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A Convenient Incarceration

A continuation of “It’s All About Sex...And I Don’t Like It” “How much for both of us?” asked the driver of a dark truck. Nicky was enjoying a plate of barbecue on the porch of a vacant house. It was July 4th and she was not looking for work. Out of instinct, she named her

By |2021-11-03T16:09:54-04:00November 16th, 2016|Reflections, The Center|Comments Off on A Convenient Incarceration

It’s All About Sex…And I Don’t Like It

I rode the dark streets of the Pittsburgh community looking for a prostitute; it was around 7:30 pm on a Saturday night in January.  The forecast was for overnight temperatures to dip into the teens.  I found Nicky on one of her usual corners, bundled up and smoking a cigarette.  I offered to drive her

By |2021-01-25T14:57:52-05:00February 15th, 2016|Reflections, The Center|Comments Off on It’s All About Sex…And I Don’t Like It

Drawing Outside the Lines – by Ashley Hicks

I was at the beach a few weeks ago and I was doing one of my favorite things: people watching. I watched families play with their children, I saw people riding their bikes and drawing in the sand, I saw people relaxing with an umbrella drink in hand. One thing that kept my attention the

By |2021-01-25T14:57:52-05:00September 5th, 2014|The Center|Comments Off on Drawing Outside the Lines – by Ashley Hicks

The “Power” of Partnership

The year was 1981 and I was in preschool.  I cannot remember names but in my mind’s eye I can see myself diligently working to build a fort out of blocks when the teacher informed me that I needed to share some blocks with a female classmate so she could build a princess castle.  Princess

By |2014-06-17T18:11:35-04:00June 17th, 2014|The Center|Comments Off on The “Power” of Partnership

The Test of Time by Megan Warley

"Mrs. Little approached Mrs. Andrew Stewart asking her to make this nursery a Memorial to Mr. Stewart, a man who was known to be a friend to all children and especially interested in all unfortunate ones. Mrs. Stewart was delighted with the idea-stating that Mr. Stewart had told her to give-and to give generously-just as

By |2014-05-16T20:03:44-04:00May 16th, 2014|The Center|Comments Off on The Test of Time by Megan Warley

“Such a Time as This.”

“Without countless, unnamed women the Stewart Center would not exist, and their legacy continues. Today many dedicated women give their time, energy, and resources to the Center through volunteering, serving on the APSC board, donating resources, etc.” When Megan Warley wrote those words on the Stewart Center history blog - she was not thinking

By |2014-04-21T21:29:53-04:00April 21st, 2014|The Center|Comments Off on “Such a Time as This.”

The Blank Page by John Abbott

When my two kids were in middle and high school, I always volunteered on Career Day and shared with the students my work as an architect. I don’t think my arrival in the classroom was ever met with quite the anticipation of the police officer or firefighter who were by far the most popular presenters.

By |2014-03-18T22:18:04-04:00March 18th, 2014|The Center|Comments Off on The Blank Page by John Abbott

Growing Together

The following is the first posting in a series of blogs by Stewart Center staffers, volunteers, partners, and community members. Katie and Dakota live at the Center and are interning for the spring semester. Our names are Katie and Dakota, and we have been at the Stewart Center for just over two months. Though we

By |2014-03-07T22:53:15-05:00March 7th, 2014|The Center|Comments Off on Growing Together

The Habit of Help

 I frequently speak with people about the Stewart Center, and on occasion, the topic of poverty arises. Of all the reasons for poverty, my experiences tell me that a large percentage of the people I encounter believe that poor choices/habits are a major factor influencing the life condition of individuals on the bottom of society.

By |2013-12-02T19:55:46-05:00December 2nd, 2013|The Center|Comments Off on The Habit of Help


For many people this time of year brings frenzied holiday schedules, road trips to see relatives, and swollen credit card bills. It may also bring unwanted house guests, awkward company parties, and anxiety or depression. Year after year I fall prey to some of these seasonal trappings, but honest reflection reveals that I prefer the

By |2012-12-31T09:10:06-05:00December 31st, 2012|The Center|Comments Off on 12.31.2012
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