The orderly’s name was Rich. He’d come to fill my mother’s water pitcher. Rich had eyebrows like steel wool and eyes that seemed focused anywhere but here.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading Random Connections
Do you have children?” a new acquaintance will ask, in a natural effort to prompt conversation. My grip tightens around my wine glass, and for an instant, I glance away.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading Reflections on a life without children
Oscar Levant, pianist, composer, actor and native Pittsburgher, once quipped: “There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.”

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2006
  • Sub Heading Entrepreneurs can be detrimental to their own health
I knew my son before he was born. “That’s ridiculous,” my mother said. I was seven months pregnant and had just told her that my unborn son had a great sense of humor.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading After a lifetime on the go, Lori Jakiela knew her time to stay put had come
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