Between the Issues

The Argument for Containing China

“In the Indo-​Pacific region, China wants complete dominance; it wants to force the United States out and become the region’s unchallenged political, economic, and military hegemon. And globally … it wants to be powerful enough to counter Washington when needed.” –Oriana Skylar Mastro, Foreign Affairs

Batting Her Eyelashes

As never happens, I was invited to a black-​tie charity event. Already possessing a fetching black ball gown, I thought I was sufficiently prepared. A close friend, however, said I just MUST get eyelash extensions for that “little extra pizzazz.” Maybe I would finally make the P-​G “Seen” column!

On Broken Hollow Bridge

Answering Darlene Howard’s snotty dare, I hoisted myself up to the handrail, as thick as a balance beam, but slick with summer rain and wet rust. Knees bent, arms out to my sides, I straightened, chin up, staring ahead. Kicking off my sandals, I took my first tentative steps, peeling…

U.S & China: Setting the Record Straight

In April of 2017, as Donald Trump and Xi Jinping were preparing to meet, a group of academics, policy wonks and former diplomats took out a full-​page ad in the New York Times. The wonks warned the U.S. against falling into the “Thucydides Trap.”

Pittsburgh Opera Hosts “Bohemian Nights” Fashion Show

Pittsburgh Opera’s “Bohemian Nights” fashion show dazzled guests gathered at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District on Monday, March 18.

Fed Cred: The Quailing Central Bank and What it Means

It’s been a long time since I berated my friends at the Fed, and my typing fingers are getting itchy. So I’m interrupting my Cold War II series for a little pleasant Fed-​bashing.

Against the Grain: The Tale of a Fallen Maple

Just after dawn on the beginning of a humid day, the copse below my hilltop home appeared out of order — something just not right. I crunched about 100 yards down my gravel driveway to investigate. The large maple, one of the bigger trees on my property, had toppled over, pulling up…

Ready for a Burst of Spring (and Planets at Play)?

No matter what it looks like outside, we’ll be feeling spring bursting out all over. Not only is it just about time for the season to officially start, when the sun enters Aries March 20th…there will be a full moon that will bring an explosion of energy and activity that…

City Public Schools Wither as Economy Booms

Austin is learning that much-​desired economic success can have unintended consequences. The city’s declining school-​age population and public school enrollment is citywide topic of conversation among Austin Independent School District (AISD) officials and Austin residents, including parents of school age children, taxpayers without children in school and local economic development…

Mardi Gras Gala Raises More Than $511,000

On Fat Tuesday, March 5, more than 700 Mardi Gras revelers came to the Westin Convention Center to support the Epilepsy Association of Western and Central PA and honor Deb Rice-​Johnson, President of Highmark, Inc., as the King of the Mardi Gras.

Annual B*tches Ball Spreads Spaying and Neutering Awareness

Humane Animal Rescue’s 9th Annual B*tches Ball hosted nearly 300 attendees and brought down the house at Nova Place on March 2nd.

Why China Is Ready to Fall Apart

In the 1980s, almost four decades into Cold War I, President Reagan dramatically ratcheted up the pressure on the Soviet Union by expanding and modernizing the U.S. military and launching his famous “Star Wars” (Strategic Defense) Initiative.

This Week’s Astrology: Mar. 713, 2019

Mercury retrograde usually brings its fair share of frustration, and that will be a given this week. In case you missed it, the planet of communication commenced its vacation on March 5th, and will stay in a state that produces difficulties with travel, language, mechanical devices and electronics from now…

The 96th Birthday

Grandma is being really nice about the birthday cake you insisted on baking from scratch for her 96th birthday. Because it’s a little … dense for something that was supposed to very light and airy and angel food cakey.

The Pittsburgh Heart Ball Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

The Pittsburgh Heart Ball celebrated its 30th Anniversary and its commitment to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives, on Saturday, March 2nd at the Wyndham Grand.
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