Comfurrt Buddy Rice Pack Ideal Gift for Dogs & Kitties #ProductReview

Comfurrt Buddy

I highly recommend this as a holiday gift for the pets and their people in your life. It is a very reasonable price for a nice gift that will bring year round comfurrt. And being designed by a pet massage therapist, the wraps are amazingly well contured to the bodies of pets. She is very familiar with their unique physiology, the value of heat/ice and their tendency to wriggle. Her seamstress consultant handled those technical angles, together being a great team to design an item that is really a good fit.

Those Were The Days & Should Be Again (on Netflix)

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Which fall shows should totally be canceled already? OK, so nope to that prompt. Instead, here is my list of shows that should be picked up by Netflix and/or Amazon Prime already. All in the Family/The Jeffersons/Good Times/Maude – Norman Lear’s relevance to modern times can’t be overemphasized. We need Florida, Archie and Weezy to […]

UPDATED! How To Sign Up for Toys for Tots in Western Pennsylvania – 2016 Edition

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Here’s my annual roundup of toy distribution resources for Western Pennsylvania. Many Toys for Tots enrollment deadlines are right around the corner while other sites have not yet posted. Please share this information with anyone you know who may need assistance with toys this holiday season.

I will update this post as more information becomes available.

Why People Share Their Stories With #AMPLIFY

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In June 2015, we added this question to the Q&A

“What motivated you to take part in this project?”

The responses have been enlightening when I consider why people take 30-60 minutes to share some of their most personal thoughts with the wide world. Their investment isn’t fleeting – the Q&A will live on as our archived collective experiences.

I particularly wanted to participate because I wanted an older perspective to be included.”

WashPo Piece Focuses on Brownsville Woman Manipulated By Right Wing Media

WashPo Piece Focuses on Brownsville Woman Manipulated By Right Wing Media

The Washington Post ran a powerful piece that has gone viral these past 24 hours, a profile of a Brownsville woman who supports Donald Trump. Melanie’s story is painful and resonates very deeply – she’s struggled with anxiety, sexual harassment in the workplace, poverty, and the pain of her courtroom victory around the harassment being […]

Pumpkin Spice Latte Memes and All of The #PSL Goodness

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I’m a pumpkin fall junkie so just for random fun, here are some of my favorite memes. (From previous years if you get a giggle out of this like me.)          

Erie Pridefest Update, Vacation for AMPLIFY and More

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Folks, I am tired. It has been a long, hot, and sneezy summer for me. I’ve been caught in relentless torrential downpours, had to go car shopping, lost power on an 85+ afternoon, managed multiple ill pets, wondered every day if this was the day the central AC motor would die, worried about the leaking […]

AMPLIFY draft

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  Name:  Age:  County of Residence:  Preferred Pronouns:  How do you describe your identity? Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face?  How would you describe yourself NOW in terms of “being out”?  Tell me about the first LGBTQ person whom you met. What impact did they […]

Behind the Pittsburgh Guest Blogging Event: NSFW Edition

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While prepping for the Pittsburgh Guest Blogging Event, John from Ya Jagoff and I had a colorful conversation that he described as: I am laughing at this email. It has more nasty words in one email than any email I’ve ever sent or received…sounds like it came from George Carlin. Lol!!! It all began in […]

A Lexicon for Insulting: 2016 Pittsburgh Guest Blogger Event

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Today’s post comes from John Chamberlin of Ya Jagoff, and is part of a special day of shenanigans from other Pittsburgh Bloggers. You can see my post over on MelissaFirman.com, where I explore the art of blogging. A Lexicon for Insulting  Disclaimer: for the most part, I suggest that you be considerate and nice to […]