No Country for Old Men

Every advanced society struggles with the problem of how to provide the best and most advanced healthcare to the greatest number of people without bankrupting the economy. It’s a legitimate problem but it’s one that is being handled abysmally by most of the developed world.Previously in this series: Death of the Famous AirmanConsider two issues: …

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Morning Yoga

Morning Yoga The yoga ladies gather at daybreak,drag plastic chairs over cracked earthinto straggling rows. Bright greetings and murmured joysflit lightly through the clustered groups,conspire against the teacher’s drone: “Bring silence to your Practice,breathe deeply—inhale, sustain, and exhale—listen to the sacred sound of Ommm. . .” But the yoga ladies gather to gossip,exchange the tremors …

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How Long Will the Magnificent Seven Last?

(Editor’s note: We asked leading wealth managers:  Will the magnificent 7 technology stocks continue to lead the market going forward?  Their answers follow.) Win Smathers, Shorebridge Wealth Management  I wouldn’t bet against the tech juggernauts continuing to lead the broader market despite having extended valuations.  These seven names; Meta, Amazon, Nvidia, Microsoft, Alphabet, Apple and …

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Remaking Downtown Pittsburgh, Pt. 3

Editor’s note: We invited 13 regional leaders to give their thoughts on how to revitalize and reinvigorate Downtown Pittsburgh. Despite numerous emails back and forth with the communications staff of Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey from March 15 to April 20, the Mayor did not offer his thoughts on Downtown Pittsburgh. The responses of 12 other …

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Pittsburgh Tomorrow: The Power of Belief

One weeknight in early April, i returned home after a tiring day packed with meetings. I don’t usually drink during the week, but as I sat down with the day’s mail, I eyed a bottle of Malbec on the kitchen counter. I sighed and thought “Nope, too much work tonight.” I grabbed the mail, noticing …

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Death of the Famous Airman

“If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall thy hand lead me.” Psalms 139: 9-10, the words Charles Lindbergh chose to be engraved on his tombstone Early in the morning of May 23, 1927, Charles Lindbergh climbed into the Spirit of St. Louis, a modified …

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How High for CPI and Why?

(Editor’s note: these answers were submitted in April.) Greg Curtis, Greycourt  I can’t pinpoint the exact number but the CPI will be above the Fed’s long-term target of 2%. Even if the US economy slows down – a big if – the wealth effect from stock market appreciation and continued spending by more affluent households …

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Remaking Downtown Pittsburgh, Pt. 2

Editor’s note: We invited 13 regional leaders to give their thoughts on how to revitalize and reinvigorate Downtown Pittsburgh. Despite numerous emails back and forth with the communications staff of Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey from March 15 to April 20, the Mayor did not offer his thoughts on Downtown Pittsburgh. The responses of 12 other …

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The Summer 2024 issue:

Pittsburgh Tomorrow: The Power of Belief

One weeknight in early April, i returned home after a tiring day packed with meetings. I don’t usually drink during the week, but as I sat down with the day’s mail, I eyed a bottle of Malbec on the kitchen counter. I sighed and thought “Nope, too much work tonight.” I grabbed the mail, noticing …

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The Wonders of Iceland

When you check into the luxurious Silica Hotel at Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon, the receptionist mentions the possibility that the nearby volcano might erupt. The resort is built on lava fields that date back to the 1200’s, but there are miles of fresh lava that stretch endlessly on either side of the highway in this …

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Remaking Downtown Pittsburgh

Editor’s note: We invited 13 regional leaders to give their thoughts on how to revitalize and reinvigorate Downtown Pittsburgh. Despite numerous emails back and forth with the communications staff of Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey from March 15 to April 20, the Mayor did not offer his thoughts on Downtown Pittsburgh. The responses of 12 other …

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Peering into the Future

1: Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) real or hype? If it’s real, what’s the best way to invest in its success? Linda Duessel, Federated Hermes AI isn’t hype but a revolution, reminiscent of the internet a quarter of a century ago. Technological advances across all industries will drive productivity in the next decade — great news …

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The Frick Brings “Once in a Lifetime” Exhibition to Pittsburgh

In the business of collecting art, father and daughter, Henry Clay (1849-1919) and Helen Clay Frick (1888-1984), were a formidable duo. Helen was devoted to him, never changing Clayton, their Pittsburgh home, after her father decamped to New York. She chose to remain in his shadow, but he did include her early in his pursuit …

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Conway, Buford, Oshry, Morby, Moriarity, O’Reilly, Nutting, Ochester, Eberle, Courtney

Tom Conway, 71 International president of United Steelworkers since 2019, Conway was committed to making things in America and remained unwilling to accept that globalization was better. He tried to make changes in manufacturing that would lead to a cleaner environment and worker health and safety. A legendary negotiator who believed in the union ideal of “stronger …

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Speaking of Drinks…

Tiki two As I mentioned, I came of legal drinking age at a time when you could only get tiki drinks at Chinese restaurants. The pioneering Don The Beachcomber was no more, and as far as I knew all the Trader Vic’s had closed, except for a few locations abroad. Previously in this series: The …

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Spring Blooming Plants Blooming in Fall

It’s the holiday season and my rural Pennsylvania town is bursting with the signs of Christmas: wreaths hung on doors, trees strung with colorful lights, a creche erected in the town square — and spring-flowering plants in bloom.  My forsythia is blooming a bright yellow. White lilac flowers are just dying back. Pink magnolia buds …

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Charitable Giving: Why Does it Matter?

Editor’s note: In this season of giving, we asked some of the region’s nonprofit leaders to answer a simple question: Why is charitable giving so important in our society?  Part II Laura Kelly. Brothers BrotherCharitable giving builds a foundation for a better future by promoting understanding, kindness, and collective efforts towards positive change. When members …

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The Tiki Phenomenon

I had the great misfortune to reach legal drinking age just as the tiki drink phenomenon was turning into a parody of itself. Formerly terrific drinks such as the Zombie, the Scorpion and the Rum Runner were now available only in Chinese restaurants and they all tasted exactly alike, being made by then out of …

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