Is Braddock the New Lawrenceville?

“I can make your neighborhood the next Lawrenceville,” this probably well-intended developer told me a year ago. I chuckled staring at this stranger and replying, “We don’t need another Lawrenceville.” Another developer called a few months later wanting to build riverfront housing where, “people can park their boats.” I also chuckled. “Some people don’t even…

American Hurt Reflects on America’s Faults

It’s not our fault America is the way that it is but at some point we must have the strength to look at ourselves and acknowledge our past so we can fix the present and future. What’s American Hurt about? It’s not an anti-American poetry book but it’s a look in the mirror. It’s me…

412 Brews: Top 4 October Beers

Growing up I just knew I hated all beers because at family affairs my family drank Coors Light and my friends drank Budweiser. One of those are slightly tolerable. It wasn’t until Braddock got a brewery that I started exploring beers to discover my likes and dislikes. I started recognizing beer terminology like hops, sours,…

What Happened to Pittsburgh’s Nightlife?

Pittsburgh may have culture and great food but the most “livable city” lacks diversity, socioeconomic opportunity, adequate public transportation, and on a lighter note, a thriving nightlife. Maybe these things are connected to why more millennials leave the 412 than the amount that stay. I don’t know when it happened but in between moving back…

Happy Mon(Daé) 25

Mon(Daé) Motivation Happy Mon(Daè). Don’t forget to make some magic this week! My elbow is still broken so I’ve been a bit of a homebody. It means more time writing and slower typing. I’m Rockin Impress nails never really fail me. I’m impressed. 412 Fresh (Events) There’s a few awesome events coming up. Here are…

The 100 Season 6 episode 2 is a One Way Trip

It seems like our favs have escaped death 100 times over. I renamed season 6 episode 1 of CW’s The 100 Murphy’s Law. This second episode is hereby dubbed Never Split the Difference as in Diyoza could run a whole academic department on negotiating. She may be harsh but her way or no way tactical…

The 100 Starts Season 6 with The Murphy Show

Season 6 episode 1 of CW’s The 100 is now titled The Murphy Show. I asked for Murphy and the TV Gods heard me. Murphy is a lot like our old friend Jasper Jordan if Jasper only cared about himself. Murph has survived Earth, several apocalypses, heartbreak, and it’s helped him grow. He pretty much…

Conquer Your Queendom: Stop for Gas on the Way to Your Goals

I gave my first keynote speech at Grlpwrpgh’s inaugural Conquer Your Queendom Conference on April 28th 2019. At first when founder of Grlpwrpgh, Amanda Cowan asked me to speak I was all, “What am I gonna talk about? I have no idea what I’m doing or how I got here. Who is gonna listen to…

Find Your Tribe: Grlpwr Pgh

For Pittsburgh to be such a small city, finding your tribe is a little hard especially with so many people in their own personal bubbles. Creator of A.Faye PR and founder of Grlpwr Pgh, Amanda Cowan saw a need for a community and Grlpwr Pgh was born. Grlpwr Pgh is more than just monthly girl…

Destination Delicious: TerriBerriez Sweet Boutique and Cafe Opening Soon

When Terri Lawson approached me for a logo for her side hustle TerriBerriez Sweet Boutique and Café, I hadn’t seen the destination yet. Every week we sat at the local Panera discussing goals and accomplishments beyond blogs, logos, and fonts. Instead, we talked strategy and not once did I consider myself a mentor until one…