Last week the Nina and the Pinta sailed into Pittsburgh, well okay not the original ships that Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue with but the reproductions of The Nina and The Pinta. The two ships are docked next to Heinz field until November 15, 2009.
The website for the ships is – http://www.thenina.com/ – but it doesn’t have any info about their stop in Pittsburgh. From what I have read on the internet the ships are open for tours daily from 9am – 4pm daily. I think the tickets are $7. Continue reading →
Yes, we are still on the Yellowbrick Road to The Emerald Steel City.
The past few weeks have been a reminder to me that our journey back to Pittsburgh really is mirroring The Wizard of Oz. Just like Dorothy, I feel like I have been in a cyclone and dropped into a new and semi-strange land. I haven’t posted in so long because my free time has been spent getting reacquainted with my home state and the education system there. Since I left in 1993, so many things have changed it makes my head spin just to think about it.
First, there are two more criminal clearances than when I first earned my certificate to teach in PA. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly do not mind submitting to them and want school children to be safe from predators. I applied and paid for the first one online. Simple and convenient. I’m all clear and safe to teach. Yeah! I can check that one off the list. However, the second one required a list of all of my addresses and all of the people with whom I have lived since 1975. Yes, since 1975! In 1975, I was . . . well never mind how old I was but it was very, very young. Also, do the boyfriends of my college roommates count because a couple of them NEVER seemed to go home? Needless to say it took forFREAKINGever to make sure that document was accurate. I even had to use Google Earth to check on a few addresses. Then, this one had to be snail mailed and paid for with a money order – Do money orders still exist?? Apparently, so – who knew? I guess I’ve gotten too complacent with my newfangled, fancy-pants check writing and credit card using. Continue reading →
I think this might be your last chance to check out the set of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood! I have seen some pieces of the set before but it would be pretty cool to see the whole thing at the WQED studio.