Hope for the Spring

Now that we’ve broken through the historic cold snap that hit most of the US last week, I feel like spring is already here. I know it is unreasonable to start looking for flowers and birds – it is still early February. But when I go outside, I hear birds and see daffodil flower tips… Continue reading Hope for the Spring

The Play Deficit

Some more reading on modern children and changes in their upbringing. The golden rule of social play is not ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ Rather, it’s something much more difficult: ‘Do unto others as they would have you do unto them.’ To do that, you have to get into… Continue reading The Play Deficit

Smartphones and Our Children

I just want to highlight some points from an article I just read in The Atlantic. “There is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives—and making them seriously unhappy.” Like her peers, Athena is an expert at tuning out her parents so she can… Continue reading Smartphones and Our Children


Launched the first draft of BEST PGH – my exploration project of bringing business services to existing commercial endeavors who are located in the underserved neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. My intent is to bridge gaps in financing and IT development cause by the lack of robust connections and networks that wealthier business districts can… Continue reading BEST PGH

Alisha B Wormsley’s Art in East Liberty

Love this sign that was posted on Jon Rubin’s billboard atop the Werner Building in East Liberty. I did not know its removal in April 2018 caused a ruckus. Check out the artist responsible for the text, Alisha B Wormsley.

CONNECTing in Allegheny County

By Matt Shirk - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

I had the pleasure of attending a CONNECT meeting yesterday. CONNECT is a regular meeting, usually monthly, of invited leadership from Allegheny County who gather together and work on solving common municipal issues. CONNECT is housed at the University of Pittsburgh, in the Graduate School of Public & International Affairs (GSPIA). Their meetings are hosted… Continue reading CONNECTing in Allegheny County