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The Really Horrible Versus the Ordinarily Horrible

By “PVCs” I don’t mean the stuff they make pipes out of. I mean “premature ventricular contractions.” When people have heart attacks, especially serious ones, heart muscle dies and turns into useless, deadweight scar tissue. To make matters worse, hearts that are pocked by scar tissue conduct electrical waves very…

Pittsburgh Playhouse Opens Its Doors with a Gala

by PQ Staff
Point Park University’s new Pittsburgh Playhouse opened its doors in a big way on Saturday, October 13 with a black-​tie gala event for over 400 guests, including Oscar and Tony-​Award winning alumni, Point Park University administration, trustees, civic and community leaders, faculty, students and Pittsburgh Playhouse patrons.

i am the sea

that january. prestwick beach. the sea heaves. swallows herself down like cough syrup in thick slow gulps. we’d sat on this rock just two days before, both of us with our backs to the world staring out across and into the thickness. i counted a thousand and one seagulls that…

A Day of Reflection

It was a warm, clear, sunny, wonderful day with a deep blue sky, so untypical for Pittsburgh. I remember it like it was yesterday, although some three-​plus decades have since passed. The city is noted for being one of the cloudiest in the US, ranking up there with Seattle and…

I’d Find You Again

There’s this line in a Lukas Nelson song that goes, “If I started over I’d find you again.” I have no sense of direction, so I hope this is possible for me, but salmon do it all the time.

The Brush Hog: Thoughts on a Fall Field Cutting

by Dave Macpherson
Twice a year, in June and October, I cut the long grass and other species of plants, named derisively as weeds, in my fields. It’s a bit like cutting grass with a huge lawnmower.

Spinning Out of Control

Working from home for the past year has provided me with a one-​minute commute to my home office and easy access to my favorite meal replacement — potato chips and dip. One of these perks resulted in my favorite jeans shrinking considerably and the realization that it was time to again try…

With the Local Newspaper in Decline, What is the Fate of Local Reporting?

Local newspapers have struggled for more than a decade to secure a foothold in the digital era and stay in business. Dwindling revenues and flagging demand for print editions have led some southwestern Pennsylvania papers to close and others to downsize their newsrooms, affecting coverage of local news. To make…

Pittsburgh at Twilight

Some cities are known for spectacular sunsets. Photographer David Aschkenas finds that, in Pittsburgh, the most interesting light is just before sunrise. Experience Pittsburgh at twilight in this collection of intriguing photographs.

How Many Heart Beats Do You Want?

So there I was, at the end of April 2015, off all my prescription meds. (I still took a baby aspirin and a multivitamin, don’t ask me why.) I was feeling great and knew I needed to exercise, but knowing and doing are two very different things.

Pittsburgh Native, CNBC’s Epperson Raises Money, Awareness

by PQ Staff
CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent Sharon Epperson reminded attendees of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation’s 12th Annual Research Grant Symposium to always remain “present, mindful, and grateful” in their daily lives.

Austin’s Conundrum of Success

Austin, Texas is one of a handful of cities in the world currently blessed in reputation — big enough to have almost all the cultural amenities of cities twice our size, yet small enough to be tops on any of those innumerable “livability” lists.

Barebones’ “Lobby Hero” Combines Comedy with Tragedy to Stunning Effect

by Stuart Sheppard
Dichotomies in art usually succeed brilliantly or fail dreadfully. Bringing together disparate forms is inherently risky: it challenges the artist, but even more so, it challenges the audience.

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Gala Raises Millions for Cancer Research

by PQ Staff
The UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Gala 2018, “Hope Flourishes,” celebrated the advancements being made in cancer care and recognized those who support these efforts.

Allegheny Health Network’s “A Night Under the Stars” Held On-​Field at PNC Park

by PQ Staff
The Allegheny Health Network “A Night Under the Stars” Gala was held on Friday, September 28 at PNC Park, marking the ballpark’s third ever on-​field private event.
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