Love the place you live: Pittsburgh, PA

Allegheny River photo by Wolfgang Stearns
Allegheny River photo by Wolfgang Stearns

Today’s post is inspired by Gabrielle Blair’s blog, Designmom (www.designmom.com). She is featuring a series called Love the Place you Live and has invited bloggers to contribute.

Pittsburgh is a vibrant, gorgeous city hugged tightly by the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers which join to form the mighty Ohio river. Because of this geographical position, Pittsburgh is the US city with the most bridges. There are over 90 distinct neighborhoods in and around the city limits which give it an artful, culturally diverse flavor. Pennsylvania is a beautiful state with lush greens and gentle mountains and this city is nestled within these Penn’s Woods like a shiny, bright emerald in the sun.

Carnegie Natural History Museum photo by Wolfgang Stearns
Carnegie Natural History Museum photo by Wolfgang Stearns
Kayakers on the river photo by Wolfgang Stearns
Kayakers on the river photo by Wolfgang Stearns
Bridge into the city photo by Wolfgang Stearns
Bridge into the city photo by Wolfgang Stearns

Blue Panasonic

photo/editing by Sylvia
photo/design editing by Sylvia

On a small Ohio farm in the 1970’s, my cousins fixed Ford Mustangs in a musty old garage. A round blue transistor radio played a rock AM station while they worked and laughed and sometimes fought.

There was corn being grilled outside for dinner and bonfires burning bright on summer nights.

I shelled sweet peas in the yard with my great-grandmother and for every pea I’d throw into the bowl, three others were eaten.

There was long hair all around, a motorcycle buzzing and the James Gang playing softly in the background. There was a pool table in the basement and sometimes basketball was played on a tattered hoop.

The soft pillows on  outdoor wicker had brown, orange and green squares.

A short time ago I walked into a dark, antique shop on a dusty city street and saw a radio gleaming on a shelf. Memories washed over me in huge, sheltering waves.

Sold.

thoughts from the forest

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