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To My Friends

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I ordered two shots of orange vodka. “That’ll take the edge off,” I smiled slightly.

“Yeah, for both of us,” Dee returned my half-smile.

Dee is one of my best friends and a party promoter. After recently losing his father, Dee was throwing himself into work as much as possible. Sunday night was the first night for a new weekly event, Soulful Sunday “The Perfect Chill” at Doc’s Place in Shadyside. It was also the night for my first poetry reading in over two years.  I was nervous because I hadn’t read in so long, and because I would be reading a lot of new material.

“To your reading,” Dee proposed a toast. We clinked glasses and threw it back. The DJ was getting set up, and the night was just getting started. I hugged Dee and headed off to my reading.

There, two more of my best friends came to support me, Mindy and Roger. After the reading, they were full of praise. Roger said he would handle promotion for my book, and I believe he meant it. I dropped by brownie icing first on the carpet, and Mindy snagged the last one for me. I write all this to say: I am blessed, truly blessed. In this lifetime, we are lucky if we have one true friend, and I am blessed with an abundance. I hope that I am able to be there for them as much as they have been there for me. My friends, I hope you know who you are, and I hope you know I am always here for you and I love you.

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Artist Talk @ Brew House Space 101 Gallery

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Yesterday, I went to hear my friend Rose  Clancy talk about her artwork and creative process at the Brew House Space 101 Gallery. Rose has been a participant in the Distillery Program residency, along with four other artists. Anna Mikolay, one of the artists, was also there to talk about her works and process. Finally, Heather Pinson was there as artist Matthew Liam Conboy’s proxy to speak on his behalf. Before the talk started, there was mingling and food and drinks. The art was great, it was great to hear about the creative process of visual art because it was so close to my own process with creative writing. I also had very deep meaningful conversations with these ladies, and shared in a vibrant, exciting, nurturing, female energy.

Related Link:http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/ae/museums/s_623913.html

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Dog Days of May

Wilson's Bar-B-Q

Wilson's Bar-B-Q

My day has been packed full and it is only 2:45 in the afternoon! Working my way backwards, I watched Rado play accordion for the neighbors; bought a suit, a hard rock cafe bear, and some espresso cups at the NEIGHBORHOOD YARD SALE; ate the most delicious bbq at Wilson’s Bar-B-Q; and walked five dogs at the humane society.

The dogs I walked today, you have already met, but let’s spend some more time with them, shall we?

King and Dreamcicle: Roomates

King and Dreamcicle: Roomates

after a big wet kiss

after a big wet kiss

I was surprised to see that King now has a roommate, Dreamcicle! So first I took King for a walk, and then I came back and took Dreamcicle.

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I am King

Ricki D

Ricki D

Next, I fulfilled my promise to Muffin to take her on her own walk, and we went all over the place to make up for walking just in the parking lot with Ricki the other day. When I took Muffin back, I got her roommate Ricki to go for a walk.

the ol' girls, Muffin and Ricki Divas

the ol' girls, Muffin and Ricki Divas

Then I decided to walk Buddy. He was sleeping on his cot when I went into the run, and rolled over so I could rub his tummy as he woke up. After that, I was covered in sweat and dog slobber and decided to call it a day.

Buddy's Green Eyes Post-Walk

Buddy's Green Eyes Post-Walk

Keyes was hanging outside, and he looked so handsome in a tuxedo bow tie and shirt collars, and a crystal studded red harness that I just had to take a picture! Somebody give this dapper dude the home he deserves (possibly a mansion)!

All Dressed Up Keyes

All Dressed Up Keyes

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Greek Food Festival

Yesterday, we went to the Greek Food Festival taking place at St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland (Dithridge and Forbes). Great food, plus live music and dancing. The Festival continues until tomorrow (Friday, May 8th).

I ate

  • souvlakia
  • moussaka
  • spanakopita
  • dolmathes
  • greek salad
  • baklava sundae

Here are the upcoming area Greek festivals:

St. Nicholas (Pittsburgh/Oakland)…………………………May 3-8
Holy Trinity (Pittsburgh/North Side) ………………….May 28-30
All Saints (Canonsburg) ………………………………………June 1-6
Koimissis (Aliquippa) ……………………………………..June 15-20
Holy Cross (Pittsburgh/Mt. Lebanon)…………………June 17-20
Holy Dormition (Oakmont) ……………………………..June 26-28
Holy Trinity (Ambridge) …………………………………..July 22-25
Greek Day at Kennywood …………………………………….July 28
Ypapanti (East Pittsburgh) …………………………..August 20-23
Holy Trinity (Pittsburgh/North Side) …………….September 3-6
Annunciation (McKeesport) ………………………..September 13
St. Spyridon (Monessen) ………………………..September 18-20

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