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The Mansion “Pic-Nic”, An Old Pittsburgh Mansion, and Mary Schenley

Mary Schenley, of Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park and my very own Schenley High School fame, was married away at age 14 to a 47 year old sea captain! Today I got a tweet from the District 7 Council Seat of Pittsburgh: Some research for a constituent led to this nostalgic piece about the old Schenley Mansion […]

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Looking forward to “Out of the Furnace”

As a western Pennsylvanian, I have to admit this trailer strikes a chord with me.  No, I was never a boxer nor did I even rescue a kidnapped sibling. But hey, I am more than happy to be engrossed in the scenery of this story about someone who did. Looks like it was beautifully shot. […]

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God Bless, Zach

Zach Sobiech left us with the gift of his goodbye messages in the form of letters and songs. His song Clouds, uploaded in 2012, is below. Zach passed away from osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, in May, 2013.

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Finally, A Guy Singing about Being in Space From Space!

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield covers Space Oddity by David Bowie from, well from space. Where else? This dude is pretty sweet.

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Spring in Pittsburgh

I love the spring in Pittsburgh. The farmers markets open up, the flower shows are in full bloom (ha ha), and live, free music seems to be playing from every plaza and park throughout the city. It’s a great evening to visit; May Market continues until 7 tonight, and Phipps is open until 10. Stop […]

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2013 Super Bowl Ads: GoDaddy, Budweiser, Mercedes, BlackBerry, Samsung and the night’s most interesting commercials. – Slate Magazine

ah yes, the annual run down of the best and worst of Superbowl television ads. What would we do without this holiday to help us through until our next big buying spree on the 14th? 2013 Super Bowl Ads: GoDaddy, Budweiser, Mercedes, BlackBerry, Samsung and the night’s most interesting commercials. – Slate Magazine. And my […]

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New York City unveils its vision for micro-apartments under 400 sq. ft. – Quartz

This dude has some great stuff in his micro-apartment. Worth a watch of the 4 minute video just to get inspired, if anything. http://qz.com/46101 via New York City unveils its vision for micro-apartments under 400 sq. ft. – Quartz.

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The Shorpy Website

A vintage photography website named Shorpy caught my eye. What a great collection of photographs! Some are user-submitted, in case anyone out there has an old box of vintage gems which they would like to share. The reason the site grabbed my attention was because of a photo from the industrial heyday of Pittsburgh, PA. […]

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Light Solution for Dark Homes!

Check out what this clever guy is doing to provide light for folks – he is filling empty plastic pop bottles with water and a little bit of bleach. Then he installs them into the corrugated roof panel and seals them to keep out the rain. The water refracts the light and illuminates the interior […]

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Summer Gardening

Summer usually brings with it an unquenchable fever for gardening and all sorts of landscaping activities. This year, though, I have barely mowed the lawn. What gives? My thought is that the bizarre weather has messed with my internal clock. It is mid-May and we still have cool rains falling. We haven’t had a sunny […]