Hi, it’s Jenny again. I haven’t abandoned this blog!

This site morphed from our wedding website into our home renovation blog.  Well, last Christmas, Jonathan had the opportunity to meet our house’s former owner.  And this former owner solved a mystery for us.

See, we knew that the second floor bathroom once included the clawfoot tab. I wondered as long as I lived here why someone removed the clawfoot tub and replaced it with a very small tub from the 60’s or 70’s.

Well, this former owner told Jonathan that the original clawfoot tub fell through the floor after decades of use!

I hope that Jonathan can soon blog in more detail about his meeting with the former owner.

So, here’s my call to action: stay tuned!


This is Jenny, and I have a few items to discuss.

First: Happy birthday to my youngest sister, O.S.G! Sis, if you are reading this, I want you to know that it was so much fun to watch you grow up!

Second: Happy spring to everybody else.

Now for the meat of this post:

This blog, www.jennyandjonathangetmarried.com, is staying put. Jonathan and I will continue to blog together here about our home renovations and our family’s adventures.

That being said, I present to you “The Parnassus Pen” at  www.parnassuspen.com.

“The Parnassus Pen” is my new home for my blog about Pennsylvania and its people, history, and lore.

In Greek mythology, the muses of music and poetry lived on Mount Parnassus. Today, I live in the Parnassus neighborhood of New Kensington, Pennsylvania. Parnassus is now a part of me, since every place where I ever lived or spent large amounts of time are part of me.

You see, I came to New Kensington for the first time in 2003. At that time, I knew Jonathan for a few weeks. He asked me to meet him at his newly-purchased Victorian house in Parnassus. He gave me directions from the turnpike that included warnings regarding the popular speed traps in Springdale.

I showed up at Jonathan’s front door in Parnassus on a sunny December afternoon, and thus began my adventure in this neighborhood.

After we got engaged, Jonathan set up www.jennyandjonathangetmarried.com as our weddding website. After our wedding, he converted this domain into a blog about our house projects. Jonathan always intended for this to be a joint blog. However, I initially had no desire to blog. So, Jonathan blogged here alone for several years before I joined him. When I finally joined Jonathan here, I had so much fun.

I love this blog because Jonathan and I worked together to make it what it is.

We set up “The Parnassus Pen” so that I can explore topics beyond our home and our family. I hope that you will visit me at www.parnassuspen.com.


We’re All Going To Die (Writing With History)

by Jenny 17 March 2018 History

We’re all going to die someday. This is why I woke up rage-inducingly early on my day off – a SATURDAY, and also SAINT PATRICK’S DAY. Why I defrosted my car and drove an hour through the dark from New Kensington to Ligonier today. Today I attended “Writing With History,” presented jointly by Fort Ligonier […]

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Writing About the Ones That We Love

by Jenny 10 March 2018 Western Pennsylvania

So I few years ago, I read an article in one of the Pittsburgh newspapers about “The Girl Factory” by Karen Dietrich. This is a young woman’s memoir about growing up in Connellsville, Pennsylvania in the aftermath of a multi-fatality factory shooting that made its way into the national news cycle.  Both of the author’s […]

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Colonial Snakebite

by Jenny 25 February 2018 History

Snakes fascinate me. Today I pulled down “The Day Must Dawn,” by Agnes Sligh Turnbull. (This is a fiction novel about colonial Westmoreland County and the burning of Hannastown in 1782. The author grew up in New Alexandria.) I re-read the rattlesnake bite scene. A rattlesnake bites Viola, one of the main characters, on page […]

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Mystery Writing

by Jenny 24 February 2018 History

  First, I have many special memories about visits to bookstores. I grew up south of Somerset, PA. Even a trip to the “local” bookstore to buy the newest Baby-Sitters Club book was a special treat and an all-Saturday event. The bookstore was more than an hour’s drive from our house. We didn’t shop online […]

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Hey, Westmoreland County Leaders

by Jenny 13 February 2018 Uncategorized

Trib articles rarely spur me enough to post in the Woytek blog. So this is your lucky night. Tonight I respond to the article Westmoreland County needs more, better branding, leaders say, by Joe Napsha. According to this article, the “Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland annual luncheon” held today at Saint Vincent College discussed ways […]

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The Parade

by Jenny 2 February 2018 New Kensington

So tonight I went through the photos that I took in New Kensington in 2017. Most came from the parade on the weekend prior to July 4. This was the 2nd year in a row that New Kensington donned a parade on the holiday weekend. The 2016 parade celebrated our city’s 125th anniversary. The 2016 […]

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Snakes on a Plantation

by Jenny 14 January 2018 History

I listened to a few episodes of The Nod last month. The Nod, by Gimlet Media, is a podcast about Black life hosted by Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings. I highly recommend The Nod‘s 2 part series The Hairstons. This focuses on the life journey of Ever Lee Hairston, who grew up picking cotton as a […]

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“A Season with the Witch”

by Jenny 13 January 2018 History

So, I read this book: “A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts,” by J.W. Ocker. J.W. Ocker lived in Salem, Massachusetts with his wife and two young daughters for the full month of October 2015. The author claims an interest in the occult, which is amusing because the […]

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