The Real Legacy of the Immaculate Reception and Franco Harris for this Pittsburgh Kid – Originally Posted in 2019

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I first wrote this post in November 2019. I am reposting this morning in honor of Franco Harris and his family, Dana and Dok. Franco’s death ((March 7, 1950 – December 20, 2022) has layers of impact for all of us, in that very unique Pittsburgh way where this great man was far more than […]

URGENT: Local LGBTQ+ Person Needs Clothing ASAP

I have a friend who is in URGENT need of support with gently used clothing. I’m not going to share too many identifying details here, but ask you to trust me. It is hard rebuilding your life under any circumstances. It absolutely helps to have nice, well-fitted clothing that reflects your identity. If you have […]

Twenty Tips About Donating Your Gently Used Stuff to Community Cats

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Cat folx are generous to a fault. They share their excess, they pass the ‘stuff’ of their beloved pets onto others, and they gather stuff from their friends, too. I am constantly asked if #PghCatFolx can distribute this or that. Often enough that I think it is time to create a formal list with information. […]

How long ’til my soul gets it right

I had an uncomfortable conversation with some folx today that left me a little shaken. The source of our difference of opinion isn’t so much a concern and being at odds while awkward is not the problem. The issue for me is something I’ve encountered over and over again – being accused of valuing cats […]

#SantaClawsPgh Update – a Cat Strrreeettchhh Goal

The great news is that 24 donors have invested enough to give each of our cat caretakers TWO gift cards ($25 value each.) Excellent way to redirect gift cards you don’t love to your neighbors! The better news is that we are within striking distance of THREE gift cards each – we need $575 total. […]

Cat Folx Aren’t Saints, Heroes, or Martyrs. But We Are Your Neighbors.

Long post: giving back to your neighborhood Their are community cats in your neighborhood. And if you are lucky, someone is caring for them. We launched the petfood drives to specifically support cat colony caretakers in 2019 after learning they often were not eligible for many pet food distributions b/c feral cats aren’t pets. They […]

Lesbian Finalist in Three Categories for City Paper ‘Best of Pittsburgh’ Poll #BestofPgh

It is a nice year to be a contender because we can potentially actually visit the winners – maybe, depending on how well we follow the guidelines. That’s progress! I am honored to be a finalist (the top ten vote getters) in three categories. Best Local Blog – so this isn’t all me and I’ve […]

Remember the Kitties: Ferat Cat Colony Food Drive Update

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  Remember, we are hosting an ongoing cat food drive to benefit the human neighbors who take care of the colonies. Some are elders (up to 97!), some are also volunteers with feral cat organizations, others are veterans and families and even more have picked up the mantle from a family member – what a […]

Pittsburgh Roots Pride Organizers Need & Deserve Community Support

These are my own thoughts, I cannot speak for Joy and Michael. In 2015, they stepped up to lead a resistance against corporatized, corrupt Pride defined by Iggy Azalea but grounded in much deeper problems in the regional LGBTQ community. Beyond resisting, they created a three year project, Roots Pride, celebrating and centering those typically […]

#SayTheirNames – Kala Thomas, Mia White, and Nicole Dailey

  Do you remember Kala Thomas? She was 25 years old raising four children as a single, working black mother in Garfield with the support of her extended family. On May 23, her body was discovered on the hillside behind her home. Her abandoned car was found the next day.  Police have not identified any suspects. […]