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Bubbe Wisdom by LouiseSilk
Unraveling the Threads of Life
Oct 19, 2010 | 389579 views | 0 0 comments | 455 455 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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The Proof Is In The Pudding
by LouiseSilk
Apr 28, 2017 | 188 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Oh My! They are doing it again. This situation with Flynn (which is without a double collusion) is important to the White House for one thing and one thing only to divert  attention from what is actually happening there.

Oh My! On My! What is actually happening is that Americans across the US were proven wrong about their hopes that daughter, Ivanka ,could be the only sane voice of reason in the White House on Tuesday when she finally opened her mouth at the W20 Summit: Inspiring women: Scaling Up Women's Entrepreneurship where German Chancellor Angela Merkel, International Monetary Fund Director Christine Lagarde and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland also participated in the discussion.

Oh My! She told the audience: I've certainly heard the criticism from the media that's been perpetuated….. but they are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man… He encouraged me and enabled me to thrive. I grew up in a house where there was no barrier to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and my own tenacity. Ms. Trump went on to insist her personal experience and those of the thousands of women who have worked with Mr. Trump for decades did not tally with the media's criticism.

Oh My! Oh my. Clearly she is not our savior and even worse it’s an additional layer of proof that all we have in the White House is a very poorly run family business. Where will it end?

Oh My! And I shutter to say it out loud but let’s be honest about signs of  an inappropriate father/daughter relationship. Trump told GQ last year that his daughter was: really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father….

Oh My! Oh My! Where will it end? And how? And when??????? I’m betting that in the end it won’t happen because of Flynn or misplaced family relationships; it will be related to the tax returns.

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Quotes From Our 2017/5776 SILK-ROOT EARTH DAY SEDER
by LouiseSilk
Apr 23, 2017 | 451 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The good man is the friend of all living things. Gandhi

 

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. Jane Goodall

 

Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources,cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance. Theodore Roosevelt



Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. John Muir



A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children. John James Audubon



A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

You can make a lot of speeches, but the real thing is when you dig a hole, plant a tree, give it water, and make it survive. That's what makes the difference. Wangari Maathai



Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. Rachel Carson



La-shanah Ha-baah shalom: Next Year peace and the end of suffering.
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Quotes from our Freedom Seder
by LouiseSilk
Apr 17, 2017 | 286 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. Albert Camus

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. Ronald Reagan

We should seek not a world where the black race and the white race live in harmony, but a world in which the terms black and white have no real political meaning. Ta-Nehisi Coates

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. Jim Morrison

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.... Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less. Susan B. Anthony

Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man. Margaret Mead

When we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last! Martin Luther King Jr

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Demand His Taxes
by LouiseSilk
Apr 14, 2017 | 249 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TOMORROW, APRIL 15TH...

We're marching around the country to ask Donald Trump:

What are you hiding? Release your tax returns and commit to a fair tax system for the American people. We do care what information you are hiding about your business deals, your ties to foreign countries, your debts, your conflicts of interest, the benefits of your policies for your own self-interest. You work for us, and we demand answers.
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If Only She Were Here Today
by LouiseSilk
Apr 12, 2017 | 278 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The most violent element in society is ignorance.

The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice.

Conceit, arrogance, and egotism are the essentials of patriotism. ... Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who have had the fortune of being born on some particular spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent than the living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is, therefore, the duty of everyone living on that chosen spot to fight, kill, and die in the attempt to impose his superiority upon all the others.

The most absurd apology for authority and law is that they serve to diminish crime. Aside from the fact that the State is itself the greatest criminal, breaking every written and natural law, stealing in the form of taxes, killing in the form of war and capital punishment, it has come to an absolute standstill in coping with crime. It has failed utterly to destroy or even minimize the horrible scourge of its own creation.

Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.

Emma Goldman(1869 – 1940), anarchist, political activist, writer
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Impact Investing
by LouiseSilk
Apr 03, 2017 | 752 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

We always start with the first bottom line, if a company is not successful, there can be no impact. Nancy Pfund, Founder of Double Bottom Line Partners

In Home Depot the other day, we were approached by a  gentleman wanting to introduce Solar City to us a way to purchase solar power for the home.  Tandem to meeting him I heard this amazing talk on the Commonwealth Club  on Impact Investing.

The speaker, Nancy Pfund, created the world of profit and positive investing where financial success goes hand-in-hand with social change by achieving high venture capital returns working with companies that use economic, social and environmental impact.

One of her organizations is Solar City.  Two others: Pandora and Patagonia.  All of the companies they invest in have built social impact into their business plans from the very beginning with the intention of generating social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. It makes sooooo much sense. I want to participate however I can!

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Some Answers To Back and Neck Tension
by LouiseSilk
Mar 30, 2017 | 425 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

This morning I did my favorite internet teacher’s Slow Flow Yoga For Chest, Shoulders and Back. After that if you need more go onto Yin Yoga for Upper Back Knots. If you prefer weight training here are some exercises that achieve the same results.

For people like us who spend lots of the day at a machine or a desk, these movements are vital- don’t sell your body short!

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The Politician of My Day: Chuck Schumer
by LouiseSilk
Mar 26, 2017 | 390 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Friday was a big day and night. I listened. I heard. I watched. I breathed deeply. I prayed. And finally, when I watched Chuck Schumer on Rachel Maddow, I felt the first real hope for right over might; a person in power of reason and substance who we can follow and support.

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Pussies United
by LouiseSilk
Mar 22, 2017 | 446 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemoller (1892-1984)

My apologies for not writing more often these days, but like most of us, I’m a mess- waiting, watching, writing, signing, marching. I was excited to learn about this quilting exhibit: Threads of Resistance- an opportunity to take out my frustrations with a needle and thread. I used a quilt I made in 1991 as part of The Great American Quilt Festival sponsored by the Museum of American Folk Art: Stars of America. Instead of 50 stars, I used 50 pussy hats with embroidery. It was great fun and very satisfying.
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Life Is The Practice
by LouiseSilk
Mar 22, 2017 | 514 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Do not do a spiritual practice as if your life depended on it. Practice as if it is your life. Let it be empty. Let it be light. Let it be sweet. Let each moment be a mystery that brings you to the next moment.

Empty means without preconception. Without preconception means you are free to follow the natural course of life. The times you feel the most sweetness in your life are those times that are empty: You look at the baby and feel life is wonderful; you watch a dancer and are glad you are human; you learn something new and are completely satisfied by it in and of itself.

Our greatest spiritual practice is not yoga or prayer or meditation. It is life itself. And how we practice life tells us all. If you practice life in order to someday get good enough at it to really live, then you separate yourself from life in a profound way. But if your definition of life is that it has waves of up and down, joy and hardship, ease and discomfort, and if each day you  practice empty of preconceptions, ready to wee what life brings, then you will be worthy of the concert stage. The instrument will be your own body, mind, and spirit. The audience will be all  of the Buddhas and ordinary people who enjoy watching humans be themselves.

Jason Shulman; The Instruction Manual For Receiving God; page 103
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