Tag Archives: Pittsburgh

Independent Me

A couple of days ago, we celebrated our independence here in the United States. I was going to write about independence but I found it hard to consider on a nationwide scale. I mean, I get it. We are no … Continue reading

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I Am Pittsburgh

A blogger friend of mine recently wrote an article reflecting on A Sense of Place. I commented that despite having moved away from Pittsburgh, PA after college and having lived on both coasts between then and now, I still feel … Continue reading

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A Train A Train A Train A Train

Would you, could you on a train? If you have kids, had kids or have been a kid at any point since 1960, you probably recognize the title and the first sentence as being from “Green Eggs and Ham” by … Continue reading

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When I Stopped Worrying

One day, when I was about 10 years old, I stopped to see my grandmother on my way home from school (I always cut through her apartment to get to ours because she was often baking). I was upset by … Continue reading

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Go Where the Current Takes Us

I didn’t imagine that I would be returning to the topic of rivers so soon, but family and friends and the calendar have combined to nudge my brain to the point where I can’t think of anything else to write … Continue reading

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What’s in a (domain) Name?

If you’re a happily married guy in his 50’s and you’re employed as an executive of a department called “Information Services,” the conversation below is not one you want to have with your Systems Administrator. Me: “I’m having a problem … Continue reading

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When Do I Get Watson?

Since I’ve always been a geek, I got excited a couple of years ago when IBM’s Watson beat the two best human Jeopardy players on the planet. Of course, when I watched the “behind the scenes” show, I realized that … Continue reading

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Yeah, Yeah, the Better Team Wins

Throughout the 1960 baseball season, but especially during the World Series between the Pirates and the Yankees, I would be summoned to crawl into my father’s lap each time Smoky Burgess stepped up to bat. The working theory was that … Continue reading

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Daniel – Like in the Bible

I normally pass by the WordPress prompt pretty quickly. That said, today’s “Say your name” prompt was compelling, because it brings me to one of my favorite stories about one of my favorite people. My paternal grandmother emigrated from Syria … Continue reading

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Remembering Tony

“Ames…Antion” – every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00, Dr. McDowell read our names as he began Organic Chemistry at West Virginia University in 1973. Arranged alphabetically, we funneled into our assigned seats with little more than a nod; it was … Continue reading

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