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Bubbe Wisdom by LouiseSilk
Unraveling the Threads of Life
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Never Go Back
by LouiseSilk
Oct 21, 2014 | 72 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I’m known for the fact that I hate to backtrack. It is an intuitive thing for me- it simply seems like a waste of time. Well, I finally found the book that explains the why behind the idea: Never Go Back: 10 Things You'll Never Do Again

1. Return to what hasn’t worked

2. Do anything that requires you to be someone else

3. Try to change another person

4. Believe that you can please everyone

5. Choose short-term comfort over long-term benefit

6. Trust someone or something flawless

7. Take your eyes off the big picture

8. Neglect to do due diligence

9. Fail to ask why you are where you are

10. Forget that your inner life produces your outer success

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Tools To Elevate Mind and Spirit
by LouiseSilk
Oct 14, 2014 | 361 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Exercise Regularly to release endorphins, strengthen your immune system and give yourself a general sense of physical confidence and wellbeing.

Meditate- Take a few minutes to sit still, listen to your breathing bringing your attention on the present moment.

Seek Light- Light therapy is one of the simplest answers to depression. Optimize your interior environment by opening the blinds and curtains, and consider a light box or other indoor light therapy.

Reading- Nothing compares to snuggling under a quilt with a good book.

Engage Your Hands in productive, effortful activity that has concrete, satisfying ends. For me of course it is knitting, crocheting and embroidery but even housework and gardening qualify.

Eat a small handful of any of these comfort foods throughout the day -asparagus, chocolate, cashews, blueberries, avocados and drink a cup of warm milk before bedtime.

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by LouiseSilk
Oct 09, 2014 | 338 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

My favorite aspect of Sukkot is inviting ushpizin, imaginary honored guests into the Sukkah, much like we invite Elijah at Passover. 

Jewish Feminists (who have also added Miriam to the Seder table) have done a good job of expanding the ushpizin guest list to include Jewish women heroes.

This year, remembering this physically fragile world, I invite Rachel and Leah, my heroines from Tent Of Protection to join me as we celebrate under the stars.

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Celebrating The Mature Phase Of One’s Career
by LouiseSilk
Oct 07, 2014 | 296 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I used to be very proud to state that I have over thirty years of quilting experience but as I was recently forced to realize that I’ve been a professional for over forty years, the feeling of pride turned into the fear of aging. How could I be old enough to do anything for forty years?

So in my inimitable fashion, I am diving into this mature phase of my career by mounting an exhibit at the American Jewish Museum this winter. I need your help:

First, make a tax-deductible donation to support the exhibit here. The Museum is free and open to the public. It deserves and needs your support!

Second, come visit me at the museum and bring some of your materials of memory. I will be working at the museum Mondays and Wednesdays from October 20th through December 3rd from 12:00 to 3:00. I will use the materials I gather to make an installation for the exhibit and those who contribute will receive a thank-you set of coasters using their materials.

It’s a happening not to be missed.  You can support the arts. You can see me in process. You can get a free personal handmade item. It’s a win win win!

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by LouiseSilk
Oct 02, 2014 | 541 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Hashiveinu - Return Us

Shared by Kohenet Ilana Joy Streit

Return us to ourselves
Return us to each other
Return us to the earth
Return us to our Land: the land beneath our feet
Return us to This Moment
Return us to our knowing remembering that we know
Return us to our rhythms
Return us to our drums
Return us to sleep in the middle of the night
Return us to our deepest desires
  our shared loves
  our clear visions
Return us to our bodies
  to our breath
  to breathing easily
Return us to knowing
  how beautiful we are
Return us to ourselves
Return us to each other
Return us to our good questions
  our bare feet
  our brilliant minds
  our singing voices
Return us to falling in love
  with ourselves
   and each other
Return us to our Shrines and to our shrine-keeping
Return us to our places of peacemaking
Return us to trusting each other and ourselves
Return us
  turn us and we will dance and be held and behold that we are whole

  and be in harmony with You
Return us
  keep turning us
for everything is within us
forTorah will keep coming out of us
for sweetness is within us and longs to return to You
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Work Rituals
by LouiseSilk
Sep 30, 2014 | 372 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time. Charles Dickens

Mason Currey’s book: Daily Rituals: How Artists Work compiles the rituals of the day that welcome the creative process. Toni Morrison managed a nine-to-five job while raising two sons as a single parent by rising early using the morning light as inspiration.  His writing is summarized in this interesting interactive chart. I only wish he had given us more information about women.

As a young author taking care of three small children, Alice Munro learned to write in gleaned slivers of time, churning out stories during children's nap times, in between feedings, and as dinners baked in the oven. It took her nearly twenty years to put together her first collection, Dance of the Happy Shades, published in 1968 when she was thirty-seven.

Leo Babauta of the blog Zen Habits lists his morning ritual: 1. Wake at 4:30 a.m. 2. Drink water. 3. Set 3 Most Important Things (MITs) for today. 4. Fix lunches for kids and myself. 5. Eat breakfast, read. 6. Exercise (run, bike, swim, strength, or yardwork) or meditate. 7. Shower. 8. Wake wife & kids at 6:30 a.m.

It’s so easy to be distracted in this high-speed computer oriented world of ours. The secret for me is to make use of the tools rather than wallow in them.  I love my time with pinterest over a coffee and breakfast. It fuels my creativity just like journal writing in the old days.


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L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu
by LouiseSilk
Sep 23, 2014 | 663 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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My Favorite Raw Carrot Cake
by LouiseSilk
Sep 18, 2014 | 563 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I was bragging to my friends about the magnificent desserts I am now keep stocked in my kitchen and they insisted I share the recipes. The first of these is the recipe I recently posted for Raw Brownies.

Here is the second:


Cashew lemon frosting:

1 1/2 c cashews

Juice from 1 lemon or 1 orange

2 T liquid coconut oil

2 T coconut nectar

1 t vanilla

Water, as needed


Carrot cake:

5 large carrots, peeled and chopped into small chunks

1 1/2 c oats

2 c dates

1/2 c dried coconut

1 t cinnamon

1/2 t nutmeg

For frosting: blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, adding water as needed. Put in the fridge.

For cake: process the oats into flour in your food processor.  Gradually add in rest of ingredients and process until everything sticks together.

Press the cake mixture into a glass 9”X 9” cake pan. Cover with icing. Garnish with pieces of your favorite nut.  

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Emotional Freedom Technique
by LouiseSilk
Sep 16, 2014 | 636 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I know many people who swear by a tapping technique called Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT. It is a healing tool that operates on the premise that we hold underlying emotional stress that impedes the natural healing potential of our body. By engaging basic meridian points, tapping clears these unresolved issues offering more peace and emotional freedom. EFT can be an ongoing process to clear out the old traumas and welcome any new challenges with a healthy, productive attitude.

Here are the EFT Tapping Points:

KC: The Karate Chop point is located at the center of the fleshy part of the outside of either hand between the top of the wrist and the base of the baby finger.

TOH: On the top of the head.

EB: At the beginning of the eyebrow, just above and to one side of the nose.

SE: On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye.

UE: On the bone under an eye about 1 inch below your pupil.

UN: On the area between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip.

Ch: Midway between the point of your chin and the bottom of your lower lip.

CB: The junction where the breastbone, collarbone and the first rib meet.

UA: On the side of the body, under the arm, at a point even with the nipple.


Here is the Basic EFT Tapping Recipe:

1.  Identify the Issue:

2.  Test the Initial Intensity from zero to ten: For emotional issues, you can recreate the memories in your mind and assess their discomforts. For physical ailments you can simply assess the existing pain or discomfort.

3.  The Setup: Design a simple phrase that acknowledges the problem and accepts yourself in spite or it and saying it while continuously Tapping the KC point, you let your system know what you’re trying to address.

“Even though I have this _______________, I deeply and completely accept myself”.

4. The Sequence: Tap each of the points shown in the Sequence Points diagram while saying a Reminder Phrase:

Top of the Head (TOH)

Beginning of the Eyebrow (EB)

Side of the Eye (SE)

Under the Eye (UE)

Under the Nose (UN)

Chin Point (CH)

Beginning of the Collarbone (CB)

Under the Arm (UA)

5. Test the Intensity Again and repeat sequence as needed.

Interested? Watch this 7 minutes introductory video by EFT Founder, Gary Craig and tap your way to emotional freedom.

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Atlantic City
by LouiseSilk
Sep 11, 2014 | 435 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Like lots of Pittsburgh families, my family loved Atlantic City. It was a direct shot by car to the ocean. It had a beautiful boardwalk and lots of resources. I found notices in the old issues of the Chronicle pronouncing that my Nana planned to take her children and spend the summer there. Here is a picture of my parents- young lovers enjoying a walk on the Atlantic City boardwalk. My grandfather would go there every year for the High Holidays and I remember vividly joining him there as a little girl, watching the Miss American parade along the boardwalk and eating cakes at the Shabbat Oneg.

Of course, times change, kosher hotels close, neighborhoods deteriorate, and Atlantic City decided to revive itself as a gambling resort. For a while it worked. I was happy to revisit it whenever nearby but it never became a go-to destination like the offerings of Las Vegas.

Today, if you want to have a little fun gambling, there are lots of places nearby with good food and interesting entertainment including our own just down from the Point.  For a beach, people prefer the laid back nature of Long Beach Island or the upstyle of Hilton Head. And so this summer Atlantic City was forced to downscale from 12 casinos to eight, causing nearly 8,000 casino workers to lost their jobs and it looks like it will only going to get worse.

It kind of reminds me of the old East Liberty when the intersection of Penn and Highland was a second downtown Pittsburgh. The powers-to-be made Penn Avenue into Penn Circle and look how it took fifty years to bring it back to something of substance. It all makes me nostalgic and sad.

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