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Bubbe Wisdom by LouiseSilk
Unraveling the Threads of Life
Oct 19, 2010 | 269084 views | 0 0 comments | 164 164 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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Email Debt Forgiveness Day
by LouiseSilk
Apr 28, 2016 | 176 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Email Debt Forgiveness Day is the day when you are allowed to respond with no shame or embarrassment to old emails that have been sitting in your inbox for weeks or months or even years. You don't have to apologize. You don't have to agonize over what the receiver will think. Respond and you are forgiven.

The idea came from one of my favorites podcasts, Reply All. Here is their page explaining the idea. The actual day declared by Reply All is April 30th but if you are shomer shabbas don’t hesitate to take advantage of the idea tomorrow or Sunday.

Include the link of explanation and you are good to go!

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Wisdom According To Confucius
by LouiseSilk
Apr 25, 2016 | 148 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I am inspired to collect these Confucius quotes while reading The Pakh: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About The Good Life.

 Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.

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Full Moon in Scorpio
by LouiseSilk
Apr 21, 2016 | 246 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Passover always begins on the full moon. This time it’s a full moon in Scorpio, a chart denied of any air signs. My astrological savvy friends tell me it’s a bit like a war zone. We feel an almost palpable tension in the air and we need to make extra efforts to communicate optimally and clearly.  Most importantly: no need to take anything personally; everyone is on edge feeling the power of this full moon in Scorpio and even if they don’t know it, you do!

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Freedom Seder
by LouiseSilk
Apr 19, 2016 | 139 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Probably, there is no bigger innovation in Jewish practice, than The Freedom Seder. It happened in 1969, on the anniversary of King's death, when 800 people gathered in the basement of Lincoln Temple, a black church in Washington, D.C. Jews and Christians, rabbis and ministers, black and white held The Freedom Seder. They used Arthur Waskow's new Haggadah about the mythic promise of emancipation relevant to the times.

This year, let’s talk about the freedoms of our time: Muslims, Transgender, Refugees…… enough to keep us at the table well after midnight.

 

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The Flick: A Review
by LouiseSilk
Apr 14, 2016 | 305 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I’ve seen it twice and have plans to go once more, so it is from actual experience that I can verify the worth of sitting through a three plus hour performance of the Flick at the Rep of Point Park University. The City Paper and Burgh Vivant agree.

Set in one of the last movie houses in Mass that still runs giant film reels on a 35-millimeter projector, three employees experience the doom of becoming extinct. Sam (John Steffenauer) is the hulky, unflinchingly honest 35-year-old head usher desperately in love with the unattainable projectionist, Rose (Sarah Silk) a green-haired vixen with deadpan sex appeal.  When Rose comes down from the overhead projectionist booth into the theater to play, she humiliates Sam by making a beeline for the new usher, an insecure quivering bundle of neuroses college kid named Avery (Saladin White II).

Annie Baker’s funny Pulitzer Prize Drama, a character driven story about the digital world pounding at our door, proves that real lives are never trivial. Here is a look behind the scenes with the cast and the director, Robert Miller.
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Equal Pay Day???
by LouiseSilk
Apr 12, 2016 | 198 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Equal Pay Day – the date in the current year that represents the extra days a typical woman working full-time would have to work just to make the same as a typical man did in the previous year.

Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages.

Since Census statistics showing the latest wage figures will not be available until late August or September, NCPE leadership decided years ago to select a Tuesday in April as Equal Pay Day. (Tuesday was selected to represent how far into the next work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week.) The date also is selected to avoid avoid religious holidays and other significant events.

Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.
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God Cannot Be Known Secondhand
by LouiseSilk
Apr 07, 2016 | 227 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
In Kabbalah, there is something called knowledge and something else called wisdom. What is the difference between the two? Knowledge, which is an important and great thing, can be taught and learned. Wisdom, on the other hand, can be neither taught or learned. It cannot be taught because wisdom is the culmination of experience, and experience is internal and personal. Being internal, it has a different texture and tone from things we learn from the outside. It cannot be learned, because wisdom is never a habit and can never be duplicated. It is always fresh, alive, edgy with the friction between morality and eternity. Hurry up yells wisdom. And when it has your attention, it says, Be still. We could also say: God comes from the heart and not from a book. You must think God up for yourself.

Jason Shulman; The Instruction Manual For Receiving God; page 105
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Don't Miss It
by LouiseSilk
Apr 05, 2016 | 231 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Sarah in Stop The Tempo
Sarah in Stop The Tempo
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Come see the Pittsburgh premiere of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama: The Flick by Annie Baker in which our own Sarah Silk plays Rose.

The Flick takes place in a run-down 1-screen movie theater in Worcester Massachusetts. The characters are Sam, Avery, & Rose - the employees of "The Flick." Watch them navigate work & relationships in Annie Baker's unique & true-to-life style.

What’s remarkable about The Flick is how much of the outside world it’s able to evoke from its precarious womb of drab overhead light and cinematic dark, a socioeconomic landscape of low wages, low expectations, and dim prospects even for those lucky enough to have a college diploma. It’s a post-industrial, fading empire America where upward mobility has leveled out into sideways making-do and workers are reduced to serfs who can get tossed at a moment’s notice and spend much of their post-adolescent living with their parents—Avery lives with his dad—and bumming rides home. Race, class, analogue vs. digital, voluble vs. recessive, mom and pop shops succumbing to chain operations, the infiltration of movie and TV poses into everyday life, making even sincere expressions of feeling seem tinny, suspect—it's all here, lightly scribbled into the characters’ byplay and inked into their eventual conflicts. James Wolcott for Vanity Fair
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BubbeWisdom’s Listening Suggestions
by LouiseSilk
Mar 31, 2016 | 481 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I’ve been on the road a bit and with that accessing some really interesting audio resources like Radiotopia podcasts and spiritual tapes by Caroline Myss and Pema Chodron.

A couple of recommendations:

This story by GenderMom about raising her transgender child.

This story about the Tel Aviv Bus Station.

This story about the affects of eliminating cable TV.

This explanation of investing in index funds.

Enjoy!

This article by Pema Chodren (I listened to it with this Sounds True recording)  including her tool box for getting unstuck.

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Humans Against Donald Trump
by LouiseSilk
Mar 29, 2016 | 469 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
I love it. Finally, someone is getting the message out there and it's blogger, Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind Humans of New York. Normally silent on judgments letting his subjects speak for themselves Stanton shed his neutrality to take on Donald J. Trump in a Facebook post. I include it here in case you are not on facebook.

An Open Letter to Donald Trump:

Mr. Trump,

I try my hardest not to be political. I’ve refused to interview several of your fellow candidates. I didn’t want to risk any personal goodwill by appearing to take sides in a contentious election. I thought: ‘Maybe the timing is not right.’ But I realize now that there is no correct time to oppose violence and prejudice. The time is always now. Because along with millions of Americans, I’ve come to realize that opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one.

I’ve watched you retweet racist images. I’ve watched you retweet racist lies. I’ve watched you take 48 hours to disavow white supremacy. I’ve watched you joyfully encourage violence, and promise to ‘pay the legal fees’ of those who commit violence on your behalf. I’ve watched you advocate the use of torture and the murder of terrorists’ families. I’ve watched you gleefully tell stories of executing Muslims with bullets dipped in pig blood. I’ve watched you compare refugees to ‘snakes,’ and claim that ‘Islam hates us.’

I am a journalist, Mr. Trump. And over the last two years I have conducted extensive interviews with hundreds of Muslims, chosen at random, on the streets of Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan. I’ve also interviewed hundreds of Syrian and Iraqi refugees across seven different countries. And I can confirm— the hateful one is you.

Those of us who have been paying attention will not allow you to rebrand yourself. You are not a ‘unifier.’ You are not ‘presidential.’ You are not a ‘victim’ of the very anger that you’ve joyfully enflamed for months. You are a man who has encouraged prejudice and violence in the pursuit of personal power. And though your words will no doubt change over the next few months, you will always remain who you are.

Sincerely,

Brandon Stanton

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