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This Week’s Astrology: Jan. 1723, 2019

Reverie and reverberations could result from the planetary action we have in store. You may remember that eclipse of the sun that had people talking on January 5th. That was the new moon. This week, the eclipses become a matching set with an eclipse of the moon on Monday the…

We Are Forever Grateful for Your Sacrifices, Part II

Amazingly, I passed all my first year law school exams (okay, by the skin of my teeth), and that fall I was back in Cambridge ready to start my second year at Harvard Law. But they wouldn’t let me register for classes because I couldn’t pay the (staggering) tuition.

This Week’s Astrology: Jan. 1016, 2019

This will be one of those weeks when powerful forces could push us to do things, even if we think we’re not really noticing it. After last week’s new moon and eclipse, many have been motivated to push harder on the accelerator and gain momentum, especially when it comes to…

We Are Forever Grateful for Your Sacrifices

“Thank you to all of our alumni veterans for your service. We are forever grateful for your sacrifices.” – Email received on Veterans Day by Your Humble Blogger from Harvard Law School

The Man Who Was Too Nice to be a Car Salesman

Mark just got his desk back. It’s a nice spot in the showroom of Ron Lewis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Cranberry. Right next to the doors. Right in front of the nearly floor to ceiling windows, where outside there is a shiny red Jeep next to other shiny cars…

This Week’s Astrology: Jan. 410, 2019

Get set to welcome the post-​holiday, “true” beginning of the new year with a lot of hope and new-​found energy. Mercury’s move into Capricorn on Friday will assist you in organizing that long to-​do list you may have made out for 2019. The eclipse of the sun/​new moon that takes…

Spitting Into the Wind, Part III

I’m perfectly well aware that Noel Coward once remarked that reading a footnote is like having to stop making love so you can go downstairs to answer the door. But what did he know? I love footnotes. In his (much over-​praised) book, “Infinite Jest,” David Foster Wallace included almost 100

Remembering Prominent Pittsburghers Who Passed Away in 2018

From Adam Lynch to Barbara Luderowski, 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.

This Week’s Astrology: Dec. 27, 2018 – Jan. 2, 2019

The end of 2018 will be comparatively peaceful, but there are things to watch for if you want to create a good, clean start to 2019. For starters, the moon will go void of course on New Year’s Day, and you’ll want to time your resolutions and intentions just right.…

Abby’s World of Cut and Curl

Yesterday was crazy. Like, insanely crazy. Flat irons straightening and curling irons curling and shears cutting and the coloring and shampooing and highlighting. All — day — long.

Herbert Simon: 20th Century Galileo

James H. Morris is a retired professor of computer science and dean of the School of Computer Science as well as the Silicon Valley campus of Carnegie Mellon University. In a series of blogs for Pittsburgh Quarterly he writes about some of the computing pioneers he encountered during his career.

Bloggy, Blog Blog…

We’re talking about my blog — blogging about blogging, talk about a navel-​gazing exercise — and also about the book of blog posts that I just published.

Dear Mr. President

My stepson worked in President Obama’s mailroom when he was in college. He referred to it as the “mailroom of the free world,” which made Jeanne Marie Laskas burst out laughing. She had never heard anybody say it that way. Though my knowledge of the minutiae of my stepson’s days…

Raj Reddy: Modern Circumnavigator

James H. Morris is a retired professor of computer science and dean of the School of Computer Science as well as the Silicon Valley campus of Carnegie Mellon University. In a series of blogs for Pittsburgh Quarterly he writes about some of the computing pioneers he encountered during his career.

This Week’s Astrology: Dec. 2026, 2018

This week, as winter makes its official arrival, we come to understand why all the holidays celebrated at this time of year involve the shining of light. At the winter solstice, which takes place on Friday evening, the sun enters the sign of Capricorn, and begins its journey back toward…
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