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My Son Didn’t Live to See Gay Marriage Legalized, But He’d Be Dancing in the Streets

There was dancing in the streets in my hometown of Pittsburgh last June when the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. Celebrants understood that marriage for same-sex partners would not soon be readily available throughout the U.S., but major bricks in the legal barriers preventing it had been torn down. DOMA became law in 1996, the year before my 31-year-old gay son died of AIDS. In those days,…


Writing Lessons: How To Write About Your Family When Writing Memoir

Writing a memoir is as much about what we leave out as what we include. And it’s highly likely that family members, who are characters in our stories, might make different selections than we do in what we chose to tell and what we chose to leave out. This lesson was driven home to me, as I was fretting over… [CLICK HERE to READ]


8th Annual Celebrate & Share ~ Women of Achievement Awards Dinner

Two members of the Wing & a Prayer Pittsburgh Players, Sheila K. Collins and Lynn Coghill were among Pittsburgh’s most notable women honored for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the community at the 8th Annual Celebrate & Share ~ Women of Achievement Awards Dinner last evening. The event took place Wednesday, March 6th from 6-9 PM at The Omni William Penn Hotel.
This gathering of a veritable “who’s who” in Pittsburgh honored Women of Achievement from the Pittsburgh region benefiting the Cribs for Kids® Infant Safe Sleep Initiative.Sponsored by the Office of Allegheny County District Attorney and hosted by District Att
orney Stephen A. Zapalla, Jr and Mary Zappala. 
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