As my new plumber opened a box filled with porcelain pieces I learn he is from Chicago, and a Bears fan. He spends the season in what he calls "The Bus", an old '74 school bus in the parking lot of Solider Field, and has invited me and my dog to the Windy City for tailgating.
Last week marked the first week in my month of travel. I started off in LA for a week and change. Next was on to Chicago. After that comes Pittsburgh, rounded out by a trip to Connecticut.
On any given night Withers and his team are under bridges, on the steps of churches and in McDonald's bathrooms offering free check-ups, over-the-counter medications and treatments.
In April, a group of students at McGuffey High School in Claysville, Washington County, Pennsylvania organized an "Anti-Gay Day" in response to the National Day of Silence.
How can we support the LGBTQA youth at McGuffey High School and through Washington County and other rural Pennsylvania towns? Here's what we came up with on the ground in Southwestern Pennsylvania. We invite you to join us.
On March 31, 2014, two young men suddenly appeared in a dark alley in Pittsburgh. Their subsequent encounter with my partner, Allen, changed our lives forever. It turns out Pittsburgh is a pretty good place to have a massive heart attack. But for these two strangers, Allen would undoubtedly have died that night.
Unlike many memoirs, Kaufman's Hill, John Hampsey's remembrance of his boyhood in a middle-class Catholic Pittsburg neighborhood, is not a born out of an intense personal experience or extreme personal adventure.
My friends at Most Wanted Fine Art (MWFA) dragged a car all around the country, wheat pasting photos of supporters onto the car only to end up smashing the vehicle at a country fair.
It seems rather fitting that the birthday of the late Fred McFeely Rogers (1928-2003) -- the renowned, award-winning creator and host of the creative children's television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood -- falls on the first day of Spring each year, March 20.
Last week when I read that a relative of the late Andy Warhol was venturing to make Uncle Andy, a documentary about him "from the family's perspective," my imagination was immediately captured.
Eli Conley came to my attention through a conversation with a mutual friend. I was immediately struck by his words and his awareness of the issues that matter to me. Then I listened to his music. I had to talk with him and he was gracious enough to make some time for me.
The United Steelworkers Thursday reached a possible four-year pact with Shell Oil in a seven-state strike that spread to 12 refineries and three other plants. Three weeks ago, most of the USW's more than 700 combined members joined the walkout.
Feminism never touched that. Feminism meant I would go to college, that I would use birth control to avoid unwanted pregnancy and that I would see women in the workplace. Feminism meant that I was aware that girls were treated differently than boys. But it never went further than that for me.
Upon reflection, I believe there are many reasons why business schools have not been as effective in teaching generosity over greed. One is that we rarely are placed in circumstances that cause us to change our thinking about people, problems or the cost of poverty and neglect.
As 70th anniversary remembrances wind down, the Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Campaign, remains the U.S. Army's bloodiest, longest, largest land battle.
The rigors of my craft and small business require constant balance -- sometimes quite literally -- both on and off stage. Along the way, I've honed strategies that can translate to anyone striving to achieve balance in their lives and create room for personal passion and creativity.