Chicago and “Little Chicago”

by Jenny 13 September 2017 History

  Jonathan gave me his camera last night. He came into the possession of his own new-to-him camera.  So, Jonathan and I both have “new” cameras. I hope that the rain holds off this coming Saturday, because I intend to try out my own “new” camera at the New Kensington Corridor of Innovation Art & […]

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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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Hurricane Podcast Recommendation

by Jenny 3 September 2017 History

  Since Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are current events, I wanted to recommend a podcast episode that I really enjoyed this summer. I’m talking about the podcast “Undiscovered,” by Science Friday, and this particualar 30 minute episode: Kurt Vonnegut and the Rainmakers. The novelist Kurt Vonnegut’s older brother, Dr. Bernard Vonnegut, was a famous atmospheric […]

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Tecumseh and the Prophet . . . and the Eclipse

by Jenny 23 August 2017 History

  Did you know that a solar eclipse darkened the Ohio and Pennsylvania sky in June 1806? (The path of totality ran through the Pittsburgh region!) This eclipse is an important character in one of my favorite stories about the early 1800’s. During these years, the Shawnee warrior Tecumseh allied Native American tribes against the […]

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I Didn’t Ask About the Serial Killer (But I Wanted To)

by Jenny 1 July 2017 History

  When Jonathan and I visited Chicago in June, I took a boat tour through the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF). Several groups provide architecture boat tours in Chicago. I found no large difference in the ticket prices. I googled the reviews for 3 of these operators, and they all had high marks. To be honest, […]

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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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How NOT to Build a Sandbox

by Jonathan 9 April 2017 House and Home

This weekend, I helped my Dad and Brother-in-Law Jack build a sandbox for my little nephew Andrew. My sister had found plans online at Lowes. I picked up the guys around 10AM Saturday and we headed for Lowes. While on the way, I asked my Dad to read off the list of stuff we were […]

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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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