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Traveling: Pittsburgh

Three years ago my sister moved to Pittsburgh to attend University for six years while she works on her PhD. At first, I had the reaction that I now realize so many people have when they hear Pittsburgh, “Hmm…..really? Wow. Six years in Pittsburgh, huh!?” Regardless, I was thrilled, because she is an easy three hour drive away. Now that I have been there a few times, I am the head of the Pittsburgh Fan Club. When people start the Hmm…and nose wrinkle I just start my fan club rant about all the things it has to offer –especially as a city to visit with children. So here it is:

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The Folly Grill-Off!

It was a beautiful and delicious October Sunday at the Timber Frame Folly in Shepherdstown. It was the annual Folly Grill-Off and the Eden girls were there to represent. Jen and Miriam entered the event and I had the tough job of tasting. The rules were: cook any fish, bird, meat or vegetarian dish over any kind of open flame. Jen got fired up for yummy gourmet Grilled Cheese and Apple Cherry Sandwiches and Fire Roasted Tomato Soup. Miriam stuck with her stove to produce amazing sweet treats of mini chocolate pies, pumpkin pies and apple cheese danishes.

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Inspiration

On Wednesday, I took my children to Miss Emily’s Art class at Four Season’s Books—our local indie book shop. Since it was my son’s first time, I stuck around in case he needed me. (It turns out he didn’t because he was too busy building a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired building out of marshmallows and toothpicks). This meant 90 luxurious free minutes of time for me! I can’t even remember the last time I was able to leisurely browse through a bookstore. Books are so pretty!

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You Are Not Alone

As much as I love modern day modes of communication–email, texting, social media–I find that I also still crave the human voice. Great conversations, stories that make you think, connecting with people over the airwaves . . . didn’t they once have a word for that? Oh, yeah, RADIO. About 18 months ago, I was getting a bit overwhelmed with the constant barrage of negative news and wanted to give my ears and mind something more pleasant to contemplate and so began my love affair with modern day talk radio: the podcast.

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