Friday, April 22, 2011

PositivelyPittsburghLive, 4-11-11, Pittsburgh Health Alternatives

Positively Pittsburgh Live! 4-11-11
Pittsburgh Alternative Health Practitioners

Today’s Guests
Pam Fagelson, 3 Rivers R & R, Reiki & Reflexology  
Judith Levy M.Ed., CEHP, RMT
Barbara Solomon, Bamboo Road

Pam Fagelson
  • Reiki Master Teacher and Reflexologist.
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioner
  • MPH, RMT, CR- Master's degree in public health at Johns Hopkins University
  • Was attuned as a Reiki Master Teacher and completed her certification in reflexology at the International Institute of Reflexology
  • A certified Sacred Childbirth with Reiki practitioner.
3 Rivers R and R Camp
  • A place of healing and relaxation providing the gentlest effective reflexology treatments coupled with the powerful yet tranquil energy of Reiki.
  • Reiki training, reflexology for clients of all ages from infants to seniors, including expectant moms, and essential oil treatments are also offered.
  • A holistic healing practice that relies on the energy fields that surround all living things. This energy is accessible for healing and can restore the body to a healthy, balanced natural state.
  • Rei = Universal; Ki = Life Energy
  • Practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above the person receiving treatment, with the goal of facilitating the person's own healing response. The Reiki energy is channeled through the practitioner and is experienced by the client as heat, tingling or some other energetic sensation. Sometimes the client feels merely an overwhelming sense of tranquility and well-being.
  • People use Reiki for relaxation, stress reduction, and symptom relief, in efforts to improve overall health and well being.
  • Has been shown to lower blood pressure, improve sleep, reduce anxiety and alleviate the effects of daily stress and tension as well as harsh side effects of medical treatments for cancer.
  • A touch therapy, which utilizes gentle pressure techniques applied to areas of the feet and hands. These foot and hand areas correspond to other parts of the body, and pressure to these areas clear blockages in the upper body parts created by stress and injury.
  • Based on a principle that the body is divided into zones that run from the top of the head to the toes and fingers. Any blockages in those zones, which may result from injury, illness, emotion or stress, causes disruption in the circulatory system of the body. Toxins build up behind these blockages and create unbalance or dis-ease in the body. Reflexology helps the body release these blockages and supports the body as it re-establishes its own healthy balance or homeostasis.
For more on the history and origin of Reiki and Reflexology click the link below to listen to this episode.

Pam Fagelson
3 Rivers R & R - Reiki and Reflexology
116 Lincoln Ave.
Edgewood, PA 15218

Judith Levy...Wellness for People and Pets
  • Certifiied Energy Health Practitioner through an international organization.
  • Intuitive abilities help to combine many energy modalities to individualize Energy Health sessions.
  • Practice is unique as she works professionally with people and also has developed skills for an adapted energy practice for pets.
  • All methods are positive  
Reiki For Pets
Consider Reiki, especially in combination with other Judith Levy Wellness practices and when appropriate, in consultation with your pet’s veterinarian, when your pet:
  • Exhibits behavioral problems, excessive fear, or aggression.
  • Is facing or recovering from surgery
  • Has a history of simple or complex trauma (abuse or neglect)
  • Demonstrates difficulty in healing
  • Has a negative relationship with you, its guardian
  • Suffers from chronic pain or end-of-life discomfort
  • Takes more medication than you desire
How People benefit from Energy Health Practices
  • Remove obstacles to achieving a goal or overcoming an ingrained habit.
  • Reduce stress and/or feel more supported in managing and improving an emotional or physical issue.
  • Help your body heal faster
  • Manage a chronic condition
  • Solve a problem without being bogged down in a drawn-out process.
For more on Reiki and Energy Health Practices click the link below to listen to this episode.

Judith Levy M.Ed., CEHP, RMT

Barbara Solomon
  • As an RN, Barbara was introduced to acupressure, Therapeutic Touch and Reiki and found it fascinating.
  • 4 year Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) program, in addition to learning Chinese medicine philosophy and the over 365 acupoints, learned reflexology, tuina (tweena) a type of Chinese body work, and became certified to teach Qi Gong, a type of moving meditation that is similar to Tai Chi.
  • Diplomat of the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and holds acupuncture and nursing licenses in Oregon and Pennsylvania.
Bamboo Road LLC
  • Full spectrum of acupuncture therapies                             
  • Reconnective Healing sessions and The Reconnection           
  • Classes on Qi Gong.
How acupuncture works:
  • Works on the concept of manipulating Qi (chee), which the Chinese believe is the energetic basis (or ethereal substance) of which everything is composed. It loosely translates as “live force” or “energy”. It travels throughout our body in channels or meridians.
  • The flow of Qi can be disrupted by a number of things; it can be weakened by illness or become stagnant because of trauma or even tension.
  • Manipulating stagnant Qi by needling or using some of the other techniques help maintain balance, which reduces pain and theoretically, disease.
  • Works on many conditions, including musculoskeletal problems (including low back, upper back & shoulder pain and knee pain), GI and urinary problems; stress, anxiety and insomnia. Good for stroke rehab and helps bones heal faster. Some use it for withdrawal of addictions. Good for dental pain, all types of chronic headaches including migraines, menstrual problems including PMS and helps poorly controlled diabetes. 
  • Great for maintaining good health, which is the backbone of Chinese medicine. 
Reconnective Healing and The Reconnection
  • Use newly discovered frequencies that bring in a different type of light, energy and information.
  • In addition to Reconnective Healing sessions, I do a procedure called The Reconnection. This uses these same new frequencies to reconnect our meridians to larger energetic channels that circle the earth and beyond, sometimes called ley lines. Becoming reconnected helps you find and move towards your life path & higher purpose.
Qi Gong:
  • A type of moving meditation that promotes the building of Qi in your body.
  • There are hundreds of styles and it’s similar to the more well-known Tai Chi.
For more on Acupuncture, Reconnective Healing and the Reconnection click the link below to listen to this episode.

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RovingPittsburgher Review, Mama Mia or Hines Ward, Dancing with the Stars

This is one battle that Hines did not win. On Tuesday night  this "Baby Boomer" and loyal Steelers Fan was torn between going to see Mamma Mia! or watch Dancing with the Stars, and making sure that our Hines Ward was not eliminated.  As if my  viewing alone  would be enough to keep him  a contender.  Well Mamma Mia! did win out. I left the house  humming all the songs I could  remember  and arrived plenty of time at the Heinz Hall for the play.

I also thought  it was a sign that everything was going to go well for Hines since we were at the beautiful Heinz Hall. And of course I was right!
Needless to say Mamma Mia  was great fun and lived up to my fond memories and  expectations.  The singers were strong, personable and seemed as if they were having a great time .  The choreography was exciting and energetic capturing the mood of the play exactly.  Lead singer Kaye Tuckerman projected Donna Sheridan personality well and as all the women in the cast.  John Bisom was a good counterpart  for Donna .   Chloe Tucker as the daughter naivete Sophie Sheridan looking for her father and longing for what she did not have was enjoyable.  Mary Callahan  (Rosie) and Alison Ewing (Tanya) were  delightful as Donna's friend who have come back to celebrate  her daughters wedding.  All the cast was enjoyable and pleasant to watch.
The set  design was interesting and clever.  Using modular system that could be easily moved to portray different part of the town and various scenes around the island & hotel.
What was the most fun for me was looking at the audience and seeing the wide range of ages and people there.  Grandparents, grown children and grandchildren coming to see Mamma Mia to relive memories of days gone and to be introduced to  "our music " with their children.  Their was a lot of toe tapping, singing and bouncing around in the seats. When the special encore came...people jumped up from their seat and were waving hands and swaying and singing.  A great time was had by all.

Want to feel young and happy again...grab your phone or  click on that mouse and get your seats and relive that special times in your life when all was carefree and fun and the music moved your feet and kept you singing those wonderful  tunes...and you are  young again.  
Report by RovingPittsburgh Reporter, JoAnn R Forrester
(c) PositivelyPittsburghLive and Joanne Quinn-Smith, 2011

JoAnn R. Forrester is founder, president and owner of S I Business Associates, a business growth management firm established in 1975.  Over 70,000 hours of experience in teaching, consulting, financing, human relations and business development classes, writing and public relations, seminars and individual consultations have made her a prominent woman on the business scene in Pennsylvania. As a financial consultant and growth management specialist, JoAnn has specialized in helping small businesses grow and prosper. She has raised over 12 million dollars in business capital for her business and not-profit-clients.  Jo Ann is also the host of the Pittsburgh Syndicated Internet Radio  Broadcast, "EmpressofBiz, Reinvent in Rugged Times"  Listen to archives at:

Friday, April 15, 2011

PositivelyPittsburghNews week of 4-11-11

Positively Pittsburgh Live News from April 11, 2011
Show Notes by Delana Flowers
Reporting by Joanne Quinn-Smith

The Spring 2011 Neighborhood Clean-up
Saturday, April 16 · 9:00am - 2:00pm, 3414 East Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15214
In conjunction with the 2011 Earth Day worldwide weekend activities & the City Of Pittsburgh annual Spring Neighborhood Redd-Up Weekend, residents of Summer Hill & Observatory Hill will be hosting a clean-up event of the upper East Street corridor, from Mt Pleasant Rd to McKnight Rd. All are welcome to participate, and all we ask is you RSVP.

PICT 2011 Season Showcases Local, National and International Stars
Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre has assembled a stellar team of world-renowned artists for the 2011 Dynamic Duos season! Ireland, New York, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh come together on the PICT stages to present a Shakespearean classic, four hilarious comedies, and an incendiary peek into the world of lawyers. Read entire release at

Tuesday, April 19, and run through Sunday April 24, at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue
The smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA returns to Pittsburgh. Tickets ($27-$67) are available by calling 412-392-4900, visiting the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue) or online at Read the entire press release at

Congratulations to Cardinal Resources LLC!
The South Side company was named 2011 Exporter of the Year for their portable solar-powered Red Bird water treatment system. The award was given by ThinkGlobal Inc., publisher of Commercial News USACommercial News is the official export promotion magazine of the Department of Commerce.

great things happening in the city of Pittsburgh
Sent in by Positive Pittsburgher, Bill Peduto, City Councilman
There are so many great things happening in the city of Pittsburgh.  Here's a look at just a few: 
·         ChargeCar is a project of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute’s CREATE Lab to make electric cars both practical and affordable. You can read all about it here
·         The Shelton Trade Center trains men and women in the art of masonry in a 10-week, tuition-free program. Learn about their program here.   
·         The High Point Investigation is exploring the possibilities of transforming the roof of the U.S. Steel Tower into a cutting edge green design, four-season, self-sustaining public space. Click here to learn about this project. 
If you want to know about more great things happening in Pittsburgh, be sure to visit every week.

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester
April 15 15 • 8PM, Byham Theater
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester embodies the high style and musical glory of the 20's and 30's. Led by the charismatic baritone Max Raabe, the Berlin-based orchestra celebrates this timeless music with uncanny precision, drama and irony. TO ORDER TICKETS online at, visit the Box Office at Theater Square [655 Penn Avenue], or call 412-456-6666. Groups 10+ Tickets 412-471-6930.

HOMEWOOD Artist Residency is proud to announce the unveiling of HOME
Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 12-4 pm at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum
Home is a large-scale installation created by Homewood-based artists Tina Williams Brewer and Vanessa German. Blending the memories and voices of Homewood's residents into a 10 ft installation, Brewer and German incorporated found objects from the neighborhood such as items from demolished Homewood homes, donated shoes and pockets, and old photos. The celebration includes a poetry performance by seventh grade students from Lincoln Technology Academy.

Volunteers of America Receives Grant from FISA Foundation Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania’s Working Order Program has been awarded a grant of $25,000 by the FISA Foundation. Read the entire press release at

Traversing the turbulent job market: The Pittsburgh Enterprise
Saturday, 23rd April, 2011, 2:30 – 5:00 PM, Lecture hall 151, Posner Hall - Tepper School of Business
A NetIP seminar in partnership with the USImpac.
During this professional seminar/meet, to be held in one of the nation’s best business schools at Carnegie Mellon University, NetIP will bring together leaders of the industry and educators to guide people on a different plan: a plan that aims to prepare us to be a professional force as well as global entrepreneurs, a plan that helps us to develop our strengths to secure as well as invent jobs.

Women and Girls Foundation press conference with PA Treasurer Rob McCord
On Tuesday, April 6, 2011 the Women and Girls Foundation hosted a press conference with PA Treasurer Rob McCord to stress the importance of increasing gender diversity on corporate boards.  Five companies on Pittsburgh's "Top 50 in Business" were honored for their leadership on this topic.

Have a Brewski on The Public Theatre at Superior Donuts
April 14 through May 15, Pittsburgh Public Theater
Arthur owns the small Chicago donut shop, Superior Donuts, but with a last name like Przybyzewski, Arthur would be right at home in Pittsburgh! In Superior Donuts, Arthur tells us about the experience of his Polish parents immigrating to the United States. If your last name ends with “ski” (or “sky”), we’ll even buy you a beer at the theater so you can toast your heritage. To purchase tickets, call the O’Reilly Theater Box Office at 412.316.1600. For details visit Read the entire release at



September 7 – October 2, Benedum Center

Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED, winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Tickets will go on sale Monday, May 23. Read the entire release at

The Sprout Fund invites you to Making Sparks
Tuesday, May 3rd, 4:00  - 7:00 p.m (registration starts at 3:30)
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Making Sparks is a unique forum exploring how technology and innovation can transform the lives of young children in our region. Come share your thoughts and help set the agenda for Sprout's 2011 Super Spark Funding Stream, awarding grants of up to $50,000 to collaborative projects and programs making an impact on early childhood creativity through the use of technology and media. $5 includes parking, dinner, and refreshments

The hit radio soap opera "The Bold and the Sanctified" storms the stage! 
Saturday, April 16, 2011, The Byham Theater, Doors Open at 7PM Show Starts at 8PM
Presented by Herron Enterprises, A Stage Play Written and Directed By Sherri Lynn
Heard in over 30 markets across the country, "The Bold and the Sanctified" is a story of love, compromise, betrayal and survival all in the most complex organization in the world: The Church. Read the entire press release at
Roving Pittsburgher
Paisano’s, Warrington and Arlington Ave in Beltzhoover, across from the Police Station.
Mark the owner says, “If you want something good, come to the hood.”  Not heart healthy food but if you are craving great “not good for you” but delicious food, once a year I must have one of his huge steak sandwiches, with real steak, and covered with mushrooms and green peppers.  Also huge amazing wings, and the prices are reasonable.  You will not, however, feel the love from behind the counter, because the owner is known not so affectionately as the Pizza Nazi, for his unbelievablely sarcastic sense of humor and constant verbal sparring with his customers on the phone and in person.  My son, Buddy Smith, says, “I love to go in and order a sandwich, just to hear the guy run his mouth.”  What he does run is a first class pizza, sandwich and wings store where the turnaround time on food is twelve minutes.  Can you believe it?  It’s a good thing because if you go there in person for take out, you could not stand his colorful conversation for longer than twelve minutes. But the food has TechnoGranny’s seal of approval.

Get Free Fridays
Gets Gooder and Gooder, a new way to unwind and network at the same time, not in your face, just casual and fun!  $2.00 off all mixed drinks, half price on appetizers. Try the spring rolls or Ahi Tuna, amazing!  Great fun, great friends, great prices

An amazing journey of epic capacity with a huge cast, beautiful scenery and a moving fable.  One could not be unmoved by the music, the story, the imagery, the sketches, the aurias.
Full review by Delana Flowers, a novice opera attendee at: under PositivelyPittsburgh News.

Funeral of a Father, Entrepreneur, Craftsman, Patriot and Marine  Raymond Kacmar, New Salem, Pa.

Entrepreneurial Thursdays, Women Entrepreneurs: 
·         Mimi is an award winning architect that has had her own firm in Mt. Lebanon and founder of HarmoniZing!,
Community Interview
·         Beth A. Slagle, Founder, BizChicks, 
·         Esq. and Partner - Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP

Restaurant El Pasa in Bridgeville
Décor, the music, the food:  Chicken Adobe, Vegetarian enchilada, fried ice cream, guacamole Salad—Huge menu with great variety, real Mexican food, all with fresh ingredients.

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Show notes taken from PositivelyPittsburghLive broadcast by Pittsburgh Good News Reporter Joanne Quinn-Smith © Joanne Quinn-Smith 2011

Delana Flowers is a Positively Pittsburgh Live reporter, an independent writer and owner of Ingenuity by Delana Flowers ©, writing effective copy so you don’t have to. Services include newsletters, blogs, ads, marketing pieces, articles, reviews, invitations, postcards, flyers and more.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Roving Pittsburgher Report, Turandot, A Novice Opera Goers Review

Reviewed by
Delana Flowers

Love conquers all, even the hearts of an ice cold, head-hunting Princess and a 31 year old Opera virgin.

I hadn’t the slightest idea what one should expect to find when I arrived at the Benedum Sunday, April 3 for the closing of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot. Fascinated by the story I read before attending, I could only hope that The Pittsburgh Opera would make the story come alive and make my first Opera experience memorable. They did not disappoint. I wasn’t prepared for this spectacular performance that evoked amazement difficult to contain and an emotional stirring I couldn’t quite control.

In a day and age when we are bombarded with news of pop culture-princess dating disasters, Hollywood heartbreaks and made for media marriages that end in chaos and divorce court, this high drama with a simple message of love’s power comes through loud and clear. We spend a few hours away from the reality show lifestyles of the rich and famous of our own time, as we step into the past and into the loveless life of a Princess determined to “head off” all suitors. The bitter cold of an antagonistic woman meets the fire of a long lost prince and a love ensues but not before much bloodshed.

We are instantly immersed in Puccini’s China as manifested by Stage Director and Choreographer Renaud Doucet and Set and Costume Designer Andre Barbe. The two have been a dynamic duo since 2000 and their brilliance is evident from the very start of the show. The curtain rises to reveal a magnificent set that is both spectacular and symbolic, awash in crimson colored lights with the signs and wonders of recent and frequent executions as décor. As the people begin to scurry in from what appears to be everywhere, we are introduced to a kingdom that has seen enough death to make them want both mercy and more blood.

Before the opportunity to recover from the absolute awe of what is seen, vocal strength and agility completely elevate this fable to astonishing. Liu, played by NaGuanda Nobles who is an alumni resident of the Pittsburgh Opera, is first to captivate with her impassioned soprano voice. It is she who causes the tears flow before all is said and done. Yet this Opera is not just tears as laughter is evoked by the Emperor’s ministers Craig Vernon, James Flora, and Joseph Gaines as Ping, Pang, and Pong. Timing is everything for these three characters and they are, for the most part, as physically and vocally coordinated as their costumes.

Turandot, played by Susan Neves, is seen before she is heard, though from some perspectives like my own, her first appearance is obstructed by parts of the set. Yet her presence is still as powerful as the much anticipated voice that eventually comes forth. The color of Neves soprano is distinctly different than that of Liu’s (NaGuando Nobles), highlighting the difference in heart of these two characters. Similarly, Timur’s (Hao Jiang Tian) bass is as warm as it is deep while Calaf’s (Antonio Negore’s) tenor is rich with desire. These varied vocal colors combine to create song that vividly paints the story on our hearts.

According to the conductor, one of Turandot’s riddles should have asked, “Which tenor will be performing tonight?” Sunday’s performance made Nagore the third to play the role of Calaf since the production began. Sickness and prior obligation were to blame for the replacements. Yet Nagore performs as though he’s been here from the start. It was impressive that the chemistry of the actors did not at all appear to be affected by the changes in this principle character.

The orchestra conducted by Antony Walker was so amazingly in sync with characters they could not possibly see from the pit beneath the stage. Every crescendo and decrescendo was impeccably timed. There were only a few times where I could hear the orchestra over the vocals. I discovered that in Opera, the music is like the pages of a book holding and unfolding the story and in this case it was done so exceptionally as to have an enchanting effect.

The costumes are the most elaborate I’ve ever seen, especially those of the royal family and members of the royal court. These costumes are the perfect illusions of grandeur. The addition and removal of key garments throughout the Opera are so telling. For example Turandot’s pride has been stripped and this is visually represented by the removal of her crown and top layer of clothing and suddenly the icy daughter of heaven is a fearful mortal. Similarly, Ping, Pang, and Pong changing from day to night clothes and back again in our sight implies that their existence has been days and nights of much the same for quite some time with no real hope of change.

Change came for me on a Sunday afternoon at the Benedum as the Opera became an experience I won’t soon forget. I had previously wondered if a fable set in China, sung in Italian with super titles to read, conceived by a maestro who never stepped foot in China and died before completing his masterpiece would be at all distracting. But I became so quickly and so deeply engulfed in the performance that at times I forgot to read the super titles, forgot the words were in an unknown tongue, forgot the setting was in a foreign place, and forgot this work had been left unfinished. I personally believe that the Maestro would have been pleased, especially since the gongs he commissioned so long ago were used in this performance as they were in the very first performance.

My first trip to the Opera was the closing of Turandot’s first trip to Pittsburgh, marked by assistants to the royal ministers as characters and a female Executioner. My first Opera experience was Negore’s premiere with the Pittsburgh Opera. If only the first time for everything could be as phenomenal as these firsts.

Love is timeless and universal. Its power is conveyed through this wonderful Opera in a beautifully fantastic way.

You can listen to  William J. Powers, Director of Administration and Artistic Operations of the Pittsburgh Opera in a live interview with PositivelyPittsburghLive host Joanne Quinn-Smith at:

Delana Flowers is a Positively Pittsburgh Live reporter, an independent writer and owner of Ingenuity by Delana Flowers ©, writing effective copy so you don’t have to. Services include copywriting for newsletters, blogs, ad copy, marketing pieces, articles, reviews, invitations, postcards, flyers and more.