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Trains, trails, history and a WQED Documentary

Coal history in America is an animal unto itself and its chock full of stories, music, culture, tragedy, legacy and heartache.

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WQED Documentary Premiere, “The Great Ride” featuring in small part, The Ruins Project

The Great Ride Documentary highlights The Ruins Project in Southwestern PA on the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath

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The Biggest Window in the World

(Above photo by freelance video producer Anita Harnish) My father told me a story today about when he tried to open the biggest window in the world. This window, he explained, was 680 miles long…

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Who’s Your Competition?

Your peers, your contemporaries, the people who are biting at your heels, reminding you that all is fair in art and war? “Middle Ground: A Conversation in Stone” (2018) by Sophie Drouin and…

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Undercover Roosters and The Nature of Truth

I have had thirteen hens in my flock since late last summer. Every time I say that sentence out loud I am sure to knock on some nearby wood, as any chicken keeper knows that thirteen can turn to…

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Cats Who Take Walks

My cats are outliers. I’m not sure if I have created their strange habits or if they were born with an out of the ordinariness.  They take long walks with me. Smithon watching Luce far ahead…

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Blue Ice: An Origin Story

It was 1983 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania and I was 13 years old. My little world was full of sticker collecting, exploring the boundaries of the farm and stretching into my identity. I was…

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The In-Between Art

We live in a world where a strong opinion, on just about anything, can get a person into all kinds of trouble.  Approaching the decade of being halfway to dead, as my man so eloquently puts it,…

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