Well, it’s official: the end is near. Whether or not the dire Mayan predictions for the future of mankind come to pass in 2012, it is clear that time is running out for books.The sad inevitability of this is demonstrated both by the ascendancy of electronic readers and the proliferation of materials promoting…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2011
  • Sub Heading Pittsburgh through the eyes of a war refugee
Kathleen “kit” McCafferty, a victim of childhood sexual abuse, has never discussed her trauma with anyone, and its residual rage and pain have left her estranged from her shell-​shocked husband and grown children. Now approaching death, Kit is determined to complete and bequeath to her family a series of confessional notebooks, in order…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2011
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Chimney swifts twitter, but they do not tweet. These are creatures not of the virtual world, but of our vernal skies. When warm weather returns to Pittsburgh and the new green of spring washes over the hills, Chimney Swifts will soon appear.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2011
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Crocuses are peeking through the soil and the snow has melted, meaning just one thing — it’s finally spring! Those who love the outside might have spent the winter poring over seed catalogs and making big plans for their gardens. But for many, reemerging to the outdoors can be challenging.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
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