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New Kensington

Halloween Memory #1

by Jenny 21 September 2016 New Kensington

This photo is why I want to write about Halloween now. I saw it last week as I searched for something else on my hard drive. This is a picture of me, my sister E., my mother-in-law Fran, my sister-in-law Marissa, and Baby A. We posed for this photo on Halloween 2014. Baby A. is […]

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“Pokémon Go” to Parnassus

by Jenny 11 July 2016 History
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“There’s a Mewtwo in the backyard. #PokemonGo” (Twitter.) So I found out about Pokémon Go this past Saturday. I read about it on Twitter. Then we went to Point State Park, and saw a bunch of people walking around the Point staring at their phones the whole time. “Yeah, they’re playing Pokemon,” Jonathan said. I don’t […]

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Here’s what the New York Times Thinks about Western PA

by Jenny 5 July 2016 New Kensington

The New York Times just printed this article about Monessen, Pennsylvania. Now, I know that Monessen is NOT New Kensington. From reading this article, though, it sounds as if some Monessen residents have the same hopes and dreams for their city as we have for ours. Part of that is getting past the idea that big […]

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Hey “Hamilton” Fans: Here’s a Novel about Aaron Burr’s Daughter. Happy Father’s Day, Aaron Burr!

by Jenny 19 June 2016 History

So I just wanted to let you know that historical fiction about Theodosia Burr exists. Has existed for decades. Let me show you My Theodosia by Anya Seton. Yes, it has a copyright date of 1941. Yes, I own a library copy from the 1960’s.   This work of fiction is still in print, though. With an […]

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The Time Capsule

by Jenny 4 June 2016 History

Many old buildings are actually time capsules. The thing is, they often don’t reveal their secrets all at once. For example, our first contractor found this bottle when he dismantled our porch nearly two years ago. What’s this? you say. A broken bottle?     Well, as I tried to show above, we saw the […]

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I Live in Their House

by Jenny 27 May 2016 History

“Do you have family buried here?” I stood in front of a row of graves when I heard this. Such a logical question. But no. I have no actual family buried here, in this cemetery. I even have to Google the correct cemetery name whenever I try to write about it. This cemetery belongs to […]

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Our Old House Update #2: The Roof

by Jenny 25 May 2016 New Kensington

Tonight I sat outside to watch the sunset and thought, “Did our cat get sprayed by Pepé Le Pew?” No, our cat did NOT get sprayed by a skunk, thank goodness. However, someone in my neighborhood needs to start paying more for weed. Because the stuff that they smoked tonight is awful. Last week, I almost […]

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Our Old House: Update #1

by Jenny 20 May 2016 New Kensington
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This is the first of what I hope will be many updates (from me AND Jonathan) on the improvements to our 120+ -year-old house. I write this from a picnic table under a tree outside of People’s Library in New Kensington. Did you know that People’s Library provides WiFi in the little grove of trees […]

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Musings on Photography Shows

by Jenny 14 April 2016 New Kensington
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The New Kensington Camera Club has a Flower Show this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This whole thing is making me so emotional. I actually entered two of my own photos. Here’s a boring story: I had to pass every single class my final semester in college in order to graduate. My school charged by the […]

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Happy Easter!

by Jenny 27 March 2016 New Kensington
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Happy Easter! Here is a photo of Parnassus in the spring. I see from the date stamp that I took this in April 2012. I need to say that 2012 was a very good year. My niece and one of my nephews arrived in 2012.  In fact, I learned that my niece was on the […]

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