From the category archives:


Daughters of the Lake

by Jenny 14 February 2019 Outdoors

I found a new beach read for people who like many of the same things that I do: the Great Lakes, ghost stories, Victorian mansions, mythology, romances, murder mysteries. Here’s the book that I just discovered, and read: Daughters of the Lake, by Wendy Webb. In the first chapter, a woman’s body washes up on […]

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Blast from the Past: Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA

by Jenny 18 September 2018 Outdoors
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Happy Full Moon!

by Jenny 28 June 2018 New Kensington
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All My Life’s a Circle

by Jenny 9 December 2017 Photography

  This is a photo of my maternal grandfather’s own grandparents. With their children. So, the married couple are my great-great grandparents, and one of the boys is my great-grandfather. This branch of my family was from the South Side of Pittsburgh. In fact, the studio stamp under this photo says: Fallert 1207 Carson ST. […]

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

by Jenny 12 September 2017 New Kensington

This isn’t actually a  book report of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” Maria Semple published her novel in 2012. Goodreads and Amazon is already clogged with such reviews. However, the motion picture (with big name stars!) for this story (which actually takes place mostly in Seattle) is being filmed in Pittsburgh – and also New Kensington! […]

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Musings on Photography Shows

by Jenny 14 April 2016 New Kensington

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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5 Spooky Places for New Ken Ghost Stories

by Jenny 24 September 2014 History

I love ghost walks and ghost stories based on local history. The last time that I Googled “PA Ghost Walks,” I found several dozen cities in the results. Gettysburg. Pittsburgh. Philadephia. Erie. Harrisburg. Scranton. No mention of New Kensington. Here is my list of sites for New Ken ghost stories, based partly on Mrs. Luella […]

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A Short Trip to some Local Parnassus History

by Jonathan 2 July 2014 History

Hello reader people. Jenny and I were sitting on our soon-to-be-rebuilt porch this evening as the light went golden. We were just reading away, enjoying the evening as the temperature started to cool a bit, when I looked up and saw the pretty golden light hitting the houses across the street from us. I just […]

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It’s Maple Sugar Season!

by Jenny 9 March 2014 Outdoors

Every winter, my sisters and I listened to a radio broadcast of the Maple Queen Contest for the Pennsylvania Maple Festival in Meyersdale, PA. When March came, I and the other members of  Berlin Brothersvalley High School’s band actually did march. We made the ten-mile trek to the streets of Meyersdale for the festival’s (usually […]

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Credit Where Credit is Due

by Jenny 14 December 2013 Photography

I want to clarify that my father-in-law, Dr. Dennis Woytek, took photo #4 and photo #5 in my prior blog entry of December 6. My husband, Jonathan Woytek, took the rest of the photos in that blog post. My father-in-law had two of his Christmas photos of the Pittsburgh Crèche appear in a blog post for […]

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