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Benefits of Mentorship Programs for Children with Depression and Anxiety

How mentor/mentee relationships can benefit children struggling with mental health issues Countless studies find children diagnosed with depression and anxiety benefit from forming mentor/mentee relationships through programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Strong Women Strong Girls. Having a mentor provides mentees with a stable support system while they are navigating adolescence as well as their own mental health... Read More

The Witch Journey Out of the Broom Closet

By Miriah Auth Anna Lyons hid her practice of witchcraft after being bullied as a child. When her peers dismissed and invalidated her belief in magic, she went into hiding.  Tatyana Johnson was told she was going to hell by a Tinder date when she invited him to a meeting of witches at Arts & Crafts: Botanica & Occult Shop... Read More

Golden Souls: How local artists are changing the business of wearable art

By Matthew Ryan Miramontes Sarah Sindler always wanted to be an artist, but it was not until she began casting and working with fine metals like gold and silver did she find a career involving wearable art. Other artists like Sakony Burton might have been involved with his clothing brand Désir longer than he has been turning fine metals into... Read More

Body modification options, acceptance rise despite remaining stigmas

By Dara Collins The long history of body modification for Revina Lower started when he was a teenager piercing his ears and eyebrows on his own. In his mid-20s, Lower started tattooing his face, split his tongue and received implants. Now at the age of 44, Lower has lost count of his list of body modifications that includes many more... Read More

When Two Become Yinz: The Pittsburgh Cookie Table Tradition

By Victoria Bails Ryan Koch and Mike Audey decided to have a cookie table at their wedding because of the regional tradition. When Megan and Tyler Martin were planning out their wedding, Tyler wasn’t aware it was only a local practice, but they knew they wanted one at their wedding. Family tradition and, similarly, Pittsburgh tradition led Lyndsay and Justin... Read More

Young Business Owners Change Retail in Pittsburgh

By Victoria Bails Samuel Graeb was studying at the University of Montana when he bought his first article of hemp clothing: a pair of jeans. After taking one of her dad’s old denim shirts, distressed from his contracting jobs, Anika Ignozzi painted a monster on the pocket. Brandon Moon worked on another clothing line with someone else when he realized... Read More