Instead of discussing the horror of someone buying soda pop or a steak with SNAP (food stamps), it would be great to turn the conversation to the things that can't be purchased and think for a minute how we could find a workaround.
Today's Pittsburgh is slightly less mighty. Still, of all the faded rust belt cities, none come even close to wearing diminished status quite so well. Pittsburgh is the master of keeping up appearances.
But whatever you call him and however you remember him, WAMO's George "Porky" Chedwick singularly turned on a generation of young people to the music of African Americans.
We can learn a lot from what they're doing in Pittsburgh. UPMC is hardly alone -- across the country, big corporations are raking in record profits and paying poverty wages.
The 1985 film 'St.Elmo's Fire' helped usher in a series of movies that spoke directly to the Boomer generation. Coming on the heels of 'The Big Chill,' the film was a poignant look back at our transition into adulthood -- a perspective that, in our late 20s and 30s, we were just beginning to appreciate.
I wrote about the closing of UPMC Braddock Hospital in Braddock, PA on Huffington Post Living in October 2009. Pittsburgh filmmaker Julie Solokow s...
We notice when you call and ask for "Mr." Insert-either-last-name, and when you mention our husbands. We notice when your forms don't have an option for domestic partners.
No matter which way you put it on paper, it is related to the same course of logic that was used fifty years ago to ban interracial dating. The rhetoric of "stick to your own kind" vis-a-vis Jewish dating isn't exactly bigotry, but it isn't quite not.
Unfortunately, the script for this film is never sharp or savvy enough to counteract both the ick factor -- two grandfathers beating each other up in boxing trunks -- and just the simple lackluster quality of it all.
A few weeks ago, I posted a little challenge on my blog to ask people to send me a Christmas card and promising to donate $1 to Pittsburgh's LGBTQ Com...
The impact of poverty and homelessness in the LGBTQ community is profound and often misunderstood.
In surveying the year in landscape architecture, "aptness," a word favored by the great Modernist landscape architect Dan Kiley seems, well, appropria...
You welcome strangers. You welcome thousands of students every year. You welcome LGBTQ. You welcome art. You welcome immigrants. You welcome the weird. You welcomed a huge Rubber Duck. You welcomed me, and I love you for it.
I was stunned into silence the other night when we tuned in to the second episode of the season. In the first 15 minutes I counted a lesbian-prison-rape joke, a straight-men-perceived-as-gay joke, a Carl-kissed-a-trans-woman-ha-ha-ha joke, and a joke about said trans woman's genitals.
This is not easy. Most programs are about toys and toys are for younger kids. We would often receive items like portable CD players or handheld poker games for the older youth -- one of which was very outdated and the other very inappropriate.
One year, I said, "Enough! Enough, I said. I have Thanksgiving traditions in my heart that I want to experience with my partner, who is my family." So we decided that we would go out for dinner after spending the noontime meal with someone else's family.