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Beth Dolinar Big games not that big for me

By the time you read this, you Penguins fans will know whether the team moved on to the Stanley Cup finals. My deadline came several hours before they played game seven. Maybe by now you are happily looking forward to the finals, or maybe you’ve had to pack your Crosby jersey for the summer.

May 26, 2016

Beth Dolinar has been writing her column about life, both hers and the rest of ours, for over 20 years. When not on the page, she produces Emmy-winning documentaries for public television, teaches writing to university students, and enjoys her two growing children.

Mary Jo Podgurski Proper approach to tough subjects

Q: We read your column weekly and appreciate your advice. As very concerned grandparents, we were wondering what is the appropriate age to begin talking to children about really difficult things like sex and drugs. How do we make them afraid of these things? The world was different when we raised...

May 25, 2016

Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski is the founder and director of the Washington Health System Teen Outreach. She responds to 68 questions from young people daily and has written 'Ask Mary Jo' since 2005.

Dave Molter Give it a rest(room)

An idea for a business struck me as I drove through Ohiopyle last weekend: guided tours to watch animals making whoopee in the woods.

May 24, 2016

Dave Molter is a freelance writer and Golden Quill and Keystone Press Awards winner. He also is a freelance musician in the Pittsburgh area.

Laura Zoeller Adding color to our tapestry

I was away last weekend on an overnight women’s retreat with my church. I got a text message during the middle of a period of quiet reflection that said, “We’ll be at your house around 2 p.m.” I was so excited I nearly yelped, but I managed to restrain it to an...

May 23, 2016

Laura Zoeller is a farm wife and mother who has been blessed with a wonderful and funny - life.

Terry Hazlett Networks return to tried-and-true formulas to lure viewers

The networks finally get it.

May 23, 2016

Terry Hazlett

Terry Hazlett opines about TV and culture.

George Block Bluegill offer plenty of opportunities for old, young

Strange as it may seem what is probably the most common and prolific fish in southwestern Pennsylvania is underfished.

May 21, 2016

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.

John Steigerwald Time for Sullivan to go back to Fluery

Time to stick with Flower.

May 21, 2016

John Steigerwald has been a fixture of TV, radio, and newspaper sports in Pittsburgh, and has a Sunday column in the Observer-Reporter.

Mike Buzzelli The emperor gets some artwork

A few weeks ago when I was in Washington, D.C., I went to the recently renovated and revitalized Renwick Gallery. I love art and alliteration (apparently).

May 20, 2016

Mike Buzzelli is a stand up comedian and published author. He is a theater and arts critic for 'Burgh Vivant, Pittsburgh's online cultural talk magazine, and an active board member of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, the Carnegie Arts Initiative and the Carnegie Screenwriters. His book, "Below Average Genius" is a collection of essays culled from his weekly humor column here in the Observer-Reporter.

Beth Dolinar Tether between mom, child fraying

The avocados were finally ripe.

May 19, 2016

Beth Dolinar has been writing her column about life, both hers and the rest of ours, for over 20 years. When not on the page, she produces Emmy-winning documentaries for public television, teaches writing to university students, and enjoys her two growing children.

Mary Jo Podgurski Love, lust are both powerful feelings

Q. How do I get over my attraction to someone? This person isn’t good for me. My friends tell me he’s not. I know he’s not. But when I look at him, I can’t stop thinking about him. Of course, he doesn’t know I exist, which kind of helps. Do you think I love him?...

May 18, 2016

Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski is the founder and director of the Washington Health System Teen Outreach. She responds to 68 questions from young people daily and has written 'Ask Mary Jo' since 2005.

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