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Category: Other

Review of Pittsburgh Tours and More ScareHouse Tour

On a recent Sunday, Ledcat and I took a six-hour tour of one of our favorite Halloween haunts – The ScareHouse in Etna, courtesy of Pittsburgh Tours and More. We’ve been to ScareHouse in the past – almost yearly, but the chance to go behind the scenes was too good to resist. The tour started
Category: Culture

When Harry Met Sally and Sue

You get to spend a day inside your favorite movie. Tell us which one it is — and what happens to you while you’re there. So this is a fun prompt. And I need a bit of fun, so here we go. One of my favorite movie’s is When Harry Met Sally. It is funny, heartfelt and
Category: Culture

Nine Things You Never Thought To Donate To The Winter Gear Drive

As you know, I work hard during the winter to gather your gently used items and help the GLCC redistribute them to neighbors. There’s an Amazon Wish List that you can use. The wish list includes some of the basics – blankets, coats, gloves. So let me help you understand some of the other needs.
Category: Activism

Empathy and Mental Health

Today’s blogging prompt is about empathy, but I’m going to go a slightly different direction. I think one of the most tangible tools to cope with a bout of depression, anxiety or other symptoms is empathy. Empathy is simply the capacity to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and feel the kinship, the shared perspective.
Category: Health

UPDATED: PA State House Candidate Throws Down the Anti-Trans Card

In a move not surprising but still ugly, the PA Family Council sent out campaign literature for candidate for State House Jason Ortitay distorting HB 300 to paint his opponent, incumbent Rep Jesse White, as a threat to civilized society. White represents the 46th House District which includes portions of both Allegheny and Washington counties.
Category: Activism

Whatever Happened to Alex Libby from the Movie Bully

  Today, October 16, is Spirit Day, founded in 2010 for people to show their support for LGBTQ youth. I happened upon something quite relevant – an update on Alex Libby, the young man portrayed with such empathy in the original movie. In 2013, Anderson Cooper and CNN put together a followup on several of
Category: Activism

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special is a Must Watch

Like most people, I love a good holiday special. Last year, I discovered this gem – the Paul Lynde Halloween Special from 1976. Special music guest was KISS. I am not kidding. Pinky Tuscadero, Margaret Hamilton and  Tim Conway got top billing over KISS. You have to watch this because it is a hoot.
Category: Culture