App-solutely Essential Apps for Living in Pittsburgh

App-solutely Essential Apps for Living in Pittsburgh

In spite of all the criticism lodged against cell phones for their addictive qualities and tendency to distract people from relating to each other, we must admit that smart phones and their handy apps help to make life more manageable, convenient, and, in some cases, economical.  Here are more than a dozen free apps that we find helpful and app-solutely essential for living in Pittsburgh.

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Dad: The “Real” Indispensable Man

Dad: The "Real" Indispensable Man

It always pierced like a knife to the heart. When my children were young, I taught third grade religion class at my church. Each year, when I asked the students if they had any prayer requests, at least one or two children would respond: Please pray that God will make my daddy visit me. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children–1 out of every

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Pittsburgh Pigeons: Love Them or Hate Them

Pittsburgh Pigeons: Love Them or Hate Them

There are two topics so controversial that to avoid arguments you don’t bring them up in polite company. They are religion and politics. But if you are in Pittsburgh, you may want to add a third subject to that list: pigeons. People in Pittsburgh either love or hate pigeons. Unlike their gray feathers, there is no gray area when it comes to these birds. Some view

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Dr. Patricia George: Racing to Bring Awareness to Pulmonary Hypertension

Dr. Patricia George: Racing to Bring Awareness to Pulmonary Hypertension

Dr. Patricia George, a pulmonary hypertension specialist at UPMC, knows how little people know about this devastating illness. To raise awareness this year, Dr. George and Team PHenomenal Hope competed in The Pioneer, a seven-day race through New Zealand’s Southern Alps. What is Pulmonary Hypertension? PH is a disease of the lungs and often goes unrecognized or misdiagnosed. It affects millions of people of all

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Losing Weight in Pittsburgh

Losing Weight in Pittsburgh

Health and fitness experts agree that the key to losing weight is eating fewer calories than you burn. They also say that in order to burn more calories, people need to get up, get out, and start moving. When people participate in an exercise they enjoy, they are more inclined to stick with that activity. Pittsburgh has some fitness opportunities that you may never have

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Bald Eagles: The Birds Are Back in the ‘Burgh

Bald Eagles: The Birds Are Back in the 'Burgh

You’ve got to feel for the poor peregrine falcons in Pittsburgh. They were all the sensation when they began nesting in Pittsburgh in 1991, but recently, they’ve been shunted from the limelight by the return of bald eagles to the Pittsburgh area.  The Audubon Society is excited to announce that, in addition to the Hays Bald Eagle Nest WebCam that’s been running for the past

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Pittsburgh: Looking for Love in All the Right Places

Pittsburgh: Looking for Love in All the Right Places

We all know Virginia is for lovers and that everyone loves New York, but what about Pittsburgh’s relationship with love? You may be surprised to learn the Pittsburgh region is a veritable Paris in Pennsylvania. World Record Largest Wedding Vow Renewal To celebrate the city’s 250th birthday in 2008, 629 couples renewed their marriage vows, setting a new world record for the largest wedding vow

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Punxsutawney Phil: Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

Punxsutawney Phil: Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

He has no weather radar, no weather maps, and no wind speed meters, yet Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous weather forecaster in the land. Others, like Staten Island Chuck from New York City, General Beauregard Lee from Lilburn, Georgia, and Buckeye Chuck from Marion, Ohio have tried to swipe some of Phil’s forecasting fame. Phil is an original. He is often imitated, but never

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Pittsburgh Networking

Pittsburgh Networking

Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs Need to Get the Word Out Seasoned business people know what they need to do to accomplish their goals. While always tweaking their marketing approach, they have a good idea about what marketing avenues will work for them. For a newbie, however, finding the right method may be a bit puzzling. Should you use print, direct-mail, radio, or an ad on Popular Pittsburgh?

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Real vs. Artificial Christmas Tree

Real vs. Artificial Christmas Tree

Do you prefer a real tree or an artificial one? The elves at Popular Pittsburgh use both and wish to help make your choice easier. Real Tree Pros Real trees are the genuine article and are traditional. They smell better than a plastic tree, bringing that fresh, holiday aroma to your home day after day. Each tree has its own personality, making your Christmas tree

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