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Bubbe Wisdom by LouiseSilk
Unraveling the Threads of Life
Oct 19, 2010 | 291143 views | 0 0 comments | 172 172 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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The True Quilter Self
by LouiseSilk
Jun 27, 2016 | 125 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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!!

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Walk The Dog
by LouiseSilk
Jun 27, 2016 | 65 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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

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Pittsburgh Our Not Quite Smart-Enough City
by LouiseSilk
Jun 26, 2016 | 441 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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.
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The First Day Of Summer
by LouiseSilk
Jun 21, 2016 | 169 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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.

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Tzohar Seminary
by LouiseSilk
Jun 16, 2016 | 263 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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.

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Subject: Hillary is coming to Pittsburgh on Tuesday -- and you should be there!
by LouiseSilk
Jun 12, 2016 | 255 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
At a Pennsylvania Democratic Party event in Pittsburgh, Hillary Clinton will discuss her vision for an America that is stronger when it is united and lay out what is at stake for families in the November election.

Tue, Jun 14, 2016, 12:15pm – 1:15pm

IBEW Circuit Center

5 Hot Metal St

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203

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Vive le Québec libre
by LouiseSilk
Jun 09, 2016 | 278 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Highlights of our continuing trip through Canada:

Both the Jean-Talon and Atwater Markets in Montreal

Ming Tao Xuan Tea Shop

Canal Post-Industrial Walk from the Atwater Market to the Saint Gabriel Lock

Montreal's Chinatown

Beautiful Montmorency Falls with a hike up to and  across the falls

The Old City of Quebec

Musée de la Civilisation and its startling exhibit Uprising × 25!

Throughout Quebec Providence all signs are only in French- no English at all.

Public transportation is easy and accessible everywhere.

There are little credit card machines everywhere that are hands down more functional that anything in the US.

All Canadians love and follow the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Oh Canada
by LouiseSilk
Jun 05, 2016 | 410 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Steve and I are working our way around Canada this week.

We spend a night in idyllic Niagara-on-the-lake shopping, eating, walking and people watching. It really is like walking back to a simple forgotten time of small town cottages with immaculate landscaping, a stroll down the main street, and an ice cream after dinner.  

Onto two nights in Toronto, scoping out potential relocation sites in the case of a Trump election. We spend most of our time on West Queen Street where there were lots of textiles for me and tons of graffiti walls for Steve. Toronto is as cosmopolitan as they come and we enjoyed everything about it.

Next Montreal and then Quebec. Jusqu'à la prochaine fois!
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Boots #7
by LouiseSilk
May 31, 2016 | 378 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The women’s moment supported my life-long decision to never wear makeup with one exception: under eye cream. Thinking back, I’ve been using one cream or another for my eyes since my twenties.

I came upon a great product by Ahava once at the Tel Aviv airport. I kept and used that one very expensive jar for years and when I needed to replenish it, I went to the Internet. There I found an article on the top ten eye creams. Ahava was one of them but so was a crème made by the British company, Boots No7.

It happens that one of my good friends had told me about sitting with a very famous model at some fundraiser and asked her for her best beauty tip and her secret was Boots No7. Funny, that my friend told me the story so when I say No7 on the list, compared the prices, and discovered that it was available at Target, I was sold.

In 2011, Multiple Boots No7 Products Receive Good Housekeeping’s First Annual Anti-Aging Awards. Gwyneth Paltrow uses Boots No7. BBC reported a clinical study that showed Boots No. 7’s Protect & Perfect to be as effective as prescription products. NBC claimed the serum was scientifically proven to repair collagen.

 

Boots No7- good value for money- try it- what have you got to lose?

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States Of Undress
by LouiseSilk
May 29, 2016 | 619 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Initially I thought fashion might prove limiting in terms of subject matter, but what I found is that we were able to explore all avenues that we were interested in just through this lens. Hailey Gates.

I became aware of a new television station because it has a show produced by Gloria Steinem called Women. The notice of Gloria’s show brought my attention to another show on Viceland called States of Undress.

Watching States of Undress, we follow a young, stylish investigative reporter, Hailey Gates, to Pakistan, Venezuela, Russia, Palestine, China and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she uncovers not only the standards of beauty, fashion and style but also many important political/social, gender and identity trends. In Pakistan, it’s the wives burned with acid by jealous husbands. In Russia, it’s the idealized need to have and stand behind a man. In Venezuela, it’s the standard of an impossible to achieve idealized beauty.

Go for it. It's TV binge watching at its best!

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