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Re: “Local author attempts serialized email novel

It's so good and so addicting! Adam captures the Pittsburgh/Appalachian region vibes in a really interesting way.

Posted by Jennifer Hempen on 10/29/2017 at 1:42 AM

Re: “Local author attempts serialized email novel

Like many folks, I live a busy life with plans to read many books once I retire! The format of Adam's stories is perfect for someone like me who can read the next chapter before I go to bed, when I wake up in the morning, or when I have a down moment during my busy days (waiting in line at the DMV!). But beyond the size of the short chapters which make quick and easy reading, the characters and their journeys are intriguing and absorbing and I eagerly look forward to each new chapter showing up in my inbox. This is just the beginning for a truly amazing writer!!!

Posted by Susan Tellin on 10/25/2017 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Local author attempts serialized email novel

The series is actually SO entertaining. It's the perfect read for those little moments in my life when I'm waiting. Whether I'm picking up food, waiting for a ride, walking in to work, it's 5 minutes of a very exciting plot that perfectly fits in to my lifestyle.

Check it out for the next round. Seriously. Just do it.

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Posted by abbeyjcooper on 10/25/2017 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Local author attempts serialized email novel

Adams work is second to none in originality, language, and thought-provoking plot! The Truth Experience is something I genuinely look forward to reading at each installation: it stimulates thought and enraptures your mind - only for a few minutes! Then you are teased until the next chapter...

Posted by Sophia Y on 10/25/2017 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Works by local authors: new young-adult science-fiction novel and a Gettysburg travelogue

Thank you for the review of Discovering Gettysburg. We appreciate your review and are glad to hear you enjoyed the book! Those interested in checking out this book can read more at the Savas Beatie website here: http://tinyurl.com/yazyfx4f

Posted by Renee@Savas on 09/29/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Works by local authors: new young-adult science-fiction novel and a Gettysburg travelogue

Coleman's "Discovering Gettysburg" is an outstanding book, and I can heartily recommend it.

Posted by Theodore P. Savas on 09/27/2017 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Bob Hartley’s North and Central

Mr. Hartley extends and expands a Chicago tradition: literature as brawny as it is insightful of the human condition.

Author, author!

Posted by Michael Raysses on 07/19/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “A new book argues that most hysterectomies are unnecessary.

In 1945, at a gynaecological convention, a speaker said: "Hysterectomy is a racket, where the majority were done for dubious reasons at best, and non-existent reasons at worst"...

Fabricating cancer is one of the dirty tricks they use to frighten women into unnecessary radical hysterectomies.... You are welcome to post any information you may come across that will protect women from greedy gynaecologists who want to give them a hysterectomy. Remember 90% of all gynaecological surgery are unnecessary, especially hysterectomies and they make gyno's very, very rich and turn the women into high maintenance patients for life. Beware if they say you have cancer. That is one of their tricks to frighten women into these barbaric mutilations.
I'm an advocate against unnecessary hysterectomies, and since up to 98% are done for dubious reasons at best and non-existent reasons at worst, I want to inform women about this fact....The cancer scare is one of the tricks gynaecologists use to frighten women into unnecessary hysterectomies...
Many women are tricked this way, and when they are told they had no cancer, the women are so relieved that they never realize that they never did have cancer in the first place. They were victims of fraud and criminal malpractice by unscrupulous gynaecologists.....

"As for laparoscopy, three out of every 1,000 of these procedures cause complications, and even death. Between 1995 and 1997, more than 500 patients suffered nearly 600 injuries and 65 died. A goodly number have to do with doctors being unable to use the equipment properly. In a survey of gynaecologists, one in every 25 had injured a major vessel during laparoscopy at some point in their career.
One of the main culprits is the common use of the trocar (as sharp implement which withdraws fluids by puncturing the abdominal wall), which frequently injures major blood vessels and major organs, sometimes causing death due to vascular injuries".......

Posted by June Gardner on 04/28/2017 at 12:09 AM

Re: “A new book argues that most hysterectomies are unnecessary.


"Negotiating to do Surgery"
After a potential patient was located, she had to be persuaded to have surgery. As one resident put it: "You have to look for your surgical procedures; you have to go after patients. Because no one is crazy enough to come and say, hey, here I am, I want you to operate on me. You have to sometimes convince the patient that she is really sick, and that she is better off with a surgical procedure."......"The residents' tactics, based on high volume, were similar to that of any effective sales person, regardless of the product; that is, the greater the number of contacts, the greater the probability of making a sale. This type of high-turnover sale was especially suited to the high-volume, quick turnover conditions in the clinics and emergency room. Like any sophisticated salesperson, a resident could judge within minutes whether a woman was going to buy a hysterectomy. When it appeared that she wasn't, he used another tactic. Residents believed that women would eventually accept surgery if they were given some time to think it over. Thus, after a resident had completed his pitch and the woman was still reluctant, he would tell her that he would call her in a week and discuss the surgery further. The woman was dismissed and the next prospective case was brought into the examining room. The entire interaction, including physical examination, usually took three or four minutes"..... "Once the woman agreed to surgery, she lost whatever power she previously had had - the power of refusal. The situation changed from one of negotiation to complete control by the resident. The patient was expected to trust the knowledge and wisdom of her doctor. She was not consulted on the form her surgery would take nor was it expected that she was capable of understanding medical-surgical mysteries. The resident, influenced by his own need for practice, decided what operation he would do. Women were not aware that there was a choice."....."Surgical teaching programs are having increasing difficulty finding subjects to learn on because they greatly depend on the availability of ward or indigent patients and with increased third-party payments, the number of such patients is shrinking. As a consequence, residents in many city hospitals have done more "selling."......." To improve my surgical technique and to get a chance to do some of the surgeries that we don't get a chance to do otherwise, I went for radical surgery where your dissect out everything; you look for everything".... "I do enjoy it, and think any doctor is lucky to do radical surgery"....."It is by mistakes that you grow and mature as a physician. You learn not to do it again; I think that is important. Because if I wasn't ever going to make any mistakes, there wouldn't be any reason for me to spend four years being a resident"....."I don't know if you can call it a mistake or something that you aren't experienced with and do something wrong. You can't call it a mistake. It's inexperience. If you aren't taught something, you can't do it."....

Posted by June Gardner on 04/28/2017 at 12:08 AM

Re: “A new book argues that most hysterectomies are unnecessary.

........MY HORROR STORY.......
I was one of those lucky women who never suffered any gynaecological problems in the 58 years I had my precious female organs. I trusted the female doctor who did my yearly Pap smear (which she insisted I have every year, despite never, ever having abnormal cells). I did not know she was in cahoots with corrupt gynaecologists looking for easy prey to use for greed and training material. She forced me into seeing a gynaecologist writing that I had post-menopausal bleeding, which was a blatant lie, as I NEVER had a single drop of blood since my menopause finished 5 1/2 years before. She would not take "NO" for an answer. She did everything to gain my trust, so I didn't understand what was going on. She wore me down until I gave in. I went to the gynaecologist she referred me to so he could examine me, say I'm fine and send me home. I'd never seen him before in my life. As soon as I sat down, he opened the referral, and the first words out of his mouth was: "You have bleeding. I'm giving you a curette." I was shocked. He didn't ask me one single question, and he didn't examine me. I said I had no bleeding, and I was not having a curette, but he would not take "NO" for an answer. He already had me booked in for a curette. And unbeknownst to me he also gave me a hysteroscopy for extra profit..... I was not told that it is my choice. He manipulated and coerced me until I gave in. At the post-op appointment 2 weeks later, he said I had cancer and had to have a hysterectomy. He'd already sent the referral to MMC (a public hospital I had never been to before, and was not told Monash Medical Centre is a teaching hospital). I only went there to be examined, told I'm fine, and sent home. Martin Oehler., the Clinical Fellow in Gynaecology/oncology called me in after the waiting room was empty. He then mentioned the bleeding. I was so angry, I said: "Why do you people keep saying I had bleeding, when I hadn't had a single drop since my menopause finished over 5 years ago, until I was given the curette and bled for 3 days". He ignored me and told me he was going to take out my cervix, my uterus, my fallopian tubes, and my ovaries. And he was going to do it by laparoscopy, but still may have to cut me open." Again I was shocked. I said: I have no bleeding, I have no pain, I have no symptoms whatsoever, and begged for another option." He went berserk. His face was full of anger and contempt as he yelled at me: "YOU HAVE NO OTHER OPTION. YOU SHOULD CONSIDER YOURSELF LUCKY YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE CHEMOTHERAPY. NOT LIKE ALL THOSE WOMEN IN THE WAITING ROOM", and he flicked his hand toward the empty waiting room and said: "THEY WEREN'T SO LUCKY". I was shocked. He then answered every question I asked with: You'll be fine, and insisted I go in, in 2 days. Then he shoved a piece of paper in front of me and pointed where to sign. He did not go through one thing written on that form. I asked him if he'd done laparoscopy surgery before, and he looked me in the eye and told me he'd done hundreds that he could do them with his eyes closed. A blatant lie. I did not know that after I left he added on the form he forced me to sign that he may take out some pelvic lymph nodes as well. He sprung that on me just before the surgery. To make a long story short. He mutilated 6 healthy organs from my body, and God knows how many lymph nodes, as that was covered-up. He botched it beyond repair leaving me wailing in agony every day and bleeding out since he butchered me in June 2005. The morning after he slaughtered my organs, he smugly told me that I was as clean as a whistle. That all my removed organs had been healthy. The whole system took his side and did everything to discredit me and spread the word I was paranoid. They denied that I was in any pain, and kept sending me to psychiatrists who just kept pushing drugs on me and telling me they found nothing wrong in the tests when I kept telling them how much pain I'm in. I've never in my life been touched by such evil. I was a victim of fraud, and criminal medical malpractice, and my health and my life has been destroyed by those evil doctors. Why aren't women warned about these corrupt doctors who trick healthy women into unnecessary hysterectomies? This surgical racket has been going on for decades, and will never stop because as Dr Phil Hammond said: "The system is still geared to protecting doctors' reputations rather than protecting patients from unnecessary harm"...

DrSuarna Mehulic.... Dear June, I am in this difficult situation because I objected such charlatans and their treatment of patients. Your story is unfortunately not uncommon. I have seen it before and I have seen situation where when unethical and unprofessional doctors take all reproductive organs of the patient and cause chronic pain due to botched and unnecessary surgeries. After that is done their next step is to refer patient to psychiatrist. It is absurd reality that these unethical , unprofessional people always get away with everything wrong they do , because they make revenue for the institutions. Most likely you asked yourself lots of time " why me" but I have to tell you that it is not only you. Only what I know for sure that until values such as honesty, accountability, humanity are surpassed by greediness, business oriented medicine , these issues will not get resolved. There were times when being physician was honored profession and being public servant was the most honored role in the society. I think values has been changed to most honored status of being rich instead. Possibly nationwide campaign to return these values to medicine is of uttermost importance in times to come !

Posted by June Gardner on 04/28/2017 at 12:04 AM

Re: “Exploring modern mothering through an economic lens

As a stay at home mom I recommend "Medical Coding" as a wonderful work from home option. Yes, you will need training. You can't just code medical records without having proper training. However, this is a real and promising career. I used to work for "Career Step" and they have an awesome Medical Coding course.


Their training is done online and is self-paced. You could finish the program in 4 months but 6 months is probably more realistic. They do however give you up to a year to get it all done. Their program is approved by the American Health Information Management Association and the American Academy of Professional Coders. They work with companies such as CIOX Health, Lexicode, OS2-HCS, TrustHCS, Inovalon, Mckesson that hire their grads to work from home right out of the program.

The average salary for this career is about $40,000. Their entire program including books, instructors and job assistance is around $3,000 and they offer sweet payment plans.

If you want more info, reference links or have questions let me know @ katherine.b.ashby@gmail.com

Posted by Katherine Ashby on 04/09/2017 at 12:18 AM

Re: “Two new biographies run different basepaths to Willie Stargell

Pete Peterson will be giving a talk at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library on Thursday, May 4th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Pete will have copies of his new book for purchase and signing at this time.

Posted by Sharon on 03/30/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Author Jennifer Matesa talks about sex after getting sober

Looks like a great read. Thank you for publishing on this issue that so many struggle with. As a recovering person in long term recovery (one breath at a time,) I very much struggled (and still do) with defining what the words, healthy sexuality, intimacy are for me. I believe it will be a lifelong quest, yet, I'm so very grateful for all the courageous soul/spirits (I.e. Patrick Carnes, Ken Adams, Rob Weiss, Alex Katehakis, Deb Kaplan, Stacy Sprout, to name only a few) who have stared paving the way and asking the very difficult questions in regard to these issues. One of Dr. Carnes's favorite sayings is that there is no separation between sexuality and spirituality; this has been my experience on my path to greater physical, emotional, mental, spiritual sanity. The great journey continues!


Eric Belsterling, MA, LPC, LCAS, CSAT, SP-I, EMDR II
Heart and Soul Recovery, PLLC
56 Glendale Ave.
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 337-0391

Posted by Eric Belsterling on 12/23/2016 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh’s indie-bookstore revival continues

hi Laura, thanks for the head's up. It's fixed.

Alex Gordon
Web Producer

Posted by AlexWatersGordon on 12/09/2016 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh’s indie-bookstore revival continues

Of note: Mystery Lovers is in Oakmont, not Oakland.

Posted by Laura on 12/08/2016 at 6:32 PM

Re: “P-G reporter Paula Reed Ward’s first book tackles a notorious local murder

Great book. Finished it in two days as I could hardly put it down!

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Posted by Jan Kurth on 11/02/2016 at 10:43 PM

Re: “A review of Stewart O’Nan’s compelling new novel, City of Secrets

What a wonderful novel! I really think this review captures what's so powerful about this book.

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Posted by Zachary Cole on 06/17/2016 at 12:30 AM

Re: “A review of Stewart O’Nan’s compelling new novel, City of Secrets

Beautifully written review. You made me want to buy this book, but also I wanted to buy a book of your reviews. Bravo!

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Posted by Charlie Brice on 06/16/2016 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Molly Prosser’s Rubbernecking

Great review, Fred. And congrats, Molly!

Posted by Marion Winik on 04/20/2016 at 7:52 AM

Re: “An interview with novelist Sarah Shotland

How did you like White Gorilla Press?

Posted by anotherearth on 03/04/2016 at 11:17 AM

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