From the category archives:

Western Pennsylvania

Confessions of a Train Passenger

by Jenny 25 June 2017 Travel

  I like to watch and listen to strangers in public. At the park. In restaurants. In stores. On the train. Several years ago, I rode the Amtrak by myself from Washington, D.C. to Pittsburgh. The Capitol Limited. I sat in the coach section.  A man and woman sat behind me. They were both white […]

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Midnight Train to Chicago

by Jenny 23 June 2017 Travel

  Jonathan and I went to Chicago for a week. Jonathan travelled to the Windy City for a work conference, and I tagged along for the tourist stuff. I was the most touristy tourist ever! I rode on the architecture river boat tour, 2 bus tours, and the brand-new giant ferris wheel at the Navy […]

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Lunch Break

by Jenny 14 June 2017 Western Pennsylvania

Some folks live – imagine that, actually LIVE! –  without seeing one sports championship parade. I saw four of them (so far) in Pittsburgh. Two Super Bowl parades, and two Stanley Cup parades. I saw all of them while at work. I work on the 22nd floor of a building two blocks from the parade […]

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Here’s What’s Up

by Jenny 2 April 2017 Western Pennsylvania

My youngest sister, O.,  turned 18 on the first day of spring. I got to celebrate with O. and our sister E. at Phipps Conservatory. Last weekend, I went prom dress shopping with O. and our mom. (I have my new theories about prom dress shopping now.) And this weekend, I went home to see […]

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Lighthouses

by Jenny 2 April 2017 History

“A lighthouse will always survive the storm.” I found this written over a bunch of memes on Pinterest during a search for something else. Inspiring. Except – this isn’t actually true. I pasted above a photo of the Erie Land Light in Eria, PA. The third Erie Land Light.  The first two lighthouses at this spot […]

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S – Town (No Spoilers)

by Jenny 31 March 2017 Western Pennsylvania

I found out Sunday night that the creators of Serial and This American Life had a new podcast coming out, and that all seven episodes were to be released on Tuesday. So, on Tuesday I downloaded all seven episodes. I listened during my commute to and from work, and as I went about my day. […]

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Chance Encounters

by Jenny 30 March 2017 Western Pennsylvania

I hear from my loved ones that they keep up with me by reading what I post here. So, is some stuff about my work life in Pittsburgh. I took this photo from my office desk in downtown Pittsburgh last week, at about 6;30 or 7 in the morning. I usually take an early bus […]

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Colonial Stranger Danger

by Jenny 29 March 2017 History

I started kindergarten in the 1980’s. So – I learned about stranger danger before I learned not to eat my crayons. Now, I blogged about this young adult book from 1973 titled Hannah’s Town  by Helen Smith and George Swetnam. It’s about a little girl named Hannah who lives in colonial Westmoreland County in the […]

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Facebook “Like” Sadness. (Also, PA Writers.)

by Jenny 5 March 2017 Western Pennsylvania

I called my dad last night. I told him about the 11 eagles that I saw last month at the Loyalhanna Dam. We talked about the books that we read this winter. He told me that he keeps up on what I’m doing from Facebook and this blog. I guess that I need to call […]

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Disappointed

by Jenny 3 March 2017 Western Pennsylvania

I work in downtown Pittsburgh. I work a very short walk away from Market Square. Some mornings, I sit down at my office desk, work for about an hour, and then check the local news websites. This morning, I went to the Post-Gazette website and read this article. Here is what I learned: That the […]

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