Between the Issues

Seeing a Garden in a Pile of Debris

by Kate Benz, photography by John Altdorfer

Julia had fired up the chainsaw because she had been bored, really. Retirement had been fun for an hour or two, but she needed something to do.

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by Brandon Fury

I found the miraculous in the dim lamp that hung above your head,

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Illusion of Control, Part III

by Greg Curtis

In my last post I pointed out that, contrary to the claims of Modern Portfolio Theory, families who own businesses aren’t at all uncomfortable with the “single stock risk” they are …

2017 Winter Issue

The Winter 2017 issue:

On newsstands now!

Current Issue


Cleaner to the Stars

by Barbara Eichenlaub

It’s time to don your best apparel for holiday parties, dinners and events. And then, of course, you’ll need to have those clothes cleaned. There are countless options, but Jerry Montesano’s Shadyside Valet


Tunnels of Love

by Richard Snodgrass

First, you had to pull the red wicker settee with its circus-​striped cushions a few feet away from the wall. Then you put the army surplus table Mother sometimes used for the sewing machine next …


On a Lonely Stretch of Road

by Douglas Heuck

I had occasion recently to pet a wild animal for the first time.


Among the Trees

by Douglas Heuck

As Meg Cheever said, “The best park in Pittsburgh is the one you are in.” She founded the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in 1996 at a time when Pittsburgh was a long way from claiming victory …

Photo Essays

Strip Stake

by John Beale

Pittsburgh’s Strip District is the place where everyone comes for everything. With redevelopment occurring on every edge of this one-​half square mile tract, city planners, business owners and residents are looking to strike …

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Thanksgiving in Greensburg

by Dan Reynolds

Childhood expands and does not measure.
Adulthood counts and contracts.

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The Kindness Meter in Various Cities

by Tom Flannery

Returning home last Monday from a weekend trip to visit our newly transplanted daughter and her family in Seattle, we had a delightful conversation with our Uber driver, a native Pittsburgher, …

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The Illusion of Control, Part II

by Greg Curtis

When I was writing my last book, Family Capital, my objective was to make it appealing — well, tolerable — for people who didn’t care much for investment issues but who knew they …

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Car Trouble

by Elizabeth Wiethorn

At 5:30 a.m. one recent morning, I was driving the Parkway East to Monroeville, and actually ON TIME. I began to hear a loud “ka-​thunk” from the front left of my …

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Homewood Cemetery

by Valerie Bacharach

My husband and I walk its paths at dusk
in the lessening light when heat and humidity ease.

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Mario’s Corner of the World in Sewickley

by Kate Benz, photography by John Altdorfer

Mario spends most of his life in the dungeon.

That’s what he likes to call his Sewickley Shoe Repair shop, the dungeon, although his beaming face betrays him.

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Meet Jack Roseman, the Tech Whisperer

by Evan Pattak

Shortly after Keith LeJeune helped found Agentase, a company that developed tools to detect hazardous chemicals, he called on Jack Roseman. LeJeune was so impressed with Roseman that he hired him …

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