Author: Luminari Inc.

Meet Music Makers Director Bob McCutcheon

In 1988, Bob McCutcheon started his first recording studio, “Alternative Studios” in his mother’s garage. He worked his way through college, engineering and producing local Pittsburgh bands. After graduating from Robert Morris University with a business degree, he pursued a …

Meet Music Makers Director Bob McCutcheon Read More »

The Role of Social Workers in Juvenile Justice

by JB Quinn, contributing writer In Rutherford County, Tennessee, Judge Donna Scott reportedly witnessed a juvenile justice system that jailed children regularly and for more extended periods, compared to other counties in the state. In cases such as this, it’s evident that …

The Role of Social Workers in Juvenile Justice Read More »

Shining Through the Cracks

by Beth Dolinar, contributing writer       Ring the bells that still can ring       Forget your perfect offering.        There is a crack, a crack in everything.        That’s how the light …

Shining Through the Cracks Read More »

The Soundtrack of Our Lives

Listen to the Music by Dana O’Rourke, contributing writer As the Eat ‘n Park waitress approached the booth where my son Tim, his wife Kelli, and their four children were sitting, their two youngest daughters, ages 4 and 6, broke …

The Soundtrack of Our Lives Read More »

Opportunity of a Lifetime

by Deb Casini Klein, Director, I Want to be an Ambassador!  It was an honor and an opportunity of a lifetime.  Our “I Want To Be An Ambassador” campers met with the Ambassador of Ukraine, Oksana Marvakova at the Embassy …

Opportunity of a Lifetime Read More »

That Lady in the Office

by Dana Wineland O’Rourke, contributing writer It’s a question most children are asked as early as preschool. “What would you like to be when you grow up?” Answers are sure to include: “Fireman, teacher and doctor.” No one says “School …

That Lady in the Office Read More »

Don’t Panic: Grounding Techniques for Better Mental Health

by Don Laird, contributing writer It’s no secret that we all feel higher levels of stress and anxiety these days. Even as we emerge from the global pandemic, the anxiety surrounding the events of the past few years has taken …

Don’t Panic: Grounding Techniques for Better Mental Health Read More »

Web of Life

by Beth Dolinar, Contributing Writer Amid all the solemn pomp and pageantry of the queen’s funeral, there was a moment of charming levity. A spider had hitched a ride on Her Majesty’s flower-festooned casket. Sharp-eyed mourners noticed, and the clever …

Web of Life Read More »

“Picture Perfect” Pretty Pressure

by Dana Wineland O’Rourke, contributing writer I recently attended a baby shower with my granddaughters. The event gave them a chance to dress up and they looked beautiful. Like all girls in the bloom of youth, they are pretty in …

“Picture Perfect” Pretty Pressure Read More »

Recommendations from our 2022 Teen Writers!

by Gina Catanzarite, Director, Teen Writer! I once spoke with a dancer about her complex process as a prima ballerina and she told me, “Whenever I run into a problem, I return to the barre. All of life’s problems can …

Recommendations from our 2022 Teen Writers! Read More »