#AMPLIFY Teams Up With Goodwill For Reuse Fundraiser, Highlights Green in Pride Rainbow

Donate Your Gently Used Items To Support The #AMPLIFY LGBTQ Project! DATE: Saturday, July 8, 2017 TIME: 10 AM – 12 PM LOCATION: Persad Center Rear Parking Lot – 5301 Butler Street, Suite 100 Lawrenceville 15201 A percentage of the proceeds from this collection will support the storytelling efforts of #AMPLIFY. How to Help Organize […]

Holiday Toy Distribution in Pittsburgh 2015

Behind the scenes, this information is some of the most frequently sought from my blog this time of year. So I’m going to make it as accessible as possible. There are two major two distributions that are open to the public. Play It Forward will distribute gently used toys, books and similar items on Saturday […]

Here’s a Video of Our Door

Most Wanted Fine Art Contracting

I can’t think of anything to blog about today. My mind is reeling between topics including the #BlackLivesMatter protests and the disclosure about Rolling Stone’s botched story on sexual assault. I’m also coping with some minor home renovations and – toughest of all – the looming surgery my 13 year old dog will have on […]

“Green” Things To Know During Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning Pittsburgh

I was browsing through the latest post from long-lost-cousin Jolie Kerr’s feature “Ask a Clean Person” on Jezebel when I realized that April is the month she’s designated to deep clean the bathroom. That reminds me of some very important Earth Day type reminders for all you cleaning freaks out there. First, do not dispose […]

Persuasion is Spelled with Three R’s

recycling

If you could persuade people to do one thing right now, what would it be? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Here’s why –  this is a change in behavior that requires a lot of attention to detail, planning, read of labels and so forth. It even requires some moderate increase in physical activity. So it has immediate […]

How To Recycle a Christmas Tree in Pittsburgh

Recycle Christmas Tree

First, if you put your tree at the curb – the City will take it, but it will NOT be recycled.  That’s very important. I had a chat with a local organization that used to recycle trees and they told me it is not a very profitable endeavor – essentially they  chip the trees into […]

Let’s Remember Teens Can Be Lonely at The Holidays, Too

When I worked for a foster care agency, it used to break my heart that the teens were often lost in the system. And as the person who organized the holiday projects, it fell to me to figure out how to solicit donations appropriate for their age group. This is not easy. Most programs are […]

Sandra Bernhard Red Hot; Cultural Trust Going Green

Last night was the first time I’ve seen Sandra Bernhard perform. I hope it won’t be the last. Sandra Bernhard can sing. Really sing. Sing enough to bring her accompanist. Sing enough to hit notes, high and low, one does not expect from a comedian. Sing enough to leave me thinking Ryan Murphy is an […]

Eco-Wednesday: Bill Peduto Has Enviromental Policy Proposals

I’m going off-road this week and dedicating the “Eco-Wednesday” post to Bill Peduto, Candidate for Mayor.  You may have heard that Peduto is posting over 100 policy pages (meaning = short versions, easy to read) on his website during his campaign. It is true. And given that we are coming up on Earth Day, I […]