Tuesday, December 27, 2016
All lights, decorations, tinsel and stands must be removed. The trees will be mulched and used in county parks. The following are the drop-off locations:
Thursday, December 22, 2016
From: "Hill District Consensus Group" <email@example.com>
Date: Dec 22, 2016 4:56 PM
Subject: Pittsburgh Parent Power
To: "Mark Rauterkus" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Attention Hill District Consensus Members
(((((((Port Authority is changing their bus fare system!)))))))
Beginning January 1, 2017, Port Authority will eliminate its two-zone fare system and instate a single-zone system in which all riders will pay $2.50 with a Connect Card. Riders paying with cash will pay $2.75. Transfers for riders paying with a Connect Card will remain $1. There will be no transfers for riders paying with cash; riders paying with cash will pay $2.75 for each trip. Port Authority will eliminate the Downtown free bus zone. The free light rail zone will remain. Peak-hour surcharges on light rail will be eliminated. All riders on all bus routes will pay their fare as they board the bus. With the exception of those who require special accommodations, riders will exit from the back doors. Pay-on-enter will go into effect for light rail in mid-2017. Until then, please board as you currently do. Port Authority will charge $1 for new and replacement Connect Cards. Port Authority will offer a new $7 day pass good for unlimited rides within one calendar day, and a Kid's Connect Card that entitles children between the ages of 6 and 11 rides at half-fare.
To find out more go to www.PortAuthority.org
From: John Hemington
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
December 21, 2016
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Michael Rectenwald describes himself as a lifelong left-liberal.
When he took to Twitter to respond to the safe-space, delicate snowflake, win-by-intimidation atmosphere on campus, the result was pretty much what you'd expect: his colleagues took it as an opportunity to examine their own behavior and open a dialogue with people of different views.
OK, well, duh, that's actually not what happened. That's never what happens, as you and I well know.
The nice part of the story? Rectenwald got the last laugh in a major way.
He was a thrill to talk to. Treat yourself to this episode:
(1) My first-ever tough-love email to my entrepreneurship mailing list: http://happyearner.com/
(2) We've got Christmas specials going at LibertyClassroom.com. Material things are fleeting. Knowledge is forever. You know what to do: http://www.LibertyClassroom.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
From: "Chandana Cherukupalli" <email@example.com>
Date: Dec 20, 2016 3:34 PM
Subject: Fare Policy Changes Coming Jan 1st!
Saturday, December 17, 2016
From: "John Hemington" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Russian Hacks
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
From: "John O'Sullivan" <John@changingthegameproject.com>
Date: Dec 13, 2016 6:33 AM
Subject: One of the most important guest blogs we have ever published
Monday, December 12, 2016
From: John Hemington
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season, of course…
I hope your year has been full of people responding to you with “of course.” The world needs more people saying “…of course”. Whether it is “of course you are welcome here” or “of course I’ll help”. Even “yes” isn’t as good as “of course”. “Yes” means it could have been “no” – of course means there was never any question.
The Oxford English Dictionary indicates that the phrase “of course” first appeared in the mid-1500s and was used to mean "belonging to the ordinary procedure; customary; natural." The use of "of course" within the phrase "as a matter of course" appeared in the 1700s and had the same meaning. The use of "of course" as a standalone phrase emerged in the 1800s when the definition, "customary; natural," was modified slightly to become, "naturally; obviously."
I have been reflecting on how blessed we are with so many friends, family, co-workers, and even strangers who respond to our spoken and unspoken requests with “of course.” When Erik (now 22), landed an internship with Strategy& (division of PriceWaterhouseCoopers) this past summer in San Francisco, it was the Bratt family who said, “Of course, he’ll live with us.” The summer was wonderful. Erik is now mid-senior year at Swarthmore College and has accepted a position upon graduation with Boston Consulting Group and will be living in Philadelphia.
Grant headed for an internship at the University of South Dakota in June and the Jorgensen family said, “Of course, Grant can stay in our home.” And when Grant decided to head for New Orleans to attend Tulane University, friends in that area all responded with, of course, we are just a phone call away if he needs anything. Grant approached first semester freshman year with his own “of course” attitude and made his way into a biochemistry lab. This research and community of researchers has become a focus of Grant’s freshman year.
Mark rarely is met with “of course” in his quest for innovative and additional aquatic programming for inner-city youth. But, he continues to fight back with “of course we’ll use the pool, have programming on weekends, and welcome all ages.” Mark ignores obstacles and is now running more programming and positively impacting more lives than ever.
At work, I have had an exciting year of expanding services with the focus that treating hearing loss can improve health outcomes. I am so thankful for a group of colleagues around me who respond to these ideas with, “Of course we’ll figure out how to make this work, and find the resources, time, and expertise to do all of this.” And, of course, I enjoyed telling Main Stage stories for The Moth in New York and Pittsburgh this year.
We hope you hear “of course” throughout 2017, and we hope you’ll think of responding with this phrase so people know there was never any doubt that you would help them, cheer them on, include them…and, of course, we wish you and yours health and happiness in 2017!
Catherine Palmer and Mark Rauterkus
108 South 12th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Friday, December 09, 2016
Subject: Let there be light
From: "John Hemington"
Saturday, December 03, 2016
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From: "RITTER Sports Performance" <email@example.com>
Date: Dec 3, 2016 9:06 AM
Subject: Tired of swimming slow?
Trying to improve your swim times and get faster isn't as easy or linear as you'd hope.
You may get stuck doing the same type of workouts over and over expecting a different result. (Wait isn't that the definition of insanity?)
Or maybe you have a pretty decent swim program to follow with variety in your workouts but you rarely go "race pace" on a regular basis. Can you really expect to get better race times if you never actual practice being your fastest?
Swimming more laps or even swimming more laps in a "hard" way that causes you to want to vomit or curl up in the fetal position doesn't automatically mean you'll race faster.
When you work really hard but see little results for your effort it can be mentally draining. I don't think there's a more frustrating part of swimming, whether you're a swimmer or a coach, as when you work hard but don't get faster.
Isn't swimming supposed to be one of the more "honest" sports? In that if you work hard you'll get rewarded with faster times?
Let me break it to you if you don't already know - just because you train hard in the pool doesn't mean it always leads to getting faster. Don't equate being really tired to getting better. It's just not that simplistic.
PS - If you want some ideas on how to actually train so you can really improve your race times check out this episode of our podcast. It's one of the most popular to date.
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