November 2022: Luminari Newsletter

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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 gets in." Those words from the late poet and musician Leonard Cohen appeared on my Facebook feed a few days ago. I'd been familiar with that verse, but hadn't seen it in awhile. It landed with a nice, resonate softness, and I was happy to be reminded of it's uplifting message... 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 justice system fails to upfold children's right. It should be noted that most circumstances surrounding children who come in conflict with the law are of a social nature... read more
TEENS: apply today for the 11th Annual Luminari Awards and travel to Washington, D.C. to meet international Ambassadors and learn from these world leaders about conflict resolution, negotiation and diplomacy. Application deadline is Wednesday, February 1, 2023. To learn more, call 412-877-1888 or visit

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 28-year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, ultimately retiring as Managing Partner - but always followed his passion and continued to play, write and record music... read more
Luminari Launches Music Makers! June 26-29, 2023. Teens will experience all aspects of the music industry from writing, producing, engineering, recording, distributing, and marketing a record from an award-winning team of professionals. To learn more, call 412-877-1888 or visit

The Soundtrack of Our Lives

by Dana Wineland 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 into song. "Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind." Smiles and silence followed, and everyone could hear the easy listening music coming through the restaurant speakers... read more
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About Luminari 
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