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BRAIN-storming

by Jenny 24 May 2018 Travel

People should come together for . . . zombies. Hear me out. Last year, a Facebook friend asked for suggestions of activities for the kids living in her community.  Ever since, I have BRAIN-stormed for this. And then I remembered the trip that I took to Virginia several years ago in order to spend time […]

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Pre-Anniversary Breakfast at Knead Community Cafe

by Jenny 28 April 2018 Food

Tomorrow (Sunday) is our wedding anniversary.  We got married at Mount Saint Peter in New Kensington two weekends after Easter. So, tonight is the anniversary of our wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Memories of our wedding rehearsal dinner itself make me happy because my mother-in-law and her family and friends put such love and care […]

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The Tale About the Clawfoot Tub . . .

by Jenny 13 April 2018 House and Home

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 […]

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Come Visit “The Parnassus Pen”

by Jenny 20 March 2018 History

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 […]

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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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