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Be My Valentine: Nothing’s quite like young love, thank goodness

The love of my life had moved away. While letters with a California postmark in my mailbox made my heart beat a little faster, I missed him.

about 15 hours ago


 The Honeydripper's crew, from left to right: James Perry, Keita Didi Lee, Jerome Anderson Jr., Nicole and Antonovich Perry.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Homewood grocer produces food the area lacked

Perry’s Honeydripper gives Homewood an uncommon amenity: a hot-food take-out with groceries and produce.

1 day ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: My fellow Americans, can you pass the America test?

If only we could all be forced to take a national civics/citizenship test...

2 days ago


 In Miami, SkyRise, shown here in an artist's rendering, will feature a “sky plunge” jumping experience, a nightclub and other attractions.

Cities get a rise out of iconic buildings

Miami is backing SkyRise, a $430 million hairpin tower, as tourism races skyward.

4 days ago


Be My Valentine: Before kissing off online dating, a prince may come

At 52, divorced and the grandmother of five, I dated fruitlessly. Met a lot of frogs. Then a friend pushed me to try one new site ...

5 days ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Motorist came to rescue of her and runaway cart

Plus: Grocery stash was saved by honest person in lot; angels showed up when a woman had struggles

6 days ago


 Tigers at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Winter Musings: Zoo visit on a cold day is a singular experience

In the cold months, the zoo has a refreshingly different atmosphere.

1 week ago


 A 2012 view of the Masonic Lodge on Pittsburgh's North Side.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: City of Asylum preparing rebirth of Masonic Hall

City of Asylum Pittsburgh set to own old North Side Masonic Hall in agreement with Urban Redevelopment Authority.

1 week ago


 Bienvenue a Pittsburgh, mes amis.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: French ought to love Pittsburgh-Paris flight, too

We like non-stop flights to Paris, but what do the French think?

1 week ago


Sharon Randall: Being a grandmother is not for sissies

You can say you’re young at heart, but you cannot fool your body. Had I known what it takes, I’d have taken better care of my knees.

1 week ago


The Next Page: ‘The Ink That Gives the White Page a Meaning’

Amma Ababio, an immigrant from Ghana and winner of the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Awards, writes about identity and assimilation.

1 week ago


 Caption Contest 254

Caption Contest 254 ... and the winners of 253

Stacy Innerst is the artist. You are the caption writer.

1 week ago


 Mason Wartman, owner of Rosa's Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia, keeps a wall of sticky notes, pre-paid credits for pizza for people in need.

At Rosa's Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia, customers pay it forward to help the homeless

Rosa’s has served 8,500 slices to homeless people after customers began paying the shop to hand out the slices.

1 week ago


Local Dispatch: Family’s homemade biscotti is no half-baked effort

Making biscotti, the dry, crunchy Italian cookies, has been a family affair stretching across generations.

1 week ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Collision with deer brought good people

Plus: The woman behind him made up his shortfall; Mike’s holiday gift was return of stamps.

1 week ago


 Frankie (Oct. 30, 2002 — Dec. 31, 2014)

Animal Tales: Dogs deserve obituaries, too, especially Frankie

Don’t doubt that a dog is valued just as much as any other family member.

2 weeks ago


 The Pennsylvania Macaroni Co. is just one of many popular spots in the Strip district.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Strip District gets recognition it always deserves

The American Planning Association selects Strip District as one of 2014’s Great Neighborhoods in Pa., but to locals it’s great every year.

2 weeks ago


 Middle Earth: the Family’s middle ground.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Family’s annual film decision is filled with drama

What film should the Family, as a whole, go see altogether? Once more, it’s a debate for the ages.

2 weeks ago


Average Man tries to counter extremism

Videos from ’Average Mohamed’ seek to discourage Islamic extremism.

2 weeks ago


Storytelling: Mom’s nail file spent decades as sharp family asset

Mom’s nail file was every bit as sharp as she was through the years.

2 weeks ago


Random Acts of Kindness: A heavenly cent

Plus: A bus driver showed some Christmas spirit; she was boosted by his angel-like voice.

2 weeks ago


Peter Leo: So, here’s an annoying way to use a word

There are so, so many ways to abuse the language, so this is one of them.

3 weeks ago


Want to write? PG readers share your stories

Send submissions by email to page2@post-gazette.com; or write to Portfolio, Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

3 weeks ago


Local Dispatch: Sixty years later, it would be a gift to get rings back

Might anyone know whereabouts of rings stolen by girls 60 years ago?

3 weeks ago


Sharon Randall: Every life should be worth a movie script in the end

Remembering that every life has a story.

3 weeks ago


 Pat Narduzzi is the latest new University of Pittsburgh football coach, but the year is young.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: A look at the year ahead that will be, most likely

No need for a crystal ball when you already know these 2015 events ...

3 weeks ago


Eyewitness 1915: Newsboys’ exaggerations get the attention of police

A look back at police’s attempts to slow crime in 1915.

3 weeks ago


 Caption Contest 253

Caption Contest 253 ... and the winners of 252

Stacy Innerst is the artist. You are the caption writer.

3 weeks ago


Local Dispatch: Peg was in their hearts for more than just the cards

Christmas had meant getting eight small gifts and one Secret Santa gift for just one of the eight in my card club. This year was different.

3 weeks ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Stranger’s small gesture had great value to a mom

My 20-month-old daughter and I went to Phipps Conservatory recently to see the holiday displays.

3 weeks ago


Peter Leo: Don’t throw the language under the bus

Don’t throw this under the bus just because it uses so many cliches.

4 weeks ago


 Operations manager Richard Crosby at the Radio Information Service in 2000.

Local Dispatch: Reading to blind was illuminating for a volunteer

Radio Information Service is gone but not forgotten.

4 weeks ago


 The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s garden at the Teutonia Mannerchor, North Side.

Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: Pretty please — conservancy needs garden sponsors

A year-end reminder that public gardens don’t flower by themselves; the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy seeks support.

4 weeks ago


 Mayor Bill Peduto, incognito on the right for "Undercover Boss," with Lawrence Smith, a carpenter with the city's Housing Authority.

Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Let’s have an open-book quiz on recent events

Test your knowledge of what’s been happening, and not happening, around here. (Like, what’s with the mayor’s hair?)

1 month ago



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