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The County Fair: Where Animals Compete in Beauty Pageants

testingThe County Fair: Where Animals Compete in Beauty Pageants

Point of clarification–this post is a conflation of two fairs: Elizabethtown, PA and Canfield, OH. I got to go to two fairs in one week. Tis the season! It’s called “showmanship” and thankfully there’s no swimsuit competition. But all the other trappings of a pageant are alive and…kicking. It’s about presentation and exhibition. Yup, those […]

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Do You Know Why Steel Mills are Named for Women?

testingDo You Know Why Steel Mills are Named for Women?

Because they’re both hot and temperamental. Rivers of Steel offers tours of the Carrie Furnaces near Pittsburgh PA. You do in fact go over the river, but instead of through the woods, it’s over the railroad tracks. And you better have good suspension because those tracks are projectile and still active–without a RR Crossing sign/bell/arm-thingy. […]

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When Art is Confusing

Sometimes I feel ignorant and judgmental when at an art museum. I like to understand and learn from art, not be confused and frightened by it. Am I naive? The Mattress Factory It’s famous, it’s in Pittsburgh, so I went. And I just don’t get it. Florescent dots on mannequins. “Road kill” of light bulbs […]

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Did You Know that Andy Warhol Went to Church Every Week?

testingDid You Know that Andy Warhol Went to Church Every Week?

Yup. After antics at Studio 54 he took himself to Catholic Church. Every. Single. Week. After his father passed when Andy was 14, his older brother (only 17) became the “man of the house.” The two brothers had a solid relationship, talking every Sunday throughout adulthood. And although he loved his family dearly and saw […]

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One of the Best Parts of Growing Up is Being Nostalgic

testingOne of the Best Parts of Growing Up is Being Nostalgic

And G-d Bless America, there’s a museum to honor every collection and recollection. So imagine my glee when I heard about the National Museum of Play in Rochester NY. Come on, people. A NATIONAL museum of play. It’s like it was built for me. Except it wasn’t. It was built for kids. Toddler-thru-early-elementary. The website […]

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