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Small Steps – Major Results

Despite a large selection of best-selling diet books and an abundance of low-fat and non-fat foods, the latest data from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) shows that Americans are heavier than ever before. We spend more than $60 billion annually on diet and weight loss products yet four in 10 adults, over 90 million …

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The Man Who Took Away Snakes

No, he wasn’t always a plumber for the City of Pittsburgh, and he wasn’t always called Pupi either. His wife called him Andy. Pupi told me this story one day when we were hunting at “The Farm.” I was his hunting dog that day. My job was to kick brush piles so that rabbits jumped …

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Contemplating the Death of Mice

I sit in my living room on a quiet winter morning dimmed by an opaque, gray sky. I hear crunching, first thinking a squirrel is playing on my roof, or winter snow and ice is starting to slide. The intermittent sound is persistent and peculiar. I walk toward it. It stops. I stop, looking, listening, …

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A Love Story

I met Rita on our mutual first day of employment in the kitchen of a suburban Pittsburgh family 13 years ago. Our boss, Betsy, was delighted with our installation, as it meant that her long and inconvenient kitchen renovation project was complete. Rita and I were placed on either side of a white, 36-inch wide, …

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Remembering Prominent Pittsburghers Who Passed Away in 2017

From Henry Hillman to Dr. Thomas Starzl, we’ve said goodbye to many influential Pittsburghers this year. Remember those who have passed away and their impact on the region—and the world—in this compilation of our Last Chapter department. Henry Hillman, 98 Henry Hillman had a keen interest in the future and an unusual ability to see into …

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A Quick Pittsburgh Holiday Tour

For quick holiday cheer without leaving your desk, view the gallery below of some seasonal attractions in the Pittsburgh region. Merry Christmas! Want to see for yourselves? Click on the attraction below for more information. A Very Merry Pittsburgh exhibition, Senator John Heinz History Center Carnegie Trees and Presepio, Carnegie Museum of Art Miniature Railroad …

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Pittsburgh Mercy’s Reindeer Ball Dazzles Children with Storybook Characters

Pittsburgh Mercy’s 14th Annual Reindeer Ball, a spectacular children’s gala and evening of holiday fun for families with young children, was held Sunday, December 3, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m., at The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel, 1000 Penn Avenue, Downtown. The evening benefited vital Pittsburgh Mercy programs and services. Dressed in their holiday …

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Exploring Millennial Romance and the Brave New World of Dating Apps

You can find articles, video clips and nearly every type of media content deriding dating apps as the death of romance and the downfall of traditional dating. For some, that translates and escalates to a belief that millennials—the primary users of dating apps—have killed romance. A hefty claim, to be sure, but not entirely unfounded. …

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Passion and Independence: Two More Critical Requirements for Leaders

In a recent essay on leadership for Pittsburgh Quarterly, I listed several characteristics that I believe define great leaders. Among them were courage, vision and the ability to communicate. I realized last week that I omitted two important characteristics from the list after taking part in a couple of well-attended forums designed to increase diversity …

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Time Honored Party Celebrates Public Service

The first year event by the Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) Pittsburgh was held at Presenting Sponsor LUXE Creative in Point Breeze, on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The party featured the inaugural Kate Dewey Lifetime Achievement in Public Service Award presented to Ms. Dewey by JAF Regional Executive Director Jodi S. Klebick. Kate is retiring president …

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Pointe in Time Gala Raises $630,000 for the Arts

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre hosted a sold-out crowd of 555 for its Pointe in Time Gala: West Side Story Suite, Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Westin. Chaired by Dr. Christopher Howard, president of Robert Morris University, and his wife Mrs. Barbara Noble Howard, the annual gala raised $630,000 for artistic priorities, including PBT’s Community Youth Scholarship …

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Nailed It

I recently received a nail salon gift card, which I thought was a bit unusual, because I have short, raggedy nails and giant “Man-Hands.” My “Man-Hands” are definitely passed down from my father’s side—my Uncle Willis could bend bottle caps into little tacos just using his thumb and index finger—and my Dad had thick strong …

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The Frick Pittsburgh Opens “Undressed” with Gala

The Frick Pittsburgh marked the opening of “Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear” with a gala held on the evening of October 19. The sold-out “Undressed” gala provided four hundred guests the opportunity to experience the blockbuster exhibition before it opened to the public on Saturday, October 21. Gala co-chairs were Ina Gumberg, Peggy …

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Washington & Jefferson College Inaugurates Knapp as 13th President

Washington & Jefferson College inaugurated John C. Knapp, Ph.D., on Oct. 19, 2017 as the institution’s thirteenth president. The ceremony was held at Olin Fine Arts Center on the W&J College campus. Dr. Knapp began his appointment at W&J on Aug. 1, 2017, following the retirement of former W&J President Dr. Tori Haring-Smith in June. …

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Big Brothers Big Sisters’ ILLUMINATION Ignites the Senses

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ ILLUMINATION ignited the senses: guests reveled in the multi-sensory environment of light, sound and taste held at LUXE Creative Studio TWO on the evening of October 7. ILLUMINATION raised $324,109 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. The evening sparkled with designer cocktails, delectable bites and an expansive silent auction. …

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Pittsburgh Quarterly Readers’ Top Garden Photos

We asked our readers and the Pittsburgh community to submit photos of their gorgeous gardens and unique backyards. The results are in! Below is a selection of our favorites. Fox Chapel Golf Club’s Tennis Bed The Tennis Bed at the Fox Chapel Golf Club borders the front lawn and tennis courts, providing an explosion of …

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Don’t mess with Mel Messmer

My buddy Bill Downes and I were in good spirits. It was 1960, and after enjoying a light movie at the theater, we were strolling along California Avenue, the main street of Avalon, a small suburb north of Pittsburgh. It was a steamy, red-sky summer evening. We were chattering away, when we suddenly heard a …

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Hornets’ Nest

Anyone looking at the back of my house would see it—the lamp just outside my back door stuffed with hornet accretions, the nest shaped like a rugby ball but twice the size. “What the hell is that?” “Hornet’s nest.” “Jesus.” Yes, what would Jesus do? Some days, I stand a few yards away, safe, and …

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Steelers Ready to Go: Breaking Down the 53

The Steelers trimmed their roster to 53 by the Saturday deadline, and the acquisitions of cornerback Joe Haden and tight end Vance McDonald signal that this team is built to win now. Ben Roethlisberger has already mulled retirement once, James Harrison can only hold off retirement for so long, and Le’Veon Bell is, for all …

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Garden Warfare

Having a vegetable garden sounds like a gentle, relaxing and easy hobby. Dig a few holes in the dirt, put a few plants in, water, and before you know it—bushels and bushels of pest-free, perfectly ripened vegetables in the summer. Anyone who gardens knows how much a load of hooey that is. Gardening, if done …

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3 Not-So-Simple Questions, Part II

Editor’s note: This is part two of a feature that began in the pages of the Fall issue of Pittsburgh Quarterly. We invited the heads of the region’s top independent schools to address three important questions, in 200 words or less for each. The first of the questions is below, along with the answers. For …

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Steelers Rundown: Progress Report After Two Preseason Games

The Steelers are halfway through the preseason, and all signs are pointing to another electric season on both sides of the ball. Here are a few notes from Pittsburgh’s victories over the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants, as well as some training camp observations from Latrobe. Watt Strong through two games It didn’t take …

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