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Bubbe Wisdom by LouiseSilk
Unraveling the Threads of Life
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Pussies United
by LouiseSilk
Mar 22, 2017 | 75 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 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 | 96 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 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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The Russians Are Coming
by LouiseSilk
Mar 13, 2017 | 238 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

And the North Koreans too.


The Dakota pipeline

The Southern border wall

Non-affordable healthcare

Higher interest rates

Continued Global warming

Increasing anti-Semitic incidents

Many more marches and demonstrations

The Impeachment of Donald J. Trump


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Pussyhat Global Virtual March- March 8th
by LouiseSilk
Mar 06, 2017 | 291 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Join the Pussyhat Global Virtual March in honor of International Women's Day, March 8! Whether you are marching, striking, or wish you could, you can take part! Anyone, anywhere who supports women's rights is welcome!

Here's how to take part: Put on your Pussyhat! Make a sign saying where you are from and what you are for (it can be global, local, or personal)! Post on other social media using #pussyhatglobal.

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Rosh Hodesh Adar 2017
by LouiseSilk
Feb 27, 2017 | 321 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Dear Holy Spirit of All Ancestors,

Let us be renewed by this month of Adar

Just as it is Pisces, the sign of the fish, may we be full of blessing and fruitfulness.

May this moon’s journey direct us in our capacity to change and grow

Its metamorphosis as the universe’s archetype of transformation

The steadiness of her climb from new to full, not clambering to reach her pinnacle, Instead daily, bit by bit, bringing another portion of herself to light.

May this moon’s journey direct us in our capacity to change and grow

Toward goodness and blessing

Toward the joyful

Toward liberation and challenge, as well as

Toward patience and consolation

Toward becoming ever more human beings.

Let us commit to supporting ourselves and each other.

May this moon’s journey direct us in our capacity to change and grow

Toward life and peace

Toward observing our blindness

Toward struggling with our goals

Toward forgiving ourselves and each other.

May this moon’s journey direct us in our capacity to change and grow

As an opportunity

To understand what is intended for us.

Many thank for inviting us to share

This holy moment of the New Moon.

N'vareykh et eyn hachayim Matzmichat p'ri hagefen Unkadeysh

et rosh hachodesh Ba'arigat p'tiley chayeynu L'tokh masechet hadorot.

Let us bless the source of life that ripens fruit on the vine as we hallow

the Rosh Hodesh festival, weaving new threads into the tapestry of tradition.

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Project SilkDenim Junior
by LouiseSilk
Feb 26, 2017 | 380 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I should have predicted that after I introduced my granddaughters to my favorite program, Project Runway, they would want to take advantage of their Bubbe’s resources and try some projects of their own. Last time they were in Pittsburgh at Chanukah, after failing miserably at clothing, we cut simple patchwork blocks and successfully made smallish wall hangings.

Last week in New Jersey, we had our first real clothing success. Not being in the studio with all of its resources took some creativity on my part, so when the girls were unwilling to give up any of their current clothing and I could find neither a Goodwill or Joanne’s in the area, I succumbed to Wal-Mart.  But, when not even this Wal-Mart had yard goods, I ventured into girl’s clothing and bought six different color basic tees and two clearance logo tees. After dissecting these pre-made garments, the girls designed, cut and rearranged the materials to create one-of-a-kind Silk-Junior Tees. Adorable? Can’t wait to see where we go from here.

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by LouiseSilk
Feb 20, 2017 | 460 views | 1 1 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I noticed. Donald J. Trump

Hearing this silly thoughtless statement, I decided to increase my own knowledge of Frederick Douglas. I just finished reading  Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglas and I joined The Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI).

The Library of Congress named the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave one of the eighty-eight Books That Shaped America. Published in 1845, Douglass’s first autobiography exposed slavery and helped change the course of the U.S. Abolitionist Movement. I found it shocking and revolting and yet amazed by Douglas's honesty, strength, and fortitude.

To honor Douglass’s 200th birthday, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives will print and distribute one million hardcover copies of a special Bicentennial Edition of the Narrative and ask the recipients of this special Bicentennial Edition to create service projects addressing current social justice issues in their communities. Such important work, I'm proud to contribute and wish them great success.

Today, this opinion in the Times suggests some great suggestions for DJT to get himself up to speed.
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Avery Jarhman
February 21, 2017
I am curious to learn how many Americans are aware of the late popular American urban story-TRUTH-teller Tupac Shakur's Child Abuse and Emotional Maltreatment concept?

Does the late American urban story-truth-teller Tupac Shakur offer a reasonable explanation for why significant numbers of American children are being impeded, hampered or prevented from maturing into reasonably responsible, well-adjusted American teens and adults who become scientists, engineers, business owners, educators and leaders?

Does Tupac offer a reasonable explanation for why Americans of African descent are being impeded from experiencing the equality and respect all peaceful, reasonably responsible Americans are entitled to enjoy?

How many of my American neighbors are familiar with the late popular American urban story-truth-teller Tupac Shakur's (often misinterpreted) #T_H_U_G_L_I_F_E Child Abuse, Emotional Neglect, Abandonment and Maltreatment *AWARENESS* concept:

"The Hate U Give Little Infants Fvvks Everyone" ~Tupac Shakur

"We need more people who care; you know what I'm saying? We need more women, mothers, fathers, we need more of that..." ~Tupac Shakur

Tupac, an admitted emotionally ill adult who loudly spoke about experiencing childhood abuse and maltreatment during a critical period of human/childhood development, intelligently recognized not only are American kids being UNJUSTLY OPPRESSED, IMPEDED and DEPRIVED from experiencing their full human potential, as well as a SAFE, fairly or wonderfully happy American kid childhood...

...Tupac realized OUR NATION is being deprived of enjoying the potential achievements offered to ALL Americans by fairly or wonderfully happy kids maturing into reasonably responsible teens and adults caring about the future of OUR Nation, and the welfare of their peaceful, as well as less fortunate neighbors.

I believe Tupac correctly recognized Americans need to change the name of our “War On Poverty”, to “America’s Firm Resolve to End Childhood Abuse, Emotional Neglect and Maltreatment.”

Unlike Mr. Barack “My Brother’s Keeper” Obama and his presidential predecessors, I am hopeful our new president Renegade Republican Donald Trump will recognize improving the Quality of Life for our American neighbors of African descent begins with addressing HEALTH issues related to proper childhood care and environments.

I believe Mr. Trump should take meaningful ACTION to protect from harm our Nation's most precious and cherished assets by placing an emphasis on EDUCATION about proper child care, as well as stepping up enforcement of Child Safety & Protection laws which will eventually lead to fewer depressed, unhappy, emotionally neglected/abandoned American kids...

...maturing into angry, frustrated teens and young adults full or half full of rage and resentment for irresponsibly being introduced to an emotionally and/or physically abusive childhood fraught with pain, struggles, torment, uncertainty, frustration, FEAR, demeaning government handouts, depression, sorrow, sadness, disappointment and hardships. :Childhood Trauma!:

Sadly, before he discovered how to properly promote his #T_H_U_G_L_I_F_E Child Abuse *AWARENESS* concept, Tupac joined an increasing population of deceased Americans murdered by America's Culture of African American Child Abuse, Neglect and Maltreatment.


Not only I am asking Mr. Trump to take meaningful ACTION protecting and preventing American kids from experiencing a potentially life-scarring, traumatic childhood...

...I am asking my American neighbors to RECOGNIZE and embrace the fact our imperfect human species will continue evolving, learning day by day about our human condition and physical world, slowly shedding our human ignorance and adapting as we continue plodding along trying to improve the Quality of Life for all human beings!


My friends, during the 80s-90s I spent the first twelve years of my police career as a Brooklyn, NY cop, robbery and death investigator regularly witnessing significant numbers of newborns, infants, toddlers, children and teens, through no fault of their own experiencing a potentially life-scarring medical Disease/Condition known to medical doctors and researchers as "Childhood Trauma."

"Childhood Trauma" is a REAL Disease/Condition affecting far too many American kids and teens who far too often develop into emotionally damaged teens and adults lacking empathy, compassion and respect for their peaceful neighbors because they believe their lives suck so why shouldn't other people's lives suck too!!!

Much like Tupac I'm sorry to pick on moms, though since ancient times they are the primary caregivers we look to keep us SAFE, protected, cared for and loved right from our start.



Tagged: #JamylaBolden, #TyshawnLee, #JulieDombo, #LaylahPetersen, #NovaMarieGallman, #LavontayWhite, #AyannaAllen, #RamiyaReed, #AutumnPasquale, #TrinityGay, #ChildhoodTrauma, #PTSD, #ShamirHunter, #FatherlessAmericanChildren, #A_F_R_E_C_A_N

"America’s Firm Resolve to End Childhood Abuse and Neglect”

What Did The President Do And When Did He Do It?
by LouiseSilk
Feb 15, 2017 | 375 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Howard Baker’s question sliced to the core of Watergate: “What did the president know and when did he know it?”

Repeated over and again in the senator’s mild Tennessee drawl, those words guided Americans through the tangle of Watergate characters and charges playing daily on TV to focus squarely on Richard Nixon and his role in the cover-up.

It's time to use and augment Baker’s famous question.

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Connect The Dots; Not The Tweets
by LouiseSilk
Feb 08, 2017 | 547 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Oh My where to begin? How to keep this simple and clear? I humbly suggest both a reading and a viewing.

I’ll start with the American Experience documentary Oklahoma City. It’s not easy to watch the reliving of the horrific bombing of the Federal Building but the film is so instructive about the rise of White Supremacy, its influences and its evils. It brings me directly to Stephen K. Bannon, our so-called President’s Whisper-In-Chief who is nothing but evil and dangerous- a perfectly scary example of a white supremacist.

For reading, It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a book as good as Daniel Gordis’ Israel: A Concise History of A Nation Reborn for getting behind, beneath and around every reason why a Jewish State is imperative for Jews.

Read, view, put the information together as I have and then commit to the huddle nearest you ready to take actions to ensure freedom and democracy for all.

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A Little Inspiration To Move Onto The Huddle
by LouiseSilk
Feb 02, 2017 | 500 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Trump’s America is not America: not today’s or tomorrow’s, but yesterday’s. Charles M. Blow

In the end, however, he will fail. He will fail because however shrewd his tactics are, his strategy is terrible—The New York Times, the CIA, Mexican Americans, and all the others he has attacked are not going away. With every act he makes new enemies for himself and strengthens their commitment; he has his followers, but he gains no new friends. He will fail because he cannot corrupt the courts, and because even the most timid senator sooner or later will say “enough.” He will fail most of all because at the end of the day most Americans, including most of those who voted for him, are decent people who have no desire to live in an American version of Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey, or Viktor Orban’s Hungary, or Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Eliot A. Cohen

The Republican Fausts are in an untenable position. The deal they’ve struck with the devil comes at too high a price. It really will cost them their soul. David Brooks

We are living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United States that anyone alive has encountered. What happens next is up to you and me. Don’t be afraid. This moment of danger can also be your finest hour as a citizen and an American. David Frum

Your daily reminder that none. of. this. is. normal. Tuesdays With Toomey @‏TuesdaysToomey

Impeach Donald Trump Now for violating the US Constitution. Sign the petition

Sign Up For A Huddle Near You

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