Thursday, December 30, 2010

Society Tweet Up ...

You're invited

to a Society Meet-Up/Tweet-Up

Saturday, January 15, 2010

1 PM

Amani International Coffeehouse

Foreland Street (Northside)

Open to all women using social media in our region.

Great opportunity to learn how to join the Society, network with other women using social media and enjoy a great cup of coffee at a woman owned establishment.

No RSVP required

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Obama Appeases Republicans Again

The problem in Washington is that the Republicans have no morals and the Democrats have no spine. The current crop of Republicans loves to compare President Obama to Adolf Hitler whenever he mentions something that they don't like. That's not at all accurate. Actually, he more resembles Neville Chamberlain.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Center for Women's Entrepreneurship hosts Heather Arnet

Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship hosts Women & Girls Foundation CEO Heather Arnet for next Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

PITTSBURGH (November 5, 2010) … According to the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University, mentoring is one element vital to the development of women entrepreneurs. Recruiting and retaining women who view each other as resources for growth rather than competitors can often enhance the overall workplace. To explore these issues and more, CWE will welcome Heather Arnet, CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation, as its next speaker in the popular Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series. “Women: Our Best Asset. How We Can Work Together to Achieve Business Success” will be held on Friday, November 12 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. in the James Laughlin Music Center on the Shadyside Campus.

Individual tickets are still available for $25 per person and include a continental breakfast. More information is available at, by calling 412-365-1253 or emailing

“Heather is a leader in supporting women and inspiring them to energize each other and reach their potential,” notes Rebecca Harris, the CWE director. “We’re thrilled that she is bringing her passion and expertise in this area to the business community.”

About Heather Arnet
Heather Arnet is Chief Executive Officer of the Women and Girls Foundation (WGF), a non-profit organization based in Pittsburgh, PA with a mission to achieve increased gender equity through strategic investments in public policy initiatives. Arnet was selected to be the Foundation’s first Executive Director in 2004, and promoted to the title of Chief Executive Officer in 2010.

Arnet is a tireless advocate for women and girls rights locally, nationally, and internationally, and serves as a regular Op-Ed writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Business Times, and commentator to local and national media regarding women and girls rights and economic development. At WGF, Arnet has spearheaded efforts to decrease the gender wage gap and increase women’s representation on public and corporate boards. Heather and the Foundation received National and International media attention for their successful “Girlcott” of Abercrombie & Fitch in 2005. Arnet has been interviewed on NBC’s Today Show, CNN Headline News, CNN’s Paula Zahn Show, Fox News “Hannity & Colmes”, MSNBC “Scarborough Country,” ABC and CBS Nightly News as well as National Public Radio, and the BBC.

In 2006 Arnet and the Foundation received awards from the National Organization of Women (NOW) and the International Women’s Funding Network (WFN) for the Foundation’s triumphant youth-led Girlcott and for Arnet’s work in energizing a new generation of women leaders. Arnet has been identified as one of Pittsburgh’s “Top 40 under 40” by Pittsburgh Magazine, as one of the “Top Twelve Noteworthy Business Leaders of 2006” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and received the Diamond Award, for “Outstanding CEO Leadership” by the Pittsburgh Business Times in April 2008.

Previous to her position at WGF, Arnet served as the Director of Development for City Theatre, and Senior Vice President of Marketing for leading a $3.5 million marketing budget and helping to secure over $15 million in venture capital funds.

Arnet serves as a Board Member of Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania and on the Advisory Boards of WQED Multimedia and The Forbes Funds. Arnet served as an elected Board Director of the Pittsburgh Public School Board 2007-2009 and served as the Regional Vice President of the Pennsylvania Women’s Campaign Fund 2005-2007.

Arnet is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America and has her BA degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Literary and Cultural Studies with a minor concentration in Directing through the Drama department. In addition to her work at WGF, Arnet also writes and directs feminist theatre. Currently she is directing a new world premiere play by Vanessa German for the August Wilson Center for African American Culture which will premiere at the First Voice: A Pittsburgh International Black Arts Festival in May 2010. Arnet will be directing a reading of “Root” this summer at the Vineyard Playhouse on Martha’s Vineyard and a full production of “Root”’ for The Ensemble Theatre in Houston in 2012. Arnet’s play "Yo’Mama!" (which she wrote and directed, about the challenges and joys of modern motherhood) was awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and the Sprout Fund and has been produced in Pittsburgh, Seattle, Chicago, and Alaska.

About the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship
The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs to start, develop, and significantly grow their businesses by utilizing Chatham resources, programs, and faculty expertise. CWE provides programming targeted toward local and regional women in business designed to advance and hone their professional skills. CWE teaches the art of thinking and acting entrepreneurially by focusing on innovation and creativity within the context of existing organizational environments. CWE also offers specific programs for both undergraduate and graduate students which can help them learn the skills they need to become successful entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and successful women in business.

The mission of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University is to educate, create economic opportunities, and foster entrepreneurial thinking for women entrepreneurs, women in business, and students. Current and initial funding for CWE provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Initial funding for CWE was provided by the Lois Tack Thompson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.


Media Coverage of "Women in Media" event

I hope everyone's been following Twitter and other account of this significant event which brought a lot of attention to ALL of our blogging. Congratulations to the honorees and all women using social media.

Here's the PG story of the event.

The 2010 honorees also included Cynthia Closkey, president of Big Big Design,
co-founder of PodCamp Pittsburgh and developer of; Elaine Effort,
reporter, KQV Radio; Heather Starr Fiedler, founder and general manager of and associate professor at Point Park University; Vanessa
German, multimedia artist, writer, sculptor, performer and photographer; Lauren
Lawley Head, editor of the Pittsburgh Business Times; Mary Robb Jackson, news
reporter, KDKA-TV; Beverly Morrow-Jones, executive director of Marketing &
Communications, VisitPittsburgh; Debbie Norrell, lifestyles editor, The New
Pittsburgh Courier; Cindy Skrzycki, senior lecturer, University of Pittsburgh;
Heide Waldbaum, feature film producer; Shaina Wallace, hip-hop artist, student
at Westinghouse High School; Carolyn Wean, retired media executive; and Rosemary Welsch, afternoon mix host and senior producer, WYEP.

Kudos to blogger Ginny Montanez for her work at "That's Church"

Wonderful attention on the good work women are doing in social media. I'm really proud the Pittsburgh Women's Blogging Society is part of this special day. 50 women strong!

Keep up the amazing work on each of your blogs.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Lame Ducks and Moving Vans

America held an election on Tuesday. Today, nothing has changed. Ed Rendell is still Pennsylvania’s governor. Arlen Specter is still the senior senator from Pennsylvania. Joe Sestak still represents Pennsylvania’s sixth district in Congress. Nancy Pelosi is still the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Democrats still hold the majority in the House. Everyone who was a member of Congress on Monday is still a member today. Real elections don’t work as they do on American Idol.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

‎"The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all" -G.K. Chesterton


Voter turnout in the Pittsburgh area is expected to be VERY light.
There are clear choices in the US Senate, PA Governor, and PA 18th Congressional races.
 Excuses about the weather are baloney.
 If you can go to work, to the grocery store, to the movies, and a dozen other places,
 No more excuses.       

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Why Should You Vote?

Elections are important because government officials – the ones we elect and those they hire – decide how much taxes we pay and how those taxes are spent.  They determine whether we go to war, whether to build or repair our roads and bridges, what our schools teach, and what social services to provide, and to whom. 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Democrats’ Successes, Republicans’ Lies

President Obama’s strength and courage led Congressional Democrats to dozens of impressive victories in only 21 months. We didn’t get everything we wanted, but he tackled issues that no one else would. And he didn’t give up. I’m not 100% pleased with Obama or the Democrats, but I am more pleased than I have been with any previous president.
Read More . . . .

Friday, October 29, 2010

Anyone Know if There Are Any Pittsburgh-Washington Busses for Tomorrow's "Rally for Sanity?"

I've been travelling a lot lately, and don't want to drive to DC, but I think I'd like to try to go if I can find a ride. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Evaluate Your General Election Choices

Evaluate Your General Election Choices

Do Campaign Thugs Reveal Our Future?

On Monday, Kentucky Senate candidates Jack Conway and Rand Paul debated in Lexington. Outside, just after the event, TWO of Paul’s campaign thugs pushed Lauren Valle to the ground. Mike Pezzano held her down while Paul’s Bourbon County campaign coordinator Tim Profitt STOMPED ON HER HEAD

Monday, October 25, 2010

Joe Sestak for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania

U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) beat the odds and defeated Sen. Arlen Specter, (pretending-to-be-a-D-Philadelphia) in the primary election for U.S. Senate last spring. Now, he faces former Wall Street banker and Congressman Pat Toomey in the general election on November 2. Sestak is easily the best Senate candidate to run in Pennsylvania in a long time and deserves your attention and your vote.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Today Is "Wear Purple" Day in Support of Gay Teens

My profile picture and I are both wearing purple today for "Wear Purple Day" to commemorate teens harassed (to death in a few cases) for being gay. I'd also like to point out the It Does Get Better Website, which, while it's aimed at LGBT teens, it's a reassuring Website for teens who feel outcast for any reason.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Updates to The Society Blogroll


I just did a quick update to the blogroll. Check it out!

To be a member of The Pittsburgh Women's Blogging Society, you should have your own blogging presence and agree to have it listed on our blogroll. If your membership was deleted it was due to my being unable to verify your blog address. Feel free to drop me a line if there was an error.

The blogroll will be featured prominently at the upcoming "Women in Media" event to benefit the Women & Girls Foundation of Southwestern PA on November 6, 2010. Hurrah!

Dan Connolly for Congress in PA 18th

It’s two weeks to Election Day, and Democrat Dan Connolly is fighting an uphill battle against Pennsylvania’s 18th District Republican Tim Murphy for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He emphasizes the differences between himself and Murphy, which are substantial. Although voters aren’t familiar with him, he deserves your attention and your vote.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Astrological Happenings Horoscope: October 18-24

Our week begins on a pillow of dreams on Monday October 18, and we're hitting the snooze button a few times with a sleepy Pisces Moon. Mercury trines Neptune (Pisces ruler), and we experience something that may feel like mental fatigue or drowsiness, as healing waters flow and cleanse us from months of repetitive thought patterns. We should allow our mind to venture into imaginative resources that we normally wouldn't tap into, to experiment with a new approach to our day. Discover ways to be constructive by using the power of imagination ~ by creating an idea, developing a new work system, inspiring someone, adding color to our life, etc. Add oomph to your day!
Read more from Suzi Dronzek's Astrological Happenings this week!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Meghan McCain at Pitt for National Coming Out Week

The University of Pittsburgh’s Rainbow Alliance, the LGBTQA undergraduate student association, sponsored an event with Meghan McCain, daughter of you-know-who, on Thursday evening at Pitt’s Lawrence Hall. Holden Caulfield said, in Catcher in the Rye, that you know a book is good when you want to phone the author to discuss it. That’s the impression that McCain leaves behind. You’d welcome the chance to have lunch with her.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tales Exaggerate Congressional Pay and Pensions

As long as I can remember, there has been a vague general rumbling that members of Congress collect exorbitant salaries and outrageous pensions and other benefits. The rumblings have changed form over the years, from idle gossip to organized viral email campaigns, but the substance remains. Despite efforts to spread the truth, many Americans still contend that members of Congress take home truckloads of money, don’t participate in Social Security, and get full pay for their lifetimes after serving only a single term in Congress. Sorry, folks, it just isn’t true.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Astrological Happenings

It's a pretty quiet week with no major planetary distractions, but who's complaining? Be sure to take advantage of it. This week starts on a positive note as Moon travels in gracious Sagittarius on Monday October 11. Opportunities are available, pay attention. Travel, education, outrageous adventures, and spirituality are favorable. Happy Columbus Day.

We may feel limited on Tuesday October 12, but our need for speed is still activated as Moon races through Sagittarius. Be mindful of our own motivations when we feel annoyed or read more >>

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Your Tax Dollars at Work – and FREE STUFF

Allegheny County is currently celebrating its annual “RADical Days” – and we’re all invited. Every site that receives funds from the RAD, or Regional Assets District, tax offers some services free to the public at this time of year. There’s something for everyone.  In March 1994, the state legislature permitted Allegheny County to add one percent onto the already existing six percent Pennsylvania sales tax. They called it the “Regional Assets District” or RAD tax. Where is this district and what exactly are we paying for?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

How Much Do You Know About Our Government?

Just for fun, here’s a quiz on our government. All of the topics have been mentioned in my articles, or in the news, or in relatively recent American history. You can check your answers through the link at the end. If you like, you can answer the bonus essay question and perhaps win a prize. If you do well, thank a teacher. If not, read a newspaper.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Executive Orders and the U.S. Constitution

Republicans/conservatives/tea partiers delight in criticizing President Obama for using any of the many tools at his disposal when doing his job. The latest favorite is the Executive Order. Once again, they exploit the public’s civic and political illiteracy to spread their lies. Executive Orders are not laws. Presidents don't make laws. Congress does. They imply that the orders are unconstitutional, yet they didn’t have that problem with any orders issued by Republican presidents.
Read more . . .

US Supreme Court session opens

Today, the US Supreme Court opened its 222nd annual session.  By federal law, the court opens on the first Monday in October.  Each session usually ends in late June or early July.  Our constitution established the US Supreme Court.  Congress has the power to create other “inferior” courts.  Those include federal district and appeals courts, and state supreme and appeals courts.  In Pennsylvania, the lower Courts of Common Pleas operate on the county level.  Common pleas courts supervise local district magistrates.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Some Internal Business Matters

Dear Pgh Women Bloggers,

I'm updating the email list and the blogroll. Please let me know if you have any requests for changes. We have an exciting announcement coming up and want to be sure everyone is in the loop.

The Society

Friday, October 1, 2010

TARP Cost Will Be Less Than Once Thought -

TARP Cost Will Be Less Than Once Thought -

Weekly Horoscope: October 1 - October 3

The Moon is swollen in emotional Cancer on Friday October 1, and while our sensitivities want to be protected, they also search for an outlet. We could feel the need to express ourselves as Communicator Mercury opposes braggart Jupiter, and we may excrete more than we should. If you're you're going to say it and put it our there, remember that a positive approach attracts a positive response. Otherwise, know when to zip it. Because of necessary upgrades needed to my server, my website and email went down for a few days. When this happens, I will usually send out an alert and whine about it on my blog as I did on Monday, where options are available to stay in contact with me. If you would like such alerts to be delivered to your email address, or to have weekly access to my astrological tarot horoscope, subscribe for free.

Pressure is building in the cosmos on Saturday October 2, and we may experience strong gusts of wind that cause a change in the weather as fury is stimulated in the heavens. Luna begins to inflate with majestic pride as she enters Leo today. It's not about talk, but taking action. Just as a sensitive firecracker is highly reactive, the Leo Moon is just as raw and willful. Our purposeful shift will create quite the read more >>

The American Terrorists

We’ve endured much talk about terrorists in America during the past nine years. Politicians protect us from terrorists by telling us the color of the day. Removing our shoes before boarding an airplane will protect us from terrorists. Nastiness and religious intolerance will protect us from terrorists. People with “funny” names are terrorists. We can recognize terrorists just by looking at them. Believe it or not, the idiot “security chief” at my son’s high school told me that I wasn’t allowed to take a picture of the building because “There are a lot of terrorists around here you know.” This is what happens when we prize ignorance in our society. Sadly, terrorists are real. They surround us everywhere, every day.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Voter registration deadline is Monday, October 4

If you want to vote in the general election on November 2, you must register by Monday, October 4.  In a general election, the voters choose the candidates who will hold the offices that are open for election.  On the federal level, this election will cover one of Pennsylvania’s two United States Senate seats and all U.S. House seats. In the state, the governor, lieutenant governor, state senators in even-numbered districts, and all state House members, are up for election.

This is a critical election for our country. It’s called a mid-term election because it’s right in the middle of the president’s four-year term. The results can shift the balance of power in Congress, and thus the direction of the country for the next two years. A similar tug-of-war is occurring in Harrisburg, for control of the state government.

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Women in Leadership -- Calling Class XV

Coro Pittsburgh is currently accepting applications and nominations for Women in Leadership (WIL) Class XV.

WIL is the only leadership training program in southwestern Pennsylvania devoted specifically to women.  WIL is a twelve-week, part-time, evening training program designed for high-acheiving women with demonstrated leadership experience in the private, public, or non-profit sectors.

Benefits to program participants include:
- Enhanced professional and community leadership skills
- Ability to effectively involve all sectors to address issues by understanding, building and leveraging networks
- Engagement in a network of community leaders dedicated to creating positive change for the women of southwestern Pennsylvania
- Accomplishment of a year-long personal strategic plan with the support of a coach

WIL XV will begin in January 2011.  Applications are due December 10, 2010, and can be found here.  For any questions, or more information, please contact Kelsey Halling at

Women in Leadership -- Calling Class XV

Coro Pittsburgh is currently accepting applications and nominations for Women in Leadership (WIL) Class XV.

WIL is the only leadership training program in southwestern Pennsylvania devoted specifically to women.  WIL is a twelve-week, part-time, evening training program designed for high-acheiving women with demonstrated leadership experience in the private, public, or non-profit sectors.

Benefits to program participants include:
- Enhanced professional and community leadership skills
- Ability to effectively involve all sectors to address issues by understanding, building and leveraging networks
- Engagement in a network of community leaders dedicated to creating positive change for the women of southwestern Pennsylvania
- Accomplishment of a year-long personal strategic plan with the support of a coach

WIL XV will begin in January 2011.  Applications are due December 10, 2010, and can be found here.  For any questions, or more information, please contact Kelsey Halling at

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Of Dieting ...

When I think diet, I think crazy schemes, pills, cremes and desperation.

This summer, I began dieting. It started out with exercise. I used the Wii Fit Plus and simply cut out pop, while increasing fruits and veggies. It dawned on me that I was, in fact, dieting.

To my surprise, I lost 30 pounds in about 4 months. I didn't really feel like I was dieting, but I did feel motivated enough to start paying closer attention to my food consumption so maybe I could lose some more and exit my 30's healthier than when I entered them.

I joined which has great tools to track food and fitness, as well as lots and lots of support and information. I've been working hard to meet my "ranges" in terms of calories, fat, carbs and protein while pursuing a diverse and balanced diet. The ranges have been okay. By tracking it online using my phone, I can hit dinner with a clear idea of what's acceptable. Or I can plan my earlier meals with the anticipation of a heavy dinner.

I eat a lot of spinach. I try to eat more broccoli. Protein shakes entered my life. I struggle to figure out the ingredients of my beloved Asian foods (that's a joy). I measure my portions! Ledcat laughs when I measured orange sherbert.

I also use the Wii programs to keep working out. I treaded water for hours this summer which is awesome cardio exercise. I signed up for swimming lessons this fall. I walk a few times a week.

I'm doing stuff. My biggest achievement has been six months of consistency. Sure, I've had a few blurps along the way, but for the most part I've done well. Granted, I've plateaued in terms of weight loss, but I responded by only weighing in once a week and focusing on other goals (more green veggies!).

I do note that most people comment on my weight loss followed by their tips and suggestions. People have some weird suggestions about weight loss. When I tell them its about living a healthier life, I can tell they don't believe me. Oh well. Other people do see past the weight loss. They see that I have had one sick day all year (bad cold). They see my increased energy and productivity. They see my healthy snacks in the cupboard at work and my ability to say "no" to tasty treats. They assure me that my "size too large" clothes don't look that bad.

Women can "diet" without feeding into stereotypes. My little Wii avatar lady tells me I should weigh 124 lbs which is ridiculous. I'm content to pass my little milestones and keep changing things up.

I really need to get some recipes to cook green veggies because the spinach is getting old. :-)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Are women in media allowed to disagree?

A local women's organization has announced an upcoming event to celebrate the accomplishments of women.

I was originally on the host committee, but it didn't end on a positive note. It also ended abruptly for other female bloggers, but I can't speak for them. Obviously, I have some opinions, but my primary question is whether it is "acceptable" to voice criticism, constructive or otherwise, of a women oriented event without being pigeonholed as bitter, resentful, jealous, or so forth? Or disloyal, in fact.

Can we hold a women oriented event sponsored by a women's organization to the same level of scrutiny as other political events. For yes, an event lauding women is an inherently political act of advocacy, perhaps even activism.

Is asking this question going to land me in further hot water? Should I let that concern stop me from blogging -- the very reason I was asked to participate in the first place? I didn't shy away from critizing Dan Onorato, Barack Obama or Luke Ravenstahl. Should I hold back when I feel women have done a disservice to other women, including me?

I don't think we should. There's no need to bash, but when a system breaks down or creates barriers --- we blog.

Rest assured nothing untoward happened, but the experience has really left me struggling with how women can advocate within the women's community.

What do you think? Can we constructively critique the good, the bad and the ugly about women and women's organizations?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pennsylvania Dept of Education - Academic Achievement Report

Pennsylvania Dept of Education - Academic Achievement Report

Latest PSSA Test Results Released For Pennsylvania Schools - Pittsburgh News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh

Latest PSSA Test Results Released For Pennsylvania Schools - Pittsburgh News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh

Meditative Affirmation for Finding Inner Purpose

Meditation: Sit for a few minutes alone, with eyes closed and a goal to relax. Calm all thoughts and emotions until you are awareof the quietness that surrounds you. With slow and deep breaths,feel yourself float into this calm energy, feeling your body andmind also adjusting to this quietness. All the noise disappearsand you feel at peace. Pay attention to the soundless spirit, asyou cleanse and exist with silence.

Visualization: Today's card image can assist you in thismeditative affirmation, to help you make a choice in whatever situation that you may be experiencing. So whether you are ready to make some small shifts in a relationship, a change in your course with work, or dealing with an individual who you may be at odds with - this practice could prove to be beneficial.

Relax for a few minutes, closing your eyes, and with slow relaxing breaths, allow your mind to travel back in time. Search in your memory bank of the period when you were... read more >>

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

2 Political Junkies: That Time of the Month -- On the Spot

2 Political Junkies: That Time of the Month -- On the Spot: "We've written about On the Spot before because it's an excellent project. On the Spot raises awareness and much needed funds to purchase pa..."

On the Spot!

On the Spot raises awareness and much needed funds to purchase pads and tampons for girls who have irregular access to these products. As the co-founder puts it:

For girls in foster care, unstable family situations, economically troubled households and shelters, “that time of the month” brings panic and uncertainty. Many skip school for lack of an alternative. In some local schools local staff provides products out of their own pocket to make sure girls have a back-up.

On the Spot will be holding a back to school fundraiser this Friday:

WHEN: Friday, September 10th
WHERE: Remedy in Lawrenceville (5121 Butler Street)
DETAILS: The event will include a paper bag auction, a cookie table, a DJ, and drink specials. Admission is $10 or $5 and a box of pads/tampons.

Can't make it? Donate products or money here.

On the Spot has collected over 1700 pads and distributed them to seven local schools, a women’s shelter and several after school/summer programs for girls. The project was also able to put together and distribute several hundred personal care bags for boys and girls in need. On the spot is a project of Desiree VanTassel and Jennifer England. All funds and products are distributed by Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania Education Fund, (a 501c3) in schools that have a demonstrated need for help.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Astrological Happenings, September 2010 Horoscope

September inspires us to turn away from the outside world and to return to ourselves. While each of us contain both masculine and female energy, female energy is this months theme, as it is gentle, creative, and supportive. It balances masculine tendencies and mirrors reflections. It is a period to give less of ourselves, so that we may replenish what has been loss or given away. We are temporarily hiding from the world for a few weeks to analyze all that we have learned and collected, so that we can enhance the person that we have become. Just like 'The Hermit' in the tarot who represents Virgo's quiet personality, he comfortably presses the 'pause button' on his life by turning his back on his future, to mentally (Mercury) rewind past choices. And don't forget folks, we are still in a Mercury retrograde from last month, so our thinking isn't exactly where it normally is and we ponder recent situations and individuals from our past. Virgo likes to silently study himself, to reinforce his strengths and reexamine his weaknesses. The mutable qualities that make Virgo and The Hermit influential are highlighted in September, giving us permission to be Read more >>>

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Astrological Happening in August

August starts out in a heated fury as Jupiter (expansion) squares Pluto (transformation) on Tuesday August 3, and then on Wednesday August 4, Mars (aggressive energy) opposes Jupiter (abundance) while Mars (assertion) squares Pluto (elimination). We're energizing our warrior moves as Mars transits Libra, to bring peace and balance into our relationships with others, as well as with ourselves. As Saturn (karma) also transits Libra (relationships and partnerships), we may begin to see the reaping of what we have sown. Awards are being generated for those who have invested, and for those who haven't invested. All is balancing as life is constantly moving and evolving. Mars and Saturn are both direct and in fuel gear. Pluto (release) is retrograde, and going back to see if we need to get rid of anything else that just isn't working for us anymore, especially as Jupiter (higher knowledge) is retrograde during our own pursuit for happiness. In the theme of things read more >>

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Astrological Happenings Horoscope, July 26-July 31

Our day starts out a bit fuzzy on Monday July 26, with a Mercury/Neptune opposition. Despite preparation and facts, something will still feel like it's missing, which will add confusion into our day. Don't lose 'your touch' with yourself, just add a sprinkle of imagination into your agenda to see you through. Soon enough, a Sun/Jupiter trine comes along to brighten the day to add cheer, popularity, and opportunity. We may only want to see possibilities from our own perspective as the fixed energies of the Aquarian moon defy everything else, but it benefits us greatly to be aware of the potentials of new doors opening in the future... read more >>

Monday, July 19, 2010

African Christians vs. Islamists | worldwide hippies

African Christians vs. Islamists | worldwide hippies

Astrological Happenings Horoscope: July 19-July 25

We quietly flow into a new week on Monday July 19 as Lady Scorpio Moon encourages us to keep a low-profile today. We are susceptible to the fragile vibrations around us ~ and by remaining low key, our emotions are quieted. Be careful as to how we respond to others, and listen well while the energy intensifies. Use this energy as fuel to get ahead in business.

A confusing Sun/Neptune inconjunct on Tuesday July 20 leaves us a bit dazed and somewhat out of touch with reality. As imagination streams in, enjoy this surge for expanding creativity. Later, Luna dances her way into the happy feet of Sagittarius, and we're in a more read more>>>

Monday, July 5, 2010

Astrological Happenings: July 5 - July 11

We start this week with the pioneering spirit of Uranus on Monday July 5 as he stations and prepares for his retrograde journey. If you haven't already felt the tension and excitement that he delivers, you will, as we experience major changes on an inner level. Typically Uranus is rebellious, liberating, and disorderly in the world around him, but rather than his energy causing chaos on the outside world, we now begin to internalize them. Our personalities will be super-charged with strong electrical currents that are searching for a new thrill to disrupt society, our workplace, and our relationships. To find ourselves and where we fit in, we experiment in a big way now, by destroying read more >>

Sunday, July 4, 2010

thanks gloria

On July 21 at 5 p.m. Allegheny County Council will hold a PUBLIC HEARING for “comment regarding Marcellus Shale-related natural gas drilling within Allegheny County.“

We need as many people as possible to attend & comment.

To comment you must register by July 20th.
You can register online or download a registration form: More

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Astrological Happenings

We start our week Monday June 28 on a much quieter note than last week, although vibrations will continue to linger as a reminder that changes are still in the works. Moon enters Aquarius, and we become desensitized as to what life may throw our way, allowing us to behave more intellectually. We're motivated to be the 'bigger' person and help those who are less fortunate. As Sun (identity) and Mercury (communications) form a conjunction in the nurturing realms of Cancer, our purpose and joy becomes much more clear. It's a good time to pay it forward.. read more >>

Friday, June 25, 2010

Soup Line protests the Senate failure to extend unemployment benefits

Via Pennsylvania Communities Organizing for Change:

Where: 5907 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh PA
WHEN: Wednesday, June 30th, 11:00 a.m. until the soup runs out(press conference at 11:30)

The Senate just kicked millions of American workers off unemployment insurance. Thanks to the US Senate many Americans families will get to party like its 1932 all over again.

Join us in protest as we relive the good old days of the great depression with our Soup line and get some FREE SOUP for lunch.

Pennsylvania Communities Organizing for Change is sponsoring the event to protest the US Senate’s failure and to launch of the Campaign for Resources for the Unemployed, Jobs, Retraining for Displaced Workers, or at least enough to keep us in our homes and keep us from starving!

RSVP on Facebook or call 412-567-7275 for more information. Or just show up, Soup lines are open to everyone.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Astrological Happenings

Happy Summer Solstice! Monday June 21 is a day of great light and energy as it is the longest day of the year. During the next three months, we should put ourselves into personal or professional projects to help determine our path. The amount of time and effort that we use to work towards these goals - the richer our investment becomes. There are no excuses as to why you try harder now, as Sun finally leaves Gemini, giving us more quality time to concentrate ourselves as socializing becomes of less importance. As Sun enters into the homebody realms of Cancer, this can cause us to crave for more privacy and personal security. Only important , trustworthy people are allowed to enter our secluded domain. We'll be relaxing in seclusion while getting in-touch with our domestic side. Cancer's 'parenting' personality creates an inner need to care and nurture, so don't be surprised if you decide to take on a stray cat, an estranged friend or family member, or even an ex-partner! Mothering and playing house comes natural to us, and in healthy relationships, this can truly bring out the best in each partner as the extra work proves commitment. For partnerships that are struggling, the partner who is trying harder to make things work will mostly likely experience resentment when their effort isn't being reciprocated or appreciated. With Pluto and Neptune both retrograde, our emotions are cooled down and reserved, helping us to see life from a more sensible perspective. As we detach, we can figure out what we need to change and read more...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Detachment, letting go & cutting ties..

I want you to think about the number of major changes, breakdowns, and acts of defiance that were a part of your 2003 - 2010 when Uranus 'The Awakener' entered Pisces, ruling our illusions, dreams, and 'our reality'. Uranus was literally 'waking us' to what we had been experiencing (or imagining) in hopes to release us from guilt, hopelessness, and drowning in our sorrows - and restore new faith and inspiration in our lives.

If you are searching for your true self and worth again, I have created a mediation using creative visualization and the tarot with a simple, but deep inner work to lead you in the right direction. Here's a short clipping:

"...followed their path, you went on yours. You made a HUGE sacrifice to find your way. There isn't a lot of traffic on this road of higher thinking, so loneliness was to be expected. All that you have learned, experienced, developed, and manifested in the past seven years - is ready to be put to rest. Your soul searching for change, answers, and healing has been... read more >>".

Monday, June 14, 2010

Astrological Happenings Horoscope

Venus enters romantic Leo Monday June 14, and she will be truly enjoying her stay in this godly mansion for the next four weeks. Venus rules relationships and money, and Leo rules heart and passion. Together, they love to wine, dine, make love, spoil each other, and simply enjoy the good life. It's what we work hard for, isn't it? Venus' job is to create beauty and desire in our life, and she's doing so in a BIG dramatic way while traveling through Leo! Don't be surprised if we find ourselves wanting to spend a little more lavishly on ourselves or on our loved ones in the coming weeks - and we're not talking cheap baby - we're talking the good stuff and the B-L-I-N-G!! We want it, we want it now, and we're willing to completely invest ourselves to get it. Hair-makeovers, back massages, skin treatments, jewelry, and glittery clothes are a must if we want to show off our new look of confidence! Romantic partnerships will be ready to dance the night away to enjoy a perfect 'happily ever after'. Business partnerships will form now, or they tighten their bond at this time. When it comes to money and finances, some of us may need to give ourselves just an allowance if we're on a tight budget. Investment can prove to be quite favorable at this time, but be sure to do your homework first. Like everything, Venus in Leo has a dark side. Our natural viciousness can be exposed, as we can become jealous, protective and territorial. When you least expect it, you're loyalty will be tested.

Our emotional approach to life becomes action-oriented as Moon enters Leo. We don't have time to wonder about our feelings, as we need to be quick and in-control. It's favorable energy to get to the heart of the matter and to indulge ourselves into a creative project. A sparkly Venus/Uranus trine allows magic to happen as opposites attract (kinda like what happened when chocolate collided into peanut better!) Don't be too quick to say no, and dare to try a new route today - as something out of the ordinary is bound to have you going 'ga-ga' and craving for more.

In the Tarot, we have The Empress (Venus) who shares, supports and comforts Strength (Leo). In return, Strength befriends The Empress and contributes his worldly goods and treasures to her. It can truly be a match made in heaven. On the flip side, when material interests are exchanged with attachment, a dark need for power and control can develop - where Strength can feel threatened, reacting out of defense.

Now of course I want you all to enjoy the fun and the moments when 'material things' may look like love... but I also want you to remember that real love is pure and simple, and it doesn't need 'things and bling' to make it work. Otherwise, someone could bite the hand that feeds it. So enjoy, indulge, and play it smart.

A day of blessings on Tuesday June 15, as golden opportunities form throughout this day, so make yourself available to it. Enthusiasm and optimism charges our batteries as Venus/Jupiter trine romances us with an abundance of temptations. Then we've got something to gain as a Mars/Pluto trine leads us directly to what we have been searching for. Whatever you call it, flirtations, sex appeal, love, read the complete article >>>

Make it a great week!

Astrological Happenings is written by Suzi 'Starcana' Dronzek, who has over twenty years of practice in intuitive astrology, spiritual tarot, and the metaphysical arts. Personalized consultations are available by contacting Suzi at 724-832-9283 or tollfree 888-878-2018. Visit her website:

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Stop All Bailouts of BP Rally in Pgh Tomorrow!

WHERE: Mellon Square (the corner of William Penn Place and 6th St., Downtown) 529 - 540 Smithfield St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Map)

WHEN: Wednesday, June 9th, 12:00 PM

WHAT: "Join MoveOn and PennEnvironment in calling on Congress to stop all bailouts of BP and Big Oil with taxpayer money. That means BP, not taxpayers, need to pay every penny to clean up their disaster in the Gulf. In addition, Congress is considering another gift to Big Oil at the public's expense this week by voting to further delaying action on global warming at Big Oil's request. A new report will show that this will cost Pennsylvanians money at the gas pump and increase our dependence on oil, all for the sake of Big Oil's profit margin. We'll also call on Congress to support strong campaign finance and ethics reforms -- so that Congress starts working for the 98% of us who aren't represented by DC lobbyists."

RSVP: Here

Facebook Page: Here

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Astrological Happenings Horoscope: June 7-June 13

Life is a jungle, and to survive it's constant maze, we must learn to rely on our natural instincts and ability to react quickly when a threat appears. Knowing this, think about your own life and the recent tasks and obstacles that you have conquering for the past months, in either your personal or professional life. Since October 2009, Mars has been very busy traveling through the heavy forests that are ruled by Leo (of course, as he IS the king of the jungle!). These vibrations have been available to increase our bravery and confidence, to do what was necessary, to get control in our lives. Now that we've been reintroduced to our inner strength and defined our territory, we must nurture and protect it, as Mars will move into Virgo on Monday June 7, til the end of July. The aggressive energy that Mars has, will burn differently now, as it's energy is more contained, if we are to protect the home fires. Rather than react instantly as in Leo, the energy is grounded, slowing things down so that we find patience and create a plan that is proven to outlast past decisions in order to bring us success. Luckily for us, Virgo is a perfectionist who is quick to critique over the simplest detail, but they rule when it comes to improving ideas. For Virgo's, or signs with Virgo being prominent in your natal chart, Mars can give you the fiery passion and edge that you have been looking for. Mars also rules sex, so you can expect your appetite for connecting with another to increase.

Virgo rules our service to others, our work, health, and personal well-being. Mercury rules Virgo, communications and the way we process our thoughts. Mars will energize many of these areas - where we may become overwhelmed with thoughts and ideas flooding our brain and speech. Mars can be just the fuel you needed to get on a fitness kick or to jumpstart new projects at work. On the flip-side, Mars can create anger if it feels stifle or taken advantage of. Mars will increase its aggressive speed to get to the heart of the matter. We could become extremely defensive, and determined to protect what we've been freely giving away. Mars can be a little too excessive for the more sensitive Virgo's and stir more nervous energy and cause sleepless nights. Virgo rules the respiratory system, the intestinal tract, and bowels. If you find these areas becoming irritated, it may be time to step back, check your food intake, and de-stress with meditation, creative visualizations, or affirmations.

As Mars enters Virgo, he will also be temporarily rooming with Saturn (another tough cookie) who has been helping us to clean up self-defeating patterns for the past five months. Mars will create a feeling of urgency to make things happen NOW, but there's a good chance that we'll feel stifled with the heavy responsible energy that Virgo and Saturn are made up of. It's a time that we can thank our lucky stars for Virgo's 'nit-picky' influence, helping us to become just as anal over the simplest details in our life - which is for our own good - to slow impulsive behavior so that we can patiently make smarter choices. Look to the house that Virgo rules in your natal chart to help your figure out what direction that you want to go in: fixing ourselves or trying to fix another. Here are a few words of wisdom: no one can be fixed, unless they are doing it for themselves. Be a little selfish now, and concentrate on your own personal growth.

"I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself." Aldous Huxley

Our emotional approach to handle life becomes self-righteous and blameless in today's Aries Moon. Use this sensational cardinal energy to create our week on a good note, as Aries likes fresh starts and new beginnings. get ready to jumpstart a new project, but let new ideas erupt now - to create the perfect intention for this weekend's New Moon.

Our approach to life is more tolerant and observant as Moon enters Taurus Tuesday June 8. It's a favorable to day to concentrate on de-cluttering, organizing, and enhancing what we have in our life. Later, we become disciplined and reserved with a Mercury/Saturn trine which can produce good progress and opportunity. Communication is clear, structured, and precise. A good time to work on paperwork or finances that need attention.

You must weed your mind as you would weed your garden. ~Astrid Alauda

We have a spectacular and rare event that can open doors and create opportunities with a Jupiter/Uranus conjunction. Jupiter expands, donates and increases, while Uranus rebels, electrifies, and changes. Your luck is sure to change, which can allow you to reap the rewards of what you have been busy sowing (or not sowing!). As these these two 'outer' planets meet and connect, we can take advantage of the time that it takes for them to disconnect over months ahead! We can expect great flashes of light and illumination. They glow brilliantly in Aries, stimulating both completion and advancement. Organizations, groups, and circles of friends increase. Technology will expand in a really big way. Jupiter rules religion, publishing, and education, so we could see some major changes really start to develop in these fields. On the flip side, an overwhelming amount of agitation could have some choosing detachment in a big way. Rebellious individuals, bullies, hate groups also grow. The weather will be just as erratic and moody as they sit in furious Aries. More strength and increased numbers in hurricanes, tornados, micro-bursts, lightning strikes, and fires. Use caution with electrical outlets and appliances. To know where a major shifts and change of luck is happening in your life, check your natal chart for the house that Aries rules. Expect the unexpected, and the unpredictable.

In my opinion with the tarot: The Wheel of Fortune (Jupiter) creates movement and a huge shift in our secure world as we see in The Emperor (Aries). The Wheel of Fortune provides luck, blessings, and chance. A windfall of goodness (or not so goodness) depending on the hands of fate. The Wheel of Fortune (our circle of life) is similar to the game of roulette... one that can be the cause of great 'blessings' or great 'affliction'. Sort of like when we wish we would win the lottery, and for some it's the best thing ever - and for others, it was nothing bit a curse.

The Fool (Uranus) offers us a brand new start. Depending on the individual, this can either be great - or not so great. Great lessons bring great rewards in some form or another. Choices that we have made are being judged by the Universe, and our destiny relies on the karmic wheel of consequence.

Illusions and forgetfulness may get the best of us on Wednesday June 9, with a Mercury/Neptune square. We could struggle with responsibilities today, so be patient, write notes, and be careful on the words we choose.

There's a lot of emotional activity in the cosmos on ThursdayJune 10, so remember to go with the flow. Inner harmony is available to us with Mercury/Jupiter/Uranus sextile. Mercury also enters his natural home in Gemini, activating logic, socializing, and an interest to study something new for the next few weeks. Our concentration is at it's best (unless you have conflicting aspects in your personal chart). Moon also joins in on the party, entering Gemini, which is helpful to put sensitivities on the back burner for awhile. Basically it's a good day, and we only have one bump in the road with a Moon/Mars squares later this evening.

We're still flaunting our socializing skills today at the water cooler, and there's a busyness in communications with phone calls, emails, texts, faxs, and so forth on Friday June 11. use caution later as a Mercury/Mars square could expose our impatience with an aggressive choice of words. These vibrations are bound to bring out 'the sore loser'.

We have a friendly Gemini New Moon on Saturday June 12, and it's time to rethink our desires and to put our intentions out into the Universe. We start a fresh emotional cycle with new possibilities to achieve our goals. Use this time to plant a thought or idea and give it time to grow underneath the care of the Lunar Goddess. Since the Moon is in Gemini, we should have our 'wish' revolve around communications, friendships, siblings, neighbors, learning, and short trips. A Venus/Saturn sextile produces satisfaction in a job well-done. After dinner a variety of aspects that challenge the New Moon could create an internal edginess that craves space and solitude. As Luna enters Cancer later this evening, we might be okay with some quality time to self-nurture.

There are a few aspects that can cause us a little confusion in the wee hours on Sunday June 13, which may cause disturbing sleep or communicative dreams, but the rest of the day is clear in the cosmos, so make it a great weekend!

Roses are red, Violets are blue; But they don't get around, Like the dandelions do. ~Slim Acres

(LOL, I'm a fool for wildflowers like dandelions and daisies, which is POSITIVE reason for the dandelion photo!)

Make it a great week!


Astrological Happenings is written by Suzi "Starcana' Dronzek, Spiritual Tarot Astrologer. To compliment this week's cosmic report, personalized consultations are available to answer your personal questions regarding self-direction or relationship guidance. Call my local office (724) 832.9283 or tollfree (888) 878-2018 or visit my website:

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