Breathing Space

Virginia Montanez
Writing at the intersection of Yinz and Jagoffs
Created 22 Aug 2019
  • Deconstructed fish sticks and half a crouton
    08 Dec 2021 • 9 min read
    I don’t often start a newsletter with this, but it feels right today, so … 1. Worst game of culinary Clue EVER Let’s start with the thing that angered me. Lit the flames of rage in my cheeks, my heart...
  • SPECIAL: A Burghy Holiday Book Gift Guide!
    05 Dec 2021 • 10 min read
    Welcome to a special non-Wednesday edition of the newsletter! I have a heckuva regular newsletter set to publish at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, but for now, I wanted to bring you this special Burghy gift gui...
  • I'm off to see the wizard...
    01 Dec 2021 • 6 min read
    And we’re back! A two-week break for AS GOD IS MY WITNESS I THOUGHT TURKEYS COULD FLY means we have some stuff to talk about. I’m still working on my Pittsburgh authors gift guide and I hope to have t...
  • The fumble demons sense your fear
    17 Nov 2021 • 8 min read
    Happy Wednesday, Burghers! Let’s chat about time. TIME. Nearly two years into this pandemic and I’m still struggling to get a solid grasp on the ever-shifting concept of time. It’s not just the years ...
  • The Yinzer Holiday Gift Guide 2021
    10 Nov 2021 • 11 min read
    It is the most wonderful time of the year! Yinzer Gift Guide time, my loves. Not going to go into a whole lot of intro here because you don’t care; you want the goods. This year, nearly every item is ...
  • A weird casserole of vowels
    03 Nov 2021 • 8 min read
    Good morning! This newsletter will be slightly shorter than usual for two reasons. I’ve been working on the 2021 Yinzer Gift Guide and holy moly. So many good items on it this year. I’ll likely launch...
  • The Propulsion of Pumpkins
    27 Oct 2021 • 7 min read
    Happy Halloween! Have you let your children know yet what the household candy tax will be this year? Mine is the same every year — 100 Grand bars. Don’t come home without at least two minis or one ful...
  • Heinz Field and the Pyrotechnic "ahem"
    20 Oct 2021 • 7 min read
    Happy Wednesday! As you know, I’m a space geek. As you know, I had to cancel on NASA when I was invited to watch a launch in Florida because my life disrespectfully went KABLOOEY right in my face back...
  • Plunder my garden of cabbage
    13 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    Greetings, my lovely bunch of coconuts! Let’s start with the heavy stuff and then lighten up as we go along, like we’re shedding the weight of our hiking packs by eating all our snacks way too early. ...
  • My falconry technique
    06 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    Good morning! Space is limited! Lots to cover! Let’s gooooooo. Good news! As you know, Kodiak the Steller’s sea eagle escaped his Aviary confines for a taste of the sweet untethered freedom only affor...
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