History Behind the Holiday: St. Valentine’s Day

History Behind the Holiday: St. Valentine's Day

You need to go back nearly two thousand years to trace the origins of Valentine’s Day. Celebrated each year on February 14th, Valentine’s Day is now a holiday filled with love, candy, and flowers. Many people believe the holiday is nothing more than a capitalist agenda invented by the greeting card and candy companies to get consumers to express their affections with gifts and cards.

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Jacqy Huyser: Pittsburgher by Choice

Jacqy Huyser: Pittsburgher by Choice

There are a lot of different people who call Pittsburgh home. Some are true natives, and some made the choice to move to here. We are always interested to hear from those who chose to make our city home. These newcomers can provide a window into the psyche of Pittsburgh that is like no other. We had the pleasure of talking to Jacqy Huyser, a

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Thoughts on Gambling – Borne by Experience

Thoughts on Gambling – Borne by Experience

For most of my life, I’ve known that gambling is risky business. That’s why they call it gambling and not investing. I’ve also felt that with enough preparation and knowledge, one could improve his or her odds and have a better chance of coming out a winner. I still think that’s true in all games that rely on skill. It certainly is not true in

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Condado Lawrenceville

Condado Lawrenceville

Lawrenceville has gone through some major revitalization over the past decade. Whole city blocks that were once desolate and full of empty store fronts are now home to new and thriving businesses. Take a walk down Butler Street and you’ll see the sidewalks bustling with people. Some are popping in and out of shops, while others are scouting out which restaurant or coffee shop to

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The Toughest Pittsburgher – Billy Conn

The Toughest Pittsburgher – Billy Conn

There have been many tough guys in sports in Pittsburgh. The snarling, gap-toothed Steeler linebacker Jack Lambert comes to mind, or maybe Penguin Andy Brown, one of the last NHL goaltenders to mind the net without wearing a mask. Or maybe boxer Paul Spadafora, the former IBF lightweight champion of the world. No matter how fierce, none of them can match Billy Conn, The Pittsburgh

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The History of the Pittsburgh Savoyards

The History of the Pittsburgh Savoyards

The Pittsburgh Savoyards began as a simple fundraiser and is now the oldest continuously operating theatre in Pittsburgh. In 1938, Harold Gaul of Calvary Protestant Episcopal Church choir in Shadyside decided to stage a production of The Pirates of Penzance as a fund raiser for a youth summer camp. After months of prep work, and negotiations with the D’Oyle Carte Opera Company to produce the

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Hopes and Wishes for 2022

Hopes and Wishes for 2022

The year 2022 is on the horizon, and, once again, I refuse to make any new year’s resolutions. I don’t believe in them because I would never keep them. But that won’t stop me from wishing and praying to see something different happen in 2022 from what I’ve seen over the last two years. Resolutions you can make happen, but with wishes and prayers you

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The Shopping Scene of Pittsburgh’s Past

The Shopping Scene of Pittsburgh’s Past

When I was a kid, there was one time when we were going to take my late grandmother to the store to buy a gift for a relative. Grandma was getting advanced in years and having a bit of trouble with her memory. When we asked if she was ready to go, she replied, “Yes, I’ve got my Frank & Seder charge card.” We all

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The Santa Dilemma

The Santa Dilemma

When children are young there’s no question about it. Santa is real and he is a fat jolly man that has one hard workday a year. The mystery of the Christmas season is magical and as parents we strive to make that gleam in our children’s eyes last forever. Inevitably, as a child grows up, they start to question everything. Including the ‘little white lies’

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Christmas Movie Musts

Christmas Movie Musts

One of the pleasures of the holiday season is settling in with family or friends and watching a Christmas movie. We’ve compiled a list of holiday movies that you may want to check out. Some are classics, some are so engrained in our psyches, we can even quote their dialogue. A few are funny; several are worth watching, but have been lost over time and

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