Between the Issues

First-​Ever “Promenade in the Pavilion” Benefits Cultural Trust

On Saturday, November 10, members, supporters, and friends of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust came together for the first-​ever “Promenade in the Pavilion,” enjoying an elegant, European-​style picnic (albeit indoors!) inside one of Pittsburgh’s most iconic buildings.

On Children’s Literature

“Why do we give children the illusion of a world that doesn’t exist and which all their lives they will compare with a harsh reality?” –Georges Simenon

Wings & Wildlife Art Show Supports the National Aviary

The National Aviary’s 4th annual Wings & Wildlife Art Show began with an upscale Soiree and Benefit Auction on November 2, 2018. More than 40 talented artists and makers filled the Aviary with a wide variety of art, all inspired by wildlife and conservation.

An Exterminating Angel

Perhaps all drama should be analyzed as the Kabbalists interpret Torah — on many levels simultaneously, comprising the literal, the symbolic, the metaphoric, and the mystical. This might allow us to understand and enjoy what others may miss or dislike, without resulting in one conclusion that necessitates a myopic choice of perspective.

This Week’s Astrology: Nov. 814, 2018

“Refreshing” will be one word you might use to describe this week. Jupiter, the planet that brings opportunity and blessings of all sorts, will make a move from the sign of Scorpio to Sagittarius. This jovial planet makes its way into a new sign about once a year, so all…

Painting Pittsburgh’s Ice

This is how it all begins: a man, a stencil, a crayon, and of course a bed of ice. Total time for the crew to paint the ice: about 8 hours. Follow the mesmerizing process of decorating the ice of the Pittsburgh Penguins in this photo collection by David Aschkenas.

La Fête du Papier at The Frick Pittsburgh

Countess Isabelle de Borchgrave and her husband, Werner, count de Borchgrave d’Altena, traveled from their home in Brussels, Belgium to Pittsburgh, where they were guests of honor at La Fête du Papier, an exclusive black-​tie dinner event held on the evening of Thursday, November 1 at The Frick Art Museum…

Why We Don’t Take Our Meds: The Conclusion

“If you torture data long enough, it will confess anything.” –Nobel Laureate Ronald Coase

This Week’s Astrology: Nov. 18, 2018

This week will be more subdued than last, and the energy around us will encourage completion and contemplation. These activities will come in handy because a new cycle of the moon is at hand, just after some energy shifts on the 6th. The sun’s enthusiasm will connect with Neptune’s desire…

Highland Park: When Ordinary Becomes Dramatic

Photographer David Aschkenas has been walking through East End’s Highland Park for many years. When visiting the same area on a daily basis, you begin to see dramatic changes in the same landscape due to the changing of the seasons and weather changes. As Aschkenas shows in this hauntingly beautiful…

Relentless Russ and the Virtue of a Work Ethic

Russ has been at the gym for like, 31 years. “Since 1987,” he says. White New Balance sneakers. Red track suit jacket with the words PERSONAL TRAINER written across the back. Handing people the kettle bells and the medicine balls and the 10-​pound weights and the resistance bands and asking…

No More “Bad Cholesterol”? Not So Fast…

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as though nothing had happened – Winston Churchill

Introducing…The Pittsburgh Quarterly Astrology Column

Astrology is the artistic and scientific study of celestial bodies and the effects they have on the inhabitants of Earth. You can be a believer or a total skeptic, but it’s impossible to deny that virtually every culture since the beginning of civilization has utilized astrology in some way.

The Heart Cholesterol Complex

It is difficult for a man to understand something when his income depends on his not understanding it. H.L. Mencken

Redemption, Wilford Brimley and Walmart

The shopping cart wasn’t going that fast. For once, I wasn’t careening through Walmart like a contestant on Guy Fieri’s “Grocery Games,” simply because my cart was weighted down with two large cases of water, two big containers of clothes detergent (so much cheaper in the 255 ounce unliftable bottles),…
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