of the 2019 Pittsburgh Kids Marathon. The […]

Quick Q&A with Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett Pittsburgh

  Courtney Barnett will be in Pittsburgh Friday night at Stage AE at 7PM. Tickets available here. She took a few moments to answer quick questions for us. How does intersectionality inform your work?  “I am not free while any woman is unfree. even when her shackles are very different from my own” – Audre […]