The Sousa-ical: A Song and Dance of Revitalization

“Community revitalization,” “Farm to table,” and now Chef Kevin Sousa is packing up and moving on to Mount Oliver to open his newest Mount Oliver Bodega Restaurant. The Post-Gazette write-up describes it as rustic cuisine. They’re breathing life into an old building. They’re on to new adventures. Sousa is excited about cooking again. If this…

Name Your Price and Stick to It

My biggest roadblock as an entrepreneur is myself. Read that line again. I pride myself on being unapologetically me and most of the time I overthink things and want to cater to everyone but the older I get the more I realize that everyone isn’t my customer. Watching my boyfriend graphic design and charge an…

It’s the Generational Misogyny for Me

“The man of the house does the yard work” and stuff like that. Someone very very close explained to me and I nodded in disappointment. You know that nod. The “I’m nodding because I respect you but, I’m a millennial and I’m shaking my head inside” nod speaks volumes. Growing up at times my mom…

Assessing Your Peace Portfolio: Be Kind to Unkind People

Before you jump down my throat hear me out. I’ve been scorned way too many times for me to still be a professional optimist and I know this and don’t understand this. It’s not going to make me less chipper though. It will make me wiser. As the only girl amongst my mom’s two boys…

Equality Games

Let’s stop comparing tragedies. One killing isn’t worse than another killing because a life is still lost and a murder is still unsolved. No one’s pain is worse than the others as we’re comparing the same things across the nation not worrying that legislation is nowhere in sight. We know what’s wrong and what’s right….

Grounded: How Quitting My Flight Attendant Job Helped Me Soar

I quit being a flight attendant seven years ago. I wasn’t bad at the job but I don’t think the opportunity happened at the right time for me. After all, I showed up at the interview ever so nonchalant. After reading how hard the selection process was I was certain that they would never pick…

Millennial Mayor Check In

As it’s the last year of my term and it’s been a while since 29-year-old me was sworn in as the youngest mayor in Braddock History. I’ll never forget being whisked into council chambers and being briefed about all things Braddock Affairs. There was an array of conversations all at once. The police department oversaw…

May Your Coffee Be Strong and Your Patience Be Stronger

With chaos comes clarity or the chaos wasn’t worth it. When the pandemic first started, the days felt like weeks and weeks felt like months. Here we are more than a year in and days seem like seconds, my to-do list grows as the annoying weeds in my backyard that Mother Nature keeps watering. Personally,…

Two Distant Strangers

Today a cop was charged with manslaughter for killing a black man in broad daylight in front of a crowd. It may be the closest thing to justice we will see as accountability has been far in between. Recently, I watched a Netflix movie titled Two Distant Strangers about a guy who wakes up at…