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Not since living in Colorado have I marveled at the thunderous spectacle of a spring storm. Pounding and rumbling, water sluicing quickety-quick down gutters and shimmering streets. Pittsburgh weather is, thus far, the best I have ever known, elementary school definitions of the elements, fall-winter-spring, at least. We

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To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never […]

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Hullo gentle reader. Happy day after the final episode of Mad Men. Which we have not watched because we do not have cable (never have) and are impatiently awaiting its arrival to the Playstation Network, so we can get this business over with, and I can sob or jump up and down in anger, very […]

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  Have a belief in yourself that is bigger than anyone’s disbelief. August Wilson  

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    Sitting in the office, watching cloud after cloud canter across the blue. We’ve lived here six months, our personal clocks ticking away at intervals both fast and slow, wholly dependent upon on our moods (bewildered, happy, sad), the skies, the indolent pace of emerging spring leaves. Pittsburgh is a dif

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Silently, one by one, the infinite meadows of heaven, blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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There are many days when all the awful things that happen make you sick at heart, when the path before you is so steep you can’t bear to look. Not even love can rescue a person from that. Still, enveloped in the twilight coming from the west, there she was, watering the plants with her […]

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roasted carrots & peppers with orange, hazelnuts, & feta smoky pinto beans, guacamole, and flash fried tomatoes with spicy cashew cheeze farro and wild mushroom risotto with roasted asparagus This afternoon, the hubster and I, cutting board shared between us, made lunch. Salad rolls with carrot, radish, red bell pep

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Cave Hill Cemetery The hubster’s Grandparents used to live here. Hound Dog Press – inky, papery goodness and super nice people! Let’s disco, y’all! The Ohio River (which starts in Pittsburgh!) York, the badass unsung hero of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, though, rather sadly, not actually considere

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Come sleep with me: We won’t make Love Love will make us. Julio Cortazar

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  Belated Greetings from the 502! I had every intention of posting yesterday but got caught in a whirlwind of errand after errand and a super fun St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Life is good! The fact that the Louisville area code is one digit away from Portland’s 503 seems to be more than an interesting […

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Wild and wonderful West Virginia fog. I love the way it whispers about. We would not have asked for better weather on our inaugural Pittsburgh based road trip. We left in darkness to beat the traffic, and boy, did we! There was hardly a soul on the road.  I still can’t believe my dumb luck […]

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We are all differently broken, semi-functional, rusted out love machines. Hank Green

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 More movies? So soon? Yup! I realized that I left out some really good ones last time. Enjoy!   Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s – Regardless of your take on fashion, this documentary is pretty cool. Meet the people and learn the history behind the iconic New York institution, Bergdorf Goodman. The genius windo

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Snow slipping into spring and I have no complaints. The sun is shining on my keyboard, and this morning, out in my down parka, rubber boots, and running shorts to feed the birds, there was no ache on my bare skin. And the birds! Their sweet souls are grateful and singing. The happy cacophony I […]

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Come clean with a child heart Laugh as peaches in the summer wind Let rain on a house roof be a song Let the writing on your face be a smell of apple orchards in late June. Carl Sandburg

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The hubster and I are not at all religious, deeply spiritual, absolutely, yes, yes, yes. Coming from Portland, it was rare to encounter anyone overtly religious, but here in Pittsburgh we are blessed by God and passersby for offering a kindly hello, are told by Home Depot employees not worry about getting lost as long [R

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Happiness is pretty simple: someone to love, something to do, something to look forward to. Rita Mae Brown

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It’s been almost a YEAR since I talked about fine fil-ums. Jeepers. It’s not as though I haven’t seen any, either. I spend so much time with Netflix that I consider it a BFF. Anyhoo, here we go… Advanced Style profiles the oft ignored, yet completely marvelous style of New York women over the age [&#

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Real courage is risking something that might force you to rethink your thoughts and suffer change and stretch consciousness. Real courage is risking one’s clichés. Tom Robbins

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Our bedroom looks east, and when there is sunshine, either blessedly clear or like the photo, striving to burn a frothy layer of clouds, it fills our eyes upon waking. We are enjoying having a very pared down space, with precious little art, a few trinkets, and all new furniture called Calvin which was made […]

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No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn. Jim Morrison

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Our Sunday walk, distilled into five photos. With so many kind, generous, and caring people, great architecture, and places like the Bayne Library and John Herrman Museum, we live in a gem of a neighborhood. The paintings are part of a collection of more than 1100, all painted by Herrman, in locales near and far, […]

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Boy howdy, was it ever good to feel the sadness of December and January finally lift. So many tears, dear readers, so very many. We celebrated our surfeit of joy by making more, of course, with a stellar weekend of adventure and fun, starting at The Double Wide Friday night. They have TV Dinners! Compartmentalized […]

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It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. Mohammed Ali

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Thanks for being here…

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I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. Jorge Luis Borges

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Snow is falling, inches of it, maybe even feet by the time the storm passes. We walked to the hardware store to buy a second snow shovel, as we love to be out in it together, tag team. I can’t remember if I’ve already said this, but snow, and our sheer pleasure at its falling […]

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The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind […]

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