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Donora: The Birthplace of Clean Air

Donora, a riverside mill town in southwest Pennsylvania, suffered a prolonged bout of concentrated, toxic smog in late October 1948, during...

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My Best Little Poop Watcher

Our littlest doggie, Georgie, has a detestable little habit of defecating in the dining room. She was a rescue that had been picked off the...

Donora Smog Event

Temperature Inversions and Deadly Smog

Common to all three tragedies were two key elements. First, large factories in each area had been spewing enormous amounts of pollutants...

Donora History, Just Me

Donora’s Field of Dreams

Probably the most famous player to ever sprint down this field was the legendary Joseph "Joe Cool" Montana. Montana was unequivocally one...

Donora History

The 5th Street Stairs: A Sweet Story

On 5th Street now, between Prospect and Murray Avenues, there is a street-wide swath of grass with a set of stairs on either side. The...

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When to Use Special Typographic Symbols

Following up on another post, I’d like to provide some information on when special typographic symbols should be used. Ampersand...

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Typographic Symbols and Their Names

Reprinting a popular post from an old blog of mine. Ever see an odd little symbol and wonder to yourself, Self, what do you suppose that...

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Death in Donora

On Tuesday October 26, the air over Donora became foggy from cool air being trapped beneath warmer air above in what meteorologists term a...

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The Peaceful Transfer of Power and Hope

Inauguration Day for Donald J. Trump is in three days, and we will watch again as the transition of power from one party to another occurs...

Writing

It’s Semi-Official: I’m Writing a Book

Hemingway (certainly not McPhee) at work Well, I am semi-officially writing a book. I say “semi-officially” because I’m...

Just Me

Goodbye, 2016. Hello, 2017

We’ve had quite a divaricate year, all in all, one with a split personality, one that feels differently to me depending on whether I...

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Wishing Us a Better 2017 Than Our Hellish 2016

We lost far too much and far too many this past year. We Mourn We mourn so many people who gave so much to all of us: (L. to R, top to...

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Take Andy’s Rather Odd Questionnaire TODAY!

Proust had his questionnaire. Facebook is filled with them. I thought I would do my own, a wee bit odd though it might be. Unlike Facebook...

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My Responses to Bernard Pivot’s Questionnaire, with Apologies to James Lipton

At 66 I thought it might be time to do my own Bernard Pivot questionnaire, the one the incomparable James Lipton uses on “Inside the...

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Sexuality More Static Than Previously Thought

Alfred Kinsey (Great biography here) I’ve thought for a long time that human sexuality was fluid, that there were a nearly infinite...

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Please Stop Calling Gayness a ‘Lifestyle’

Okay, straight people, listen up. Gayness is not a lifestyle. It’s not a choice. It’s not a preference. It is a...