They Sure Don’t Make ‘Em in Pittsburgh Like They Used To!

Walking through the neighborhood of Shadyside in Pittsburgh last weekend was a delight. You see, I’m in love with old churches and other places of worship, and this part of town has several gorgeous specimens including the Third Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh. It makes me giggle when I think about how big city churches got their names. So, take this church for instance, in my mind there’s a conversation that goes something like this: “Aww man, someone’s already scored First Presbyterian and Second Presbyterian. Looks like we’ve gotta go with Third…

#FlashbackFriday: First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh

Today is Bat Appreciation Day and since I have no bat (I’ve always found them impossible to photograph) photos you’re going to have to work with me. My next thought was “bats in the belfry”- a phrase my beloved mother used to use to describe someone who’s a little wonky.  Which brought me to this thought: what is a belfry, exactly? I mean, I’ve heard the phrase all my life and never really gave the definition thought. A belfry is the antiquated word for a church tower that houses bells. …