|July 20, 2016||The Eye Of The Needle||no comments|
|July 15, 2016||Inside The White House||no comments|
|July 10, 2016||☺ ☺ ☺ Be Happy ☺ ☺ ☺||no comments|
|July 08, 2016||Smell The Lavender||no comments|
|June 27, 2016||The True Quilter Self||no comments|
|June 27, 2016||Walk The Dog||no comments|
|June 26, 2016||Pittsburgh Our Not Quite Smart-Enough City||no comments|
|June 21, 2016||The First Day Of Summer||no comments|
|June 16, 2016||Tzohar Seminary||no comments|
|June 12, 2016||Subject: Hillary is coming to Pittsburgh on Tuesday -- and you should be there!||no comments|
I’ve returned from a successful four-day artist’s retreat. I have a history with The Artist’s Way that has helped me on many occasions to overcome some kind of block. This time I planned this new embroidery way back at the end of last year. With my well-honed practice of creating portraits in French knots, I was very disappointed in my in-ability to get it started- so much so that fear had taken hold. What if my eyes could no longer concentrate on the detail? What if my hands would no longer cooperate to thread the needle and create the knots? What I my color skills had lapsed in their ability to discern value? Four-days without interruption was just the trick. I’m thrilled and now confident to continue on this project that had been previously beyond my grasp. Good use of time watching this awful political process!
There have been many articles and talks about how to find happiness. I’m feeling pretty competent in the happiness category right now so I’m going to give the short list of what works from my experience.
1. Don't expect happiness to be one-size-fits-all.
2. Focus on the present moment.
3. Keep challenging yourself. Never let boredom seep into your life.
4. Be generous, kind and helpful. Tell the truth.
5. Eat healthy. Sleep more. Spend resources wisely.
6. Train your mind. Meditate.
7. Stop chasing things like success, fame, and money.
8. Spend more time with family and friends. Connect with others. Smile more.
9. Limit social media.
10. Exercise more, mostly with yoga.
11. Trim your travel time. Walk more. Get out into nature.
12. Accept aging. Practice gratitude.
If you have any desire to see the essence of beauty, take a trip to Paris and Provence.
If you want to see lavender and sunflowers in full bloom –July is the right month. Paris is beautiful any time of the year.
We were fortunate to run into a guy from Harrisburg while touring the L'OCCITANE factory who let us in on a secret: the best lavender fields are actually not in Provence but to the east in the Valensole plateau. Absolutely- go out of your way to see it- magnificent!
Check out the non-stops from Pittsburgh to Paris-It couldn’t be easier!
Once you find your flight, sign up for frequent flyers on that airline. It adds 4000 miles credit for your next trip.
In Provence, try Bed and Breakfast Farmhouses- they are a little removed- but quiet, very economical and lovely settings.
Download travel guides to your phone from the library. They are totally accessible without cell connections or wi-fi and add a world of information to the trip.
Don’t stop and eat at the first place you see. Allow time to meander and see what lies around the corner.
Free wi-fi along the way makes it easy to communicate home without additional phone charges.
Email me anytime for more tips and suggestions!
Getting ready for a vacation creates lots of work- laundry, packing, bill paying, creating itineraries, finishing outstanding commissions, record keeping, sorting out volunteer responsibilities, helping friends and family with projects- plenty to do so I can walk out the door and feel whole- but miten drinen I found myself at the Salvation Army compelled to make myself a summer bed quilt after discovering the perfect backing – an old cotton sheet and a fabulous selection of men’s big and tall shirts in blues.
In the old days we used to make fun of this woman Eleanor Burns who created the idea of a Quilt-In-A-Day. No self-respecting quilter would admit to any kind of quality product that only takes a day to make. Enter Louise Silk- quilter extraordinaire and meshuggener – Saturday night I deconstructed all of the shirts and Sunday a cut and pieced the best-ever summer quilt for our bed. Only one problem- I won’t be sleeping under it until I return from France. Things could be worse! Bon voyage!!
Afterword from Walk The Dog by Elizabeth Swados
The singular book you hold in your hands is the final work of Liz Swados-a trusted girlfriend, a whirlwind of ideas who always took my imagination past all previous boundaries, a wood sprite who was some timeless and mysterious force of nature, and a very practical organizer working hard to get her next project done. Since her ideas had no precedent and were somewhere between street theater, opera, a consciousness-raising group, and a homeless shelter-not to mention books of words and images for children and grownups, including one that made depression un-depressing- this was never easy. Yet her projects happened, no one exited the theater or put the book down as the same person they were before.
I always left her with a feeling that my sense of color and texture had been heightened, as if no one else’s tweeds and sweaters had the same feeling, and no one else’s vibrations were as tuned as the guitar she played. I used to worry about her high level of energy-she was just on a faster timeline that the rest of us, and I feared she might burn out.
I don’t know if this is what happened. I do know that it is wrong that such energy and talent and kindness and creativity should have left the world-especially when she was a decade and a half younger than I am. It’s not right.
I can only suggest that each of us who loved her try to take on an echo of what we saw and felt in her, and keep it alive at our dinners together and in our books and in our theaters and in our activism and in the world.
Then she will be with us always, now and forever more.
GLORIA STEINEM New York, New York February 2016
The US has chosen its city of the future. It's not in Silicon Valley or New York and it beat out six other finalists including us: Austin, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco. The epicenter of innovation in the fields of electric mobility and connected, autonomous transport is Columbus, Ohio.
Columbus is the winner of the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. As a result it will receive $140 million with which to become a living laboratory for self-driving technology, connected vehicles, and battery research. As part of the package, Columbus will provide transportation to improve high infant mortality rates and deploy autonomous shuttles to run between a new transit center and a retail district within the city.Pittsburgh made it to the Smart City Challenge finals praising our fair city in this video.
This year, the June Solstice, the precise time when the sun attains its northernmost position in our sky, arrives tonight at 6:34 p.m. In addition this year, the June Strawberry Moon will be rising in the east just after the sun sets in the west, flooding our surroundings with lunar light throughout the overnight period.
Solstice comes from the Latin words sol, meaning Sun and sistere, meaning to come to a stop or stand still. On the day of the June Solstice, the Sun reaches its northernmost position, as seen from the Earth. At that moment, its zenith does not move north or south as during most other days of the year, but it stands still at the Tropic of Cancer.
June's full moon is called the Strawberry Moon as named by Native Americans because the short season during which strawberries can be harvested happens in June.
If you want to see something really special, make your way to the second floor of the JCC Robinson Building at the JCC this Sunday from 1:00-5:30 pm for The Tzohar Seminary’s exhibition of student writing, films, acting and music.
One of the highlights of the exhibition is a Sefirat HaOmer Quilt that I orchestrated with the students: a quilt of 49 squares representing the psychological and spiritual journey from Passover to Shavuot during the daily counting of the Omer.
Tzohar Seminary for Chassidus and the Arts is a post-secondary program providing young women with a rich curriculum of advanced Jewish learning fostered through art exploration of writing, music, dance, fine arts, theatre and filmmaking and that is exactly what you will see when you go on Sunday. Amazing!
Know a creative, talented post high school seminary student who may be interested? Find out more here.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016, 12:15pm – 1:15pm
IBEW Circuit Center
5 Hot Metal St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203