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Feb 15, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
This short story is about a very special lady diagnosed with breast cancer about a year ago. I have worked for an insurance agency for quite some time and have gotten to know some of our clients on a more personal level — Camille being one of them. Camille stopped by the office last summer to tell me about her diagnosis and show me she had lost most of her beautiful hair because of her treatments. However, Camille, with her great spirit, told me she was going to beat this! I told her I abs
Dec 14, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Running to catch the 17 bus at Liberty Avenue and Sixth, I made it to within five feet of the bus’s open door, but my 81-year-old body wasn’t up to it. The world disappeared and I held onto a small tree in front of me until I “came back” again, as I always did before in moments such as this. My legs wobbled and I went down on the sidewalk. Instantly two young men began asking, “Are you OK?” I was already back in the real world again, and at my request each grabbed me under my arms and I
Nov 27, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Lifting a military mom’s spirits I love reading the Random Acts of Kindness column. It’s always a pick-me-up and lifts my spirits, especially this past year, as I have been battling a rare illness. On Oct. 19, I was shopping in Barnes & Noble at The Waterfront in Homestead. I approached a salesperson for assistance in finding a couple of good books to mail to my son, a Marine, who is recovering from an injury and additional surgery in Japan. We walked up and down the aisles looking for in
Dec 21, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Being last has its own reward A week before Thanksgiving I was shopping at ALDI on Route 8 in Hampton. I had a large order. My bill was over $80, so you know how many items I had. After putting my items on the conveyer belt, they extended from the cashier to the end of the belt. Being in line behind someone else who had a large order, I knew the anxiety of waiting for that order to be rung up. There was a gentleman that had three items - I told him to go ahead of me. Next came
Dec 11, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
No, a kind stranger didn’t pay for my meal in a restaurant, and I haven't fallen lately (knock wood), so no one's rushed over to lift me to safety or stop the bleeding. But I've been on the receiving end of some truly random acts of kindness from strangers, acts they were certainly not aware they were giving. My heart is breaking now, as my sister prepares for the end brought much too soon by metastatic breast cancer. Anticipatory grief is never far from my emotional core as I wait in line in
Jan 04, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
One trip Downtown yields host of selfless acts Thirty-eight years ago, I moved to Pittsburgh from New York City. The longer I live here, the more I appreciate the people. Here are a few things that happened when I had to go into town for jury duty: As I live in a suburb of Pittsburgh, I took the bus into town. Upon exiting the bus, every single person said goodbye and thank you to the bus driver. I got off the bus in Downtown and was looking around to try to figure out where the cour
Nov 10, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Hooray for the Post Office I just want to put in a good word for our postal employees. On Columbus Day, my husband accidently dropped two Halloween cards into the Gibsonia postal drop box. Money was enclosed with each card. As they were intended to be handed to the children, neither had a return address label and only the child’s name was on each envelope. I went to the Gibsonia Post Office the following day. The mail had been picked up at 6 a.m.; we were too late. All the information was t
Dec 06, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
My 97-year-old mother, Naomi Ruth Keim, lived in Pittsburgh for 60 years. She was a World War II veteran in the U.S. Navy. Recently she and my father moved from their home in Bridgeville to be closer to my sister in Scottsdale, Ariz. Mom lives in an independent facility. Saturday night during dinner her friend was choking on a piece of steak and put her arms above her head. My mother went to the employees and told them her friend was choking. They did not react, so mother, without hesitation,
Nov 18, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The past few years I have enjoyed bike riding Saturday mornings on the Allegheny Passage trail. I normally ride alone in the morning before the trail gets too crowded. With 25.5 miles down and 4.5 to go, I was approaching the completion of the ride when something crossed in front of my bike path. Instinctively I steered slightly right and glanced left to see what it was. This movement was just enough to travel off the trail into loose gravel. It happened to be in an area where a chain-link fence
Nov 10, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
I think I have your bike On Labor Day my husband, Greg, was driving home on Route 28 after a bike ride. At the 31st Street Bridge, his bike flew off the roof of his car. He couldn’t stop because there was no shoulder on the road. His main concern was to make sure no one was injured. Fortunately traffic wasn’t that heavy and he was able to turn around. When he got back to the bridge, the bike was gone. He came home dismayed because this bike was custom-made for him and its value was over $35
Jul 20, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A picture perfect adventure Exceptional Adventures ( is a nonprofit organization with over 35 years of experience providing vacation opportunities, events and monthly dances for individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. On a return trip from a wonderful adventure in Niagara Falls, N.Y., the group stopped at the China Buffet King on Noblestown Road for dinner. Everyone, for the most part was sitting down eating, but one man from our grou
Sep 28, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
My aunt passed away in April and we celebrated her life in Pittsburgh on a Monday in August. My uncle spent months planning the perfect memorial. Friends and relatives flew in from all over the country, including me and my mom. We managed to make our flight, make it to our hotel and make it to my uncle’s house. The day of the service, we left early, having been warned that parking was a problem. We got to our destination, Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. It was one of my Aunt Beth’s fa
Aug 24, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
40 acres … and good people We have a HUGE yard, and although my husband and I are in our 80’s, we still cut the grass ourselves. Due to all the rain we’ve been having, the grass has been growing like crazy! After cutting the “40 acres” a couple of weeks ago, I went out early the next morning to rake up all the grass clippings into small piles all over our property prior to bagging it. There were a lot of piles and I was getting low on energy when a couple, Dee and John, who walk their dog
Jul 06, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Honoring his angel 5 years ago my wife received a death sentence with the prognosis of a disease we never heard of, pulmonary fibrosis. She spent those 5 years on oxygen, doing everything she could, even line dancing with an oxygen tank on her back. She never felt sorry for herself and decided to help encourage other people with illnesses by starting her own little ministry. Over that period of time she gave encouragement by presenting people she met with a guardian angel stone to carry wit
Sep 21, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It was a Friday evening in July 2014. My mom was visiting me from Romania. She knew then only two words in English — “Hello” and “Thank you.” She found herself in McKeesport. She never intended to get there, but there she was. And she had no idea how to get back to my apartment in Squirrel Hill. This adventure could have ended badly, but she was lucky. She had arrived in Pittsburgh two weeks earlier for a month-long visit. It was not only her first visit to this city, but also to the United St
Aug 03, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Treated poorly by one, strangers save the day My daughter Mallory, 24, and I moved to Pittsburgh from California so she could be listed for a double lung transplant at UPMC Presbyterian. We are on call 24/7, hoping she will get lungs soon. At 8:30 one evening in mid-July, I parked in a handicap space across the street from Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream so we could get her ice cream — one of the simple pleasures she can still enjoy as she is tethered to oxygen and at the end stage of her battl
Feb 01, 2018 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
On Christmas Day, my husband and I left our Elizabeth Township home and headed to Charleston, W.Va., to spend the holiday with our son and his family. The good thing about traveling on Christmas is there is very little traffic. The bad thing about traveling on Christmas is there is very little traffic. While driving, I noticed there were no other cars on the route I chose because of snow. Great, I thought ... until I ran over a rock. Seconds later I told my husband "I think we have a flat t
Aug 31, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
No eclipse of kindness When an article in the Post-Gazette announced that the new Warby Parker eyewear store would be giving away solar eclipse glasses on Saturday morning, I drove over to nearby East Liberty to try to get a pair. The line in front of the store was long, but it moved fairly quickly and people were chatting with each other. The couple behind me had a pug on a leash, and the woman in front of me was fondly remembering her dog. Good Pittsburgh friendliness. When we got inside
Sep 14, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Beloved pin goes missing On August 16th, my husband and I decided to take a little getaway for our anniversary, an overnight stay at the Meadows Casino. While we were having a snack in the food court I noticed my antique “Grandma” pin was not on my shirt. This pin was my mother’s and I always like to wear it for special occasions because it makes me think of her. I tried to retrace my steps but it was impossible as the pin is less than 2-inches long and would have blended in with the carpet.
Jun 29, 2017 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Picture my gratitude While attending this year’s Three Rivers Arts Festival, I was surprised to see a photo of the Westinghouse Atom Smasher on display at one of the booths. As a resident of Forest Hills for the past 40 years I have been fortunate to be able to see the atom smasher from my kitchen window every day. I explained to the vendor, that as much as I admired the photo, I could not consider spending that amount of money without consulting my wife, as we are on a tight budget. I was

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